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post #21 of 45
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If my living arrangement did change it'd be for the worse, not the better. lol Everytime i have moved we had to downsize, so i won't really have anymore room anytime soon. I do thank you for your concern and opinion though. If I virtualize though I will look into Lian Li cases, as you say, for their quality as well as others.

It just seems more convenient to have them in the same place since room is limited and i don't want to have to worry about knocking over two cases. lol Stacking seems dangerous.
post #22 of 45
yeah whatever you choose I would suggest lian-li. Some models are a little plain, but they are great cases to mod if you're into that. If size is an issue you could definitely get something very nice in the microATX size like the silverstone tj-08e. Just like some cases, virtualization can take a bit of work to set up right. You might save more money without 2 systems, but you could also make a decent HTPC system for little cost -- it just depends on how much you like tinkering.
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post #23 of 45
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I like tinkering but the whole virtualization thing just seems a little scary from what i read. I am sure i could figure it out i just don't want to mess something up. haha i would probably save a couple bucks. is it as hard as it seems at first? I will look into Lian Li and see what i come up with.
post #24 of 45
After much of deliberation, fact checking and mathematical calculations. I have come to a conclusion that you will love.


Build your self a gaming rig, then add an additional second cheap ATI GPU. The second GPU will be connected to a TV. You will be able to plays games and watch movies at the same time.

The only down side, is that you will have to alt+tab when you start a movie while playing a game.


Heck, i play BF3 on High/Ultra and watch movies at the same time on my PC on dual 24" monitors, and my hardware is over a year old.

My system;
Asus Sabertooth P67.
2500k @ 4Ghz
Evga 660Ti SC.
Random size HDD and SSD drives.
Win 7 64Bit
4Gigs of Ram.


I just saved you $1500. Now you owe me a six pack.


.
Edited by KGB7 - 12/10/12 at 12:34am
post #25 of 45
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That would be a pretty cool idea, except I don't have a newer TV to hook the second card up to. =[ so that wouldn't work unless I invested in a new TV as well. I also don't have room to get another monitor as my desk is pretty crowded. Maybe I'll figure something out but this is why I was going to use the 4000 since it holds both systems. Or I can attempt a virtual gaming machine. Which I am a little scared of. I honestly wouldn't mind it if I knew what I was doing because then I could get a lighter, smaller case. Not that the 4000 is a bad case I just wouldn't mind something a little more compact.

There is one other case I had my eye on though. The COOLER MASTER HAF XB. it can hold a standard ATX board and large coolers or even water cooling. I love the look of it and its pretty cheap, though I will still look into Lian li and Silverstone.
Edited by MX5J6 - 12/10/12 at 10:08am
post #26 of 45
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Originally Posted by KGB7 View Post

After much of deliberation, fact checking and mathematical calculations. I have come to a conclusion that you will love.
Build your self a gaming rig, then add an additional second cheap ATI GPU. The second GPU will be connected to a TV. You will be able to plays games and watch movies at the same time.
The only down side, is that you will have to alt+tab when you start a movie while playing a game.
Heck, i play BF3 on High/Ultra and watch movies at the same time on my PC on dual 24" monitors, and my hardware is over a year old.
My system;
Asus Sabertooth P67.
2500k @ 4Ghz
Evga 660Ti SC.
Random size HDD and SSD drives.
Win 7 64Bit
4Gigs of Ram.
I just saved you $1500. Now you owe me a six pack.
.

why get a second gpu? It looks like you are doing fine with one and so am I. even this little HD7750 lets me watch hulu or netflix while playing skyrim maxed out.
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Corsair Force 3 180gb Seagate Barracuda STBD2000101 2x in RAID1 Lubuntu / Win 8.1 / CentOS 6.4 -- Xen 4.3 FSP 80+ Micro-ATX 450w 
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post #27 of 45
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Originally Posted by dizzy4 View Post

why get a second gpu? It looks like you are doing fine with one and so am I. even this little HD7750 lets me watch hulu or netflix while playing skyrim maxed out.


Second GPU is for taking the load off the main GPU while watching movies and playing games at the same time. But if he gets a Top tier GPU from ATI or Nvidia, then he might not need a second GPU. But that depends on the games he plays at what settings, and what codecs he uses to watch movies.



Im just brain storming here and havent had a chance to test my system with two cards under same conditions.
post #28 of 45
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Well i updated the rig list a bit. Was actually able to get a 6-core (thanks dizzy4 for the suggestion) and keep it under $3500 still. I think that's pretty impressive. I may change the mobo and RAM of the media rig to save a couple more bucks but for now this is what it looks like. Any other suggestions?

I realize it doesn't look HORRIBLY different but that is because I can be stubborn and hard-headed. haha So if you guys have any other suggestions, feel free to express them.
post #29 of 45
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Originally Posted by MX5J6 View Post

Well i updated the rig list a bit. Was actually able to get a 6-core (thanks dizzy4 for the suggestion) and keep it under $3500 still. I think that's pretty impressive. I may change the mobo and RAM of the media rig to save a couple more bucks but for now this is what it looks like. Any other suggestions?
I realize it doesn't look HORRIBLY different but that is because I can be stubborn and hard-headed. haha So if you guys have any other suggestions, feel free to express them.

Mmmm... 6 cores, sounds delicious.

Did you update your first post? Im not seeing the new list.
post #30 of 45
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I did, maybe you looked before I changed it. if you look closely though you will see it has changed a bit. it now shows the 3930K and the new mobo, cooler, etc. HTPC rig has a 3TB HDD and an ssd, etc. So it has changed a little. Still a work in progress though, until I actually have the pieces in hand. Look it over again and tell me what you think. =]
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