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post #46 of 93 (permalink) Old 2011-11-26, 02:42 PM
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These days I would spend a little extra for a 120GB SSD drive and either leave out or scrounge a conventional drive until prices come down. A 120GB SSD and networked NAS is a decent option. (A wired gigabit NAS can work as well as a local drive for many things.) There are some pretty good deals on SSD drives and video cards this week. (Check the NCIX sale.)

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post #47 of 93 (permalink) Old 2011-11-26, 04:45 PM
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Yes, this HDD price spike will do wonders for the market.
Many people are making the jump to SSD because the price differential is no longer astronomical. This in turn means higher volumes and prices (should) come down faster.

I would say get the smallest/cheapest HDD until prices start to come down again. No sense spending extra now when that same money down the road will give 2-4x more value.
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so I'm understanding from here a i5 2500 is suitable for a gaming PC (don't need to go for the i7)?
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Depends on the games you want to play. Today's CPUs are often more than capable, it's the GPU that mostly determines performance.
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post #50 of 93 (permalink) Old 2011-11-27, 07:57 AM
 
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so I'm understanding from here a i5 2500 is suitable for a gaming PC (don't need to go for the i7)?
I would go for the i5 2500K instead of the 2500.

The only difference from the i7 I saw was the number of threads. i7 has 8 and the i5 has 4, I think. Plus the 2500K is unlocked.
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when looking for entry gaming PC with the i5 2500K see often matched with a Radeon 5770. Seems a older card a little off the $200 price range recommended here (and the CPU/GPU costing about the same rule).

Is the 5770 still considered okay or should I be looking for something else?
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Das75, I would definitly get a more powerfull GPU... you will find yourself upset you cheaped out on the most critical component for gaming... the rest of the computer can be a powerhouse but with a mid of the line gpu youll have to use lower graphics settings for games, while someone who has a "slower" computer but good gpu can enjoy al the eye candy new games offer. It sucks thinking you built this awsome gaming machine only to load up your favorite new game and get choppy gameplay, (trust me I made this mistake)! If your even thinking of spending much more and getting an i7, dont and put the money toward a good 200-250 graphics card.

Also, for anyone in the retail industry check out the intel Retailedge program! I just bought an i7 2700k for $150 inc shipping! Thats a $350+ cpu! The retailedge is only open to people who can provide a paystub for aproved retailers of intel products... you have to do a bunch of quizes and learning activities on the site,only takes a hour or two, but its well worth it!

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I thought about water cooling for my recent build, but I decided not to get it. I guess I wasn't comfortable in mixing liquid with electronic parts that close in case something did leak!

But instead, I loaded up my Zalman MS1000-HS2 case with fans. Including the fans on the RAM, video cards and capture cards, there are 13 in total inside the case! Luckily the motherboard comes with an intelligent fan software program that adjusts the speeds of the fans based on processor (Intel 980x EE) load, so the PC only sounds like a jet is taking off when I'm rendering intensive HD video projects (that have multiple audio / video layers) in Sony Vegas.
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another GPU question

if never going 6 monitors (and really was only planning on one) worth getting a Radeon 6950 over the 6870?
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Depends how much performance you want/future-proof ability.
If you have the extra money, I'd go for it anyway as it means you'll get better performance now and perhaps have longer usable life at your desired minimum performance level.
Otherwise, get one that meets your needs now, and save for an upgrade down the line. (or even crossfire when prices drop on the identical card)
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I'm looking for a good custom computer building shop preferably in (but not limited to) the North York area of Toronto. Any recommendations would help.
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I've used Signa computers before and they did a good job. Yonge Street, south of York Mills.
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My last two custom desktops were from Canada Computers on Yonge Street south of Steeles. You can spec out the system from components listed on their website and take it in for the build or do it yourself.
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Comments on this configuration?

Bitfenix Prodigy mITX MINI-ITX Tower Case
ASUS PH877-I Mobo
Seasonic X-460FLII ATX 12V 24PIN 460W PSU
Intel Core i5 3470 Quad Core Processor CPU
Corsair Vengeance CML16GX3M2A1600C10 Low Profile 16GB RAM
Sapphire Flex Radeon HD6450 Video Card
Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5in 256GB SATA3 MLC SSD
Western Digital WD Caviar Green 3TB SATA3 x 2 HD
LG CH12LS28 12X Blu-Ray Reader & Lightscribe DVD Writer Optical

Used for development work and media streaming. Not a lot of gaming and no FPS games (mostly Civ and the new SimCity when it comes out). Has to drive 2 DVI monitors and run a couple virtual machines (thus the 16 GB of RAM).
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Bitfenix Prodigy mITX MINI-ITX Tower Case
ASUS PH877-I Mobo...
I love the mini-ITX boards of the last few years: H61/H67, H77/Z77, H87/Z87...
I prefer Gigabyte for one reason - it's a natural headache-less Hackintosh.
RAM doubled in price since last October, but maxing out to 16GB is a good idea.

The Haswell boards run 3 monitors off the onboard video. And some have 6 SATAIII...

I use Kingston HyperX for RAM and Samsung EVO (today; PRO before) for SSD.
And Silverstone SG0x cases...
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