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13 Jul 2015   #11
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I would look for a MOBO that doesn't waste two slots on PCI unless you have some older PCI cards you can't replace.
I agree LF but many motherboards seem to continue this trend and I don't know why.
I'm moving back a bit to my original specs.....maybe. I have to make a decision sooner or later and use one of my 2 remaining W7 licenses.


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13 Jul 2015   #12
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I would look for a MOBO that doesn't waste two slots on PCI unless you have some older PCI cards you can't replace.
I agree LF but many motherboards seem to continue this trend and I don't know why.
I'm moving back a bit to my original specs.....maybe. I have to make a decision sooner or later and use one of my 2 remaining W7 licenses.
They include the PCI slots since there are still people who have working PCI cards, especially sound cards and dial-up modems. Many of those old PCI sound cards were pretty good and can hold their own against the newer ones. However, there are plenty of good MOBOs in the same price range that will replace those PCI slots with PCI-e x1 slots (the old PCI was the bandwidth equivalent of PCI-e x1).

I know what you mean about remaining Win 7 licenses. I have two retail licenses—one Ultimate and one Home Premium—gathering dust.
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17 Jul 2015   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Does your vendor have a web site or menu of components?
Sorry I didn't get back but have read and appreciate the comments. This is the supplier I typically use
MSY-The name you can trust-More than 17 yrs In IT industry-Nationalwide branches serve you & offer the best IT price everyday

I think the PSU options I have are good quality and modular isn't that important with a decent case to hide unwanted cables. As to the case I'm still unsure.
Mother board is pretty much between (Australian $):
- AsRock H97M-Pro4 - $109
- Asus H97-Pro - $158

Admittedly the AsRock is micro but seems to get really good reviews. I've used a basic AsRock before and it's still going strong.
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19 Jul 2015   #14
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Overall looks to be a nice solid build. I have zero experience with the WD blue's, I've settled in on Seagate Baracuuda 2TB drives as my basic storage drives and 3 and 4 tb versions for high capacity storage. For speedy basic storage a WD black. We are right around the corner from really cheap ssd storage so if it was me I would suggest 2-3 tb and opt for something with 7000+ rpm and 64gb cache.....but that's just me.
Blues are great drives and have the same reliability as the WD blacks (have same specs on component lifetimes, even though the warranty period is different). The 1 TB blue are one platter and are pretty fast: 190 MB/s peak on the outer edge of the platter and 142 MB/s average. I have 3 of these running on my system now and several other on my families for quite some time with no issues and great performance.

Seagate pretty much suck in my book. Their data center enterprise class drive are all right, but hteir consumer drives have high failure rates in general.

Another good option are the HGST (Hitachi) drives. But they are more expensive than the WDC Blues and I don't think you buy much for that.
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19 Jul 2015   #15
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
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The motherboard and the PSU.
Thanks everyone for the response. I'm a bit restricted by the local supplier.

@AddRAM can you give more details.
I thought this PSU was built by Seasonic for Antec and is an 80+ bronze.
As to the motherboard. I know this is a "basic" motherboard but it appears to have all the features I seem to need and again it's the "poorer cousin" from Asus and I don't want to overclock.
The user (my son) may upgrade his GPU at some stage at his expense! A PC for his studies is more important than his gaming stuff. I want a PSU that could deal with a GPU upgrade but only one.

@ ignatzatsonic
I wanted a Cooler Master 212 EVO or 212x cooler but the local supplier isn't selling it anymore.

In terms of noise. I do want a reasonably quiet system. When the CPU is going flat out I'd expect increased CPU fan cooler noise.

I appreciate the comments. Bad choice comments are really appreciated.
Well the 212 wouldn't do then IMO. It can cool fairly well at high loads, but that is because the fans run at high rpm and are noisy. You might look at Noctua solutions, but they are a bit pricey. What kind of loads are you expecting?
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19 Jul 2015   #16
GeneO

Windows 10 Pro. EFI boot partition, full EFI boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Does your vendor have a web site or menu of components?
Sorry I didn't get back but have read and appreciate the comments. This is the supplier I typically use
MSY-The name you can trust-More than 17 yrs In IT industry-Nationalwide branches serve you & offer the best IT price everyday

I think the PSU options I have are good quality and modular isn't that important with a decent case to hide unwanted cables. As to the case I'm still unsure.
Mother board is pretty much between (Australian $):
- AsRock H97M-Pro4 - $109
- Asus H97-Pro - $158

Admittedly the AsRock is micro but seems to get really good reviews. I've used a basic AsRock before and it's still going strong.
Fractal design cases are a good bang for the buck.

If you are not going modular, pay careful attention to the depth of the backside of the case where you will route the cables. PSU cables are relatively stiff, especially for non-modular PSU, so it isn't easy to route the cables without ample space.
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19 Jul 2015   #17
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks for the feedback Gene. The system won't let me give you a tick.
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19 Jul 2015   #18
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Funny as all my hdd issues have always been with 2.5" WD and I like WD drives as well but I have to tell you I'm running about equal numbers of both WD, Hitachi and Seagate in 3.5" and I've had zero issues with any of them and it all boils down to purpose and cost. I believe we are literally just months away from seeing the hdd manufacturers shaken to their very core with the new ssd platforms cost to performance ratios and larger than 1-6 tb sizes.
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26 Jul 2015   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

My final build:
Mobo: Asus H97-PRO
CPU: i5 4590
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S
PSU: Corsair RM550
Case: Corsair 300R
DVD/Blu Ray combo: Pioneer BDC-207-DBK OEM
RAM: GSkill RipjawsX (1600) 2x8GB
SSD: Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
HDDs: WD Blue, 1TB, Seagate 1TB (old/existing)
GPU (old existing): GTX750

I consider it a good mid range general purpose/gaming PC. The graphics card can be upgraded but I'm not paying for it. At least that is what I tell my son who is the new owner.

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26 Jul 2015   #20
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Nice build
Wire management could be better but a good starter system
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