Bought Case/CPU/MB & Mem need suggestions for the rest.

bcblair

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Here is what I have purchased so far.

Here is a link to my thread, before I got the money together.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tomshardwareus.inc&cat=31&post=311213&page=1&p=1&sondage=0&owntopic=1&trash=0&trash_post=0&print=0&numreponse=0&quote_only=0&new=0&nojs=0

w/tax After Rebate
50.00 Craiglist Antec ATX 902
296.79 MicroCenter Core i7 2600K LGA 1155 Boxed Processor
90.99 MicroCenter GIGABYTE GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0
64.79 MicroCenter
502.57 Total so Far

I currently have 1.5TB and 1TB external drives. What should I do for internal. I want to take advantage of the Motherboards technologies, like Smart Response and such. I do a lot of transferring from my computer to DVDs and Memory cards and want to take advantage of any speed capabilities there. I saw a newegg youtube video that said I7/MB combo has a feature that makes it extremely fast when converting video formats, so I want to make sure I configure it right for that. I can't find the video, now since they put up so many.

I read that the Smart Response needs about 30% free space, on the SSD, to work properly. Microcenter recommended a 120GB OCZ Agility 3. Could I put my systems and programs on the SSD and use the Smart Response with the Externals? I would then add maybe a WD 1TB Black Caviar or a Velocerapotor at a later time. Would I have to re install everything, when I add the internal storage drives?.

The Power Supply I was going to buy is not available now. What is the best value for this system? I want a little spare wattage for future upgrades, but I would rather keep the cost reasonable and get a bigger PSU later, if I make big changes in future, that causes me to need lots of wattage.


Here is what I am thinking.

171.39 SSD Agility 3 120GB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Solid State Drive (SSD) with SandForce 2281 Controller
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364780

95.39 WD Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive WD1002FAEX - OEM
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331606

54.49 Power Supply OCZ Technology ModXStream Pro 600W Modular ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0301547

20.99 - ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Do these look like good components? Do you suggest any substitutes?

As far as the Power Supply. I want to be able to add a Blue Ray and probably one good video card without needing a bigger power supply, if I go farther than that, I will upgrade it at the time.
 
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i cant remember the exact mobo but i remember there was a Z68 mobo with a 20GB SSD built in.

found it...

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Looking good there partner. I'd give this hard drive a look it might save you a few dollars that could be used on your video card. Another member recommended it to me.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152287

Or you could use the money saved on the HDD to upgrade your proposed psu to 750 watts.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341049&cm_sp=Cat_Power_Supplies-_-Spotlight-_-17-341-049

I personally am waiting before pulling the trigger on an SSD. Prices will eventually come down. And the money spent on one will be real close to buying a nice Video card.
 

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Looking at the Hard Drives, below are the spec differences.

--------------Samsung-------------WD Caviar Black
Interface----SATA 3.0Gb/s--------SATA 6.0Gb/s
Capacity----1.5TB------------------1TB
RPM---------5400 RPM-------------7200 RPM
Cache-------32MB------------------64MB

How noticable would those differences be?
 

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go with the WD Black it is much faster (7200RPM and 64mb cache)


 

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After researching all day, my reading indicated the smart response works well with just the cache on the ssd, so a very fast SSD of 20gb, will run in conjunction ,with the hard drive. So after you have used the programs, a couple of times, it has speeds close to the same as the best big fast SSD drives, at a much higher price. With this in mind, I adjusted my build finish out.


ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

$20.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy

$74.99

Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE ...

-$40.00 Instant
$25.00 Mail-in Rebate
$64.99 net

Intel 311 Series Larsen Creek 20GB 2.5" SATA II SLC Enterprise Solid State Disk SSDSA2VP020G201

-$10.00 Instant

$119.99 Net

Total is $280.96
 

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is that 20GB SSD for a boot drive or for caching purposes?
 

bcblair

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That is just to cache it, I am going to read the article again and a couple more, before I pull the trigger, but the link , a couple of posts up, to an anandtech article discusses it.

Here the link is again. It says to use the SSD, just for the cache, once the programs are started and are available to the cache, they start real close to as fast as having them on a big OCZ Vertex 3 and faster than any SSD less powerful than that. I guess that is what the Smart Response Technology is for.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4329/intel-z68-chipset-smart-response-technology-ssd-caching-review/2
 

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i cant remember the exact mobo but i remember there was a Z68 mobo with a 20GB SSD built in.

found it!:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128505&Tpk=GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

review of that mobo:
http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/z68xp-ud3-z68xp-ud3-issd-ga-z68xp-ud3-intel-ssd-ssd,news-35687.html

works out cheapre to buy that mobo with SSD built in then buy the SSD separately.
 
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