My next rig - thoughts?

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  1. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member This Topic's Starter

    Nov 29, 2009
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    OK, so it's about that time. I originally built my last rig in Jan '09. So time to shoot for something new that should last 4 years or so.

    (Some stuff I have now will be moved into the new rig even though some of it is pretty old.)

    -Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz (OC'd to 3.8GHz)
    -EVGA x58 (e758) Mobo
    -GSkill 12GB DDR3 1333 RAM
    -Noctua crazy big copper heat sink
    -CM Cosmos case
    -EVGA GTX 670 4GB (Main GPU)
    -EVGA 8400GS (Secondary GPU)
    -SAMSUNG 830 Pro 512GB SSD (Main C drive)
    -3x Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB HDs (Secondary Storage drives)
    -Corsair 1000W PSU

    New build (planned for this month sometime probably)


    Intel Core i7-3770K Ivy Bridge 3.5GHz

    EVGA Z77 FTW

    CORSAIR Vengeance LP 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1600

    EVGA GTX 670 4GB (already have)

    Creative X-Fi PCIe (already have)

    CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler

    NZXT Phantom 820
    Corsair Obsidian Series 800D

    Main HD
    SAMSUNG 830 Pro 512GB (MLC) SSD (already have)

    Storage HDs
    (3x) Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB (already have)

    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

    Corsair 1000W PSU (already have)

    30" Dell U3011 (already have)
    24" Dell WFP 2408 (already have)
    15" KDS LCD (old) x2 (only use 1)

    Might add another 24" monitor and I have a GTX 480 I could use as a secondary card. But I have been using an 8400GS to power my 2 secondary monitors. I think 2 x 24" monitors might be a bit much for it.

    The nice thing about the 8400GS though is it is much lower power and size than my GTX 480. GTX 480 just seems like overkill to use as a secondary card -- it takes up a ton of space and generates a lot of heat and uses a lot of power. Maybe I should sell it and get another 8400 or something. I also have 2 old GTX260s -- but like the GTX480, they are huge, bulky, and power hungry.

    Basically I dont have a good idea what to do with my old graphics cards and monitors. I dont really have the ebay rep to sell anything worth over $100, (I have a rep of 2 out of 2 I think). And never tried the Craigslist selling route.

    Spare parts:
    -EVGA GTX480
    -(2) EVGA GTX260
    -6GB DDR3 1066 RAM
    -Old Antec full ATX case

    So thoughts? Ideas? Love? Hate? :pcguru:

  2. Syntacks

    Syntacks Member

    Nov 29, 2012
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    Dude, if I was you, I wouldn't be complaining. Im running a dual-core 2.00mhz with 2gbs RAM, DDR1, and a Sapphire Radeon HD6770 graphics card and a 1280x1024 res HP screen. Its a shitty setup, but thanks to the graphics card, I can still play most of the latest games on it, just not on highest settings...
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  3. Mehta23

    Mehta23 Well-Known Member

    Nov 28, 2011
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    That's kinda what I was thinking. your rig looks pretty sweet as it is
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  4. alostpacket

    alostpacket Over Macho Grande? VIP Member This Topic's Starter

    Nov 29, 2009
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    Oh no complaints, just looking for advice. Especially with regards to selling GFX cards :)
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  5. pbf98

    pbf98 Well-Known Member Contributor

    Oct 16, 2011
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    I would love to see this beast when you are done building!

    I was going to get the Evga FTW board, but changed my mind last minute I don't remember my reasoning though. is 32GB going to be enough ;) I got half that at 16 lol but I want more, tempted to ge to 64.

    Sounds like you will have a nice machine to run anything you want
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  6. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Oct 28, 2009
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    Like you, I have a pair of 260s, but my primary is now a 560 Ti 448 Core, from eVGA - that beast with its dual fans is completely awesome, for now.

    Seeling off the older cards is a bit tricky - you can buy a decent 500 series lower end card that supports PhysX and can power HD monitors for under $100 these days.

    I have the Corsair H100 CPU cooler, and it's fantastic. If I had the money I'd make a truly water cooled system, but this is a great substitute for my current core i7 965 EE-based system.

    I think you're on the right path, just look at a more modern, low-power GPU for the monitors.
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