Questions on a build I will be getting

I am getting ready to pick up a new rig. I am waiting till cyber Monday this year to try and get some great deals. Here are my questions and the rig i will be getting.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150606

RAMx2(8gigs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104244

CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960


My I will be using my HD from my other computer and I am wondering if that is a safe choice or I should just buy a new one. Also I will be using my power supply, it is anywhere from 700-800 wats I cant remember the spot on number. It is about 3 years old and I am wondering if that is safe or should I buy a new one?

Thank you for the help in advance :)

-Patrick
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  1. Re-using an old PSU should be absolutely fine so long as it's decent quality to begin with.

    Keeping your old HDD is an especially good idea if you use it for secondary storage and pick up an SSD for your new OS / critical apps. You'll see a huge improvement in responsiveness and load times.

    For RAM, make sure you get a matched pair in order to benefit from dual channel mode. Don't just buy a single stick if you can help it. It's easy to get an 8GB kit of 2 sticks for $30 these days, so only $10 more for double the capacity.
  2. Yeah I will be getting 8 gigs to start and upgrading it to 16 with in the year so I got that covered :) The ram I linked I will be getting 2 of them and if the sales are good 4 of them :)
  3. ckholt83 said:
    Re-using an old PSU should be absolutely fine so long as its decent quality to begin with.

    Keeping your old HDD is an especially good idea if you use it for secondary storage and pick up an SSD for your new OS / critical apps. You'll see a huge improvement in responsiveness and load times.

    For RAM, make sure you get a matched pair in order to benefit from dual channel mode. Don't just buy a single stick if you can help it. It's easy to get an 8GB kit of 2 sticks for $30 these days, so only $10 more for double the capacity.


    My PSU will connect even a newer mobo and power it? Are there any "special or hidden BS" connections I would need?
  4. PSU standards tend to change at a much slower rate compared to the rest of the industry. So long as your current supply has the 24 pin mobo power, the 4/8 pin aux CPU power, and at least two PCI-E 6 pin connectors, then you should be fine.
  5. Keep in mind you'll need two six pin power connectors for your video card, and most new motherboards will need the big ATX power connection as well as the connection at top, which might be two 4 pin connections or an eight pin connection. Just check to make sure you have enough cables.
  6. Koreanmojo05 said:
    Keep in mind you'll need two six pin power connectors for your video card, and most new motherboards will need the big ATX power connection as well as the connection at top, which might be two 4 pin connections or an eight pin connection. Just check to make sure you have enough cables.


    I have 4 if I remember right. I know for sure I have 2.


    As far as SSD drives what size should I get? I would just want it for my OS.
  7. If you get a motherboard with SSD caching, you can utilize that in regards to your HDD. I'm using a 120gb OCZ, but you could probably get away with a 60GB and just cache.

    Your motherboard link is incorrect, and shows a case.
  8. I'd get a 90 gig SSD if you don't mind an older SSD. If you want a newer one, get a 120/128 gig - you'll also then be able to get programs such as photoshop on there, which is a HUGE increase to performance.

    Also, don't buy 16 gigs ram - there's no point unless you're doing rendering, video editing, or very heavy image editing.
  9. DarkSable said:
    I'd get a 90 gig SSD if you don't mind an older SSD. If you want a newer one, get a 120/128 gig - you'll also then be able to get programs such as photoshop on there, which is a HUGE increase to performance.

    Also, don't buy 16 gigs ram - there's no point unless you're doing rendering, video editing, or very heavy image editing.


    I actually do a lot of video editing and rendering :) That is why I am going to have 16 gigs in the later months :) I also do a lot of streaming.
  10. The 120/128 GB SSDs are at a better value price point than the lower capacities right now. Nothing jumps out at me for great deals right at the moment, but they pop up all the time. Just keep your eyes peeled for a recent model / good brand around the $80 mark.
  11. How is my overall part to part comparability for the overall rig?
  12. Can't tell which motherboard you're using, which could be important in answering that question.
  13. Koreanmojo05 said:
    Can't tell which motherboard you're using, which could be important in answering that question.



    Oh damn my fault fixed the link.
  14. Looks really good in terms of everything being compatible. I'd choose some different RAM, so you can utilize the dual channels on the motherboard.

    My bad on the SSD caching, you can't use that with the AMD boards, lol. Any particular reason you're going with AMD? I know there are a lot of AMD fans, but I've always found the best value in the intel side of things.
  15. Bazeleel said:
    I am getting ready to pick up a new rig. I am waiting till cyber Monday this year to try and get some great deals. Here are my questions and the rig i will be getting.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150606

    RAMx2(8gigs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104244

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960


    My I will be using my HD from my other computer and I am wondering if that is a safe choice or I should just buy a new one. Also I will be using my power supply, it is anywhere from 700-800 wats I cant remember the spot on number. It is about 3 years old and I am wondering if that is safe or should I buy a new one?

    Thank you for the help in advance :)

    -Patrick


    Excellent choice in GPU, however wait for a cheaper one to come in stock. Every week one comes in stock that is $215-$230. Just pay attention...
  16. Bazeleel said:
    I am getting ready to pick up a new rig. I am waiting till cyber Monday this year to try and get some great deals. Here are my questions and the rig i will be getting.

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146067

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131736

    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150606

    RAMx2(8gigs): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104244

    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103960


    My I will be using my HD from my other computer and I am wondering if that is a safe choice or I should just buy a new one. Also I will be using my power supply, it is anywhere from 700-800 wats I cant remember the spot on number. It is about 3 years old and I am wondering if that is safe or should I buy a new one?

    Thank you for the help in advance :)

    -Patrick



    Also WAIT TO BUY A CPU! The rumor is that AMD's piledriver will come out within a month. It will be far better than bulldozer...
  17. Koreanmojo05 said:
    Looks really good in terms of everything being compatible. I'd choose some different RAM, so you can utilize the dual channels on the motherboard.

    My bad on the SSD caching, you can't use that with the AMD boards, lol. Any particular reason you're going with AMD? I know there are a lot of AMD fans, but I've always found the best value in the intel side of things.


    I have always been a fan of AMD, its cheaper and a buddy of mine is a computer eng and he said the AMD 8 core out performs the i7 so i trust what he tells me :)
  18. CaptainTom said:
    Excellent choice in GPU, however wait for a cheaper one to come in stock. Every week one comes in stock that is $215-$230. Just pay attention...



    Yeah i plan on waiting till cyber monday like I said before so I am hoping that a newer model for about the same price comes out :) Damn computer tech always changes right when I seem to get a new rig...never fails.
  19. Bazeleel said:
    I have always been a fan of AMD, its cheaper and a buddy of mine is a computer eng and he said the AMD 8 core out performs the i7 so i trust what he tells me :)



    You should get a bit better performance from the i7's, but on a practical level the AMD chips work fine, I suppose. I'll try to avoid going into a long winded back and forth amd vs intel convo :D

    That is a great choice in GPU, I agree. I think the 7870 are probably the very best value per dollar atm.
  20. Koreanmojo05 said:
    You should get a bit better performance from the i7's, but on a practical level the AMD chips work fine, I suppose. I'll try to avoid going into a long winded back and forth amd vs intel convo :D

    That is a great choice in GPU, I agree. I think the 7870 are probably the very best value per dollar atm.


    I think a lot of the AMD vs Intel is a lot of personal opinion really. I feel the same about 7870 :) If i get lucky I will be getting a duel set up!
  21. Thank you all for the help :)
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