Lcdguy's new desktop build advice
help me decide. I am looking at building a desktop. I have a budget of around$1200 not including taxes. I would like to be able to game on it as well as do some photoshop. Here the requirements.
What i am looking at so far. can't really decide between AMD or Intel.
80 or 120GB SSD
300 GB WD Raptor
Fractal Design r3 Case
Corsair HX 750W PSU
E-VGA GTX 560 TI
Windows 7 Pro X64
LG-Bluray Burner (already own this)
I can't decide on the ram/cpu/mobo since the last time i had one it was a i7-930 with an x58 mobo. Not sure what's good now in terms of reliablity
Personally, i'd go with a 60 gig SSD, then get two WD 1TB Blacks and Raid 0 them. Far more efficient, way better performance. If you're budget conscious, grab two 500 or 640 gig WD blacks instead for storage. Raptors are just loud and hot.
OS : uh.. what does pro have that you need, that home doesn't? Most people go either Home Premium or Ultimate. Professional just has ability to join a domain / RDP server and file system encryption.. all things which are kind of moot. Windows 7 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
If the revised sandy bridge motherboards were out.. i'd be recommending one of those with a 2600K and some ram. You'd have to squeeze around the budget.. and the SSD could be out of the picture though.
If you're buying new, a i7 950/960 is the best 'bang for your buck' processor. I like the ASUS Sabertooth or the Gigabyte UD3R motherboard. x58 a proven form factor - as the sandy bridge is a wicked overclocker, but unstable and frustrating motherboards to deal with currently.
With a budget of $1200, i'd be running around the BST forums here.. when people upgrade to sandy bridge, grab an x58 mobo + cpu.
I agree Raptors are no longer that great of a drive.
And go with Win 7 HP not Pro
ok so my next question as the 950 looks like a good fit.
Mobo which one.
ASUS Sabertooth X58
I might be able to squeeze in an ssd as i do have some 500GB drives kicking around.
As for motherboards, I have the Sabertooth and UD3R. Both good motherboards, both overclock well. I don't have any personal experience with the ASUS P6X58D-E, however I would imagine it would be a great board also. Other than color, I don't much difference between the sabertooth and P6X58D-E.
Other than the Sabertooth runs the 3x PCie slots at 16x/16x/4x, and the P6X58D-E does 16x/8x/8x or 16x/16x/1x modes.
Edit: of the three, go with whatevers cheaper / on sale or used at a good price.
Edit2: I bought my Gigabyte UD3R from ncix's ebay.. for about $160. They sell their factory new, returns on their ebay site, and so far i've never had an issue with any of their ebay products.
I like the UD3R board personally.. Sabretooth has goofy ass colors.
was thinking about this ram -> NCIX.com - Buy Kingston Value RAM KVR1333D3N9K3/6G 6GB 3X2GB 1333MHZ CL9 PC3-10600 Triple Channel Memory Kit - Kingston - KVR1333D3N9K3/6G - in Canada
any other suggestions
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