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New computer parts ordered - what do you think

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by texascbx, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116758

    $139.99

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
    Item #: N82E16820231311

    $89.99

    MSI P55-GD65 USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130272

    $109.99

    GIGABYTE GV-N460OC-1GI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814125333

    $189.99

    XIGMATEK BALDER SD1283 120mm Long Life CPU Cooler I7 i5 775 AMD compatible, w/ bracket ACK-I5361
    Item #: N82E16835233040

    $39.99

    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98
    Item #: N82E16827106334

    $21.99

    Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC ...
    Item #: N82E16817371026

    $84.99

    Acer G235HAbd 23'' WideScreen LCD monitor
    Item #: N82E16824009266

    $139.99

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750
    Item #: N82E16819115215

    $184.99

    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119196

    $59.99

    Subtotal $1,061.90
    Tax $0.00
    UPS 3 DAYS $0.00
    Order Total $1,061.90

    Big sale today at the egg so I pulled the trigger after telling my wife how good a deal it is and it's just for today. Also more than 100 bucks of rebates so the cost is around 900 really. I love no tax and no shipping charges.:biggrin:

    I built several systems and used to work on computers so I love building them, especially for myself since I only build a new one every once in a great while. Also I'm an overclocker too. I have this system running at 3.9Ghz for the last year.:smile:
     
  2. G1 User

    G1 User Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 20, 2010
    Seems fast enough for photography :biggrin:
    Although PS5 may get bogged down (only 8g ram :wink:.... just kidding)
     
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  3. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 6, 2010
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  4. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Do you really need Windows 7 Professional?
     
  5. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    Good luck, Ricky! My brain hurts but I'm a Mac user - and need help from professionals or people smarter than me. ;-)
     
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  6. linkedit

    linkedit Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 6, 2010
    New Jersey, USA
    that's the first time I've ever seen someone actually buy a copy of Windows
     
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  7. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    It has a couple of extra networking things built in. Backup to network is also something I might use.

    I probably don't need it, but for 40 dollars more, I figured I might need those extra features. Also the max memory for Premium is 16Gb. So you never know. With 8Gb of memory selling for 90 bucks, who knows how low memory prices can go. I play several flight sims like FSX which eat CPU speed and memory like it's nothing. After I read the Tom's Hardware article on memory the other day, more memory is good especially if it can be bought cheap.

    Memory Upgrade: Is It Time To Add More RAM? : Introduction

    After working on computers for a few years and preaching to people about how their previous computer builder had shafted them with a bogus copy of windows and how I could not help them without them buying a legit copy, I generally practice what I preach. I have used this Windows XP home OEM copy on three different computers, although only installed on one at a time as I upgrade my system. The OEM copies are not that bad, it's the retail copies which are just crazy expensive.
     
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  8. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    That's a nice case, but it's too expensive for me and too big also. What a monster.
     
  9. sblehm

    sblehm Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 28, 2010
    That looks like a good build! My work PC has the same proc and I am happy with it.

    As it would happen I actually used the system image back-up utility today for the first time and saved to a network share. I am upgrading the hard drive and hope to restore to the new disk tomorrow. That way I will not need to rebuild the whole thing...we'll see.
     
  10. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    I've used the backup to an external drive before. It works just like Ghost. I imaged a RAID 0 array to a file, then did away with the RAID array, making it just two separate drives, C and D. Then restored the image and it worked perfect.
     
  11. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    Do you mean RAID 1?
     
  12. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    Hi texas,

    Nice rig! :thumbup: although it would be nicer if you bought better monitor for image editing/photography.
     
  13. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    Yeah, it's a budget monitor for sure, but it was on sale and so on.

    No I had a RAID 0 array, two 320GB Seagates running on a 650i Nvidia mobo. The speed of the RAID 0 array was much faster than no RAID, but I was constantly worrying about one failing and losing everything so I abandoned that strategy and got a 750Gb WD Black which was close to the speed of the two old Seagates running in RAID 0.

    RAID 0 is when the data is split or striped between two drives. If one dies, it's adios to all your data.

    RAID 1 is two drives that are mirrored. If one dies, you can rebuild the array, but it's not as fast as RAID 0. Read speed is good on RAID 1 though because it reads from both drives at the same time.
     
  14. sblehm

    sblehm Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 28, 2010
    gamers, in my experience like to run raid 0 - doubles the chances of losing everything:)
     
  15. Boyzo

    Boyzo Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 3, 2010
    Your a man after my Heart Rick
    THis system should fly :biggrin:
    My current system is a prev. gen Pentium Quad core o/c to 3.4ghz with 8gig of ram running windows 7 Ultimate.
     
  16. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I'd say If you were in china said to another chinese that you were off to 'buy' a windows 7 disc they would look at you most strangely.

    Texascbx, the G. Skill ram sounds good. I just recently bought myself a G. Skill SSD and it is very good quality. Better than I expected. (By the way why don't you just got the little extra and get yourself a fast SSD) It's made my macbook pro virtually open up apps and files instantly. For example Aperture opens in about 2 seconds and itunes as soon as it's clicked. All i need now is just a bit more processing power than 2.26GHZ so I can make aperture changes to images instantly.
     
  17. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    The thing about SSD is the cost now. I think in five years, they will replace mechanical drives. But with 1Tb mechanical drives going for 59 dollars, it could take longer for costs to come down on SSD drives.

    Plus with all the simulations/games I have, I would have to run a SSD for my OS and a HD for my sims anyway. FS9 takes up 16.2 GB and FSX takes up 24.4 GB. IL-2 Sturmovik 1946 takes up 8.83 GB. These items are no big deal on the WD Black 750Gb I have them installed on.

    We have 640Gb platters in these new drives and soon we will have 1Tb platters. I remember my first computer was a Dell with a 13Gb IBM Deskstar/deathstar.
     
  18. Narnian

    Narnian Nobody in particular ...

    Aug 6, 2010
    Midlothian, VA
    Richard Elliott
    You could get the best of both worlds with RAID 10 :biggrin:

    In fact, RAID 10 with SSD would be very interesting - and ridiculously expensive :tongue:
     
  19. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    I know several guys running two SSDs in RAID 0. SSDs would makes sense for a person that money is no object. Like someone running GTX 580 3-way SLI.