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June 14, 2009 1:19:56 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within one month

BUDGET RANGE: US$1500-2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: stock and futures trading, torrent, surfing Internet, watch HD movies, Monte Carlo Simulations, C++ and C# programming, no gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
1) Power Supply 620Watt, Enermax ELT 620 AWT, Silent
2) 3 LDC monitors, 1xEizo 19” FlexScan S2000 and 2xSamsung 21” 213T
3) Case CoolerMaster Stacker full tower
4) 3 x Smart Drive 2002 Silent hard disk boxes http://www.gup.co.jp reviewed by toms hardware http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-noise-silencer,...
5) 100 mbps up/down fiber internet connection
6) keyboard, mouse, headphones, Windows Vista 32bit SP1, DVD R/RW, DCD reader

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: kakaku.com since I live in Japan, but will use newegg.com here

PARTS PREFERENCES: ASUS MOBO

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 on all three monitors

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
A) I like a quiet system.
B) For over clocking would prefer some easy auto over clocking feature since I have no experience in OC
C) Torrent traffic can be a little hard on the disks so need one that lasts long.
D) I know that my 32 bit OS can’t use 6G memory yet, but might upgrade to 64 bit one day!
E) Do I need a better sounds card than the build on one?

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail - $244.05
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard – Retail - $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: HIS Hightech H465PS512P Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card – Retail - $141.98 ($70.99 each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: 2x Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM - $279.98 ($139.99each)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail - $59.89
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping $1,125.88

This means I still have some money left over what should I spend it on or just stop here?
What about the new i7-950 that has that has the new D0 processor stepping? (nice and easy OC)
June 24, 2009 1:16:55 PM

I'd get 12GB RAM, more is always better. You might also want to get a small SSD to put the operating system and applications on, this will help all applications load much faster. Obviously get one of the newer ones with the Indilinx controller, or Intel.

June 24, 2009 1:28:26 PM

I would get an OCZ agility 120GB SSD with that, just for the speed.

the 950 won't OC much higher than the 920 so save some money and get a CM V10 or a Noctua NH-U12P instead of the V8.

and spend some money on 64bit vista and get 12GB of ram.
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June 24, 2009 1:34:48 PM

You can find some sites that guarantee a 920 D0 stepping. Try and google it.

E) Probably not, depending on your headphones.

I would also recommend getting an SSD, might help things load faster, but its pretty optional.

I would also download the free RC of Windows 7. You can keep it until march 2010. You can get the 64bit so your computer will reconize all 6gb or RAM. Windows 7 RC It's pretty simple to install (actually, just like Vista but you will have to burn the DVD).

AS for the RAM I woudl get this : OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

Same speed with better timings.

Mc_coy.
June 24, 2009 5:48:09 PM

As Helloworld said, i'd look into the SSD's.

June 24, 2009 5:53:51 PM

Make sure you run your torrents on a normal HDD and not an SSD as you will wear it out rather quickly with all the write cycles, but a classic HDD will handle it just fine and still have a fairly long life. Also dont get anymore than about 6 GB of ram as you wont get any benefit from it even if you were running a 64bit OS and DDR3 prices should be dropping soon.
June 24, 2009 6:17:20 PM

^ only the intel's without the firmware update had the wear-out problem.
June 25, 2009 3:29:30 AM

Get an SSD! Its a must for your system
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