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post #21 of 31
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Well, the latter I can avoid by not letting wasted people in my room, and also keeping the tower under my desk. That way, hopefully, there would be less risk of it falling. The former I cant really do anything about, besides chaining the thing to my desk. Which will make it an even bigger target.

I wouldn't worry about it. Just keep your doors locked, get to know your roommate well (if you have one and you don't already know him/her), and hope you don't get burgled.

Laptops are a hot item, desktops are a bit harder to steal.

If you're that worried, get one of those cable-locking devices and tether it to your desk
post #22 of 31
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Yeah, thats basically what I planned on doing.

 

So, still waiting for input on that monitor guys.

post #23 of 31
By next summer, the 7850 should be much cheaper and everything else should be a few dollars cheaper so you shouldn't have a problem doing the 2nd build in your list. I would expect to save $100 on the video card alone.

I personally would get a 2TB Western Digital Green drive over the Black for about the same price or a few $ less since you will have an SSD. The performance difference is really small and you get double the storage.
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i7 2700k Asus p87ZZ-V PRO Sapphire Radeon HD 6950 OC GSkill F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR Sniper SE 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
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post #24 of 31
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Hey guys, have another question for y'all. since I may be building this while I'm still living at home, I've realized I have a slight issue. Namely, I have no way to connect to my wireless network. The mobo I'd like to get (Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H) only has a LAN card built in. Which is fine at college, but not at home. If I were to just use LAN to connect to the network while at home, I'd have to use my computer in the family office, since that's where the router and modem are. What I'd like from you guys are some recommendations on wireless PCI or PCI-E adapters. Only criteria is they have to be below $30 USD.
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Update time!

 

I changed the SSD on both to Samsung 830 128GB, keyboard on both to the Microsoft Sidewinder X4, and the optical drive on both to a standard Lite-On DVD burner.

 

I still need feedback on the monitor as well.

post #28 of 31
i don't know specifically about that monitor, but ASUS makes some good stuff. I just got three VE248Qs and I love them. They're TNs but this isn't really an issue for gaming. IPS is more important for picture and video editing or rendering. You can probably get a good IPS monitor at the same price point if you don't mind going a bit smaller.
Example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236205

This is the wireless card I have. It's probably a bit overpriced, and the antennas are garbage for anything other than 2-3 rooms away. An asus n15 would probably work for you. getting something with more than one antenna is pretty much a must, you can swap them out for something better later if you need too- mix and match 'em.

EDIT: If you're worried about theft, but everything in the oldest, crappiest looking case you can find, ghost your optical drive and stick a floppy drive -bonus points if you can find a five and quarter- in a spare bay (doesn't matter if it isn't connected) no one will want to steal your comp biggrin.gif
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Went and did some research on wireless adapters, I've got it down to this and this. Preference?  The reason I'm considering that TP-Link one is that I wanted something that gave me the option of front-mounting it. If I get a PCI or PCI-E card, the antenna will be right up again the wall. That's probably not too big of a deal since my room is right next to the room with our modem/router.

 

Also, in response to your advice on theft: I see the merit, but the one very big downside is that crap case (usually) = bad cooling. I'd much rather get a good case, and take the risk of getting it stolen rather than get beast internals, but fry them inside a poorly cooled case.

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I think this will be the last update.

 

I went ahead and chose that TP-Link wireless adapter. It's a but lower bandwidth, but it's USB based and I cam move it where ever I want it.  And also upgraded the monitor for the Z77 rig to a Dell Ultrasharp U2312HM. 23", IPS, height-adjustable. and under $300.

 

I think that is all I need for a while. Keep in mind that this isn't being bought until next year, so prices will drop. I'll leave it up for another couple of days, and then I'll ask a mod to lock the thread. If anyone else after that point wants to add input, feel free to PM me.  I don't know how locking threads works on OCN, so if it is possible to unlock a thread, I'll do that once I'm getting ready to buy.

 

Thanks again for all the help!!!

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