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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Frederick » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:07 am

I also wanted a Sandybridge setup on a budget and went for:

i7-2600k - £220
MSI H61M-E33 Intel H61 (REV B3) - £54.99
8gb Kingston Ram £54.99

Total = £329.98

As someone said earlier, if you are going to spend the money on a Sandybridge processor, you might as well get a i7-2600 or 2600k, as your money goes much further.

Why not use a H61 motherboard, if your needs are quite basic. They have onboard graphics, so no need for a seperate card (which will cause extra heat inside the case!). There aren't many bells and whistles with h61 board (SATA 6, Bluetooth etc) but unless you know you need them, then you probably don't.

By the account of someone with his ear close to the ground regarding these things, all these new fangled bells and whistles can actually cause quite a few issues when building a DAW, so if you can avoid them, that's my advice.
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Neokoenig » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:08 pm

Rain wrote:
Shambolic Charm wrote:on the gigabyte P67 the difference betwen the UD3 and the UD5 just seems to be extra pcie and a power/reset connector, am I correct with this? as the price difference is £100 and I need that kind of saving.

Actually the UD5 doesn't have SLI. The main additions are onboard firewire and Ext SATA both of which are essential for me. If you don't require these by all means go for the UD3. You could always add a firewire card later....

Ok, Crossfire.. not SLI?
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-p67a-ud5-b3-intel-p67-s1155-pci-e-20-(x16)-ddr3-2133-sata-6gb-s-sata-raid
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby mick.n » Mon Apr 25, 2011 3:01 pm

Damn! I just downloaded the manual for this motherboard....

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-p67a-ud3-b3-intel-p67-express-s-1155-pci-e-20-%28x16%29-ddr3-1333-sata-6gb-s-raid-atx

It seems it doesnt have any IDE connector or floppy connector. I know a floppy drive is old school tech nowadays, but i need a floppy to save midifiles on when i am gigging with a small combo that uses backing tracks on midifile......i use a Viscount RD800 midi data filer for this,sending midi date to my keyboards & synth rack.

IDE, i have a nearly new 160 gb ide drive that i was going to use just for backups/ disc images, etc. Would be a shame to waste it!
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby zenguitar » Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:15 pm

A quick search online shows that there are several adaptors that convert SATA to floppy or IDE connectors. And you have plenty of SATA connections on that board.

That might be an option for you.

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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Exalted Wombat » Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:46 pm

mick.n wrote:Damn! I just downloaded the manual for this motherboard....

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/gigabyte-ga-p67a-ud3-b3-intel-p67-express-s-1155-pci-e-20-%28x16%29-ddr3-1333-sata-6gb-s-raid-atx

It seems it doesnt have any IDE connector or floppy connector. I know a floppy drive is old school tech nowadays, but i need a floppy to save midifiles on when i am gigging with a small combo that uses backing tracks on midifile......i use a Viscount RD800 midi data filer for this,sending midi date to my keyboards & synth rack.

IDE, i have a nearly new 160 gb ide drive that i was going to use just for backups/ disc images, etc. Would be a shame to waste it!

You can get an external USB floppy quite cheaply.

Pity about the IDE drive. But 160GB is going to look pretty trivial in a new computer these days! You could buy a £20 external housing and run that on USB too. But when you look at the price of a 1TB external drive...
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Pete Kaine » Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:33 am

And another nod in the direction of getting a 2600 over a 2500k for the far better bang per buck ratio.
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby mick.n » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:36 pm

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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Pete Kaine » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:08 pm

Any gpu around the £30 mark should do the job, but in the combination you have there, dpc wise the low end ATI's will give better results.
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby Pete Kaine » Tue May 03, 2011 1:10 pm

The 1.5v's are becoming more common these days as the 1.65v's were released for the older i7 boards (X58). The newer chipset found on Sandybridge prefers the lower voltage voltage solutions and 1.65v is the very upper limit of these new controllers so I'd say go with the 1.5v if it's an option as you'll be using less voltage and generating less heat.
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Re: My proposed self build

Postby mick.n » Tue May 03, 2011 3:55 pm

Thank you very much peter, just placed the order. I did however decide on a different psu for this system.
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/600w-corsair-cmpsu-600cx-builder-series-80-eff-120mm-fan-single-12v-rail-atx-ps-2

Now time to find the anti static wriststrap. ;)

Many thanks to all who replied.
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