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July 11, 2009 1:25:26 AM

Hey all, going to be ordering this setup here in about 2 weeks. Cannot wait. Let me know if there are any alterations you think are necessary.

Cooler Master HAF 932
i7 920 2.66GHZ Quad Core + TRUE-120
ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366
2x HIS ATi 4890 1GB (Crossfire)
Corsair 850HX 850W Modular PSU
OCZ Platinum 6GB 1600 MHz
OCZ Vertex Series 60GB SSD
Western Digital 1TB HDD
OCZ Thermal Freezing Compound
ASUS 24" HDMI 2ms (GTG) Montior

Total Cost : 2135.86

Let me hear it.

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July 11, 2009 1:40:48 AM

only thing i see is that u chose a 60gb vertex, this does not look like photo editing build, it looks like a gaming build, and with games comming on 4gb discs and being decompressed to 10gb or more, do you really think ull be installing 3 games, you know after vista takes up like 30gb, get a bigger vertex.
July 11, 2009 9:29:19 AM

if it's for gaming, one 4890 will do for now, then get a 5870 in September.

at the moment SSD's are not worth it for a gaming PC, so just get a 640GB WDC black drive for your OS and apps and use the 1TB drive for storage and games.

swap that TRUE for a Noctua NH-U12P SE1366, it will give far better results.

and finally, the R2E isn't worth the money you pay for it, get a P6T instead as it has all the basic features of the R2E and is an awful lot cheaper.
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July 11, 2009 10:53:57 AM

dude install farcry 2 on a hdd, then on a ssd and see exactly how much faster u get into gameplay from the desktop the difference is not small, u wont get any more fps, but from the double click to the action will be alot shorter timeframe.
July 11, 2009 11:25:16 AM

Helloworld_98 said:
if it's for gaming, one 4890 will do for now, then get a 5870 in September.

at the moment SSD's are not worth it for a gaming PC, so just get a 640GB WDC black drive for your OS and apps and use the 1TB drive for storage and games.

swap that TRUE for a Noctua NH-U12P SE1366, it will give far better results.

and finally, the R2E isn't worth the money you pay for it, get a P6T instead as it has all the basic features of the R2E and is an awful lot cheaper.


+1,i would get the ASUS P6t V2,the noctuca IMO is the best choice in the 1366's coolers as it is silent and it has excellent performance as for SSD's it's his choice whether to get it or not,anyway i would get the SSD as it is really faster.i would get one SSD and 2x640 GB black in raid 0 as they are faster than the 1tb
July 11, 2009 4:50:43 PM

DrGrass1987 said:
Hey all, going to be ordering this setup here in about 2 weeks. Cannot wait. Let me know if there are any alterations you think are necessary.

Cooler Master HAF 932
i7 920 2.66GHZ Quad Core + TRUE-120
ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366
2x HIS ATi 4890 1GB (Crossfire)
Corsair 850HX 850W Modular PSU
OCZ Platinum 6GB 1600 MHz
OCZ Vertex Series 60GB SSD
Western Digital 1TB HDD
OCZ Thermal Freezing Compound
ASUS 24" HDMI 2ms (GTG) Montior

Total Cost : 2135.86

Let me hear it.

-You do know that vista alone will take up half your drive plus eventually gigs worth of updates will be required leaving you less then 30GB for apps and games which isn't enough unless you have 1 game and maybe a couple other small apps :) 
-Get a normal hard drive, ssd will not affect performance in games, it will only increase boot time, speed at which apps open, NOT perform, and have no fragmentation, its good yeah, but not worth it yet, just get a 10k-15k rpm drive with high density platters you'll be fine :)  or pump up another 100-200bucks get a 128-256gb ssd
July 12, 2009 6:15:37 AM

Ok here is the list i've decided to go with now. I changed the mobo/psu/heatsink/# of GPU's I am going to be going to best buy to get my Optical Drives, so that's why they are not included. Here it is:

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory:
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
HIS ATi Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit x1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Disc Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Solid State Drive:
OCZ Vertex Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink / Cooler:
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Compound:
OCZ Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard:
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mouse:
Logitech MX518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical Gaming-Grade Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price: $1,969.88

The reason for my want of a SSD is for MMO's, i play WoW and Warhammer and the advantages i hear are huge seeing as how all the info is threaded from the Drive and not from a disc. Does anyone know what the speed of the upcoming DX11 Cards are going to be around? I plan to only OC to about 3.8GHz, how's that look?
July 12, 2009 6:50:46 AM

P6T SE is a good cheapo board, but I would go with the Deluxe V2 if you want a good multi-GPU setup, its got better cooling for your GPU's and will overclock better, plus a better audio chipset.

SSD's are a tremendous waste of money IMO, If you want fast load times get two WD6401AALS or WD3200AAKS drives in Raid 0. After the game is loaded, you won't see a difference in performance between SSD's and HDD's.

Otherwise a very good looking build.
July 12, 2009 8:53:54 AM

I agree, get dual 640's (Caviar Black) and raid them (Raid 0). Other than that its a sweet build.....

SSD's are for peeps that are way too IMPATIENT and cannot wait 5 seconds for the game to load. And the prices are ridiculous.....
July 12, 2009 3:08:58 PM

Get 2 60G SSDs and run raid 0, dont listen to the broke haters about SSD, I run them in raid and your whole PC in general will be much faster, instant open apps even photoshop.
July 12, 2009 4:32:26 PM

well SSDs are great but at the end of the year i think their prices will drop much.Now the performance vs cost=not worth it,SSDs are great and fast but they aren't that stable and you don't have much to choose from.if you are a rich one you will get the intel's and if you aren't you will get the ocz vertex series so for the normal user IMO the wisest choice is to get 2x640 Gb caviar black and run them in raid,i know that they won't be as fast as the SSDs but i don't think that SSDs are worth it now unless you are going to spend all your saving on intel's SSDs
July 12, 2009 6:51:04 PM

daship said:
Get 2 60G SSDs and run raid 0, dont listen to the broke haters about SSD, I run them in raid and your whole PC in general will be much faster, instant open apps even photoshop.

Yes things open faster. You are one of the impatient types that OvrClkr was referring to, most people would be willing to wait 4 seconds for an app to open rather than paying $700 for a couple SDD's. I have played with SSD's (I am a computer technitian) and IMO they are definitely not worth it.

On another note, you wasted your money buying two SSD's for raid 0, since SSD's run in a raid 0 configuration internally anyway, you don't get any speed benefit from putting two in Raid 0 like you do on an HDD. It would have been more cost effective for you to buy one 120gb SDD than two 60gb ones.
July 12, 2009 7:33:04 PM

Wait until Intel comes out with their new 32nm (I think its 32nm?) ssd' to get one, or two.
July 12, 2009 7:49:48 PM

I'd go with a geforce gtx 285 instead of a 290, especially if you are going to sli them. less power requirements, less heat, less $, and faster performance over the multi gpu 290.

i wouldn't go with a ssd right now; sata rev3 is about to be released (it is scheduled for third quarter 09, and we're in q3 now) and ssd prices are dropping. but if you are going to go with a slc ssd, you are going to need another drive for storage. id suggest using 2 or 3 or 4 identical drives in raid0. you'll get the same or better performance as a high-end slc ssd, but have much more storage. search toms for raid performance graphs and you'll find you get a decent performance increase for every drive you add in raid0 until the 4th or 5th drive.
160gb $40 (qty4/640gb) =$160
250gb $45 (qty4/1tb) =$180
320gb $50 (qty4/1.28tb)=$200
500gb $57 (qty4/2tb) =$228
July 12, 2009 9:24:21 PM

Yes ssd's are really good, but believe me, a setup of 2 320gb high platter density 15k rpm hard drives in raid 0 will give you really dam good performance, I dought you will even notice difference between a ssd and 15k rpm drive in raid 0!! And the best part is:
-More space,practically as fast,cheaper!
July 12, 2009 9:29:30 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Yes ssd's are really good, but believe me, a setup of 2 320gb high platter density 15k rpm hard drives in raid 0 will give you really dam good performance, I dought you will even notice difference between a ssd and 15k rpm drive in raid 0!! And the best part is:
-More space,practically as fast,cheaper!


yep, 10k or 15k drives will be wonderfully fast albeit a bit warmer and louder.

not sure how two 15k drives would perform against four 7200rpm drives. hmm. bet there isnt a toms review on raid0 that compares these. :( 
July 12, 2009 10:54:42 PM

daship said:
Get 2 60G SSDs and run raid 0, dont listen to the broke haters about SSD, I run them in raid and your whole PC in general will be much faster, instant open apps even photoshop.


Not broke, just smart. I have used several SSD's including intels (most expensive drives) and to this date if you compare a WD 640 (32 meg cache) vs any SSD in GAMING you cannot tell a difference. Only thing that differs is the load times. So in the end as far as gaming goes the SSD's are just nonsense.

Plus 60GB x2 is barely any space at all.... Copy a couple of games on a 60BG SSD and you will fill it up in no time. Then what?

As you said, Photoshop and other extensive programs DO benefit from an SSD. But us gamers, we see no need for them at the moment.....
July 12, 2009 11:04:05 PM

Hey guys,

I am getting the 120GB SSD sorry all. I asked in my OP for people to try to convince me one way or another on SSD, that being said, if people could analyze the over feel of the resto of the build i'd appreciate it. Does anyone have experience using this HeatSink or this Mobo; how easily will it be able to handle a 4GHz OC if i ever decide to go that far?
July 13, 2009 3:40:39 AM

Oh and as for the 15k rpms drives, I am pretty sure there are 20k rpm ones :)  and believe me they still will be cheaper then ssd's and will give you like 10x the space for the same price and every cometitble speeds.

-and as a poster above said, the actually performance and framerates you get in games WILL NOT BE AFFECT BY YOUR HARD DRIVE!!! WHEN YOU OPEN A SOFTWARE OR APPLICATION IT IS LOADED INTO THE RAM AND RUNS FROM THE RAM SO YOUR RAM IS WHAT AFFECTS YOUR PERFORMANCE, THE HARD DRIVE JUST AFFECTS THE TIME IT TAKES LOAD WHICH DIFFERS IN SECONDS IF NOT MILLISECONDS!

-as for the rest of the build, it looks great just make sure to have an excellent cpu cooler so you can overclock your processor later down the road, becuase i7's overclock beyond what I have ever personally seen so you should take advantage of that.
July 13, 2009 3:47:18 AM

Its a nice looking rig but for even a little more oc ability you may consider getting arctic silver 5 thermal compound
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