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post #21 of 25
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I was going for the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate but after looking through many reviews I decided on the K90 instead. The keyboard looks nice but several reasons (such as build quality, glossy material, printed keys, and Razer's service) wasn't as good as the K90 and for me I think cherry reds would work better for me than cherry blues. Personally, I have never owned a mechanical keyboard but I've used a friend's Blackwidow a couple times.

As for the mouse, I'm not completely settled with the Razer Deathadder so suggestions for a possible replacement would be nice (I'm a palm user, prefer laser over optical, and blue LEDs would be a bonus).

I have looked at the similar priced motherboards from Asrock, Gigabyte, and Asus respectively and all seem similar to me. I chose Gigabyte over Asrock due to hardware reliability (after reading customer reviews) and aesthetics.

For the most the Western Digital Blue HDD looks solid but I've read reviews regarding to the complications of getting updates for "advanced formatting". I'm still a little confused on what advanced formatting really is and whether it would complicate the build process for my pc.
post #22 of 25
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For the most the Western Digital Blue HDD looks solid but I've read reviews regarding to the complications of getting updates for "advanced formatting". I'm still a little confused on what advanced formatting really is and whether it would complicate the build process for my pc.

Advanced formatting (or 4K formatting) hasn't been an issue for years. Win 7, Win 8 and Vista all have built-in support for those drives - as long as you format using one of those OSes you'll have no problems.
Edited by Forceman - 11/11/12 at 10:21pm
post #23 of 25
Personally I like AMD graphic cards but cant stand their processor. I've owned Nvidia and I didn't have to upgrade the card for 7 years. I was running a 8600... I was playing Crysis on max. But that's besides the point. I've had my Radeon 6950 for a year almost and I can't help but to quiver with excitement when I see it in my computer. That's my two cents.
post #24 of 25
I would have recommended the ASROCK Extreme 4 but that motherboard you picked is on sale right now...

As far as an SSD is concerned you really should get an SLC SSD not MLC also a lot of people will argue with me on this but please just read the reviews and you will see. The intel SSD cache system is AMAZING all the reviews say it is almost indistinguishable from a normal SSD and it makes life so much easier. The problem with an SSD is if you want windows to be fast you have to install windows on it. But 90+% of that windows install doesn't get touched during booting and hardly even during running it. So you waste 20GB on probably only what needs to be 2GBs of SSD storage. Then you have to worry about what games go where and what programs go where and you gotta make sure nothing gets saved to the SSD. Then if you buy a MLC SSD not only is the performance worse off the bat but they get even slower once you fill them up. So you can get a 60-64gb Force 4 and a 1TB hd and it will look just like a 1tb hd and you will be ROCKING!!! I have a 240GB OCZ Agility 3 it is an MLC SSD I decided to remove it and put it in my macbook because I honestly feel the experience is better with my 64GB 2-3yr old SLC SSD and a velociraptor than the MLC SSD and it will save you some money.

As far as the case goes it is awesome BUT I can save you some money on what I think is even better. Check out this inwin buc http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108395&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA
It is only $80 some other places sell it for like $200 for some reason but whatever. It has a sata backplane which means awesome cable management. Also the side panel has a spot to easily remove the drives while the computer is running without taking the panel off.

Why are you getting that sound card... The built in one is probably better.

I would find some G.SKILL or ADATA ram that has better timings then the vengeance. I actually have the vengeance and I have had 2 kits have the heat spreaders fall off. They are only held on by thermal tape. Sooo I am a little turned off.

These are rated to 1866 will do 7-8-8-24 at 1600 and have room for over clocking.
These are rated for 1600 w/ 7-8-8-24 and are probably the same exact thing as the ones above but $5 less.

If you don't want to spend that much then all 3 of these kits will do at least 1 better timings than the vengeance
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post #25 of 25
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After reading up on MLCs vs SLCs, I think I will stick with an MLC SSD (I have chosen the Samsung 830 atm) mainly due the fact that they offer a better price/GB ratio, and for what I'm using the SSD for, an SLC SSD won't be necessary. Thanks for suggesting though, I learned something new today. For future builds I might consider SLC SSDs though.

The differences between the G.SKILL and Corsair ram kits are only marginal in practical usage (like gaming). The heat spreaders falling off does scare me a tad.

I removed the sound card from my build.

Also, while searching around it looks to me that the Western Digital Blue HDD and Seagate Barracuda HDD are very similar in performance, build quality, and reliability. I know this probably isn't a big deal whether I get one or the other but I just want to be sure with what I've chosen.
Edited by As1anSwagger - 11/12/12 at 11:06am
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