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Norcal's $1000 PC Build. Please Do Enter

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by NorCal, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. yjeezle

    yjeezle Well-Known Member

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    you should get satas with either the mobo or the HD.

    imo, you should scrimp on the graphics card and the cpu and get a good quality monitor/mouse. as the poster above said... you're going to end up upgrading those anyway.

    get the G700! trust me. it comes wired & wireless... and rechargeable batteries.

    the peripherals count a lot more to me (ie. monitors, mouse, etc.)
     
  2. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

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    This makes a lot of sense. I figured the case I bought was pretty good, more than twice what I had first planned on buying. Is a 750 watt PSU likely to be undersized anytime soon?

    I'm pretty sure that ASUS Mobo will support he Ivy Bridge CPUs when they come out.
     
  3. imageWIS

    imageWIS Well-Known Member

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    For cables buy here, save money: http://www.monoprice.com/
     
  4. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all, I've bought all the parts.

    Intel i5
    Asus Z68 Pro/gen3
    Gigabyte GTX 560 ti
    Seasonic 750 Gold
    X-4 Mech. Keyboard,
    G700 logitech gaming mouse
    Refurbished Seagate 750 GB HD
    Refurbished 24 inch Dell
    Asus DVD burner
    Corsair 1600 Ram 8G
    Coolmaster 212 Evo CPU cooler
    Silverstone RV-2 Case

    Should be pretty awesome. I spent more than a grand but I always knew I would. Still need to pick up cables and Software.

    I have radioshack and Jons suggestion for Cables, but any idea for software? I will likely get hooked up by a friend at Microsoft for Win 7 but I obviously need games now. Are the torrented games generally reliable? Anyone want to share/sell/trade any?
     
  5. yjeezle

    yjeezle Well-Known Member

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    i used to have civ 4 & the new total war and i didn't have any problems with it.

    if you're into MMORPGs grab star wars old republic. it's a little glitchy... but it's GOOD.

    soon, you should be able to grab diablo 3. ;)
     
  6. furo

    furo Well-Known Member

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    Doesn't look too shabby

    Here's what I got for comparison, I think you sent me a PM a while back...

    [​IMG]
     
  7. otc

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    You really shouldn't have to buy any cables...they should all come with the motherboard (and non-OEM drives usually come with them too).

    I don't think I have ever bought an internal computer cable. (Other than the time I ordered a round PATA cable back before SATA existed....but that was a luxury item and I could have just used the ribbon cable that came with the mobo)
     
  8. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I assume I'll just go to Radioshack if I need anything. I have a OEM item in there so I might. Also I would imagine I will want a really long ethernet cable to connect the whole thing to the internet.
     
  9. otc

    otc Well-Known Member

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    Well for that you almost have to go to monoprice (or I suppose somewhere like ebay).

    I have some insane ethernet cable that I bought back in college for dirt cheap...we had to run ethernet from our apartment where the internet came in to the apartment on the other side of the stairway landing so the xbox could stream video with XBMC (we shared 2 units on the top floor of the building and the TV and couch were in the girls' apartment) and it had to edge around the doorframes and shit so that it never crossed the open floor. Thing would have been something ridiculous like $75-100 at any brick and mortar shop in town.
     
  10. indesertum

    indesertum Well-Known Member

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    i dunno how young your kid is but you should have him build it anyways. or at least do it together so he learns about it himself
     
  11. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

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    he's 11 and we will be building it together. I figure it will be a good learning experience for both of us. HTPC is next.
     
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  12. whiteslashasian

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    This is a great idea.

    The aftermarket CPU Cooler should have thermal interface. My suggestion for the 212+ is the apply the interface to the bottom of the cooler since there are some crevices where the heatpipes meet the base, and then spread and smooth to a THIN layer with an old (clean with mineral spirits or rubbing alcohol) credit card. There are videos on how to do this properly.
     
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  13. furo

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    Yeah this was the only thing that I didn't do the best on when I built my pc. I spread the thermal paste with my thumb. Oh well...
     
  14. NorCal

    NorCal Well-Known Member

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    I've seen a video but how tacky is the paste? will it run much and do I let it dry at all before sticking it on the CPU?

    I just got my case and that thing is HUGE!! seriously I could fit a small child inside. Actually pretty excited. Def a new challenge.
     
  15. Blackhood

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    Thermal paste usually has the consistency of toothpaste. You wont be able to let it dry, it usually takes 24 hours to solidify (if ever) under the heat of a running CPU.
     
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    I prefer the riceball and smush method. Just place a little bit of paste, about the size of a rice grain, on the cpu. Put the cooler on, rotate, lock in.

    If the cooler comes with a heating pad instead of paste, do not use. Those things are awful. If you mess up and need to clean, use alcohol and a coffee filter or lens tissue. Don't want to leave lint around.
     
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  17. furo

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    Just remember to ground yourself to the case while doing your build, and your kid too

    A lot of folks use a grounding strap on the wrist, but it isn't necessary ... just gotta keep a hand on the case and you're good to go
     
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  18. yjeezle

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    i did this.

    oh... and be sure you get the wires connected properly (/captain obvious)... or you'll fry your mobo
     
  19. whiteslashasian

    whiteslashasian Well-Known Member

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    The grain of rice method works only for perfectly flat heatsink bases. The Hyper 212 has grooves where the heatpipe meets the actual base (allowing the heatpipe to come in direct contact with the CPU heat spreader). Therefore he must spread the thermal interface across the whole base with a credit card, VERY thinly, before attaching in order to ensure that everything is in contact.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. furo

    furo Well-Known Member

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    That's why I went with the Zalman pictured below, no grooves to worry about:

    [​IMG]

    Here's what my pc looked like during the final stages of my build, prior to my rearranging some wires for better airflow:

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2012

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