Quote: Originally Posted by bh4mr1ck
Quote: Originally Posted by HMonk
Obviously a tongue in cheek post since the capability of the components far exceed the need. But hey, build what you want for your reasons: who cares what "they" (including me) think. Obviously you don't because your response to sound observations was thanks but no thanks. Enjoy your build.
P.S. A seven year-old machine was outdated 6 years ago. Fact is, you did not need the upgrades.
Not tongue-in-cheek at all. I probably should have been more clear. What I was actually looking for was any hardware incompatibilities, or if anyone had any experience with any of the components that I may should steer clear of.
I agree with the very sound observations, that this build, for what I use it for, will be more than necessary. I could get by with much less.
My apologies: I missed the thrust of your original post. All looks very good to me but I would carry Supersonicz suggestion one step further. An SATA HDD costs $0.10 per GB: that's cheap storage. For example, at Amazon, a WD 640GB Black is $70 (the 750 at Amazon is only $4 more than the 640 by the way - don't know what Newegg wants); the 1TB black $100. If it were me, however, I would get two 640s (or spend an extra $8 and get two 750s).
Why? Depending on your apps, your 80GB SSD is not going to have a lot of extra storage space. If you notice my specs, I have three WD 7501AALS Black HDDs. On each HDD I created a partition for image backups only. Image backups for HDD 0 are placed on HDD 1; HDD 1 backups are placed on HDD 2; HDD 2 backups are placed on HDD 0. By so doing, I always have two copies of my data (working + backup) on different HDDs. So if one HDD bricks, I have instant access to my data. If the HDD bricks and my working and backup files are on the same HDD, I lose everything.
As an alternative, you could place backups on optical media but beware: it degrades in time. Moreover, you can get read-write errors even if your burning app verifies the burn. Regardless, even with a dual-layer ODD, you are burning forever over many discs. A good alternative is an external HDD or flash memory, although if you have a lot of data to backup an external HDD would be far better than flash mem. (I use a 30GB flash stick to store supercritical docs away from my machine in case of fire.)
So, with the one 80GB SSD and the other 640GB HDD, I was wondering where you would place image backups which are going to run approximately 25-35GB/100GB partition?
Re gfx card: the 4890 v. 5770 argument rages on the Net for various reasons. The 5770 requires less power thus produces less heat, is DX11 capable, and a smaller card. But, it is about 20% slower than the 4890 and, from a gaming gfx standpoint, the 4890 yields better gfx (to many of us). It appears that the 5770 is a hurry-and-get-a-DX11-card to market product, i.e., very low-end DX11, sort to speak. Forecasts anticipate greater strides later this year so I would wait - OR - consider creating a hummer with two 4890s in an XFire array. (I run two 4830s in XFire: nice) In any event, if DX11 is a must then the 4890 is not a consideration. If you are not familiar with the differences between DX 9,10, and 11, I would suggest you do a little research and decide what's best for your needs, mindful of what's forecast to come in the immediate future. If you are one to build a machine and be content with it for many years, waiting a bit on up-coming gfx improvements might be worthwhile.
Hope this helps.