Computer guys: another "How's this PC?" thread

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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:07 pm

I figured I'd stick with Asus, unless somebody can convince me to go another route.
Any reason to go Windows 8? I think I'd prefer 7.
I'd like this thing to be good for gaming for 2-3 years, but it doesn't need to be cutting edge or anything.

Anything that should be changed?

1 x Case ( Corsair Vengeance C70 Gaming Case - Gunmetal Black )
1 x Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7-3770K Processor (4x 3.50GHz/8MB L3 Cache) - Intel Core i7-3770K )
1 x Processor Cooling ( Liquid CPU Cooling System [Intel] - Standard 120mm Fan )
1 x Memory ( 16 GB [4 GB X4] DDR3-1600 Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )
1 x Video Card ( NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti - 2GB - EVGA Superclocked - Core: 980MHz - Single Card )
1 x Motherboard ( ASUS P8Z77-V LX )
1 x Power Supply ( 650 Watt -- NZXT HALE82N-SI / 80+ Bronze )
1 x Primary Hard Drive ( 256 GB ADATA SX900 SSD - Single Drive )
1 x Optical Drive ( [12X Blu-Ray] LG BLU-RAY Reader, DVD±R/±RW Burner Combo Drive - Black )
1 x Sound Card ( Creative Labs Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio )
1 x Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
1 x Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) - 64-Bit )
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Postby sharkhax » Mon May 20, 2013 10:09 pm

how much? you making it yourself?
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:13 pm

I don't trust myself enough to build it myself. I have enough trouble getting in there just to change things inside my current computer, so building one from scratch would be a nightmare.

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Postby Bob511 » Mon May 20, 2013 10:17 pm

The Hale82s don't seem to be very well regarded, particularly in respects that would hurt your overclocking (which I assume you intend to do with a 3770K and a water cooler).

Newegg has a SeaSonic X750 for $90 after a $15 rebate today; jonnyGURU likes it a lot.
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Postby sharkhax » Mon May 20, 2013 10:18 pm

I'm the same way, luckily I had a friend sell me his "old" computer which is still good for gaming for another year. Yours will be sufficient for at least 3 years.. great investment if you're using it everyday. If it lasts three years you're paying like a dollar a day
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:23 pm

Bob511 wrote:The Hale82s don't seem to be very well regarded, particularly in respects that would hurt your overclocking (which I assume you intend to do with a 3770K and a water cooler).

Newegg has a SeaSonic X750 for $90 after a $15 rebate today; jonnyGURU likes it a lot.


The particular site I'm putting it together on doesn't have that as an option.

How's the Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2?

edit: 750 watt instead of 650
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Postby DestructoBot » Mon May 20, 2013 10:25 pm

its probably pretty good for $1550
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Postby kranky » Mon May 20, 2013 10:25 pm

hey nice computer u r cool!
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Postby surly » Mon May 20, 2013 10:26 pm

i dunno man i think you could spend more
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Postby surly » Mon May 20, 2013 10:26 pm

like what are you trying to build a homeless man's computer
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:26 pm

sharkhax wrote:I'm the same way, luckily I had a friend sell me his "old" computer which is still good for gaming for another year. Yours will be sufficient for at least 3 years.. great investment if you're using it everyday. If it lasts three years you're paying like a dollar a day


Yeah, the current one that I have has lasted a little over 4 years, but it was more expensive.

It's still a pretty solid computer, but it keeps freezing and having a lot of issues with the audio the past few weeks.

I had been thinking of getting a new one anyway, so I'm taking it as a sign.
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Postby Robert » Mon May 20, 2013 10:29 pm

I use stock cooling and don't overclock my Core i7, so I can't really speak to that. Is a dedicated sound card still necessary? I've been getting by fine with the onboard Realtek HD or whatever on my Asus mobos for a few years now. Anyway, looks nice. The computer I built about 2 years ago (Core i7 2600K, GTX 460 1 GB, 16 GB RAM) is still going hard. I've been tempted to upgrade my SSD (128 GB) and graphics card, but that's about it. It still runs everything I throw at it at 1920x1200 pretty well.
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Postby Bob511 » Mon May 20, 2013 10:30 pm

sky cracks open wrote:The particular site I'm putting it together on doesn't have that as an option.

How's the Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2?

edit: 750 watt instead of 650

I believe those are just rebranded SeaSonic AX PSUs, so assuming it's not going to cost you more than an extra $90, yeah, get that.

EDIT: Er, X, not AX.
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Postby nocents » Mon May 20, 2013 10:30 pm

You need another hard drive. An SSD is fantastic for putting your OS on, but you also need a normal HDD for storage of media/games/etc. I would scale back to a 128gb SSD and get a HDD of at least 1 TB, depending on how much music and such you have. There's no way you won't fill that 256gb SSD like immediately--it would only hold 4 or 5 games.
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:30 pm

Every time I've spend less than $1200ish on a PC, it went to shit in a year.
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:31 pm

nocents wrote:You need another hard drive. An SSD is fantastic for putting your OS on, but you also need a normal HDD for storage of media/games/etc. I would scale back to a 128gb SSD and get a HDD of at least 1 TB, depending on how much music and such you have. There's no way you won't fill that 256gb SSD like immediately--it would only hold 4 or 5 games.


Yeah, I actually have a 10k RPM hard drive in my computer right now that I'll use as a secondary. Or maybe I'll take both of the hard drives from my current computer if the new one can handle 3.
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:33 pm

Bob511 wrote:
sky cracks open wrote:The particular site I'm putting it together on doesn't have that as an option.

How's the Corsair CMPSU-750TXV2?

edit: 750 watt instead of 650

I believe those are just rebranded SeaSonic AX PSUs, so assuming it's not going to cost you more than an extra $90, yeah, get that.


Yeah it was an extra $75. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby nocents » Mon May 20, 2013 10:35 pm

You may have seen it, but http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/04/ ... il-2013/2/ is great for component recommendations.
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Postby Johan POOPLER » Mon May 20, 2013 10:36 pm

if you can use a screwdriver and youtube you have all the skills you need to build a compie....
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Postby Bob511 » Mon May 20, 2013 10:36 pm

I may be confusing the Corsair HX and TXV2.

EDIT: But the TXV2s seem to be good, too.

EDIT 2: Oh, I guess the HX are just the modular version of the TXV2. So less convenient, but otherwise the same platform.
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Postby Robert » Mon May 20, 2013 10:36 pm

Yeah, I had some games on my SSD for a while, but I ended up moving everything to a WD Caviar Black. Got another one for media. SSD plus 2 HDDs has been nice. I could see a NAS obviating the need for drives for media, though
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Postby internethandle » Mon May 20, 2013 10:37 pm

yeah i concur with bob that the only issue was the psu

the machine i'm on now will be 3 years old this dec. gotta start saving.
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Postby sky cracks open » Mon May 20, 2013 10:49 pm

Cool, thanks everyone. I'm pulling the trigger on this. Maybe I can sell off some of the parts of my old one on Craigslist. I could probably get $80 for a used GTX 260, right?
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Postby Durham » Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:35 am

yo

my little mini-itx computer suddenly turned off, a whiff of smoke came out the back, and now it won't turn on. it's not that it whirrs and then stops, it's complete silence

it's my power supply right? this thing is 3 years old
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Postby internethandle » Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:06 am

like meaning you press the power button or whatever and there's nothing? yeah, most likely psu if so, i'd think. i mean, there's no telling that you haven't fried something else if it happened like that, but it'd overall be less expensive to just get a new psu and try than a whole new mini-itx etc.

pico psu's are pretty cool if you don't have heavy loads but i think they're about as expensive if not more so than other mini-itx psu's
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Postby Durham » Sat Jul 13, 2013 2:59 am

thank you
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Postby traced out » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:23 am

that will probably be good for gaming for around 10 years
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Postby internethandle » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:37 am

i don't think that's very good advice for durham's incandescent mini-itx situation tbh traced out
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Postby Durham » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:07 pm

Looks like it was the power supply after all 8-)

Unrelated question, my old board only has 100mbs ethernet but I mean, my torrent speeds get up to 5+ mb/s, though my file transfers over network tend to be p slow
Is there any reason to get a gigabit ethernet NIC?
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Postby Cronos » Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:34 pm

Everthing I've read has said that Liquid Cooling is about equal to air cooling. Someone prove this wrong.
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