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New build, please criticize
04-28-2012, 09:25 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-28-2012, 09:29 PM by Phrosty.)
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So I'm finally getting around to actually purchasing parts, and I could use someone who knows what these things are looking at the build.




CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($270.29 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HF225DPB 21.5" Monitor ($129.41 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($138.99 @ B&H)

The case is certain- I got it off Craigslist forever ago (new in box). I also have a 500gb drive and an old laptop drive I'd like to include (I'll find an adapter somewhere).

Will everything fit? I assume it'll all work together, as nothing is being carried over from a previous build, but I'm sure there's something I could optimize or shave.

Any suggestions?





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04-28-2012, 09:42 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-28-2012, 09:43 PM by SZAGENT.)
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RE: New build, please criticize
(04-28-2012, 09:25 PM)Rembrandt_Brown Wrote: So I'm finally getting around to actually purchasing parts, and I could use someone who knows what these things are looking at the build.




CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: NZXT HAVIK-140 90.3 CFM CPU Cooler ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial m4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 2GB Video Card ($270.29 @ NCIX US)
Case: Antec Nine Hundred ATX Mid Tower Case ($94.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Rosewill 650W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HF225DPB 21.5" Monitor ($129.41 @ CompUSA)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($138.99 @ B&H)

The case is certain- I got it off Craigslist forever ago (new in box). I also have a 500gb drive and an old laptop drive I'd like to include (I'll find an adapter somewhere).

Will everything fit? I assume it'll all work together, as nothing is being carried over from a previous build, but I'm sure there's something I could optimize or shave.

Any suggestions?

You plan to just rock 64gb SDD drive and no HDD? I guess not since you said nothing is being carried over....lol I would def go for at least 120gb SDD drive as they are only like 115-130$.
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04-28-2012, 10:38 PM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
(04-28-2012, 09:42 PM)SZAGENT Wrote: You plan to just rock 64gb SDD drive and no HDD? I guess not since you said nothing is being carried over....lol I would def go for at least 120gb SDD drive as they are only like 115-130$.

No, I'd planned to put data on the 500gb HDD - I want the SDD for the OS, and maybe an office suite. I toyed with the idea of a larger one, but I don't think I'd use all the potential of it. Is the size of benefit for a solid drive?
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04-28-2012, 10:48 PM, (This post was last modified: 04-28-2012, 10:49 PM by Brandonsr.)
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Re: New build, please criticize
A radeon 7850 would be a better choice. its cheaper and slightly more powerful at a lower power draw.

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04-28-2012, 11:34 PM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
As for the SSD, there is actually performance increases for the bigger sized SSD's but only get them if you think you need the size. Keep in mind that the OS is 20 gigs and including any other general applications or programs (web browsers, anti-virus, Office) you install will probably take another 4-5 gigs. The main thing is whether you have games you want to install (which improve loading times by installing on SSD). The average big named game is ~10 gigs. So that's the main thing to consider when calculating the size you'll need/use.
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04-30-2012, 03:44 PM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
I also recommend you get a 7850 instead of the 6950 because the 7850 beats it in performance slightly and is cheaper at $250 on average
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05-02-2012, 09:34 PM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
(04-28-2012, 10:48 PM)Poppy-seede Wrote: A radeon 7850 would be a better choice. its cheaper and slightly more powerful at a lower power draw.

Thanks Poppy and Agent- I didn't see this card when putting the list together.

I'm going to trade it out and double-check my power draw needs, thanks all.
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05-02-2012, 10:30 PM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
I have the 7850, it's great! Powerful and low power draw. I'm guessing it will be part of MB's next update for the Mainstream Gaming PCs.

Also for the SSD, going to 120GB is worth it. I don't install a lot of programs, and I burned through 40GB in no time. That's before installing any games. You figure you lose 8-10GB to the hardware itself, 20 to Windows, and then you have your other drivers and applications. It adds up. 120 is a good size if you game. 64 is really only good for like a Web PC.
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05-03-2012, 07:30 AM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
I'd recommend waiting till Mathieu updates the mainstream gaming PC's, which should be sometime this week. The CPU and motherboard you have listed are an older generation, since Ivy Bridge and Z77 motherboards have been released, so I'd definitely wait to see if you feel differently after reading and learning about those. I also agree with others who have said a 7xxx series GPU is a better buy than a 6xxx series and that a 64 GB SSD may be too small. 120 GB SSD's are going for $1/GB and sometimes even less for you wouldn't be paying too much more than the $84.99 it would cost for the 64GB crucial M4. You can actually get a Crucial m4 128 GB SSD for $124.99 at newegg.com or Amazon.com, so I'd suggest spending the extra $40 if you can.
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05-05-2012, 01:49 AM,
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RE: New build, please criticize
You guys are recommending the radeon 7850 and saying it's cheaper then the 6950, but on Mathieu's new list the 7850 is $360.

Can you provide a link to the one you are talking about?

Thanks.
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