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Windows 7: Best computer for a value of 600 to 650

22 Nov 2011   #91
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
I thought it was 600 now and 600 then.


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22 Nov 2011   #92
Faceofjoe421

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
I thought it was 600 now and 600 then.
It was 600 a minute ago and now it's 500

I'm using my iPhone it may have something to do with that.
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22 Nov 2011   #93
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

In brief, what I want and expect is:

- The 499/599 BareBone Computer Bundle
- Seperate 64 GB SSD compatible (no HDD pre-added)
- A way to install 7 Ultimate without a disk drive (will external one work)
- A way to get 32GB of RAM that is compatible.

Better GFX Card Upgrade when I can afford.

Suggestions please?

Thanks, Joe

This one looks incredible
http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/c...5sat3-60g.html
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22 Nov 2011   #94
ignatzatsonic

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Hmm.... I guess that Novatech bundle doesn't have a DVD drive either. Good catch.

There are ways to install from a USB stick. And I think you can install from an external DVD.

But, my first upgrade would be to buy an internal DVD writer. They are cheap and nearly indispensable and you will need one sooner or later for something.

You can buy the RAM later on from any reliable supplier in the UK. You need to pay attention to RAM specifications, particularly voltage. Ideally, you want to exactly match what you already have, down to the model number, but usually you can go with a different brand if necessary as long as the specifications match.

Re graphics: if you are going with a 2600K and a Z68 chipset, I THINK BUT COULD BE WRONG that you can use the integrated graphics on the CPU, which should work pretty good. YOU NEED TO CONFIRM THIS from other posters.

Looks like you are on track.
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22 Nov 2011   #95
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thank you so much, the only thing left is confirmation and if the SSD in the link I updated in my post is compatible, I would be happy with 500Mb read and write for 60 and what sort of RAM I need and what GFX card, which can always be asked later
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22 Nov 2011   #96
ignatzatsonic

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I would start a separate post about choosing an SSD if you don't get proper responses here.

That one will work, but there may be some fine points about it that would make another a better choice--like the controller it uses for instance.

In the meantime, Google for that particular model and see how much bitching you find.

Go to newegg.com and read user reviews of that model.

I have heard of some issues with certain OCZ models, but don't know about that specific model.

I use an Intel SSD.

The 2600K is a hellacious processor. You won't have to upgrade for a long time.
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22 Nov 2011   #97
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Forgot to check the reviews, looks pretty poor after all despite the speeds, how about this one: is it compatible, how can you tell?

CT064M4SSD2 - 64GB, 2.5-inch Solid State Drive , from Crucial.com

I don't get hard drives: there are 5 bays, does that mean I can have 5 Hdd, or 5 Ssd or a mix of 5 (4 hdd/1ssd and do they all have to be used ?
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22 Nov 2011   #98
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
Forgot to check the reviews, looks pretty poor after all despite the speeds, how about this one: is it compatible, how can you tell?

CT064M4SSD2 - 64GB, 2.5-inch Solid State Drive , from Crucial.com
All I know about the Crucial M4 is that it is recent and that Crucial generally is a good outfit for memory.

Pound google about it.

Don't be overly concerned with most of the specs on SSDs. They are all "fast". Worry about build quality and the controller.

The highly advertised sequential read/write speeds have little impact on actual day to day usage.

4-8 kb random write access is the single most crucial access that results in better visible ssd performance. If you are considering buying an ssd, look at transfer results at the 4-8 kb random access level.

Having said that, there are situations such as video editing where you might see the benefit of these high sequential benchmarks. The typical user may never come across a reason that higher sequential disk access will be utilized.

You want to focus on access time. Good SSDs have 0.1ms. Read/write speeds are of lesser importance because the system does not read or write big chunks of data - except maybe when you install a big program.
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22 Nov 2011   #99
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
I don't get hard drives: there are 5 bays, does that mean I can have 5 Hdd, or 5 Ssd or a mix of 5 (4 hdd/1ssd and do they all have to be used ?
5 bays means capacity for 5 drives, although it may be a tight fit or awkward.

They are rarely all used.

You need enough connectors on the motherboard for however many hard drives you have.

You can mix up SSDs and HDDs. A 2.5 inch SSD would need an adapter to mount securely in a 3.5 inch bay.

So look for 3.5 inch SSDs if you don't want to use an adapter. But I think most are 2.5.

I've got my SSD taped to the bottom of my case. It can't move and has no moving parts to break anyway.
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22 Nov 2011   #100
Faceofjoe421

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faceofjoe421 View Post
I don't get hard drives: there are 5 bays, does that mean I can have 5 Hdd, or 5 Ssd or a mix of 5 (4 hdd/1ssd and do they all have to be used ?
5 bays means capacity for 5 drives, although it may be a tight fit or awkward.

They are rarely all used.

You need enough connectors on the motherboard for however many hard drives you have.

You can mix up SSDs and HDDs. A 2.5 inch SSD would need an adapter to mount securely in a 3.5 inch bay.

So look for 3.5 inch SSDs if you don't want to use an adapter. But I think most are 2.5.

I've got my SSD taped to the bottom of my case. It can't move and has no moving parts to break anyway.
What's the max capacity for each SSD/HDD?

If I wanted could I have 5 hard drives all at 2TB?
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