APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: November 27th (approx.) BUDGET RANGE: $700+- After Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have Win7 64 Enterprise and just bought a Antec 300 Illusion as well as CM Hyper 212 Plus. Will be reusing my 4850 for now to keep costs down. Have monitor, cables, speakers, and a mouse.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (or TigerDirect) USA
PARTS PREFERENCES: looking at Intel i5. I know AMD parts could do well for gaming too, but I've done so many AMD builds recently and am bored with that design, and never did a i7/i5/Core 2 build, and want to try one.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, but not at first. I got the Hyper so I can down the road if I decide to
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Doubtful, but since P55 can so SLI or Crossfire, I want the option to down the road (so I want a board with 8x/8x switching).
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or less, for now.
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A short novel below:
Ok, so I'm new to Intel builds, so I've had fun researching for the past few weeks, but I still had a few questions I wanted feedback on. I'll just list the part(s) I'm considering for each category and my reasoning for choosing (or my confusion).
No surprise here, as it is the only i5. The 1156 i7's are a bit pricey, and I don't need Hyperthreading for games, so the only benefit is a better turbo, which isn't worth the extra cost imo (easpecially if I OC'ed)
Recently I've used a lot of Gigabytes, and they have all been great (and I'm a bit addicted to Ultra Durable boards now). This one seemed like a good balance of needed features (8x/8x, etc.), price, and not too many gimmicks.
Excellent Timings, speed, and ok price after combo. Not free, but what I would prefer. I don't know, if anyone has reviews showing me how much CL9 vs CL7 hurts (or doesn't) that would be much appreciated.
GPU: Reusing my 4850 with Aftermarket cooler until the need for DX11 arrives and the price decreases: Asus ATI 4850 625MHz 512MB GDDR3 w/AM Cooler
So, I know those Samsungs are recommended. I guess I am more wondering, for those who use (or have used) RAID 0, does it seem fairly reliable. I've heard all about pretty much no recovery if it goes bad, but as this is just a gaming system, it won't kill me to reformat. Still, I don't want to have to do it every 6 months. I guess I'd just like to hear a little real world experience with a setup like this.
Seems well recommended, so should be plenty for my no or medium OC.
A little more Explanation: I'm still at college now (will be home to do the build in early/mid December) so I don't want to buy any parts until the end of November. As that also coincided with Black Friday, I'll aim for that date. Other that simple things like cases/fans, I don't want to make purchases until the end of November so rebates/Newegg return doesn't expire.
Thanks for reading all that, and any feedback/experience/opinions on any of the parts (even the ones I appear set on) is greatly appreciated. Can't wait to get home and start building this beast
Yes, I know, but 8x PCI-E 2.0 is decent (at least for now) and in all likelihood I will not SLI/Crossfire. I mainly meant I want one that can go from 16x/4x to 8x/8x, which some of the lower ones cannot.
Thanks, its from reading this forum for weeks. I guess my only minor question was what experiences have people had with RAID 0 (as I have never RAIDed before). I plan to try with 2 Samsung 500GB drives (if I can ever find them in stock again).
One other concern, again regarding my RAID 0. The Spinpoint F3's are selling out all over the place and are being deactivated on some sites. They are still my preference (and I'll buy two if they are in stock when I buy) but would something like this Seagate be ok? I know they had some firmware problems in the past, but are they over that now?
Yeah, I am pretty sure I have had at least two of the .10, and they are still going strong. That's why I was surprised when I heard such bad stuff about the .11. I haven't heard much about the .12 though, which I guess is a good thing. I also heard problems with Non-RAID WD drives in RAID, though I am not sure if that was user error, bad drives, or what.
Last month I built an i5/UD4P system that is almost identical to what you are considering, and I am very pleased with the performance. No problems whatsoever with getting it put together and up and running. Rock solid and fast.
I also considered RAID drives, but after researching the issue decided that there was not a significant enough increase in performance or functionality for me to justify the hassle if problems develop down the road.
If you live near a microcenter, you can pick up an i5-750 processor for $160. Recently, they have been running sales and have dropped the price $10. I got mine for $150, but I do not know if this sale is still going on.
Thanks for that heads up. There is not one near me right now, but I am heading to a place that has one, and the 750 is still listed at $149.99! I'll definitely try to swing buy and pick one up, as $50 is a huge savings. Or maybe I'll get the 860 instead, only $229!