Puny 256? Samsung's EVO series is slower and uses TLC. One 256 pro would run faster then an EVO and two running Raid 0 is double the performance. EVO's belong on budget orientated builds not an enthusiast one like this.
Haha and the requests start rolling in. I can't think of anything right now i'm very pleased with the site but I'll let you know if I find anything.
And of course welcome Ryan.
When Skywell is out the cheapest i7 will be $1000 intel is out of control with their pricing.
Philip is the freaking man
I got excited when I saw wireless networking because I thought there would be a listing of wireless routers. I don't know how much it falls into computers but i'd be a neat feature. These new categories are great though thank you!
I noticed the i5 is cheaper to begin starting at $189 at microcenter. I wonder if that $50 off applies to the already lowered processor price.
If so that would be a steal!
Not sure what you mean by reference 670. I don't plan on overclocking so the stock heatsink is more then enough and I don't understand what's wrong with the biostar motherboard? I've seen them benchmarked and biostar usually comes out on top. Is there something i'm missing?
Thanks for the response, I'll take your advice into consideration.
I've never had much luck when I try over clocking, will the VRM matter if it's not overclocked?
As far as Radeon goes those are really solid cards. My brothers 6770 can run protoype 2 on maxed out settings. This one just seemed to fit for what I need it for.
I've used this optical drive in many builds and have never had any problems with it. It works great for me, and I only ever use it to install a game or occasionally burn some music to a disk so I see no reason to spend any more money then necessary.
That's a good question, maybe you've figured it out by now that this build is geared a little more towards performance then price. I was given a budget so the goal was to get the best possible without exceeding that budget. I'll explain my reasoning behind getting a 256.
I personally have a 128 gb vertex 4 and a separate hard drive. I thought I could load my OS and games to my SSD and the rest to an HD. Initially it worked fine but then my SSD started slowing down as it filled up, even with the OS and games alone I was at 100 gb used. It turns out that the Vertex 4 has 2 operating modes, performance mode and storage mode. When the SSD uses over 50% of available space it drastically slows down because it now has to start writing the data on multiple blocks which increases wear and reduces speed.
I bought the 256 with the intent of not going over 128gb of data to achieve SLC (Single level cell) like performance.
The case is really nice. It comes with 1 front 1 back and 1 top fan (the front fan has a nice blue LED), front pannel usb 3.0. It's painted on the inside and has a tool-less design. Can't ask for more especially with that price. I'm also thankful it came with a 2.5 drive bay mount.
The only problem I had was screwing in the bottom motherboard screws. Little hands come in handy.
Thanks for the comment, like I explained to Jimmy the 660ti's memory bandwidth is a big bottleneck. To take full advantage of all those cuda cores the 670 is ideal in my opinion. Also the price isn't too far off from a 660ti.
Hi, thanks for your reply, the 660ti looks great on paper but the 192-bit memory bandwidth starts becomming a real problem at higher resolutions and anti-aliasing. Thats the only bottleneck that becomes eliminated when you upgrade to the 670. Also, I believe I got a very good price on it as it's $35 more then the average 660ti.