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First off, if you get the movie reference in my title and project name you get a prize. That prize is being awesome. Take it as you may. Now to the rig itself. i originally wanted to build a dual system rig. that got scrapped for a much cheaper alternative of building a single rig and a VM. So this is the list of parts I, with the help of others, came up with and am planning on using. I am not getting a pricey GPU right away, this will only last until the HD 8000 Series is released. It will do for now though. I chose this case because it is perfect for what I want and need, not too many fancy extras, just a nice shape and all my needed features. Plus I am planning on putting this uner in the future more than likely, and even if i don't it's a HAF case, so airflow should be good.

Any suggestions or opinions? Anything I should change or look into?

The ETA of this case build is probably in February or March, and the budget is around $2500, though using a little more or saving some isn't a bad thing either. This comes out to, with taxes and shipping, just under $2500, so as of now I am right on target.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF XB
MoBo: ASRock X79 Extreme9
RAM: Patriot Viper 3 16GB (4 x 4GB) 2133
CPU: Intel Core i7-3930K 3.2GHz 6-Core
HSF: Corsair H80i
GPU: Sapphire AMD Radeon HD 7950 3GB
SSD: Samsung 840 Series 500GB
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM
PSU: SeaSonic X Series 850W
ODD: ASUS DVD Burner OEM
Edited by MX5J6 - 12/11/12 at 8:05pm
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My first question is why the need for two computers? I understand the love of building, I get that, just seems somewhat of a waste of funds.
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For HTPC rig, you can use much cheaper parts when it comes to Mobo, CPU, and GPU.

Get the cheapest and low end stuff for it.
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I dont understand the need for two computers either questionmark.gif
    
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My first question is why the need for two computers? I understand the love of building, I get that, just seems somewhat of a waste of funds.
Meh, just wanted to do something a little different. I know I can just use seperate drives for my media and games though I think it'd be kind of interesting to have them seperate but in the same machine, with a switch I can go back and forth to each. Versus having all my stuff jumbled on my desktop and just tons of files from this and that all on one screen. Sounds pretty dumb, I will be the first to admit but I will have the money to burn so i figured, why not? I can, however, change that and go with one rig for both if people think i really should save myself from something I am overthinking.
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For HTPC rig, you can use much cheaper parts when it comes to Mobo, CPU, and GPU.
Get the cheapest and low end stuff for it.
Maybe go with Sandy Bridge? The GPU is pretty cheap, it's like under $120 i think? Plus it seems it's pretty good for an HTPC. I will look into cheaper parts though.
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I dont understand the need for two computers either questionmark.gif
It's not really a NEED, more of a WOULD LIKE TO HAVE. Things can change though, they are not set in stone.
post #6 of 45
Dude.

Go dirt cheap for HTPC. Movies dont need fast CPU or GPU. I used to use a 5 year old Asus laptop as a file server and HTPC, and it got the job done perfectly.

If there is a Microcenter near you, just get the cheapest stuff they have on a shelf. A Core Duo Dual core CPU, a cheap ATI/Nvidia card with out a fan.



I know the feeling of i want it and would like to. Use the saved cash to buy an SSD 256GB for gaming rig, a Seasonic PSU and a faster GPU.
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Thanks, I will go with something a little less expensive and really invest in some higher quality parts. Any recommendation on a better GPU?
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The GPU for gaming rig that you have selected will get the job done. If you are a fan of ATI/AMD then stick to it. Other wise get a EVGA 680.

AZZA case is over kill for HTPC and pricey. What you want is something nice and small. Check out Lian Li Matx cases. You will need matx mobo for HTCP as well.

For gaming rig you can get a nicer case as well for same price or lower. Look at Lian Li cases, pure aluminum, no cheap plastic, no cheap metal from tin cans.


http://www.lian-li.com/v2/en/product/product02.php?cl_index=1

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112378

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112300&Tpk=PC-V354

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Edited by KGB7 - 12/9/12 at 10:39pm
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You can get a C2 stepping i7-3930k and a motherboard with VT-d and just virtualize them on one set of hardware. I have a howto on it. I am working on a new version too.
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post #10 of 45
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I actually like that idea. Is there a mobo you'd recommend I look into with VT-d?
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