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Old March 22, 2009, 07:45 PM
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Anyway, I apologize in advance for anything that I may say that sounds extremely random, but I believe I've had a bit too much caffeine, and I'm one of those people with an incredibly low tolerance for the stuff.

I recently had a thread here about a build I was doing for myself once I get back to the states. A couple of my buddies over here saw that, and decided that they would ask me to build them each a computer.

Here's what I've got so far.

Rig #1 (USD, Price range $1500-$2000):

Case: Aerocool Aeroracer Pro $ 90.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 $ 210.00
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $ 280.00
Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper N 520 $ 50.00
Thermal Paste: InnovationCooling IC "7 carat"diamond, 1.5g $ 7.00
RAM: OCZ OCZ3X1333LV6GK (3x2GB) $ 97.00
Graphics: EVGA GTX 285 SC $ 360.00
Hard Drives: WD Caviar Black, 640GB $ 80.00
Power Supply: CorsairCMPSU-TX 750W $ 110.00
Monitor: Acer X223Wbd 22" 1680x1050 $ 170.00
Keyboard: Logitech UltraX Silver/Black, Wired $ 19.00
Mouse: Logitech G-5 $ 44.00
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300, 2.1 $ 116.00

Approx. total: $1,633 USD

This rig is for a person who is extremely unlikely to modify his computer in any way. The reason these two buddies of mine are not building their own computers is that they don't have a clue how. Buddy #1 is married, and I am trying to keep the price as low as possible for this guy, to allow for some budget headroom. Rig #2 is nearly identical, only with the HAF 932 and a V-8 heatsink instead. Buddy #2 is my roommate, though, so I'm continuing to modify his (he has less "high-price" fear, too ).

I'm particularly uncomfortable with the M/B choice, and I'm thinking I could downgrade the PSU a bit and still be fine, regardless of EVGA's card asking for at least "a 750W."

I can't help but try and give these guys the best I can. I put this together with an "I'm building this for me, what would I want?" kind of mindset. Anything you guys know about that I could improve on? I trust you all, after the help you all threw into my rig's thread.
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:47 PM
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Looks good except for two things.

1) Case: Switch to a 690
2) HSF: Switch to Xigmatek 1283
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Old March 22, 2009, 07:48 PM
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M/B is fine, Case is blah, you could probubly go to a 650w id say maybe lower as its only a single card. G5 mice are great for the price but you could also look at those ocz ones their not bad and a little cheaper.

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Old March 22, 2009, 08:03 PM
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Board is great, case is bad, PSU is more than fine, change that HSF, please!!!!! Including the V8. TRUE is the King.
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Old March 22, 2009, 08:46 PM
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Such a vehement reaction, charlie! You actually got a good laugh out of me with that.

I see no one else likes the idea of a 400mm side fan here, haha. Really, the case doesn't look that bad. 690 it is. I'll show buddy #1 a couple pictures of it tomorrow or something, and see what he thinks. Buddy #2 specifically chose the HAF, so there's no changing that.

I'm still intrigued by the Aerocool case, though. Here I was, wanting to experiment with other brands of cases, and you guys shoot me down, haha. Oh well.

Which case did you mean to change the heatsink for? I realize there is a huge fanbase for the TRUE here. . . (I know why, too.)

650W it is for buddy #1, then.

Rig #1 v.2:

Case: CoolerMaster 690 $ 80.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 $ 210.00
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $ 280.00
Heatsink: Thermalright TRUE $ 75.00
Thermal Paste: InnovationCooling IC "7 carat"diamond, 1.5g $ 7.00
RAM: OCZ OCZ3X1333LV6GK (3x2GB) $ 97.00
Graphics: EVGA GTX 285 SC $ 360.00
Hard Drives: WD Caviar Black, 640GB $ 80.00
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-TX 650W $ 90.00
Monitor: Acer X223Wbd 22" 1680x1050 $ 170.00
Keyboard: Logitech UltraX Silver/Black, Wired $ 19.00
Mouse: Logitech G-5 $ 44.00
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300, 2.1 $ 116.00

Approx. total: $1,628 USD

All changes are bolded. Saves about $5 (). I do agree with the case choice, but I don't believe that buddy #1 really needs the TRUE, to say the least... but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have it. He wanted that mouse, so I left it the same.

How's it lookin' from your viewpoint?
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Old March 22, 2009, 08:53 PM
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Old March 22, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Such a vehement reaction, charlie! You actually got a good laugh out of me with that.

I see no one else likes the idea of a 400mm side fan here, haha. Really, the case doesn't look that bad. 690 it is. I'll show buddy #1 a couple pictures of it tomorrow or something, and see what he thinks. Buddy #2 specifically chose the HAF, so there's no changing that.

I'm still intrigued by the Aerocool case, though. Here I was, wanting to experiment with other brands of cases, and you guys shoot me down, haha. Oh well.

Which case did you mean to change the heatsink for? I realize there is a huge fanbase for the TRUE here. . . (I know why, too.)

650W it is for buddy #1, then.

Rig #1 v.2:

Case: CoolerMaster 690 $ 80.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 $ 210.00
CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $ 280.00
Heatsink: Thermalright TRUE $ 75.00
Thermal Paste: InnovationCooling IC "7 carat"diamond, 1.5g $ 7.00
RAM: OCZ OCZ3X1333LV6GK (3x2GB) $ 97.00
Graphics: EVGA GTX 285 SC $ 360.00
Hard Drives: WD Caviar Black, 640GB $ 80.00
Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-TX 650W $ 90.00
Monitor: Acer X223Wbd 22" 1680x1050 $ 170.00
Keyboard: Logitech UltraX Silver/Black, Wired $ 19.00
Mouse: Logitech G-5 $ 44.00
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300, 2.1 $ 116.00

Approx. total: $1,628 USD

All changes are bolded. Saves about $5 (). I do agree with the case choice, but I don't believe that buddy #1 really needs the TRUE, to say the least... but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have it. He wanted that mouse, so I left it the same.

How's it lookin' from your viewpoint?
Uhh you purchasing from Newegg right? I remember seeing in the Hot Deals section at AnandTech, damn there were lots of hot deals. I think there were GTX260 going for around $150AR, and it was free shipping.

Imo, get the OCZ Vendetta 2. I'm the HDT guy since it's better bang for buck than the TRUE.

Btw, keep up the work over at Iraq! I wish you all the best of luck!
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Still need a dvd drive, Pioneer or Sammys both are top notch.
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Old March 22, 2009, 09:13 PM
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Pioneer or Samsung? Huh, I'd picked out an LG.

Really, though, that would be the one part of a computer I've never seriously researched. Any particular reason for those brand choices, grover? I'm actually glad you brought it up.
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Old March 22, 2009, 09:17 PM
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Pioneer or Samsung? Huh, I'd picked out an LG.

Really, though, that would be the one part of a computer I've never seriously researched. Any particular reason for those brand choices, grover? I'm actually glad you brought it up.
I'm a long time pioneer fan and they have never failed and I cannot count the amount of discs I have burnt with mine... they last forever.
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