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I got really fed up with a low profile DELL 980 that has been getting me by for several years now. Believe it or not, I actually tried to swap out some of its components and upgrade some parts (futile effort). Pretty sure that the thing got overwhelmed by the all new hardware (e.g., GPU) that I tried shoving into it.

In any case, ordered most of the stuff through Amazon Prime, some through Newegg, and got the CPU from a nearby Micro Center (almost $100 off retail price!!). Everything came in with a week and was built in a day (it's been a while and I'm rusty at this stuff).

Will be using this machine for photo and video editing, gaming, music listening (I'm an audiophile), and watching HD movies. Thank you to Djangosp2 and Dividor for your feedback and thank you to this site for existing and making this so much easier and fun!

**P.S. I already had the monitor and the peripherals from my old machine, so my budget was around $1500.

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  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Great build it looks wonderful. but I'm a little curious about some of the parts selected with such a high budget. All I see is a $2k+ budget with an AData SSD and a low memory bandwidth 660 ti... I'm curious how come a Samsung 840 Pro wasn't suggested or a 670 / 7970 with this sort of budget.

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

I have a whole bunch of saved part lists that are slightly under $2k but that (I feel) very much exceed this performance. I think that maybe someone misguided the parts choices. It is by no means a bad rig overall but for the money and in terms of system balance, things could be better...

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

There are a bunch of completed builds on my website around $2k that far exceed this as well. I hope his AData drive lasts a long time, it just frustrates me to see people recommend budget parts when similarly priced higher quality and better performance items are available.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

While I do agree with that, I have heard lots of good things about the AData Drive. I have, though, heard better things of the 840 Pros.... I'm just glad that he doesn't have an AMD CPU, 32GB of Wintec RAM, Biostar MoBo and GPU, Hitachi drive, and an OCZ PSU. That would have made the internet cry.

In the end, what's done is done and I hope that in the future, money will be spent more appropriately where it is needed.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

I've have and have used that SSD before, it's not insanely fast but it's not a bad drive either, nothing wrong with it. I do agree there are better options for the price.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Unless he is constantly wiping and reformatting his SSD, or if for some reason he is putting his renders on his SSD, I would have recommended some TLC flash (i.e. regular 840). That would've freed up a decent amount of money to go towards his 670. I feel the benefits of MLC flash are negligible if you will just be putting an OS, games, and rendering software on it.

High write speeds are useless, IMHO, unless you are a) using the computer as a separate rendering box that gets a constant flow of data from a dedicated recording PC over a >2Gbps home network. Or b) you have internet that has DL speeds that exceed your write speeds.

  • 80 months ago
  • 1 point

He spent most of it on the monitor

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I would have changed out the i7 for i5 and got a stronger gpu, but its a great build for what you are doing. Thanks to Djangosp2 and Dividor for helping you out.

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

This build budget could have fit in a quality SSD(no AData is not known to be "quality"), a decent Graphics card a 670 / 7970, not some limited 660 ti, and still kept the i7. Plus the power supply, 650w?? really it is to much for a single card yet not enough for a future SLI.. And no its not "bit nicer than that SeaSonic" it is seasonic! $2k+ build I'm actually a little frustrated at what was recommended.

  • 82 months ago
  • 4 points

Yeah I'd agree with that, the 660ti is simply not a card that is worth buying at the moment. Also, everyone knows the NH-D14 is amazing but considering there isn't an overclock it seems like a massive waste.

  • 82 months ago
  • 0 points

Thank you for the recommendation. I am quite pleased with AData's performance and have done research on its performance. As for the GPU, it's more than enough for what I will be using it for and I am not planning on SLI in the future (would be overkill for what I do) - therefore the PSU is more than adequate.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I've done a ton of research on AData myself too and its not the performance that's the questionable part its the reliability and the fact that the budget you spent would have afforded higher quality and better performance parts. I hope your system does everything you want it to do and that it lasts a long time, I just never ever suggest bargain bucket products such as AData because usually as I mentioned a higher quality better performance part is about the same price.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

IMO it is perfect beacause, he's going to edit videos and photos, and the hyperthreading really comes handy. But i'd get a 670 x).

  • 82 months ago
  • 3 points

Yeah, 670s are the best of Nvidia's high-end cards for the money

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

That's what I meant, about switching the i7 for i5 for switching out the gpu for something like a 670 or 7970, but for what he's doing it is perfect.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

The point that Apropos was making was that all of the quality parts like the RAM and i7 could have been kept and had better companions in the system like a 7970. If you see my parts lists that are saved, there are some great examples of a balanced system at this price point. I'm disappointed that this guy seems to have gotten screwed by his "help". It's not perfect and anyone who says it is must be joking. It is a good build, no doubt about that, but the parts are sorely mismatched. I feel sorry for the poster and hope that whenever he next builds a system, he doesn't believe opinions, because they have bias, but listens to the facts. /rantend

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I didn't say it was perfect.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

"... but for what he's doing it is perfect"

Yes you did.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

@PacificNic, I appreciate the feedback. I actually spent ~$1500 (already had the screen and peripherals from my old machine), so my budget, while high, was limited.

I am quite pleased with the GPU and HDD's performance (already extensively field tested both). This is not primarily a gaming machine and I was not planning on paying $100 or so extra for the 670/7970.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

Fantastic pictures, and the aesthetics are spectacular as well.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Thank you!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

everything looks so clean... are you sure you didn't shop this? :P

how are you liking that SSD? A-Data doesn't make much of a name of itself on the recommendations rosters, so i'm curious of your opinion.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

rip old dell.

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

When telling him what he could have got with 2k, you also need to remember that he included a $450 monitor, keyboard, mouse, and got the i7 at Microcenter for a much cheaper price.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

The cable management's photoshopped!

  • 82 months ago
  • 2 points

I love how "making-cables-disappear-friendly" this case is.

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

Say what?

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

I mean it's good

  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

:)

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  • 82 months ago
  • 1 point

thank you! I am very pleased with the machine's performance overall.