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May 1, 2012 5:26:56 AM

So recently, I got $100 for spending money. Buy honestly, I have no idea what to buy. So maybe you guys can help me!

Maybe I should help you guys out. Here's my system as of right now (or just read my sig haha):

Case: NZXT Phantom

CPU: i7-2600k @ 4.5GHz

CPU Cooler: Thermaltake Frio

Motherbord: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

RAM: G. Skill Ripjaws Z 16GB

PSU: Corsair TX650M

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6850

HDD: Seagate Barracuda Green 2TB

SSD: Intel 320 Series 80GB

O/S: Windows 7 Professional 64bit

Monitor: ASUS VS247H 23.6" LED

And here's a picture:



Also, here are some of my upcoming plans:
1) Upgrade my video card. I will probably be getting this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2) Upgrade to water cooling (fully custom loop, btw)

So this is what I've thought of buying so far:
1) 120GB SSD. My 80GB drive is almost full. I might replace it with a larger drive and use it as a game drive. Or should I just save up for a 240-256?
2) 16GB (2x8) RAM. The red RAM really irritates me. It works fine, I just want something to blend better with the color scheme. I'd also prefer 2x8 versus 4x4 so I can have 32GB later on :)  So any suggestions?
3) 850w PSU. I'm a bit concerned with 650w becoming not enough, especially if I upgrade my GPU (and possibly SLI). Also, it'd be awesome having an actual modular PSU. Not just having one freaking modular connector :/ 
4) CPU cooler. I probably won't do this, I will probably do a full custom loop in about a month. But there's a few good deals on some closed loop liquid coolers (although I know they perform about the same as my Frio, just quieter). I probably won't do this option haha.
5) Blue Yeti. I need a new microphone. I was thinking about this one. I also will probably need a new sound card, as my onboard audio is all messed up. But I think that will be a birthday present (hopefully!) :D 

So do you guys have any other suggestions? It doesn't have to be components only. Add-on stuff would also be cool! Thanks :) 

- Jake

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a c 136 B Homebuilt system
May 1, 2012 5:59:53 AM

Photo editing software
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May 1, 2012 6:01:15 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Photo editing software
Already have Photoshop CS5 (and probably CS6 soon) :/ 
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May 1, 2012 6:10:42 AM

Looks like you are set on the hardware front. I would buy subscriptions to porn sites.

Or maybe a closed loop heat sink for my CPU. But probably porn.

Or better yet, save the money in your sock drawer to use towards your future plans (1 and 2). It would go a long way towards your video card of choice.
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May 1, 2012 6:18:01 AM

po1nted said:
Looks like you are set on the hardware front. I would buy subscriptions to porn sites.

Or maybe a closed loop heat sink for my CPU. But probably porn.

Or better yet, save the money in your sock drawer to use towards your future plans (1 and 2). It would go a long way towards your video card of choice.
People pay for porn? Trolololol.

And yeah you're right. Maybe I can use it for an even better video card. Who knows.

- Jake
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May 1, 2012 6:23:52 AM

Outlander_04 said:
Photo editing software



GIMP... its free. And contrary to what the name might suggest.. Its not porn.

http://www.gimp.org/
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May 1, 2012 6:27:53 AM

+1 for the future vid card. If not that just another SSD for s-and-g's :p 
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May 1, 2012 6:30:42 AM

sharpiedpanda said:
+1 for the future vid card. If not that just another SSD for s-and-g's :p 
Do you think I should wait and buy a GTX 700 series card? Or should I just get a 570/580 now (GTX 6xx is not an option as GK104 cards aren't very good at computing)? I have the patience to wait, so that's not an issue.
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May 1, 2012 7:31:21 AM

yougotjaked said:
Already have Photoshop CS5 (and probably CS6 soon) :/ 


Lessons on how to use it?
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May 1, 2012 7:55:59 AM

Save Tthe $100 for GTX 680....

Throw-in Samsung 830

Custom Water cooling is very good but very expensive. If your current cooler is keeping the system stable / under control, I won't spend money on it. You do not need a custom cooling with a 4.5 GHz clock speed. If you want to stretch it, you may invest in Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100.

If you are going to do a lot of video rendering, 32 GB is better. Unless you take the GPU rendering route, video rendering is more about Speed, Power and Efficiency (the more the better - CPU, RAM).
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May 1, 2012 8:05:58 AM

If anything, I'd look into a faster HDD. Changing the color of your RAM won't help you pull stuff any quicker off that 5400 drive. Besides, if the color of your RAM irritates you, I don't see how you can live with that wiring. Maybe clean it up a little. It's even free.
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May 1, 2012 2:30:25 PM

SSri said:
Save Tthe $100 for GTX 680....

Throw-in Samsung 830

Custom Water cooling is very good but very expensive. If your current cooler is keeping the system stable / under control, I won't spend money on it. You do not need a custom cooling with a 4.5 GHz clock speed. If you want to stretch it, you may invest in Noctua NH-D14 or Corsair H100.

If you are going to do a lot of video rendering, 32 GB is better. Unless you take the GPU rendering route, video rendering is more about Speed, Power and Efficiency (the more the better - CPU, RAM).
Thanks for your suggestions. If I get an 830, what size should I get? I was thinking either 120-256, still not sure.

Well I know custom water cooling is expensive. But it's also more of a hobby than actual cooling. I'm at 4.5GHz right now because I don't really want to go any higher (in temps, at least). I'd rather not get a NH-D14 because 1) its so big! and 2) I can't stand the color. And the H100 is kinda a waste of money for $115. I'd rather get a XSPC kit. But if I go custom, I'll probably go all out.

Yeah I know the more RAM the better for video editing. I could even use some of it as a ramdisk. I don't think I'll do any GPU rendering as none of my programs utilize it (except for a few plugins in After Effects). I just need something with a lot of RAM when I'm doing my 3D modeling/animation.

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May 1, 2012 2:31:21 PM

Outlander_04 said:
Lessons on how to use it?
I've been using it for 2.5 years now. I pretty much know how to use everything I need. Thanks for the suggestions though :) 
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May 1, 2012 2:36:34 PM

pdxalex said:
If anything, I'd look into a faster HDD. Changing the color of your RAM won't help you pull stuff any quicker off that 5400 drive. Besides, if the color of your RAM irritates you, I don't see how you can live with that wiring. Maybe clean it up a little. It's even free.
Yeah I'll probably wait on upgrading the HDD. I'm patient enough so I can wait until prices are completely back to normal. I'm in no rush there.

And I don't see what's so bad about my cable management. I spend the whole weekend working on it. I'm getting a sleeved extension cable so you won't see the CPU power cable. I can't really do anything about the top left. I have so many cables. I can't hide them away anywhere...
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May 1, 2012 3:05:22 PM

use it to see Avengers movie and pancake parlour and the rest on arcade games =D

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May 1, 2012 3:26:43 PM

If you had $100 to spend, what would you buy?


A hooker.
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May 1, 2012 3:29:38 PM

100 lottery tickets

Tickets to a basketball game

$100 Towards getting a cool office chair / desk

Games
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May 1, 2012 4:07:53 PM

yougotjaked said:
Thanks for your suggestions. If I get an 830, what size should I get? I was thinking either 120-256, still not sure.

Well I know custom water cooling is expensive. But it's also more of a hobby than actual cooling. I'm at 4.5GHz right now because I don't really want to go any higher (in temps, at least). I'd rather not get a NH-D14 because 1) its so big! and 2) I can't stand the color. And the H100 is kinda a waste of money for $115. I'd rather get a XSPC kit. But if I go custom, I'll probably go all out.

Yeah I know the more RAM the better for video editing. I could even use some of it as a ramdisk. I don't think I'll do any GPU rendering as none of my programs utilize it (except for a few plugins in After Effects). I just need something with a lot of RAM when I'm doing my 3D modeling/animation.


Samsung 830: at least 128 GB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

you may keep it for OS and applications....plus a nice SATA for storage/data.
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May 1, 2012 4:13:35 PM

yougotjaked said:
Thanks for your suggestions. If I get an 830, what size should I get? I was thinking either 120-256, still not sure.

I'd rather not get a NH-D14 because 1) its so big! and 2) I can't stand the color.

Yeah I know the more RAM the better for video editing. I could even use some of it as a ramdisk. I don't think I'll do any GPU rendering as none of my programs utilize it (except for a few plugins in After Effects). I just need something with a lot of RAM when I'm doing my 3D modeling/animation.


The size and color do not matter as long as they perform their job. It is more of a personal taste. Can understand that...

With your kind of work, I reckon that you are going to need 32 GB or probably 64gb.
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May 1, 2012 4:53:57 PM

Sell your 6850 and you will have around $200 to spend. Get 560Ti or used 6950.
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May 1, 2012 5:17:39 PM

Harman kardon soundsticks iii
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May 1, 2012 5:19:04 PM

I would get a mechanical keyboard. I just started using one and it truly does make computing more of a pleasure. Personal preference, mind, so try one out first.
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May 1, 2012 5:35:14 PM

warbler boy said:
I would get a mechanical keyboard. I just started using one and it truly does make computing more of a pleasure. Personal preference, mind, so try one out first.


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May 1, 2012 6:28:12 PM

if you dont know what to do with your own money, give it to me :) 
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May 1, 2012 7:38:25 PM

yougotjaked said:
And I don't see what's so bad about my cable management.


Oh, it's not bad, I just mentioned it given how "picky" you are with the color of your RAM and your willingness to blow $100 on it.
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May 2, 2012 12:25:46 AM

ram1009 said:
If you had $100 to spend, what would you buy?


A hooker.
LOL. Not old enough yet though :( 
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May 2, 2012 1:09:58 AM

Robopolo said:
My recommendation would be to get a dvd drive :p 

I would get a ssd or get more memory. Memory is quite cheap.

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

BTW does your NZXT Phantom have good cable management because I am thinking about buying that case for a new build?


I already have one, but thanks for the suggestion.

And lots of people are suggesting memory or an SSD. I probably will get one of those.

The Phantom has pretty good cable management. I actually reverse ATXed (is that a word?) mine, but everything else is basically the same. It has a good number of grommets for routing cables. My motherboard is thinner than most standard ATX boards, so a bit more cables are shown. Also I kinda have a mess at the top because I have a ton of stuff up there (DVD burner + HDD hot swap + SSD bay + card reader). Also my CPU power connector isn't long enough, so that's why it is dangling in the front. So I'd say yes I think it has good cable management :) 

maxinexus said:
Sell your 6850 and you will have around $200 to spend. Get 560Ti or used 6950.
Yeah I'm definitely going to sell 6850. I was looking at a 570 (or any Nvidia card as I can utilize the CUDA cores in some scenarios).


xxsjxx1 said:
Harman kardon soundsticks iii
I actually am using this right now: http://www.sony.co.uk/product/hcs-surround-kit---dvd-pl... I'm content with it, so I don't think I'll be changing. Thanks for the suggestions though :) 

warbler boy said:
I would get a mechanical keyboard. I just started using one and it truly does make computing more of a pleasure. Personal preference, mind, so try one out first.
I've heard mechanical keyboards are the best. I'm fine with mine, however, since I just need one that is low profile and backlit.

pdxalex said:
Oh, it's not bad, I just mentioned it given how "picky" you are with the color of your RAM and your willingness to blow $100 on it.
Well I have a window in my rig and I don't really see any of those cables. But the RAM does annoy me. Same with the 6850's blue PCB. And I'm not really blowing $100 on RAM. I've been wanting a 2x8 kit so I can eventually get 32GB total. I'll probably sell my current RAM too. And since I can't really do much about my cable mess, I might get a black acrylic and bent it so it covers the 5.25 bay area, so you can't see anything. I think it'd be a good place to mount my reservoir (hopefully).

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 2, 2012 1:31:29 AM

I personally would probably buy some cable sleeving for some nice looking cable management. Maybe some nice fans, maybe a decent sound system, or headset, or possibly even a fan controller or water cooling parts. Any kind of cool gadget.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 2, 2012 1:34:02 AM

Or save it.
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May 2, 2012 1:38:00 AM

Or sell something and put the money from that along with the $100 towards an upgrade of the part that you sold. Such as your gpu. Maybe a video game. Maybe another monitor. Maybe a vst plugin for my music production software. Idk. There's a lot :p 
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May 2, 2012 1:39:13 AM

jrwizbang said:
I personally would probably buy some cable sleeving for some nice looking cable management. Maybe some nice fans, maybe a decent sound system, or headset, or possibly even a fan controller or water cooling parts. Any kind of cool gadget.
I like your idea of cable sleeving. I will probably hold off on sleeving my current PSU as I don't think I will be holding on it for very long. But will definitely do it at least some time soon. I've already got a pretty good sound system and headset, but I was looking at sound cards. It's not really a necessity for me though. My case has a fan controller built in, so I'm good there. And I might save the money for additional water cooling parts.

I like your ideas, I just already have a lot of them haha. Thanks for your suggestions :D 

- Jake
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May 2, 2012 1:40:02 AM

No problem. Glad to contribute :) 
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May 2, 2012 6:01:18 AM

Just bought an OCZ Vertex 4 128GB for $127! Thanks for all of your suggestions!
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May 2, 2012 6:02:04 AM

Best answer selected by yougotjaked.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 2, 2012 8:57:06 PM

Nice! A SSD is a good choice. Don't know why I didn't think of that :p 
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