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A few questions on my new computer build
03-07-2012, 05:49 PM,
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A few questions on my new computer build
So I bought a few pieces for my new tier 4 based computer today (dont tell my wife Angel)

I want to get a SSD for my new computer, but I am unsure if I really need to get one with a high capacity, if I'm only planning on using it solely for my OS and any other mandatory programs and such.

I know the tier 4 (my target computer) suggests a 120 gig SSD, but do I really need that much? Could I get away with only using a 60 gig?

It would save me ~$70

Additionally, of the three computers I've built, I've never purchased a sound card (utilizing the on-board sound). What benefits does a PCI sound card offer that my MoBo's sound doesn't offer? I use a USB Desktop mic and headphones for online gaming/skype.

Finally, while I did buy the i5-2500k (it was $30 cheaper thanks to a deal at Microcenter) I haven't really decided if I want to really go all out on overclocking it. Will I be okay with the stock heatsink if I only do minimal OCing?
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03-07-2012, 06:10 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-07-2012, 06:13 PM by MathieuB.)
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RE: A few questions on my new computer build
For the SSD, here are a few things to keep in mind:

With a 60GB SSD, after formatting and installing Windows, you'll have about 34GB of space left on it.

For optimal performance and longevity, it's recommended to keep ~20% free on the SSD. So that's 12GB, leaving you only 22GB for games, regardless of any other programs, updates, drivers, downloads, music, etc. Many games need over 10GB, so you're looking at 1,2 maybe 3-4 games at best.

Also to consider: Within the same family of SSDs, higher capacity SSDs offer significantly better performance than lower capacities ones. In other words, the same SSD model, in 120GB, will be faster than the 60GB model.

So while you could get away with 60GB, I strongly suggest a 120GB SSD.

Regarding the sound card: It's all about the sound quality. If the type to enjoy uncompressed music and high-quality sound, a dedicated sound card will enable that experience. Otherwise, onboard sound is just fine if you have lower-end headphones and have been satisfied with the sound that you've been getting from previous onboard motherboard sound.

The stock heatsink will let you overclock a bit, but your CPU will run hot (still within safe temperatures though) and the stock heatsink will be noisy.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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03-07-2012, 07:34 PM,
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RE: A few questions on my new computer build
(03-07-2012, 06:10 PM)MathieuB Wrote: Stuff

Thanks for the feedback Mathieu, I appriciate it. I'm a little curious why 120g models of basically the same SSD give better performance. Efficiency? Total Capacity?

Also, that Mushkin SSD you suggest for the Tier 4 seems to be fluctuating in price. When I recorded the price on sunday, it was at 139.99, when I check earlier today through my phone, It was listing at 179.99. When I check it just now, its at 129.99.

Are the prices of these things that volatile? Or did I just have a weird hiccup when I checked on my phone? (I'm hoping its an issue on my phone)

One last question: with the upgraded processor (2500k vs 2500) will a 500W Power supply be enough for the tier 4 build?
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03-07-2012, 08:23 PM,
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RE: A few questions on my new computer build
Simply put, on higher capacity SSDs, there are more memory dies working in parallel, resulting in higher performance.

That SSD is usually around $140, probably jumped to $180 when stocks were low or something.

Do you intend to overclock the CPU? If yes, I'd upgrade to the 550W PSU.
Laptop: MSI GS30 Shadow-045 Dimensions: 12.6" x 8.9" x 0.8" 2.65lbs CPU: Intel Core i7-4870HQ Quad-Core + Hyper-Threading OC 2.5-3.9GHz RAM: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Video Card: Intel Iris Pro 5200 Storage: 2x128GB SDD RAID0 Audio: ASUS Xonar U3 USB Sound Card + Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones Screen: 13.3" - 1920 x 1080 IPS + 27" Dell P2715Q IPS 3840 x 2160 Keyboard: Filco Majestouch MX Cherry Blue Mouse: Logitech MX518
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