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Final test before Build

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July 13, 2009 9:29:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Will be ordering within 30 days

BUDGET RANGE: ~2600$ CAN

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Business applications, accounting software, gaming, movies, porn lol.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse--have the G9 Laser, keyboard, have a 24"BenQ (1920*1080), speakers, dvd burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will likely have this built by NCIX. part below are from NCIX.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes/maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: likely wont need more than the 4870x2

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

I will be having it built because I'm not able to find time to learn how to build myself yet. although I am looking forward to this one day.
I may not be using this to it's full potential currently, but I'm hoping it will last for 3 years. Hopefully current games will run full settings and next gen games will run at medium settings or something.
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BUILD SO FAR:

processor: Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S

mobo: ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
(P6T)

RAM: G.SKILL F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 9-9-9-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
(F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ)

VID CARD: Radeon HD 4870 X2 750MHZ 2GB GDDR5 3.6GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI-I
(AMD-ATI-RADEON4870X2)

PSU: Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
(CMPSU-750TX)

2xHDs in RAID: Western Digital RE3 RAID 500GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB Cache NCQ 8.9MS Hard Drive OEM 5 Year MFR Warranty

1xHD: Western Digital 7501AALS Caviar Black 750GB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

UPS: Cyberpower CP800AVR UPS 800VA 450W AVR Simulated Sine Wave RJ11/RJ45/COAX USB/SERIAL 8 Outlet

OP: Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64BIT OEM DVD with Windows 7 Upgrade Offer for Prebuilt PC Only

CASE: Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio

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Questions:

1. Is everything compatible and will these part work together well?

2. Will I be able to overclock it or is it too close to 1.65v??

3. Will I even need to overclock it if I'm just ripping some FallOut 3 or the next gen Battlefield game??

4. Do I need any extra case fans or a different heatsink?? I have had one person suggest an aftermarket heat sink. There is a concern with heat as my computer will be in the hottest part of the room for at least another 6 months (near sunny window).

5. Are my HD selections appropriate? the two 500gb WDs will be in RAID 1 while the caviar black will be my personal (non business stuff)

6. Is there anything I'm forgetting to ask?


Thanks very much for your help, this community has been almost suspiciously pleasant:) 
Franklin

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July 13, 2009 10:35:59 PM

1. yes
2. yes, but you should get an aftermarket cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
3. nope
4. The i7/1366 runs pretty hot, i'd use an aftermarket heatsink even if i wasn't overclocking in a warm room.
5. Fine, i might go with 2 WD caviar black 640GB in RAID.
6.Nope. I like APC brand UPS, just in case do a little research.

For an extra $10 go for faster RAM DDR3 1600 7-7-7-24
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Anonymous
July 13, 2009 11:27:34 PM

dirtmountain said:

5. Fine, i might go with 2 WD caviar black 640GB in RAID.


agreed with this. do you really need that much hard drive space to begin with? most of us wouldn't need more than 2 640's unless you play with video or download a lot of music or something. i would also consider a larger power supply in case you decide to add another gpu some day.
July 14, 2009 12:33:51 AM

awesome,

thanks guys. I will add a heatsink because I am worried about it overheating.... and I do need that much space... the RAID means that really I have only 500gigs for business (mirrored right?)... and I want to separate pleasure and pain you know... and I don't typically delete anything (pack rat) so I end up with lots of stuff kicking around (complete tv shows, movies, albums etc).

Any other thoughts... this is my first build... wanna make sure it's good.
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