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Thanks for the update.
I see the hard drives are slowly coming down, Nearly at the stage when the 250GB SSD will be viable.
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Thanks for the update.
I see the hard drives are slowly coming down, Nearly at the stage when the 250GB SSD will be viable.


Indeed. A friend of mine was talking about how the Crucial Adrenaline system is really nice, but isn't that pretty much the same as what I intend to do with this setup? The Crucial Adrenaline is used as a SSD cache, and I've heard the term SSD boot drive thrown around in relation to using a generic SSD in a build like this. Is it possible to rig an SSD to do both, or is that what the regular SSD will be doing already?

I've also got another saved build list with a few different parts...the most notable being a different case. I might post that list here for comparison between the Coolermaster build, or if you'd rather I could simply put up a link to it or PM you.
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Review, > http://www.legitrevi...article/1893/1/ The better solution for a new build is a SSD Boot drive, (C/drive, OS and Programs.)

but isn't that pretty much the same as what I intend to do with this setup?

No, you will be using 2 individual drive as against a coupling of drives.

Put up a mark 2 link for an alternative build, then everybody can see it.
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Put up a mark 2 link for an alternative build, then everybody can see it.


As requested here's the Mark II build. However since some of the parts aren't directly linkable via the PCPP page I'll outline the list here. The only major differences that I can think of as I type this are the BitFenix case (not the Shinobi) which seems to have good reviews and "breathes" better than the Shinobi, the ram which is G.Skill Sniper (just like the ram on the other list) but with the difference of being clocked at 2133 instead of 1866. I'm not sure if it's better or not, but it was the same price as the 1866 ram so I figured I'd add it to this list until someone advises me to switch back to the previous chips. One good reason to do so would be that the 2133 ram is not featured on ASRock's QVL for the Z77 Extreme4. Another thing is, and I'm kinda taking this with a grain of salt, is that the 2133 ram's timing is 11-11-11-30 and I was told that generally the best ram is that which has timings wherein the first three numbers add up to the fourth...which isn't the case with the 2133 ram but is the case with the 1866 ram (it's timing is 9-10-9-28). If I'm wrong with this way of thinking and the 2133 ram is good, please let me know.

Getting back to the case, it seems that the BitFenix Raider has above average airflow, it has good features, and is well built and reasonably priced...it's not bad on the eyes either. ;) I prefer the styling of the Raider compared to the HAF 922 so I made this separate list with the BitFenix case. One downside is that it's slightly more expensive due to the fact that it doesn't come stock with as many fans as the 922, so I added a 200mm fan to the list, to be added as a top-mount exhaust fan which should further increase airflow. Thoughts and comments on the case change are welcome. I've also been looking at the new HAF MX model.

Last thing, and this is minor is a swapped both hard drives for ones that have better ratings and I'm fairly certain they're cheaper...though I'm not sure of this, and I'm too lazy to check at this point. :P

So without further ado, I present the Mark II part list:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($142.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($139.95 @ Mac Connection)
Boot Drive: A-Data S510 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($409.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Raider ATX Mid Tower Case ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair 750W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony AD-7280S-0B DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VW246H 24.0" Monitor ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($47.52 @ B&H)
Network Adapter: EDIMAX Wireless Adapter ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Top Exhaust Fan: BitFenix Spectre Pro 200mm Fan ($17.99 @ FrozenCPU.com)
Mouse: Mionix NAOS 3200 ($61.97 @ Newegg)

Total: $1505.08
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-06-13 20:20 EDT-0400)

Please note: This is a separate parts list from the one that I recently posted that contained the Cooler Master HAF 922 case. I'm considering either so if you have a recommendation of which list I should focus on, or if you have changes for either or both please let me know.
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Better and cheaper video card
http://www.newegg.co...ID=3962334&SID=
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Better and cheaper video card
http://www.newegg.co...ID=3962334&SID=


Could you provide a basis for that claim please? The cards appear to be pretty much the same, save for the fact that the EVGA card is faster by default. Thank you for the suggestion though and if you can provide compelling evidence I'll definitely consider the Zotac card for the final parts list.
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Hello again techies of GtG!

I've got an update which should see some more progress on this topic-o-mine, and that's that I've finally got a source of income which I can devote to my PC project. So I'd say I should be ready to purchase the parts by around mid November or perhaps December. Could be a bit earlier than that and perhaps a bit later. It's just a ball-park at present, but I'd say no later than January so we'll call that my deadline.

I'll keep ya'll posted as I find out more about my work schedule and as payments roll in.

Cheers!

PS: The parts list will probably change a few times before then too so I might throw and update here on that as well as things develop.
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tanks for the update.

Great to see you now have some $$$ coming your way Posted Image. Alterations to your part list closer to your build date would be welcome, And of course we will try are hardest to shoot it down in flames, Posted Image
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Hello again everypeoples!

It's been a long time, but I've finally saved up enough money to afford my rig. I didn't make quite as much as I'd hoped so I can only spend about $1460. The part list I have below is quite a bit different from the last few, however it will most likely be the components that I go with for this build. I just wanted to post it here, that you might present your thoughts and suggest any changes that might need to be made. Some components are on a quick sale so the prices will go up in a few days.

Thanks for reading!

CPU: AMD FX-8350 4.0GHz 8-Core Processor ($190 @ NCIX US)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($30 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($125 @ NCIX US)
Memory: Samsung 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($109 @ B&H)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($70 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB Video Card ($240 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill Armor Evo ($99 @ Ebay)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 750W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($90 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($150 @ SuperBiiz)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($130 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($37 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech G500 Wired Laser Mouse ($57 @ Amazon)
Wireless Card: Rosewill RNX-N300 Wireless N Adapter ($27 @ Newegg)
Total: $1410
(Prices rounded up and include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-04 21:33 EST-0500)
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Thanks for the update. Looks a great build.

Info from AMD, just so you are aware. http://support.amd.c...uencyguide.aspx
and one question, your reasons for going low voltage RAM.
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Thanks for the update. Looks a great build.

Info from AMD, just so you are aware. http://support.amd.c...uencyguide.aspx
and one question, your reasons for going low voltage RAM.


I didn't really read much into the fact that the ram is low voltage. It's cheap with good reviews and the potential to overclock a fair bit (which I don't intend to do). I'll be sure to check the BIOS when I get the components assembled to see if the ram is operating at the proper speed.
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Right, Gocha. RAM check is good,
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