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  1. MisterK

    First Time Builder Troubles

    You probably don't want to hear this, but Intel's new 7 series chipsets are now out. The good news you can just drop in a ASRock Z77 Extreme4 in it's place. Same price.
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    GPU recommendations.

    On the 6th of April I will be able to answer that. Otherwise I'm not sure exactly. Well, get back to us then.
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    GPU recommendations.

    What is your budget?
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    It will only be noisy when under load, at idle is will be near silent. It will only be under load when you are playing a game. Noisy is relative. I would be willing to spend $40-$50 on a cooler above and beyond the price of a generic card, if the cooler is a good one. For me a good one is one that is very quiet all the time. Even at load, whilst overclocked.
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    Have you seen any reviews comparing dataplex to SRT? I'm sceptical anyone would be able to notice much difference outside of benchmarks. If in use, the difference is 3-5 seconds of load time for the first run, I'm not sure it's worth the hassle for most people to manage it manually. I'm running an old 60G G.Skill Falcon, and I've been tempted to replace it with a new gen SSD. But I've held off, because I'm sure I wouldn't be able to tell the difference. If I was putting a computer together now, I think I would go for a 120GB drive, partition 20-30gb off as a cache for the spindle drives, and leave the remainder as my C:, but then I don't install a lot of games or programs, and have been perfectly happy with my 60G
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    What size SSD were you using as a cache? Were you running in write-back mode?
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    Those were the drives I recommended in the first place :P But, if he is running his SRT cache in 'maximized' write-back mode, then the HDDs he has a pretty much immaterial. Either SRT works or it doesn't. Granted, the first run will be a little slower, but after that it will just be SSD speed. And with a 60GB SSD, not a lot of things are going to get kicked out of cache, unless he loads ten different games in a row.
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    Here and here is what I've found so far.
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    You could probably save a few dollars here. As far as I'm aware, ram speeds of over 1600mhz really don't do much for a sandybridge system. Its really only a matter of +/- $30, so not a big deal. But you could put that money into a better cooler. Same thing with the PSU. I'm really not a expert on them, but I think you can get a high quality 850W supply for less than $200. More room for some cost saving here. But it depends how you want to go about it.The motherboard you have choses supports Intel's SRT which means you can assign your SSD as a cache, and it will transparently chose which files need to be on the SSD without you having to micromanage your installs. This means you can get the $105 60G Intel 520 For benchmarking, not using SRT will be faster. In actual use, you will never notice. Except in one or two edge cases that depend on your usage style. Also, the sweet spot for $ per GB is 2TB drives, which is why I put two of them in. 4TB of storage for the same price as 3TB. With the added bonus of you not losing every bit of data when your drive inevitably fails. As mentioned above, an extra $20 will go quite a long way here. Noise is usually my focus,followed by temps. Which is why I went with a Scythe Mugen back when I built last, have been very happy with it Dasa mentioned the Thermalright HR-02 Macho $59. I would say it's worth the extra $$ Very jealous over here, will be a great system. Enjoy! Holy shit! How long have those things been around? Have you seen any reviews for them? DO WANT.
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    It is a PLS monitor (Samsung's souped up version of IPS) And it has a resolution of 2560 x 1440. So there is some reason for it being that price. That statement is so broad as to not mean anything. As far as I am aware there is three or four major players in the LCD panel space. Samsung/Sony, Sharp, LG come to mind. I'm pretty sure AOC doesn't specialise in high quality panels, and you get what you pay for. Regardless, AOC is definitely not making the panel in that Samsung 27"
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    If I was to spend 3G on a brand new computer, which I probably wouldn't. I think this is what it would look like Which leaves another $250 in the budget for peripherals, KB+Mouse, gamepad and speakers that sort of thing. No crossfire in there as yet. But further down the track you could add a second 7970 (I suspect they will drop in price quite quickly in the next month, as the number of GTX680 available goes up) I went with a single 27" 2560x1440 Monitor. You could just as easily go with 3x24" 1080p for not much more money, but then you will really want that second GPU sooner rather than later. Single small SSD for using as a cache. 2x2TB seagate drives for mass storage. Food for thought anyway. Good luck.
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    First Time Builder Troubles

    Just laying that out there, so we all know what we are talking about. Now, and this may be a bit outlandish, but hang in here with me. If you are set on speeding 3 big ones on this rig, my advice is spend at least a grand on a monitor, or some amount of monitors. Get a 30" or 2x27" or whatever, some combination of monitors. Something IPS or 120hz for the 3d. And I say this because. ^---These things here are way over powered in combination with ^---This. Just have a look through the reviews here and here. At 1080p just a single hd7970 is more than enough, let alone a two of them, or a GTX680 (or two of those) I know the trend in power supplies is 1kw+, but they really are overkill. A nice platinum 850W would be sufficient. ...wow its late.
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    New build for a friend

    I've never even seen a blank BD in real life. I can't think of any reason I'd want to spend eternity burning 50GB to an expensive single-use disk when I could just throw it on a hard drive in a fraction of the time. See, that was my thinking originally (personally I don't even have an optical drive in my desktop)I think we'll stick with the combo drive. Very good points there lads, the bitfenix has front usb3 ports, so Extreme4 it is. Ha! was just discussing this with him. He likes the sound of that idea. Less micromanaging of storage space is a good thing Have changed it too a 60gb Intel 520. Parts are so ridiculously efficient these days. Makes my i7 920 and HD4890 look stoneage in comparison. And being able to get a Platinum level PSU for that price is awesome. I think it will have more than enough headroom for him. In case he adds a second 7870 later on, or, a couple of years from now, a new higher tier GPU I made him wait for the GTX680 release to see what it would do to prices. He doesn't want to wait anymore :) New List:
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    New build for a friend

    Not a bad idea. Not sure he would ever actually use that feature, but for $20 it's hard to argue with. how much do blank blu-rays cost these days? Interesting. Although, as I said, not sure if he will be doing any overclocking at all. He can get into that world all by himself. This is his first big gaming rig, I don't think I should swamp him with those sorts of options. A 3rd party hs/f combo like the CM Hyper 212 is one thing, but a $150 water cooling setup is a little hardcore. Thanks guys, keep it coming :)
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