OK, more detailed reply: (and please, feel free to tell me to RTFM there's an article somewhere that covers the issue.) I've put lots of build comments and thoughts on my saved build on pcpartpicker
Something that might affect future comments: not stated in original post were plans to eventually upgrade by adding a 2nd CPU to use Crossfire. But I've just realized my current Asus P8H77-V motherboard can't do it right as it only has one PCIe 3 slot. Which leads to one major question that affects the whole build:Is it better to try to build only to a given specification, picking the parts that are best for the current specification, at the current time, with current technology? Or is better to try to pick parts that will "future proof" the build by picking some things - like bigger case, PSU, motherboard, etc.) than is technically required by the current specification? I can argue both sides, unfortunately. (discussion here)
Answering THAT question would really help me make better choices, I think.
On to the build: HD comments:
(multiple HD?) um, I don't know what I was thinking. Only meant to have single HD. Fixed.
(warranty) I hadn't considered that. Are the WD drives reliable? I've been reading mixed reports. Adding to my "do more research" list. Ack, that list is getting thick!!oversized PSU:
OK, I downsized a bit. I was considering an upgrade path of getting a 2nd GPU and using Crossfire. That would bring the unit to about 600W (according to pcpartpicker.com), which makes the current 700W adequate. See second paragraph for question about future proofing.Corsair HD and CPU cooling
THANKS for the warnings! It's gone. Picked Noctua as pcpartpicker gives decibel levels of 9.6 - 32.1 dbA for the Scythe Mugen 3
, but only 7.9 - 17.6 dbA for the Noctua NH-U9B
. Do those numbers actually mean anything, or are they just marketing noise signifying nothing?oversized case
(Das_Saunamies and others): I've noticed that quieter parts are often bulkier. Was trying to actually find a case in which such things fit comfortably. Was also under the perhaps mistaken impression that a larger case would allow for better cooling - but I've just thought of a couple reasons why I might be wrong. A smaller, tighter case wouldn't be unwelcome, but I'm not sure I trust myself to then pick parts that will physically fit into said case. Besides, I can always use a large case for a monster NAS server in my home server room. Eventually.RAM choices
(CA_Steve, Das_Saunamies) Low power and lower profile RAM sounds like good ideas. I've changed my choice to 16Gb of 1.5V, Crucial Ballistix 1600
. The comments on larger not necessarily faster are being taken into account - I'll add that to my "research this" list. first bit of research results
: seems that 8Gb is the "sweet spot" for current games.
I still have a number of your posts to go through point by point to consider. I like to understand why certain choices are made, so it sometimes takes me longer. I'm not in any hurry, but will be getting a new PC before the new year (I have to set SOME deadline after all).
In Win Dragon Rider? We have one for you at SPCR -- the review sample, packed up since review, at less than half price.
Hell yeah! Do you have any other kit you want to ditch? I've got nothing against pre-tested...
I don't get to the mainland that often though, especially since the fares have become somewhat unapproachable. However, I predict at least one mainland weekend raid (with vehicle) before the new year. I'll be sure to give you a shout to arrange something.
PS: the topic disappeared because that's what the forum does when a user like me, who needs admin approval for every post, tries to change the subject of the first post to something more descriptive. I'm assuming that once I earn the trust of the admins my posts won't require moderation. If they're smart that will take some time - you never know if I'm a troll in newbie clothing. (edit: hmm, they trust quickly. My posts are now showing up immediately. How... trusting.) Until then, well, it's interesting behaviour on the part of the forum software...
- from waffling about MikeC's Inwin case offer to "hell yeah!" on MikeC's Inwin case offer...
- added first relevant RAM article.
- added link to philosophy of I.T article: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=65264