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Old April 5, 2010, 12:57 PM
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I don't think an HWC approved build would be a "useful" idea. There are many reasons for this but here's my main one:

Brand preference

Different people have loyalty/preference to different brands.

For instance, suppose you start off your build with the Corsair 800D. Right there, I won't buy that setup no matter what. I'm an Antec guy and can't be seen with a glorified P183 copycat of a case that the 800D is.

Or try suggesting an Intel SSD to a die-hard OCZ fan. It won't work!

HWC is an excellent hardware site but I believe their "core competency" is to write objective, informative and neutral reviews; not to put together a plan for your next PC build. You make your OWN plan based on reviews and other factors.
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We do that sort of thing on another forum that I participate in. Once it starts getting a bit old it gets updated, but not on a set schedule or anything, call it semi-yearly. When it's time for an update, the various components are discussed in a staff forum, once there's some form of consensus, then it's posted in a sticky. Somebody looking to build can look at what's in their budget and performance range, then work on changes to personalize it to suit their needs, whether that's trimming the budget or increasing performance. Of course, both would always be nice, but that's a tad difficult, considering most of the fat has already been trimmed.
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Old April 5, 2010, 01:30 PM
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Got this, on the link you provided.. tried it twice in case it happened to be a random advert. ^.^
May be nothing, just thought id post it, in case.

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Could be, never had that happen to me, but I don't use Kaspersky, Spyware Doctor with Antivirus here.
Probably something ad related though, they can be a pain.
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Why do people think it would take so much work? Maybe 4 man-hours a month/week? Here's a "recommended" build right now....

i7 920
Asus P6T
5850 (brand doesn't matter)
Lian Li Lancool K62
Corsair TX650
6GB G.Skill Ripjaws (1600mhz)
1TB WD Black

Now, that's just throwing some stuff out there, but that took me what, 2 minutes? Now just look for links, cut/add stuff depending on how above/under budget you are, and you're done! Doesn't seem like more than a few hours per month/week.

Don't take the build seriously (that's not my point), but do you really think it would take so much time?
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But there is a point of making approved build section you guys forget. We HAVE to make some different build. Do some search for other company add some premium in the build and NEVER forget a single zip-tie. Getting away from only gaming and folding is the key. 3D rendering cmoputer, workstation, mixing box, dvd burner tower and much more this is the key to get new build that are good and different. We still can do standard build with some different thing like a gaming build but why no a M-ATX gaming build with the M-atx 1156 DFI board?? You see the point.
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Have approved builds, say "it is good for _____ (presumably gaming)" and also add "If gaming is not what you need a PC for, inquire in our forums here!"
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Agreed martin, the idea isn't about suggesting one kind of build to everyone (especially an icky typical run-of-the-mill i7 build, lol) but rather about suggest build ideas from many types of PC. It can be a vague as "Gaming PC" or go in much more detail. Some examples: HTPC/Gaming PC, Ultra-silent Office PC, Multi-GPU Folding workstation, 2U Simple NAS Server, etc etc...

Telling everyone to build the same 'ol system is rather dry IMO.
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Agreed martin, the idea isn't about suggesting one kind of build to everyone (especially an icky typical run-of-the-mill i7 build, lol) but rather about suggest build ideas from many types of PC. It can be a vague as "Gaming PC" or go in much more detail. Some examples: HTPC/Gaming PC, Ultra-silent Office PC, Multi-GPU Folding workstation, 2U Simple NAS Server, etc etc...

Telling everyone to build the same 'ol system is rather dry IMO.

Happy that you agree CM. There is so many different thing to do with a computer to stick with only one or 2.
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