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Building a Haswell i7 System

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Jun 1, 2013.

  1. Jun 1, 2013 #1 of 10
    Mark Holtz

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    Well, it's that time. My Core 2 Duo E6600 (code name Conroe), while perfectly adequate for web browsing and business tasks, is inadequate for some of what I want to do. The processor is from 2007 (no, really), the motherboard is from 2010, and the video card (a nVidia 460) is also from 2010. Considering that I want to play with the newer games as well as dabble in virtualization, it's time for a replacement.

    And, yes, Haswell has me drooling. I think USB 3.0 implementation is now mature. I can't wait for the Z87 motherboard reviews. This ought to be fun.
     
  2. Jun 1, 2013 #2 of 10
    P Smith

    P Smith Mr. FixAnything

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    stash $2000 for newest greatest include nVidia 690 ;)
     
  3. Jun 1, 2013 #3 of 10
    Mark Holtz

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    You mean the nVidia 770. I can cut some of the costs by recycling some of the stuff from my current system such as the SSD, DVD-ROM, and video card. Those are easily upgradable later.
     
  4. Jun 1, 2013 #4 of 10
    P Smith

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    I stop monitoring the video cards latest numbers... too fast changing and too expensive for not a gamer :(
     
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    Mark Holtz

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    P Smith

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    man ... I need 30" monitor to see the table !
     
  7. Jun 5, 2013 #7 of 10
    Mark Holtz

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    I found a site called PC Part Picker which is a price tracking site for PC Parts (thanks LifeHacker)) and threw what I liked in my system. The answer was essentially "start saving". :rolling: Well, it's nice to have an idea, plus I can skimp on some stuff now and upgrade future. (I can get by with 8 GB of RAM instead of 32GB, my existing 460 video card and SSD drive work work great).
     
  8. Jun 5, 2013 #8 of 10
    P Smith

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    told yeah :)
     
  9. Jun 5, 2013 #9 of 10
    Tom Robertson

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    Just print it out on one page and use a microfiche reader. :)
     
  10. Tom Robertson

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    Actually that comparison is pretty handy. (Awkward to use, but still handy.) :)

    Just start removing motherboards that don't have the things you need and you might have a managable list fairly quickly. For instance I want display port, that zapped 1/2 the motherboards in an instant. Then some tweaking and I'll be down to a nice system to drool over and not be able to afford for a year anyway... :)

    Peace,
    Tom
     

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