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    Build my Windows 7 rig

    Even though my PC is running fine right now I have a Windows 7 disc laying on my desk and I don't want to waste it on my old PC. I have the monitor and I'll choose the case myself. I would like to stick with Intel. For under $800 pick my system.



    I already have a spare 1TB hard drive that I will use as a backup. I probably want another 1TB hard drive. I don't play a lot of games but I would like a decent graphics card. I currently have a fanless card, which is nice and quiet. I think I'll stay away from SSD this time around.



    Motherboard:
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    Suggestions?



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Core i5-850 $200
    Gigabyte GA-p55-UD3R $139 (The MSI GD65 is getting good reviews as well)
    ATI 5770 $159 (Newest of the mainstream cards with Dx11 support)
    4GB DDR3 1600 ~$90
    WD Caviar Black $$ Depends on Size
    I prefer Corsair or Antec Power Supplies, something in the 650-700w range would be fine, probably $75-110 depending on model



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Over in one, though I prefer asus boards, barely, over gigabyte. Just picked up an ssd and windows 7 and it is amazing. Boots in about 5 seconds and down in maybe half a second. Copied 1000 small (rom) files about 1.5 gig in 8 seconds or so. Just awesome.

    Edit: Corsair memory and Power supply would be my choices as well. My ssd is a corsair too. Great company



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Why stop with 4gb? =) Other stuff looks great.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Why stop with 4gb? =) Other stuff looks great.
    Heh, good point.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Here are my thoughts:

    Motherboard: Asus P6T LGA 1366 $239
    Processor: Intel i7-920 $289
    Graphics card: Saphire 4870 1gb $164
    DRAM: Crucial 8gb DDR3 1333 $140
    Hard Drive: WD caviar Black 1tb $110
    Power Supply Corsair 750w $110

    Ouch $1,052. A little more than I wanted to spend.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by Darko View Post
    Just picked up an ssd and windows 7 and it is amazing. Boots in about 5 seconds and down in maybe half a second. Copied 1000 small (rom) files about 1.5 gig in 8 seconds or so. Just awesome.
    Dumb question here but I've never used a drive just for booting. Is there anything you do special to make sure everything doesn't automatically get installed on that drive all the time? I know that I'll be good about not installing anything on the C drive but I don't have as much faith that my wife will do the same thing. I guess I could threaten divorce.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Dumb question here but I've never used a drive just for booting. Is there anything you do special to make sure everything doesn't automatically get installed on that drive all the time? I know that I'll be good about not installing anything on the C drive but I don't have as much faith that my wife will do the same thing. I guess I could threaten divorce.....
    Program installation entries will always be made to the c drive since that is where the registry is stored. You can save program related (databases,etc) files on any drive during installation, if the app allows you that option. This will allow you to keep the OS (c) drive small and the data (d) drive open to strorage.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    Here are my thoughts:

    Motherboard: Asus P6T LGA 1366 $239
    Processor: Intel i7-920 $289
    Graphics card: Saphire 4870 1gb $164
    DRAM: Crucial 8gb DDR3 1333 $140
    Hard Drive: WD caviar Black 1tb $110
    Power Supply Corsair 750w $110

    Ouch $1,052. A little more than I wanted to spend.
    For me personally, I would say the i7 is more than I need. And the 5770 is almost identical to the 4870 as far as performance goes (even better than it on some games) and the 5770 is DirectX 11 capable. The i5 is so close to the i7-920 I can't imagine you'd notice the difference and going with the i5 would save you $200+.


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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by bostinelosd View Post
    Program installation entries will always be made to the c drive since that is where the registry is stored. You can save program related (databases,etc) files on any drive during installation, if the app allows you that option. This will allow you to keep the OS (c) drive small and the data (d) drive open to strorage.
    You can change where the default program installation is. The registry will stay on C, but the registry isnt that large itself.

    How to change the default location to install programs in Windows

    Its also fairly easy to change where your user folders are (my documents, pictures, etc)



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    For me personally, I would say the i7 is more than I need. And the 5770 is almost identical to the 4870 as far as performance goes (even better than it on some games) and the 5770 is DirectX 11 capable.

    I would agree with that. Spending more doesnt necessarily get you more right now. If you are a graphic/video editor, then I would say go for it. But if you are a hobbyist/casual gamer/office app person, the highest cost wont be justified in all reality.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson83 View Post
    You can change where the default program installation is. The registry will stay on C, but the registry isnt that large itself.

    How to change the default location to install programs in Windows

    Its also fairly easy to change where your user folders are (my documents, pictures, etc)

    Yes, but I think his question was where to install it all and just use the C drive for strictly windows boot. The C drive will always house some part of a program.



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    OK How about this?

    Here are my thoughts:

    Motherboard: Asus P6T LGA 1366 $239
    Processor: Intel i7-920 $289
    Graphics card: Saphire Redeon 5770 $159
    DRAM: Crucial 8gb DDR3 1333 $140
    Hard Drive: WD caviar Black 1tb $110
    Power Supply Corsair 750w $110
    Antec P183 case $139

    Grand total $1,188.92



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    Re: Build my Windows 7 rig

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    OK How about this?

    Here are my thoughts:

    Motherboard: Asus P6T LGA 1366 $239
    Processor: Intel i7-920 $289
    Graphics card: Saphire Redeon 5770 $159
    DRAM: Crucial 8gb DDR3 1333 $140
    Hard Drive: WD caviar Black 1tb $110
    Power Supply Corsair 750w $110
    Antec P183 case $139

    Grand total $1,188.92
    Newegg.com - ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
    Asus P6T LGA 1366 $189.99 after rebate



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