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#1 ArjanS87

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:26 AM

Hey guys,

I am considering buying a new PC for home use. Therefore, I have composed a new system at a website of a Dutch supplier. Since I am not a hardware specialist, at least not to the degree of what can be found on the web, Id like to get some feedback on whether this system checks out as a nice (working) one. Also, if it can be improved for a slightly higher price (or equal at a lower price), Id like to know about it too.

The purpose of the system would be to be able to play the games of the next few years with a decent graphics setting, and to produce electronic music with a DAW (plus external keyboard).
I've got one more 2 TB HDD in my current PC, which I plan to use again in the new set-up.

If you need any further information about individual items, just ask.
Thank you for all your help and responses!

The system is:

CPU - Intel Core i7-970
Motherboard - Gigabyte G1 Sniper (rev 1.0)
Memory - Kingston valueRAM 6 GB (DDR3-1066 Tri-kit)
SSD - OCZSSD2-2AGTE90G (SATA)
Graphics card - AMD Radeon HD6870 Black Edition
Sound card - ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3
Power - Enermax Modu87+ (600 Watt)
DVD-rewiter - ASUS DRW-24B3ST
Casing - SilverStone TJ10B-WNV Nvidia

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#2 RainbowSix

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 02:01 PM

Change the PSU and SSD. OCZ makes sub-par products. Get an Intel or Samsung SSD. For a PSU, go with a more reliable name such as Corsair, Cooler Master, Antec, or Silverstone.
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Posted 28 June 2011 - 05:06 PM

OCZ makes decent products. However, I would still get an Intel SSD due to reliability. Do get a better power supply from Corsair, Silverstone, SeaSonic, or XFX, preferably at a higher wattage. You may want to get a more powerful GPU, and you would probably get the same performance with a less expensive quad core CPU since games stress the GPU more than the CPU. You also probably don't need a sound card since audio is built-in, so the Xonar, which is a great card, is probably unnecessary unless you are an audiophile.

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Posted 28 June 2011 - 08:37 PM

As you are planning to produce music, the sound card is completely necessary.
I would avoid OCZ altogether due to their shady history. As far as I know, they actually ran from state to state during the early part of the century to avoid fraud charges. You might be thinking that's all in the past, but I've seen more reviewers complain about getting their rebate rejected from OCZ than any other brand.

Edited by RainbowSix, 28 June 2011 - 08:41 PM.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:35 AM

As you are planning to produce music, the sound card is completely necessary.
I would avoid OCZ altogether due to their shady history. As far as I know, they actually ran from state to state during the early part of the century to avoid fraud charges. You might be thinking that's all in the past, but I've seen more reviewers complain about getting their rebate rejected from OCZ than any other brand.

Does OCZ even makes good SSD better then Kingston? Intel should make more SSD ranges.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 29 June 2011 - 01:49 AM

Allright!

I collected all your advice and some other hints I received and made the following modifications:


CPU - Intel Core i7-2600K

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD7-B3

Memory - Corsair 8 GB DDR-1600 Kit (2 pieces of 4 GB)

SSD - Intel SSDSA2CW080G3K5 (SATA)

GPU - ASUS EN GTX580 DCII/2DIS/1536MD5

Sound card - ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3

PSU - Corsair CMPSU-850AX

DVD-rewiter - ASUS DRW-24B3ST[

Casing - Lian Li PC-V1020B

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 01:53 AM

Now that's a lot better!

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:09 PM

That's better, but I would go for a Radeon 6970 over a GTX 580 given the cost to performance ratio and the quality decline of Nvidia ForceWare drivers. Asus has a new Xonar audio card out, the XENSE. This looks like a refresh and update of their D2 and D2X line, which I have and are also considered pro-sumer cards.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:36 PM

What a shame how Nvidia's driver has gone downhill, their cards itself are still pretty good.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png


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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:45 PM

Indeed, both AMD and Nvidia hardware are quite good. But Nvidia's drivers have really gone downhill. I'm mostly forgiving about driver issues with games, especially new ones, but when drivers start crashing during normal day-to-day usage, that's a deal breaker.

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Posted 29 June 2011 - 04:56 PM

If it's gonna crash on a daily basis, it would annoy the heck out of me. Luckily i stopped using Nvidia cards and switched to AMD.

>Michael 
System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Games: APB: Reloaded, Hours played: 3100+  System2: Late 2011 Macbook Pro 15inch   OFw63FY.png





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