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Good Deal for $500?

  • Jan Boehmermann (2083 posts)
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    Good Deal for $500?

    CPU:  AMD FX-6300 6-Core 3.5GHz

    MEMORY:  G.SKILL Ripjaws 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

    MOTHERBOARD: MSI 970A-G46 AM3+

    GRAPHICS CARD:  NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB (x2 in SLI)

    COOLER:  Antec Kuhler H20 620 Liquid Cooler

    STORAGE: 60GB Mushkin Chronos SSD
    1TB Western Digital Blue HDD

    POWER SUPPLY: 700W Raidmax 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified

    OTHER: LITE-ON DVD Burner
    LED Light Strip w/ Controller

     

    TIA!

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  • sonofspy777 (72 posts)
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    • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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      3. If you're like me and keep no data on the C drive, that's plenty.

      I use a 120 Gb SSD as my boot drive and it still has 65 Gb of free space with about 75 different programs loaded on it-on Windows 7 Pro x64. But I keep absolutely no data files on my boot drive.

      I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
      • Eggar (941 posts)
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        5. Yep, did that for a long time

        have had my external 2-bay archgon usb3 pal with me for storage and mirroring – no better way to go.

        I have yet to find any reason to leave my xp64 Pro (Rare) at home. Work’s a different story with their *have-to’s*

         

        Did get a recent great deal on a 256 mushkin SSD – I couldn’t pass up on, though (after using a 32 for a long time)

         

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      • FanBoy (5862 posts)
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        9. You mean no files created by you? does that include stuff saved from the

        internet?

        may I ask what the reason for not wanting to save stuff is?

        • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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          10. Got in the habit a long time ago, when I had to reinstall the OS often.

          Anything on the D partition or drive is not affected by formatting C.

          the only thing on my C drive is the OS and any installed programs and settings.

          All data-pix, music, docs, videos, etc. is separate.

          I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
          • FanBoy (5862 posts)
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            11. Is a D drive on the hard drive or a separate drive?

            • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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              12. On my main system, it's a separate drive since I use a 120Gb SSD as the boot

              then I have a 2 TB partitioned into about 5 partitions-i keep things separate. One has my data and docs, one my music, one my videos, and one has all my .iso files for various OS’s. All this is also backed up on external drives.

              If I had to rebuild, the absolute max data not backed up would be about 6 days worth.

              My computer in my bedroom doesn’t have a SSD boot drive so I just partitioned the hard drive the same way.

              My HTPC in the living room just has a 60 Gb SSD with a minimal setup on it-Mint 14. If I want to watch a movie or listen to music I just plug in the appropriate external drive.

               

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              • FanBoy (5862 posts)
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                13. Thank you for sharing your knowledge; one last question — if one is hacked,

                how much do the partitions help to protect data?

                • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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                  14. Depending on the type of hack.

                  could be relatively safe or totally screwed. Ransomware will search every drive on your system. Some nasties will only screw with the C drive.

                  Backup, backup, backup, is my motto. All of my data is saved on at least 3 separate drives. And my backup drives are not connected until I need to add data and disconnected as soon as I’m done.

                  I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
                  • FanBoy (5862 posts)
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                    15. thank you for the information.

  • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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    2. I'd say that's pretty fair.

    I spent a little more than that on my main system, but it’s got a little more than that in it.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
    • Jan Boehmermann (2083 posts)
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      4. Actual cost is $450 shipped.

      It was a computer my nephew put together.  So I know where he lives if he ripped me off! 

  • Eggar (941 posts)
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    6. Yep, Good Deal

    Can’t get more base line compared by quality for what you got. Decent Kit! Neat that you have 2 PCIE-E slots for any future possibilities for SLI Linking a couple cards together, but even moreso foregoing the SLI at least have the advantage to Utilize the CUDA cores on some very inexpensive cards out there for any of the High End Processing needed for a good chunk of software out there today ( Real-time Rendering, Gene-Sequencing – HA!, VR simulations, viedo editing, voxel sculpting & what name ya ) Nice system to have to future renovate with!  Like working on an Old Car – Easy :)

     

    Can’t go wrong with the MSI & Asus Boards. – YAY!

    and your new sleek, good workhorse GPU  ooo-lah-lah

    My 10yr old + Asus is still holding it’s Cheese! :) Ain’t she Purdee…?

    and a hotrod gpu to go with it!

    (now gravely outdated 600 cuda cores in comparison to your 900+)

     

         

    #BernieMan_2017

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    • Hobbit709 (1407 posts)
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      7. My main system has a AMD FX-8370 Oc'd to 5 GHz, 16 Mb 1600 MHz RAM

      MSI Gaming 970 motherboard, 120 Gb SSD boot drive, 2 TB data drive, PNY NVidia GTX 1060 graphics, Corsair H60 liquid cooling, 2 M-Disk DVD/RW burners. Connected to a Samsung 40 inch 4K TV used as a monitor.

      I got the OS tweaked so that boot time to desktop from power on is 16 seconds.

      I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
  • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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    8. If your going to buy memory, buy two matched sticks for the whole amount say, 8

    8gb sticks to make 16 gb Dont buy four smaller sticks, you’ll end up having to not use two if you want to expand it. Also, I would try to find a bundle. You can use PC Parts Picker to ensure compatibility and make sure you’re getting the best price out there now.

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