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Hey guys, it's been a loooooong time since I built a new rig; this will be my 2nd rig I have ever built. I will post spec's about my OLD PC that I still use to this day that I made in 2004 (LOL).

Anyways, I've been researching for the last week, and I want to go all out. This PC will be used for everything: graphic design, web development, and playing all the newest games.

I do have some questions though. Now before I never really played around with having more than 1 hard drive. Nowadays I hear that people use a SSD drive for booting up faster, and another drive or two set in a RAID. Can someone explain this to me?

Also, I live in a hot area so my room is always hot until night time when it gets colder. I'm really looking to achieve a cooling system that is not noisy at all (possibly water cooling) but still achieve low temps. My old rig had a Vantec heatsink fan sitting on my P4 3ghz Prescott. That fan would blow up to 5600 rpms of fan speed. Talk about a jet engine.

Anyways I have made a lil wishlist on newegg so far. Tell me what you think.

ALSO, I added a monitor because I'm still rockin the good ole CRT box that weighs 100 pounds.

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Let me know what you guys think. I want to know some good choices for a video/sound card, PSU, heatsink, etc.

I have about 1,200 saved up but I work a lot so getting money isn't a problem. I'm looking to spend around $1,800.... but let me know whats up OC.
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Here were the specs from my 1st build that I did back in '04. Crazy how times have changed!

Specs:
-Intel P4 3ghz 1mb L2 Cache 800mhz FSB (currently oc'd to 3.6ghz)
-ASUS P4C800-E Deluxe Mobo
-Thermaltake Silent PurePower 560W Power Supply w/ Dual Fan (1 80mm and 1 92mm)
-Swiftech MCX478-V Heatsink with a 92mm Vantec Tornado Fan
-Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS Platinum
-Powercolor ATI Radeon X800 XT with Artic Silencer 4 mod
-Samsung 52X32X52X16 DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
-2gb Corsair XMS PC-3200 DDR Ram
-120gb Western Digital Special Edition HD (The 7200 RPM one) with Vantec HD Cooler
-A PCI blower that I decided to throw in

Case:
-Thermaltake Black Highest Xaser III Super Tower with 7 80mm Coolermaster Red Fans
-Hardcano 4 Fan adjuster with LCD screen on front of the case

Desktop:
-Saitek Gaming Keyboard
-Logitech MX518
-Steelpad 4D
-Plantronics Microphone
post #3 of 35
Either throw in a GTX580 (x2 in SLI) or get a GTX590 for the vid card/s.

EDIT~ SSD stands for Solid State Drive, they are much faster than traditional spinning hard drives, but at the moment are rather pricey (compared to hard drives) and are constantly becoming obsolete by the next revision/model of them that comes out. Raiding hard drives depending on how you set them up can either increase there speed and/or be used to back up everything to a secondary hard drive simultaneously.
Edited by sctheluna - 7/22/11 at 1:05am
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Get either a 2 gtx580 SLI or 2 6970 xfire or just the single cards. DO NOT GET the gtx 590, it has some serious vram issues that you can find searching this and other forums. basically nvidia tried cutting costs on the 590 and resulted in a lot of 590s dying even at stock clocks and voltages. Also personally I don't like how high the ram heat spreaders on the Corsair Vengeance. I would get the G-skill Ripjaws X instead, same performance and $25 cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231441
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no microcenter near you? not a fan of antec cases, much prefer haf 932 (x too big for me) both in same price range.
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I also recommend getting a Samsung f4 2 terabytes for storage, or 2 of them in raid. These are low power and the best 5400rpm drives in the market. Fast and reliable drives make them perfect for use as storage. http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD204UI&title=Samsung-Spinpoint-F4EG-HD204UI-2TB-SATA2-5400rpm-32MB-Hard-Drive

Also ditch that antec case (bad cable management) in favor of newer cases such as the NZXT Phantom http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=nzxt+phantom&x=0&y=0 or if you want a silent case get the Fractal Design R3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=fractal+design+r3&x=0&y=0 or if you like alluminum cases LIAN LI makes great simple yet stylish cases such as this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112243

As for power supplies get the Corsair tx/hx series they are good or get the Seasonic X series, the X750 is the one I have and its great and its fully modular.
Edited by T3chAdd1ct - 7/22/11 at 1:24am
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SSD: Switch the C300 out for an M4. M4 is Sata III so you'll achieve better speeds. +REP
GPU: Go for a MSI Lightining GTX580 as your gpu. (SLI if you are willing to pay)
CPU COOLER: NH-D14 or Thermaltake Silver Arrow (Aren't very loud)
PSU: Corsair HX Series PSU (Single GTX580 = min.500W)(Dual GTX580 = min.750W)
HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB for storage. Best 7200rpm HDD to date and cheap too. (x2 if needed)
or go Samsung F4 for more storage (best 5400rpm to date)
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X if you want to save some money (optional)
OPTICAL DRIVE: You'll most likely want an internal CD/DVD or Bluray Combo Burner.
Edited by Varrkarus - 7/22/11 at 1:31am
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Varrkarus;14304128 
SSD: Switch the C300 out for an M4. M4 is Sata III so you'll achieve better speeds. +REP

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the C300 is SATA III.
 
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Originally Posted by samywamy10;14304310 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the C300 is SATA III.

Oh, sorry. It is too. But the M4 is still faster by a decent amount. Imho, the extra money for the M4 is basically just paying for the extra speed it provides...
    
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[Crucial] M4 64GB SSD [Samsung] Spinpoint F3 1TB [Pioneer] DVR-219L [Noctua] NH-D14 
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[Corsair] HX-750 [NZXT] Phantom - White [Acer] Generic Mouse Wooden Desk 
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Alright guys, so i've made a few decisions / changes.... heres what I've come up with:

Changed the ram from Corsair to Ripjaws

Changed case from Antec Twelve Hundred v3 to NZXT Phatom (Wow thank god I saw this case, love it)

Changed out SSD to Crucial M4

Added 1 EVGA GTX 580 (Will do SLI in the future)

Added little combo drive

Added Samsung Spinpoint

Now I'm still missing: Sound card, cooling options, PSU.

I haven't even looked at sound card options yet. For my power supply someone posted a beastly looking Corsair modular PSU up there. I don't want to shell out that much for a PSU, any alternative options?

Oh and for cooling options, what should I go with? I was looking at the TR Frio and the Nuctuha(sp?) for air.... what about going with a simple water cooling route? I was looking at the Corsair H50/60/70. What do you guys think about this? Let me know, thanks for all your help already!

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