Originally Posted by joe7987
Is it necessary to get win7 ultimate, or would professional be sufficient? If I could get pro and save a few bucks, it would nice. Either way, I can order it at my campus computer store and save some money, so I can actually reduce the price on that list a bit.
That parts list doesn't include a heatsink or cpu cooler. Do I need those parts?
Also, I'll probably choose a new case, but I don't think there would be any problems with that, as long as I check compatibility.
Is there anything else that needs to be included that isn't on that list (aside from an ethernet cable, keyboard, mouse, monitor, router)? What I mean is.. anything else on the inside of the case that needs to be included? Or could I literally order all of the parts on that list and have a complete computer?
Aside from that, I love that list! Thanks to you, I'll be ready to order much sooner than I thought
. Thank again, I couldn't be more appreciative!
Building PC's like that is my favorite thing to do lol Fun to see all the different paths you can go as far as parts and what not.
Any who, I didn't include a CPU cooler because I didn't jump to the conclusion that you'd be overclocking, which is the only time you'll need an aftermarket cooler, stock will work perfectly fine, but if you would like to fit an aftermarket cooler in, we could probably drop to Windows Professional to have more room for a CPU cooler, mouse, and keyboard.
Also, as far as the case goes, I'm a corsair fan, and the 600t doesn't have a shipping charge right now at the egg, so it saves $20 bucks lol. Plus, the Corsair pre-built water coolers fit right in to the top of the 600t, so going with high end (pre-built) water cooling becomes easier and cheaper.
Now as far as the OS goes, I've got Ultimate 64 bit, and I haven't noticed a single difference other than the fact I can have Windows in 33 different languages lol. Home Premium 64 bit will support the same amount of RAM as Ultimate 64 bit because they are both 64-bit. The OS's that will differ in the amount of RAM they support are 32 bit OS's versus 64 bit OS's. 32 bit can only support 3GB to 4GB, I forget which one, but it's one of those. I believe it's 3GB. And then anything over that isn't recognized and becomes wasted space, time, and money. 64 bit OS's read up to like 32GB of RAM though, a crazy high amount that you won't need unless you work in the movie editing industry or something similar lol.
With that in mind, we could probably drop to Home Premium and save even more cash for the peripherals, even throw in a sound card and entry level audiophile head phones if we're lucky, and maybe an H60-H80 (which are two of corsairs prebuilt water coolers, the H100 is the best performing one out right now, but gets pretty costly. The H60 and H70 are very similar in performance, so if you're ever deciding between the H60 and H70, if you've got the cash, it's best just to go H80 to see a more significant increase in cooling.)
So, after dropping to premium, I was able to throw in an H60, a standard microsoft keyboard, my mouse (which I'm liking quite a bit so far, just picked it up yesterday, but we can definitely discusses mice more in depth once we are set on the OS and see how much we have left to spend), and we can afford this
wonderful sound card right here, along with a pair of headphones in the $50-$75, unless you are willing to spend a little over $1500, we could be looking at $1550 - $1580 to get semi-mid level audiophile headphones that are highly recommended, being a choice between the A700's
and the AD700's
So if you are willing to spend that little extra bit for excellent audio quality, those are two of the highest recommended headphones I've seen. The difference between the two, other than one being purple and one being dark blue - black, is closed back versus open back. I'm not sure how familiar you are with headphones, so please forgive me if I'm preaching to the choir on this one lol. The AD700's are slightly cheaper, have little to no bass, but a massive sound stage because of the open air design. You can hear footsteps from a substantial difference in FPS games, and separate a river from a tree rustling in the wind in a game like Skyrim. The A700's have a close back design, so they retain more air, which means they have a smaller sound stage (though not by much from what I hear), but much better bass. This will allow you to feel more of an impact from explosions in games, movies, or music.
If you don't want to spend that extra cash to get the AD700's or A700's, my recommendations in the $50-$75 price range that will keep you right near $1500 are the Samson SR850's
, which are what I use and they are excellent for the price; the Superlux HD668B's
which are well recommended in the audio section here at OCN in this price range, and then to go even cheaper, save even more cash, but not lose much quality, are the JVC RX700's
which may not sound like much and may scare you away with such a low price, but don't let that fool you. This little guy dominants the sub $50 market, and many even say they could get away selling in the $60 range. They are a great all around pair of headphones that don't excel at much but are good at almost all aspects of audio.
Seems I forgot to include the link, and let you know I took the recommendation of getting the Extreme3 Gen 3 Motherboard instead of the one I selected.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7ay2Edited by rivaldog - 4/22/12 at 8:16am