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Building a Haswell i7 System


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#1 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:13 PM

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. 


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:49 PM

stash $2000 for newest greatest include nVidia 690 ;)



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 02:32 PM

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. 


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Posted 01 June 2013 - 04:04 PM

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



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 10:40 AM

Comparison of the different motherboards for the Haswell


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Posted 02 June 2013 - 11:08 AM

man ... I need 30" monitor to see the table !



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 02:37 AM

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). 


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:08 AM

told yeah :)



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Posted 05 June 2013 - 01:14 PM

man ... I need 30" monitor to see the table !

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


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Posted 05 June 2013 - 02:09 PM

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... :)

 

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