Solved Building A New Rig, Advice And Opinions Highly Appericated!

Biostar group / A870u3
January 28, 2012 at 08:32:02
Specs: Windows XP, 3.399 GHz / 3327 MB
Hello Folks, I'm going away to college soon and I'm building a new rig that i can use for lots of work and play. This will be my second rig ever so I'm still very much as novice, I would greatly appreciate some tips and advice on this one, my Budget is $2000 but honestly I want to spend around $1400 or $1500.


Here Is My Manifest:

Case :

NZXT KHAOS Full Tower Case - $245

http://store.nzxt.com/product_p/cl-...

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Mother Board:

GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD5 - $180

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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CPU:

AMD PHENOM II X6 1100 Black Edition - $200

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicat...

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Power Supply:

CORSAIR Gaming Series GS800 800W PSU - $125

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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Memory:

CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB x2 - $50 Each, $100 Total

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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Optical Drive(s):

ASUS Blue-Ray Burner/ Reader - $80

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

ASUS Dvd Burner / Reader - $18

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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Graphics Card(s):

SAPPHIRE 100312-3L Radeon HD 6950 x2 - $260 Each, $520 Total

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

OR

EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 x2 - $250 Each, $500 Total

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

(Im Not Sure Weather ATI or Nvidia is better)

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Hard Drive:

Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 7200 RPM - $135

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Note: I have a seedbox so i generally leave my less important files on there, so 1Tb is pretty good for my uses, but if you know of a cheaper solution that still has decent quality, I'm all ears.

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Last and also least (before I forget)

COOLER MASTER Blue Led 120mm Fan x3 - 7$ Each, $21 Total

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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All in all, This Rig Totals Out to About $1630 (not including shipping, but its not an issue), if you guys and gals out there can think of anything that might help, it would be greatly appreciated

Also, My accessories (key board, mouse, monitors, etc..., are already accounted for, so like is said, any and all help would be greatly appreciated


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January 28, 2012 at 18:18:50
I agree the case is a waste of at least $150. One 140/120MM rear case fan is more than enough. Do not get a bottom mounted PSU case.

IMO SLI/ Crossfire is also a waste of money. One good Graphics card will serve you well enough. Save $250.

Now you don't need a board with SLI/Crossfire capabilities so you can step down one level and save more cash.

Then you don't need an 800W PSU. See the one linked directly below instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...



#1
January 28, 2012 at 08:58:12
I Just Found That The Vengance 16GB Ram is $90, So I just Saved my self 10$ for the same quality

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#2
January 28, 2012 at 09:12:04
Big deal, you saved $10 but are wasting $150-200 on an overpriced case, you're paying too much for the board & PSU, & what's up with all the fans?

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#3
January 28, 2012 at 09:55:53
I know the case is very pricey, but I want the build to be great aesthetically and performance wise i was just lookinng for a case that has an "edge" to its look, but the other ones i saw had horrible circulation or costed more than KHAOS, and the fans are for the case, but im still looking around, and as far as the psu goes, ive just switched it over to the one in the guide, but more suggestions please, keep em comming

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#4
January 28, 2012 at 18:18:50
✔ Best Answer
I agree the case is a waste of at least $150. One 140/120MM rear case fan is more than enough. Do not get a bottom mounted PSU case.

IMO SLI/ Crossfire is also a waste of money. One good Graphics card will serve you well enough. Save $250.

Now you don't need a board with SLI/Crossfire capabilities so you can step down one level and save more cash.

Then you don't need an 800W PSU. See the one linked directly below instead.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#5
January 28, 2012 at 21:19:14
My Picks (those not listed, use same):
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CPU $229 . (+29.)
MB $123. (-57.)
Case $80 . (-165.)
PS $90. (-35.)
Video $250. (-250.)
HD $170. (+35.)
Savings $501.00

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
January 29, 2012 at 09:17:38
I know cases are more a matter of opinion, but I think the one you chose is ugly, not to mention poorly configured. The huge fan in the side panel disrupts the optimal airflow which is "in thru the front, out thru the back". As OtheHill stated, you really only need ONE fan - an exhaust fan in the rear. With the top mounted PSU, its fan also acts as an exhaust fan, so no other fans are necessary. Side panel fans are NOT recommended, & front intake fans really aren't necessary.

Otherwise, your choices are OK. I'd reconsider the HDD choice though. I realize HDDs are pricey right now so cost is somewhat unavoideable, but why would you want a 1.5TB HDD for the primary drive? 1st of all, it most likely has 3 platters, which means more parts & the potential for more things to go wrong. Also, being that it's such a big drive, you obviously would be using it for storage, not just the OS. That's like putting all your eggs in one basket. You'd be better off getting an SSD or lower capacity single platter HDD for the OS & a larger green drive for storage.


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