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Windows 7: Dream Computers

07 Aug 2009   #1
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 
Dream Computers

I'm looking to get a new computer around the end of the year. And I've just been browsing newegg drooling for a good month now. I've got my ideas of a decent computer, but I want your ideas. Mine is going to be designed for gaming and I'd love for the majority of this thread be aimed that way, but post whatever you guys have.

So besides installing Windows 7! What hardware do you guys have in mind either using or is on your wishlist.

Categories Include:

Case
Motherboard
CPU
GPU
PSU

Im curious mostly in full systems under the 1500$ US price range, but I'd also like to see some like ridiculous 5thousand dollar custom made systems if theyre out there.

Post away!
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07 Aug 2009   #2
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well, with $1500 you can build a really solid rig and should be able to maximize any game settings.

My recommendations
#1). Don't skimp on a case...get a high quality case. I personally love the Antec P180/182/183 boxes. With high end cases, they are shielded to block noise, they have rubber grommets to minimize vibrations, and they often have removable motherboard trays with lots of room for running cables hidden and keeping the case very clean.

#2). Get a high quality power supply and go for a modular power supply. With modular supplies, you don't have tons of cables...but instead just plug in the cables that you actually need. This keeps case clutter to a minimum which helps with a clean environment and keeps the box cool. Personally, I like Antec, Corsair and PC Power and Cooling.

As far as motherboards go, I almost always go with Asus or Gigabyte. I've had good experiences and good luck with both brands. The choice of mobo is dependent upon processor and other needs that you have.
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07 Aug 2009   #3
sergiogarcia9

 

if money is no problem
Motherboard: X58
CPU: Core i7 870 "Lynnfield" (isnt out yet)
GPU: Nvidia GTX 295
Ram: 8 GB DDR3
Hard drives: 2 x 128 GB SSD (for apps and os) and 2 x 1 TB SATA for storage.
PSU: 1000 Watt Corsair

But this will be expensive

edit: see this system
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...966&CatId=1886
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07 Aug 2009   #5
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Here I'll post some of what I had in mind and have been drooling over.

Cases:

Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

leaning towards the Antec Twelve Hundred or a newer version come November when I go thru with this.

MoBo/CPU :

I like the Intel i7 series. I'll take one of the medium to higher end ones comes November December as well most likely.


GPU :

Was thinking the same. I have a GTS 250 and I love it. but for the new system Id jump up. maybe not all the way to a 295. But depends on pricing in a few months.


PSU :


I was thinking somewhere around an Antec 650w. I haven't looked into any modular ones yet. I might just have to.
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07 Aug 2009   #6
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you really have a need for a full tower? These cases are very large and do require quite a lot of space. The Antec 900 and 902 has a ton of room inside, and great airflow as well...but does come in a smaller footprint.

The corsair 620HX is what I use in my box, and it's a modular and is about $120 after rebate from NewEgg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=corsair%20620

As far as power supply capacity goes, I usually use the eXtreme Power Supply calculator to determine how much power is required. For most people, they often way over spec their power supplies simply for the sake of having a beast of a machine.
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
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07 Aug 2009   #7
Static

Windows 7 RC - 7100 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Do you really have a need for a full tower? These cases are very large and do require quite a lot of space. The Antec 900 and 902 has a ton of room inside, and great airflow as well...but does come in a smaller footprint.
I don't really mind what case size I use. Long as it's not the size of a VW Bug or something. I've got a stand that was like a foot stand thing that I have next to my Desk that it rests on. So a mid tower barely stays a few inches below desk height. Im sure I can stand it being a few inches above. My desk is also a corner desk so It wont really stick out and bother me length wise.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
As far as power supply capacity goes, I usually use the eXtreme Power Supply calculator to determine how much power is required. For most people, they often way over spec their power supplies simply for the sake of having a beast of a machine.
http://extreme.outervision.com/psucalculatorlite.jsp
I'll check that out, and ya I never saw anyone with the need for 1000+watt PSU's unless you are running 10 HDD's or multiple GPU's. I plan on 1 HDD and 1 GPU. so I'm ok with a high quality 6-700 PSU
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07 Aug 2009   #8
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

I want this cooling system. check this video out: iBUYPOWER: AMD Dragon - Fusing Technology with Might.
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07 Aug 2009   #9
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Static View Post
I'll check that out, and ya I never saw anyone with the need for 1000+watt PSU's unless you are running 10 HDD's or multiple GPU's. I plan on 1 HDD and 1 GPU. so I'm ok with a high quality 6-700 PSU
I'd be willing to bet that even a quality Corsair 520 would be more than enough for the needs that you have. I honestly don't see the need for 1000W unless you are running more than 2 video cards in your box. Hard drives just really don't pull that much power.
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07 Aug 2009   #10
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

PSU

When choosing a PSU, don't stare blindly at the Watts.

Find out how many amps it can deliver on each rail, especially if you are going for top notch GPU's in SLI.
Get a high efficiency model. (the higher the efficiency, the less power will be lost on heat, and the cleaner the signal is.)
There are many excellent hardware geek sites out there where you can research the ins and outs of PSU's, so I won't go into further detail.

PSU is very important link in the chain. Bad PSU, means failing hardware.

Mainboard

Asus or Gigabyte without any doubt.
That's my personal preference based on building PC's for 15 yrs.
Regretted every single time I wandered of that path.

[HDD]
Personal preference Samsung: stable, quiet, fast, longest mtbf in the market.
Seagate's new models are good, WD is back from very bad yrs.

Stay away from all Maxtor and latest Hitachi models.

[Case]
Agree with PParks1.
Antec. Extremely good cases with eye for details and cooling, and decently priced.
Make sure you chose a case with plenty of room and holes for 12cm fans.
Antec's "Nine Hundred" and "Twelve Hundred" are brilliant cases with lots of room, and lots of fan mounts.

[fans]
Silent fans. you can't have enough of them. 12cm. lots of flow, little noise.

Airflow alone isn't worth much if that air is warm.
Blowing cool air in and blowing warm air out as fast as possible is your goal, so make sure that your case has at least 2 x 12cm entrance and 2 x 12cm exit holes.
Get yourself a descent hardware fan controller.
Better than fiddling around with speedfan software.

[CPU]
Well, at this moment I would say intel.
One word of advise. don't go for the over priced extreme versions.
There are plenty of models that with just a little overclocking have the same specs for half the price.
Don't go for maximum overclocking, it will eventually lead to early death, and you will stress all the other components to their max.
Quad core isn't the only option.
A high powered dual core can do the job easily and will save you a lot of bucks on purchase and energy bill.

[CPU cooler]
Quite a complex matter on it's own.
Personally I am not too fond of water cooling, because it doesn't cool the capacitors around the CPU socket.
There are some water cooling systems that do the job, but they cost a small fortune.
Again, do your research with google. There are more sites dedicated on CPU cooler statistics than there are Win7 forums.

[RAM}
Personal preference is Kingston or Corsair.
Stay away from Buffalo. It's crap.
Pay attention to CAS and Timings.
Again, do your research on dedicated sites.

[Graphics]
Can't advise you there since I am not much into gaming.
I'll leave that to the pro's on that subject.
Only thing I can say is that look for models with big cooling bodies and big fans.
Small fans make irritating high pitched noise, and you want to hear the game, not the fans


Some random advise:

Do extensive research on dedicated hardware sites.
Every separate part has it's own dedicated sites.

Will all due respect for my fellow forum members, we don't have the statistics and research data available here that some dedicated hardware site do.


Look for balance. The chain is as strong as it's weakest link.
If you spend the bulk of your money on a Quadcore extreme you will have to compromise too much on the other parts.


Make Excel sheets where you save and compare all the properties of the gear.
That way you'll keep oversight.


Lastly. take your time, don't rush into it.
You'll have to live with the decisions you make for maybe five years, so make them well.


Oh, don't forget the keyboard, the mouse, maybe joystick, the LCD screen.



Good luck

$1500 to spend on a new computer,

I envy you .
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