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Offline steve58

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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #135 on: December 08, 2020, 06:51:27 PM »
I thought pics of your new rig/desk were 4thcoming?  :knuppel2:
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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #136 on: December 08, 2020, 08:03:38 PM »
They are, I just have to get them off my phone and into Imgur...
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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #137 on: December 15, 2020, 04:45:43 PM »
Here's the system I ultimately ordered.

I stuck with the 850W PSU because it's plenty for this system and I don't plan on upgrading the graphics card. The 3080 should be great for years and the 3090 is only fractionally better for a much higher price.

After several weeks of vacillation I decided to forgo liquid cooling for some good Corsair fans. This dropped the price by more than $500! It also no doubt saved me some PitA maintenance.

My current system has a 500G SSD and a 3TB HDD. After 2.5 years neither drive is anywhere near full. I've known about RAID for years but never tried it. RAID 0 combined with dual SSD's should make for some blazingly fast load times! I don't have any plans to keep anything irreplaceable on the drives so it won't be the end of the world if one dies prematurely.

The price came to $2,997 after 10% discount.

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Chassis Model: Digital Storm Velox

Core Components
Processor: Intel Core i9-10850K (5.2 GHz Turbo) (20-Thread) (10-Core) 3.6 GHz
Motherboard: ASUS TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS / MSI MPG Z490 GAMING EDGE (Intel Z490) (Up to 3x PCI-E) (No SLI)
System Memory: 32GB DDR4 3200MHz Digital Storm Performance Series
Power Supply: 850W Digital Storm Performance Series (Modular) (80 Plus Gold)

Storage / Connectivity
Storage Set 1: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 860 EVO)
Storage Set 2: 1x SSD (1TB Samsung 860 EVO)
RAID Config: RAID 0: Striping: Performance, But No Data Fault Tolerance (Requires 2 Identical HDDs)
Internet Access: Wireless PCI-E (Supports 802.11ac)



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Graphics Card(s): 1x GeForce RTX 3080 10GB (Performance Edition) (VR Ready)
Sound Card: Integrated Motherboard Audio

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HydroLux Fluid Color: - Not Applicable, I do not have a custom HydroLux liquid cooling system selected
Cable Management: Premium Cable Management (Strategically Routed & Organized for Airflow)
Chassis Fans: Corsair LL Series (RGB Fans) (Software Controlled Effects)
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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #138 on: December 15, 2020, 04:57:47 PM »
I like those specs.

When I got my new computer last year, I stayed with the onboard audio for the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master and thought the sound was very good. But this past summer, I bought a Sound BlasterX AE-5 card and I think it does a better job at audio than the onboard sound chip does. Not a whole lot better, but with my Creative Gigaworks T40 2.0 speakers, I can definitely tell a difference. Something you may want to consider in the future.
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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #139 on: December 15, 2020, 06:57:27 PM »
Creative make very good and affordable audio speakers, bars, subwoofers, etc. for PCs.

Uber for what you got, that is a very good price too.
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Re: Falcon Northwest vs. Alienware vs. NewEgg
« Reply #140 on: December 16, 2020, 01:46:06 PM »
I'm interested to hear of someone using the RAID system. I've never bothered with it myself, and definitely didn't want to experiment!  :notworthy:
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