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IB 1500$-2500$ Mid-Enthusiast Build and Media Server

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April 23, 2012 7:56:03 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: May-June

Budget Range: 1500$ base -> 2500 with storage$

System Usage:
-General Work (internet, MS Suite, photoshop, etc)
-HD video Streaming to HTPC and other computers in the house
-Torrenting
-HD Video Encoding, HD Video Playback
-Casual Gaming (Skyrim, Diablo 3)
-Occasional CAD/CFD work

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca or TigerDirect.ca

Don't Need: Windows 7, Keyboard, Mouse,

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Intel, Full ATX Tower

Overclocking: Hopefully

SLI or Crossfire: Probably Not

Monitor Resolution: One 1920x1080 and hoping to add a 1920x1200 or higher later

Additional Comments: quiet PC with lots of storage capacity


Initial Build:

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K
MOBO: ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Graphics Card: EVGA 015-P3-1480-KR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5
Power Supply: CORSAIR Professional Series HX750 (CMPSU-750HX) 750W
Heat Sink: COOLER MASTER RR-H612-20PK-R3 120mm
SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB
Case: Fractal Design Define XL Titanium Grey w/ USB 3.0 ATX Full Tower Silent PC Computer Case


Total: About 1500$

Planed Expansion:

-RAID Card
-5 x 2TB 7200 RPM (RAID-5) (Once the prices drop down again)
-SSD Cache if Possible on RAID-5
-Possible Upgrade to Hot Spare

Questions:

This is my first major build so part suggestions would be helpful!

2) Also how many case fans would be recommended?

6) There will be a large amount of Network traffic streaming HD video to the HTPC and possibly other computers at the same time. As far as I can tell a single Gigabit should be fine most of the time, but I plan on setting up a dual Ethernet with a multiplexing? switch anyways. What I'm wondering is how much this will impact system performance if say 2 720p movies are being streamed off the computer, while I'm using it (The movies would be on a different drive than the OS)?
April 23, 2012 8:03:29 PM

The Hyper 212 Plus will get you 4-4.2 GHz or so. To lessen the cost, get a more reliable SSD, such as the Crucial M4 or Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB (around $125 atm). OCZ is notorious for controller failures. Another cheaper, but similar option is an ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 for $135. With the extra $, upgrade the GPU to a Radeon 7850.
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April 23, 2012 9:40:55 PM

1. Stick w/ low profile RAM if ya don't want it hitting ya CPU cooler.

2. I just can't see a 6850 in a $1,500 - $2,500 system. And video buffs usually want a CUDA GFX card. These are the best bang for the buck.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

3. Same w/ the Hyoer 212 ..... that will take a 2600k to 4.4 - 4.5 GHz. A system with that kinda budget deserves at least something in the $50 range (Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 which will get 4.6 - 4.7 GHz) if not $80 (Phanteks or Silver Arrow which will get 4.8 - 5.0).

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=EN...

4. For the $200 cost of the Vertex 3 (Tier 6) , you could move up to the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe (Tier 3). See how they match up here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-review-benchmar...

5. Asus BR $75 after $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
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April 24, 2012 12:59:32 PM

azeem40 said:
Another cheaper, but similar option is an ASRock Extreme4 Gen3 for $135.


I'd prefer to stay with the new Z77 architecture, unless there is a reason not too. If I were to go with an older Mobo would there be any point getting IB, I know its compatible but would there be really any benefits other than lower power consumption?

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Stick w/ low profile RAM if ya don't want it hitting ya CPU cooler


Does low profile mean no wings at all on top of the RAM?

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Same w/ the Hyoer 212 ..... that will take a 2600k to 4.4 - 4.5 GHz. A system with that kinda budget deserves at least something in the $50 range (Hyper 612 PWM or Scythe Mugen 3 which will get 4.6 - 4.7 GHz)


Thanks for the tip, I can definitely fork out the extra 20$ and get a better cooler haha. My only question is how much louder will a bigger CPU cooler make it? Its going to be on in my room 24/7 so id rather it not super loud....

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4. For the $200 cost of the Vertex 3 (Tier 6) , you could move up to the Mushkin Chronos Deluxe (Tier 3). See how they match up here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] 139-6.html


Thanks for that list! That two mentions to take a look at the Mushkin drives so I will probably change over to that :) 

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2. I just can't see a 6850 in a $1,500 - $2,500 system. And video buffs usually want a CUDA GFX card. These are the best bang for the buck.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] Ti&x=0&y=0


I'm probably going to step my graphics card up into around that price range, but I have no experience with those big double fan graphics cards. How much noise do they make? and im assuming they only ramp-up when your gaming and using other graphically intensive programs? Im also assuming these big cards fit fine in a Full ATX case? Its got 13" in the bay so it should fit length wise, but are there ever problems with the other directions?
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April 24, 2012 2:01:06 PM

if you want "future proofing" then LGA2011 is the way to go.you can easily fit lga2011 setup in your budget.here's my recommendation-
in win dragon rider white limited edition full tower-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
f4 2tb hdd x2-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
silvertsone strider gold 850w modular psu-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PNY 16gb 1600mhz 1.65V quad channel ram-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Asrock fatality x79 motherboard-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the board is a monster-
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Storage Devices
SATA 3Gb/s
4
SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel X79, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10
4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors by Intel X79, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10
4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9172, support RAID (RAID 0 and RAID 1)

i7 3820-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
hyper 212 EVO-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
LG 12x blu ray-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
samsung 830 256gb ssd-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
msi twinfrozer iii gtx 680 2gb-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
total-$2220
the build will fulfill your needs well without breaking your budget limit.
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April 26, 2012 11:30:43 PM

Those are too expensive IMO. There are more RAM brands than Corsair and G.Skill you know. Get the Crucial Ballistix sport 2x4GB RAM. It has a much smaller failure rate.
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April 26, 2012 11:42:42 PM

azeem40 said:
Those are too expensive IMO. There are more RAM brands than Corsair and G.Skill you know. Get the Crucial Ballistix sport 2x4GB RAM. It has a much smaller failure rate.


None of the Crucial Ballistix sport RAM is on the supported list of my MOBO. That being said, I should pick something off of the manufactures list right? (List)
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April 26, 2012 11:46:02 PM

No, that won't be necessary. That list is not extensive and doesn't include all supported RAM. There will be no issues using the RAM I suggested.
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April 26, 2012 11:55:50 PM

Thanks. Also is there any 2133 RAM you would recommend? Or is it not worth it?
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April 26, 2012 11:59:41 PM

It isn't. You will see no real-life benefits to running RAM above 1600 MHz.
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May 4, 2012 11:09:41 PM

Ok so I have my final initial build, which comes out to 1500$. Any last suggestions or obvious incompatibilities?
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May 5, 2012 5:40:50 AM

post your current specs.
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May 5, 2012 6:12:44 AM

post specs but if you haven't decided on the ram yet, go g.skill ripjaws Z or X or ares.

or corsair vengeance LP (Low profile) and go for 8gb or 16gb but if you want to go over no problem your system won't curse you for getting stuff above 8gb
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May 13, 2012 5:04:30 PM
May 13, 2012 5:13:46 PM

for your "Occasional CAD/CFD work",i don't think you nee i7.i5 will get the job done-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
the motherboard is too expensive and most of the features are unnecessary.UD5H is a great value-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
for graphics card,gtx 480 is an absolute steal for $250-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
only cons are heat and power consumption(but your psu is fine)
other things are great.
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May 14, 2012 5:26:52 PM

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for graphics card,gtx 480 is an absolute steal for $250-
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Produ [...] 6814130759


why get the gtx 480 over the gtx 560 Ti?

Also the ram I had selected is out of stock. Could anyone recommend a different low profile ram?

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May 14, 2012 5:33:02 PM

It may have more heat, but it does perform better.
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May 14, 2012 6:01:10 PM

Best solution

May 15, 2012 4:21:30 AM

^good luck ;) 
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June 26, 2012 6:34:01 PM

Just wanted to say thanks to those that helped me out! Shes been up and running for about a month now, no problems.
Also not sure how i'm supposed to pick a "best answer" for this kind of thread..
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July 6, 2012 1:11:03 AM

Best answer selected by urbanrider.
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