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July 25, 2009 6:02:52 AM

Hey, this my first post on this site although i have been coming to the site for a while now.
2500 budget
Well now to the good stuff. This is my first build and I go to a school of design for 3d animation, visual
effects, video editing, and with that comes the realm of 2d and sound so pretty much i want a creative pc for my self at home. I have been searching for parts for my build and was wondering if any one can approve, suggest, or give there thoughts on this. Btw i will play games but not crisis or anything just starcraft 2 so yea.....lol I am attempting to get a dual monitor set up(i have one already), core i7, run a raid 0, overclock, sound card, video capture thing, and if you guys can suggest anything else i would really appreaciate it. Also even suggest things out of the budget because i can get it later down the road.

this sign "*" means i would choose this from the choices i have

CPU core 17
Intel Core i7 920 or 950
* 920- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... -$280

950- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$570

Motherboards raid support and deadly
* EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading (do i need a raid card if i use this mobo?) -$400
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Motherboard - LGA1366, Intel X58, Triple Channel DDR3, 6.4GT/s QPI, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, SATA, Hyperthreading -$310
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Asus Rampage II Extreme Motherboard - Intel X58, LGA 1366, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFire Ready, SLI Ready, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, RAID -$390
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Memory Fast like speedy gonzales
* Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1866MHz (3 x 2048MB), DHX (thinking of getting 2) -$210 each
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cases need it to look sexy
* Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case -$140
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Thermaltake VH6001BWS Armor+ Full-Tower ATX Case - Clear Side, ESA -$250
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

CD Drives need to burn blue ray and dual layer
LG GBW-H20L Super Multi Blue BLU-Ray Disc Rewriter - 6x BD-R, 2X BD-RE, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 16X DVD-R, 6x DVD-RW, 16X DVD-ROM, SATA -$190
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

* Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-ray Disc Burner - 8X BD-R, 2X BD-RE, 8X BD-ROM, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 16X DVD-R -$210
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Monitor 26-30" btw can i plug in my xbox into a pc monitor?
* I-Inc iF-281DPB 28" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1920x1200 WUXGA, 800:1 Contrast, 3ms, HDMI, VGA, Energy Star, Tilt & Swivel Stand, w/Speakers -$280
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive BIG!
* Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS - 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G (scared because i have heard of crashes, and i don want to loose my work. worth gamble?)(getting 2 for raid 0) -$120
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

other suggestions or alternatives please

Video Card need it to keep up with my stuff
i have no idea were to start, point me in the right direction. workstation or gaming card
Sound Card clueless :(  (can wait if not enough money)
Power Supply Help! :) 
Cooling yea...water, fans, or ice cubes
Video Capture :p  (it can wait if doesnt fit in budget)

do i need a raid card?

920 - 280
evga x58 classified mobo - 400
corsair ram x2 - 420
monitor - 280
hardrive x2 - 240
case -140
bd drive - 210
total so far(no vid card or psu or extras) - 1870
July 25, 2009 6:21:40 AM

ok, i'd slow down for a sec

The huge price jump in the 950 probally doesn't warrent getting that over the 920.

When you say overclocking you have any idea how far you want to push your i7? I ask because your ram is way overkill

I deffiantly would not recommend the seagart hard drive. I'd go with WD Black Drives. Much better preformance and reliablity.

When it comes to motherboard choice i think it mostly depends on how far you want to overclock. and this also will lead into dealing possibly with water cooling if u really want to push it that far. Only thing is it will shorten the lifespan of the cpu possibly if you go as far as it seems like ur wanting to go with the parts you've selected currently.
July 25, 2009 6:35:14 AM

Hey thanks for the advice kubes.

I am a little on the bad english side, so can you clarify if your saying that i should get the 950 or 920, because as of now im thinking about the 920.

and I don't know how far i want to push my i7, i might just stick with 6 gb's or ram instead of 12 for now.

ill check out some more hardrives, just to be sure, WD=Western Digital right?

the main reason i feel i that i should push my pc that far is because i dont want to get a "cheaper" one just to find out that it cant handle my work. btw when you say shorten lifespan, how short are we talking about here, because if its about 2 years then its no problem i plan to upgrade every 18 months.

thanks again
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July 25, 2009 6:40:04 AM

Your computer should last 18 months even with heavy overclocking no problem. And yes WD=Western Digital. Finally, definitely just get 6gb, preferably 1600mhz RAM.
July 25, 2009 6:57:15 AM

alright jbaker im gonna stick with 6gb of ram, and search for some WD(western digital XD) drives. ill update with my reasearch by tomorow. thx again
July 25, 2009 4:14:22 PM

Seems that TigerDirect prices are a bit higher then NewEgg. Below are some Combo Deal's on most of the parts you showed.

#1
EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI Free Shipping
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 $289.99 Free Shipping

Combo Price before mail in rebates $657.98 (which you save $32.00 over buying parts separtly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

#2
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem $279.99 Free Shipping
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 $289.99 Free Shipping
*CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $159.00 ($149.00 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
*EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 $179.99 ($149.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping

Combo Price before mail in rebates $823.97 (which you save $85.00 over buying parts separtly)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Here are a few other cases you should look at.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black $119.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower $169.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BluRay Burner
Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-ray Disc Burner $199.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG GBW-H20L Super Multi Blue BLU-Ray Disc Rewriter $149.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB 1866 (PC3 15000) $199.00 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $159.00 ($149.00 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $114.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $104.99 ($94.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD's
Raid These are made for Raid.
Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 5 years limited $159.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG F1 RAID Class HE103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 7 years limited $149.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Non Raid HDD's Imho, I would go with 1 drive for OS and the other as Storage.
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache 5 years limited $94.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Modular PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W $164.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU HSF Cooler
Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V $44.98 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic Card
nVidia
**EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 $179.99 ($149.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ATI
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB $194.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

** 2nd card paired with Option #2

You will need this 8-pin PSU to Mobo Power extension cable. As most Bottom mounted PSU cases need this unless you want the cable to go across the width of the mobo.

1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F $7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hope this helps you out some.
July 26, 2009 7:34:33 AM

assassin84 said:
Hey, this my first post on this site although i have been coming to the site for a while now.
2500 budget
Well now to the good stuff. This is my first build and I go to a school of design for 3d animation, visual
effects, video editing, and with that comes the realm of 2d and sound so pretty much i want a creative pc for my self at home. I have been searching for parts for my build and was wondering if any one can approve, suggest, or give there thoughts on this. Btw i will play games but not crisis or anything just starcraft 2 so yea.....lol I am attempting to get a dual monitor set up(i have one already), core i7, run a raid 0, overclock, sound card, video capture thing, and if you guys can suggest anything else i would really appreaciate it. Also even suggest things out of the budget because i can get it later down the road.

this sign "*" means i would choose this from the choices i have

CPU core 17
Intel Core i7 920 or 950
* 920- http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... -$280

950- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... -$570

Motherboards raid support and deadly
* EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading (do i need a raid card if i use this mobo?) -$400
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 Motherboard - LGA1366, Intel X58, Triple Channel DDR3, 6.4GT/s QPI, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, SATA, Hyperthreading -$310
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Asus Rampage II Extreme Motherboard - Intel X58, LGA 1366, ATX, Audio, PCI Express 2.0, CrossFire Ready, SLI Ready, Dual Gigabit LAN, S/PDIF, Firewire, USB 2.0, Serial ATA, RAID -$390
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Memory Fast like speedy gonzales
* Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1866MHz (3 x 2048MB), DHX (thinking of getting 2) -$210 each
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Cases need it to look sexy
* Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case -$140
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Thermaltake VH6001BWS Armor+ Full-Tower ATX Case - Clear Side, ESA -$250
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

CD Drives need to burn blue ray and dual layer
LG GBW-H20L Super Multi Blue BLU-Ray Disc Rewriter - 6x BD-R, 2X BD-RE, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 16X DVD-R, 6x DVD-RW, 16X DVD-ROM, SATA -$190
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

* Pioneer BDR-203 Blu-ray Disc Burner - 8X BD-R, 2X BD-RE, 8X BD-ROM, 16X DVD+R, 8X DVD+RW, 16X DVD-R -$210
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Monitor 26-30" btw can i plug in my xbox into a pc monitor?
* I-Inc iF-281DPB 28" Widescreen LCD Monitor - 1920x1200 WUXGA, 800:1 Contrast, 3ms, HDMI, VGA, Energy Star, Tilt & Swivel Stand, w/Speakers -$280
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive BIG!
* Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB Hard Drive ST31500341AS - 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G (scared because i have heard of crashes, and i don want to loose my work. worth gamble?)(getting 2 for raid 0) -$120
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

other suggestions or alternatives please

Video Card need it to keep up with my stuff
i have no idea were to start, point me in the right direction. workstation or gaming card
Sound Card clueless :(  (can wait if not enough money)
Power Supply Help! :) 
Cooling yea...water, fans, or ice cubes
Video Capture :p  (it can wait if doesnt fit in budget)

do i need a raid card?

920 - 280
evga x58 classified mobo - 400
corsair ram x2 - 420
monitor - 280
hardrive x2 - 240
case -140
bd drive - 210
total so far(no vid card or psu or extras) - 1870


You left out one minor detail... What applications are you planning to use?
July 27, 2009 8:28:12 PM

I would deffiantly go with the 920 over the 950.

If you plan on overclocking over 4ghz then you've probally got a pretty nice rig setup.

Otherwise here might be a much cheaper alternative:
Swap Ram for:
OCZ gold 1600 - $100/90 MIR
or
OCZ Plat 1600 - $140/$130 MIR ->tighter timings

HardDrives:
I question the quality of Seagate drives. Here is a higher preformaning drives and imo much better quality:
WD Black 1TB $95 -> if u need more space grab two.
Also one other note if u want to mirror dirves put them in raid 1, not 0. Raid one mirrors the drives. So if one fails u have a complete copy of the data on the other. Raid 0 is both hard drives are added together to make two hard drives look like one. So if u have two, 1tb drives and raid 0 them. It'll look like 1 2tb drive available to you. If one drive fails data is lost across all drives.

Monitor:
Hanns -G 28" Monitor $330 -> just want to give u another option (I have two of these and there not bad).

Motherboard:
I'm not really sure any longer that you'll be actually using all the features the evga classfied board will offer you. You may want to consider the evga x58 sli board or Asus pt6 se2 boards. They are a bit cheaper and will most likely have all the features you require for your build and overclocking needs. I'd only consider the evga classfied if your going over 4ghz.
July 27, 2009 9:21:15 PM

For your power supply, Corsair is where you want to be, assuming it'll give you enough power http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168... is a good way to go.

For a HDD, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is a pretty good value if 1 TB is enough.

If you really need more than that I actually suggest 2 of them, their 1.5 and 2 TB drives are Caviar Green rather than Black, and at that their 2 TB is a higher $/gb and since you'll have plenty of space and sata connectors there's no reason to overspend.
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