I put together a rig for just under $1,000 (http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1G0LXB). Let me know your thoughts.
A few things to note:
- I don't have a solid state HD on there. Unsure how much this improves performance, if it's worth the extra money.
- The rig comes with liquid cooling and a build-in fan, but I'm unsure if I need more cooling than that.
- Unsure if I need to upgrade the internal network card from the on-board to an Intel LAN 10/100/1000 card. Thoughts?
- This doesn't include the OS or any software.
Thanks in advance for the tips!
A SSD speeds up boot times, and zone loading / software loads immensly. We're talking going from 45 second boot times to under 10 seconds from power button press, and a similar speed increase for program loads. Plus, a solid state drive has no moving parts in it. They still wear out over time, but much less risk of a catestrophic bearing failure.
The liquid cooling option will make the entire machine quieter. I personally would pick that Corsair Hydro 140mm unit since your case has a mount for it. Better airflow, and better components than that aztek (sp?) one. Either is going to be more than adequate though.
The internal network card is going to be fine. it's a direct bus port into the motherboard chipset, so probably slightly faster than an add in card. You only really need an add in card if you are planning on doing something out of the ordinary like bonding multiple ports, or dual network homes.
As far as your overall build, I like it except for the video card. The 750 GTX is a low end card, and it only has half the memory pipes (think bandwidth) of the higher end cards, so it's pretty crippled compared to the higher end ones. Enough that it may be noticable. You could drop the processor a bit and up the video card and get better overall performance for what my understanding of how you use computers is. If you are doing a bunch of rendering or video / music editing, you want the additional cores and hyperthreading.
Since they offier it, I would also encourage you to leave the first 1TB drive in, and add a second one in a raid 1 array. In that configuration, you can lose one entire data drive and still have all your data intact. For $70, it's pretty cheap insurance. A SSD by itself isn't going to be big enough for most people. This is about the minimum I would reccommend if you can swing it. http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/saved/1G0MQK You could always go with the lower end video card and upgrade later, but then you are spending more in the long run. Same with the ram. The SSD is worth it, but with OS and program installs you need at least the 250GB to not be constantly running out of space. The Samsung drives are generally a bit faster than the ones they had at the 240GB mark. I'm running a samsung 256GB pro series in the main computer here. The secondary actually has an older Crucial M4 SSD in it as it's primary. The media PC downstairs has another Samsung 120gb in it as its primary drive, Very few programs on it so it doesn't need as much, but even then it runs closer to the edge than I like
His Excellency Aethien wrote:
Off topic but I don't get why all "gamer" cases go for the hideous leds, bulges and windows thing. I just don't see why you would ever want your PC to have bright lights shining in every direction or a way to look at the ugly plastic and metal inside.
Part of it is the Sci Fi aspect, Part of it is to show off the technical ability. I've put lights in some of mine because I wanted to play with the technology. For a long time that was also the only way to get into a really good quality case (Thermaltake back in the day, etc.) Plus they kind of work like a night light.
Besides, who wouldn't want to show off their motherboard setup?