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What's Your Computer Build?

 
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Dec 08, 2012 13:50 |  #1471

New build this week for photo editing and general use:

Asus P8Z77-M board
i5-3570K
G.Skill Ripjaws X series 2x8gb
Samsung 840 series 120gb ssd for OS
Roswell Line-M microATX case
Corsair TX650
WD 1TB black for storage and apps
Win7 pro 64bit
Dell U2412M (will be buying a 2nd panel soon)

No problems on the build. The hardest part is getting all of the unused cables from the power supply out of the way and dressed. The Dell U2412M is my first IPS monitor. The difference over the old Dell 1901fp panels I had is significant.




  
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Dec 09, 2012 17:45 |  #1472

Moppie wrote in post #15331911 (external link)
Here in NZ, the cost works out the same, sort of.
You can get a better spec monitor that uses the same panel (Dell 2711) and you can get more RAM and more HDD space over multiple discs, which also improves performance.
A single spinning disc can not read and write fast enough to run an i7 at 100% capacity for sustained processing.
You do have to choose some higher end parts to get to the cost of an iMac, but then why aim for this level of performance and cheap out on reliability.

I looked at buying an iMac or building my own when the Core 2 Quads came out.
The iMac at the time was still only Core 2 Duo (Apple stays behind the curve on CPU releases) and I when I worked it all out it was going to cost the same as a custom build, but that build would perform more than twice as well.

I went through that process again when the i7 iMacs came out, and again build cost was very similar, but this time performance would be closer.
Of course now I was also able to carry over my monitors from the last build along with much of my HDD set up, as well as the case and graphics card.
This meant the cost for a similar spec machine was MUCH less as I was basically just buying a board, CPU, RAM and PSU.

I have since also been able to upgrade both monitors, something you can't do with an iMac, and I've also upgraded all my storage drives and added 2 SSD's, again not possible on an iMac.
I currently run 6 internal discs, this means my photos are kept physically separated from my other data, which is separated from my OS and programs.
I also run an internal back up in order to minimize any downtime if one disc does fail, along with several external back ups.
This all means moving data between computers is also easier (encase of failure or upgrade) and I'm able to run the CPU at 100%.

The whole thing also runs very quietly, I have a nice case with good airflow.
I did a large batch the other day and it ran at 95-100% for 3 hours, yet none of the fans ramped up in speed and the CPU was never throttled back because it never got hot. Again, something an iMac is not capable of.

But, all of that is why this thread exists, because there are plenty of people who understand the advantages of a custom built computer, or who enjoy doing so as a hobby.
Even if the iMac was cheaper, I know I would still custom build. Cost isn't really the deciding factor.

Thanks Moppie, very insightful! Ah yes, I used to love, love, LOVE the new PC parts smell, but now I'm wondering if I have the time to tinker. So torn. This gives me lots to think about.


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Dec 12, 2012 13:01 |  #1473

mzelmom wrote in post #15306914 (external link)
CPU: Intel i5-3570k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-v pro
Memory: 16GB 4x4GB G.Skill Ripjaws X
Hard Drive: 128GB OCZ vertex 4 os/apps 1TB WD black, 1TB WD green storage
Power Supply: Corsair HX750w gold
OS: Win7 64
Case: Antec p280

Decided to get a new monitor to add to the Mix. The old 22" LG just isn't cutting it. So I pulled the trigger on the DELL u2412m. Decided on the Dell after a lot of back and forth between it and the Asus PA248Q. It seems that most here have the Dell's and are very happy. So that tipped the scales.

Now I am trying to decide on a GPU. I am planning on the GTX 660 Ti but as you know there are many choices in brand alone not to mention the different models within brands. Any suggestions on one?


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Dec 17, 2012 22:12 |  #1474

That should work fine for what you are using it for. The only thing to check is to make sure that the card will fit in your case. I found out the hard way with an ati 6870 I bought. It only had maybe a quarter inch to get in and less than an inch from the side panel to the card.




  
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Dec 20, 2012 15:25 |  #1475

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Dec 23, 2012 04:55 |  #1476

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Dec 27, 2012 19:51 |  #1477

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Dec 27, 2012 20:08 |  #1478

Mahgnillig wrote in post #14069643 (external link)
Thanks to all the help I received on this forum, I built my own computer. I was originally budgeting around $1000, but decided to spend a bit more to get exactly what I wanted. I'm really happy with the result... it's much faster than the 4 year old HP I was using! It is also nice and quiet. I really like the case too... it hold everything perfectly well, is relatively small, and doesn't look like a prop from Battlestar Galactica ;) Here it is:

Case: Lian Li PC-A05FNB
Motherboard: ASUS PZ68-V PRO/GEN3
Processor: Intel Core i7 2600k
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 16GB
Graphics: EVGA GeForce GT520
SSD: Crucial M4 128GB
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W Modular
Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD burner
Card Reader: Koutech USB 3.0 multi card reader
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium

And since this is a photography forum... a couple of pics of the final result. I tried my best with cable management and think I did a reasonably capable job. The two cables going across the middle of the motherboard are for the USB 3.0 card reader, which had to be hooked up to the USB ports in the rear. I'm planning on getting a USB 3.0 card with two internal ports to get rid of this unwieldy arrangement!

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AWESOME SETUP DUDE!!! THINGS CLEAN!!!


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Dec 31, 2012 20:51 |  #1479

I feel way out of the loop here. I know the i5 and i7's are far superior, but I see no AMD love.

Here's mine, not the best but it was what I could afford 2 years ago.

Asus M4A89GTD Pro USB3 890GX Board
AMD Phenom II X4 Black Edition 3.4GHz (stock)
8GB G.SKill Ripjaw X 1600 Memory
1GB XFX Double D Radeon HD 6870 Video
2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB Drives
Seagate 3TB external backup
Seagate 500GB external backup
Antec Three Hundred Case
Antec Earthwatts 750W PS
Windows 7 Pro 64bit

I am still waiting on a SSD but the bank is empty. This computer was built in 2010-11 and it does all my needs.


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Jan 03, 2013 13:48 |  #1480

My custom PC!! 3.4ghz I3...overclocked with 8GB ram.....3TB in space...(2)500gb HDD,(1) 2TB HDD..


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Jan 03, 2013 14:14 |  #1481

Nice build Rebel - love the blue light..... almost looks like you can climb in, sit on the power supply and use the case as a tanning booth :lol:.


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Jan 03, 2013 14:24 as a reply to  @ Rebel0716's post |  #1482

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Jan 03, 2013 20:45 |  #1483

ELItheICEman wrote in post #11891886 (external link)
CPU: Intel Core i7 950 @ 4GHz
Motherboard: EVGA x58 SLI LE
Memory: 3x2GB OCZ DDR3 1600
Drives: OCZ Vertex 2 120GB
2x WD Caviar Black 1TB (RAID1)
GPUs: 2x XFX 5870 1GB (Crossfire)
Sound: Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
Power Supply: Enermax EVO Galaxy 1250W
Cooling: Custom Swiftech Water Cooling
MCP655, 2x MCW80, Apogee XT, 2x stacked MCR320s w/ Push/pull High Speed Yate Loons @ 5V
Case: Custom Modded Antec 1200
External radiator fan power, orange LEDs, pump mount, HDD/SSD reversal, wire management
OS: Windows 7 Professional x64
Monitors: 3x Samsung ToC 24" LCD
Speakers: Bose Companion 3
Photography Apps: CS4

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Awesome build. wires are neat....like it


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Jan 05, 2013 00:22 as a reply to  @ Rebel0716's post |  #1484

MY SYSTEM IS WEAK I KNOW...WORKING ON UPGRADES...MOTHERBOARD​,CPU,RAM,POWERSUPPLY!!​! GIVE ME TIPS AND POINTERS FOR THE PARTS THAT ARE NOT WATER COOLED...


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Jan 06, 2013 19:32 |  #1485

List your current build like the ones above...
what do you use it for?


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