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I currently have my old rig, but the drives are getting smart errors and it's just not what I want anymore. I want to do some overclocking so I am buying a new bubget gamer build with headroom.
I will list what I will be getting and why I picked it along with the overall price for the entire build.

I am getting ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO, it's asus and has alot of features for pretty much anything I could use it for, it has 5 sata slots and pretty much anything else I could want along with decent board cooling and oc options. 120.00$

AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition, it's a no brainer, it's a quad core 3.2 that is pretty beastly, with headroom for overclocking on air with the cooler I hav picked out. 150.00$

Antec EarthWatts EA650, it's not too beastly, just enough to power everything I need and has all of the plugs I could use inside my case. It is 80 certified so I know it's effiencent and you get the most effiency when you are drawing close to the max power. I have calculated the draw of this system so far to be around 530 watts through newegg psu calculator. Too many times I see people using 1000 watt psu's and wonder what are they doing. 79.00$

CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 1333 CMV4GX3M2A1333C9, it's cheap, not much headroom there but I don't need anything, it's already a crap ton faster than ddr2 800 for a decent price. 84.00$

LITE-ON CD/DV iHAS124-04, I want a new dvd burner because I want one with sata, no crappy ribbon for me anymore. Pretty cheap and should last me awhile. 20.00$

Altogether this build is a reasonable 456.00$ so far it also has room to upgrade alittle later on, much faster than what I currently have.

I will also be adding some drives and fans and controller to this system to balance it all out into a near silent, cool beast of a computer with decent headroom.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD800AAJS, this will be my small and effiecient system drive, should be fine for light gaming. Plus it is made to run constantly, which is a plus since my computer hasn't been off for more then 5 minutes in 2 weeks. 37.00$

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS ,2x it's energy effient and quiet, will just be media drives and will be running constantly so a good setup for what I use them for. 69.00$

Now for the fans and cooling setup.

Scythe SCMG-2100, this is another no brainer, scythe has been doing very well when they set their mind to cooling a pc, and a overclocked 955 be will need a mass amount of fast moving cool air, nevermind the fact it's near silent. 40.00$

Sunbeam RHK-EX-BA, sunbeam has also been doing fairly well, I currently have a 4 fan controller, but I have six fans. I want to controll all of them with the touch of a dial, and this will do just that and keep the air flowing through the case. 30.00$

Rexus NMB-MAT, now we get to the meat of case cooling, I have six 80mm slots so I will fill every one with these. They have a decent cfm of 47, which can be tamed noise wise by turning them down with the controller, but when I am gaming with a headset on I can crank them up and start pushing 200 cfm through my case and over the cpu with ease. 9.99$ each

Now all told, this is a fairly nice setup with some headroom for overclocking, but it's natural speed along with cooling is a balanced build that matchs raw speed with excessive cooling and the chance to keep cool and quiet on the hottest of days.

All told with everything that this setup brings, the final cost is a reasonable 771.74$, so merry christmas or happy birthday to me.
Edited by Maelthras - 9/20/10 at 1:29am
post #2 of 6
1 WD Blacks are loud
2 Just get an SSD instead.
3 if you insist on getting a WD black, dont use it for media storage, get a samsung f4 2tb which is cheaper, quiter, faster and uses less power
4 You might as well just get this combo. (it has a much better motherboard and the same CPU) http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7BBTkwCjCECjCE
5 DDR3 is new, but you wont notice a difference over your ddr2 unless you get 1800+ Ddr3
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The wd black was a mispost, it's supposed to be Western Digital Caviar Green WD7500AADS. And it's a budget build, so not buying a 250$ drive. As for the asus board, it's still nice and just as good as the biostar. And I wouldn't really say ddr3 is new, it's been out for over a year and your telling me that ddr2 800 is faster than ddr3 1333 with a new board and cpu?
Edited by Maelthras - 9/20/10 at 2:39pm
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1 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-245-_-Product this is cheaper and holds more than both your hard drivers put together. Not to mention how much faster it is.

2 the motherboard I linked to is much better. It is the world record overclock holder. Your board has the 880 cost which is decent but not worth the money you're paying for it.

3 I didn't say the ddr3 would be slower, I said it wouldn't be faster and didn't want you to get disappointed by that.

4 how did you manage to relate the RAM speed to the CPU speed? I never said a faster CPU wouldn't help...

By the way excuse my grammar. I'm on a phone
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That is entirely possible, but I am not going for massive size. I compartmentalize everything, I am a collector of everything. Programs, viruses, trojans, and everything inbetween, so I seperate those dangerous programs by placing them on diffrent drives after zipping them and packing them away. The whole reason I am getting new drives is because the ones I have are getting smart errors and am running out of space.

Plus why would that drive be faster, it's platter spins slower, 5400 vs 7200 and I don't see anything special about the drive that would make it faster then the avg drive.

I can understand what you mean about the mobo, it is a 890fx which is pretty nice to begin with. Will read a few reviews and see what it has in it.

Wow this thing is pretty beastly, 2 pci-e x16 full lanes. It has alot of nice features, but sadly most of them I would never use. I don't use esata and wouldn't use the audio except as a seconadary output to my stereo. I am not going for a overclocking monster but a decent budget build so I will stick with the mobo I have picked out so far.
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dude... are you just saying that just to be stubborn or what?? obviously you could make as many partitions on it as you want and you would have more space! there is absolutely no reason not to get it.

If you really are set against it, i would highly recommend getting two samsung f3 1tbs and putting them in there. they are the fastest consumer mechanical drives there are right now and they are going for 60$ on newegg.

And if you dont need much out of your mobo why arent you getting a cheaper one since its a budget built?!?!
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