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September 4, 2009 2:26:48 PM

Hello everyone. This is my first post so please be gentle with me ;-) .

I am going to get a new PC next week and I need advice from you in choosing the rights components.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week BUDGET RANGE: Around 2000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Multimedia / gaming / video / audio

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, memory (I have just got a 3x2GB kit Crucial DDR3-1333 CAS9, model CT3KIT25664BA1339), mouse and keyboard.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Well...

---Processor: Intel Core i7-920.
---Motherboard: Asus P6T, P6T Deluxe V2 or P6T7 WS SuperComputer.
---Graphic card: NVIDIA GTX 295
---HDD: Thinking in 2 high performance SSD in RAID mode because I prefer speed than capacity. I think I will use a external network high capacity storage system.
---Case: Case: Black, quiet and discreet

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC.

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September 4, 2009 3:42:17 PM

Maybe with this budget, a i7 920 isn't enough....get a i7 940 or the i9 975...jejeje
September 4, 2009 4:03:06 PM

Any i7 other than the 920 is overpriced IMO. Unless you really want to try and overclock beyond 4GHz, stick with the 920.

Go With the P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard. The ONLY difference between versions 1 and 2 is version 2 has no SAS ports, and runs about $20 cheaper because of it.

SSD's still seem a little buggy and problematic that I wouldn't recommend them. I will say that installing your OS to one, and then having a couple WD Caviar Black 640GB HDD's in RAID 0 for everything else will give you great performance and enough space for whatever you want.

Antec makes some fantastic cases. I was looking for something similar to what you are, and went with the Antec P182. It's not black, more of a gunmetal with a hint of copper, but it's got dozens of features to keep it very quiet, and I loved the understated beauty of it's design. Please note that it is a mid-sized case so some of your larger aftermarket CPU heatsinks may not fit.

As far as which aftermarket cooler you should get, there are a number of good choices:

Sunbeam Core-Contact Freezer (requires an additional mounting bracket)
Scythe MUGEN-2
XIGMATEK Dark Knight
COOLER MASTER V8
Noctua SE1366 (my personal recommendation)
Prolimatech Megahalem (arguably the best cooler available, but it doesn't come with any fans, so add another $10-$20 to it's price)

If space is an issue, the Corsair H50 is a nice option, but you should also consider a full watercooling setup with your budget.
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September 4, 2009 11:11:35 PM

nekbar said:
Hello everyone. This is my first post so please be gentle with me ;-) .


Same here, though I should make it clear I'm using my Dad's THW forum account.

Here's my draft build:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270740-31-college-bou...

I'm leaning towards the Antec 1200 case and the 850 Signature Series PSU. Here's the link for it and an alternate. The 650w version should also work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since ya picked the Asus P6T .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

September 5, 2009 12:50:43 PM

saint19 said:
Maybe with this budget, a i7 920 isn't enough....get a i7 940 or the i9 975...jejeje


Well... I want to overclock it as much as possible and in the future get a faster processor :-) .
September 5, 2009 1:34:19 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Same here, though I should make it clear I'm using my Dad's THW forum account.

Here's my draft build:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270740-31-college-bou...

Yep, I think that must be a good idea minimizing the number of component vendors.

I'm leaning towards the Antec 1200 case and the 850 Signature Series PSU. Here's the link for it and an alternate. The 650w version should also work.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I have to see is it practical to buy components to newegg from Spain...

Since ya picked the Asus P6T .... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Do you know which is the quietest GTX295 card? (not watercooled based).
September 5, 2009 1:54:25 PM

saint19 said:
Maybe with this budget, a i7 920 isn't enough....get a i7 940 or the i9 975...jejeje


Even with a $2k budget, the i7 920 is the only way to go. You can get a very high overclock on the 920 with a good cpu cooler. Any other i7 cpu is a waste of money and that has been said over and over again on these forums. Although your budget is $2k I would not get the gtx 295. I would wait until DX11 cards come out and get a 5870. They should be out next month and also you can upgrade your cpu in 2010 to a hexacore if even needed.

The i7 920 is also going for $200 at microcenter if you have a local one near where you live. That is a steal considering they are $80 more on newegg.
September 9, 2009 9:59:44 AM

Thanks for the advices.

I think I will get a watercooling system. I need a recommendation for this.

About the graphic card... which one do you recommend me (not GTX-295)?

It is worth Asus P6TwS Supercomputer over P6T deluxe v2?

September 9, 2009 1:40:15 PM

Why not the GTX295? is the most powerfull graphic card today. Or get 2 GTX275 or GTX285...
September 9, 2009 2:15:44 PM

saint19 said:
Why not the GTX295? is the most powerfull graphic card today. Or get 2 GTX275 or GTX285...


Because waynec123 recommended me to wait for Ati 5870 to appear :-) . So I think I should wait a little more for buying a super-graphic-card and buy something cheaper.
September 9, 2009 2:30:34 PM

ohh, is a good reason.
September 9, 2009 2:48:10 PM

If you really really want the most powerful GPU on earth go for the Asus iROG Mars Limited Edition in sky high!! :D  .

OR Wait for the HD5870 X2 It'll be around USD500~ which is (as far as i know) the same price (+/-) of the GTX295 and will have like (X2)+ The Performance of a GTX295 (Not to mention the new API!)

Regards.
September 9, 2009 10:43:36 PM

Well it's NOT for gaming rather than being ESPECIALLY designed for server APPs (Um... don't really know server what!!).

Regards.
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