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Windows 7: i7 Wanted: New motherboard?

26 Apr 2012   #41
James7679

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chips View Post
Is THIS the graphics card in question?

The SSD. I'm guessing that's the hard drive? If so isn't 90GB a tad small by today's standards when most computers are running on 1TB?
Yes, that is the correct GPU.

And a SSD(Solid State Drive) doesn't need to be big. It's weight comes in it's performance. A "1tb hdd" is not meant for gaming, "by today's standards". 90gb is plenty big for your OS and some games. You did say you would keep your old PC for basic use.

Feel free to ask others here about the quality of the build I have put together for you. Bang for your buck, it stands apart.


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26 Apr 2012   #42
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Here is a link at Gigabyte comparing those 2 motherboards

GIGABYTE- I found some useful information and would like to share with you

There are some minor differences.

I know nothing about either. Where are you hearing about overheating?

Most SSD buyers use it only for the operating system and programs, with all data being put on a separate regular spinning hard drive. Windows takes up less than 20 GB, so an SSD of 60 to 120 GB is plenty for most people. It will make a very noticeable difference in overall snappiness of the PC. You can get a decent SSD for 80 to 140 dollars or so.
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26 Apr 2012   #43
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for all your help so far. Sorry but I'm not all that up to date on all the new technology. Anyways, yep, I'm looking mostly for a gaming machine, but I'm also very, very interested in the idea of heavy duty modding. You know, the creative side of gaming. What kind of HD memory that takes up I don't know though. I know it does rely a lot on the speed of the computer, because even the vanilla Skyrim without mods takes up a lot of power.

By the way, what exactly is a "SeaSonic M12II 750 SS-750AM 750W ATX12V"? Power supply? What, like as in simple electricity, cooling the system, or is it to do with computer power? Is it an onboard thing?
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26 Apr 2012   #44
James7679

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

That would be the Power Supply Unit. Power supply unit (computer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As far as drive space goes, well, you can always add a larger 1tb spinner to the system for extended storage later.
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26 Apr 2012   #45
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

Ahh, I get it. I've also been having a short read about SSDs. From what I can gather they're fully electronic rather than mechanical spinning disks, hence a lot faster and the ability to compact data into a smaller space? A bit like storage equivalent of RAM? I guess it's a bit like when people went from floppy disks to CDs then to DVDs, but with storage now being fully electronic you can store a lot more memory in a chip than you can a physical disk.

The thing I read about the mother board is that I believe that some people had trouble with it over heating when overclocking. I think they said it needed better fans.
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26 Apr 2012   #46
James7679

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Which MoBo are you referring to? I recommended the Biostar. It's a great deal and has great reviews. The Gigabyte boards, well the newer ones at least, do seem to have some heat issues, on both the Intel and AMD boards. And before you think that I am just not a Gigabyte fan, look at my system specs.

Anytime you overclock, you will need an aftermarket CPU Cooler. Cooler Master makes a model call 212+. It's a great little cooler and very budget friendly.
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26 Apr 2012   #47
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

A SSD for the OS and most used software withe a separate HDD for your data and user files is very nice and efficient.
This works nicely... User Profiles - Create and Move During Windows 7 Installation
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30 Apr 2012   #48
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

Hi all! Is THIS the right RAM I'm looking for?

And THIS for the power unit?
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30 Apr 2012   #49
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Two good choices. With the RAM I suspect you could make it run at 1866MHz with some looser timings and maybe a .02V increase
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01 May 2012   #50
Chips

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Two good choices. With the RAM I suspect you could make it run at 1866MHz with some looser timings and maybe a .02V increase
Er, that's not exactly what I meant. I'm looking for some idea of UK prices for the parts that were suggested. Unfortunately they all look pretty much the same to me. I mean, a black box is just a black box to me, and a RAM chip looks like every other RAM chip. Some parts even have similar model names but different abilities. Are those the same parts in my links as those that were suggested?

What would be the best mid-range gaming computer cases for quality (looks, abilities & user friendly), space and ability to work on in the even of upgrading later on? I'm thinking about up to around the 100 mark.
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