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Old November 10, 2011, 08:05 PM
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Hello.

Time to put something together for myself. I have a budget of around $1000. I could go more if needed.

Parts that I plan to reuse;
Case
Newegg.com - LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
I have been thinking about getting another case. Something quiet and easy to work with and easy to clean. I would prefer aluminum and have been looking at either the Corsair 650D or the Lian-Li PC-8FI. Any thoughts? Not sure if I will buy.

GPU
PNY GTX 260

PSU
Newegg.com - PC Power and Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7

DVD Burner
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-S223Q LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

New parts;
CPU
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I72600K
I also might OC. Any suggestions on a good CPU cooler?

Mobo
Newegg.com - ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

Ram
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Profile Desktop Memory Model CML8GX3M2A1600C9

Reasons why I chose what I did.
I went with the i7 because of the video encoding. I do some gaming, COD4, CODWAW, Duke Nukem, Crysis, going to get BF3 and maybe the new Modern Warefare.

I chose the Asus Pro board because I need to be able to capture video off a camcorder with a firewire connection. Also I plan to get a new video card and I was hoping to get something with PCI 3.0 down the road. I could go with a cheaper Gen 3 board and add a pci firewire card? Is gen 3 worth it or should one hold off?

I need a new hard drive for this build as well. I have read a bit about caching and I am thinking about going that route. I was also thinking about going with a ssd for a boot drive as well. I have a few drives in mind;

SSD for Caching
Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

My local Best Buy has a WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA II 32MB Cach for $130
or
Amazon.com: WD Caviar Black: Electronics

SSD for Boot
Newegg.com - Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
or
Newegg.com - Corsair Force Series GT CSSD-F120GBGT-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
+ the WD drive.

All suggestions are welcome.
Thanks for your time!
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Old November 10, 2011, 08:40 PM
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SSD boot drive is faster than SSD caching. I don't know if you can do both but *I think* it's redundant. ((edit just reread your post, I don't think you're planning both at once, rather one or the other)). The M4's consistently get great reviews.

Gen3/PCI 3.0 is pretty much an unknown right now. It should be just a few bucks more (10?) I'd do it (and did) just in case.
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Old November 11, 2011, 05:02 AM
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That is a unclear. I would like opinions on either using an ssd for a boot drive or for caching.
Thanks!
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Old November 11, 2011, 05:19 AM
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I just want to put the power supply on question, why did you pick it? Because I never seen that brand of power supply before and it won't show me the price in any websites.
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Old November 11, 2011, 06:29 AM
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I bought it in 07 and paid $150. PC Power and Cooling was bought out by OZC a while back. I don't remember why I bought that one. I think it was highly recommended at the time.
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If you plan encoding video you might want to go a good SSD for boot and quite large to keep your games installed, maybe you should think for a 128GB, a M4 would be a good candidate, forget the caching hype, go P67, keep it simple, but as for storage I would also build a RAID 0 matrix as workspace for that video encoding job, so think 2 drives with high output, usually Samsung or Seagate. Also you want to play modern games with an old video card? Sure it will depend on resolution but I would think probably of a GTX560/560Ti. IMHO
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