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About to Start Buying Parts for PC Rebuild. Opinions?


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So I have some money together and am thinking of getting the first wave of parts for my PC rebuild.  I already have a 1k watt modular PSU, GTX 680 GPU, good SB Recon sound card, and BlackMagic capture card to transfer over.  I will decide on a mobo/cpu (probably a good mobo and an intel i7 hexacore) when I have the rest to comfortably buy it (within a month or so).


But here's what I might order tonight:



I also have a second of that 8GB stick of RAM, so the other is for proper dual-channelling.

The case that I already have is the NZXT Phantom 410 in white, that totally looks Portal-themed:  http://www.amazon.com/NZXT-Phantom-Tower-Gaming-Case/dp/B006I2H04I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1395713851&sr=8-1&keywords=phantom+410+white

I bought it when I found it for $80 with free shipping (great deal).


I will also probably buy a cheap 300, 450 or so watt PSU to put into the old computer to keep it running, alongside the GTX 480 GPU I still have.  Just long enough to satisactorily make any transfers or remember any passwords and suchlike before I wipe the hard drives.


Any opinions or thoughts on what parts might be better to get?


For instance, is there anything else I've overlooked, like hard drive mounting brackets or screws for the motherboard I'll need to buy?  The water cooler says installation is easy and doesn't require you to fill it with any liquid.  And I do have some thermal paste from when I had to reapply it to my current CPU last month.

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You will probably need a 2.5in to 3.5in adapter bracket for the ssd if it doesn't come with one. Otherwise it's pretty solid.

I didn't realize you had already bought one stick of ram. If you go hexacore intel you might be forking out for two more at some point. I don't know which one you are after but some are running quad channel.

Honestly though, unless you really just want a super future proof setup, I would go with something like the 4770k. It's quad core with Multi threading and dual channel. Plus it's around $200 cheaper than the hexacore offerings. Well 360 cheaper by the time you count two extra sticks of ram.

You wouldn't have a problem doing anything with that CPU right now or any time in the near future.

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The tower has brackets like these already in it (and says that one of them is sized for a 2.5" SSD):



And I do have the brackets (the side pieces that screw on) from my current HDD and SSD as well but I'm sure they're not expensive compared to everything else.


As for the RAM, how much would having 2 8GB sticks of RAM in a quad-channel setup hinder performance?  Because I could always get the other pair later.  But I don't see why I'd ever need more than 16GB, much less a whopping 32.  8GB has always been more than enough as I don't do much encoding or edit massive images or anything.  What would be the use of being able to have 100 tabs open in Firefox at once lol?


And speaking of being able to afford more later, I feel like if it's only a couple hundred bucks difference, the price I'd pay for a couple more sticks of that RAM, I may as well get the hexacore CPU since I will have the money and the regret later on if I settle with quad core, even if it's already more than I need.


I'm pretty much building a decently future-proof beast of a computer.  My last setup was a custom pre-built bought fairly quickly without a great deal of knowledge about computer components.  This time I'm taking the time to save up and buy the best I care to spend the money on.  My Superclocked GTX 680 is still plenty good and if I'm making more money next year or so I can always just swap that out too.

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Ordered.  And if I'm reading the description of my tower right, it should be able to mount the hard drives without any additional parts.  I'm pretty set on getting this processor http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EMHM622/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1P2H42T6QYL9S&coliid=I398SDKUSTNNZI, but don't know anything about intel supporting motherboards.  What would be a really good one that isn't ridiculously expensive and would let me get the most out of that processor and the large amounts of RAM?


For instance, is this any good?  http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P9X79-2011-Intel-Motherboard/dp/B0064L8UJM/ref=pd_sim_e_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0BFEHNVNTW5QNE3890TN


I kind of want a blue or black mobo that goes with the color theme of white with black and blue bits lol, but I know I should focus more on the performance.

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With that CPU you shouldn't have any problems just running the two sticks. Just grab two more when ram prices go down or you see a good deal.

If the case has the slot for 2.5in then you will be fine there. As for the mobo, I'm not really sure. I haven't really looked into this chipset since release. If have to do some research. Honestly, though if it has good reviews, not a lot of failures, and the features you want, it should be fine.

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  • 3 weeks later...

So I just got the funds I needed (the return of the deposit I put down to get my smartphone) and went over to the bank to deposit it, only to realize it's Saturday, damnit.  I'll have to wait until Monday, but Monday night I should be ordering the final parts, the mobo and CPU, and performing the rebuild some time during the following weeks.
It's a very tough choice between a hexacore i7 6 core processor


with probably this motherboard



Or AMD's 8 core Vishera 9590 processor 

with the Fatal1ty Killer motherboard



I really want to go crazy and get the i7, but the AMD cpu/mobo are a bit less pricy.  I will still have a couple games to get like the Diablo III expansion, Titanfall, and Dark Souls II, after all.


I'll also get back to streaming late at night.  I will do a few GC casts, but I've really been thinking of trying to do my own thing starting up my own channel as well.

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