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Windows 7: Custom PC

18 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 
Custom PC

Hey Guys,

I am looking into buying/building a High Performance computer - Is there any recommendations on what Hardware to use and which version of Windows 7 I should get

Any Help is really appreciated

Many thanks,
Josh


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18 Feb 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Hi Josh

Can you tell us your budget and intended use (gaming, cad/cam, etc)?



Thanks
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18 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I tend to use it for Heavy Multimedia and some gaming My Budget can be variable so do not worry about that

Josh
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18 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there.

I could suggest 2 builds:

1) Intel Core i5 2500, H67 Gigabyte/ASUS Motherboard, 8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz G-Skill Ripjaws X or Corsair Vengeance, Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Case, Corsair TX750 V2 PSU, Crucial C300 SSD or Corsair P3 Series, EVGA GTX 460 1GB, Samsung F3 1TB HDD.

2) AMD Phenom II X6 1100T, ASUS M4A87TD/USB3, 8GB DDR3 @ 1600MHz G-Skill Ripjaws X or Corsair Vengeance, Cooler Master HAF 912 Plus Case, Corsair TX750 V2 PSU, Crucial C300 SSD or Corsair P3 Series, HIS HD 6850 1GB, Samsung F3 1TB HDD.

Same thing, only different flavors of processors/motherboards/video cards

NOTES:

1) If you want to Overclock your new PC then you'll need a P67 Motherboard instead of a H67
2) If you want to do Crossfire you'll need a 890GX/890FX Motherboard (AMD)
3) Depending if you want to do Crossfire and which cards will you be using, then i'd suggest a bigger PSU, probably a Corsair AX series.
4) If you want an aftermarket cooler, i'd suggest a Noctua NH-D14 (Air) or a Corsair H70 (Liquid)
5) If you want a better audio experience (music/games), i'd suggest an aftermarket Sound Card, ASUS Xonar Xense.

If you need any other things, just ask

EDIT: for the 1st build, you'd have to wait until april for the new revised motherboards with H67/P67 chipsets arrive to the market
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18 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Thank you for the Information while I am here could someone explain RAID to me - I have heard of it but haven't understood it fully

I really Appreciate this
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18 Feb 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

RAID stands for redundant array of inexpensive disks. It allows you to take multiple hard drives and contatenate them together in some way to either provide additional space, speed, or redundancy (or mixes of both).

Typical enthusiasts use RAID0...which stripes the two drives together. So, you get 2 identical drives and they together comprise the C drive. 1/2 of the file goes to disc 1 while the other half goes to disc 2. You get more speed because you have 2 drives going, through 2 interfaces. However, you get no redundancy...so if either drive fails, you lose all of your data (since you only have 1/2 of each file remaining).

RAID 1 is a mirror. You take 2 drives and 1 is an exact copy of the other. So, if one fails, you can still run from the other one. Of course, you lose 1/2 your total disc space.....as 1 drive is a duplicate of the other.

There are a variety of striping with parity options like RAID 5. Essentially you have a minimum of 3 disks. Part of the data goes on disc 1, part of the data on disc 2 and a parity bit is written to the third drive. So, in this case you get 2/3 of your total drive space. You pick up extra speeds on reads since you have multiple drives, but you suffer a small write penalty for having to calculate the parity. The advantage is that if a hard drive fails, you don't lose data. Your RAID controller can use the remaining data and the parity to "reconstruct" the missing data on the fly. Performance will decrease when you are down a drive, but it still functions.

Hope that helps.
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22 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

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22 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

This is great stuff Ciara! Thanks for that
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22 Feb 2011   #9

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Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

pparks has given you a very good description of RAID. The two main types used by "home users" are RAID0 and RAID1. Strictly speaking RAID0 is not a true RAID since there is no redundancy.

Here is a link that adds to what ppparks said, and shows the advantages and disadvantages of the two systems:

BytePile.com - RAID Classifications

One word of caution: think twice before installing your OS to a RAID0 - its very problematically as seen on these forums. You are better off with a SSD.

Good luck,
Golden
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12 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

I have done some research and came up with some Parts - I have Checked them and they seem compatible but if some could be kind enough to Double check I would be Grateful

Many Thanks,
Josh


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