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The All New Let's Build Josh A Computer Thread

Started by jwp1223, Mar 26 2012 05:49 PM

#1 jwp1223

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 05:49 PM

So....Saturday morning as I was working on a video, my computer in all it's awesomeness, decided that it was going to tits up. I believe I fried the processor or mobo, I at first thought it was the PSU (which would of been an easy fix) got a new PSU, no juice whatsoever, so I have reduced it to that.....Processor or mobo...so I figured...what the hell, just rebuild. I will probably cannibalize some of the parts (HDD hopefully they're still good), and RAM* (again hopefully it is okay).

What I am looking for....AMD processor....yes I know about the i7's blah blah blah blah...I'm not interested. I am looking for good deals, (*ebay is okay in my books*), I will even scourge my local craigslist. (mainly for ram,hdd's etc)...So let's see what we can build Josh.
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View PostWhiteKnight77, on 16 June 2012 - 12:38 PM, said:

When the trolling memes start appearing, you know you have stepped over the line and lost all credibility.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:08 PM

What's your budget?

What are the specs of your existing components that you will/want to reuse?

Why are you set on AMD over Intel?

Is this going to be a "gaming" PC?

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I'm sorry, but that's the equivalent of the Kool Aid guy jumping through my wall, me replastering it, and then the Kool Aid guy jumping back in again. It doesn't make me want any damn Kool Aid!


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

View PostBota:16, on 26 March 2012 - 06:08 PM, said:

What's your budget?

What are the specs of your existing components that you will/want to reuse?

Why are you set on AMD over Intel?

Is this going to be a "gaming" PC?

Budget right now is about $800-900 (give or take).

I work with primarily AMD. For me they have always ran cooler, it was more bang for my buck at least for me. For me, they just run better.

Specs on the HDDs are Seagate Barracuda's 7200 100 GB and 500 GB, and looking to maybe buy an SSD for booting. This will be a gaming PC. The ram is PC6400 2GB each, wouldn't mind upping that up to 8 GB (so would prefer a MOBO where expansion is good available). I don't think I will be using the same Graphics card, so ATI/AMD card again is preferred.
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When the trolling memes start appearing, you know you have stepped over the line and lost all credibility.

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 06:53 PM

Not really familiar with AMD cpu's or mobo's. But I can't give my opinion on certain things.

I got a 128GB SSD (OCZ Vertex 3) for my OS and games.  Best decision I made for a gaming PC.  Use you mechanical drives to install non-critical software and store media.

ATI Radeon 6950 is a good card for the money.

RAM is cheap, get 8GB to match your new CPU/Mobo.  

Get a quality power supply.  Another item you don't want to go budget on.  Corsair and SeaSonic make really good PSU's.

Here's the last build I did (Intel)


CPU:  Intel 2500k  ~$220
Mobo:  AsRock Z68  ~$125
RAM:  GSkill Ripjaw DDR3  ~$50
SSD:  OCZ Vertex 3  ~$170
PSU:  Corsair 650W  ~$90
GPU:  XFX 6950 1GB  ~$250

TOTAL:  ~$900

BOTA:49 said:

I'm sorry, but that's the equivalent of the Kool Aid guy jumping through my wall, me replastering it, and then the Kool Aid guy jumping back in again. It doesn't make me want any damn Kool Aid!


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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:14 PM

thanks for supporting AMD, I bought stocks on them after my last Intel build...my next build...if ever, will be AMD based and going Radeon from now on.

still researching myself what my next frog-leap from Radeon HD 5850 1GB... I'm thinking 7Series now, but worried with my CPU limitation/bottleneck.
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Posted 26 March 2012 - 08:31 PM

View PostBota:16, on 26 March 2012 - 06:53 PM, said:

Not really familiar with AMD cpu's or mobo's. But I can't give my opinion on certain things.

I got a 128GB SSD (OCZ Vertex 3) for my OS and games.  Best decision I made for a gaming PC.  Use you mechanical drives to install non-critical software and store media.

ATI Radeon 6950 is a good card for the money.

RAM is cheap, get 8GB to match your new CPU/Mobo.  

Get a quality power supply.  Another item you don't want to go budget on.  Corsair and SeaSonic make really good PSU's.

Here's the last build I did (Intel)


CPU:  Intel 2500k  ~$220
Mobo:  AsRock Z68  ~$125
RAM:  GSkill Ripjaw DDR3  ~$50
SSD:  OCZ Vertex 3  ~$170
PSU:  Corsair 650W  ~$90
GPU:  XFX 6950 1GB  ~$250

TOTAL:  ~$900

I see your CPU (4 core) and raise you a Hexacore

CPU: AMD FX-6100 ~$190
MOBO: ASUS M5A88-M ~$100
PSU: Corsair PSU~$90
RAM:Corsair RAM $55
GPU:  XFX 6950 1GB  ~$250
SSD:  OCZ Vertex 3  ~$170

Total: ~$855

I was thinking more along the lines of that, (but I am sure I can find stuff for a bit cheaper at Tigerdirect.
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When the trolling memes start appearing, you know you have stepped over the line and lost all credibility.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:15 AM

Benchmarks seem to show that 6950 2GB actually has some extra performance that is actually measure-able, and depending on where you buy might cost almost the same.

And god those parts are cheap compared to here... For the equivalent of 900$ in NIS there's no way I can build up a box with these specs even in the cheapest stores in Israel. You forgot a case, but for 45$ you can probably get a decent one.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 12:12 PM

View Postgalzohar, on 12 April 2012 - 11:15 AM, said:

You forgot a case, but for 45$ you can probably get a decent one.
totally overlooked that.

the only thing I have to reemphasized about purchasing cases.  unless you're into mini-cases for media streaming, don't deny yourself upgrade space when you get a case.
I was recently reassured that my Stacker 830 (despite its age) can still "swallow" the longest card currently out now, mainly due to its reversible motherboard tray.
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Posted 12 April 2012 - 02:31 PM

Good point on the case, I am definitely going to look for something that is a bit larger than my current one, but also one that didn't have the problems of dust like my old one does....I am sure there are filters I can find to keep the dust out as much as possible.
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When the trolling memes start appearing, you know you have stepped over the line and lost all credibility.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

my old 8800 is around$50 @ eBay, wonder who would be interested :whistle:

wonder how much can I get for my Radeon 5850  1GB  :whistle:
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Posted 14 April 2012 - 11:18 AM

I'm having difficulty deciding which one
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:36 AM

Go with the CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W Power Supply. Better specs and features as well as a longer warranty as well as room for expansion.
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 11:31 AM

I'm entertaining the Corsair 850HX  @ local TigerDirect due to bigger Rebate
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Posted 15 April 2012 - 10:17 PM

View PostCR6, on 14 April 2012 - 11:39 PM, said:

Cpl, don't skimp on your PSU. You paid enough for your other components so make sure you get a good quality PSU and a (good quality surge protector too)

What is your current PSU? If you have any doubt it will run the new card, don't install the new card til you get your new PSU.

I am super-impressed with Corsair PSUs - you won't regret it. I posted about it in some other thread here

(And I like APC surge protectors)
this is my current PSU, its the CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2

I keep leaning to theCORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX750 (CMPSU-750AX) 750W ATX12V v2.31, but the few negative reviews doesn't give me confidence

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91
seems more of a winner to me, but the price does shock me.  The rebate is nice if I get it in time.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 10:48 PM

View PostCpl Ledanek, on 15 April 2012 - 10:17 PM, said:

CORSAIR Professional Series HX850 (CMPSU-850HX) 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91
seems more of a winner to me, but the price does shock me.  The rebate is nice if I get it in time.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:05 PM

sorry for hijacking your thread jwp... but if you would like to get my 8800GT or the Radeon 5850, maybe we can work something out

anyhoo...Corsair 850AX installed

unnecessary cables...gone!
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my only beef, is the SATA cables... since my PSU is coming from the top, the configuration of the SATA connection is backwards, hence, the weird look.
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I thought about reversing the PLASTIC connection, but that seems like a bad idea

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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:04 PM

View Postjwp1223, on 26 March 2012 - 08:31 PM, said:

I see your CPU (4 core) and raise you a Hexacore

CPU: AMD FX-6100 ~$190
MOBO: ASUS M5A88-M ~$100
PSU: Corsair PSU~$90----------->CORSAIR TX850  v2.92 80 PLUS BRONZE   $109.99 after mail-in rebate card

RAM:Corsair RAM $55
GPU:  XFX 6950 1GB  ~$250-------->Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 $149.99 after mail-in rebate card

SSD:  OCZ Vertex 3  ~$170

Total: ~$855

I was thinking more along the lines of that, (but I am sure I can find stuff for a bit cheaper at Tigerdirect.
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Posted 09 May 2012 - 03:22 PM

I am looking....thanks Ray....

Gotta go shake my bun bun for more building money.
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When the trolling memes start appearing, you know you have stepped over the line and lost all credibility.




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