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Yet another System Build thread..
show user profile  ScotlandDave
I`m looking for an up to date system, as quiet as possible, roughly the following specs:

i7 2600K/2700K overclocked to around 5Ghz
16Gb DDR3 Ram
Mobo - Whatever works
NVidia GTX 580 Probably
120Gb SSD roughyl

A couple of pre-built with-warranty systems i`ve seen are as follows:

Thinking these will be quite loud and might need some customising though not sure.

Basically any advice, crits on those systems, suggestions, whatever, would be nice.

One other question was regards IvyBridge - whens that supposed to be out? Weren`t they supposed to be on the shelves by now? Should i wait? Am i right that they should use less energy, be more overclockable, and support dual-cpu via socket 2011??

Anyway, any thoughts feel free to drop them here :|

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11/7/2011 1:42:27 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 1:43:10 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
I'm in the same position as you. I don't know if I'm going to wait for socket 2011.
As far as mobos I going to get one that supports RAID1.
Also thinking of GTX 570 being a better deal for the money. I think Stabby said the 580
gives you about 10% more performance for 30% more money.

I've got all my my parts picked out but haven't pulled the trigger yet.
I can put together a list if you'd like.

Also I've noticed WD HDs have gone through the roof price wise.
Something to do with floods in Korea or something.
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11/7/2011 2:36:51 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 2:36:51 PM)
show user profile  Dave
I didn't think it was just Western Digital that have had to hike up prices, I thought the flooded factory (in Thailand) was just a large producer of drive components for all brands.

Oh, and SSD drives, although unaffected... are also going up in price purely because they can. (as regular drive prices go to over-double, SSD's seem a lot more affordable)

"I flew over Egypt once"

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11/7/2011 2:44:26 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 2:44:26 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
The next gen of chips is available from the 14th of this month. I'd wait till then.

Oh, and I will never use dinoPC. Read some customer comments, and my own experience with them.

Consider instead.

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11/7/2011 2:55:19 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 2:55:19 PM)
show user profile  Dave
"The next gen of chips is available from the 14th of this month. I'd wait till then"

I read an article not too long ago that talked about the "i" processors being the standard for the next 5 odd years, it also mentioned how the new chips would not be bringing the older ones down in price, as there was no need to. The newer chips are just going to be expensive, and that'll be that.

Wow, massive highlighted typo and nobody calls me out on it!? It's like realising my fly has been down all night.

"I flew over Egypt once"

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11/7/2011 3:11:00 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 5:52:41 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Fair enough. I'm only telling you what I'm doing, not what to do.

I'm about to buy very similar to what you have there. 2600K, SSD, 16GB RAM
I was told that the six-core version would be almost as cheap as the current 2600k.
I'm going to buy from Overclockers. If you configure one yourself, you can get the bits for cheaper than that system you linked to (at least you could when I tried it the other day).

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11/7/2011 3:27:29 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 3:27:29 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
I'd still wait until the next gen ships. They would say prices won't drop because they want you to buy now not wait.
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11/7/2011 3:34:42 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 3:34:42 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Can anyone tell me what is the big deal with the SSD drives?
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11/7/2011 3:39:38 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 3:39:38 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
ur 5h1t loads fast.

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11/7/2011 3:41:01 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 4:05:42 PM)
show user profile  soontekk
if that cooler fails for 1 nanosecond you'll have a hole the size of a fat chick in all floors below you and a personal 1km mine shaft.. :)

melting ur brainz!
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11/7/2011 3:43:41 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 3:43:41 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
NikClark: What happened with DinoPC i remember you were going to buy from them? looks good, there`s some good deals on SSD`s etc etc that vary, some weekend only offers, etc. Would rather go with a customised pre-build than DIY tho for warranty/ease..

You Americans have newegg etc etc and generally cheaper prices fancy a paypal/shipping arrangement anyone? :)

Would love to go down the Xeon route, but the expense is quite a large margin - afaik they`re just the same chips with a larger cache, six-core and dual-cpu enabled - why the HUGE price hike? There`s some dodgy guys in Taiwan on ebay shipping the X series xeons for 350 quid each - hmmm :P

Anyway, if anybody has a link to more specific info regards the socket 2011 chips/mobos that`d be great.

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11/7/2011 5:51:00 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 5:51:00 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
My experience with them....

Email making basic enquiry, using the form on their website "We'll get straight back to you".

A week later no reply.

Another email to ask the question again

Another week, no reply.

I rang them several times, spent 15 minutes on hold, on the "sales hotline", gave up.

Sent another email explaining that I'd emailed them several times, and tried ringing them. They emailed me back with "email me your tel no, and I'll call you right now". Replied immediately, call never came.

Emailed again saying "I've got an £1800 order on the screen, and I'm about to hit buy, but have one question".Never got a reply.

This is when I did some research. They used to be called something else, but went "bankrupt", which left all the people with a warranty shafted. They opened this new company, same people, new name.

I found quite a few forums with people complaining about them. Some people still didn't have a PC six months after paying for one. Some people were opening the PC that eventually arrived, and finding dusty, old parts inside the machines. Many people were complaining about lack of communication, deliveries that never arrived, constant excuses and lies.

Then they started threatening people openly on forums with lawsuits for complaining about them.

Now, this is all "internet", so god knows what the real truth is, but my experience with them matched what people were saying on these forums.

In short, they are never, ever getting my money. I'm sure that 100's of people have had no problem with them, and people on the Internet are only vocal when there's a problem.

But, at the same time, fuck them. I tried to give them best part of two grand for over a month, and I couldn't get enough communication from them to make a sale.

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11/7/2011 6:00:35 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 6:00:35 PM)
show user profile  Mr_Stabby
s2011 with 6 core SBE will come in 1 week, motherboards will cost 250-450$ (you can expect 350+ for the 8 dimm variety), the cheapest 6 core will be 580$

somewhere in q1 2012 we're also getting 8 core SBE xeons, prices start from 1200$ and overclockability is as of yet unknown

ivy bridge is supposed to hit somewhere in spring and will at first replace SB in 1155 platforms, later on expected to also move to 2011 in form of IBE

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11/7/2011 7:50:21 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 7:50:21 PM)
show user profile  Jock
If you did want dual xeon chips, ive got two that I could part with.

Also got a skulltrail board which I need to sell though theres some doubts about that.
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11/7/2011 9:03:23 PM (last edit: 11/7/2011 9:03:23 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Hmm dunno have had a read up @ TomsHardware, reviews on the pre-release SandyBridge-E chips.. If there`s going to be a substantial hike in cost plus new Mobos / teething / etc they can keep the extra two cores, the 2600K competes closely in most benchmarks:,3026.html

I think IvyBridge will be a different ball-game, but not until well into next year.

As much as i`d like the extra two cores and scalability of xeon dual-processors - overclocked i7 2600K/2700K system i think it`ll be :)

Jock: What xeon chips do you have there?

Nik: Sorry to hear that, i remember recommending dinopc, having never had a problem with them as such, the prices have always been very competitive. I still have my pc from them, three years down the line. But if the situation with them is REALLY that bad, seems highly dubious that they`ll get away with it..

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11/8/2011 12:04:24 AM (last edit: 11/8/2011 12:05:40 AM)
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