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Well my trusty old computer has finally given up the ghost. I'll be building a new one to maraude this site with. The one that just died was built in '03 or '04 so my challenge is to outdo that lifespan with this one. If that computer hadn't died it would have lasted me at least another 4ish years before I 'NEEDED' to upgrade it. Using the backup computer now which is one of my kid's old computers and good lord it is a big difference. I had to source parts from both Newegg and TigerDirect as neither site had everything I wanted. Can't wait to get it together and test drive my new Solid State Hard Drive. :cool:
 

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I'm building the overclocker special. i5-2500k (4 core processor) 16GB ram (2x8GB), liquid cooled, 39" monitor, NVidia GTX 660. I chose the i5-2500k because it has been successfully overclocked to over 4.5 ghz. It is essentially an i7 processor minus one instruction set. I'd have to consult with my 'specialist' to tell you which instruction set that is but when he told me that it is something I wouldn't notice I pulled the trigger on it. I'm hoping for clean, quiet, fast, and long life. I do not plan to overclock unless needed. I have a feeling that this machine will make me play games. Ram is a bit expensive right now so I'll wait until the price drops and pick up another 16GB....to keep it 'snappy'.:D Your machine sounds niiiiice.
 

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How big of an SSD are you going with? Is this replacing an HDD or supplementing it?
 

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I'm not 100% sure what my hard drive situation is going to end up as. The SSD I have on order is a 240GB. I'm thinking of getting a smaller one (40-80GB) just for the OS. Not sure on that just yet. If I do that the 240GB SSD will be for programs that would greatly benefit from being on a SSD such as Photoshop. If I get the second SSD or not I'm putting in a big conventional HDD as well for general purpose storage and programs that won't get used often or benefit from being on a SSD. My first mind tells me to install the OS on the 240GB SSD and ditch the idea of a SSD just for the OS.
 

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I agree with your first mind and go with one SSD for OS and programs. Put in a couple TB drives in RAID for data and you should be good. I understand your thinking about the 2500 but it is already a couple years old. I haven't looked into hardware for a while now but isn't there a newer processor that will give the performance of an OC'd 2500 if you don't plan on OCing?

After all this talk, I need to get back in the game.
 

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I agree with your first mind and go with one SSD for OS and programs. Put in a couple TB drives in RAID for data and you should be good. I understand your thinking about the 2500 but it is already a couple years old. I haven't looked into hardware for a while now but isn't there a newer processor that will give the performance of an OC'd 2500 if you don't plan on OCing?

After all this talk, I need to get back in the game.
The 2500 is a couple years old true. The old adage 'Every computer becomes outdated the second you get it home' does not apply to me. I'd still be using my 9year old machine HAPPILY if it were still running. Before that machine I was using a Celeron 400! Folks had better processors in their microwave ovens. My needs don't change computer-wise. Everytime I build a machine I reinstall my old software or upgrade if something isn't backwards compatible to what I have and I'm set for life. Maybe not set for my life but for the lifespan of that machine, I'm good until the machine dies. I do try to build a good performing machine to start with though. Back to the processor being old...I see it as 'tested', tested in extensive over-clocking. The i5 2500k is still to this day a sought out processor due to its performance and stability/ability especially when overclocked. I may NEVER do that but I like having that option and knowing that I can run it at 4.5+ghz if needed. My guy tells me that Intel has/is pulling this processor because it is cutting into the i7 sales. Overclocked it outperforms many of the i7 processors. I have only briefly searched but I found one guy running his as 4.7 ghz! I also ordered a new case with dust filters over the intake locations. Hoping that will add some lifespan to the system. And first mind for the win! As far as a new processor that delivers what the 2500k does when overclocked the answer is yes but it alone costs a little more than my ENTIRE system.
 

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That is what I wasn't sure of, I am a big fan of cost/performance to get the best value. The last one I built I went for hardware that was the best 6 months to 1 year old and it was about 30% of the original price. How you just put it makes perfect sense to me, get the most reasonably priced best performing hardware that you need and it should live a long time. Keep it cool and clean and you shouldn't have issues.
 

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I'm more likely to emulate old school arcade games on it than get into anything new. I'm not ruling new stuff out but I just don't know about any of it. I would play the hell out of 'Defender', 'Spy Hunter', 'Galaga', and 'Xevious' though.
 

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Let's see,
Roller Coaster Tycoon is a fun game, not sure if it will run with the new Windows. Have to find my copy and give it a try, it was from the Win 98 days I believe.
Newer games, what do you like? Role Playing such as Dungeons and Dragons? First Person Shooters such as Call of Duty or Battlefield? Strategy such as Age of Empires?

My preference is a game that I can play for many hours and not get bored or finish quickly. Many of the FPS games can be played through single player in about 5-7 hours. They are designed more for multiplayer.

My absolute favorite games right now are Borderlands and Borderlands2. They combine first person shooter with a little role playing and have a fantastic story. Borderlands is about 5 years old and BL2 is almost a year old now. Again we are going for value so for $50 you get the game then could buy the expansion package for another $15 and an extra character for $10. So I have $75 tied up in the game and have as of now 568 hours in the game. You can find the entire package of Borderlands on special for $15-20 usually.
 

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Hey I did play Call of Duty Modern Warfare. That was some awesome stuff. But like you said, once you finish it there is little incentive to play again. I hear it is fun in multiplayer though so maybe I'll try that. I could get into everything you just said as long as I didn't need a degree in keyboard-ology to play it. I was introduced to Baldur's Gate a long time ago. It is probably my favorite game to date. Its a dungeons and dragons type role playing game and you really have to have an open mind to play that stuff. Once you grasp the concept it becomes fun and you feel like a nerd. So there is a chance that something will peak my interests and I'll give it a try. I like the commercials for that Assassin's Creed game. That game Borderlands game sounds interesting. If the interface isn't to complicated I'd probably enjoy it.
 

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BL and BL2 use the standard key controls and you can also as with most games customize your game to set what keys do what actions.
I have Baldur's Gate also, I did like that game. There is a new one called Neverwinter, it is a free online D&D type game. I installed it and haven't spent much time on it yet. It has gotten good reviews though.
 

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Oh Goodie!! Parts are starting to arrive. Still waiting on delivery of the processor and video card. I'd heard of Neverwinter Nights but I've never tried it. When ever I get in the mood to play something like that I just start another game of Baldur's Gate. Beauty of that game is it changes based on your decisions and characters so you get many times through with new stuff. Another game I've enjoyed is Dungeon Keeper2. This is the one where you build the dungeon and attract its occupants to fight for you so you can release evil on the world....good stuff.
 

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Warning: impending bromance
 

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Up and running. Was actually up and running Windows updates late Thursday night interrupted by an offshore fishing trip Fri-Sun. Got back to it this afternoon and its running great. Caught some fish too.:cool:
 

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I just got this dam computer running again. The sucker crashed and was down for several days. A bad stick of memory and straight to the gutter goes the whole machine. I finally got it figured out basically I didn't have time to screw with it. Hopefully it'll be back to its trouble free status. Thats where I've been...held hostage by no computer.
 

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I just got this dam computer running again. The sucker crashed and was down for several days. A bad stick of memory and straight to the gutter goes the whole machine. I finally got it figured out basically I didn't have time to screw with it. Hopefully it'll be back to its trouble free status. Thats where I've been...held hostage by no computer.
I have given up building them. run great for 2 or so years but if any thing goes wrong i can only yell at the mirror. that doesnt feel so good, i rather yell at tec support.
 
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