You forgot to include the "Ask About My E-Peen" shirt $14.99 (Purchased).
So if you don't game, what do you plan to do on this computer?
Shoulda named it black on blonde
okay, good to know. Thanks!
I don't understand how this is confirmation bias if I'm searching something as neutral as "hard drive reliability." It's not like I searched "seagate sucks" or anything.
Looks like it's gonna be a pretty sweet build! Please keep us updated! I wanna see how it turns out.
Yo, that's a great build on an ultra tight budget! I'm glad you're happy with your upgrades; hope they last a good while. I personally like builds like this much more than the unlimited budget e-peen builds. Congrats!
How is it working out for you? What kind of software are you using? I've been meaning to build a NAS soon myself.. I want it to double as an HTPC too, not sure how well that works, but I'd be interested to know how cheap I can go on parts before I can't watch movies in 1080 anymore.
By the way, be careful with those seagates.. that company doesn't really have the best track record when it comes to hard drive reliability. But don't take my word for it.. Google "hard drive reliability" and see for yourself.
I really don't think you need a computer like that to run AutoCAD... it's all 2D. Unless you're doing 3D, but who does 3D in AutoCAD? Are you running anything else? Maybe some simulations, perhaps? Computational flow dynamics? Finite element?
In any case, nice build. I'm sure it'll run most anything you throw at it.. especially if you get that extra 16gb. . except maybe Minecraft. I'll probably get downvoted for this, but I especially like that you don't have all those tacky windows and lights that all the kids are into these days. That stuff is terrible.
Why would you spend more on your keyboard than your power supply? Sorry, I cannot approve of that.
$550 video card and a screen shot of super meat boy. 8]
That's fair. I suppose there's no use paying extra for some performance you'll never demand. I just figured that if you're going to spend $2800 on a machine, the extra cash for an i7 would barely be noticed.
P.S. Don't buy in to the "gamer bling" hype.
A few months ago, I had to upgrade the ram on a machine I'm using to run some computational research I've been working on. The computer was a little older; it had 6 DIMM slots (triple channel) and I needed 24gigs (6x4GB). Triple channel kits are pretty rare and the only thing I could find that would fit the bill were some Corsair Vengeance 3x4GB kits. I ended up buying and installing 2 kits. It originally had lots of stability issues, so I ended up testing each stick and each DIMM one by one, and shuffled around the order in which they sat. After some tinkering, I got everything to run fine. I'm not sure what the problem was,but I haven't had any issues since.. even when running big calculations with 6 cores pinned at 100% and 16GB+ of ram for up to 3 weeks straight. The thing with the kits is that the manufacturer tests them as a kit, so they're sure they'll work together without issue. I guess RAM is a bit finicky and sometimes doesn't play nice with even its own kind.
So at the end of the day, I think you should be fine.. it certainly worked for me, but not without some snags. I guess it's just good form to buy kits, or maybe that's what manufacturers want us to believe. I think you should at least buy the same brand/speed/timing/model though, just to make minimize any chance of problems.
Sorry, all I've got right now are some old Grado SR-60s and some 280's.. and they've both seen better days.. not sure if they call for an amp. One day, I'll have some high-end headphones.. At least they're not Beats by Dre.
Shoulda shelled out the extra cash for an i7..
Also, if you were going for ugly, you should have bought a bunch of tacky lights and one of those gaudy cases all the kids like these days. This is not as ugly as advertised.
That's unfortunate, that you can't seem to hear a difference with your amp. Headphone amps aren't only for powering them, you should be able to hear more detail and nuances in the music with an amplifier. I don't know what you're listening to, but if you haven't tried already, maybe you'll find a little more luck with some lossless audio like FLAC.. or maybe your headphones aren't broken in yet. At least you've put in the due diligence. Most audiophiles would cringe if they saw 650's plugged into onboard.
In any case, feel free to give me that amp if you don't like it! 8]
Nice build. I'm not sure if it's a good idea to buy another single stick of ram and tossing it in there. I believe common wisdom states you're supposed to add "matched" sticks, which means they've been tested as a pair/set by the manufacturer. I've done it years ago, but I don't think it's recommended.
About the LED on the case.. I had a similar problem with the case I bought for my last build. I'm not sure if your case works the same way, but on my case, I was able to take apart the case to a degree and put a few layers of tape over certain parts of the LED to mask most of the light coming out. If you (or someone you know) are a little more technical, you might want to consider switching out the LED to a different colored one.. assuming it's the same wattage.
Also, as far as cable management goes, you don't need a fancy $200 case with all the bells and whistles to have decent cable management. You just need to get a little creative with zip ties and looking for spots to tuck all that extra cable. At the end of the day, I don't think it makes much of a difference if you don't have any heat issues.. it's just ugly.
Nice headphones. I hope you don't plan to plug those into the onboard audio.