It's been, again, 4 years since my last build and it feel an intense craving to once more compose a new electric love. I can't resist, I must build . So here goes.
As always it must be a reasonably priced rig, dead-quiet (which my last one wasn't the least bit ) and low on wattage usage.
I'm willing to spend the extra ca$h when I feel a component is worth the money in terms of reliability and performance, but I try to keep the total of my budget no higher than, say, 725 EUR (1000 USD).
Why this topic:
Like last time, I'd like to hear your opinions, the money spend is a considerable amount and therefore I'd like to check my build before I purchase the components.
And this topic could be an inspiration to others. Searching components is a tedious job not taken lightly by me. It took me a great deal of time to get where I am now. So hopefully my findings and the discussion here are interesting for others as well.
Usage of the new rig:
The usual actually, so in order of importance and most time spend:
Gaming (CoD4), Solidworks, Photoshop, Illustrator and a bit of internet and watching HD rips. No video encoding or other fancy computing stuff.
Costs: € 725.
Unfortunately, I still want to add a GPU and HDD. I will not remain inside my budget.
I still need to invest time into deciding what kind of GPU I want to throw into this rig. Tips are welcome. I have at the moment a 7900 GS (four years old) and playing CoD4 at a reasonable graphic quality.
If you guys seen anything out of the ordinary and/or have suggestions, I'm happy to read them!
Your PSU is too expensive. Don't get a seasonic, I know it's one of the best but there are alternatives with better pricing.
Yeah, it is pretty darn expensive. My thought were..well, wtf, let's splash the cash on the best. To be honest. And also I don't need 1.200.000 watt PSU. 560 is more than enough. The 80+ gold rating did it in the end. I like this rig to be economic with it's electirc juices.
Your mobo is crazy. An H67 should be the maximum for you. Of course, you are going to go out of budget.
Yeah, it is way of the scale. I wasn't planning on overclocking, so this board seems like a silly pick. But I couldn't find another board with 3 year warranty, 3.0 USB header (for the front panel of the case), SATA 600 and good reviews from happy users.
You don't need a cooler. i3-2100 isn't even OCable so it would always stay cool. No need for any additional fans.
It has a stock cooler, doesn't it? So me thinking I need quiet cooler. I like quiet. Perhaps I can pick a cheaper heatsink and plug a fan on it if it needs to be cooled.
Silversone 650w Modular PSU
Asus M5A88-M EVO
PhenomII X4 965 on Be Quiet! Dark Rock PRO Cooler @ 3.8ghz
Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1600 MHz CAS 9
Asus 1GB GeForce GTX 560 Ti DirectCU II
OCZ 120GB Vertex 2E SSD
Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3 Hard Drive
MODDED with 3mm Acrylic Side Window + Surgical Stainless Steel Allen Head Bolts + 2 x 4inch Blue Cold Cathode Lights + Silver Painted Silverstone Logo inside Case.
I've changed the PSU and CPU cooler. Removed one stick of RAM (now 8 Gb total) and added a videocard.
Tried looking for a different MOBO, but couldn't find a motherboard with a USB 3.0 header for my front panel of my case. Thinking of swapping the MOBO with a MSI H67 board, but the chipset limits me in future upgrades and some moderate OC-ing.
The PSU is a German brand, quite know in Germany and The Netherlands. Newegg had them, but never sold many units nore got really well known in the US. Anyways, it has 5 year warranty, is Gold certified (not sure if it really means something). It's half the price of the Seasonic. So I hope it is worth the risk to buy a none-reviewed PSU. Will see.
The GPU chosen is the Sapphire HD 6770. Not really delved into the GPU mountain of information, benchmarks and reviews. I'm following suggestions from you guys, and people on Newegg are happy with it.
I'm still doubting if I should get the Noctua CPU cooler, since I might buy a secondhand i5 or i7 when they become available in the future.