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Yes, I understand......and that's what makes it harder to pull the trigger.


It's $10 cheaper than the Sapphire, with the extra warranty.


For me it would not be a hard choice even at $20 more expensive, ASUS are confident enough in their product to offer a better warranty!

This is only my guidance by the way ;)
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Yes, I understand......and that's what makes it harder to pull the trigger.


It's $10 cheaper than the Sapphire, with the extra warranty.


For me it would not be a hard choice even at $20 more expensive, ASUS are confident enough in their product to offer a better warranty!

This is only my guidance by the way ;)

I appreciate your input, believe me. This is all pretty new to me. When I first posted, I was a little more firm on my friend's opinion's, and she's very smart.......but I'm staying a little more open now and comparing apples to apples, as much as I can.

Here's a question that I think I know your answer to, but I could be wrong. If I go with either of the ASUS cards, am I a lot better off going with the one that has the faster core and shader clock for $20 more, or is that spending $20 for something I may never notice? Kind of like the difference in performance between the ASUS card(s) and the Sapphire......the Sapphire being the better performer, but all three cards exceeding my needs, if that makes sense.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121435 $109.99 out the door, after rebate

http://www.newegg.co...82E16814121434R $129.99 out the door, after rebate(@Amazon)
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O.k. now I have a PSU question.....never thought I would. I called Antec today to ask a couple questions about some cases, and we got on the subject of a PSU, and he asked me if mine was "modular". I said I don't know, it's a Corsair PSU. He said "what are you doing buying a Corsair PSU....and I'm not just saying that because I work here"> Not sure I buy that one, but he went on to sort of explain what modular was, and he showed me via the website. Anyway, long story short, it sounded like he was making a valid point.
This is what I was intending to buy
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139020
and he said it's not modular.
This is one that he recommended
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371021
Does he have a valid point, and is the Antec better?

Edited by Jim45, 02 February 2012 - 07:25 PM.

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Does he have a valid point


Yes.
Now that one you can "Google. You will get as many for Modular and against.
They will cost you more, you introduce another connection between the rail and the component is tidier for cable management, and it goes on..
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Does he have a valid point


Yes.
Now that one you can "Google. You will get as many for Modular and against.
They will cost you more, you introduce another connection between the rail and the component is tidier for cable management, and it goes on..

Well, the corsair says it has a dedicated 12v rail too, so what's the difference between it and the Antec? Sounds to me like it only matters if you add additional video cards, or whatever.
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Have a look at these posts..

http://www.jonnyguru...read.php?t=1036
http://www.overclock...rails-of-my-psu

Edited by iammykyl, 05 February 2012 - 08:31 AM.

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Have a look at these posts..

http://www.jonnyguru...read.php?t=1036
http://www.overclock...rails-of-my-psu

Thanks! That clears a few things up. I may go with the Antec True Power series for that reason.....I'll watch for a sale.
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Also......I just saw this
http://www.pcworld.c...tml#tk.rss_news
which lends some credibility to what my friend was/is concerned about with the HDD quality. Who really knows, but it's a valid argument....to me anyway.

That being said, I also saw this
http://www.pcworld.c...tml#tk.rss_news
the polar opposite. That has me thinking about SSD again. That and the fact that I just might be able to increase my budget slightly, and some of these aren't terribly priced....at least not the size needed for a boot drive.

I heard Windows 7 likes to be on at least a 40Gb HDD, not sure how accurate that is but that being said, I don't see like 60Gb. I guess going with one like this
http://www.amazon.co...28560053&sr=8-4
would be good.But a a 40Gb isn't so terrible
http://www.amazon.co...28560053&sr=8-7
Do you know if that thing about windows 7 not working that well on a 40Gb HDD is true?

I'm now think small SSD boot drive, like you originally said :) and maybe go with that Hitachi for storage.

Thoughts?

Edited by Jim45, 06 February 2012 - 03:02 PM.

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I heard Windows 7 likes to be on at least a 40Gb HDD, not sure how accurate that is but that being said,


This is the Min, required. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7 so it would run on 40GB.
Most I read says 90FB. Not something you are going to buy every couple of years, so go for the biggest you can afford.
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Yeah, I think the 80Gb is about my limit, if I can even swing that, but that would be with the intention of getting an additional HDD as well.

If it's affordable, the ideal way is to have a smaller SSD for the boot drive and for most software, and an HDD for storage, yes?
If it's not affordable to do both, then a large HDD is the next best option.....partition it for the OS and whatnot, correct?

What do you think about all this flooding and the HDD's and the lowering of the warranty by Seagate and Western Digital? Does it make you skeptical of the quality? I'm thinking maybe staying away from whatever series they plan on reducing the warranty on.....maybe.
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If it's affordable, the ideal way is to have a smaller SSD for the boot drive and for most software, and an HDD for storage, yes?


If it's not affordable to do both, then a large HDD is the next best option.....partition it for the OS and whatnot, correct?


Yes to the first questions.

Yes to the second question, = 3 partitions, C, OS and programs, E. DATA, F. backups and C drive image.

Edited by iammykyl, 10 February 2012 - 04:42 PM.

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If it's affordable, the ideal way is to have a smaller SSD for the boot drive and for most software, and an HDD for storage, yes?


If it's not affordable to do both, then a large HDD is the next best option.....partition it for the OS and whatnot, correct?


Yes to the first questions.

Yes to the second question, = 3 partitions, C, OS and programs, E. DATA, F. backups and C drive image.

Thanks! What's your opinion on all this flooding and lowering the warranty thing? Would you still trust a Seagate or Western Digital?
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I plan on going with the Corsair 400R
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811139008 ($99.00 shipped, no tax @TigerDirect)
and might go with this PSU
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139012
because of the fact it's modular, and that helps with cable management.
But because the case I want to go with, and it's rave reviews in regards to cable management, would I be just as well off with this PSU?
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139020
and saving a few bucks?
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Well, I have a few parts now........been going a bit slow, due to my work being extremely slow.
I went with the Corsair 500R(white) case, the EVGA GeForce 550ti GPU, Corsair Vengeance RAM(low profile) and Corsair 650HX PSU....it's semi modular. I also got a basic ASUS DVD drive.

So, I'm part way there.....would still like to go with the SSD boot drive route, if I can, we'll see. Going a little outside my original budget, but I'm sure some of you know how that goes.......you start looking ,and you see something a little better on sale, something you thought was good gets some bad reviews, etc. etc. Of course, this is my first one, so it's very overwhelming, but I'll get it! One way or another. I heard that putting the heatsink/CPU fan on is a real pain, so a little nervous about that. I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Trying to sell a piece of equipment that is overkill for what I do, downgrade a little, and free up some cash in the process, thus allowing be to buy the remainder of my parts.:)
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Some info for you.
http://www.diy-gamin...ild-a-Computer/

About TIM, Thanks to Digerati. http://www.geekstogo...rface-material/
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