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New rock solid build (ASUS Maximus III ) ?

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September 10, 2009 4:39:33 PM

Looking to build a new system to replace my old rig. I built a couple of machines for others last year and now it's my turn and I need some advice.

Budget up to 3k or so. Make my living using this so I need stability. ( of course I have a couple of laptops as backups )

Uses.... Stock trading, web based and java based applications that take few resources. browsing, listening to music, maybe something else.

No gaming. I have a separate setup for that. A SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" I watch TV on with a PS3 hooked up to it which I rarely turn on.

Would like it to last a few years. Set it up and probably won't overclock or tweak.

Waiting on Win 7 to order but thinking of this list.

ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 Intel Motherboard - Retail $249.99

Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $299.99

Also which Ram ? I've read a bit but not sure about the difference DDR3 1333 PC3 10666 and DDR3 1333 PC3 10600...also 1.65 vs 1.5 voltages

System stability is key. Between these two ? or another ?

1st choice = 2 x Patriot Viper II Sector 5 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop $199.98 6-6-6-2- timings 1.65 v

2nd choice = 2 x mushkin 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Dual Channel Kit Desktop $165.98 9-9-9-24 timings 1.50v

LIAN LI PC-7F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V $169.99

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 $194.99

Intel X25-E Extreme SSDSA2SH064G1 2.5" 64GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) $799.00

2 x UltraSharp 2209WA 22-inch Black Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor $289.00

PLEXTOR Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X ..... 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD/CD Writer LightScribe Support $52.99

I think on board sound will suffice hooked up to these Audioengine A2's $199.00

Cooler, is there a quieter, better than stock cooler recommended ? I had looked at a Cogage True Sririt but it's for a 1366 socket. If I buy a cooler I'd like a bolt thru kit as well. Haven't found one that fits yet.

Anything I forgot except a few extension cables or maybe cooler paste with a new cooler ?

Please keep in mind the budget is high for a reason. I set a specific goal on a trade a couple of weeks ago for a new rig and got lucky enough to buy several of these rigs after taxes so I'd like to splurge this time.

$ 2800 and change so far without Win 7 64 bit and a cooler. I looked at my storage uses on this current machine using XP Pro sp3 and I currently use 21 gigs of a 80 gig drive so obviously I don't have storage needs.

Any and all comments welcome. Great board you have.


September 11, 2009 9:40:03 AM

^ Just a suggestion...
It is not always that a costly component is the best...
There are few things that are simply overkill and not required at all...Agreed you have the money to spend on them...but you would also have to see that will you be using them to their full potential...

Mobo - That mobo is an enthusiast mobo and I highly doubt you would require that mobo...maybe for bragging rights, you can stick with that...
This mobo has all what you need...

PSU - 750W ? Are you planning for SLI ?? If yes, then stick with it else I dont think you would require that much power...
This Corsair 520HX is more than suffice...

SSD - I wouldn't comment on that selection as I would accept that you would require a very fast drive for your needs...
But I would suggest another drive - Reason - The recent improvement in these Indillinx based drives make the drives faster even after regular usage...And these would have TRIM implemented in them, which would make them faster when using WIN 7...Intel has launched newer Gen2 MLC drives, that offer TRIM but yet to implement in the SLCs...
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November 22, 2009 11:49:53 PM

You should just a build a computer from

They make legit computers and deliver the best performance and reliability possible.
November 23, 2009 12:21:59 AM

You should look at the 5770s, they tie with the 260, have newer tech and are cheaper.