Computer Build

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asked May 28, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)

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answered May 28, 2012 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
- Make sure that RAM is on the memory support list (QVL)
 - You might want to invest a little more into a better power supply
 - SSD's are cheap. Look into a sata 3 SSD for your boot drive
 - You're going high end components here. Don't cram everything in a cheap $50 case. Invest in a good air flow case with plenty of room and all the options you need.
commented May 29, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)
The ram doesn't **Have** to be on the list, correct?

PSU, I''m Using @catchatyou 's 3rd suggestion

SSD's are just way too expensive for me

The case, I know air flow and cable management is important, but I'd really prefer a nice plain case.
commented May 29, 2012 by IamTechCrazy (4,621 points)
The RAM doesn't have to be on the list but the list is RAM that has been verified compatible.  

There are SSD's around the $100 mark with 60-90GB. Just for OS that's good. A mechanical hard drive is a big bottleneck as a boot drive these days. This one is $69.99

Plain, nice case is fine but the cheaper cases are often lacking. That's just my opinion though. Go with whatever case you like. In the end it'll do the same job of holding all your components.
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answered May 29, 2012 by Tim Fontana (16,355 points)
I would seriously consider spending less on the CPU and a little more on the GPU, seeing as most programs these days reply on the GPU more and are actually able to use the GPU. You can have the best CPU in the world, but when the GPU is lacking, as this one is a little, you'll be bottlenecked.

Also, a 450W power supply is pushing it a little, I suggest you aim to get a 600w of a solid brand.

My biggest regret when I built my system was cheaping out on parts that are usually overlooked, just as the PSU. It makes upgrading a whole lote more expensive.
commented May 29, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)
Yeah, the psu I really wasn't too sure of, I'm going with the third one @catchatyou suggested and the gpu, I'm not doing that much gaming, and I can always upgrade that relatively easily if it does become a huge problem, Thanks Tim.
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answered May 29, 2012 by catchatyou (97,380 points)
Please give us a little more information on what you need this build to do for you.  I've personally built a computer with the i7 3820, and I can assure you that 90% of people will <b>never</b> need this kind of power.  If you are going to be editing and rendering HD video, this is pretty close to the dream processor (that's in a reasonable price range).<br /><br />I'm not too sure about <i>that</i> motherboard, because Newegg doesn't have too many good reviews about it.  I would still stick with Asus, but I'd buy a more mainstream model, maybe the Sabertooth X79.<br /><br />Not that PNY RAM is bad, I usually recommend Corsair or G.SKILL Ram:<br /> <br /> <Br /> <br /><br />I think you and I know that you kind of cheaped out on the GPU.  If you are going to be editing video, you probably won't need to have a powerful GPU, if you plan on playing games at all, I would highly recommend something like a GTX 560 Ti or a Radeon HD 6870.  They're not the absolute best, but they'll meet most standards.<br /><br />I personally prefer NZXT cases (Especially the Phantom line), and I think you would too.  Not only are the good looking, but they're really good for cable management.<br /> <br /><br />I would buy a Caviar black hard drive or a Seagate Barracuda, because they are high performance drives (something to keep in mind).<br /><br />I'm not too sure where you got your logic from for a power supply, because for this kind of build, you'll need no less than a 600 Watt PSU.  Also, this should be one of the best parts in your computer, because if you get a crappy one, you could've just wasted a thousand dollars on your computer.  There are two kinds of power supplies (that I know of): modular and non modular.  The benefit of modular is that you don't need to have all of the cables coming out of your PSU, you can essentially just plug it in, and then store the remaining cables in a bag in the corner of your room, thus saving some air flow.  With that said, here's a good non modular PSU: <br /> <br />And here are two good modular PSUs:<br /> <br /> <br /><br />About your CPU heatsink:  not that it's bad, but I'm not too sure that it's exactly what you're looking for.  Personally, I use the CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo on two of my builds (Intel and AMD), and I'm 100% contempt with it.  It also fits on my LGA 2011 build with 4 sticks of RAM. <br /> <br /><br />You seem to be missing an optical drive and operating system.<br />Optical drive (I use it, and it's really good): <Br /> Operating system (I recommend Professional, but Home Premium can usually get the job done): <br /> <br /> <Br /><br />If you would like assistance with your build, feel free to email me.  If you give me a price, and answer a few questions, I can get the best build for you (anyone can inquire a build!).  My email should be visible on my page, but if it isn't just add <b> </b> to my name (catchatyou).  I hope I didn't overload you with information...
commented May 29, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)
Sorry for the semi short response, but thanks for all the information, I'm grateful for all of it, The psu I really wasn't sure about so I'll go with your third suggestion, i have a bd r/rw drive and win 7 ultimate, I left them out since they were kind of basic, here is the bd drive

the heat sink was a shot in the dark, and ironically I couldn't find one which would fit the 2011 socket, natievely, this one slipped my sight, and the case I really want something simple, I really hate those flashy cases, lol, and thanks again, I probably missed something you said, so hopefully I'll get a chance to reread this later, can't thank you enough for the help and suggestions.
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answered Jun 1, 2012 by DJ Scooby Doo (9,656 points)
I just want to say, do you really need Windows 7 Ultimate? I mean Home Premium or even Professional is fine for what I assume you're going to do.
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answered Jun 1, 2012 by Razor512 (16,586 points)
Windows 7 ultimate does not offer much more than home premium.

If you need to save $100 then go with 8GB RAM, windows 7 home premium, and a slightly cheaper motherboard, other than that, it is a decent build and the 450 watt power supply is more than enough as long as you don't overclock.

if you plan to overclock the CPU in a way where you boost the voltage, as well as overclocking the vdeocard, then I would recommend not going below a 600 watt power supply.

overclocking the CPU can easily cause it to pull 50-60% more power at full load.

currently that build will pull around 300-350 watts at full load and overclocking can easily push it to it's limit, furthermore, the closer you get to a powersupply's max output, the more line noise and line ripple you get which will reduce the system stability (so a CPU that may be capable of an 800MHz overclock, may only manage a 300-400MHZ overclock before you start running into issues like the system suddenly freezing and requiring a hard reset at random times (even with no prime 95 errors)
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answered Jun 15, 2012 by pjob797 (2,635 points)
Thanks guys, the build is working well, still setting up.
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