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Build Your Own AMD/Intel Computer Thread III

athlonfx 306 July 6, 2007 at 04:16 PM in Computers (10)
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#4591
Quote from Iguana775 View Post :
So I'm looking to build a new system. I'm going to do software development and video processing. I want to build it well enough to last a while. here's what I have...

I already have a 128GB SSD in my current system and a 2TB HDD that I was planning on using in my new system. Also have a Blu-Ray writer and DVD drive. I was thinking of grabbing anohter 2TB drive and/or a bigger SSD for the OS. the 128GB SSD seems to be working just fine right now since I use my 2TB HDD for data.

Am I'm overkill? underkill? about right? I do plan on overclocking so that's why I have the water cooler

Not sure if I'll need a separate video card since the mobo has a DVI, display port and HDMI out. I could get one in the future but not sure it's needed since I dont game on my computer.

I'd like to keep it under $1000 and this seems to work. Any tweaks or suggestions?
imo, I would change the 750w power supply to 600w. I can't comment on how good that motherboard is. I use a GA-Z87X-UD4H and it has been fantastic.
I read that H100i cooler might not fit in that case unless you do some modding. If you don't mind then go for it. Google H100i compatibility if you haven't already.
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#4592
Thanks for the feedback. I wasnt sure on the PS. i'll check out the 600w ones.

Also wasnt sure on the cooler with the case. it says it can use a dual 120 MM fans on the top of it. I'll google it.
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#4593
1. Purpose of computer: Video Games, Matlab

2. Budget: $500

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: Intel Core i7-920 processor
b. Mobo: Need
c. Video card: ATI Radeon 4850 512MB - Need to update or crossfire
d. Hard drive: 500GB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive 7200 RPM
e. Ram: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz-4X1GB
f. Power supply: Corsair TX650W
g. Case: Need
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc): Have
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: Have
j: Operating system: Windows 7
k. CPU Fan: Need

4. Will you be overclocking? Yes

I was thinking to get a lga1366 Mobo (200) for overclock and crossfire, a SSD (less than 100), cup fan (~40). What Mobo shall i go for? Any other parts need to buy or update?
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#4594
1. Looking to build a HTPC-type computer for cable capture, around this tuner card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6815706001 and Windows Media Center. For the time being, it will be the only viewing platform on the network, but in the future there will be at least 1 more TV it'll need to serve.

2. Budget: $500, less is better of course

3. List which parts you have: None. I'll need everything, including case and OS.

4. No OC.

I'm partial to Intel CPUs, Gigabyte or ASUS mobos, and ATI video cards. I prefer Mushkin RAM. Seems the tuner card has problems with the nForce chipset, so I definitely want to stay away from those. I am open to AMD if it makes sense. I'm hoping this can be done for less than $500, but the tuner is almost $200 itself, and Windows is another $100, but this is SD!

I'm thinking a dual-core Celeron, but open to suggestions!
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#4595
Quote from Iguana775 View Post :
So I'm looking to build a new system. I'm going to do software development and video processing. I want to build it well enough to last a while. here's what I have...

I already have a 128GB SSD in my current system and a 2TB HDD that I was planning on using in my new system. Also have a Blu-Ray writer and DVD drive. I was thinking of grabbing anohter 2TB drive and/or a bigger SSD for the OS. the 128GB SSD seems to be working just fine right now since I use my 2TB HDD for data.

Am I'm overkill? underkill? about right? I do plan on overclocking so that's why I have the water cooler

Not sure if I'll need a separate video card since the mobo has a DVI, display port and HDMI out. I could get one in the future but not sure it's needed since I dont game on my computer.

I'd like to keep it under $1000 and this seems to work. Any tweaks or suggestions?
I am not sure why you're looking at getting a 750W PSU. I see no mention of video card that would be needing this amount of power. Heck even your i7 iGPU would not even come close. But I am going out on a limb and say you will be getting one correct? If so, which one? Will you be planning on getting two cards or more? If no, then drop that 750w and look at getting a 500 watts or 550 watts, since you mentioned video processing/software development. *Yes it will handle your plethora HDDs and Blu-ray drives*
I think you can get away with 8GB, but if you got the dough for 16GB and feel like you urgently need it, then more power to you. Otherwise, looks to be a very solid build.
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#4596
Quote from Iguana775 View Post :
So I'm looking to build a new system. I'm going to do software development and video processing. I want to build it well enough to last a while. here's what I have...

I already have a 128GB SSD in my current system and a 2TB HDD that I was planning on using in my new system. Also have a Blu-Ray writer and DVD drive. I was thinking of grabbing anohter 2TB drive and/or a bigger SSD for the OS. the 128GB SSD seems to be working just fine right now since I use my 2TB HDD for data.

Am I'm overkill? underkill? about right? I do plan on overclocking so that's why I have the water cooler

Not sure if I'll need a separate video card since the mobo has a DVI, display port and HDMI out. I could get one in the future but not sure it's needed since I dont game on my computer.

I'd like to keep it under $1000 and this seems to work. Any tweaks or suggestions?
Curious why you think you need a water cooling solution for a PC that you will do "software development and video processing". Do you plan to over-clock it? If I am serious about SW development, I sure won't OC my development machine.
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#4597
I ended up with a 600W PSU and 8 GB RAM. I'll probably add another 8 when I can and maybe a good graphics card whenever I upgrade my monitors. I also got a new 256 gb SSD..... that Tosh that was on sale at newegg for $150. so far so good with it.

I wanted to play around with OCing so that's why the water cooler. probably overkill but whatever. cant have too much HP. maybe I'll get in to gaming at some point to try and push it's limits.
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#4598
Quote from mmathis View Post :
1. Looking to build a HTPC-type computer for cable capture, around this tuner card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6815706001 and Windows Media Center. For the time being, it will be the only viewing platform on the network, but in the future there will be at least 1 more TV it'll need to serve.

2. Budget: $500, less is better of course

3. List which parts you have: None. I'll need everything, including case and OS.

4. No OC.

I'm partial to Intel CPUs, Gigabyte or ASUS mobos, and ATI video cards. I prefer Mushkin RAM. Seems the tuner card has problems with the nForce chipset, so I definitely want to stay away from those. I am open to AMD if it makes sense. I'm hoping this can be done for less than $500, but the tuner is almost $200 itself, and Windows is another $100, but this is SD!

I'm thinking a dual-core Celeron, but open to suggestions!
From what I am hearing, anyone looking to build a HTPC or Media Center, the AMD APU is the way to go. Sure it does not have the equivalent power CPU that Intel has, but its combination of CPU/GPU gets a lot of raves from reviewers/builders.

Now, I am not very experienced in the HTPC area, but since I do not have much experience, only based on reading. I suggest, you might be able to find better solutions than me.
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#4599
A friend of mine wants to build a gaming rig for $500 or less.
I used to build a lot of desktopw but I've been away from it for a while. I now spend more time refurbing laptops.
It's for his young son. He wants a gaming rig that he can use as a Minecraft server.
He'd like to run more than 8GB RAM.
It must run Win7 and have a video card with at least 1GB RAM.
Thank you for your help.
1. Purpose of computer = gaming, running a Minecraft server
2. $500 budget
3. currently have no parts
4. overclocking not necessary

I was thinking perhaps the i5-3570 but I'm not well versed in the latest multicore CPUs. I was thinking of a Gigabyte motherboard but don't know which would be the perfect match and why.
What's the dif between the "S" and the "T"?
My friend and his son are novices but he is bright enough to follow instructions I'll give him on what you recommend.
Thank you

p.s. he's considering this ... http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Fast-...462wt_1281
I've been away from new builds for a while so I can't advise him on what has proven to not work well or why one motherboard is better than an other or where he can save some money without losing functionality.
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#4600
Which MC/Frys CPU + mobo deal is the best choice for everyday use + AutoCAD?
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#4601
TU if you came here from the lounge!
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#4602
Stupid question: Is RAM for an intel CPU interchangeable with RAM for AMD? My son is building an AMD gaming desktop and I am researching RAM. Some of the ripjaws' deals descriptions refer to 'haswell ready" and intel XMP support. It says it is compatible with AMD but is some RAM more suited to one or the other/ Does it matter? thanks!
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#4603
Quote from Jennydotz View Post :
Stupid question: Is RAM for an intel CPU interchangeable with RAM for AMD? My son is building an AMD gaming desktop and I am researching RAM. Some of the ripjaws' deals descriptions refer to 'haswell ready" and intel XMP support. It says it is compatible with AMD but is some RAM more suited to one or the other/ Does it matter? thanks!
Ram is not CPU brand specific, it is motherboard specific. You'll need to look at the motherboard specs and see if it'll take DDR3 (the current popular socket) and if the voltage/speed is compatible. The "haswell ready" just means it also meets the requirements for the voltage/speed of the Haswell socket, it's more of marketing than anything as plenty of older DDR3 ram still works for Haswell.
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#4604
1. Purpose of computer: Gaming, HTPC, general use

2. Budget: $7-800

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: Need
b. Mobo: Need
c. Video card: Need
d. Hard drive: Need
e. Ram: Need
f. Power supply: Need
g. Case: Need
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc): Need
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: Have
j: Operating system: Have
k. CPU Fan: Need

4. Will you be overclocking? Yes

Any good combo I can put together using Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals?
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#4605
Quote from funkmasta View Post :
1. Purpose of computer: Gaming, HTPC, general use

2. Budget: $7-800

3. List which parts you have:
a. CPU: Need
b. Mobo: Need
c. Video card: Need
d. Hard drive: Need
e. Ram: Need
f. Power supply: Need
g. Case: Need
h: Optical drive (DVD/BluRay, etc): Need
i: Keyboard, mouse, monitor: Have
j: Operating system: Have
k. CPU Fan: Need

4. Will you be overclocking? Yes

Any good combo I can put together using Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals?
If you really want a HTPC, wouldn't size be a great factor? I like my HTPC to be real small so it does not overwhelm the other components around the TV. The Intel NUC is the rage right now.
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