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Looking to build new system 2011....
tashap007
Mackay, Queensland
1 posts
Im trying to decide between a SFF/MINI tower or go with a MID tower ATX config. I work at a computer store and we have a lan twice a month. I move my tower a bit from home to work also. I will get tired of moving a large case. Below is the 2 configs Im working at. I got to stop building new towers every 12 months so this build should get me 2 years.

MID Tower Build

CASE- Corsair white edition 600 or Thermaltake LV10 GTS White edition
PSU- Corsair 1200 or Silverstoner Strider 1200-G
COOLER- Corsair H100
CPU- I7 3960X
MAINBOARD- ASUS Sabertooth X79 ATX board
MEMORY- 2x 16GB (4x4GB) 1866mhz Corsair Packs or 1x Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) 1600mhz (1866 to expensive currently in 8gb dimm)
SSD- Already have 240gb Corsair GT Sata3 & 1tb WD Back for storage. (like to get a 480gb but I can live without, I just remove steam games)
VIDEO- 1x ASUS EAH7970-DC2T-3GD5 (was looking at 2 cards but would rather go with 1 and a new Intel 520 480gb SSD)

SFF/MINI Tower Build

CASE- Silverstone or Fractal Mini Tower
PSU- Silverstoner Strider 1200-G
COOLER- Corsair H100
CPU- I7 3960X
MAINBOARD- RAMPAGEIV-GENE M/ATX
MEMORY- 1x Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) 1600mhz (1866 to expensive currently in 8gb dimm)
SSD- Already have 240gb Corsair GT Sata3 & 1tb WD Back for storage.
VIDEO- 1x ASUS EAH7970-DC2T-3GD5 (was looking at 2 cards but would rather go with 1 and a new Intel 520 480gb SSD)

I am mainly playing Supreme Commander 2, SC2, Dungeon Defenders & SWTOR currently. I am hanging out for Guildwars 2 and Diablo3. But I was running 3 benq monitors in Eyeinfinity for shooters and supreme commander 2, but single screen for Starcraft2 in my current build with a Saphire 6870. Does anyone on here own a Samsung MX2303 Screen (3x 23"screens for the eyeinfinity edition with thin bezels). Im trying to decide to get one and give current monitors to a friend or I move back to maybe a 40" Sony/Samsung LED as they are $595.00 at Jb hifi & d****miths atm. I use a Asus 26" at work and when I play at work I rather arround the 32"to 40" in a single screen.
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Eds
Brisbane, Queensland
9901 posts
The H100 probably won't fit well in either of those cases. Get a H80, does the job just fine on the lowest setting.I recommend dual GTX570's as well, there is nothing I cannot play with them
07:11pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Shroud
Sydney, New South Wales
203 posts
2011?
07:43pm 23/02/12 Permalink
WetWired
Brisbane, Queensland
5944 posts
He's from Mackay remember...
07:48pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6391 posts
2011?
The i7-3960X is a LGA2011 CPU.
07:48pm 23/02/12 Permalink
step
Brisbane, Queensland
2404 posts
Needs more fail.

Good luck mounting that cooler.
08:58pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Reverend Evil™
Wynnum, Queensland
19961 posts
I'd get one of these bad boys for your operating system and the games you play most.

http://www.computeralliance.com.au/parts.aspx?qryPart=13033

240GB OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 PCI-Express SSD
240G Capacity, PCI-Express 2.0 X4 Interface, Read: Up to 1500 MB/s, Write: Up to 1225 MB/s, 128 & 256 bit AES Compliant Encryption, SMART Monitoring, Windows 7 32 and 64bit support
09:03pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5465 posts
I recommend switching to a i5 2500k or if you feel randy, i7 2600k. It's the best damn CPU for gaming, and it has the sandy bridge which is just pure amazing. I currently have Alan Wake tabbed out while playing a bit of BF3 and doing some work.

My rig:

i5 2500k
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Gigabyte GTX 570 Factory OC
Coolermaster V8 CPU Fan

Also going to be getting this case, and yeah I know you said not huge, but hell I wanted to flaunt it, so sexy.

http://203.185.232.2/dbs/images/products/15927.jpg
09:14pm 23/02/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
2310 posts
fractal XL, best case for back problems, (it is f*****g heavy, but so quite, and heaps of usable room, and well thought out)
09:21pm 23/02/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
6754 posts
I recommend switching to a i5 2500k or if you feel randy, i7 2600k. It's the best damn CPU for gaming, and it has the sandy bridge which is just pure amazing.

The chip in discussion in this thread is based on the Sandy Bridge E architecture which is newer and much faster, so going to an i5 is going the wrong way although it is cheaper :)
i5 2500k
ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM
Gigabyte GTX 570 Factory OC
Coolermaster V8 CPU Fan

Yeah this isn't a bad setup. I put together a caseless 2500K build a couple of days ago with the Z68 Extreme3 Gen3, 16GB ram, onboard graphics, Hyper 212 fan, to do number-crunching for my PhD.

Overclocked to 4500MHz (at full 4-core load) stable simply by setting the multiplier to 45X and upping Vcore to 1.35V with LLC at maximum and power limits to >100W.

Not bad for a $572 build :)
09:39pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9574 posts
Sandy bridge has been disappointment for me.
Recall first, now unstable. Perhaps it was the choice to buy an Asus for the first time since Pentium ...
09:47pm 23/02/12 Permalink
parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
6755 posts
Perhaps it was the choice to buy an Asus for the first time since Pentium ...

What model?

You could have bought a Gigabyte and had the same problems. Both ASUS and Gigabyte have shocking Sandy Bridge motherboards out at the moment. After reading reviews of >20 boards from them I had to resort to a particular Asrock model just to get something known to be stable.
09:53pm 23/02/12 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10076 posts
When I was a systems builder i always lol'd at these newbs buying a $200 super heavy case as a 'lan case', when the yum-cha cases were light as.
yum-cha for lyfe yo.
10:11pm 23/02/12 Permalink
tashap007
Mackay, Queensland
2 posts
My current PC which will go to my wife and hers to my son. I upgrade every 10 to 12 months.

Silverstone TJ10 full tower
Silverstone strider 1000
Intel i5 2500K
Sabertooth P67 1155
Corsair 16GB 1600MHZ Vengence
Corsair 240GB GT SSD
WD 1TB Black faex HDD
Samsung Blueray Combo
Saphire OC 6870 2GB DDR5 (Also have out of tower Gainward 580 Phantom 3gb Edition)
3x 24" Benq 2420 LCD.

I want to make this next box carry me for 2 years. I will just change video card in 12 months. I move upgrade parts to my wife and hers goes down to my son then my daughter.
10:34pm 23/02/12 Permalink
Nakor
Brisbane, Queensland
3158 posts
When I was a systems builder i always lol'd at these newbs buying a $200 super heavy case as a 'lan case', when the yum-cha cases were light as.
yum-cha for lyfe yo.


like those massive coolermaster ones everyone seemed to get...including me...but damn, so much space.

and to be fair, only reason my lian-li was ever heavy was cause it had 10+ hdd's in it :/
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step
Brisbane, Queensland
2406 posts
Sandy Bridge E architecture which is newer and much faster
Real world performance it isn't though.

like those massive coolermaster ones everyone seemed to get...including me...but damn, so much space.
The HAF series? They're quite light though.

and to be fair, only reason my lian-li was ever heavy was cause it had 10+ hdd's in it :/
Tell me about it. Mine started off at like 8 kilos, sure isn't that now :(.
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parabol
Brisbane, Queensland
6758 posts
Real world performance it isn't though.

Incorrect. Performance is usually anywhere from 10-90% faster than the 2500K depending on what "real-world" app you're running (I don't count synthetic benchmark tools).

6 cores + 15MB L3 cache for the 3960X vs 4 cores + 6MB cache for the 2500K, with all other specs equal or higher. Bit of a no-brainer as to why it performs better. Though probably not worth buying over an 25/26/2700K at this stage unless you specifically need to crunch some serious numbers.
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Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
5484 posts
The chip in discussion in this thread is based on the Sandy Bridge E architecture which is newer and much faster, so going to an i5 is going the wrong way although it is cheaper :)

Ah didn't see that, my bad! I'll be upgrading to Ivy Bridge later in the year if needs are met. Will be awesome, yo!

When I was a systems builder i always lol'd at these newbs buying a $200 super heavy case as a 'lan case', when the yum-cha cases were light as.
yum-cha for lyfe yo.

Eh, I'm getting this new case cause it has a s*** load of space and can fit my GTX570 quite nicely. I don't LAN as often now, but really it won't be any more difficult then my current case. Especially when graphics cards are increasing in size, it's best to suit the need of what your purchasing.
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TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
4728 posts
I find with most computers now a days the bottleneck is the HDD and GPU anyways...
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