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 Post subject: Looking at a new PC
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:46 pm 
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How does this look? Price wise seems about the best deal I could work out for a PC with 16GB Ram GTX 670 a 120gb ssd 2tb sata on an x79 board. Anyone see anything wrong with it?

Price: $1,308.00

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*BASE_PRICE:[+1199]

BLUETOOTH:None

CAS:Thermaltake Commander Mid-Tower Gaming Case [-86] (Black Color)

CASUPGRADE:None

CD:24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (BLACK COLOR)

CD2:None

COOLANT:Standard Coolant

CPU:Intel® Core™ i7-3820 Quad-Core 3.60 GHz 10MB Intel Smart Cache LGA2011 (All Venom OC Certified)

CS_FAN:Default case fans

ENGRAVING:None

ENGRAVING_MSG:

FA_HDD:None

FAN:Asetek 510LC Liquid Cooling System 120MM Radiator & Fan (Enhanced Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA) (Dual Standard 120MM Fans (Push-Pull) [+9])

FLASHMEDIA:INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)

FREEBIE_MB:None

FREEBIE_OS:None

GLASSES:None

HDD:2TB (2TBx1) SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (128GB Sandisk Sata III Boot Drive + 2TB Single Drive Only)

HDD2:None

IEEE_CARD:None

IUSB:Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

KEYBOARD:AZZA Multimedia USB Gaming Keyboard

MEMORY:16GB (4GBx4) DDR3/1600MHz Quad Channel Memory (Corsair or Major Brand)

MONITOR:None

MONITOR2:None

MONITOR3:None

MOTHERBOARD:(3-Way SLI Support) ASUS P9X79 LE Intel X79 Chipset Quad Channel DDR3 ATX w/ UEFI Bios, Remote GO!, 7.1 HD Audio, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA-III RAID, 3 Gen3 PCIe X16, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI (All Venom OC Certified)

MOUSE:AZZA Optical 1600dpi Gaming Mouse with Weight Adjustable Cartridge

NETWORK:Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

OS:Microsoft® Windows 8 (64-bit Edition) [Pre-Order: Ships on or after 10/26/2012] (64-bit Edition)

OVERCLOCK:No Overclocking

POWERSUPPLY:800 Watts - Standard Power Supply - SLI/CrossFireX Ready

RUSH:NO; READY TO SHIP IN 5~10 BUSINESS DAYS

SERVICE:STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

SOUND:HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

SPEAKERS:None

TEMP:None

TUNING:None

TVRC:None

USB:None

USBFLASH:None

USBHD:None

USBX:None

VIDEO:NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 2GB 16X PCIe 3.0 Video Card [+186] (Major Brand Powered by NVIDIA)

VIDEO2:None

VIDEO3:None

WNC:None

_PRICE:(+1308)

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a new PC
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:23 pm 
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i7 will offer you no better performance in gaming than an i5, waste of money. Games do not and cannot take advantage of that many cores, as much of what they do is dependant on what is unraveling in the game.

also unless you are some sort of hoarder, no reason to be wasting money on a 2TB hd. U can buy cheaper stuff externally for backing up.

also motherboard is way overboard, SLI is also overkill for most gamers.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a new PC
PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:48 pm 
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I can't say that there's anything wrong with it, but I would certainly never get such a thing. It's a matter of personal preference, I guess.

I wouldn't pair a quiet liquid cooling system for your CPU with a potentially noisy fan on your video card -- I'd make sure the GPU fan is quiet as well. they don't say anything about what kind of fan the video card will have -- probably one of the usual shrouded windtunnel designs that sound like jet engines.

I find it odd that they tell you the brand name of the CPU cooler, keyboard and mouse, but omit this information for the GPU, RAM and HD. I don't find it odd that they omit the brand of the power supply (everyone does), but personally I'd want to know that too.

I'm old-fashioned and I still buy music on CD's. but I like to be able to accurately rip those CDs which means having an AccurateRip-capable optical drive (one which can read both the lead-in and lead-out). this means knowing exactly what kind of drive you're getting, which I noticed they don't tell you. it's probably a crap drive that can read either the lead-in or the lead-out but not both. at least they tell you the color, so I suppose that tells you what they consider "important" features.

UEFI BIOS. I don't know yet whether that's a good thing or not. there are some fears out there that UEFI will basically lock you in to running Windows or (iirc) Redhat Linux. no other choices, because nobody else is ponying up the cash to get their bootloaders UEFI-signed. realistically, you're probably never going to run anything other than Windows anyway, so being locked in to UEFI may be a non-issue.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a new PC
PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:42 pm 
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Good info sounds like I can carve some of this out and save some $.

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 Post subject: Re: Looking at a new PC
PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:21 pm 
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Finally got out and bought some stuff to build a new system. Will be back soon I hope. :)

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