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ORDERING TONIGHT!!!! Last minute advice ~$1,900 Build

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May 29, 2009 7:57:36 PM

In addition to whats below, I will also be getting these: (But they're out of stock)

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 with LightScribe - OEM
LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package - Retail



This is my cart in Newegg:

Rosewill RCW-301 IDE 4 Pin Power Splitter Cable
Nippon Labs 3 ft DVI-D M/M Cable
Antec 900
WD1001FALS Western Digital 1TB Black 32MB Cache HDD
ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5 to 3.5" SSD/SATA Converter
ASUS My Cinema PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GTX 275
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W
OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Strap
OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1866 Triple Channel (3x2GB)
Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R
Intel Core i7 920
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
Cooler Master TLF-S12-EB 120mm Case Fan (2B Mounted on the side of the Antec)
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm CPU Cooler
Thermaltake A2427 HDD Blue LED Cooler (This is more for the LED than the cooling LOL)
LG Black 6x Blu-Ray/HD DVD-ROM DVD Burner GGC-H20L (Retail, not OEM)
OCZ Vertexc 60GB OCZSSD2-1VTX60G



This is all in addition to a new Keyboard/ Mouse set I'm getting, new speakers, transfer software, USB Bluetooth Adapter, and an external Floppy/ Media Reader. I found no need for Memory or GPU cooling.



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May 29, 2009 8:02:02 PM

There a good reason why your going for 1866mhz ram instead of 1600mhz ram? That big of an overclocker?

I'd also feel more confortable having these power my rig:
crosair 650
PC power & cooling 750

and these are even overkill unless you plan on doing sli in the future.
May 29, 2009 8:09:20 PM

I doubt anyone will want to read that long post. Spend some time to put a short list of the products instead of cutting and pasting the webpage.
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May 29, 2009 8:15:55 PM

I take it you have no plans of running SLI in the future (your choice of case and psu).
May 29, 2009 8:17:49 PM

[edit] removing comments
May 29, 2009 8:18:04 PM

It's already been edited, I accidentally hit the submit button before I realized everything wasn't showing up.

And I may go with this supply, but the OCZ seems good quality, better reviews, and I don't really have the extra $40.

May 29, 2009 8:18:11 PM

Why_Me said:
I take it you have no plans of running SLI in the future (your choice of case and psu).


Correct.
May 29, 2009 8:19:35 PM

Again,

It's already been edited, I accidentally hit the submit button before I realized everything wasn't showing up.



And by the time I even saw any of these posts I had finished editing it. ;) 

And because the 1866 RAM is faster, and oddly $5 cheaper than the 1600. As long as it'll work, I'm getting it.
May 29, 2009 8:27:56 PM

I just did an i7 build for $1300 & change using premium parts. If $40.00 is a deal breaker in a $1900 build, maybe you shouldn't rush into ordering parts so quickly and do little more research. You may just be little more satisfied in the end.

Grammer edit!
May 29, 2009 8:28:15 PM

Anything else guys?
May 29, 2009 8:32:56 PM

skit75 said:
I just did an i7 build for $1300 & change using premium parts. If $40.00 is a deal breaker in a $1900 build, maybe you shouldn't rush into ordering parts so quikly and do little more research. You may just be little more satisfied in the end.



I've been researching since January. I believe my original build included an OCZ500W PSU, a 9550, and a 9800GT GPU.
May 29, 2009 8:34:53 PM

skit75 said:
I just did an i7 build for $1300 & change using premium parts. If $40.00 is a deal breaker in a $1900 build, maybe you shouldn't rush into ordering parts so quikly and do little more research. You may just be little more satisfied in the end.



Well even with putting in a bunch of things I won't actually have, a Calculator told me I only needed 560W. And the OCZ is already pretty good quality anyway. All of my parts together are already $2,050, and my budget was $2k, so another $40 will put me well over, and I don't really need it. It's also worth mentioning that my original budget was $1,500, and 2k is really pushing it.

But if I really need it that bad I'll do a little more research before I order tonight.

But I must admit I'm getting more and more swayed towards it because of the singe +12V rail, and the fact that it looks like a little better quality even though the reviews aren't as great.

I just recalculated the wattage more conservatively, and it told me around 540W. So as long as you're 100% sure I'll be fine with the 650W, I may consider it and do some research on it.
May 29, 2009 8:42:15 PM

ohh I see, research to booted up desktop was about 9-10 weeks for me. I hope your build goes well. I thought you may be rushing into this but, if the homework is all done, let the assembling begin!
May 29, 2009 8:45:16 PM

I just wanna make sure I'll be absolutely fine on the 650W Corsair, and I'll probably get it, but I really can't afford the 750, which I'd feel more comfortable with.

The OCZ has 4x18A Rails (72 AMPS!!!!), whereas the Corsair 650 only puts out 52 Amps, so I'm not so sure.
May 29, 2009 8:50:35 PM

LOL, nvm, I'm going with the Corsair 750!

Made a few miscalculations before, total cost with the OCZ was actually ~$1,980, with the Corsair will be around ~$2,025, which is fine.

Thanks guys!

EDIT: After some more careful calculations, it will really be between $2035 and $2060, but that's fine.
May 29, 2009 8:56:53 PM

OCZ Freeze Thermal Compound ? Go for some MX-2


Get one of these power supplies corsair 650tx or PcP750 as Kubes suggested.
May 29, 2009 8:56:58 PM

Your EVGA GPU has min spec of 40Amps on the +12 rail and minimum of 550W PSU. Either of those supplies will most likely work fine but one thing I asked myself is how close do I want to play to that danger line and of course a PSU near max capacity will run hotter. With such expensive parts, why play chicken with your wallet? Protect your premium parts with quality power.
May 29, 2009 9:03:05 PM

I officially have the 750TX in my cart, as I said before.

Also, I was told OCZ Freeze was better.

Oh and guys, not that it matters, but since I switched PSUs I no longer get a free 4GB Flash Drive! :cry:  Oh well, I've already got one. :D 
May 29, 2009 9:41:05 PM

OCZ freeze is better? I would like to see some statistics/links/info on that....

***edit***
The difference between compounds is minimal anyhow. MX-2 has no setup time, it is as good day 1 as it is day 30.
May 29, 2009 9:41:29 PM

OCZ doesnt make anything better then anyone... they are not #1 for anything.
May 30, 2009 12:11:40 AM

Last call for info/ promo codes! (lol , but if u have em, give em!) Because I'm ordering in less than an hour.

I am still going with OCZ Freeze, but since this topic started I've switched to a 750TX, and last night they convinced me to go i7.

Any other suggestions/ ideas?
May 30, 2009 1:18:16 AM

ORDERING IN 10 MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 30, 2009 1:37:47 AM

OCZ FreeZe is good, I use it and get low temps. Its pretty cheap too :lol: 
May 30, 2009 1:44:12 AM

AKM880 said:
OCZ FreeZe is good, I use it and get low temps. Its pretty cheap too :lol: 



Good, I've settled with that. By the way, 2 things. 1) I'm probably not gonna order till 10, which is in 15 minutes. 2) I'm gonna get 3 DVD drives. The LG Blu-Ray, the Samsung equivalent to the LG DVD drive, and the LG DVD Drive once it's back in stock.

I have to wait until later to buy my LG DVD Drive and LG Monitor, as both are out of stock. (They are coming back, correct?)

Also, I switched to the 1600 RAM. For the next 15 minutes, I'm doing my FINAL review of ALL parts.
May 30, 2009 1:44:55 AM

Two DVD drives?
May 30, 2009 1:55:38 AM

AKM880 said:
Two DVD drives?


And a Blu-Ray Drive.
May 30, 2009 1:57:14 AM

So you are going with the Corsair PSU then?
May 30, 2009 2:10:16 AM

AKM880 said:
So you are going with the Corsair PSU then?


If you would read my previous posts, yes. But I'm going with the 750TX, not the 650TX as was recommended for me.
May 30, 2009 2:19:42 AM

If nobody says anything, I AM (no more extensions) hitting the SUBMIT ORDER button in 10 MINUTES!!!
May 30, 2009 3:16:00 AM

Good luck with your build.
May 31, 2009 8:54:03 PM

AKM880 said:
Good luck with your build.


Thanks. I had some trouble with my order payment being denied, but I got it straightened out and it's been ordered.
P.S., I ended up going with the 750TX, OCZ 1600, and OCZ Freeze. I also got 2 Samsung DVD Drives and an LG Blu-Ray Drive.

I still have yet to get my monitor though.....

I'll post back in here next weekend when the PC's built and running.
June 6, 2009 9:46:50 PM

Good News:

I haven't built it yet, but all the parts are here and are cosmetically intact. (They're likely to work)

I'll post back here with updates after I'm done building it.

P.S>, this'll be HUGE for me, because right now I'm on 512MB DDR 400, AMD Athlon 64 2800, 64MB Onboard Memory, you get the drift.

Also guys, EVERYTHING in my build ended up costing ~$2,150
June 6, 2009 11:43:01 PM

^ :lol:  . A Athlon 2800? I'm still running a P4. Follow the instructions for the OCZ FreeZe (no spreading nessecary)
June 7, 2009 4:26:16 AM

with 2000...i couldve put a gtx 295 in there
June 7, 2009 2:14:49 PM

b10n said:
with 2000...i couldve put a gtx 295 in there


Ha, how?? :sarcastic:  Even with a 275 and i7 it ended up well over $2100. And I'm not a hardcore gamer.
June 7, 2009 6:13:44 PM

raybob95 said:
Ha, how?? :sarcastic:  Even with a 275 and i7 it ended up well over $2100. And I'm not a hardcore gamer.


well for me...i dont need alot of hardrive space so i would take out the ssd, blu ray player (got ps3 for that), and since u had to buy all those little things, also i wouldve got windows 7, i believe that adds up to more than 300..but that my opinions....but ur build is pretty nice....:]
June 8, 2009 1:48:19 AM

b10n said:
well for me...i dont need alot of hardrive space so i would take out the ssd, blu ray player (got ps3 for that), and since u had to buy all those little things, also i wouldve got windows 7, i believe that adds up to more than 300..but that my opinions....but ur build is pretty nice....:]


I got the blu-ray player because I want to be able to rip BDs to my PC, and when some of my friends give me Discs for random reasons, oddly enough they're usually BDs. I got the SSD because I was interested in the tech, but now I think I should've saved money and done a Caviar Black 2x1TB RAID 0. (More space, almost as much speed, cheaper). But I'll probably never even use 1TB anyway. But the RAID 0 thing would've saved my budget. (I ended up at $2,150)

I don't feel like dealing with Windows 7, because you'll end up having to buy it eventually anyway.

A 295 would be quite overkill for me. :) 
January 4, 2010 8:00:23 PM

Shadow703793 said:
@OP:

If you plan to use SSDs you must read this:
http://www.ocztechnologyforum.com/forum/showthread.php?...


2010 and I haven't done it.

Isn't that only for 1st generation SSDs?

Also I'm still on their 1.1 Firmware which apparently doesn't support the TRIM command. I just bought the drive, popped it in, and booted up Windows, without tweaking anything.

Bad idea?

I'm thinkin it may be since Anandtech says that a Clean Vertex does 240 MB/s and a dirty one does 190 MB/s avg read. I got an avg. read of 178 MB/s.

Can somebody guide me through the tweaking process on Vista?
January 6, 2010 6:53:47 PM

Well, I did all of OCZ's Tweaks, updated the firmware from 1.10 (1370) to 1.41 and ran the garbage tool.

Performance Before:



Performance After:



Big improvement, huh?
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