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March 29, 2009 7:22:07 PM

Thanks for all your great help in this thread. Here is the final parts list I have chosen. Any last thoughts before I purchase?

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366
MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366
RAM: OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GFX: 2x XFX HD-465X-YAFC Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
OS Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
DVD Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Anti-Static: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

$1,627.98 CANADIAN AFTER TAXES AND SHIPPING via Newegg.ca

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Any suggestion on this build? I'm trying to make it more affordable without too much sacrifice. The reason I have 2 video cards is because I plan to run 3-4 monitors.


CAD Prices from Newegg.ca

$362.49 - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$359.99 - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

$116.99 - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

$156 x 2 ($312) - EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

$287.49 - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

$129.99 - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

$179.99 - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
March 29, 2009 8:23:34 PM

Make sure u check P6T deluxe has the 2 way SLI bridge provided, i'm using P6T and it only provide 3 way SLI bridge and i'm using a 2 way SLI, lucky i was using a P5N-D last time and i have the bridge

Other than that, the other looks good
March 29, 2009 11:00:25 PM

xyzionz said:
Make sure u check P6T deluxe has the 2 way SLI bridge provided, i'm using P6T and it only provide 3 way SLI bridge and i'm using a 2 way SLI, lucky i was using a P5N-D last time and i have the bridge

Other than that, the other looks good

Thanks for the tip. Looking at the pictures on newegg it appears that it does come with the 2-way bridge.
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March 29, 2009 11:26:55 PM

Proximon said:
Did you want to sometimes SLI?

2 4850s would be less up front and perform better, both as single cards and in crossfire:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SLI isn't a big concern to me, I won't be doing much graphic intensive work. Thanks for that tip, I'll update my shopping list.

EDIT: My prices are listed in CAD from newegg.ca, so the card I originally picked is actually cheaper.
March 30, 2009 1:07:40 AM

Aha :)  I'm sure that's fine then, although if you really aren't going to game much you might want to look at something that runs a bit cooler.

http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35362&vpn=46...

However, if you are doing some programs such as CAD or Illustrator, they tend to play better with nVidia I think. A 9600GT would be roughly equivalent.
March 30, 2009 1:28:25 AM

Very nice. And you'll get that lifetime warranty as well. They will be cooler than the 9800GTs. Although your case is excellent, the less you stress the parts with heat the longer they will last.

A 9600GT is enough to play any game on medium to high settings, depending on resolution. It will perform just as well in workstation apps as the 9800GT. The only card that might be better would be a true workstation card:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
But cards like that are very much application-specific. You are really paying for drivers not hardware when you buy one.
March 30, 2009 1:32:04 AM

Proximon said:
Very nice. And you'll get that lifetime warranty as well. They will be cooler than the 9800GTs. Although your case is excellent, the less you stress the parts with heat the longer they will last.

A 9600GT is enough to play any game on medium to high settings, depending on resolution. It will perform just as well in workstation apps as the 9800GT. The only card that might be better would be a true workstation card:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
But cards like that are very much application-specific. You are really paying for drivers not hardware when you buy one.


Your advice is much appreciated!


Can anyone attest to the speed advantage of using the VelociaRaptor HD for the OS vs a regular 7200rpm drive?
March 30, 2009 3:32:14 AM

Build looks good. You could get two GTS 250 for sli considering they are almost around the same price range.
March 30, 2009 5:17:15 AM

Well just a thought about the graphics card...
You can go with this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Reason is that the 4670 wouldn't require additional power and each card can support 2 monitors as well...But they have only 2 years warranty...but am sure you would upgrade it by then...
March 30, 2009 1:48:47 PM

gkay09 said:
Well just a thought about the graphics card...
You can go with this
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Reason is that the 4670 wouldn't require additional power and each card can support 2 monitors as well...But they have only 2 years warranty...but am sure you would upgrade it by then...



How will they perform compared to the 9600 GT? Also what advantage does it give me with them not requiring additional power?
March 30, 2009 1:55:15 PM

Can anyone recommend a cheaper case? I selected a top rated full-tower case because I wanted plenty of room for expansion and running wires. I probably do not need a full-tower case though. Opinions?


Also, is the 750W power supply overkill?


Another question...can someone outline the differences of these two motherboards and if it is worth spending the extra $70 for the deluxe?

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
vs
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
March 30, 2009 9:23:20 PM

daidalas said:
antec sonata case will do you good if you can live with a 500w power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also check out this mobo, could save you $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Good looking out on that mobo. It looks nice and will save me about $40. My prices are listed in CAD from Newegg.ca.


The case looks nice, but I'm not sure how I'll be limited with a 500w power supply. Can anyone provide some insight?
March 31, 2009 12:20:16 AM

4670 would be more than fine for most applications, but as I mentioned before nVidia drivers tend to play better with certain applications. You haven't really defined what you will be doing and what programs you will be using.

Since your cards need less power than they originally did, you could indeed get by with a smaller PSU.
Corsair 550VX:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

March 31, 2009 12:28:50 AM

Proximon said:
4670 would be more than fine for most applications, but as I mentioned before nVidia drivers tend to play better with certain applications. You haven't really defined what you will be doing and what programs you will be using.

Since your cards need less power than they originally did, you could indeed get by with a smaller PSU.
Corsair 550VX:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...


Thanks. I'm a web programmer, so I mainly use IDE's (java based) and FTP clients, browsers, etc. Now and then I'll do some photoshopping but it's very minor. I don't do anything intensive like 3d rendering, video encoding, CAD, etc.
March 31, 2009 12:48:57 AM

Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :)  4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.
March 31, 2009 12:53:35 AM

Proximon said:
Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :)  4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.



Excellent. There are a lot of different 4650 cards, can you recommend a manufacturer?

As far as the power supply, it's only $15 more for the 750w vs 550w. Do you think it's worth it to have the extra power just in case?

March 31, 2009 1:10:54 AM

Actually no. The 550VX is the better quality PSU, which is more important in this case. If you need 750W, there are not many better PSUs than the 750TX. There are better quality PSUs at other wattages though.

However, check the 650TX. That is equal quality to the 550VX and would fit both needs.

If you would like the absolute best PSU you can buy, then the Antec Signature 650W would be the one.


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
March 31, 2009 1:11:41 AM

Proximon said:
Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :)  4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.


I noticed the 4650's are all DDR2, the 4670 is DDR3 like the rest of my stuff. Does that make a difference?
March 31, 2009 1:15:10 AM

Only in 3D applications. Otherwise scrolling pages of code is all going to be instant anyway. :p 
March 31, 2009 1:17:31 AM

Proximon said:
Only in 3D applications. Otherwise scrolling pages of code is all going to be instant anyway. :p 


Okay :) . As far as motherboards go...

What are the differences in the P6T vs P6T Deluxe vs GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P

March 31, 2009 1:32:53 AM

I think the MB is a good choice.

The case could be trimmed down if you like. It's a more aesthetic item though.

Have a look through the parts list linked in my signature. There are good quality cases of all price ranges there.
April 1, 2009 12:58:53 AM

bump for final.

see original post.
April 1, 2009 2:57:18 PM

Proximon said:
Rosewill RTK-090 90 Piece Professional Computer Tool Kit

You need maybe a Phillips screw driver and something to snip your cable ties :p  Toenail cutters work great.


You're right. Instead I added the anti-static wrist strap separately.

Originally I wanted the kit for the soldering iron, but after reading the reviews the iron isn't very good anyways.


Updated original post.
April 1, 2009 7:49:57 PM

They're probably very similar. The second kit has better timings but requires more volts. 1.65v is normal though.
April 2, 2009 12:52:13 AM

bmuell said:
They're probably very similar. The second kit has better timings but requires more volts. 1.65v is normal though.


Will that voltage be too much for the i7? Will it limit my overclocking?

Is there a better RAM choice?
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