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CASE- NZXT Guardian 921 RB
MB - ASUS M4A78LT-M LE
CPU - AMD phenom II 555 BE
SSD - OCZ 90gb SATA II 3.5"
RAM - G.SKILL RIPJAWS 1600 DDR3 4GB
GPU - XFX Radeon HD 4850
PSU - 600W OCZ Stealth X Stream 2
OS - Windows 7 home premium for system builders
Cooling- Rosewill rcx-z1
Monitor- LG 23" 1080p LCD TV
Just a couple criticisms.

Get a full tower instead of a mid tower.

Get at least 650 watts on that PSU. I would say 750 watts but they'd flame me. I just want this rig to be, as you say, ready for upgrade time. And finally...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BUY AN SSD
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post #12 of 22
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Just a couple criticisms.

Get a full tower instead of a mid tower.

Get at least 650 watts on that PSU. I would say 750 watts but they'd flame me. I just want this rig to be, as you say, ready for upgrade time. And finally...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BUY AN SSD
What's wrong with an SSD
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Just a couple criticisms.

Get a full tower instead of a mid tower.

Get at least 650 watts on that PSU. I would say 750 watts but they'd flame me. I just want this rig to be, as you say, ready for upgrade time. And finally...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BUY AN SSD
cases are mostly personal preference, get one you like... if you have ham fists and plan on working in it a lot weight the advantages of a larger one...

even 600 is overkill for that rig, 750 is outrageous... i ran my current sig on a 5 year old OCZ 600w powerstream from the moment it was built until i had a power surge that killed several UPSs and a refrigerator... it still worked, but had a quiver in the standby voltage that this ASUS board didn't like at all, but it's powering another machine with a gigabyte board without issue.

AMD only recommends a 450W PSU for that video card, and even that is over spec... and after looking on newegg and a few sig's of users here a 350W PSU would work and be within acceptable tolerances...

what's wrong with SSDs?
Edited by LiNERROR - 3/12/11 at 2:49pm
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post #14 of 22
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Just a couple criticisms.

Get a full tower instead of a mid tower.

Get at least 650 watts on that PSU. I would say 750 watts but they'd flame me. I just want this rig to be, as you say, ready for upgrade time. And finally...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BUY AN SSD
+1 on the "whats wrong with SSD. I would say just make sure its a good one. Smaller capacity means that the whole surface will have more read/write action, which means overall less life.

http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=736
Pretty neat tool to compare SSDs, make sure you get a good controller.
     
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>SSD
>$600 budget.

I thought you'd agree with me.
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Just a couple criticisms.

Get a full tower instead of a mid tower.

Get at least 650 watts on that PSU. I would say 750 watts but they'd flame me. I just want this rig to be, as you say, ready for upgrade time. And finally...

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T BUY AN SSD
Get a 30gb SSD for boot drive then a 1TB for data and other programs
Also a 650w is overkill, Your rig would run fine on a decent corsair 420w
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Hey there,

I have a Crucial C300 64gb, it's fantastic, runs really fast, boots fast, accesses data fast, it's not THAT much faster than two drives in RAID 0 though!

But before even thinking about investing in an SSD, I'd get a better processor (I'd suggest the 955Black Edition, it's overclockable to death!), and two identical HDD's and run them in RAID 0. SSD's don't improve gaming performance, so just bare that in mind.

Plus, if you don't know what RAID 0 is, it is basically making 2 hard drives appear as 1 virtual drive, so two HDD's working together instead of one, increases performance, much like going from a single core to a dual core.

As for the power supply, I wouldn't worry so much about it, personally find out whether it's quiet or not, don't want a loud PSU!

Also, check out which cases are good for cable management, for your first build, you don't want to be messing round with wires/cables all day. Look for large grommet holes, good rear panel clearance. So if you can, find a video on youtube or whatever of that case, it'll show you the basics of how everything will go together.

Finally, I'd also suggest a better motherboard, I have an ASUS M4A88TDM-evo USB3, and I feel very limited in the upgrades department as it isn't Crossfire or SLI, it is only Hybrid Crossfire which uses the internal graphics card in tandem with a PCI-E card.

Anyway, fire away with any questions, almost everyone here is glad to help.
    
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Oh, and I'd suggest getting a DX11 graphics card just to further future proof your system, if money isn't an issue, get an HD 6950 and unlock it to the 6970, otherwise, maybe a 6850.
    
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P.S. If this is the case, I'd suggest getting my case, it's got fantastic cable management and looks amazing.

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/silve...oogle+shopping
    
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This is UK price:

Asus M4A78LT-M LE AMD 760G Socket AM3 DVI VGA Out 8 Channel Audio mATX Motherboard181968228 in stock £42.40£42.40
G-Skill 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz Ripjaws Memory Kit CL7(7-8-7-24) 1.6V18049071 in stock £46.60£46.60
OCZ Stealth Xstream II 600W PSU - 3x SATA 2x PCI-E20435367 in stock £54.09£54.09
XFX HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI Mini Display Port Out Graphics Card24447313 in stock £142.98£142.98
Silverstone Raven 2 RV02B Case - Black with Window1734192 in stock £133.86£133.86
AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Socket AM3 3.2 GHz 6MB L3 Cache Retail Boxed Processor19067349 in stock £108.23£108.23
Cart total inc vat:£528.16


With the updated Raven Case, which has slightly better cooling at cost of the amazing looks of the original Raven.

So it will definitely be cheaper if you're in the USA
    
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