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Windows 7: Buying a new rig


18 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Buying a new rig

What do you guys think, would you change anything?


Processor:
Intel Quad Core I5 2500K Quad Core 3.3GHZ 1155 6MB + Scythe Mugen 2
Amount: 1

Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 for 1155
Amount: 1

Case:
Lancool Midi Tower PC-K60B Black
Amount: 1

Power Supply:
Seasonic PSU 620W Active PFC 80+ Retail
Amount: 1

Ram:
Kingston 4GB DDR3 1333
Amount: 2

HDD:
Samsung 1TB Sata II 32MB SpinPoint F3
Amount: 2

Graphics Card:
Sparkle GTX460 1024MB GDDR5 Dual DVI Overclocked
Amount: 2

I might OC the cpu.


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18 Jun 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Looks like quality parts to me.

Is there a 64 mb cache version of those Samsung drives?? Just a minor point.

I didn't look at the case specs, but you might consider aftermarket case fans as the supplied fans are often noisier than they need to be for the amount of air they move. I'd make sure the case will accept 120 mm fans.

Are you sure the mobo has all the ports you need?? eSATA for instance?

Is that Seasonic modular?? You might consider their X series modular 560 or 650 watt models if it is not modular.
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18 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I know someone with the case, it has 4 built in fans and he claims its dead silent.
The motherboard has all the required ports
The PSU does not have modular cables, however I found I don't ever need that so it's fine.
thanks for the comments.

regarding the 64MB cache I have no Idea.
I don't know much about drives, should I be getting 64 not 32?
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18 Jun 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GlobesStudios View Post
regarding the 64MB cache I have no Idea.
I don't know much about drives, should I be getting 64 not 32?
It's not a major deal in terms of recognizable performance gains, but the most recent generation of hard drives are generally 64 mb cache and more cache is generally a good thing.

However, I did look at Newegg and don't see Samsungs with 64 mb cache. They do have a good rep generally, so I wouldn't let it be a show stopper.

If you can spare $100, you might consider getting an SSD and a single Samsung spinning drive. But I'll admit they are a luxury and still around $2 per gigabyte. I got one a few months ago and the only practical improvement is in boot times.

Looks like you are good to go. I have a 2500 processor myself--no regrets.

I'd make sure the Kingston RAM had no heat spreaders or else confirm that the Mugen cooler will not have clearance issues with RAM heat spreaders.
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18 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From what I can tell the RAM has no heat spreaders.
But if someone could double check this for me I would appreciate it.

I considered going for an SSD but at the end of the day I don't think its-
worth it for such small amount of GBs..
When 500 GB SSD's become affordable I'll purchase one.
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18 Jun 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Without a specific model number, it's tough to check the RAM.

But I did go to Newegg and look at pictures of all the available Kingston RAM and saw no heatspreaders.

Oh--you should be quite careful on the RAM. Make sure it is 1.5 volt DDR 3. Sandy Bridge processors are cranky about RAM and much prefer 1.5 volt.
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18 Jun 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yep, 1.5 DDR3.
anything else?
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18 Jun 2011   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Not that I can think of, you look ready to order.

Make sure you have thermal paste.
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18 Jun 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

It looks fine to me!
I like the Lancoool series. I just got the newer PC-K57 and I love it. The PC-K57 doesn't come with the PCI card holder, but I bought it separately. Newegg.com - LIAN LI Lancool PC-K57 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Your case is tool-less with good, if not great, air flow. It should be quiet with the fans it ships with. If you have all 4 fans going plus the CPU fan, you're more in the range of quiet, but not dead silent, I would suspect. Don't forget, it has an open top. Sound will come out. Still, an excellent case and choice.

Ships with:
Rear - 120mm 1500 rpm
Top - 2 x 140mm 1000 rpm
Front - 1 x 140mm 1000 rpm

You can't go wrong these days with an unlocked I5-2500k or an i7-2600k.

I've used the Samsung F3 HD103SJ and it was a speedy drive. I found the 32 MB cache to be be just fine. I loved the drive until I got into this SATA III madness and sprung for 2 WD drives. I should have kept the HD103SJ.
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5002AALX 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

The only thing I see that you may want to improve on is the motherboard, in terms of slot flexibility and future card expansion. You're getting a full size case, you might as well get a full sized motherboard, provided it's at the same price or a few dollars more.

Measurements:
214mm x 496mm x 498 mm (W, H, D)
8.43 inches x 19.53 inches x 19.61 inches (W, H, D)

I know you're not in the US, so you can use the Newegg link as a reference.
Take a look at your board and third Gigabyte board. Much can be had for a few dollars more, provided the board is in your area. Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, GIGABYTE, Intel Motherboards, LGA 1155, Intel Z68
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18 Jun 2011   #10

WIN7 x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I have found that after 3 computers over the years, the RAM you have today will be insufficient in a few years. You show 4 GB of RAM which will do the job today, but 4 years from now I doubt it. I just bought a new 4th computer and ordered 8GB of RAM just to be comfy for the future. I know you can easily add RAM if you need it later, but why not just put it in while you're building the computer.
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