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March 20, 2012 2:32:22 AM

I am not sure if I should build or buy my new system. I am pondering it as of now. What are my options for manufactures that are good besides Alien ware. What is my best bet for a pre built computer where should I look that has good reviews?

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March 20, 2012 1:10:42 PM

Build your own. You can buy what you want and have a lot more options for parts.
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March 20, 2012 2:33:27 PM

It would really depend on your skills to build a PC. If you feel confident you can build one then I would do that over ordering. Then you can put into the system what you want instead of what the company wants to push on you.
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March 20, 2012 2:34:17 PM

I agree with sosofm.
You would be able to pick any case , any mobo, compatible processor,any ram,power supply unit,hdd and ssd etc. Most of the build your own sights give you only choices of what they offer and sometimes you just pick the size of a component and it gives you no choices, it just says (name brand) Heck, even the worst brands are a name brand.
Also they cost you much more than they would to build your own.

Its not really that hard and is very rewarding.

Just watch these three videos at newegg and you can see how simple it can be.

http://www.newegg.com/Store/Computer.aspx?name=Computer...

If you still feel daunted by it, or just don't have the desire to build your own or the time, you should check out this. I know this guy personnally. Attended computer science class with him @ ITT Tech. He used to have a shop locally and has recently closed due to the economy. He is liquidating his stock and this is a fresh build he just completed about a month ago. He has marked it down below cost, and you could not get this build for less than $1100 from any of the build sites. It will play any game you throw at it, and is extremely future proof.
He recently told me that if someone just asked him to, he would probably throw in an Asus engtx 550 ti dc top gpu for free, even tho it says in the add that it would cost extra. Just message him and ask him, and tell him donlev sent you.

He built my pc for me cause I didn't have time and he does a great job!!!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220977340941?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

As far as reviews, he only has 18 feedback score because he is new to ebay,but he has 100% positive feedback because he is fair and honest.
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March 20, 2012 3:03:39 PM

In short, build.

You'll get much better value for money, and the actual building of a computer is probably much easier than you think :) 

Once you've built your own PC, you'll end up with a much better understanding of how stuff works, and it should leave you confident for future upgrades :) 
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March 20, 2012 3:24:01 PM

I decided that I am going to build my system it will save me $$plus my friend will be helping me out!


Here is my parts list tell me what you think?

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Without IGP BX80623i52550K

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

left over from previous computer
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive




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March 20, 2012 3:24:35 PM

Build your own, at least choose the components yourself. You can probably find a friend that can give you a hand.
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March 20, 2012 3:39:22 PM

robotdino304 said:
I decided that I am going to build my system it will save me $$plus my friend will be helping me out!


Here is my parts list tell me what you think?

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

OCZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom

Intel Core i5-2550K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Without IGP BX80623i52550K

G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAO

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

SAPPHIRE 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

left over from previous computer
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive



Sounds good.
Do you realize that the 2550k does not have intel graphics and that that is the main bonus of a z68 board? You will not notice the 1\10th of a g higher clock and the graphics part of the processor is really handy for a couple of reasons. It works with virtue graphics to give your gpu a break between gaming and also if your gpu ever goes out it will allow you to use your computer while you find a replacement. Without it you will have a blank screen if your gpu dies.
I think it is worth saving the few bucks and just getting the 2500k for less.
Also if you will be overclocking , the 2550k does not overclock any higher than the 2500k.
The rest all sounds good, I just wanted to mention the benefit of the on die graphics.

Also, you prob already concidered this, but if you don't already have a windows disk you will need op sys. and if you plan to o.c. you will need an a\m cooler for your cpu.
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March 20, 2012 3:44:57 PM

Change the PSU with one of these :
Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 65$
SeaSonic M12II 520 Bronze 520W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 40$
And change the video card with 6870. XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 145$ after rebates.
And you are in your budget.
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March 20, 2012 3:52:57 PM

I personally prefer the savings of building my own computers. I can spec out exactly what parts I want and usually get them for much, much less than the cost to upgrade a "box computer". Still there are some good reasons to go with a box computer. If you lack the skills to build one or are intimidated by all the little details that need to be scrutinized to match part up so everything works, a box computer can be beneficial. Some people just prefer having someone they can call up and raise cain to if something goes wrong. Most of the time box computer companies do offer pretty good warranties and support that can make it worthwhile but you are certainly getting charged for it in the price of the PC.

In short, do what suits you best. On a hardware forum like this, naturally the majority of the answers are going to be "build it", but that's what most PC enthusiasts do. If you can afford to lay out all the cash needed for a new build and can copy a known combination or do the digging to build your own, go for it. It's very rewarding though it can be a little frustrating if you get a bad part or make a mistake in selecting parts. If you prefer a full warranty, need customer support or need to do a payment plan, a box computer can be a viable option, though typically more expensive in the end.

Just my .02
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March 20, 2012 3:53:54 PM

I plan on using the stock cooler that comes with the processor. Here is my system so far. I am still quite nervous about this build.

I changed a few things.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K


Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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March 20, 2012 4:17:44 PM

BUILD!! do you know how many low quality parts HP and dell use in their towers?years ago i tried getting a local computer store to build one for me and they still couldn't give me all the parts i wanted
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March 20, 2012 4:46:44 PM

Building your own is not that hard and the only real tool you should need is a phillips screwdriver. It is very rewarding.

Just make sure to do the breadboard test like on the newegg video. It will test to see that your board posts right and that your components are all good before actual install.

Make sure you touch your case before each time you will be handling a component to make sure you release any static discharge your body may have.

Make sure that the standoffs that you mount your mobo to are in the right place and that you dont have any extra that may touch circuitry and short out your board.

also you want to make sure that your hdd is erased , formatted and partitioned on another pc before you get started or your new system will not recognise it as a bootable drive. I would suggest a second sataIII drive as a data drive where you can place a backup of your system once you have it all where you want it, and if the velociraptor will be your boot drive then I would set up only 1 partition with maximum space and remember not to fill it up with programs and such, to leave room for cache

For your first build, the scariest part is wondering if you will get all of the bios and drivers downloaded correctly and op system installed correctly, but there is nothing really to it. Just watch those videos and follow the instructions.

You should be able to install win7 first with no problem and then you can load only the mobo bios driver, lan driver, and z68 chipset driver off of the cd that comes with your mobo. After that, your computer should go online(providing you have service) and windows should automaticly start updating.
You can then go directly to gigabyte site for all drivers to be sure you have the latest.
Be sure to check for the three you already installed as there may be updates to them as well. You can also go to ati website to download latest drivers for gpu and then you are all set.

Keep in mind that some of these drivers require a reboot, so you will have to reboot and go back to website for the rest of the drivers.

You can check out the disc that came with your mobo and gpu to see if their are any usefull software on them.

All in all it takes awhile, but it is very rewarding. You will have a system that isn't loaded down with bloatware and only has the programs and software that you want it to have , and you will have the knowledge to troubleshoot any future problems that may arise.
Just be sure that after all of your windows updates come through, and you have all of your drivers working correctly, that you do a backup either to another drive or to an online backup site, in case you ever get a virus or a hdd goes bad or something. Good luck!!!
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March 20, 2012 5:01:13 PM

How do I do a breadboard test. Does my mobo have and on off switch I can use? I might seem a little OCD but can you look over my parts again I just want to be 100% sure that it will all work. I made a few changes again. These are the last changes I am making. I am still not sure about the memory.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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CZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
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March 20, 2012 5:22:09 PM

Muskin make great memory don't be worry.
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March 20, 2012 5:27:43 PM

robotdino304 said:
How do I do a breadboard test. Does my mobo have and on off switch I can use?


no but the PSU does
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March 20, 2012 5:32:53 PM

That PSU's probably overkill for a single card but not quite strong enough for Crossfire.

I also had the 750W version of that OCZ power supply for about a week before the RMA. It sounded like a shuttle getting ready to blast off after about 30 minutes of gameplay. I could even hear it over the surround sound. Then it took about 15 minutes to calm down after "take off".

I really didn't think I cared how loud fans were before I got this thing... but it was just a joke.
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March 20, 2012 6:08:45 PM

robotdino304 said:
How do I do a breadboard test. Does my mobo have and on off switch I can use? I might seem a little OCD but can you look over my parts again I just want to be 100% sure that it will all work. I made a few changes again. These are the last changes I am making. I am still not sure about the memory.

GIGABYTE GA-Z68AP-D3(R2.0) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

NZXT Guardian 921 RB 921RB-001-BL Black SECC steel chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLHX 150GB 10000 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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CZ ZT Series 650W Fully-Modular 80PLUS Bronze High Performance Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom


Simply plugging your mobo into power supply wont turn it on, but if you have no power button on your mobo, then once you have your processor,ram gpu and monitor all hooked up and psu supplying power to everything, then you can jump the two pins where you plug your front power wires to mobo.
Just use a small screwdriver or something insulated so as not to get a shock and jump the two pins and your board should kick on. If you have the little speaker plugged into your mobo you should hear a post beep and your monitor should display your mobo's boot image shortly. If this all works, then you are ready to start installing everything. Just use your power switch on psu or rejump the pins to turn it off and unplug everything and start installing.

There should be instructions with your mobo telling you where to plug in your little speaker and which two are the power pins on the mobo.

Personnally I would suggest a different mobo that is rev.3 and not rev.2
These are not much more and they will prob serve you better

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Asrock board actually has the on\off button and reset button and also has a led display that if anything is not working right the readout gives you a code that you look up in your mobo manual for trouble shooting.

If it were me I would spend a little more and get one of these...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have used them all in builds and have been very pleased with the systems.

Also, your psu you picked is big enough to xfire cards up to about 6950 or sli cards up to about 560 ti but that would be max.
However, it is of my opinion that unless you want to game on a 40" tv, or use multiple monitors, there is no need to sli or xfire, as there is plenty enough power available in a single card.
A gtx 560 ti for example will max all settings on bf3 on a 22"widescreen, and if you ever want a little bigger monitor, there is always a single gtx 570 or 580, or if you prefer radeon , the 7750 or 7790.
Kepler graphics will be released soon and those cards will use less power anyway.
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March 20, 2012 7:05:40 PM

so this is what I am going for now. Minus the Case, HDD, Blue ray drive.I am still not sure about the motherboard or power supply the choices are excellent that you gave me.I just cant decide what I want. I am looking for a fully modular psu at least 550 watts. I don't want to blow out my system what is the best brand you can suggest to me?I do not plan on and SLI waste of $$. I want to play BF3 at max settings but without breaking the bank and burning out my system.

Here is the breakdown so far.


SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
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March 20, 2012 7:10:23 PM

That Antec what i recommended you is a verry good PSU. You can put in your system even 1000W PSU , because every part from the PC draw how much power he want and nothing will be burned. Antec is in the top of PSU producers.
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March 20, 2012 7:20:11 PM

for the PSU I am going for and Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
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March 20, 2012 7:32:00 PM

I am stuck between these several mobos

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

is my choice for a graphics card good enough is the SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card good enough for BF 3 at max settings?
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March 20, 2012 7:36:27 PM

robotdino304 said:
so this is what I am going for now. Minus the Case, HDD, Blue ray drive.I am still not sure about the motherboard or power supply the choices are excellent that you gave me.I just cant decide what I want. I am looking for a fully modular psu at least 550 watts. I don't want to blow out my system what is the best brand you can suggest to me?I do not plan on and SLI waste of $$. I want to play BF3 at max settings but without breaking the bank and burning out my system.

Here is the breakdown so far.


SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995


You should check into either antec, corsair, or seasonic for your psu
They are the best rated and carry a less fluctuating current.

I would suggest this if you dont sli or xfire

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

They are all modular

The last one gives you a little extra power incase you want to add multiple hdds or multiple peripherals, do usb charging with 3.0 etc. You could even sli or exfire with it later if desired.
There are supplies to be had for less cash, but I would suggest not to skimp on psu and stick with the brands mentioned.
I could suggest another I know personnally to be good, but I would get harped on this forum for it so I wont.

If it is cash price you are looking at and want the best for the price, get the Asrock board that I linked..the extreme3 gen3 It is actually the same functionality of the higher priced boards but for lesser cost.
I know many guys and girls who have gotten that board and been happy with it.
Or get the higher priced MSI board I linked It has a $30 rebate and will come out about the same in the end.
However, if you want the best and have just a little more cash, go with one of the Asus boards. Staying with z68 keeps you future proof as far as updating processor and adding ram etc.

The gpu you picked should max settings on a 22" monitor for bf3. I just use a 20" widescreen and to me the gaming gets no better for having a larger display, only more expensive. I can max bf3 in my monitor with 1 550 ti gpu, so you should be fine.
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March 20, 2012 7:41:13 PM

so far this is what I am going for I have a 25 inch monitor which I will be running the Radeon HD 6870. I am concerned about this card fitting in my case NZXT Guardian 921 and is this mobo compatible with nividia and ATI

I am still looking for a good solid state drive nothing too expensive! Will a 60gb drive be enough? So far my build totals up too 494 not half bad!! I just need a final go on all my parts so far I think they are solid.


Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
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March 21, 2012 12:46:08 AM

I am still not sure on whats the best motherboard to choose its about the only thing I am still confused about. I read so many things about how the quality of Asus and Gigabyte has gone down and I am still not sure about Asrock someone convince me. lol

I heard the bios is rather difficult to update in the Asrock board.
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March 21, 2012 1:24:24 AM

robotdino304 said:
I am still not sure on whats the best motherboard to choose its about the only thing I am still confused about. I read so many things about how the quality of Asus and Gigabyte has gone down and I am still not sure about Asrock someone convince me. lol

I heard the bios is rather difficult to update in the Asrock board.



The bios should be no more prob for Asrock than others. It is however lesser in the quality category. The best quality is the Asus and their boards carry a 3 year warrantee... the best in the business. If you are concerned that much about it, then spend the money and get the Asus.

Also right behind Asus comes Gigabyte and in my opinion..MSI. Msi uses solid cap capacitors and military grade components. They are the top 3 brands in my opinion.

The Asrock can be a good board if everything works well. Usually it is fine , but you have a few more rma's for things like dead ram or pci.e slots .. They will send you a new board if you have a problem, so it is all good, but who wants to take a chance on their new build getting postponed.

I suggested the Asrock board earlier since it seemed to me that you were concerned with the price, but if it is quality you want, pay a little more and get one of these

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is definately worth the extra.

I don't know where you heard that the quality of asus and gigabyte is lacking....They are two of the best and if they went down a little in quality, would still be the best....
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March 21, 2012 1:44:06 AM

ASrock is a value brand that i would IMO stay away from. the top brands i have delt with over the years have been ASUS and MSI.
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March 21, 2012 3:36:38 AM

Best answer selected by robotdino304.
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March 21, 2012 3:37:16 AM

I am going with the Asus Maximus seems like a good choice for me
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March 21, 2012 3:44:05 AM

robotdino304 said:
I am going with the Asus Maximus seems like a good choice for me


I think you will live the maximus. I have one myself and it is my favorite pc. It has very stable components and is made for gamers.

Also, thanx for the best answer and check out this build by the same ebay builder that I know. It is the maximus board you are talking about but is not gen3 as it was built just before gen3 came out.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/220979072920?ssPageName=STRK:ME...

He said it was his fav. board he ever owned and has recently built a new one with a gen3 board and selling this one. He was ordering the parts around christmas and just finished this build in late january so it is new as well.

I think you will enjoy it as much as we do.
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March 21, 2012 3:48:46 AM

Looks like a solid board,hopefully it doesn't ship to me broken or ill be running to a local best buy to pick up a new motherboard. I got a saber tooth awhile back and shipped to me broken hopefully I have better luck this time.
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March 21, 2012 3:56:11 AM

robotdino304 said:
Looks like a solid board,hopefully it doesn't ship to me broken or ill be running to a local best buy to pick up a new motherboard. I got a saber tooth awhile back and shipped to me broken hopefully I have better luck this time.


I ordered mine thru amazon and it came in good shape. Newegg is usually good to. I don't usually buy all at one place because I search for the best deals.
I might get the case at xoxide, and the ram at newegg and the processor at micro center and on and on just to get the best deals I can find.
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March 21, 2012 4:30:29 AM

one last question I am getting a XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card it says that I need a minimum of a 500watt psu but I am getting and antec 550 watt psu should that be enough?
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March 21, 2012 4:48:44 AM

robotdino304 said:
one last question I am getting a XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card it says that I need a minimum of a 500watt psu but I am getting and antec 550 watt psu should that be enough?


Yeah, it will be plenty. Since it is antec you can probably count on it to be close to the wattage it claims and it shoul serve your system well without pushing the psu. Even if you oc your psu and gpu you should still be fine.
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March 21, 2012 5:20:21 AM

Does Anyone have experience running Ubuntu and windows on two separate drives? whats the easiest way to go about doing it? I want to take my fee time and learn more about linux. Will my system work with Ubuntu? I know it will work with gaming and programming. I plan on running windows on a 120gb ssd with a 650gb drive for games and applications. I plan on using the raptor drive for Ubuntu.


XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

ASUS Maximus IV Gene-Z/GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996995
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