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March 26, 2012 3:54:02 PM

Hello,
I want to order a new build and want to know if anyone as any suggestions for this build it is as follows


ZALMAN Z9 Plus Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case



ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3 AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

ASUS ENGTX570 DCII/2DIS/1280MD5 GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video ...
Antec HCG M Series HCG-520M 520W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power ...

AMD FX-8120 Zambezi 3.1GHz Socket AM3 125W Eight-Core Desktop Processor FD8120FRGUBOX

SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC064D/AM 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Desktop Upgrade Kit

Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate


G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-14900CL9Q-16GBXL

HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card powered by THX TruStudio Pro


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - OEM

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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2012 5:42:38 PM

First off the sound card is completely useless. Ditch that. So is that card reader - it's pretty much junk as well. If you want a memory card reader - this one is a bit more expensive but it's more than worth every penny: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Second I would seriously hesitate to recommend FX/Zambezi on any build right now - the i5-2500K is always a much better choice. FX/Zambezi has been pretty much FUBAR from day one and there's not a lot that's going to fix or save it right now.

This would be a better build for the same price:

Case: Fractal Design Arc MIDI - $99.99
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series TX750 V2 - $104.99
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3h - $149.99
CPU: 3.30GHz Intel Core i5-2500K - $219.99
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo - $34.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
SSD: 64GB Crucial M4 - $94.99
HD: Seagate Barracuda ST 1TB - $109.99
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 - $359.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - $99.99

Total: $1,337.89

With this build - the CPU is leaps and bounds better above the FX-8150, and the video card is far newer and better than the 570TI is, and it's producing better numbers. And you also get a far better case and PSU as well.
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March 26, 2012 5:48:48 PM

i like g-units build much better. if this were my build, i would make two changes: the mobo i would change to the ASRock extrem4. its a little more expensive but worth it. i would lost the SSD. at 64gb you'll barely be able to fit windows on there, the home at least, the prof will blow thru that. and i would upgrade the RAM to 2x 4gb 1600mhz isntead of 1333.
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2012 6:01:17 PM

mojorisin23 said:
i like g-units build much better. if this were my build, i would make two changes: the mobo i would change to the ASRock extrem4. its a little more expensive but worth it. i would lost the SSD. at 64gb you'll barely be able to fit windows on there, the home at least, the prof will blow thru that. and i would upgrade the RAM to 2x 4gb 1600mhz isntead of 1333.


I run Pro on my M4 (64GB model) and as long as you move the paging file to your secondary storage device you'll be fine. I run most of the main programs and store all the larger programs and files on my secondary and that works fine.

As far as the RAM goes you're not going to notice much - if any - difference in performance from 1333 to 1600 as by default your motherboard will run the lowest speeds and timings it can handle. Intel actually recommends that you run 1333 or 1600 and anything higher will void your CPU's warranty - and that has to do with the memory controller being on the CPU as opposed to being on the motherboard.

That board is fine, I personally prefer Gigabyte as that's what I've had the best luck with but do what you want.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2012 6:08:29 PM

I'll put my support behind 128gb. The RAM doesn't matter, and g-unit's build looks great, but IMO the extra programs/games you'll be able to fit will be worth the money. Your choice.

Also, Win7 Pro? Why?
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a c 92 B Homebuilt system
March 26, 2012 11:57:40 PM

kajabla said:
I'll put my support behind 128gb. The RAM doesn't matter, and g-unit's build looks great, but IMO the extra programs/games you'll be able to fit will be worth the money. Your choice.

Also, Win7 Pro? Why?


I run all my games off the secondary - that's what it's there for, the 64GB is boot only.

I can't imagine anyone would need Pro for a gaming system unless they're also using it as a video editor/creator with a motherboard that has more than 16GB of RAM, but I can't really see most gamers needing anything that crazy. It's still better than Ultimate. :lol: 
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March 27, 2012 12:13:38 AM

Did the OP actually say what they want the computer for???
-Bruce
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