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    PC component recomendations

    Tell me what you think and what changes you would make

    Old things I'm going to re-use
    Antec P180 case
    2 DVD drives
    1tb Hard drive(for backups, audio, video, photos)

    New components I'm considering
    Intel Core i5-750

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2XXX 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


    $1,350

    Don't know for sure about the video card. I want something that can power two monitors but I don't do a lot of gaming so it may be overkill.

    I'm going to use the SSD for OS and some applications. I looked at my PC last night and if I take out pictures, music, and video I'm using about 80gb. I know the160gb SSD is expensive but I've heard they make a huge difference.


    Any recommendations?



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    Number one (and really only important) question in cases of people asking for PC advice.

    What are you planning on using your computer for?



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFever View Post
    Number one (and really only important) question in cases of people asking for PC advice.

    What are you planning on using your computer for?
    To kick *** and take names :)

    This is the 5th PC I've built. I use it for a bit of everything.

    A little gaming but nothing intense
    Browsing
    Storage
    Burning
    downloading
    video encoding
    and on and on



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    I would say that the machine looks like overkill for what you want to do



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    The SSD's do make quite a big difference, but to me anyways the price point is really high for the benefit you get. What's that one run, like $400? If you're a bleeding edge type of guy that's the route you'll want, me I'd probably wait for the price to be more reasonable. Just depends on how much money you want to throw at it I suppose.

    The build is pretty similar to the one I just built, the 5770 is at just about the perfect price-to-performance point IMO.



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    Another question

    I have a corsair HX520 power supply that I could use in this build. It sounds like it's powerful enough but here is what it says for the video card.

    Minimum Power Requirement (Watt)
    450W with one 6-pin power cable

    Here is what the HX520 says
    1 x 20+4-pin ATX
    1 x 4-pin +12V
    1 x 8-pin EPS12V
    2 x PCI-Express
    8 x 4-pin peripheral
    2 x 4-pin floppy
    4 x SATA

    Is the 6 pin going to be an issue?



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    The 2 PCI-Express are probably the 6+2 variety, or atleast one is most likely so you'd probably be fine.



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    Re: PC componet recomendations

    Agree that for why you want to use it for, this seems like a little overkill. But if you've got the scratch, who am I to tell you not to spend it?

    One option in lieu of the SSD would be a RAID 0 setup with two fast (15,000 rpm) drives.



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    Re: PC component recomendations


    What for? Im not convinced those are worth the money. You could get a cheap small capacity SATA.



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    Re: PC component recomendations

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    What for? Im not convinced those are worth the money. You could get a cheap small capacity SATA.
    Because SSD is fast. Have you seen the youtube video's of the difference in turning on and starting apps?

    Every review I see by people that have switched said that it's the most noticeable upgrade they've made.


    Can Bargain SSDs Give Windows A Quantum Performance Leap? : Getting Older By The Minute - Review Tom's Hardware

    Here is a graph showing one of the fastest HD's made compared to 3 SSD.



    Yes, they are going to get a lot cheaper over time but no one thinks twice about recommending 8gb's of ram worth $200 or a $300 video card. The last time I did a ram upgrade I couldn't tell one bit of difference between 1gb and 2gb.


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    Re: PC component recomendations

    Is faster boot time worth $300 though?



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    Re: PC component recomendations

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    Is faster boot time worth $300 though?

    Exactly. Big friggen deal that it boots faster. W7 boots fast anyway and a good set of RAM will start your apps fast anyway.



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    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Exactly. Big friggen deal that it boots faster. W7 boots fast anyway and a good set of RAM will start your apps fast anyway.
    Did you read the article? It wasn't all about boot times.



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    Re: PC component recomendations

    And put two of those VelociRaptors in RAID 0 configuration and the boot time is on par and the hibernate and shutdown times are faster. And how often do you do a complete shutdown on your desktop anyway? Even if you do it every day, is it worth $429 for 40 seconds per day?

    I'd love one for my netbook, but with that there are power (=battery) and heat considerations that make it seem like a logical upgrade. Those things aren't issues with your typical desktop.

    Like I said though, your money.



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