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post #1 of 14
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Hey, I'm looking for recommendations for a new build.

I'm looking for a decent build, here's what I'm looking for:

A motherboard with at least 2 PCI-express slots. The second one does not need to be full speed (an 8x RAID card which I already have is going to go into that slot). Preferably one with good capacitors. My last PC had some issues with capacitors bursting.
Intel CPU
Nvidia graphics card
Everything else that I need with it (Case, memory, etc) that's not listed below

Components I own:
Silverstone OP650. Is this still usable? Or do I need a new PSU? Link here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256012
Hard drives. I have tons of 400GB hard drives (like 20 of them).
RAID card
Tuniq Tower. Is this still usable? Or will I need a new cooler?

No budget, but I am looking for stuff with good value. Eg. I'm not going to pay $1000 for a CPU when a $200 CPU is almost as good.
post #2 of 14
My recommendation FWIW, ASUS > ASRock > Gigabyte
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Games = Crucial 256GB M4 SSD OS = Samsung 256GB 830 SSD Backup Western Digital HDDs  Samsung 223 
CoolingOSMonitorPower
Phanteks PH-TC-14PE  Win 7 x64 Ultimate  Dell U2412M 1920x1200 Antec TPQ 1200W 
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by OS-Wiz View Post

My recommendation FWIW, ASUS > ASRock > Gigabyte

I'm assuming you're talking about mobos?

Any specific recommendations (and why)

There's like a billion to choose from.

Oh, and I think I made a decision on CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

The 3570K seems pretty popular, and it's cheap.
Edited by demoship - 5/11/13 at 10:10pm
post #4 of 14
Alright, here's what I've put together for a sensible mid-range build that meets your requirements:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($209.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($114.99 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Low Voltage Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($60.49 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB Video Card ($204.50 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Tempest 410 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 650W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($76.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $768.94

Your PSU was decent in its day, but it's probably a good idea to replace it since it's 5yo now. Also I'm not sure that the Tuniq Tower even works with Socket 1155, so I picked out a decent air-cooler (CM Hyper 212 EVO) that's on sale.

As for the motherboard, the model I selected has all solid capacitors so it should certainly meet your durability criteria. It also can run PCIe 3.0 in a x8/x8 configuration, so that's fit your RAID needs.
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Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS NEC ND-3520A Windows XP Dell M780 
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Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS NEC ND-3520A Windows XP Dell M780 
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post #5 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by svenge View Post

Alright, here's what I've put together for a sensible mid-range build that meets your requirements


I like the CPU, cooler, mobo.

For memory, I was thinking of getting 32GB of RAM so I could do a 16GB ramdrive thing. What's the difference between the memory speeds? Is there any point in going above 1600?

Vid card: Are there better brands for that? My PNY 8800GT burned out a few years ago.. so I haven't really had good experiences w/ them. Years ago EVGA was supposedly one of the better brands, is that still the case?
Case: Any recommendations for a full tower? I was planning on sticking 10 hard drives into it. I have several 3 5.25" to 4 3.5" converters (the one with a fan in the front of it).

I looked up the connectors on the PSU, and it seems like the ones it has are still the same (I have 2 6 pin PCIe, 1 8 pin PCIe, 8 pin CPU, 6 SATA), and it's a pretty solid PSU. Is there any reason I should replace it besides concerns about the lifespan of it? Because I'm pretty sure it has plenty of life left in it.

Optical drive, I pulled the DVD-ROM out of my last build, so that one should be fine.

Oh, and 1 question about the mobo.. It can run the PCIe 3.0 slot at x16, and one of the PCIe 2.0 slots at x8 right? Because the graphics card should get the full x16, and the RAID card can go into the x8 or x4 slot.

Thanks!
post #6 of 14
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One more question:

If the mobo supports dual channel for the RAM, but I get a quad channel memory kit, like this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231529

Will it work?
post #7 of 14
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post #8 of 14

Looks pretty good to me, except two things really.

1) See if you can pick up a Thermalright TrueSpirit 120. Around the same price as the Hyper 212 Evo, but performs a little better.

2) Go with the G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 1866 instead. It's the same price as the Sniper, but a little faster. Probably will overclock to 2133 as well. The timings aren't bad either on it.

Lastly, you might want to grab a new PSU. Especially if you are going onto five years. Is it entirely necessary? Maybe not, but you don't want an old PSU bringing down an entire rig. Go through this thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies and find yourself a powersupply in the 600-650w range, unless you pan on going SLI/Crossfire later look in the 700-750w range.

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And yeah, everything is compatible.

EDIT: One last thing I noticed, although you are getting a discount on the motherboard. It's really not worth it, spend the extra $10 and go with the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H instead of the D3H. It's a better board, and gives you some nicer options (more PCI-E slots for example).
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 5/12/13 at 12:03pm
post #9 of 14
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The PSU actually isn't as old as you think. It's 5 years old, but was only used for 3 of those years. The rig it was in died (from unrelated reasons. I had mobo caps blow, and a graphics card die) 2 years ago. If it were going on 5 years then I'd definitely get a new one.

The other mobo looks better. What's the mSATA connector though? Do I need to buy something to use that?

I need 7 SATA connectors since I plan on using 10 hard drives + a DVD-ROM (though I can live with 9 for now)

As for the 1866 RAM, I did see that, but the mobo does not support that speed anyway. So I might as well get the 1600 RAM with a better timing.

Unfortunately that other cooler isn't available on newegg, and I'd rather just buy everything from the same place to keep things simple smile.gif

Thanks!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by demoship View Post

The PSU actually isn't as old as you think. It's 5 years old, but was only used for 3 of those years. The rig it was in died (from unrelated reasons. I had mobo caps blow, and a graphics card die) 2 years ago. If it were going on 5 years then I'd definitely get a new one.

The other mobo looks better. What's the mSATA connector though? Do I need to buy something to use that?

I need 7 SATA connectors since I plan on using 10 hard drives + a DVD-ROM (though I can live with 9 for now)

As for the 1866 RAM, I did see that, but the mobo does not support that speed anyway. So I might as well get the 1600 RAM with a better timing.

Unfortunately that other cooler isn't available on newegg, and I'd rather just buy everything from the same place to keep things simple smile.gif

Thanks!

Well if you are confident in it, then it should be fine.

It has one mSATA, not sure if it comes with a cable though.

The motherboard supports ram speeds up to 2666, it just only lists 1066-1600MHz. 1866MHz ram will work fine it in.

Yeah, Newegg unfortunately doesn't stock any Thermalright products; however Amazon is very reliable these days if you change your mind.

Good Luck and no problem! smile.gif
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