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post #1 of 9
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Thinking about what my next rig should be. I may upgrade in six months, I may wait 18 months. Don't know. But here's what I'm considering if I were to build a new rig tomorrow:



Core i5 750
Corsair H50
--undecided P55 mobo--
4GB G.Skill DDR3 1600
Sapphire Radeon HD5850
SeaSonic M12II 520W
--undecided case, maybe Lian Li--
WD AV-GP 1.5TB HDD
Asus Xonar DX sound card
--undecided 2x DVD burners--
--undecided Card reader--
Windows 7 x64



I'm going for something quiet, powerful, overclockable, and cost effective. I only need to be able to max things at 1680x1050; don't care to go higher. I don't need the best of the best; I need something that does everything I need it to do without paying gobs extra for things I *don't* need.

I game; the i7 920 is overkill for gaming, I figure an overclocked i5 750 would be a minor to moderate step over what I have with more options for upgrading in the future. The HD5850 appears to be the best bang/buck gaming card at the moment and should max everything at my res for the near future. The Corsair H50 is quieter than comparable air coolers, and I don't want to fiddle with real water cooling. Heard good things about G.Skill RAM, don't want to pay extra for Corsair RAM, and OCZ has diddled me for the last time. The SeaSonic M12II 520W looks to be an excellent power supply, and the extremely low ripple is good for long-term system reliability.

The other things... I'm not 100% sure on the HDD or sound card, and the things marked "undecided" I'm not sure what the best choice would be. I need the card reader; my camera doesn't have a normal USB connection thing, it's a POS, have to use cards and I've been using my step-dad's computer.

Anyway, thoughts?
post #2 of 9
I'd personally get more than one hard drive instead of one large one.

You have a lot of other options for power supply. Yours is about $20 more then the competition but is only 2-3% more efficient than an "80 PLUS certified".

And there's always waiting for AMD's new lineup. Supposedly impressive stuff.
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I get tired of juggling drivers to keep from running out of space... especially with my Steam folder. I know I could get around that by using RAID0, but I'm worried about reliability, and about the performance of the Intel southbridge RAID performance.

There's more to the SeaSonic than just efficiency; +12V ripple of only 23mV at full load is an impressive number, and its voltage stability is very good as well, plus it has a quiet fan. I'm a PSU geek and I know my stuff. I wish that SeaSonic would drop their prices by $10-$20, but I'd still probably get it.


Keep in mind this is speculation. I don't actually have a budget right now, or a fixed time frame for when I'm getting it. This is if I suddenly found $1000 in cash on the ground.
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I get tired of juggling drivers to keep from running out of space... especially with my Steam folder. I know I could get around that by using RAID0, but I'm worried about reliability, and about the performance of the Intel southbridge RAID performance.

There's more to the SeaSonic than just efficiency; +12V ripple of only 23mV at full load is an impressive number, and its voltage stability is very good as well, plus it has a quiet fan. I'm a PSU geek and I know my stuff. I wish that SeaSonic would drop their prices by $10-$20, but I'd still probably get it.


Keep in mind this is speculation. I don't actually have a budget right now, or a fixed time frame for when I'm getting it. This is if I suddenly found $1000 in cash on the ground.
Who said anything about raid or drivers?



I just like to have one smaller drive for my windows install, and a bigger partitioned drive as a backup and data storage.
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I did consider an Intel X25-V 40GB boot drive, and then a 1-1.5TB "everything else" drive... But again, that's getting into the realm of spending gobs and gobs on something that probably isn't a good return on investment, y'know?
post #6 of 9
If you wan't to save you could buy a 5770, It should be able to max out most games at that resolution.
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post #7 of 9
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Well, a 5770 isn't much upgrade over what I have, a 4870 1GB. I can currently max most games, but there are some like Crysis or BFBC2 that can really kill my framerates once I turn on the eyecandiy.
post #8 of 9
My friend got a 5770 and was very disappointed with it, try getting a MSI GD-65 MoBo or Gigabyte UD4P both great boards
post #9 of 9
personally ill get a 5750/5730 until Diablo 3 comes out, but it will prolly be enough to run it...

Anyway, i prefer to get a cheaper card for now. and get a beast later !

For hdd, there's some solutions..

640GB + External USB Backup
640GB + 1TB Backup
750GB RAID0+1
750GB RAID 5
SSD + 640GB
SSD + External USB Backup
SSD + 1TB Backup
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