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post #61 of 91
woah
post #62 of 91
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woah

post #63 of 91
You are my hero haha. So hope this unlocks to a Deneb w/ L3 cache! If so, my Dad's getting a Propus Apparently my Gigabyte mobo has ACC so, fingers crossed. Fortuitous, the WD Caviar Blue 500 GB I have selected is on sale today only for 39.99 as opposed to 55.99.
post #64 of 91
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Originally Posted by javyn View Post
You are my hero haha. So hope this unlocks to a Deneb w/ L3 cache! If so, my Dad's getting a Propus Apparently my Gigabyte mobo has ACC so, fingers crossed.

Fortuitous, the WD Caviar Blue 500 GB I have selected is on sale today only for 39.99 as opposed to 55.99.

Nice deal on the HDD. It's tempting...

Remember, there's no guarantee you'll get a clamped down Deneb that you can unlock and remain stable.

It's still a no lose situation as you're spending the same money, could possibly get an upgraded proc for yourself, and either way your dad gets a better machine than you originally expected.
post #65 of 91
What exactly is the point of spending extra money on a case?
post #66 of 91
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What exactly is the point of spending extra money on a case?
1) looks cool. 2) extra air flow, either from increased fans or better layout. For example: many antec cases have separate compartments for power supplies. This keeps main components (videocard/cpu) cooler. Also reduces noise. 3) easier install .. better cases have more efficient layouts and such. 4) looks cool. 5) additional options like more harddrive bays or front ports 6) looks cool. 7) some cases are designed to be super quiet. I'm a firm believer that Antec makes some of the best computer cases on the market. Check out their website. They have some awesome vidoes showing you the "technology" they have implemented in their cases. For example: http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NA== .. sexy as fuck case.
post #67 of 91
Money on a case is well spent b/c it can last longer than any component in there. I expect to be using my case and power supply for about forever.
post #68 of 91
Honestly, it all depends on what you want. If you only want a small box that has ok airflow for a fairly basic system (1 HDD, 1 optical, maybe a small discrete GPU etc) then there's no need to spend a lot on a case.

However for certain applications you may want more airflow for heavy overclocking, space for RAID Array HDD's, separate compartments for components to isolate heat generation, enough space for add-on cards or some kind of dual GPU set up etc.

I usually go for Lian Li cases as I really like the clean, brushed aluminum look. They usually have good airflow, and can fit what I need. They aren't the quietest or coolest case around, but they're fine at that while looking very nice.
post #69 of 91
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Money on a case is well spent b/c it can last longer than any component in there. I expect to be using my case and power supply for about forever.

+1...I also have the Antec 300, and it's built like a tank.
post #70 of 91
Thread Starter 
You guys are geeking out too hard for me... I just want to replace this piece of shit I have now that freezes all the time (I think because it's getting too hot).

How about this:

Antec Sonata III Quiet Mid Tower w/ EarthWatts 500W, eSATA
AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X4 925 2.8GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
Mushkin XP3-10666 Blackline DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB)
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA II w/ 32MB Cache
LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA w/ Lightscribe, Black
Scythe Gentle Typhoon 120mm 1,150rpm Silent Case Fan
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO w/ Radeon HD 4200, DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394, Hybrid CrossFireX, HDMI

I keep sticking with Memory Express because they'll build the thing for me... I can do everything but I hate putting heat sinks on processors and all that crap.
post #71 of 91
Thread Starter 
Okay, NCIX offers a system builder app as well: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor 3.2GHZ AM3 8MB Cache 125W Retail Box ASUS M4A785TD-V Evo 785G Socket AM3 DDR3 2PCI-E16 1PCI-E1 3PCI Video Sound GBLAN 1394 Motherboard Corsair CMV4GX3M2A1333C9 4GB DDR3 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9 Dual Channel Memory Kit Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro REV.2 CPU Heatsink Cooler LGA1366 LGA1156 LGA775 AM2 AM3 W/ 92MM Fan Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA3 6GB/S 7200RPM 64MB Cache 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM This system is about $100 more though, mostly because they don't have a crappier Phenom II X4 available. They also charge $20 more for the same case. Do I really need quad-core? Can I even use quad-core? How much faster is quad-core than dual-core?
post #72 of 91
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Brief research indicates quad-core is unnecessary.
post #73 of 91
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Brief research indicates quad-core is unnecessary.

According to who?

I use my quad core every single day.
post #74 of 91
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Originally Posted by butterflystyle View Post
According to who?

I use my quad core every single day.

A few Google searches. Later I discovered that a few apps I want to use will in fact use it, as will the next Half Life, which is about the only game I care about. And I found a better deal on a 3.2 ghz quad-core, so went with that.

I placed the order today but was about 30 minutes too late to pick the machine up, so I'll get it tomorrow. They price matched Newegg and NCIX.

Antec Sonata III Quiet Mid Tower w/ EarthWatts 500W, eSATA
Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 CPU Cooler
Seagate 1TB Barracuda 7200.12 SATA II w/ 32MB Cache
LG Super-Multi 22x DVD Writer, SATA w/ Lightscribe, Black
Asus M4A785TD-V EVO w/ Radeon HD 4200, DualDDR3 1333, 7.1 Audio, Gigabit Lan, 1394,
AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X4 955 Black Edition 3.2GHz w/ 8MB Cache (Retail Box, Socket AM3)
Mushkin XP3-10666 Blackline DDR3 SDRAM, 4GB Dual Channel Kit (2 x 2GB)
post #75 of 91
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Originally Posted by unjung View Post
I used to be okay with this stuff but all the new processors and marketing names are confusing. Here's what I have priced out. I do a bit of image editing, a tiny bit of sound and video editing, watch movies, and might play TF2.



This comes out to around $750 CAD. Is this going to be okay? Am I making any obvious mistakes? Anything that is going to be replaced by a new version immediately?

Not bad setup actually. Price can be lowered though.
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