Upgrading from 939 to 775!

Hey all,

Recently got my first real job and will be upgrading my PC before the end of the summer. I will be reusing my Gigabyte Aurora case, an HD4830, and my HTOMEGA sound card. I will buy a 22"+ monitor as well, so probably playing at 1920x1080. I am also in the market for a new full server case because I cannot remove the LED fan in the front of my current case. This is the list I came up with:

Corsair SSDx2 for RAID0+1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233075

Western Digital Caviar 160gbx2 for RAID0+1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

Windows Vista Home Premium
Arctic Silver 5

Noctua 120mm fans to replace the Gigabyte fans in case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004

Sapphire 4830 for Crossfire because I already have one in system
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ 1050W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194039

Intel Core2 Quad 9650
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130

Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P MOBO
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

G.SKILL 2GB DDR2x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

XIGAMATEK HDT-S1283 + 775 backplate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003
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  1. Just get this Xigmatek that ships with all the hardware you need:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    4GB not two :p
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231209

    Whoa, that PSU is massive overkill.

    Antec Signature 650
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371017&Tpk=SG650

    PC P&C 750
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

    SSD is not ready for prime time just yet, and the only really good ones cost too much and degrade too fast.

    Just RAID a few actual fast drives and call it good.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
  2. Are you upgrading now or at the end of the summer? If you aren't upgrading now wait until you are actually ready to, because prices will have changed by then
  3. I remember when I got my first job and I thought WOW look at all the money I will have to simply blow.
    Funny how it just never turns out that way.
    I'd say you need to cut back a tad there charger. $700 for a couple of SSD drives is insane. You simply don't need them, and I think they are going to be out of your budget anyway. Unless you plan on spending all summer sitting at home with no money doing absolutely nothing.........:)
  4. Spending all this money and your going S775? i7 all the way if you have this kind of cash to burn. Should be easily doable now that your not spending all that cash on SSDs. I also wouldn't worry about RAID1 or AID0. Buy a nice 300GB raptor for your OS drive, and a large drive for storage. Keep your disks handy, and burn anything important to DVD. IF you lose a drive, you can wait a few days for a new drive to arrive right?
  5. Seriously. Get an i7, Mobo, and 6GB DDR3 for that money instead.
  6. yea u need nothing really over a 700w power supply and ssd drives costs way too much now. if u can just get a 10,000 rpm drive
  7. fluffypenguin said:
    Hey all,

    Recently got my first real job and will be upgrading my PC before the end of the summer. I will be reusing my Gigabyte Aurora case, an HD4830, and my HTOMEGA sound card. I will buy a 22"+ monitor as well, so probably playing at 1920x1080. I am also in the market for a new full server case because I cannot remove the LED fan in the front of my current case. This is the list I came up with:

    Corsair SSDx2 for RAID0+1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233075

    Western Digital Caviar 160gbx2 for RAID0+1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    Windows Vista Home Premium
    Arctic Silver 5

    Noctua 120mm fans to replace the Gigabyte fans in case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608004

    Sapphire 4830 for Crossfire because I already have one in system
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102822

    ENERMAX REVOLUTION85+ 1050W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817194039

    Intel Core2 Quad 9650
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115130

    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

    G.SKILL 2GB DDR2x2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

    XIGAMATEK HDT-S1283 + 775 backplate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003


    That builds a mess. No need for a 1000w psu with two 4830's crossfired. The cpu is over kill for those vid cards also. Do yourself a favor...ebay that 4830 along with that case, then build yourself an i7 rig. You can build one with gtx 260's in SLI...one for now...for under $1,250 and that includes os and monitor.
  8. You guys are right. Rig is overkill, and messy. I'll work on an i7 build. Thank you for opening my eyes, and saving my wallet.
  9. This build includes monitor, o/s, after market heatsink, thermal compound, etc... Add another gtx 260 later on down the road if you feel the need.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $74.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-certified-power-supply-corsair-tx-cmpsu/q/loc/101/206178325.html $109.99 Price After Rebate(s): $99.99 Shipping: FREE
    Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181982 Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $468.98 $15.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093 $31.99
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150361 $169.99 Free Shipping*
    XFX GX260XADJF GeForce GTX 260 Core Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 89.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $74.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99 Free Shipping*
    LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99 Free Shipping*
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236050 $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

    Total: $1,320.88 | $1,275.88 w/rebates *not including shipping

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards
  10. Hard to argue with any of that. Pretty much an ideal build.

    I did a LOT of spreadsheet work last night, as well as looking at specific FPS at various resolutions in a wide mix of games.

    My conclusion is that 4870 1GB and GTX 260 core 216 are by far the best buys and there's no reason to get more than two of either of those. GTX 285 is just a waste of cash, 4890 or GTX 275 would be the next choices.
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