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  1. I finally 'completed' the build which I asked some questions about a few weeks ago. Now, I know that $2000 might be a bit off. The prices vary, and taxes are odd around the globe. Note: I'll be telling some about how it went here, so if you don't want to read that, just skip to the 'bold' section called "The Specifications". Receiving and Ordering the Components First off I got a package where as I expected everything, except for the Graphics Card and the Case, to be in. At first I didn't open the package, as I figured "pff, no need". Then it occured to me that I should probably check the contents, so that I'd be able to report if anything was missing. And then BAM! There was an Operating System, a Power Supply and a Processor. And.. Nothing more. I am clueless as to why in the world of Terra they'd chosen to ship everything seperately - for the record, I still don't know why they shipped the two packages seperately. I then went on my old PC to check when the next package would arrive. I was saddened to see that the date had been pushed yet another week (it wouldn't have been in stock until next Monday, that excluding the shipping to my home!), due to my Graphics Card (the GTX 680 DirectCU II from ASUS) at the time. I then began grumbling and thinking about what I'd really need from my Graphics Card. And I figured settling with a 670 would be good enough, and would be far easier to deal with now, and in the future - so sorry to disappoint you Sam, this isn't quite as magnificent as you might have thought it would be. But, I changed part of the delivery and everything got here last Monday. Hurray! Assembly of the PC This was.. Rather anti-climactic. A friend of mine came over to help me with the assembly, and ended up doing the majority of it for me. But after he'd left (mind you, it was in the middle of the night at that point), I figured "Hey, why not try to boot the system before I go to bed?". I was sort of surprised to see it not booting. Well, at least no signal was delivered to my monitor. I was furious the next day at school and.. Well, this sounds like a diary. Sorry 'bout that. Anyway, I got home, took a chill pill (the imaginary kind), and began taking everything apart, and then tested things without the Graphics Card. Still to no avail. Then I figured I might as well check the power cables a third time, and suddenly stuff began working. I managed to get the BIOS running, but the DVD Drive didn't feel like opening. So that took quite a while of tampering to get open, but finally Windows 7 got installed. After that, I installed the Graphics Card, and since I got home from school today (approximately 5 hours ago), I've been installing drivers, checked the connections, etc. I still haven't managed to test anything though. Figured I'd give you guys an update on the stuff, I feel like I owe it to you guys (for whatever reason). The Specifications Power supply Corsair AX750 Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Processor Intel i7 2600K 8MB CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 Graphics card Asus GTX670-DC2-2GD5 (2GB) Case Corsair Obsidian 550D Random Access Memory Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4 GB (Low-Profile) Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex 3 Main Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARX Backup Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB WD5000AZRX DVD Burner Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Pictures Coming Soon! I'll be taking pictures when the lighting conditions are better. Final Notes I still haven't installed very much. The only thing currently manually installed is Windows Live Essentials (yet somehow I've managed to already have 50 background processes running. Oops), but I'm about the install Steam, so I can get some games installed.
  2. Ah, good to know I've made a good purchase :). I'm still wondering if I should get an external harddrive, instead of an internal, for backup.
  3. Hello! I've recently ordered all my components, but I've come across a thing concerning the hard drive(s). Currently, I've ordered a P8Z68-V (not PRO) as my motherboard. It comes with two 3Gb/s and two 6Gb/s ports (SATA, obviously). I'm considering changing the order to a P8Z68-V PRO (which has two 6Gb/s SATA ports more than the non-PRO), for the two reasons listed below: I've also ordered a Vertex 3 120GB SSD (Boot Drive), a WD 2TB Caviar Green ("Current" Main Storage Drive) and a WD 500GB Caviar Green (Backup Drive). Currently, there's not really a problem with the SATA ports. That's simply a matter of plugging the SSD and the 2TB into the two 6Gb/s SATA ports, and letting the Backup Drive plug into the 3Gb/s. The thing is, I'm going to be doing some gaming and quite possibly some video editing, so I have an interest in getting a 1TB Black, for recording footage onto, as well as having games on there. The problem then is, that I might want to have that plugged into a 6Gb/s also - which is not possible on the P8Z68-V, unless I plug the 2TB Green into the remaining 3Gb/s. Another reason I've considered getting the PRO, is for the internal eSata port. I'd then buy an Antec Easy SATA (hotswap for optical drives bays), and stick the backup drive in there, so I'd have another place for that drive, in case of system failure. Bear in mind that I've also considered getting a WD Passport 500GB, which could possibly replace the current 500GB Internal Backup drive. Whoa, that was a lot of text. I hope you stayed with me, and can give me an answer to the question(s): Should I upgrade the P8Z68-V, to a P8Z68-V PRO? Should I get an external backup drive instead of an internal one?
  4. The only board that I could find that supports that, is the X79 classified from EVGA. By the way, I was considering buying the 3 slot now, and if I ever feel the need, I could buy a dual slot to add. As far as I know, I can go with different cards, as long as the GPU is the same. The thing I really liked about the 2 Slot/1 Fan from ASUS was though, that they have it in store, and I'd have it by Wednesday, whereas I'd have to wait another week for the 3 Slot/2 Fan from ASUS to arrive (thereby all other parts, as it's the same shipper).
  5. It's impossible to get by any EVGA card in Denmark, and my retailer doesn't sell MSI graphicsc cards. I could go with another retailer, but I've heard a lot of bad things about MSI from various sources. I wish ASUS hadn't jonked up with the 3 PCI slots. Then again, a single 680 should be plenty for gaming, for the next few years.
  6. I'm picking it up at a danish retailer called Proshop ApS. The reason that I'm opting for the 2 Slot PCI is actually because I might upgrade to SLI in the future (no guarantees though). Also, do you consider it "good enough" not buying case fans (for now), or would you recommend replacing the standard Corsair ones with the ones from Fractal Design?
  7. Oh bugger, I've just encountered a minor problem (luckily before I bought things). The Obsidian 550D has an HSF clearance of 180mm. The Noctua NH-D14 has a height of 160mm. And the 140mm fans I was planning on putting on the sides are 25mm thick/deep. For that reason, and for the sake of pricing, I think I'm opting out buying case fans at all for now. This is not because I'm necessarily cheap, but because I'd rather see how the pre-delivered fans (3x 120mm from Corsair (25dbA/42CFM)), before buying new ones. If I find that they're too noisy, or that I need more fans, I'll obviously just buy them. Also, I noticed that I mis wrote the reasoning for the Graphics Card - I'm not going with the dual-fan Graphics Card from ASUS, because it uses up 3 PCI slots. I'm therefor going with their single-fan solution. Does this affect your opinion of the build? Oh, and lastly, I'm not buying the Antec EASY SATA, as it uses an eSata interface, not found on the standard version of the motherboard (and I don't feel like spending $50 for a feature I might not even use). I'm also scrapping the SD Card Reader, as I apparently have an adapter already for all the things I need.
  8. Yeah PC_User, that was one of the things I was concerned about. I wasn't entirely sure how quick it'd wear out, but I'm assuming it'd be pretty darn fast then.
  9. Hi there everybody! I, as you may or may not know, have plans on making Let's Play videos. This has given me a great interest in the recording software "FRAPS". Now I've heard a lot about how FRAPS really shrinks down your fps - and I have a feeling that that's the hard drive bottlenecking things, since FRAPS has to write all the uncompressed video onto the hard drive, as fast as the CPU and GPU is calculating the data. So I've been thinking: Why not make FRAPS record to an SSD, and when you're done with a recording session, move the files to your storage harddrive? Do you think this would have any noticeable effect? I realize that it would wear on the SSD quite a bit, and that a simple 20-minute recording takes up a bunch of space (I've quickly searched about that, it seems to be about 60GB for 20 minutes of Full HD footage), but I still think it could be a viable option - what are your thoughts? Obviously I've been considering doing it with my own future videos, though the SSD I'd record it to, is 120GB and would have Windows 7 as well as Adobe Master Collection (and a few games and application, benefiting from fast speeds) on it.
  10. I have considered Raid 1, but after 500GB, prices begin to go up. Currently I use a 500GB. It's a family pc though, so we're not too keen on formatting that drive. That drive is filled to the brim, and I don't doubt a 1TB would fill up just as fast. A 2TB costs about $80 more, by the way.
  11. I like the safety that comes with it. The main will be for projects, music, etc., whereas the backup will contain copies of school work, work assignments, etc. I realize I could store such few things in the cloud, but I don't really trust it. It's also for backup for family pictures, events etc. I could go for far less, parsay 100GB, but the price is practically the same, where I live.
  12. Hello everyone. For a couple of months now, I've been preparing (economically as well as mentally) to finally buy myself the components for a build. I'd like to get you guys' feedback, in case I missed something vital. I'll be ordering this weekend, unless something major comes up. This is pretty much what I want from my PC: It is a gaming oriented system, with the ability to edit videos without much of a hassle. Furthermore, I want it to be able to run various of Adobe’s Software (e.g. Photoshop), in order to do Web Designing, among other things. I also want (almost need) it to be quiet, which is why I've picked the case I did, for instance. Also, I'm intentionally not going with Ivy Bridge - this is because the only two features I'd potentially use is the Native USB 3.0, and the PCI-e Gen 3.0. And since those changes are so very minor, I don't see that need to sacrifice another $110 (Danish taxes included) on that. The components are as follows: Power supply Corsair AX750 Reason: This power supply has an 80 Plus Gold Rating. It’s fully modular, so I won’t have to deal with excess cables. 750W instead of 550W in case I wish to upgrade any components. Motherboard Asus P8Z68-V Reason: ATX Motherboard with the features I need. I’m not going with the Pro version, as I don’t see the need. Processor Intel i7 2600K 8MB Reason: I’m buying the i7 over the i5 due to its hyper threading capabilities. I’m doing so, as I’ll be doing video editing (Let's Plays, and the likes), utilizing the “extra” cores. CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D14 Reason: I’ve chosen this PCU as it’s cool and has low noise output. It also has great reviews and tops the Corsair H80 regarding noise. Graphics card Asus GTX680-2GD5 (2GB) Reason: Picked this one as the card from EVGA had too long delivery time. Also, it has two fans, making it more silent than other cards. Case Corsair Obsidian 550D Reason: A silent case, with a lot of room to work with. Perfect for my build. Random Access Memory Corsair Vengeance 2 x 4 GB (Low-Profile) Reason: Made by a manufacturer with a name to live up to. 8GB should be more than plenty for the things I’ll be doing. They’re low-profile, as the standard wouldn’t fit with the NH-D14. Solid State Drive OCZ Vertex 3 Reason: The supposed best SSD on the market, at 120GB. Buying the SSD for the sake of faster programs start-up and such. Main Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARX Reason: As I’m buying an SSD, this drive has no need for speed. I’m opting out the Caviar Black, as it’s too pricey and noisy. Backup Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB WD5000AZRX Reason: I have no need for more than 500GB for backup. I’m not going less than 500GB as everything below is priced equal. Case Fans Fractal Design Silent Series 140mm (x4) Reason: I prefer a low noise output, and I’m therefor replacing the standard case fans with these. Case Fans Fractal Design Silent Series 120mm (x3) Reason: I prefer a low noise output, and I’m therefor replacing the standard. Optical Bays DVD Burner Asus DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS Reason: No reason for the particular model. I enjoy the black finish though. Hotswap Bay Antec Easy SATA Reason: For the scenario that I’ll need to store data to a 3.5” Hard drive. SD Card Reader LogiLink Cardreader Intern Reason: In case I need to transfer files from an SD card, this is handy. Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Reason: Windows 7 is my favored OS at the moment. I have no need for “Professional” nor “Ultimate” features. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on the build :).
  13. Greetings everybody! I just joined the forums, and figured I'd drop by the "Introductions" place and, well, introduce myself. I'm a pretty average kid, whom hasn't even started college yet - I'm quite interested in things such as PC building and the likes though. Currently, I'm attending a web design school - starting college soon, though, as I haven't really had much luck with the teachers at my current school. What lured me here was (obviously) the Keyboard Giveaway, but also the fact that I haven't received much feedback on other fora I've attended. That's all for this introduction. Looking forward to getting to know what kind of people you guys are :).