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14 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Rate/Suggest My New Build

I'm looking for some suggestions for my build below. I'm going to order the parts tomorrow.

Case: Newegg.com - Corsair Obsidian Series 650D (CC650DW-1) Black Steel structure with black brushed aluminum faceplate ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: Newegg.com - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
GPU: Newegg.com - EVGA 025-P3-1579-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) HD 2560MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Memory: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM
PSU: Newegg.com - OCZ ZX Series 850W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Gold High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Buray Drive: Newegg.com - LG Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 10X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA 12X Super Multi Blue with 3D Playback & M-DISC Support WH12LS39 LightScribe Support - Blu-Ray Burners
Lights: Newegg.com - LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - Case Accessories

I'm ordering from Amazon and Newegg, so the price for everything with shipping is about $1365. I have a WD Cavair Black 1TB 7200RPM I'm putting in it. The CPU is also Unlocked. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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14 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro/Ultimate x 64 & Windows 8.1 x 64
 
 

I would also recommend an SSD for the OS over traditional spinner as read/write speeds can be up to 10x faster and program access is almost instantaneous. I have Windows + all of my programs + 16GB paging file = (same amount of ram installed) and only using 66 GB of 111 GB available.

I keep all larger files such as music and video files on a separate drive. Also SSD drive prices are dropping to around $120 for 120 GB for some brands but the cost is well worth the investment to achieve an complete up to date fast system.
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14 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I was thinking about that too. My buddy is about to buy an old Netbook I have for $150 so I was going to put that money towards a SSD and use the 1TB I have now for storage like you use. I've been holding off buying one, but these new prices are definitely worth it.
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14 May 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

MCleveland,
You won't regret the purchase and use of the SSD and with prices for 128gb SSD's now at around $100.00 you would be nuts not to. Even loading the OS and software is faster but the first time you boot and then hit the Photoshop icon and in a blink it's ready you'll forever be a convert!
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14 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

You can save a few dollars with a PSU like this:

High Quality and more power than you need.
Newegg.com - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

If you plan on SLI in the future then this one is capable of SLI 570s and a OCd CPU without issue.
Newegg.com - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Yes, i am now a huge fan of Seasonic PSUs. Very well made.

I too agree, grab a SSD for the OS. I would at least get a 64-80GB and use it for just the OS and installed apps.
Put games and all other DATA on other drives. That will help a huge amount with the overall feel of things.
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14 May 2012   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

+1 on the Seasonic. From what I've heard they are outstanding and as far as I'm concerned get the 750w either way. Enjoy the cooler running, quieter and more efficient running.
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14 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Would also recommend the SSD drive. However, I would go no smaller than 80GB, and personally wouldn't go less than 120GB these days. If you are a gamer, you may also want to go even bigger like the 240GB Corsair Force 3...which is $199 from NewEgg with a $20 MIR. Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I'm actually thinking of getting that SSD for my box and moving my 80GB intel to another machine. I'm down to about 25GB free on my 80GB with BF3 and now Diablo III installed.
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14 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
MCleveland,
You won't regret the purchase and use of the SSD and with prices for 128gb SSD's now at around $100.00 you would be nuts not to. Even loading the OS and software is faster but the first time you boot and then hit the Photoshop icon and in a blink it's ready you'll forever be a convert!
That does sound pretty amazing. Especially for someone as impatient as me.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Wishmaster View Post
You can save a few dollars with a PSU like this:

High Quality and more power than you need.
Newegg.com - SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold ((SS-650KM Active PFC F3)) 650W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

If you plan on SLI in the future then this one is capable of SLI 570s and a OCd CPU without issue.
Newegg.com - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Full Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Yes, i am now a huge fan of Seasonic PSUs. Very well made.

I too agree, grab a SSD for the OS. I would at least get a 64-80GB and use it for just the OS and installed apps.
Put games and all other DATA on other drives. That will help a huge amount with the overall feel of things.
Will 750w be enough? I do want to SLI eventually. The Newegg PSU calculator said everything I want to eventually do will take around 825w.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Would also recommend the SSD drive. However, I would go no smaller than 80GB, and personally wouldn't go less than 120GB these days. If you are a gamer, you may also want to go even bigger like the 240GB Corsair Force 3...which is $199 from NewEgg with a $20 MIR. Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3A-BK 2.5" 240GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

I'm actually thinking of getting that SSD for my box and moving my 80GB intel to another machine. I'm down to about 25GB free on my 80GB with BF3 and now Diablo III installed.
I was thinking the 240GB one as well. I'm sure the 120GB will be enough for me, but I mine as well be sure.
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15 May 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

MCleveland,
60 would be enough space as you can always place software and games on the spinner to open. This is what I did and even after a year I still had 18% free after upgrades and updates and I'm told that you can use up much more of the available drive space and it operates with ease unlike a spinner. But old mind sets are tough to change so I put it in my girlfriends system and purchased (2) 128gb's for my lappy and desktop and this is really the sweet spot as all the music, photos, data and for me games go on the spinner.
Lastly the time is now to consider your case and power supply and if chosen wisely they will outlast your build and future changes many times over. With this future savings in mind please consider a 1000+watt PSU. You will have so much voltage headroom that it will run cooler, quieter, more efficiently and as the caps age and lose a little power each year you will still be safe for upgrades and add on. Smart money spent now will save big for many mobo's and CPU's.
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15 May 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
MCleveland,
60 would be enough space as you can always place software and games on the spinner to open.
While true, why would you want to open the apps and games from the spinner? I'd rather have my apps and games open almost instantly and be in game and playing as quickly as possible. If it comes down to $100 for an 80GB drive, or $199 for a 240GB drive...I would strongly consider spending 2x as much for 3x as much space. Now, if budget dictates this extra $100 cannot be spent on more SSD space, by all means, install those apps and games on your spinner.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Lastly the time is now to consider your case and power supply and if chosen wisely they will outlast your build and future changes many times over. With this future savings in mind please consider a 1000+watt PSU. You will have so much voltage headroom that it will run cooler, quieter, more efficiently and as the caps age and lose a little power each year you will still be safe for upgrades and add on. Smart money spent now will save big for many mobo's and CPU's.
On the flip side, if you know that you probably won't upgrade much for the next 2-4 years, you might want to save the money now on the PSU, wait until your ready to upgrade 2-4 years down the line and see what is available, or what might have changed. For example, a few years ago modular power supplies weren't popular. Today they are. Just because you buy over and above the # of watts you need today, doesn't necessarily mean the PSU will provide the feature set you want in the future.

I'm not saying that any other opinions are wrong, I'm just not convinced that overbuying is a sure fire guarantee for success.
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