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I'm finally back. Sorry for the lack of updates. I have been very busy these last few weeks at my full job. Had to deal with some BS at my work, nearly quit my job. But the problem has been solved and things are going better now.

I also had some major problems with my wireless Internet. It was getting very unstable. The problem got worse and worse until it stopped working. The tech guy came out and fix it. It turns out when they installed the antenna it was winter and there were no leaves on the trees. Now that its summer the leaves came out and blocked the signal. They added a dish to the antenna to amplify the signal. Now my Internet works great again.

Back to my computer build. I finally received all my parts last week, but I haven't had time to put it all together yet. I have three days off this weekend, so I hope to finally get it up and running. Here is an image of my newest parts.

I decided to get an SSD (Solid State Drive) for my operating system. I got the Intel's X25-M 160Gb. It wasn't an easy choice. There are a lot of fast SSD's to choose from. To be honest there was no other component on my new computer that had me hesitating, researching and debating as much as I did with this SSD. It wasn't so much deciding whether or not I should get one. But which one? There is a lot out there, but some are still glitchy. The fastest SSD according to MaximumPC is the 128GB Patriot Torqx. But I heard horror stories that there is a bad batch and they could die in a few weeks or month. After spending some time researching I narrowed my choice down to two SSD's, The OCZ VERTEX SERIES 120GB and Intel's X25-M 160Gb. Back and forth I went with these two. Both are very good SSD's. OCZ VERTEX is somewhat faster, the Intel X25-M has 40Gb more space and is the most stable, and it is also rated as one of the best SSD to get. So I settled on stability over speed.

I also got a 5.25" 7-in-1 Media Dashboard. It displays my computer temperatures and can control some of the case fans. It also reads various flash cards, which is handy to download images from digital cameras.

With all this hardware in this computer and future plans to run triple SLI I need some serious power. So I went with Kingwin Mach 1 1220Watt power supply. I love the design of this PSU and the aircraft cable connectors are also what sold me on it.

Last but certainly not least, I decided to go for EVGA GeForce GTX 480. This is one big nasty graphics card. This card has more computing power then my entire old computer just to do graphics work! The scary thing is I can put three of these on my motherboard! I was trying to get EVGA GTX 285 2GBx version. But it is nearly impossible to find now. The GTX 480 is much faster and as a lot of new technology that I can use with my CGI software, so I decided to spend a little extra cash and go for the newest graphic card.

So there we go, I finally have everything I need now to put it all together. I do not make a lot of money so it took awhile to save up for all the computer parts. I'm not building this computer just to show off or play games with. This is a business investment that will allow me to make my comics much more quickly and at a professional level I couldn't do before. I have big plans for this computer. I will keep you all updated on the progress of this build and future projects.
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AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, that's awesome! I have extensive knowledge researching, comparing, and selecting top-of-the-line parts and assembling them myself; I would love to give you input and feeback on things. The mobo, proc, and GPU choices that you've made are all exceptional so far. What about cases? These are the three that have caught MY attention as being "worthy" cases for my gaming rig:

Raven 1
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Raven 2
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Antec 1200
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As for monitors, you CANNOT get a better monitor for gaming than this one, especially if you're looking forward to playing Crysis 2 (and any other games) in 3D (I know I am!):
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1080P, 3D, 120Hz 2D mode (that's arguably the best feature, once you go 120Hz, you NEVER go back), plenty of connections of different kinds, and all backed by Alienware's Customer Service and yadda yadda yadda.

As for speakers, the following two are the best choices, hands-down, no contest:

Logitech Z-5500 Surround Sound Speakers
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Astro Gaming's A40 Surround Sound Headset (these give you better audio positioning than ANY traditional surround-sound setup)
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Speaking of sound, yes, sound cards ARE still very important, and this one's the best one out there, and comes in several different flavors, depending on what connections you want:
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Keyboard: Logitech's Best, the G19
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Best add-on accessory for hardcore PC gaming: the G13
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Best mouse? That's subjective. I use the original vanilla Sidewinder Mouse that Microsoft just came out with a couple of years ago. I've got wide hands, and it's a wide mouse.

Other gaming accessories include:

Controller for games that benefit from it (like Mirror's Edge, for example)
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And for MMO's and such, you can't go wrong with one of these:
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But to use it on your PC, you'll need one of these:
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If you're really looking to go all out, I've got this as well (I give it 2 thumbs up, LOVE it in action games like Crysis and Halo):
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And as for cooling, I'm hoping that you're going to stick with air-cooling and not try out watercooling, as it is pretty much not worth it unless you have very, very specific circumstances that require it. Here is what I would go with:

Fans:
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CPU Heatsink/fan combo:
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Well, that's it for now. Hope you enjoy whatever parts you choose to buy for your uber-rig of doom. :D Take care, man, and keep up the great work on the comic!
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AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! And if you're serious about things like 3-way SLI with a total of 3 GTX 480's, and maybe PhysX too, then I recommend this power supply over your other one:
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I don't think you'll EVER need another power supply if you buy that one, runs like a dream for years and years and is the top-of-the-line in quality. Long story short, it's not just about amount of power (the number you see on the box) it's also about quality of power and longevity.

Also, if you're sinking this much money into a PC, then I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend that you invest in an Uninterruptible Power Supply, or UPS for short. You plug your PC into this giant battery (essentially that's what it functions as) and then you plug the UPS into the wall. Lightning strikes your house and your power goes out, and your PC/monitor/speakers/whatever stay on in spite of the power being out; the UPS has a surge protector and line filter on it, so there'd be no chance of damage of any kind reaching your PC.

I haven't been able to afford to get one of my own yet, but if I could buy one right now, this is one that I would consider:
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Again, hope this helps! Tons of time went into these choices and I am able to defend them against all suggestions for other choices. :P

~AngelicLionheart
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! Thanks for the list AngelicLionheart! I found it very helpful and I'm sure others will find it helpful too. As for case I went with Cooler Master HAF 932 computer tower. I wrote a bit about it in my last Journal. I'm very happy with it, great case for the price!

I agree a good PSU is very important and I did do a lot of research. There are many to choose from. The one you listed is a very good PSU and had I known about it at the time I would have gotten it. But after searching the Internet I haven’t found any complaints or problem with Kingwin Mach 1. It is still a very high quality PSU and will serve all my power needs.

I will definitely get a Uninterruptible Power Supply for this computer. I invested to much time and money to have a power surge fry it.

Anyway, thanks again for the input!
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AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Glad it helped. My gamertag is "The Lionheart" on Games for Windows Live, and if you wanna play something, let me know. Don't forget StarCraft 2 comes out July 27th.
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just might take you up on that offer once I get my new computer built. I’m very excited that StarCraft 2 is coming out. One of my all time favorite games! :D
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AngelicLionheart Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
What's your fave race to play as? I think I've learned the Terrans better in competitive multiplayer, but I really enjoy getting creative with all of the Protoss units a lot more than any other race.
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Dre-Artwork Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually always play Terran. Its the race I'm best at, and they also carry nukes!! :lol:
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Krimzon-Guard-001 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Niiice. Im hoping to see more of your comic.
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thehandsthatthieve Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the settling in of your job. Glad to hear that you'll be back up and running with your artwork soon too. I can't wait to see more Post-Nuke.
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