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Windows 7: Tell me what you think.

22 Jan 2010   #21
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would read the 188 customer reviews on your link. Who would know better than them.
Good point! Ha! Can't believe I didn't notice those lol

Now all I need is a dvd and cd drive. Isn't a CD/ DVD Burner and a CD/ DVD Drive the same thing? NewEgg.com has a Burner category and a Drive category. Which 1 should I look in?


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22 Jan 2010   #22
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

That is a good drive for a great price. Just search for sata dvd burner and look at the reviews.
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22 Jan 2010   #23
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

If you want to burn, get a burner. Burners do it all; a "CD drive" may just be reader, not a burner.

Cases are largely a matter of personal preference. Some people put the emphasis on build quality and quietness factors; others are interested in looks and flashing lights. It's pretty much up to you. Coolermaster is generally well regarded, but I have no idea on that case.

I don't game and don't know what it takes to run certain games. That 4670 video card you chose is a mid level card.

The PSU is gross overkill in watts and of unknown pedigree. It's likely that Coolermaster did not make that PSU. Somebody else did and Coolermaster put their name on it. 700 watts could power 2 of your machines. Your PC doesn't consume many watts as presently configured. Even if you go hog wild on the video card, you won't need 700 watts. I'd stay with Seasonic personally as they make their own PSUs. Some Corsairs are also made by Seasonic.

DVD burners are pretty much generic commodities. Decent choices are Samsung and Lite-on.


You have an ATX motherboard and so you need an ATX case and an ATX power supply. Any ATX PSU will fit into an ATX case. Some PSUs will have more cables and connectors than others. If you had a fancy system with a lot of internal components, you would need to be sure you had enough connectors from the PSU.

But you don't have a fancy system. So virtually any PSU would have enough cables. You need to be concerned with finding a high quality unit with enough power. Not hard to do.


Good advice from Jonathan--make sure all of your drives are SATA rather than IDE.
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22 Jan 2010   #24
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

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22 Jan 2010   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would throw in a 30GB OCZ Vertex for Windows7. That would make the system a LOT faster. Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD
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22 Jan 2010   #26
CoolioG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
I would throw in a 30GB OCZ Vertex for Windows7. That would make the system a LOT faster. Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - SSD
Hmmm.... and keep the operating system on the SSD and user files on the 1tb WD drive... Sounds interesting but i'll wait till SSDs stop developing as fast. I don't want to buy a SSD just to have it be 1-uped by another one...
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22 Jan 2010   #27
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You don't have a power supply listed here. You certainly need one of those.

And skip the SSD for the time being. Trying to stay within 30GB for Windows 7 for many can be a bit of a challenge. When you are trying to built a decent budget rig, SSD's don't belong yet.
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22 Jan 2010   #28
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

While deciding on the case, did you consider a CoolerMaster HAF 922? It fairly conservative in appearance and modestly priced, but what I like about mine is the triple 200mm fans for cooling. They are far quieter than my secondary rig in an Antec 1040BII, which has 5 80mm fans which screams, yet runs much cooler.

The only thing that I don't like about it is that since the drive bays sit sideways, you need to use clipon power connectors for the SATA drives, otherwise they bind on the side panel, making it difficult to close. Right angle data cables are best also.
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22 Jan 2010   #29
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
The only thing that I don't like about it is that since the drive bays sit sideways, you need to use clipon connectors for the SATA drives, otherwise they bind on the side panel, making it difficult to close.
I love my Antec Sonata II's where the drives mount sideways. That's one feature that I actually missed on my latest box where I used a larger Antec P182 case. However, I love my 182 case.
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22 Jan 2010   #30
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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And skip the SSD for the time being. Trying to stay within 30GB for Windows 7 for many can be a bit of a challenge
Where is the challenge. It will take years before you can fill up the 30GB SSD with the system (provided the user data is on another disk). Since I am running Win7 on my SSD, I am costantly hovering around 15GB +/- a few.
And if you get the Vertex I linked which supports Trim (firmware level 1.4.) plus Win7 which also supports Trim, you are set for the near future. Then when Win8 will be out, things might change. But then you'll buy/build a new system anyhow because you want other features like USB3, etc.
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