I want community input about my custom PC

Custom / CUSTOM
May 2, 2011 at 22:38:44
Specs: Windows 7, 2 GHz / 3071 MB
Hi! Before spending $1200 on a new computer, I want community input on the decisions I’ve made. That’s what this thread is about. I want your “Hey, good job, that looks like good stuff”, or “Oh, you don’t need this because…” or “Did you ever think about it this way?”.

I ask that you consider a few criteria first.

1. My budget was 1,000, and I went over. I’m now at around $1,200. If you have suggestions that allow me to spend less, I might take them, but spending more probably won’t happen.
2.What I use computers for : I’m a gamer. I like play games casually-moderately (lol…I played Dragon age II for 77 hours, but this is fare for me). I do play a lot of Starcraft 2. This is my favorite game. I also make VODs for youtube, so I need to process videos while doing other things.
3. I decided on Intel. The LG 1155 Sandybridge and CPUs seem too good for me to stay with AMD!
Below you can find everything that I potentially will buy, and a link to newegg.com where I will buy it.
4. I decided not to buy a soundcard. I hope the on-board sound will be good enough for my 2.1, simple speaker system. If you disagree, again, that’s why I’m posting here, to find out what others think.
5. I don't overclock, and I'm afraid to do so. Buying all that cooling equipment sound complicated.

Ok…the grocery list:

Case: Coolmaster Storm Scout (I like the handle, the 4usb ports in front, and their placement…this seems also like a durable case that will last years)

PSU: Thermaltake Black Widow 850w (this is powerful enough to possibly add a 2nd video card later on, and it’s only $80, after a mail in rebate. I bet it’s good! I was considering getting a Corsair one, but the price is so good)


CPU: i5-2500k (I'm afraid to OC, but I may want to one day...so getting this just in case I need to)
URL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Hard Drive: 2x 1tb (setup in raid 0) Hitachi Deskstar
URL http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...
Video card- ASUS GTX 570

RAM- 4x4gb Corsair Vengeance

Other stuff:
Thermal Compound (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007)

Wifi adapter (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166022)

Floppy Drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16821105001)

DVD drive (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204)

So thanks for looking, and thanks for your comments. Again: $1,200 is a lot of money and I will feel more confident knowing I have knowledgeable people helping me make my decisions.


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May 3, 2011 at 07:30:07
A few comments:

- cases with bottom mounted power supplies have poor cooling characteristics. Read the following: The Problem of Bottom-Mounted Power

- a Corsair PSU would probably have been a better choice. Did you google up any reviews on the Thermaltake? "I bet it’s good!" I think you'd lose that bet.

- the board you selected has no IDE or floppy controller, so if you plan on using a floppy drive, you'll either need to choose a different board, or add a floppy disk PCI controller card.

_ you're definitely going to get flack for going with a RAID-0 config, also for using "Deathstar" HDDs.

BTW, when you post links, do not put them in parenthesis or put URL= before the link. If you do, they will not be clickable. If you insist on doing it that way, please leave a space before & after the link. Notice that only 2 out of the 11 links you posted are clickable. Most people won't take the time to copy/paste to find out what you're asking about.

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May 3, 2011 at 17:53:28
Cool. Those are some very good suggestions, thanks!

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