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July 26, 2012 5:09:42 PM

I just made a parts list, and am getting ready to go pick them up at Micro Center this evening. Wanted to run it buy you guys and see what your thoughts are. Good as is? Compatibility issues? Recommended changes? Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.

Oh, and this build is for doing software development (Adobe Creative Suite, Zend Studio, WAMP server, etc)

Z9 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Maximum Power 650 Watt ATX Power Supply
Core i7 3770K 3.5GHz LGA 1155 Processor
SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Z77 ATX Intel Motherboard
Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-120G 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller
Deskstar 7K1000.D 1TB 7,200RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
Vengeance 16GB DDR3-1866 (PC3-15000) CL9 Quad Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Four 4GB Memory Modules)
01G-P3-1556-KR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1024MB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card
AD-7280S-0B 24x SATA Internal DVD Burner - OEM
Silent Intel LGA1155 CPU Cooler with 4-Pin PWM Function
WF-2113 300Mbps Wireless-N PCIe Adapter with External Detachable Antenna

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July 26, 2012 5:56:32 PM

What's your budget? I'm not the biggest fan of the Zalman Z9, you could definitely switch out that cooling solution and the Asus Sabertooth for a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H. Also get rid of that storage situation - Hitachi HDs have horrendous fail rates and I wouldn't trust an Agility 3 with mission critical data.

Go with this instead:

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 26, 2012 6:52:55 PM

Thanks. I believe that build was coming in just under $1300. I don't mind spending another couple hundred for better parts.
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July 26, 2012 6:55:16 PM

for the psu, id get something like a xfx 550w instead. i have yet to hear about the psu you talked about

get regular gskill ares 4x4gb 1600mhz ram. much cheaper and performs the same. 1866mhz has no real benefit over 1600mhz ram

if you need cheap video card, go and get the gtx560SE from evga. same price but performs better

and go with what g-unit1111 said
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July 26, 2012 6:55:48 PM

Do you think the Gigabyte is better than the Sabertooth, or are you just recommending that one to offset some of the other additional costs?
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July 26, 2012 7:10:40 PM

I'm think of going with a GTX 560 ti instead.
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July 26, 2012 7:14:25 PM

if you are getting a 560ti, why not get the 7850 (unless your tasks involve CUDA)
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July 26, 2012 7:18:02 PM

Do this, Get an Asrock z77 Extreme4 motherboard, use the extra $100 to get the GTX 560 ti. You will not regret it.

Edit: or what Big Troll said instead of the 560 ti, depends on how much you wanna spend.
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July 26, 2012 8:06:46 PM

Micro Center doesn't have the Plextor SSDs. What's your preference on Crucial vs Samsung?
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July 26, 2012 8:10:30 PM

the plextor drives are better than crucial or samsung.
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July 26, 2012 8:19:05 PM

Big Troll, I don't know much about video cards, and don't know what CUDA is. Can you tell me the difference between the 560ti and the 7850? Looks like they're the same price.
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July 26, 2012 8:26:51 PM

the 7850 is a amd card and the 560ti is a nvidia card. generally, the 7850 does much better in games than the 560ti and draws less power. CUDA is nvidia's way to do compute tasks such as game creation. amd has OpenCL which does about the same thing but cuda is more common and supported. if you dont know this, you probably wont need to use it. just stick with the 7850
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July 26, 2012 8:33:16 PM

Ok, thanks. I don't play games. I just need a machine that can handle a lot of multitasking when I'm doing web development. I'm typically running Firefox with a dozen tabs open, Zend Studio (an eclipse based IDE), Photoshop, Fireworks, and Toad at the same time. Running all of those applications at once bogs down weaker machines pretty bad.
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July 26, 2012 8:37:51 PM

personally, id recommend using chrome as it is faster.
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July 26, 2012 9:28:38 PM

legendaryeagle said:
Thanks. I believe that build was coming in just under $1300. I don't mind spending another couple hundred for better parts.


I'd get something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3770K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor ($339.99 @ Newegg)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F4 2TB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($312.55 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair 500R White ATX Mid Tower Case ($124.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $1335.46
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-26 17:28 EDT-0400)
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July 26, 2012 11:06:40 PM

TheBigTroll said:
personally, id recommend using chrome as it is faster.


It is, and I do use it, but it doesn't have the web development toolbars, Firebug (full), and the other great utilities for website development/debugging. When I'm surfing, I use Chrome. But Chrome doesn't come close to Firefox for web development.
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