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I've been away from the forums and have been out of the tech loop for a long time because I've been so busy with school and other stuff, but I'm back and am looking to buy a new rig. My current rig is nearly 5 years old and has been showing it's age pretty badly for the past year.

Basically, this rig won't be built until Christmas because I'm getting about half of it myself and the other half will be my gift. Here are the parts I'm looking to get and wanna know if I should be looking out for anything that might be releasing within these next 2 months, or if these parts should be good to go.

I'm planning on using this build for gaming, extensive video editing, and 3D work for university. (Maya, Houdini, etc.)

Case -- Considered a HAF but I love this case for the hot swappable bays.
Mobo - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO -- Having trouble deciding between this or an ASRock.
PSU - CMPSU-850HX
CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K
SSD - Crucial m4
RAM - Ripjaws X -- Probably will end up grabbing another set of these later on.
CPU Cooler - CM Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 -- Anything better for a similar price?

Unfortunately, I'll be plopping my old GTX 260-216 into this rig because I've already blown my budget, but hopefully I'll be able to upgrade by February. When is nvidia's new line releasing?
Also, this will be my first time with a SSD so I'm not quite familiar with the installation process of Windows. I'm assuming it's the same, though in the past I've heard about different issues regarding TRIM. Anything I need to look out for?

Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 11
Why not, spend less on the case, so you can get a card sooner. Tbh, the Level 10 GT is not a bad case, but just for hot swappable bays? The HAF series cool better for half the price, Cases like the Carbide 500r & Fractal R3 imo look much better and is also much smaller to boot. You could have gone with a HX 650 as well. which will run a single GTX 580, I did. 850W is for when you are going to go SLI soon.

Apart from that, decent build.

Before you install the SSD, make sure you get the latest firmware (0009) it will give you a 100Mb/s boost. Do this by downloading the firmware and burning onto a disc and booting onto it, with the SSD plugged in. Instructions are on Crucial.com and this is important,

Set SSD to AHCI before installing Windows 7, not IDE.
    
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post #3 of 11
Choose a different motherboard, and psu.

Case: stick with your antec 900, it will do you fine for now.

Motherboard: Choose ASROCK save yourself $50

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157229

PSU: I don't know what your plans for graphics cards. 850 watts gets you SLI 580s. Is that your goal/budget? If not than anything 650 watts will handle any single card gpu and several SLI/CF setups. Even if you are incline for 850 watts, there are much cheaper options if you are on a budget.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817207011

as for your SSD, no need for 128 gb version, save yourself more money and get the 64 gb

Just use a old HDD you have lying around for storage. as long as your OS and applications are installed on the SSD, it doesn't matter where your files are saved. as you are working on your projects its loaded and performed on the SSD even if its 'saved' on your HDD.

money saved...buy yourself a brand new GTX 560 Ti or HD 6870
Edited by mcc21 - 11/1/11 at 11:16am
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post #4 of 11
Hey man looks nice.

If I may make a suggestion, and I am not trying to tell you what to do, I know everyone has in mind their perfect build given a budget and I respect that.

My opinion for this build would be to drop the SSD and grab a 2x 7200rpm HDDs and arrange them in RAID 0. Also, ditch that case and buy a cheaper one with nice features. You can find all kinds of cases in the $100 - $150 range.

Doing those 2 things will net you some extra cash to upgrade the ole GTX260...

Also, why not grab a i5 2500K for $100 cheaper. Gaming you'll never notice the difference!
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Hey man looks nice.

If I may make a suggestion, and I am not trying to tell you what to do, I know everyone has in mind their perfect build given a budget and I respect that.

My opinion for this build would be to drop the SSD and grab a 2x 7200rpm HDDs and arrange them in RAID 0. Also, ditch that case and buy a cheaper one with nice features. You can find all kinds of cases in the $100 - $150 range.

Doing those 2 things will net you some extra cash to upgrade the ole GTX260...

Also, why not grab a i5 2500K for $100 cheaper. Gaming you'll never notice the difference!
he wants video editing... the i7-2600k will be handy.

Yes drop the SSD, but don't really need to go into RAID 0, just reuse your 640 gb HDD for now.

Save as much as you can and reuse parts you have now. they are all decent parts.

as for the psu I just realized you got a 750 watt psu, what is it? use it for now.

all the money saved...get a good video card so you can start enjoying your system and the i7-2600k such as GTX 570 or the HD 6970.
Edited by mcc21 - 11/1/11 at 11:21am
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Thanks for the suggestions so far! I'll take another look at newegg's cases. I just now noticed that the case I listed isn't on sale anymore... bummer.. a week ago it was about $70 cheaper.

My idea was to get the 850watt to ensure I won't have any problems upgrading in the future, but if a 650 will suit me then I'll look into that. I wasn't planning on getting dual GPUs.
The reason for a new PSU is because I think my current PSU might be having issues. I've been getting a lot of random freezes for the past couple of months on my sig rig. I've tested/swapped everything besides the PSU since I don't have a spare.
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the blue fan would blend with the rest. i read in cpu magazine this one works as good as the d14. almost as good as the h80.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835426030
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post #8 of 11
I had a similar dilemma a few weeks ago.

Settled on the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO versus the more "featureful" and cheaper Asrock E4G3:

- worry about warranty
- service center only in california
- Issues under Win 7

The ASUS P8Z68-V PRO is a very good board and the Microcenter i5 + ASUS P8Z68-V PRO combo for $330 is a steal.
post #9 of 11
You should certainly drop the power supply and SSD for now and go for a better graphics card. Reusing parts is great, and saves you money. With that saved money go for the better graphics card. You'll be happy with that in the long run especially when you're using the computer for maya.

edit: Just saw you may be having PSU problems, if you find out that's the cause 100% definitely don't reuse
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post #10 of 11
That case is crazy!!!! but if you have your mind set on it go for it. You can ditch the new 850w psu are reuse your 750w just that alone will free up the money for a new and better GPU..................BUT if i were you i would just hold out for the 700 series and ivy bridge, After all its already been 5 years a few more months wont kill you.

EDIT: Scratch what i said about the PSU if yours is crapping out
Edited by Aramaki23 - 11/1/11 at 11:40am
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