- 70 months ago
Dont start typing a response please until you read my reasoning for every part (located after list)
Processor: The Xeon is a server grade processor, I know that. I chose it because it was better than a similarly priced i7 in budget. I think it was a 4770? I dont need integrated graphics (the 1246 has integrated HD, the 1241 does not. Same other than that), and the server side of the Xeon meant better operation for CAD-type work and programs (Inventor, Sldwrks, etc.) For all of you who think I made the wrong choice, look here: i7-4770 vs. i7-4790 vs. Xeon e3-1246
Cooler: Great reviews, and I wish I could have water cooling, but it wasnt in budget
Mobo: Chose because of performance numbers, but also color.
Memory: Chose because of the features (I dont need any more than 1600MHz, I didnt think that the CAS 10 was bad) and color
Storage: Took a 256 SSD for boot files and the most commonly accessed things on the computer. Will add a 1TB+ HDD if need be...
GPU: Not enough $ for a 780. I had considered a quadro (k?)2000, but I will also be using this computer for gaming in the future (thus the mouse as well) so went with a 2GB GTX770
Case: Loved the C70 because of the hinges on the side, color, good airflow (IMO) and price.
PSU: Was unsure about the EVGA because of some poor reviews, but I had no choice to fit budget. The 750 seemed to have more favorable reviews than the 650, and though 750 is overkill, I chose it.
CD/DVD: Not much to say here. Cheap and good ratings.
OS: Win7 all the way. Some of my friends tried to convince me to get 8.1, but after I tried it on my families other computer, I couldnt take it. I'll sacrifice a few seconds of boot and minimal speed gains for an overall better user experience. Better infrastructure for Win7 IMO anyways. Probably will upgrade to Win9 When it comes out.
Monitor: Was recommended because of IPS. Better for CAD work and 3D modeling.
WiFi Adapter: wanted something for the PCI slot, not USB, and I had no choice because I cant run a wired connection to my workstation.
Keyboard: Cherry MX Brown really appealed. Liked the silver of the Rosewill, and the price, respectfully.
Mouse: Debated between a Logitech Performance and the M65. Chose the m65 because the Performance just looked uncomfortable for the work/gaming that I do. I dont care for the "ergonomic" feel.
Tell me what you would change, still within budget and keeping color scheme.