Hey, uh, I'm looking to build a new computer, and I'd like some advice. I already picked out the parts I want, but... It's always nice to have a second opinion. So, I filled out the "*How to Ask for New Build or Upgrade Advice*" form. Anyone have any tips, or recommendations for better part choices?
Approximate Purchase Date: Some time this month
Budget Range: $2000-2500 After Rebates Before Shipping
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Web/IM, Photoshop, audio editing, video editing
Are you buying a monitor: Maybe, but don't factor it into the price of the computer
Parts to Upgrade: New build (re-using optical drives from old computer)
Do you need to buy OS: No (already purchased)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, but I'm flexible. If there's a better deal available somewhere else, be it a brick and mortar store or another website, I'll go for it.
Location: San Diego, CA, USA
Parts Preferences: Intel CPU
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe as a future upgrade?
Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200
Additional Comments: Here are links to my Steam games and wishlist so you have an idea of the games I play.
As an addendum, I also want to get some other games that aren't on Steam, like Battlefield 3.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My main computer is dying. The motherboard is acting weird (sometimes it'll sit at a blank screen for ten seconds on boot before it POSTs, for example), the fan in the PSU is dying, and, embarrassingly, I accidentally tore the headphone jack out of the motherboard because I spun in my chair wearing headphones.
Oh and also it's like four years old. And has an AMD CPU. And even after formatting and reinstalling windows, it runs DEATHLY slow, MUCH slower than when I got it. So I think its time is basically up.
Feel free to make suggestions, this is just what I've come up with. I'm here for a second opinion, after all.
Note: the hard drive setup may seem weird, but there is a method to the madness. The 64GB SSD is for Windows. The twin 256GB SSDs are for programs and games. I will run these in a RAID 0. The motherboard I chose DOES support RAID 0 TRIM, and I WILL be running Windows 7, so this DOES work. The twin 3TB drives will be RAID 1, and will be for everything that...isn't Windows or programs. Documents, videos I'm working on, etc, etc, etc. Down the line if I ever run out of room (I doubt this but, you never know), I may expand to a RAID 10 with four 3TB drives. Yes I know the case is one internal bay short for that. I'd probably mount it in the spare 5.25 bay.
Two, a Blu-Ray burner and a DVD burner I'm pulling from two dead computers. Can't go wrong with re-using old optical drives.
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1) Get a smaller PSU. 600w is good.
2) Will you really need an H100? I suggest the Hyper 212 EVO. It will probably accomplish whatever you want it to.
3) Get a cheaper mobo. Like an ASRock Extreme 4. Good mobo. I have it, and I recommend it.
4) Get the 256GB SSD from Amazon. It's $155 there. http://www.amazon.com/SAMSUNG-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-7PC2...
1. Alright. See the parts list revisions at the end of this post.
2. Alright. Again, see the parts list revisions at the end of this post. I was going to probably overclock this thing down the line, so I figured I'd go for the bigger stick, but I may as well save the $74.
3. It doesn't look like you can do RAID on the SATA 3Gb/s on that motherboard. Also, it only supports Intel RST 10.6 from the look of the drivers page on their site, which means it won't support RAID 0 TRIM. That...kinda FUBARs my plans with the hard drives. Any other suggestions for a cheaper motherboard?
5. I doubt I could get my dad to drive 84 and a half miles for computer parts.