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Windows 7: Building my first gaming desktop. Need advice on hardware selection.

23 Jan 2012   #21

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

You have been of tremendous help Wishmaster. Thank you sincerly.

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23 Jan 2012   #22

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Now on to the monitor. What monitor would you all recommend? I'm not looking for a huge one,just something in the low 20 inch range that also might fit near my budget.
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23 Jan 2012   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I have two of the cases you plan to use, and I love them. One is my primary system and one is running my WHS 2011 server.

I would consider the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ for the CPU cooler. It's cheap, and still one of the best air coolers out there. I also have two of them, and they are very quiet.

Since you know the parts you want, just build the computer yourself. It's actually extremely easy....easy enough that before my wife got into I.T., I had her build her own. This way, you can either save some money, or put that money towards better hardware.
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23 Jan 2012   #24

Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit w/ SP1
 
 

I personally have the 560 Ti Superclocked... not only is it a great card by itself, but it's also the perfect card to double up on when going to SLI, for the price of one GTX 580(about) you get better performance than the 580 and the PS you have gives you the freedom to upgrade later. I don't know much about the PS brand you are thinking of getting but I have a 850 Raidmax and I haven't had any problems with it.
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23 Jan 2012   #25

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I have two of the cases you plan to use, and I love them. One is my primary system and one is running my WHS 2011 server.

I would consider the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ for the CPU cooler. It's cheap, and still one of the best air coolers out there. I also have two of them, and they are very quiet.

Since you know the parts you want, just build the computer yourself. It's actually extremely easy....easy enough that before my wife got into I.T., I had her build her own. This way, you can either save some money, or put that money towards better hardware.
Thanks Deacon,I think I will use the Hyper 212+. I do plan on assembling it myself when I found out the shop quoted me at $90 labor. I have upgraded parts on my desktop and laptop before, namely the video card on my desktop a couple of times,and memory and hard drives on both my desktop and laptop. Plus on my old desktop I modified it by installing a plexiglass window with a small neon light inside. Assembling one shouldn't be too hard.
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23 Jan 2012   #26

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
RAM

I found 4 sticks of G.Skill 2GB Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ RAM for only $40 shipped from an individual. According to around 1000 reviews on Newegg, the RAM holds a very good average rating (4 of 5 stars). Plus it is compatible with the motherboard I am going with, which is a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3. Not a bad deal for the RAM IMO!
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23 Jan 2012   #27

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Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP in VM)
 
 

If you can find it at a good price, I would go with 2 X 4GB sticks rather than 4 X 2GB sticks. It is easier on the CPU and will not require any voltage tweeks. The Ripjaws X serise was made for Sandy Bridge and will work well in it. I also agree with Wishmaster on the SSD. I ran my system for almost year on a Crucial M4 64GB. There is plenty of space if you move your user files and games to another hard drive. Also, for an OS drive the 2 most important things are 4kb reads and access times. Those will not improve with a raid set up. Plus, you lose trim with raid.
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24 Jan 2012   #28

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
If you can find it at a good price, I would go with 2 X 4GB sticks rather than 4 X 2GB sticks. It is easier on the CPU and will not require any voltage tweaks. The Ripjaws X series was made for Sandy Bridge and will work well in it. I also agree with Wishmaster on the SSD. I ran my system for almost year on a Crucial M4 64GB. There is plenty of space if you move your user files and games to another hard drive. Also, for an OS drive the 2 most important things are 4kb reads and access times. Those will not improve with a raid set up. Plus, you lose trim with raid.
Thank you. I did some research after you suggested going with 2x4GB sticks over 4x2GB and you're completely right. It supposedly makes it easier to overclock your CPU if you have less memory sticks and it is also better to have only 2 sticks for a dual channel setup.
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24 Jan 2012   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bazkook View Post
Assembling one shouldn't be too hard.
Given all of that, you shouldn't have any trouble. Good luck!
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24 Jan 2012   #30

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
...they are only 650W but they are far more power than you'll need. Plus, just better PSUs all around.
Wattage alone doesnt tell the whole story.
I agree. I am running both of the systems in the "My System Specs" listing off of quality 600W PSUs. Check the tool here to see how you stack up: Newegg.com - Recommended Power Supply Calculator.
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