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Has it been decided you are going to build? If you're still on the fence, here is another vote for build. It's like Legos for adults.
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post #23 of 59
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Originally Posted by ChrisTahoe View Post

Has it been decided you are going to build? If you're still on the fence, here is another vote for build. It's like Legos for adults.
Building. Might be a few weeks though.
post #24 of 59
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Gaming is only a fraction of what I do on my PC. Thanks for the build though! Rep for all.

What else will you be doing on the PC? Applications names if possible wink.gif
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post #25 of 59
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Multiple instances of VMs, video encoding/converting, a media server running in the background 24/7 that does conversion on the fly, a lot of emulation including PCSX2 and Dolphin. There's more, but I can't think of anything else demanding off the top of my head.
post #26 of 59
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Multiple instances of VMs, video encoding/converting, a media server running in the background 24/7 that does conversion on the fly, a lot of emulation including PCSX2 and Dolphin. There's more, but I can't think of anything else demanding off the top of my head.

Whoa that's a lot of stuff there, i do a lot of stuff with my computer also but what I really want to do at the moment is conversions, have media server and system backups.

I have a few components lying around and I'm seriously considering making a home server to cover a Media Server, Backups, probably conversions and other stuff.

I hear a 2500K is really good at Emulation and Conversions, so It should have you covered.

I do conversions on my PC which Is slowly fading out due to It being an AMD chip and Intel are constantly pushing for power.
I usually do them at night time or whenever I'm not using my computer because they're slow for me.

My next build will definitely house an Intel chip and probably an Nvidia card, If you have some components from a previous build try and setup a home server to basically work side by side with your computer and other devices within the household.
post #27 of 59
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Originally Posted by hermitmaster View Post

Multiple instances of VMs, video encoding/converting, a media server running in the background 24/7 that does conversion on the fly, a lot of emulation including PCSX2 and Dolphin. There's more, but I can't think of anything else demanding off the top of my head.

Okay, here are a few more builds. For your use, an i7 with 16GB of RAM is what you are going to want. Depending on how much media you have, you might want to look into a 3TB drive, but right now, that 1.5 TB is best $/GB.
$1100 3770k build (Click to show)
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CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($25.98 @ Amazon)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: i7 - 3770k (Microcenter) ($289.99)
Other: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 (Microcenter) ($84.99)
Total: $1115.72
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
$1500 3930k build (Click to show)
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CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: i7 3930k (Microcenter) ($499.99)
Total: $1495.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
$1300 3930k build (Click to show)
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CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: i7 3930k (Microcenter) ($499.99)
Total: $1415.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
$1335 3930k build (Click to show)
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CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($63.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock X79 Extreme3 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($217.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda Green 1.5TB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($67.98 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 530W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.86 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Rosewill RIKB-11001 Wired Slim Keyboard ($9.99 @ Newegg)
Other: i7 3930k (Microcenter) ($499.99)
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post #28 of 59
Huge vote YES for the build option. Honestly, the experience you get during your first time building is nothing short of slightly terrifying up to the point where you hit the power button and you get the thrill of it coming alive (hopefully). I probably read the mb book several times through and went step by step installing things, and then spent an additional 15 minutes double checking connections with attention to detail that I probably didn't give to my wedding. Besides, if you go with a Dell you WILL run into a point in the future where you want do upgrade or tweak something and doh.gif no can do. Stupid bios on my stupid Dell XPS 720 mad.gif
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post #29 of 59
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So, I have decided I'm going Ivy Bridge. I'm still not decided on 3570k or 3770k though. I'm going to pull the SSD from my laptop and use that as my boot drive. I found a DVD burner in one of my bins.
So far:
$518.16 total so far. Undecided on form factor. I'd do mITX if I could find a black Bitfenix Prodigy.
post #30 of 59
I would build your own system, everyone on here builds their own systems for several reasons.

#1. You can guarantee your computer is built with quality parts. Pre-built systems generally come with cheap motherboards w/ a locked BIOS, a cheap power supply, low end RAM, a stock heatsink and a crappy pre-built case.

#2. Pre-built systems cost more. Why spent $1000+ for a Core i7 3770K system when you can build one for as little as $700? I just built a Z77 system for $450.

#3. Pre-built systems are LOCKED DOWN. They generally have a motherboard that has a locked down BIOS that will only allow you to change your boot order. With a pre-built system you can get motherboards that allow overclocking, overvolting, undervolting, ect.

#4. When you build your own computer, each individual part has a warranty. If one part fails, simply RMA the single part. If a pre-built system has a issue, you have to send the whole system in.
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