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post #11 of 14
I think you picked out some great components and the system should run nicely.

Great PSU, Great Case, Great monitor. I'd hold off on a blu-ray burner and just get started with a cheap dvd burner. They are like 20 bucks now.

As previously mentioned, getting the 3570k may be a better option. I honestly believe it's the best sandy bridge chip on the market currently for the money and it gives even better performance than the ivy bridge chips. It would be worth the extra few bucks if you might overclock in the future. Asus has software that will auto-overclock right in the os. Simple as hell. They do go on sale from time to time and as the market becomes more saturated with ivy, you may get a better price on it.

As far as hdds go, I am a huge fan of ssd. With the holidays coming, they are frequently on sale. Amazon had kingson 120 gb for like 60 bucks a few days ago. That is a fact. It was a gold box special, with other computer equipment. I'm just making the point that if you check slickdeals.net or keep your eyes open, you may get a sweet deal. I see that you have that ssd on your list. While I do not put them in the plextor, intel, sandisk, crucial category, they can still be great disks.

An option is raid ssd hdds or a single larger hdd with ssd cacheing on a smaller ssd disk (say 60gb). Look carefully at the asus boards because some of the higher end models can do ssd cache in the os. I didn't check to see if yours does that. It's as simple as selecting the drives and setting it up. Check out asus ssd cache on youtube if you don't know about it. I am merely mentioning it because it offers a great bump in performance and gives you versatility to your build.

If you load up on ram, you could consider a ramdisk or ramcache as another option. Theoretical performance bump is huge. I can't comment yet to say if real world performance is as great as the numbers show, but my guess is yes, especially with a game or program loaded on a ramdisk.

Also, don't forget you need a mouse, keyboard, thermal paste, cpu fan (cooler master 212+), possibly sata cables, and a few other items. If you don't have these lying around, factor them into your budget.

The patriot ram is an absolute steal. There is currently a 13 dollar off coupon. I'd load up before it sells out at that price point.


If you still want to go with wd, consider wd caviar black. They have great performance. Amazon currently has the 1 gb for 89 dollars.


Hope this helps. Great build.
post #12 of 14
One more thing to consider. If you were planning on purchasing now and going to build it now, there is a great deal on the 650 ti. Assasins creed included and a 10 dollar rebate. Free shipping. That's an awesome deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130840
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I think you picked out some great components and the system should run nicely.
Great PSU, Great Case, Great monitor. I'd hold off on a blu-ray burner and just get started with a cheap dvd burner. They are like 20 bucks now.
As previously mentioned, getting the 3570k may be a better option. I honestly believe it's the best sandy bridge chip on the market currently for the money and it gives even better performance than the ivy bridge chips. It would be worth the extra few bucks if you might overclock in the future. Asus has software that will auto-overclock right in the os. Simple as hell. They do go on sale from time to time and as the market becomes more saturated with ivy, you may get a better price on it.
As far as hdds go, I am a huge fan of ssd. With the holidays coming, they are frequently on sale. Amazon had kingson 120 gb for like 60 bucks a few days ago. That is a fact. It was a gold box special, with other computer equipment. I'm just making the point that if you check slickdeals.net or keep your eyes open, you may get a sweet deal. I see that you have that ssd on your list. While I do not put them in the plextor, intel, sandisk, crucial category, they can still be great disks.
An option is raid ssd hdds or a single larger hdd with ssd cacheing on a smaller ssd disk (say 60gb). Look carefully at the asus boards because some of the higher end models can do ssd cache in the os. I didn't check to see if yours does that. It's as simple as selecting the drives and setting it up. Check out asus ssd cache on youtube if you don't know about it. I am merely mentioning it because it offers a great bump in performance and gives you versatility to your build.
If you load up on ram, you could consider a ramdisk or ramcache as another option. Theoretical performance bump is huge. I can't comment yet to say if real world performance is as great as the numbers show, but my guess is yes, especially with a game or program loaded on a ramdisk.
Also, don't forget you need a mouse, keyboard, thermal paste, cpu fan (cooler master 212+), possibly sata cables, and a few other items. If you don't have these lying around, factor them into your budget.
The patriot ram is an absolute steal. There is currently a 13 dollar off coupon. I'd load up before it sells out at that price point.
If you still want to go with wd, consider wd caviar black. They have great performance. Amazon currently has the 1 gb for 89 dollars.
Hope this helps. Great build.

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Originally Posted by yakaway View Post

One more thing to consider. If you were planning on purchasing now and going to build it now, there is a great deal on the 650 ti. Assasins creed included and a 10 dollar rebate. Free shipping. That's an awesome deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130840

Definitely some good info to consider that I had not previously thought about. Particularly the SSD cache idea. I have never personally set one of those up. Is it fairly maintenance free or will it have to be reconfigured all the time? Reason I ask is I want to try to get this set up fairly solidly for him where he wont have to mess with anything initially till he gets a better idea of what all is involved.
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post #14 of 14
It should be frustration free once it's set-up. Again, check youtube. They have great instructional videos that show how easy it is to do.
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