I don't know if 7 hours later qualifies as "just after posting", but if you say so...
Just a word of warning, be careful
Everyone makes mistakes, yourself included. There is no reason to jump on someone for such a small mistake.
Terrific, but the issue is that no one knows the reasoning but them.
The build was designed by us, to be used as a multi purpose machine. No, it will not run Crysis on high, that wasn't our intentions. This rig will play just about any game on low settings without breaking the bank and it is powerful enough to run a large range of applications and games. Every component was taken into consideration. Anyone can build a $5000 machine, but the tighter the budget the more difficult the decisions. You have to make trade offs and decide what is best for the end user.
Without members knowing why the parts were chosen (or being able to ask why), I can't see that topic being an ideal resource for them.
I see it as being a great resource, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to help out. It helps give people an idea of what to expect to get with 800$ and how far your dollar can really go. If we believed it wasn't worth our time to create, it wouldn't be there.
Now if you don't mind, I will critique your build.
I'll start with the processor. We choose a AMD dual core processor for two major reasons:
1. The fact that it's an excellent value for the performance offered.
2. Not everyone overclocks. If everyone overclocked we may have considered other options.
Lastly, I sure hope you're not suggestion anyone overclock that CPU to far without a aftermarket cooler.
I personally would have reduced spending on the GPU and placed more into the CPU.
Next is the memory:
You may have noticed that our computer doesn't include mail in rebates. Immediately this is a huge advantage as we have all been ripped off by rebates (if not, just wait).
While you and I enjoy gaming, that doesn't mean that the rest of the public does. This is key to keep in mind.
You can find a cheaper Seagate drive. While I do not prefer one hard drive manufacture over the other, the fact that you can get a Seagate drive for less and an additional 2 year warranty is a no brainer for me.
Pioneer produces far superior drives then Lite-On and the majority of the industry. I would put money down that after burning 100 discs, that drive would begin to fail. Meanwhile a cheaper Pioneer model would continue along after 200 burns.
We this is based on personal preference. That being said, I do not like front ports on the bottom of a case, I find most cases are on the floor nowadays (this would cause a inconvenience). Even more so I hate LED (I know I'm not alone) and I find 80mm fans noisy and lack proper airflow.
The second you see a LED in a PSU, that should be a direct indication that you should not buy the unit. I seriously hope you are not running your 8800GTS 512mb card with this PSU.
Here is one review of this unit from a guy that does great PSU reviews.http://www.hardwarec...ply-review.html
Let me point some things out to you.
Shoddy construction can sometimes hide itself pretty well through the voltage regulation and efficiency tests but it will rear its hideous head again and again in the ripple tests. In this case, the Supernova clearly shows that it cannot even come close to matching its competitors and to tell you the truth, this is actually one of the worst results we have seen in this test for a very long time.
As you can see the reviewer (SKYMTL) is not impressed with the unit, it falls behind everything he compared it to in every test.
With a SLI configuration, the 12V rail nearly falls out of the ATX spec!
Xion isn't quite as bad as generic PSU's, but it's nearly there, I'd consider the performance of the PSU as an insult if I was an engineer at Xion. Settybet, I strongly urge you to never suggest one of these units to ANYONE. If you have one fine. You chose it and if it wrecks your hardware it's your fault. But we are dealing with people who are actually considering our choices, don't put them at risk and suggest poor units like this one. There is MUCH
better out there. Even if you have to spend $10 more, at least I wouldn't be dealing with $300+ in dead hardware.
Edited by james_8970, 02 February 2008 - 01:22 AM.