Time for a new PC - Building The List

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Well, I've been intending to do this for quite some time, but now there is no choice. Pushing standard-grade parts hard has the habit of coming back hard on you, like when every capacitor on your motherboard blows simultaneously. So, it's time.

I'm set on getting a Seiki 39" 4k TV for my monitor. Now, before everyone starts yelling "it's only HDMI 1.4 and can only do 30Hz," yes, I know. For video and photo editing, 30Hz is sufficient, and I intend to have my gaming at standard HD which will get an easy 120Hz and solve that problem. The TV will also be accompanied by a Yamaha sound bar and subwoofer.

The set parts right now are the AMD FX-9590, 32GB (4x8GB) AMD Radeon DDR3 1600, and (likely) the HIS/AMD R9 280x ICE2 video card. The GPU will likely get a second over the summer if we deem that Crossfire is needed, so the need for PCIe channels deems that I must be looking at the 990FX chipset.

The case will be a Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935 accompanied by the CM Eiseberg 280L water cooling rig.

Any suggestions in going forward with the build? I'm trying to keep the price under $3K US (excluding the TV and sound bar).

I am super excited that I FINALLY get to do this! But I'm limping along with an ancient laptop, and my wife is being extra nice... :-)

Nick McDermott

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Well, I guess I will be the first to respond to my own thread.

Here's what I have so far:

Cooler Master HAF Stacker 935
ASRock 990FX Extreme9
AMD FX-9590
***Corsair Hydro-Series H105 closed-loop water cooling system
****G.SKILL 32Gb Quad-channel DDR3 2133Mhz (4x8GB)
G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Memory Fans Unit
Corsair RM1000 PSU
**Sapphire Vapor-X AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB Video Card
Corsair Force Series GS 240Gb SATA-III SSD
*2X WD BLACK SERIES WD2003FZEX 2TB 64MB Cache 7200RPM SATA-III Magnetic Hard Discs
Asus DVD-RW
Asus BR-RE

Plus more fans to build out the cooling, Artic Silver for the CPU, extensions for the motherboard and video power leads.

Advice is still welcome. Before you recommend an Intel Core i7, please remember that this is not going to be an exclusively gaming rig and I do in fact need the 8 cores, and am not interested in stepping up to the Core i7 Extreme (just to darn expensive) to overcome the crutch in hyperthreading.

The motherboard actually is rather appealing because of it's 12x2 MOSFET power phase system, which places it up with the best of the best. I just wish it was a little more visually attractive like the ASRock Fatal1ty or Asus ROG platforms.

Memory at 1600Mhz is sufficient because I am intent to keep everything at stock speeds for the time being, and it makes no sense to buy more expensive memory and throttle it back.

*EDIT: Following reading up on high-volume drive stability, I opted to switch over to the WD Blacks, which ought to be a little faster, too, thanks to the larger cache. They will not be striped, they will be hosting individual partitions. Opinions on brand choice?

**EDIT: I opted for the Sapphire Vapor-X because of the deal I got at SuperBiiz, which bundled an extra video card into the package. My kids' computer is still running an old HD 2400 Pro, so with their recent memory and processor upgrade, they were due, and two cards for one just made the deal.

***EDIT: Opted for the Corsair H105 due to the thickness and channeling of the radiator.

****EDIT: I had to. 2133Mhz memory for less than the 1600Mhz was going to cost. Chances are it will be downclocked to 1833Mhz to provide ample stability.

Nick McDermott

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All orders are in, and it looks like I will have everything by Friday, so this can be a weekend build. The only part that may not make it is the video cards, which are expected Monday thanks to the weather slowing ground shipments. If it makes it by Friday, expect to see some stuff over the weekend on the build. Otherwise, obviously it will have to wait until the parts are all here.

The soundbar hasn't been ordered yet. I may go with a cheaper Samsung system, or even a ZVOX 320 combo system, but that remains to be seen. I have a good set of stereo speakers (and the speakers on the TV), as well as a Plantronics RIG headset system on the way, so it will remain to be seen if I really need the better speaker system in the first place. It just made more sense to fully flesh out the PC rather than trim parts to create a surplus in the budget just for speakers.

And now, the waiting game. Waiting for parts always sucks. Lets hope everything makes it in good shape (like, no trucks flipping off of the road in the storms)!

Nick McDermott

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There is nothing quite like the feel of something new.

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Sadly, just got the news that the video cards will not arrive at my UPS station office until late Friday or early Saturday, which means I won't be seeing delivery until Monday of next week (2/17).

However, the case and TV arrived last evening. The case, as expected, is a piece of work, and I don't think I will run into any space issues at all. The TV turned out to be a surprise. We tested it (at HD resolution, as the laptop can't support 4K), and the picture was absolutely spectacular, with excellent color depth and contrast.

The motherboard and SSD arrived this morning, and there are more parts due in later today and tomorrow, with the one package on Monday being the last.

I'm not sure if I am going to take still pictures or video of the build, but expect that one way or another I will be posting the build in some fashion or another here. Video may not be the best option, as this will be a fairly complex job and I don't expect to do it with any great speed.

Nick McDermott