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Anybody Build Computers?

This is a discussion on Anybody Build Computers? within the Tech Corner forums, part of the Everything But Cigars category; Originally Posted by gahdzila WOW. Yeah, I agree, at only $10 difference, it would be silly not to buy the ...

  
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    Alpha Puffer Fish nikonnut's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Quote Originally Posted by gahdzila View Post
    WOW. Yeah, I agree, at only $10 difference, it would be silly not to buy the 1 TB, especially if there's any remote possibility of filling up the 500 GB.
    Plus as HDDs fill up performance degrades so a 1TB will prolong the time before that starts to happen. Also, the bigger HDDs have bigger caches so that will be a plus too. I went with a SATA II 1 TB WD just because it had a 64MB cache even though I don't have SATA II on my mobo.
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    Puffer Fish with some spikes A144's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    It would seem that my second option above is the best right now considering my usage and budget.

    I'll spending a lot more for the performance of the the SSD as my primary disk. Then a 7200RPM 64mb cache 1TB HDD (probably WD Caviar Black) as storage for my RAW files, music, videos, large games, etc. That will leave me the 1.5TB WD Caviar Green drive to use to back it all up. I think the Green is better suited as a backup anyways with the slower RPM.

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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Amazon has the Crucial M4 256GB SSD on sale, so I ordered one of those this morning in addition to the 140mm front intake fan with green LEDs.

    Still waiting on a good deal on a 3470 or 3550 processor.

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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    The SDD and 140mm green LED fan showed up today.

    Fan installed (gotta wait till I get the processor to turn everything on though):


    And the 256GB Crucial M4 SSD. I love that my 3.5" trays fit 2.5" drives as well:
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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Everything I need to finally finish this build up will be here Monday. My processor (Intel Core i5-3550) got here Friday, everything else I need is in the shipment on Monday: 200mm green LED fan, an aftermarket heatsink (probably not really needed though), DVD/CD burner, and a PCI Express wireless adapter.

    I wish I could run an ethernet cable to my room on the second floor, but the router in on the opposite side of the house in the basement and that's a lot of cable and no where to hide it... So I'll have to deal with the slower wireless connection.
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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    I just came across this thread, I have built all my machines. My current machine is a Core i7 2700k at 4Ghz, 8Gb DDR3, 3TB HDD, Asrock P67 Extreme, ATI 5770, Antec 750W PSU, Coolermaster Hyper 520 cooler, all in a modded Coolermaster 692 II case.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes A144's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Llacrossedude7 View Post
    I just came across this thread, I have built all my machines. My current machine is a Core i7 2700k at 4Ghz, 8Gb DDR3, 3TB HDD, Asrock P67 Extreme, ATI 5770, Antec 750W PSU, Coolermaster Hyper 520 cooler, all in a modded Coolermaster 692 II case.
    Sounds awesome! Any pics?
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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Yeah I'll upload some tomorrow, my phone is about to die.

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes A144's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    I got the CPU installed, then messed up the minute amount of thermal compound they give you with the aftermarket heatsink. I make a few calls and run to pick some up. Payed $10 for a $5 tube of it at the local computer shop, but I didn't want to wait another 3 days for it to come in. So I got the heatsink in then hooked up my little HDTV (temporary monitor) and spare peripherals. Turn on the PSU, hold my breath and hit the power button. Fans came on, LEDs lit up, but no signal to the monitor...

    Turns out, the HDMI outputs on the motherboard turn off when you have a GPU installed. And my GPU uses mini HDMI, which I don't have a cable for... So I go digging around in a desk and dust off an old VGA cable. Got it plugged in and it came right up to the BIOS! Being my first build, I was nervous that something catastrophic was going to happen.

    I'm still lacking the OS department, so I unplugged my SSD and pulled the HHD from my laptop. Once it was plugged in, I turned the computer back on and installed all my drivers. So, while not completely running on it's own yet, this is my first post from my new computer. I have to say, it feels good to be posting from a computer I built myself!

    Thanks again to everybody in this thread! I really appreciate it!
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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Here is a picture of my rig.

    Its a little dirty but it can run every game I throw at it on maxed out settings.

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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Congrats, Anthony!

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    Puffer Fish with some spikes Tumadre99's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Stumbling upon this thread was awesome.
    What you guys got going is sick.

    Congrats on the new build!

    I haven't built a computer in like 7 years.
    The last one was pretty me and the pops so I would have something to use during HS.
    Definitely plan on building one once I get out of college and no longer have use for a laptop.

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    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tumadre99 View Post
    The last one was pretty me and the pops so I would have something to use during HS.
    Definitely plan on building one once I get out of college and no longer have use for a laptop.
    Needing a laptop for school was why I was hesitant about getting a good desktop for quite a while. My laptop has had a few problems, all fixed under Dell warranty, but my warranty has been up for 6 months now... and anything that breaks will cost me. I'll be keeping my laptop around for note taking and internet browsing (at least until it craps out on me). and use my new desktop for everything else.

    Here it is done by the way:

    One of the LED fans:











    I'll snap some more pics of the internals tonight and the case with LEDs on in the dark.
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    Puffer Fish with many spikes lebz's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Nice Phantom! I will be building a new rig after the wedding.. looking forward to it.. but i had to unsub to ncix and newegg deals.. too much of a tease lol
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    Alpha Puffer Fish nikonnut's Avatar


     

    Re: Anybody Build Computers?

    Anthony,
    Very nice, sir! Congrats My MoBo just punched out so i'll be following your lead.
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