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Comments on my new build?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by doomlord289, Nov 12, 2009.

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  1. doomlord289

    doomlord289 Thread Starter

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    Hello everyone.

    http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=12366312

    That is the build I will be putting together sometime either around Black Friday or Christmas, whichever time people recommend to get the best discounts.

    I'm looking for comments on:
    1. The build as a whole
    2. The power supply
    3. The case
    4. The hard drives
    5. The video card
    6. Will the Zalman CPU cooler work with that motherboard?

    My plan is to use the 10k RPM drive for the OS and nothing else. The 4 1TB drives will be my data drives: 2 in a RAID1 array for general data, 2 for my DVD collection.

    Am I missing anything that I should order with this build (cables, etc.)? I already have 2 monitors and some speakers I'll be using with this. I also already own the CPU (got it 50% off elsewhere), but added it to the wishlist for reference.
     
  2. BG-0

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    The case is good. AS5 is good. Only get SATA DVD burners, not one SATA and one IDE.
    After that:
    G19 is not worth its price. If you just want to splash money, fine.
    The 1100W PSU is unnecessarily "big" and simply wastes wastes quality in quantity. Corsair 850TX or 850HX are enough for a smart build, 950TX isn't a bad investment though.
    GTX295 is already old tech. Doesn't support the newly released DirectX11. Get a Radeon HD 5870, maybe later add a second one or go tri-way with 5870 + 5870X2 when they're released. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131176
    I wouldn't recommend a 6x2 GB kit of memory... Two kits of these will give better performance at a lower price: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226028
    Zalman 9700LED is an underperformer even for my setup. Forget it. All of these perform a lot better than the 9700: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835702007 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608014 (pretty much the best choice, except for the fugly coloured fans (that happen to be very, very good ones))
    For motherboard, that one is okay, other choices would be: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128362 or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
    Can't say anything about the headset, I wouldn't buy an USB headset, extra load on the system when you could have a good sound card and a 1/8" connected headset so it would work "independently". Sure, it's probably a very good headset, costs a lot and is of a quality brand...
    VelociRaptors nearly lose to regular 1 TB drives. If you want a performance drive, get a SSD.. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167005
    For the data drives, use Seagate Barracuda 7200.12s for a more silent operation and the same performance...
    Everything should be included that you need to build. Motherboards usually come with 1-3 SATA cables(99% sure 3 or more with this high-end boards), but you need... 8... So you should buy some. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270093

    Note that the motherboard in your wish list doesn't support your hard drive/optical drive setup. Only 6 SATA connectors.
     
  3. doomlord289

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    OK, I took a lot of your advice and came up with this: http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=8290649.

    The reason for the 1 SATA and 2 IDE optical drives is because the motherboard I'd like to use only has 6 SATA ports (as you pointed out). I would like to get 3 optical drives into this tower, so I figured I'd make use of the open IDE port.
    Also, I added a Wi-Fi adapter, as I can only connect to the internet via Wi-Fi at my parents' house (I have ethernet while I'm away at college).

    Now, please rip apart this new build, as last time you gave me suggestions you recommended better components while simultaneously lowering the total cost! :D(y)

    Do I need to purchase any additional fans or should the ones provided in the case be good enough? If I need to buy some fans, could you please recommend some good ones?


    Thanks again for your help. If you haven't guessed, this is my first build.
     
  4. BG-0

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    I would still recommend either of the boards I linked with 9/10 SATA ports... Having an IDE drive amongst many SATA drives can easily cause conflicts with boot order. I've often ran to cases where even with SATA set to Native IDE mode and only having a SATA drive in the boot priority, any IDE drive would jump before them for no apparent reason. Not to mention they're pretty much from more trustworthy brands(the motherboards)... :rolleyes: (you would also need to buy an IDE cable for the two IDE DVD-RWs, they're bare drives)

    Wireless... Can't say I will ever use wireless if it's not 100% necessary. Even with 400$+ equipment, the connection won't be stable as it is with wired connection. Not to mention with 20$ USB adapters.
    This is a neat solution I've tested once at my friend's place, and it worked great, compared to any Wi-Fi equipment I've used there (used to live there for a while, used about 10 different internal and external wireless adapters, and even next to the modem, the connection was crappy in my taste): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833314036 (this isn't the product that I used, it was a similar item. Many reviews say this one only works directly from plug to plug, no extension cords)
     
  5. doomlord289

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    Updated the previous list with the Gigabyte board and 2 more of the SATA drives and the required SATA cables (mobo comes with 4, buying 4 more).

    As for the powerline network, I think I'll stick with my Wi-Fi for now, even with it's unreliability. I'm only home for about 4 months out of the year and I can deal with it then.
     
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    You could also change the Plextors to a cheaper Sony or Samsung model. No real difference in reliability and about 50$ save with three drives...
     
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    Updated with some Sony drives.
    If there's no more recommendations, I'll probably order this around Black Friday, unless you recommend waiting till Christmas time to get better discounts.
     
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    Can't say about discounts, haven't for a certain reason ever used newegg.
     
  9. doomlord289

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    Black Friday it is, as I'm eager to build this.

    Thanks for your recommendations.
     
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