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Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:12 pm

I didn't expect to be posting in here so soon, but my current 775 rig decided to toss a bluescreen and refuse to post. Trying to swing a replacement proc to see if the proc or mobo went to the magic smoke graveyard in the sky. Being as my current rig is 4+ years old now and if my board is hosed, might as well start looking at what is out there and get a JAE build to get some ideas. Going to keep my current case, PSU, and hard drives/DVD burners, so all I will really need is Processor, Motherboard, memory, and possibly Video card.

In case anyone needs to know, have a PCPaC 700W PSU and a 6950 2 gig video card, also space isn't an issue as I have a Lian Li PC-70 full tower case.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Sun Jun 10, 2012 8:25 pm

Starfalcon sortof wrote:Going to keep my current case, PSU, and hard drives/DVD burners and video card, so all I will really need is processor, motherboard, memory and an SSD.

Since you live near a Micro Center, the Intel Core i5-3570K plus an ASRock Z77 Pro4-M for $250 +tax seems like a very good deal. The ASRock Z77 Extreme4 would be $30 more and the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H would be another $25 more than that.
Otherwise, how about the Asus P8Z77-V LK from the system guide or the P8Z77-M Pro?

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo is a terrific cooler for under $40.

2x4 GiB or 2x8 GiB of PC3-12800 memory is priced reasonably at $5 to $7½ per GiB. I'd pick a set that operated at no higher voltage than 1.5V (lower is better) and no higher latency than CAS 9 (lower is better).

The 128 GB Samsung 830 is a good SSD for an attractive price.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:09 am

Well thanks for the ideas JAE, gave me some good ideas what I can go with.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:27 am

You can save $30 on the SSD (with notebook upgrade kit) by using code "EMCYTZT1740" at Newegg today and tomorrow, bringing it down to $120.

Edit: And now you can get it (bare SSD) for $90: viewtopic.php?f=34&t=82118
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:35 pm

Well I have more or less decided to bite the bullet and upgrade...been looking at 1155 boards for the last few hours. I more or less decided to go with the i5 3570k..which was an easy choice...the motherboard choice has not been so easy. It seems like there are a thousand Z77 boards out there to pick from. I am mostly looking for one that has a PS/2 port, at least one PCI slot, and at least 8 Sata ports. Oh and something in the 150-200 range pricewise and yes I want to be able to OC. Please help me JAE so my poor head doesnt explode :D
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 5:04 am

How about...
$190 Intel Core i5-3570K
$160 Asus P8Z77-V Pro
or $90 ASRock Z77 Extreme4
$33¼ or $26½ tax
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:09 am

well, I guess I get to pull the trigger now ..now just got to track down some ram and I will be a happy upgrader. :D
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:20 am

Are you buying a new display? ;)
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:11 pm

Dposcorp wrote:Are you buying a new display? ;)

...and a new SSD? :lol:
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:24 pm

Nope still got my trusty old CRT lol, and not dropping the cash on a SSD yet...trying to keep this upgrade from breaking the bank. Trying to get this done for a reasonable price and worrying about the other issues down the road.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:35 am

When you've got a shiny new motherboard and a new OS install to do is a great time to switch to an SSD. At less than $1 per GB, a 128 GB drive shouldn't break the bank. If you were thinking of dropping more than $400 on a new graphics card, why does the price of the SSD make you hesitate?


Even high-quality CRTs like my old Viewsonic P95f+ and PF815 look shabby next to a good IPS LCD monitor like the UltraSharp U2410.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:37 am

I already have raptor, although old is fast enough for my needs, I am not of the OMG my computer hasn't booted up in 5 seconds crowd. As for my monitor, I have a sony FW990 24in widescreen CRT, and it pretty well smokes most LCDS still and is 16:10 to boot. I am also just reusing the video card I have so no upgrade on that front.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:21 am

StarFalcon is buying new hardware?

Come to think of it, I did notice a ripple in the space-time continuum this morning, but I thought maybe I had accidentally added a fourth scoop into the coffee filter.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:26 am

JustAnEngineer wrote:Even high-quality CRTs like my old Viewsonic P95f+ and PF815 look shabby next to a good IPS LCD monitor like the UltraSharp U2410.


You are talking high-quality; his Sony is uber to the max quality. Pretty much the pinnacle of CRTs when it came out if memory serves.

I should know since his CRT was bought from me at a BBQ, and I bought it brand new. That is why I teased him about getting a new display.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 12:07 pm

I'm with JAE on the SSD upgrade recommendation. Now is as good a time as any.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:16 pm

Welp, I might as well chime in. Buy an SSD. I went from a Raptor to an SSD myself and it is night and day. The SSD blows that thing out of the chassis. If nothing else, buy a 64GB SSD like I did and use the large drive for storage/Game/Program installs. I keep Windows, a few apps and 2 often played games on the SSD.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:33 pm

Philldoe wrote: If nothing else, buy a 64GB SSD like I did


64GB SSD's cost almost as much as 120GB SSDs these days.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:36 pm

DPete27 wrote:
Philldoe wrote: If nothing else, buy a 64GB SSD like I did


64GB SSD's cost almost as much as 120GB SSDs these days.


Newegg shows them at half the price.

The cheapest 64GB SSD is an OCZ Octane at 59
The cheapest 128GB SSD is an OCZ Agility at 109
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:38 pm

Dposcorp wrote:
JustAnEngineer wrote: Even high-quality CRTs look shabby next to a good IPS LCD monitor like the UltraSharp U2410.
You are talking high-quality; his Sony is uber to the max quality. Pretty much the pinnacle of CRTs when it came out.
I'll agree that the Sony GDM-FW900 monitor was near the top of CRT technology twelve years ago. The Viewsonic P95f+ was a very good 19" aperture grill CRT monitor. The PF815 was an even older 22" model.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:55 pm

ludi wrote:StarFalcon is buying new hardware?

Come to think of it, I did notice a ripple in the space-time continuum this morning, but I thought maybe I had accidentally added a fourth scoop into the coffee filter.


Lol, don't worry...Ill buy a big pile of old hardware to balance it out so all is well in the space-time continuum. :wink:
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:21 pm

Starfalcon wrote:
ludi wrote:StarFalcon is buying new hardware?

Come to think of it, I did notice a ripple in the space-time continuum this morning, but I thought maybe I had accidentally added a fourth scoop into the coffee filter.


Lol, don't worry...Ill buy a big pile of old hardware to balance it out so all is well in the space-time continuum. :wink:


I'm about to have some old Athlon 64's and possibly some AthlonXP's up for sale. I've got a lot of old computers laying around in a closet. Cases, RAM, PSU's. :)
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:34 pm

After taking some time to play around with my old rig...looks like the video card in it is dead. Sending in for a RMA...but still going to upgrade...no time like the present. After looking at aftermarket coolers, there are a lot of them out there, so what seems to work the best for my fellow gerbils?
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 6:40 am

The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as JAE said :wink:
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 7:46 am

Starfalcon wrote: It looks like the video card is dead.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:22 am

Jon1984 wrote:The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo as JAE said :wink:


Sorry, I thought you were speaking of the cpu cooler...
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:16 am

I was, just seeing if there were any other ones my fellow gerbils liked besides that one. I am already spending the money to get a new rig so I am willing to spend more if it will get me a better quality cooler. The reason being, I looked at the coolermaster one and the hold downs looked really flimsy, so I wanted to see what else people have used.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:20 am

I have a Hyper 212 Pro. I bought a i5 SB, a Z68 mobo, the cooler, and some random bits a few months back, when my 1366 rig was getting unusably wobbly. I ended up taking the i5 and Z68 back, but kept the 212 despite not having a CPU to put it on at that moment. It's a very, very nice piece of metal, with a very low pricetag, and the mounting is very flexible. Daddy like.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:10 pm

Now here is another question, are the mounting holes for 775 coolers compatable with 1155 mounting slots, or are they different spacings?
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:03 pm

Starfalcon wrote:Now here is another question, are the mounting holes for 775 coolers compatable with 1155 mounting slots, or are they different spacings?

I believe they are different. The universal bracket that comes with the Hyper 212 Evo has different holes for 775, 1155/1156 and 2011 sockets.
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Re: Ideas for a new rig

Postposted on Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:04 pm

LGA775 is different. LGA 1155 and 1156 are the same. Some aftermarket heatsink mounting plates get around this by having clever offset plastic inserts that adjust the hole spacing to match but use the same metal plate for both sockets.
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