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Windows 7: preposed build log for my new under 5 k computer system build

06 Aug 2013   #11
emmett82

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
You can get the Intel i5-3570K for about the same as the AMD 8350. As far as Windows 7, you can just download the ISO file, make a bootable USB stick(which is really easy) and pay for the license.
ah i see ill look into it. and if i make it using a iso and a bootable usb will it be a system builder version ie no crapware and such ?


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06 Aug 2013   #12
emmett82

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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This might be helpful for understanding things.

i have an idea for a stickied thread on here
1 ) thats my other post from last night.
2 ) help understanding what ?
3 ) what are you getting at cause im lost haha
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07 Aug 2013   #13
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Here are two possible builds for a rig used for gaming and content creation/editing. You can go with Socket 1155 and use Intel's Core i7-3770K or step up to Socket 2011 and use the Intel Core i7-3930K(Or wait until September and go with the Ivy Bridge-Extreme line of CPU's, which will still use Socket 2011). Serious content creation/editing people will go for the six core Intel CPU's and Socket 2011 for the extra horsepower and because they want the job they are working on done in order to start on another project/job.

Whichever platform you go with, you will need to choose a motherboard which has the features to meet your needs. The important part of Socket 2011 architecture is the extra PCI-Express lanes available. If you are running dual GPU's, sound cards, RAID cards, etc, you will need those extra PCI-Express lanes in order for all your cards to have the bandwidth they need to function at maximum performance. On the other hand, if you are just running say, a single GPU and an add-on card such as a RAID card or sound card, Socket 1155 will handle that just fine. Many Socket 1155 motherboards support dual graphics cards with PCI slots for add-ons as well.

Unless you just have money to burn, a single high-end graphics card is almost always a better idea than dual graphics cards. The new GTX 700 series cards are benchmarking really well and a GTX 760/770 is pretty affordable. Here you want to look at manufacturer and the amount of RAM the card comes with. If you are going to use more than one display/monitor you may want to get a card with more RAM. You need the extra RAM because the card will have to draw the frames at a higher than normal resolution and will need the RAM to store everything. The less RAM you have, the less room it has to store the images it is drawing. For a single monitor up to 1080p resolution, 2GB of GDDR5 RAM is perfect. As far as manufacturers, you have a few to choose from. The ones that are making quality cards and have great support and warranties are EVGA, Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte for Nvidia cards, and Asus, XFX, PowerColor, MSI, and I think Sapphire for AMD Radeon cards.

It looks like you have picked probably the best SSD on the market with the Samsung 840 Pro. I would suggest either a 128GB or 256GB model for your OS, programs/applications, and games if you want. I am using a 128GB SSD with the OS, programs/applications and a few games installed on it and am only using about 55GB. All of my user data and other bulk data is on mechanical hard drives.

You will want a hard drive or two for bulk data storage. I have Seagate Desktop HDD.15 4TB drives and on sale, they are $150 and by far the best deal out there. Have not had a problem out of them at all.

With a power supply, quality is king. NEVER cheap out on this part because a bad one can brick your entire system. The more components you have and the harder you are running the computer, the more clean power you'll need. For a socket 2011 system, I'd recommend the SeaSonic X750 Gold PSU and for Socket 1155 I'd drop down to the SeaSonic X650 Gold. Both of those are modular PSU's and built by one of the best manufacturers out there.

RAM is tricky. It is only going up in price, so buying as much as your board can hold right now is not very efficient. 8GB is the new standard for a high end system as 4GB is no longer enough in some cases. More and more people are buying 16GB kits because they know they will never use more than that and will not have to upgrade. If you find you NEED more than 16GB for high end editing, etc, go ahead and get a 32GB kit. For most people, 8-16GB is more than enough.

Water cooling is a great option if you don't like the looks of big bulky air coolers. They offer great performance, in a compact package. I don't like big air coolers because they are just that.....BIG. Most larger models block, or limit access to some RAM slots, they weigh quite a bit more than a WC pump and it is just hanging off the motherboard. It is also more difficult to get in your system and move your hands around should you need to clean or replace parts. Generally, water coolers are quieter than big air coolers just because you can run fans at a lower RPM and sometimes get by with only 1 fan(for single radiator models) instead of having to run two fans. Water coolers absorb the "shock" of higher temps better than an air coolers simply because of the different cooling capabilities of the two systems. In my opinion, a single radiator system is all that's needed for Socket 1155, where Socket 2011 would need a dual rad system just because of the higher heat output of the CPU's. That is of course, unless you are planning on some extreme overclocking, and in that case you will need a dual rad setup.

That's probably more than you wanted to know, but it should give you a good start on the most important parts of a system. Always try to buy from reputable dealers such as NewEgg, Tiger Direct, Amazon or NCIX and check their daily/weekly emails often when you start to build. I ended up saving over $100 total when I built this rig because quite a few parts I wanted were on sale. If you have anymore questions, feel free to ask.
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07 Aug 2013   #14
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by emmett82 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
You can get the Intel i5-3570K for about the same as the AMD 8350. As far as Windows 7, you can just download the ISO file, make a bootable USB stick(which is really easy) and pay for the license.
ah i see ill look into it. and if i make it using a iso and a bootable usb will it be a system builder version ie no crapware and such ?
The iso that is downloaded would be installed as per the license you buy to activate it. I think only retail ones are available, but you could buy an OEM installer and activate with that key. there will be no crapware on the iso, just w7.
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