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

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)?
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  1. 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.
  2. 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=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006663&isNodeId=1&Description=900MHz+560+Ti&x=0&y=0

    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=N82E16835103106
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&N=100006651&isNodeId=1&Description=phanteks&x=0&y=0

    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-benchmark,3139-6.html

    5. Asus BR $75 after $20 MIR
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252
  3. 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?

    Quote:
    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?

    Quote:
    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....

    Quote:
    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 :)

    Quote:
    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?
  4. 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=N82E16811108405
    f4 2tb hdd x2-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245
    silvertsone strider gold 850w modular psu-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256067
    PNY 16gb 1600mhz 1.65V quad channel ram-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178411
    Asrock fatality x79 motherboard-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157288
    the board is a monster-
    Quote:
    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=N82E16819115229
    hyper 212 EVO-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
    LG 12x blu ray-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136241
    samsung 830 256gb ssd-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147164
    msi twinfrozer iii gtx 680 2gb-
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127672&Tpk=msi%20gtx%20680
    total-$2220
    the build will fulfill your needs well without breaking your budget limit.
  5. I'm having a little trouble finding "low profile ram" for my MOBO. Is this considered low profile?
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231460&Tpk=F3-14900CL9D-8GBSR

    Also is there anyway to check if the heat sink will conflict with the ram before you buy?
  6. 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.
  7. 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)
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks. Also is there any 2133 RAM you would recommend? Or is it not worth it?
  10. It isn't. You will see no real-life benefits to running RAM above 1600 MHz.
  11. ^+1
  12. Ok so I have my final initial build, which comes out to 1500$. Any last suggestions or obvious incompatibilities?
  13. post your current specs.
  14. 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
  15. 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=N82E16819116504
    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=N82E16813128545
    for graphics card,gtx 480 is an absolute steal for $250-
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130759
    only cons are heat and power consumption(but your psu is fine)
    other things are great.
  16. Quote:
    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?
  17. It may have more heat, but it does perform better.
  18. urbanrider said:

    you can get all the required features for a lesser price if you go with z77-ud5h-
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545
  19. hellfire24 said:
    you can get all the required features for a lesser price if you go with z77-ud5h-
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545


    I'm going to look into that board and then order tomorrow hopefully!
  20. Best answer
    ^good luck ;)
  21. 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..
  22. Best answer selected by urbanrider.
  23. If you are going to do torrenting then get a good vpn to prevent from copyright notices
    I suggest Blackshades VPN: www.bshades.eu/products.php?product=VPN
    Or nVPN: nvpn.net/
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