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Is it hard to build a computer?

  1. #11


    The Deep South
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    And another question, 230GB SSD or 2TB Internal Hard Drive?

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  2. #12


    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you can allow it in your budget, a 120GB SSD for the operating sysytem. A 1TB hard drive for your alt date.
    A 230GB SSD would be expensive (in australia) So downgrading to a 120GB SSD should allow you to afford a 1TB 6gb/s HDD
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by rchris View Post
    I'd be interested in hearing from others that build a far greater number of systems to hear what failure rates they've experienced. If you look at the reviews of--for example--power supplies and motherboards on Newegg.com, the DOA rate is just scary. I know you can't compute failure rates based on those reviews since many satisfied customers don't write in, but the numbers are still awesome (in a bad way).
    I've built somewhere in the ballpark of 20-30 computers over the past 15 years. Honestly, I've had almost no failure of any component during the build outs. I once had a video card that was bad, and a case fan, but that's about all that I can remember. Never once had a bad motherboard, bad stick of RAM, bad power supply or a bad hard drive. EVER.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    If you can allow it in your budget, a 120GB SSD for the operating sysytem. A 1TB hard drive for your alt date.
    A 230GB SSD would be expensive (in australia) So downgrading to a 120GB SSD should allow you to afford a 1TB 6gb/s HDD
    Oh, Wow! They are expensive!! But what is the advantage of having two separate drives?
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  5. #15


    Gold Coast (Australia)
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    SSD drives are super fast. Some argue that continuous writes onto the disk is detrimental. There is a strong argument that it isnt. (Search in here) Having an SSD as a main drive will overall speed up every day activities (noticeably to some people) Having a HDD to store your stuff just takes a little pressure off your SSD

    Personally I believe that if you arent a power user, get two HDD 6GB/s drives, a 500GB and a 2 or 3 terabyte. Youll be able to afford that just from not getting an SSD

    Main reason to have 2 drives, if your OS drive dies for whatever reason, your stuff is safe. You can tell Win 8.1 to move the location of personal folders etc to the 2nd drive, you'll learn that later

    Backup configs can me made in many ways, you may just be happy with a external in which case a terabyte OS with a partition may suite you.
    I personally dont have partitions, I just keep buying drives. Currently I have 10 drives in my PC case and a few externals. But I'm apparently insane.
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Sites like Newegg and TigerDirect will have bare bones systems listed. The parts in that system have been tested to work together. You assemble it yourself. I'm not saying you should buy one of these but they can help you sort out what works with what motherboard. The low end systems are pretty basic and not what I would call high performance but for some first time builders it can take the headache out of making sure all the parts you buy will work when you power it up. They have more expensive higher performance systems too depending on what your budget is. I bought one years ago and slowly upgraded all the parts. Now all the original parts are back together as my spare PC. Motherboards will have a Qualified Vender List for download that will list all the RAM that has been tested and certified to work on that motherboard. They will also have similar list for what CPU's are compatible. You can download and look at these before you even buy the motherboard.
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  7. #17


    The Deep South
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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Here's a screen shot of what I picked out on pcpartpicker.com: Click image for larger version
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    SSD drives are super fast. Some argue that continuous writes onto the disk is detrimental. There is a strong argument that it isnt. (Search in here) Having an SSD as a main drive will overall speed up every day activities (noticeably to some people) Having a HDD to store your stuff just takes a little pressure off your SSD
    SSD's have a limited # of writes..there is no argument there...it is FACT. However, with that said, if you write hundreds of GB's of day, every day, it will take well over 5 years for that SSD to run out of writes. So, it's not much to really worry about.

    Having a secondary standard HDD is not about relieving pressure on the SSD, it's for storage. SSD's are small in comparison. If you are going to store 80GB worth of videos on your computer and another 40GB of music, you don't want to chew up your entire SSD with those files. They usually don't benefit from faster storage anyway. So, you put those on the HDD and keep your OS, your apps and your working files on your SSD.
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  9. #19


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Having a secondary standard HDD is not about relieving pressure on the SSD, it's for storage.

    yeah thanks for clearing that up.
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  10. #20


    The Deep South
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by antspants View Post
    Having a secondary standard HDD is not about relieving pressure on the SSD, it's for storage.

    yeah thanks for clearing that up.
    I'm probably going to get 120GB SSD and a 2TB HHD.
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