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It's around 1 and a half month worth of research now, and I'm slowly creeping in closer to the finalized build. I'll be buying it in less than 2 weeks from now, and would like to have people look it over.

The full details about the build are included in the attached PDF (feel free to check for viruses )

Will to buy any and all information you're willing to share about it, thank you.

Lupo
post #2 of 10
damn.
you euroes have it baddddd.

1 euro = 1.4 dollar right?

yet almost every component costs less dollars then euroes.
wayy more.

i.e.

intel core i7 950 - 290€ vs 200$. cmon..thats ridiculous
200$ is 140 euroes...less than half price.

I suggest planning a vacation to the US, buying the parts here, and carrying them back to Europe.
You'd probably still save money.
Edited by jpao - 1/31/11 at 11:03am
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damn.
You euroes have it baddddd.

1 euro = 1.4 dollar right?

Yet almost every component costs less dollars then euroes.
Wayy more.

I.e.

Intel core i7 950 - 290€ vs 200$. Cmon..thats ridiculous
200$ is 140 euroes...less than half price.
18% vat, pretty massive inflation in our country, being an island and all :'(
post #4 of 10
get an ssd and go for a mechanical keyboard rather than the logitech.
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get an ssd and go for a mechanical keyboard rather than the logitech.
SSDs are just a waste of money at this point. Tiny sizes for massive prices, I had in fact in mind of getting 2x 32Gig SSDs in a RAID 0 setup, but I had to very quickly give up on that plan - it's not worth it. I'm willing to build a monster, I'm not willing to waste money on a component which will soon enough drop in price and greatly increase in storage size.
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get an ssd and go for a mechanical keyboard rather than the logitech.
SSDs are just a waste of money at this point. Tiny sizes for massive prices, I had in fact in mind of getting 2x 32Gig SSDs in a RAID 0 setup, but I had to very quickly give up on that plan - it's not worth it. I'm willing to build a monster, I'm not willing to waste money on a component which will soon enough drop in price and greatly increase in storage size.

Keyboard: Reason? I'd appreciate having people elaborate more in their suggestions than simply drop a few comments and run off
post #7 of 10
With exchange rates and VAT the prices are usually around the same across the board.

As for the build, I'd recommend Samsung 1TB drives as it's been reported that WD drives won't raid unless you buy their "special" RAID version which is the same drive but isn't crippled in the firmware. Two Sammys in RAID will do an average of 260MB/s.

I'd recommend getting a HX850 as it carries a 7 year warranty, still modular, and 850W is plenty for tri SLI if you plan to upgrade.

Why not Sandy Bridge? Also, unless you need CUDA or Physx the 6970 benches just as well and sometimes higher then the 580 with less thermals/power consumption.

Iv'e heard good things about the Microsoft Sidewinder keyboard. It's $67 US and has removable keypad that's attachable to either side, macros, knobs, and backlit keys. I've yet to have a microsoft input device die on me and some are really old.
Edited by zorrobyte - 1/31/11 at 11:48am
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With exchange rates and VAT the prices are usually around the same across the board.

As for the build, I'd recommend Samsung 1TB drives as it's been reported that WD drives won't raid unless you buy their "special" RAID version which is the same drive but isn't crippled in the firmware. Two Sammys in RAID will do an average of 260MB/s.

I'd recommend getting a HX850 as it carries a 7 year warranty, still modular, and 850W is plenty for tri SLI if you plan to upgrade.

Why not Sandy Bridge? Also, unless you need CUDA or Physx the 6970 benches just as well and sometimes higher then the 580 with less thermals/power consumption.
HDDs - I haven't heard anything about WD's RAID problems so far, can I get a link to this, please?

PSU - I've researched about this as well and it was the topic for a couple of days until we cleared past it. Yes, 850W would grant me all the supply I'd require, but my build is all about recycling as many parts as possible in the future. Thankfully Case and PSUs are one of the few pieces you can reliably recycle, and I do plan to do some heavy overclocking later down the line on the CPU as well as the GTX 580 SLI that will be present once prices go down.

Overclocking will get closer towards 850W, and as it turns out, I'm fine on spending money on equipment which will last me well in the future. The 1000W supply is one of those components that appear to be the case.

Sandy Bridge - I haven't stumbled upon good SB mobos from most retailers, and a high end gaming build appears to be leaning towards the i7 series at the moment. When it's time to upgrade the CPU, I'll most definitely get a SB and an appropriate CPU, but this build should pull me through just fine as it stands. CPU upgrades always dictate Mobo updates, anyways.

Keyboard - It's just personal preference in this case, I don't feel like detaching and shifting keyboard components around would prove useful in my case. I like the idea, but I'm positive I wouldn't make good use out of it. Not sure what the knobs are for to be honest though, got me kind of curious.
Edited by Luponius - 1/31/11 at 11:51am
post #9 of 10
Mechanical keyboards are just much more pleasant to type on. I never really noticed it much before until my old cheap keyboard started wearing out, but now that I'm using one from Das Keyboard, the difference is night and day. A much crisper feeling, less fatigue, and greater accuracy for your keystrokes.
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Mechanical keyboards are just much more pleasant to type on. I never really noticed it much before until my old cheap keyboard started wearing out, but now that I'm using one from Das Keyboard, the difference is night and day. A much crisper feeling, less fatigue, and greater accuracy for your keystrokes.
I've tried looking around a little bit, I've sadly found no videos that can give me a clearer idea of what it feels like.

A few key-points I want from my keyboard are:
-Solid feedback from key-presses
-Ergonomic to my hands (arm wrest does the job pretty well)
-Allows my fingers to glide from one key to the next (being a touch typist, I love the fluent feel no a keyboard)
-Have cool little stuff that allow more control to happen without being in the way or useless (This and the price is the main reason why I passed upon the G19. Colored LCD would just be annoying, a Light green LCD on the G15 on the other hand can provide me with information and basic control without pulling me out of the game itself by having hud components show on the monitor itself)

That's the main idea behind the keyboard, and I'm fairly happy with the choice. For the most part, I'd like more feedback on the other, performance-wise components.

I'm still searching for a UPS, and I'm greatly considering dropping down back to 850W depending on price limitations, ugh decisions, decisions
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