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August 8, 2012 5:27:07 PM

My old Opteron 185 is 8 years old now , still works fine, but I plan on building a new system from ground up when I have a few dollars laying around. The list below is preliminary. I just bought the case so far. Build time completion about 6 month from now. Comments or suggestions helpful. Uses are both business and personal.

SILVERSTONE RAVEN Series RV03B-WA Matte Black with Gray Trimming, Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case


ASUS Maximus V FORMULA LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard


Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000 BX80637I73770K


Kingston HyperX 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX


SILVERSTONE SST-ST85F-G Evolution 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply


Western Digital VelociRaptor WD5000HHTZ 500GB 10000 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive


OCZ Synapse Cache SYN-25SAT3-64G 2.5" 64GB (32GB cache capacity) SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)


SIIG JU-H42B22-S2 4-Port USB2.0 Front Panel Hub


Vantec 58-In-1 Internal Card Reader/Writer with Built-In USB Port for 3.5" or 5.25" Drive Bay - Model UGT-CR905


Pioneer Black Blu-ray Burner With BDXL Support SATA BDR-2207


Hanns-G HZ281HPB 27.5'' 3ms Full HD 1080P HDMI WideScreen LCD Monitor Built-in Speakers


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
August 8, 2012 5:33:21 PM

First off it's pointless to stretch out a build over that length of time. Save your money and get it all at once. That way if something doesn't work it's much easier to get an RMA for it.

There's a lot of stuff on this build that's complete overkill. There's absolutely no reason to purchase a WD Velociraptor HD when there's really no significant speed increase over a 7200 RPM drive. And don't get an SSD cache drive for your OS - get a real SSD drive and enable the smart caching in the BIOS, that's a way better use for it.

That board is ridiculously huge and there's no real need for it, and that card reader is junk. You also don't need the 4-port USB hub when your case has one built in.

What's your budget? I could suggest better parts if I knew that.
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August 8, 2012 5:40:04 PM

I was thinking to build it over time would afford me the luxury of changing some specs if new technolgy comes out. But things like case, blu ray writer, etc etc pretty much stay the same. Current cost for this is a few bills under 2000. Of course spread out over time it is easier on finances. 2500 is available now, but spending it all now sorta ? I am sorta of an I/O freek. I like USB 2 and 3 hubs and card readers.

This one actually looks better

Scythe SCKMRK-5 Kama Rack 5 Mobile Rack for two 2.5" SATA HDD/SSD w/ Card Reader & USB/e-SATA Po

Good point on the hard drive, thanks for that!!!
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August 8, 2012 6:23:21 PM

maximiza said:
I was thinking to build it over time would afford me the luxury of changing some specs if new technolgy comes out. But things like case, blu ray writer, etc etc pretty much stay the same. Current cost for this is a few bills under 2000. Of course spread out over time it is easier on finances. 2500 is available now, but spending it all now sorta ? I am sorta of an I/O freek. I like USB 2 and 3 hubs and card readers.


There's no such thing as future proofing a build - no matter what your budget is. For the most part most of the flagship GPUs and CPUs have already been released and new technology won't be out for at least a year and even then it probably won't offer much more in terms of performance.

This is the best card reader I've ever used: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But there's no reason to purchase extra USB ports as most cases now have 4 or 5 USB ports built into them already. My Graphite 600T has 3 USB 2.0 ports on the top and 1 USB 3.0 port. I've found there's no reason to purchase any more than that.

Try something like this if you want something more "future proof":

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i7-3820 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($289.99 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 SE2011 CPU Cooler ($82.65 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X79 ATX LGA2011 Motherboard ($309.98 @ NCIX US)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Plextor M3 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($369.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On IHBS112-04 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (64-bit) ($130.20 @ Amazon)
Total: $1681.74
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-08-08 14:24 EDT-0400)
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August 8, 2012 8:18:05 PM

Thanks for the recommendation on the newer chip set or i guess the chip set with more life span.

I am definitly using your suggestions Thanks again.
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August 8, 2012 8:19:46 PM

Best answer selected by maximiza.
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August 8, 2012 8:38:34 PM

maximiza said:
Thanks for the recommendation on the newer chip set or i guess the chip set with more life span.

I am definitly using your suggestions Thanks again.


It will definitely be somewhat of a longer life span - Z77 is pretty much the end of the line for Sandy Bridge / Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge-E will use LGA 2011 but it won't be around for another year at least given the way Intel tends to release chips. :lol: 
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