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August 24, 2009 1:13:00 AM

Hey, I need help with a pc that I am building with Cyberpowerpc.com. First of all, I’m not sure if cyberpowerpc is the best website to go to for building a pc. I ventured from site to site, and this one seemed to be the cheapest overall. But I haven’t heard the greatest reviews about it.

I am trying to make a descent pc for video gaming and multipurpose use. I don’t know very much about computers, but I have been learning quite fast. A few questions that I do have are about the power supply, RAM, and compatibility with hardware.

I’m not sure if 750 Watts will suffice for the computer that I have, I do know that I wanted SLI ready power supply for the compatibility with the video cards. I think that it is enough power, and I can’t see myself adding much more to the computer other then things like a wireless network card.

RAM on the other hand I know very little about, besides that you need a lot of it. I’m not sure what the difference between a “PC1333 DDR3 PC3 10666 Triple Channel Memory” and a “DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module” are.

The cost for everything comes to $1840.00, which didn’t seem that bad of a deal. So any insight on my build would be very much appreciated. Here is my build;

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CASE: Apevia X-Cruiser 2 Mid-Tower Case w/ Side-Panel Window & MultiMeter Display [+9] (Green Color)

CASE FAN UPGRADE: Maximum Enemax 120MM Case Cooling Fans for selected case (Maximum Silent Operation) [+29] (1,000 RPM Black Color with No LED Enlobal Magnetic Barometric Bearing 17 dBA)

POWERSUPPLY: Corsair Power Supplies [+32] (750 Watts CMPSU-750TX - Quad SLI Ready [+8])

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-920 2.66 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366

FAN: Asetek Liquid CPU Cooling System (Extreme Cooling Performance + Extreme Silent at 20dBA)(Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified)

MOTHERBOARD: Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard SAS Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA w/ eSATA,Dual GbLAN,USB2.0,IEEE1394a,&7.1Audio (Venom Boost Extreme OC Certified) [+134]

MEMORY: 12GB (2GBx6) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module [+188] (Corsair or Major Brand)

VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [+5])

VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX260 CORE 216 896MB 16X PCI Express [+169] (EVGA Powered by NVIDIA [+5])

VIDEO3: None

MULTIVIEW: Xtreme Performance in SLI/CrossFireX Gaming Mode Supports Single Monitor

HDD: High Performance with Data Security (RAID-1) with 2 Identical Hard Drives [+11] (500GB (500GBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+20])

HDD2: NONE

CD: (Special Price) LG 22X DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (GREEN COLOR [+9])


SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO

NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network

FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (GREEN COLOR [+5])

USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports

OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium w/ Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)

OS_UPGRADE: (Free Upgrade Coupon) Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium ($29-$29 Mail-In-Rebate = Free) [+29] (64-bit Edition)

CARE1: Ultra Enhanced Packaging Solution - Protect Your Dream System During Transit [+19]

CARE2: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation [+10]

CARE3: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System [+19]

SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT

PRICE: (+1814)

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August 24, 2009 2:23:12 AM

For starters, Newegg's price for all that is within $190 including MIRs and excluding card reader, case fan upgrades, professional wiring et al, so the total price isn't too bad.

The only glitches I see are the disk drives - could be something like WD Blue when in a self-build you'd want to go with Black for speed and reliability. And personally I wouldn't use a stand-alone sealed liquid cooler when there are many air cooled heat sinks that will outperform them. But I didn't see the choices you had.

The rest looks fine.

Have fun!!
August 24, 2009 2:34:35 AM

To answer your specific questions:

Memory: the difference between the two you showed is the speed it is guaranteed to run at. You will see very little difference in real-world operation . . . er, you won't notice the difference between the two speeds . . . but it would be a shame not to give your "dream" the fastest memory within reason, which you have done.

PSU: Corsair is an excellent choice, and 750W will be plenty for your system. While you might not add more than a wireless network adapter, you might someday replace the video cards. One never knows . . . you could put 850W in there and that might not prove enough . . . how high does one go? Your choice is a very good one. Worst case, you can easily replace the psu a few years from now.

Cyberpower: I have no personal experience with them.
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