Up Grading my PC

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by BlackHawk5 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 8:28 pm

Thanks Alien!

My current rig:
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.83GHz processor (I don't think this needs to be upgraded unless I can't find a mobo that will still support it & the new tech I'll be installing, I haven't found a game that maxes out all 4 cores yet)
ASUS P5Q LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX motherboard (needs replacing)
(2) Patriot Viper 1GB 240-Pin DDR2 1200 Duel Channel RAM
8800GTO video card PCI-E 2.0 x16 (Needs updating, only direct x9 compatible)
(1) 36G raptor HD & (1) 150G raptor HD (I wouldn't mind upgrading the 36g to a SSD, but I know I'll keep the 150G at least... comes down to budget)
(1) Samsung dvd drive, (1) Samsung w/rw dvd drive, (1) Samsung Blu-ray drive (all working, no replacements needed)
650W PSU (need to upgrade, doesn't have enough power to run all my drives) Researched this today & found this one, another other suggestions?
Soundblaster 7.1 sound card (working, no replacement needed)

I'd like to stay under 1k for new parts, but if I end up replacing the cpu as well as the mobo, video card, & PSU I know it might take more (thank goodness for the housing credit last year, woot refund!)

I am also contemplating fabricating a custom case at work, all stainless to complement my desk. Any case modders here? My only concern with doing this is air flow (& dust), positive vs negative air flow vs just making a very open case (open ends, large openings in top & bottom, eliminating the need for fans). Positive air flow doesn't cool the internal components well enough but keeps most dust out, negative pressure cools well but actually sucks dust into the case, an open case design lets air flow in/out naturally but allows larger dust fragments to enter the cpu/gpu fans.
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Alien24 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 9:06 pm

Take a look at this nice stainless steel case it will set you back $230 but looks nice.
As for MoBo's for that socket most are open box or out of stock but here is the list list of asus motherboards I know newegg is now the only place to go and I know there is more then just Asus but they are the best in my book.
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Alien24 » Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:30 pm

Well here it goes I know you did not want a new CPU but look it all over I think you will be pleased.
1) ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 $219.99
2) Intel Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) $299.99
3) Patriot Viper Xtreme Series, Division 2 Edition 8GB (2 x 4GB) $199.99
4) EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB $359.99
5) ZALMAN ZM1000-HP 1000W Continuous $239.99

For a total of $1239.95 add shipping (I just choose the middle of the five zip code in your area)
$1258.53
So yes a bit over the budget but not to bad for a faster CPU. Take a look and let me know if you want to +/- anything.
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by dox » Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:40 am

is the Sandy Bridge + SATA degradation issue sorted out?

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by NoOutsTwice » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:56 am

It's not fixed just yet, but supposedly this month?
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Alien24 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:51 am

I'm not big on Intel for the simple fact they want my twig and berries for there product. So this chip does not like SATA? Is that the 3g or 6g or both? Johnny 5 needs more input on this. #-o Intel epic fail ](*,)
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by BlackHawk5 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:36 pm

Damn, thanks Alien! =D> Everything seems to check out. From what I could tell I probably would of ended up with the same items had I taken the time to research everything, you've saved me a week of research! I'm still not 100% of all what I need/want to buy yet, but hopefully I'll have all the parts in hand by the end of next week.

From the news articles that I found on the web & feedback posted on newegg I would be surprised if the mobo alien spec'd out isn't the revised, fixed, version of the Sandy Bridge chipset. I doubt intel/newegg would allow sales of a potentially faulty chipset. If I get so inclined I'll contact newegg to confirm this.

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Alien24 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:45 pm

Yeah the mobo is Rev. 3 so it should be ok. Hopefully!
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Crazygame » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:59 am

I own that case in the pic but the cheaper one with gun grey steel,don't like it after owning it for 2 years now.

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by BlackHawk5 » Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:19 pm

I've already decided that I'm fabricating the case from scratch & I've scrapped the old case for parts so there's no going back. The new case will be totally custom with a very unique layout & design.... & maybe a cc// logo integrated in there too perhaps :)

The process will delay the assembly of the new computer as many of the brackets will be designed to fit the new components, but it'll be worth the wait.

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Re: Up Grading my PC

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by Alien24 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:48 am

Great the last person (havoc) I gave hardware advice still curses at me today. :-"
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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by BlackHawk5 » Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:51 pm

Everything arrived today, it's a very impressive pile of hardware. Computer case design will start tonight & hopefully I'll have a working computer in a week or so.

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by BlackHawk5 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:02 pm

Does anyone here have the ability to create a .dxf or .dwg file of our cc// logo? I just need the cc & //, no shield. I'm looking to have the outer diameter of the outer "C" to be about 16". I'm wanting to convert the .dxf file to .cnc (done in house) so I can have the logo cut into my new computer case.

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Re: Up Grading my PC

Post by dox » Thu Apr 28, 2011 5:30 pm

I can, only catch is that I'm going to be AFK for a chunk of hours so I think I could only get it to you tonight or tomorrow. Maybe someone else can beat this timing?

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