Howdy all, I am looking about putting together a Core i7 build. I have spent nearly a week reading up on anything and everything I can find about this new architecture, but I am left with a few questions. I am limited by the only good hardware distributor in town, so only products available on their website are within my grasp. The vendor is http://www.memoryexpress.com/ .
Cooler Master V8 Ordered
I looked into all the options suggested, and the V8 was the most readily available. So that is what I will be going with.
I have 3 choices here. I am going for dual SLI 295's. What MB would be the best for SLI? What is the difference between the extreme and the UD5 boards? Here in Canada its nearly 60 dollars and I cant for the life of me find a significant difference between the boards. Which one will be the best for overclocking?
I have a couple choices available here. The OCZ is about 20 dollars cheaper then the Corsair, but Corsair comes with Intel XMP. Anyone know what that means exactly? Which would be the best choice for overclocking?
Here I have no idea what is a good fit for these parts. I am not going to water cool, and am more interested in a silent case then one that has flashing lights. The less lit up the better. I have one option here, but otherwise I am totally open to ideas.
This will all be run on a Samsung 26 inch HD LCD Monitor, with a 22 inch HP2207 LCD as the secondary monitor. My hard drives are two 74.5g WD Raptors in Raid 0 for the OS, and 2 WD 500g in Raid 0 for storage. Please share thoughts and concerns, and any tips/tricks one could do to perhaps bring the cost down.
For 2 GTX 295's, I would go with the Asus P6T Deluxe v2 for the spacing of the PCIEx16 slots. It allows more room between the GPU's, allowing for better airflow and cooling. It also is a proven champ when it comes to overclocking.
On the Ram, XMP is extreme memory profile. They are setting programmed into the memory chips to give the best speeds of your memory supposedly. However the OCZ's are much better modules IMO, Corsair seems to charge a lot more than other companies for comparable ram. Since you will be overclocking the CPU, the XMP profiles based on a BCLK of 133 will be useless, and I don't recommend them.
For GTX 295's in SLI, you want a 1000w PSU. I would go with this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't look at wattage so much as the amperage on the 12v rails, this is a much more important statistic that tends to be overlooked. The Corsair is a very highly regarded PSU. I don't know too much about the silverstone you found, but it also appears to be a good one and would probably be adequate.
XMP is a setting used in the bios i think it stands for Extreme Memory Profile(i think)
I have the P6T Deluxe (not V2) I am extremley happy with it. it also quite good for OC
I ahve a 1000w HDD because i was recommended 850w for my system wich has only one GTX295, I got the extra watts for upgrades in the future. I think the 750w is out of the picture with 2 GTX295's, and I'm also pretty sure that an 850w might struggle.
I went with the HAF 932 which is a nice case (BIG) not sure about that though.
If you want quiet then the Cosmos cases are excellent choices. The Haf is pretty quiet too, but it won't dampen the sound of your internal components like the Cosmos. For your setup the Cosmos case would be a better choice if you want quiet as well.
Anyone heard anything about the Antec 1200 Gamer case? It has like 7 fans, so I am unsure about the quietness of it.
As well the Vendor recommended NOT to use OCZ RAM as apparently it overheats like crazy. From what I have read on Tom's Hardware that the regular OCZ 6g modules are the best in the benchmarks. Any advice?
As for the PSU, I was told that the Corsair doesnt have enough amperage to support dual SLI 295's, while the Silverstone comes closer to the recommended amperage. I really dont want to get a PSU that wont handle this computer, so any advice?