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Core i7 workstation/gaming build - help with final decisions

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February 20, 2009 11:30:45 AM

I work from home so this PC is my web dev workstation and a occasional game system. I have done all the research and plan to order in the next couple of days. My budget is approx. $2800 and I already have displays (2 x 24" Samsung) and Mouse/Keyboard. Take a look at my list and let me know what you think.

Mobo:
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler:
Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtereme 1366
http://www.crazypc.com/products/ultra-120-1366-50985.ht...

Ram: (12GB total)
2 x CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
Thermaltake Thoughpower W0178RU 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I really wish this was modular!


HDD:
2 x Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD:
LG Black 22X (CAV) 22X DVD+-DVD Burner SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec Twelve Hundred Full ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

-- OR --

Antec P182 Gun Metal Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS:
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Right now I am undecided on the case. I like the idea of a large case for a easy build and lots of airflow, but I am concerned about noise. With the P182 I will likely have to remove the mid drive cage to accomodate the video card which limits my drive position options.

The reason I went with the GTX 285 over a 4870x2 is noise, heat and power draw. Later on I can get another 285 and SLI.

Your advice?
February 20, 2009 6:08:01 PM

come on, guys, not even one response?!
February 20, 2009 6:21:23 PM

Of the two you selected I would get the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtereme 1366. Vigor Monsoon III will also work if you like Blue led’s
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would go with a Corsair 850tx, not modular but a lot cheaper. Just be creative on cable management and you will be fine.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair also makes a modular 620watt and 1000watt. 620 won’t be enough for sli in the future tho and the 1000watt is $300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

To go along with the 850tx, the COOLER MASTER HAF 932 has better default cable management.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Are the programs you plan to run really that memory hungry? 12gb’s is a lot, but I have no use for computers other then internet / word processing and spread sheets/ and gaming, so I can't really say if thats overkill or not.
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February 20, 2009 6:33:11 PM

mrbumbum - Thanks for your feedback. The Corsair 850W has just replaced the Thermaltake.. I have been going back and forth. I really want modular... but I think the 1000W is too expensive and overkill.

The HAF 932 is nice, but I am trying to stay quiet.. I have a P180 on hand, but I am worried about airflow with the long GPU and having to mount all 4 drives in the bottom area.

I have Adobe Master Collection CS4 and Visual Studio 2008 plus I run 3D software as well. It will be a while before I am able to upgrade (3 years or so) so I want to future proof as much as possible.

The only reason I went with the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtereme 1366 is because it is a bit smaller than the Noctua and may not interfere with my RAM. I will probably need to buy a fan for the Northbridge as well.


February 20, 2009 9:28:27 PM

Overall, it looks good, though I would probably go with the standard P6T deluxe over the P6T6. That RAM is excellent, and I have had nothing but great luck with mine. It runs rated speeds at below rated voltage in my system, despite running a full set of 12GB. Between the coolers, I'd go with the TRUE, but either is an excellent choice, and would cool quite well.
February 20, 2009 9:59:25 PM

What is your reasoning for not preferring the revolution board?
February 20, 2009 10:07:17 PM

Mostly that it's cheaper, and still has all the features I need. If you want some of the extra features of the P6T6 WS Revolution, by all means go for it. It definitely doesn't appear to have anything wrong with it.
February 21, 2009 3:10:17 PM

Good point, I could save the $80 and apply it elsewhere. I just like the idea of no legacy connections.
February 27, 2009 2:54:15 PM

I ended up going with the P6T Deluxe V2, Enermax Revolution 850w PSU and the Cooler Master Storm Sniper case. I liked the case over the Antec because it is roomier and I don't really care for the drive cages on the 1200.

The Enermax PSU looks like it is supposed to be mounted with Fan on top? What do you guys think?

Also, cjl - how do you have your RAM setup in the BIOS? I also picked up 12GB Corsair Dominator 1600.
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