You all helped me with a build for my wife about six months ago. Now I'm jealous of her system and want to build a similar rig for myself. My main concern, I guess, is if any of the components I used for her build have become obsolete or if there is something else that has come out that is noticeably better. Here's the info...
Approximate Purchase Date: Next couple of days.
Budget Range: $700-800 After Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, photo editing, office applications, CD-music burning, possibly some future video work...but only personal stuff (nothing high-end or professional in nature)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
1) Wife's six-month old build included Crucial's last generation SSD drive which had a 1.8" form factor. Discontinued, this new version of the drive is 2.5". My question is: Do I still need to buy the Micro SATA to SATA with SATA Power Adapter Cable which had to be purchased for my wife's 1.8" SSD?
2) SSD used for Windows 7 64-bit OS and most-used programs. Data and less used programs will be put on the Samsung 1T HD.
3) Also, I realize that the Antec case might be overkill for the small mobo going into it. But I figure it will be the last case I'll have to buy since it can handle all future builds and upgrades.
Thanks in advance for all your help. Like last time, I'm looking forward to all the invaluable advice given by the Tom's Community for us newbie and wannabe builders.
Looking at the features of both mobos, seems that your recommendation could be a better alternative to the ITX I was going to use. Looks like the only thing it doesn't have is the HDMI port...but since this will be my office computer, I can't see where I would need that anyway. And it should give me more room to mess around with these big fingers of mine. lol.
One more question, if you or anyone else might know: When I built my wife's system earlier this year, it included Crucial's last generation SSD drive which had a 1.8" form factor. They discontinued that, and this new version of the drive is 2.5". My question is: Do I still need to buy the Micro SATA to SATA with SATA Power Adapter Cable which had to be purchased for my wife's 1.8" SSD? Did I need that cable because of the mobo being an ITX?...or because the drive was 1.8" instead of 2.5"?
If you're going thsi way, spend $10 extra bucks for the i5-2400.
the SATA III SSD you are looking at will use a regular SATA cable. Just be use to use a SATA 3 cable (white) rather than SATA 2 (red)
I'll also suggest the Micro-ATX AS Rock H61M/U3S3, which is $69.99
I really was confused on whether I still needed that Micro SATA cable with the 2.5" SSD. Glad to know I can skip it. (Appreciate the tip on using the white SATA 3 cable also.) I'm actually going to jump up to the 128G Crucial SSD. Tom's says it's the sweet spot in their SSD reviews. And now I see that my wife is deciding which programs (other than Windows 7/64-bit) to put on her 64G SSD and which to put on her hard drive. I just want to throw the 128G SSD in there and put my OS and ALL my programs on there...no decisions to make about what goes where.
I'm going to take your advice on moving up to the i5-2400, too. What's $10 for more horsepower, after all?
You and Sammy seem to agree on the micro-ATX ASRock mobo being the way to go...sounds like good advice to me.
Thanks again for all the help you guys have provided so far. It makes me feel more confident as I go ahead with this project.
Wow, that's pretty much overkill with what you want to do. I'd get a AMD llano build than that.
Thanks for the advice, Cute and Feartrich.
I'm sure you're right. For most of what I do, this is probably more $$$ than I need to spend. I think the fact that I'm still working on a Dell Dimension 4550 from about 2003(!) is making me want to go overboard. lol.
But I also figure that if I decide to do more with this computer in the future, I'll have the overhead to do it. Plus, building it myself, I'll be more familiar with what I've got so that I can do some future upgrades if they're needed.
Honestly...although I loved building my wife's computer and the challenge of getting all that stuff put together and running...I'm not one to build a new rig with the latest gear every year or 18 months. This system will probably sit on my desk for at least five years...most likely even longer. So while I'm sure you're right that I'm spending more than I need to, amortizing the extra cost out over the next five-plus years will come to...what?...$5 per month or so?
That's my thought process on it, anyway. I do appreciate you taking the time to post your opinion about my situation. Thanks!