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Windows 7: Building a new computer, help/info needed!

07 Feb 2013   #71
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
...The trick is reading the reviews and determining who knows what they are talking about and who doesn't. There are also a few shills thrown in too. But, I do my research there and will continue. I know of no place who has more reviews on any piece of hardware than newegg. Just read carefully.
That's true of reviews almost everywhere. What you say about NewEgg is definitely true.

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07 Feb 2013   #72

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

I bought quite a bit from Newegg (and still buying) and I go by the reviews. Of course you'd have to take it with a grain of salt but I go by the dates and look for runs of bad batches in a time period.

For example I was looking for a HDD and I was looking at WD Blues and WD Blacks since they are popular but when I saw a run of bad batches in the reviews it wasn't a good time to buy 'em. I found a Seagate Constellation 1TB that only had 4 reviews in a span of months but it was 5 eggs all the way. Some even bought more than one drive and all praised highly of 'em. It cost more but I got my money's worth. I don't mind spending more for something that's gonna keep and have a longer warranty (5 years).

I built my system over two months ago, at first with an Intel Celeron G540 and 2 x 2gig Gskill 1600 mems on an Asrock H61M-DGS mobo. It's only gonna run the mems at 1066 but I like to over rate the mems for stoutness. Later I upgraded to i3-2105 and 2 x 4gig Corsair Vengeance 1600 mems now running at 1333. My power supply is a Corsair CX430 which is a third generation PSU and working well.
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07 Feb 2013   #73
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

@Drops and Wrenches, the Seagate Constellation drives are good ones I think, I have a 500GB one for my data drive. They are one of the few drives left with a 5 year warranty. Enterprise drives are designed for 27/7 use.
It seems fairly speedy as well.
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07 Feb 2013   #74

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
I hope th OP realizes the good recommendations here and see through the smoke and mirrors.
Don't worry, I believe I've gathered what I needed. The whole PSU discussion seems to have gone through the roof, past the moon, and into another nebula since I last checked the thread, but oh well, I've still gotten enough information and knowledge to make a decision suiting my needs and desires.

I want to thank everybody that have bothered to take time from their busy lives to help me on my way towards acquiring myself a new computer, and I apologize to those that have offered advice without me replieng. I was planning to answer every single post but the response to the thread was rather overwhelming, which is not at all a bad thing, 'cause like I've said many time before already, I'm very grateful for all the help and advice I've received.

I'm gonna mark this thread as solved, as it has served it's purpose; Answering my question and increasing my knowledge as what to look for when it comes to today's components.

But this probably won't be the last you guys hear from me, oh no!
There's still the overclocking and what not after I've assembled everything, and who knows, I just might be back for some more advice and information.

Well that's all folks, again, thanks for all the help and have a good day/night!

- Drops
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07 Feb 2013   #75

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

I hope we have helped you. And never be worried about asking these kinds of questions. As you can see, we love it and look for threads like this. Good luck, and hang around. There is quite a bit you can learn here.
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07 Feb 2013   #76

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

I'm sure you got the info you needed to start your quest. :)
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07 Feb 2013   #77

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

We'll be here for support when you decide to OC your system just a little bit, then a little bit more, then you go for a healthy overclock, then you push it to the limit! It's a sickness, especially when you see how easy it is to overclock that cpu. Quite a bit of knowledge floating around here, and most of us are happy to help. Also, not every thread turns out like this, so when you run into a problem or want advice, just ask!
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07 Feb 2013   #78
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Good to hear Drops, spend all you want. We really enjoy helping people spend their money, lol.

Yes check out the Overclock forum when you're ready. We have some experts here (not me!) on the subject.
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08 Feb 2013   #79

Win 7-64

I was looking for a HDD and I was looking at WD Blues and WD Blacks since they are popular but when I saw a run of bad batches in the reviews it wasn't a good time to buy 'em. I found a Seagate Constellation 1TB that only had 4 reviews in a span of months but it was 5 eggs all the way.
I read through this entire thread and didn't bounce up once out of my chair feeling that you had been given any bad advice. However:

What you said about WD HDD is emphatically not correct. I have 25 TB of them now (1, 2 and 3 TB'ers), and many more purchased over the years - both green and black. Never a problem with them - and I use them hard (awful pun I know, and completely unintended).

Seagate? Well, I wish to be popular on this forum, so I won't go into how they really are for the very low end of the mass market. Cheap, cheap, cheap. Barracuda excepted (from what I read but have never needed to buy).

I run a business so, despite multiple on site and in the cloud backups, HDD failures are not something I really want to happen. Until I ever see one fail, I will stick with WD.

Re PSU, all I can say is forget minimum requirements. BUY BIG! My 850 watters are the smallest I have ever used for myself; usually 1,000 watters. Why? I don't want them to be stressed. I want them to relax, do their jobs effortlessly and enjoy a long life.

Know that ABC Product "Gold" often means somebody's fudging on the specs. Stick with Seasonic. They make the best and don't screw around with the ratings. Corsair PSU's are said to be the best but in reality are hit and miss. I got 3 here that "missed" - Dead out of the box. (2 430 watt PSU's and the infamous TX650W, which really got a lot of hate mail). Seasonic manufacturers their own PSU's. Corsair and most other makers Do Not.

As of 2013 here's who really makes Corsair power supplies (please note that although I do not trust my life to Corsairs PSU's, I do trust my life to their RAM - got lots of that too.)

AX-650 Seasonic
AX-750 Seasonic
AX-850 Seasonic
AX-1200 Flextronics

CX-400 Seasonic
CX-430 Channel Well(CWT)
CX-430 v2 Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 Channel Well(CWT)
CX-500 v2 Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 Channel Well(CWT)
CX-600 v2 Channel Well(CWT)

Gaming Series GS600 Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS700 Channel Well(CWT)
Gaming Series GS800 Channel Well(CWT)

HX-450 Seasonic
HX-520 Seasonic
HX-620 Seasonic
HX-650 Seasonic
HX-750 Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-850 Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)
HX-1000 Channel Well (CWT)
HX-1050 Channel Well (CWT)

TX-550M Channel Well (CWT)
TX-650 Seasonic
TX-650 v2 Seasonic
TX-650M Channel Well (CWT)
TX-750 Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-750 v2 Seasonic
TX-750M Channel Well (CWT)
TX-850 Channel Well (CWT) (PSH(older) platform)
TX-850 v2 Seasonic
TX-850M Channel Well (CWT)
TX-950 Channel Well (CWT) (DSG platform)

VX-450 Seasonic
VX-550 Channel Well (CWT) (PSH platform)

Corsair (known for its memory products) made a big impact with their initial Seasonic-built HX series. All products since have been top notch and are among the best performing, quietest, and best value PSU's. The Seasonic models are generally quietest, but all models have excellent performance. The AX series is the latest and greatest series.
Remember: PSU manufacturers are some of the best and brightest liars in the world.

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08 Feb 2013   #80

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

Hmm.. no mention of a CX430 V3? It's what I have.
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