Jump to content



Photo

building a new pc, need advice!


  • Please log in to reply
22 replies to this topic

#1 fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 18:19

well it's been a few years and im coming into some good money in abut 5 weeks. im looking to build a high end / current desktop system. i just need some advice on what would be considered "current" hardware to tide me over for awhile. budget wise im thinking about $1500-$1700. plus ill be selling my current rig for about $650.

case: i always go with coolermaster: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119216 . "open to other ideas too."
lcd: ill be buying at best buy "i like to see them in person" it will be a HP and a 25-27".
ill be buying windows 7 ultimate oem. i may also be dual booting with mountain lion osx86.

need advice on:
cpu: intel quad core... no more than $300
gpu: nvidia, no more than $250-275
mobo: asus of course.
ram: either gskill or ocz, id like to use 12-16gb dual channel.
psu: id like to get another 850watt.
hdd: probably a 750gb sata and im considering a ssd as well.
dvd drive: blue ray / dvd / cd burner. probably lg or liteon?


thanks!


#2 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 19:43

so far i have:

case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811119216
hdd: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136769
gpu: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130826
psu: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817153106
ram: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231560
mobo: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131819
cpu: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116502
os: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116997
blue ray / dvd: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827106369
ssd: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820147163

total w shipping: $1,503.70

pretty good build?

#3 f0rk_b0mb

f0rk_b0mb

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 02-June 12
  • Location: 'Murica
  • OS: Windows, Linux, OS X
  • Phone: Motorola Moto G

Posted 23 September 2012 - 19:52

Great build! If you can afford 50 more bucks, get this for your HDD

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136533


I swear by Caviar Blacks! :) They are well worth the money! Above you said you are considering an SSD? Get it! It's probably the best thing since sliced bread.

#4 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 19:56

Great build! If you can afford 50 more bucks, get this for your HDD

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136533


I swear by Caviar Blacks! :) They are well worth the money! Above you said you are considering an SSD? Get it! It's probably the best thing since sliced bread.


thing is i currently have a 750gb drive and i don't even use half of it lol. i may look for windows 7 elsewhere, see if i can find a better deal as i still have to get a new lcd that will probably be around 200-$250.

#5 f0rk_b0mb

f0rk_b0mb

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 02-June 12
  • Location: 'Murica
  • OS: Windows, Linux, OS X
  • Phone: Motorola Moto G

Posted 23 September 2012 - 21:01

thing is i currently have a 750gb drive and i don't even use half of it lol. i may look for windows 7 elsewhere, see if i can find a better deal as i still have to get a new lcd that will probably be around 200-$250.


Is there a reason why you need W7U? The only difference between Professional and Ultimate is Bitlocker and language packs. Personally, get Professional. It will save you some money. :)

Windows7FeatureChart1.png

#6 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 21:18

i dunno ive just always used ultimate but yes i may look into professional as well. hopefully some of this stuff will be on sale by the time i order. im sure ill have to make a few adjustments.

forgot to add a 3rd party heatsink/fan: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835106185

#7 +PeterUK

PeterUK

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 26-March 07

Posted 23 September 2012 - 21:41

forgot to add a 3rd party heatsink/fan: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835106185

Go with this one.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16835103099
If your going to get a 25-27" screen for gaming you might want to get something better then a GTX 660.

The ASUS P8Z77-V LK might do everything you want for less then then ASUS P8Z77-V PRO.

#8 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 22:04

I wont be gaming at all really. I am open to suggestions on the nvidia gpu. Id like to not go to much higher price wise.

As far as the cheaper asus board it seems the ram i chose wouldnt work. http://www.gskill.co...s.php?index=486 . So ill probably stick to the one i picked.

#9 Luis Mazza

Luis Mazza

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 11-January 09
  • Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Posted 23 September 2012 - 22:31

I wont be gaming at all really. I am open to suggestions on the nvidia gpu. Id like to not go to much higher price wise.

As far as the cheaper asus board it seems the ram i chose wouldnt work. http://www.gskill.co...s.php?index=486 . So ill probably stick to the one i picked.


I think you should get a Macbook Pro or HP Envy or one of Sony's notebooks. They're all quad-core and come with good GPUs. I don't think investing on a desktop is a good decision if you won't be gaming. Also, you could wait for a bunch of Windows 8 machines coming next month with touch screens. :D

#10 GreenSmudge

GreenSmudge

    Neowinian

  • Joined: 14-February 12

Posted 23 September 2012 - 22:35

Please save yourself some grief and get some speed for your sequential AND random read/write speeds. I have two 240GB Neutron series CORSAIR in RAID 0 (1GB transfer rate) - but since you are only interested in 120GB - here's the one I would go with: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233342

#11 +PeterUK

PeterUK

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 26-March 07

Posted 23 September 2012 - 22:40

As far as the cheaper asus board it seems the ram i chose wouldnt work. http://www.gskill.co...s.php?index=486 . So ill probably stick to the one i picked.

Where does it say that?

#12 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 22:54

Where does it say that?


Scroll down on the gskill website. It lists board compatibility. I also downloaded the asus pdf and its an older board.

Please save yourself some grief and get some speed for your sequential AND random read/write speeds. I have two 240GB Neutron series CORSAIR in RAID 0 (1GB transfer rate) - but since you are only interested in 120GB - here's the one I would go with: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820233342


Hmmm.. ive heard great reviews on the samsumg ssd i listed. Ill keep yours in mind though. And yeah im only getting the 120gb for a windows install. Ill also have another hdd for misc items or programs. As i said i may revise my list a bit as i get closer to purchasing.

#13 farmeunit

farmeunit

    The other white meat.

  • Tech Issues Solved: 2
  • Joined: 05-May 03
  • Location: Branson, MO USA

Posted 23 September 2012 - 23:04

i dunno ive just always used ultimate but yes i may look into professional as well. hopefully some of this stuff will be on sale by the time i order. im sure ill have to make a few adjustments.


Don't know what the pricing is on Win8 Pro, but if they are comparable, go with Win8, even if you don't plan on using. You get downgrade rights with Win8, so you can still legally use Win7 Pro, but you've always got a Win8 license if you decide to use it instead.

#14 OP fixxxer2014

fixxxer2014

    A1 poster

  • Joined: 26-February 06
  • Location: midwest

Posted 23 September 2012 - 23:05

Great build! If you can afford 50 more bucks, get this for your HDD

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136533


I swear by Caviar Blacks! :) They are well worth the money! Above you said you are considering an SSD? Get it! It's probably the best thing since sliced bread.


I think im gonna buy this hdd so thanks for mentioning it.

Anybody have any other gpu recommendations or did i pick a decent one? Also remember i dont game much if any.

#15 +PeterUK

PeterUK

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 26-March 07

Posted 23 September 2012 - 23:07

Scroll down on the gskill website. It lists board compatibility. I also downloaded the asus pdf and its an older board.


Do you really think gskill can test over a 100 boards just to make sure it works with ever single one and for asus to do the same?



Click here to login or here to register to remove this ad, it's free!