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A new gaming rig

By kchat
Mar 31, 2013
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  1. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 292   +44

    Yes, definitely go with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, it's well supported and faster, and as you said 32 bit limits you to something like 3.2 GB available to Windows. Nobody uses 32 bit Windows these days unless their hardware won't support 64 bit. The Zotac you linked is not the same - it's only a 650 Ti - the 650 Ti Boost is a new SKU designed to fill the gap between 650 Ti and 660 (& compete with HD 7790). Here's a link to the right Zotac card;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500293&IsVirtualParent=1
    That one looks better, right? It has 2 GB DDR5 and 2 fans and looks more like a real video card.
     
  2. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    thanx. that's settled. I'm going for 64 bit. :) but, no sign of this (newegg's) zotac card in here. so, plz find me the best one from this link - "http://www.flipkart.com/computers/c...]=sort=popularity&sid=6bo,g0i,6sn&layout=grid"

    also about HDD now. everywhere I can see lots of negative reports about 2 TB & 3 TB drives. so, if I want to make a 4 TB drive, must I go for 4 "1 TB Drive's" ? seagate is getting bad reports, so WD Black ? is it alright ? plz, share ur thoughts. :)
     
  3. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 292   +44

    Flipkart doesn't offer the new 650 Ti Boost yet, so you can either go with the cheaper 650 Ti; http://www.flipkart.com/zotac-nvidi...PA7H&ref=555f9cee-37d5-4156-bf37-92185aa0cc72, or the more expensive 660; http://www.flipkart.com/gainward-nv...QHJG&ref=bdf9f9d5-c237-4001-ab4a-271430d1eec3, but remember, the 650 Ti has no SLI connector, so if you think you may later go with a 2 card SLI setup, get the 660. I have the EVGA 660 Ti Superclocked 3 GB DDR5, and it's great, but I paid $350 for it (19048 Rs).
    As for hard drives, I recommend 2 TB or less, the 3 & 4 TB models seem to have more problems. WD Black is recommended for enthusiasts, but is twice the price of WD Green drives. I have 2 of the 2 TB Greens, both running for over 2 years, both still showing 100% health. I have a faster (7200 rpm) WD Blue 500 GB to load games and programs, and a Crucial M4 128 SSD for Windows and my favorite game (Dirt Showdown). I don't trust Seagate drives, but they are cheaper, and many people use them with no problems. I do have an external 3 TB Seagate (but it's made by Toshiba), and it disconnects itself regularly for no apparent reason.
     
  4. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    So 2 TB WD Green is ok ? people say it dies quite quickly ! :( as for the GPU I'm going for Gainward 660. :)
     
  5. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 292   +44

    Like I said, mine have been in constant operation since 2011 with no problems. Hard drives must be handled gently if you want them to last, lots of them get damaged in shipping. That's why I buy mine locally, they were most likely shipped to the store in large shipments with minimal jarring of individual drives. I stand by my preference for WD drives, all of them.
     
  6. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,001   +1,502

    Seagate is the only brand I have purchase within the last ten years. I've had one Seagate drive that was dead on arrival, and another that was damaged from mis use. I purchase Seagate because of a WD drive that failed on me within one year of purchase. Thats my preference and it certainly doesn't reflect on the quality of WD drives being sold today.

    There are other brands besides Seagate, that I have dealings with from pre-built PC's. It's been over ten years since I've had a drive fail from manufacturing defects. If I were to purchase another brand it would be either WD or Samsung. Purchase a drive with good reviews and you shouldn't have any issues. Every drive makers will eventually release a bad series, thats no reason to eternally disgrace their name. With that said, the same can be stated for everything that is manufactured.
     
  7. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    thanx. :)
     
  8. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20


    but seagate has only 1 yr warranty as opposed to WD's 3 yrs ! :( I've always used WD, so practically know nothing about seagate. also, financially it would have been helpful to me to buy seagate. it's price is lower than WD. I can't find samsung HDD's here. so, plz suggest what should I do ? :'(
     
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,001   +1,502

    My advice would be to stick to what you know and not go off on someone else's opinion unless you feel the need to. I'm an Intel guy. You are an AMD guy. I respect that and will advise to the best of my ability.

    If you feel more comfortable with WD, then by all means stick with WD. I was mentioning my mileage, so that it could also be weighed in on the conversation. Just remember the WD drive I mentioned to go bad, was 13 years ago. I only mentioned it because at the time, that was my excuse not to purchase WD. Times change and so does opinions, or at least they should change over time.
     
  10. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    Thanx. need to do more research now. let's see what can I get ! :)
     
  11. hood6558

    hood6558 TS Booster Posts: 292   +44

    In the end, you take many opinions from diverse sources, and use them to form your own, but the only opinions that really count are the ones formed from years of trying different brands. You'll get burned occasionally, but you'll also end up with invaluable knowledge about which brands and models are best, and which ones to avoid. Everybody hates returns and RMAs, and lots of us have only the one system, so downtime is a real annoyance. The upshot is, do your research, take the plunge, and learn from mistakes.
     
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  12. kchat

    kchat TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 20

    a million dollar answer ! thanx a ton. going to do exactly that. :) :D
     
  13. Emmc15

    Emmc15 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    just on post.
    "I'm using Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit"

    and

    "Corsair Vengeance DDR3 RAM (2x8 GB)"

    isn't going to be a great combination as 32 bit Windows 7 can only use 4gb of ram.
    12gb you put in wont be used, just thought to let you know, hope your build goes well for you
     
  14. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    That's already been sorted mate, check a few posts above.
     


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