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Help me choose the balanced build! I'm a guy who's high on speed.

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September 22, 2009 2:45:37 PM

After asking questions over and over again, and checking out the store from which where I would buy I've come to compile a list of all the things I need.

I'll buy around the middle of October, while having a semestral break from college.

Computer use: Video editing, watching dvd, mid-class games.

Where'd I get these prices? From the stores, no online.

WTF is w/ the prices? Here in the Philippines, dollar rate is x50, so just divide by 50 to get your normal prices around there.

What I need help for: See if my parts are quite balanced and no overkill, since I'm high on speed, even wanted a twin-xeon system which costed like dammit.

INTEL CORE I7 920 - 14600

MSI X58 PRO 1600 RAID/GL/SATA - 10450

2 X LITE-ON 24X IHAS-424/224 SATA LIGHTSCRIBE - 2640

1TB WESTERN DIGITAL GREEN POWER 32MB - 4700
Anything else besides OS goes here

KINGSTON 2GB 1066 DDR3 X 3 - 6660

160GB WESTERN DIGITAL (IDE 2350) - 2000
I'll put the OS here

2 x POWERCOLOR HD 4770 - 11700
(Yes, crossfire)

SAMSUNG 20' 2033SW - 8700

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620w 6200

TOTAL 67650

I'll add cpu fans in the future, never mind the other parts.

I need your comments about this.

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September 22, 2009 2:55:48 PM

I would avoid coolermaster PSUs, and 550W is a little low for HD4770 crossfire with a possible OC.

I would look for the Corsair 650TX PSU

and this HDD instead; Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD

As for RAM, you really ought to get something faster than that, look for some DDR3 1600, OCZ Gold is a popular choice.
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September 22, 2009 3:02:04 PM

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would avoid coolermaster PSUs, and 550W is a little low for HD4770 crossfire with a possible OC.

I would look for the Corsair 650TX PSU

and this HDD instead; Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB HDD

As for RAM, you really ought to get something faster than that, look for some DDR3 1600, OCZ Gold is a popular choice.


So can I pick thermaltake PSUs? though I don't have anything higher than 550w here.

Well, I don't plan on overclocking, here in the list the highest wattage I could get is from a CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620w, is this adequate enough?

And can you please tell me the advantage of the Samsung HDD? Everybody here recommends either WD or Seagate.

And as for ram, I thought on the core i7 920 anything higher than a 1333 would be a waste (no overclock). I think only the 940 above could use that.

My other choice would be a corsair 2gb xms3 dhx 1333 (though it's a 1gb x 2)
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September 22, 2009 3:07:38 PM

Thermaltake makes better upper-end PSUs, Corsair, Antec, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, and OCZ are all good choices, anything around 600 watts is fine, that 620HX would be great, and its modular too.

The new Samsung F3 is the fastest 7200rpm drive out right now, and I have heard from many people that it is much quieter than comparable WD drives.

If you are not going to OC, then yes, 1333 is fine.

That Corsair XMS3 RAM is another good choice, though sometimes its pricier than other offerings.
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September 22, 2009 3:13:24 PM

Oh, I'll ask around for that. Samsung F3 500gb right? Got it.

Yes I know corsair is great, but its a 2 x 1gb stick. I asked around earlier and learned that i would put a heavier strain on my system than using a 2gb stick.

Is the 4770 crossfire a good choice for my resolution? (1600x900)
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September 22, 2009 3:42:59 PM

Ah yea did not notice the 2x1 note, definitely get 2GB sticks, and make sure you are getting a triple channel kit.

HD4770 crossfire is great, should give you very nice performance.
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September 22, 2009 3:48:17 PM

Yes thanks, it's too bad I don't have the option to pick a Saphire 4770 here.

About the ram.. wow it's a scarcity of 2GB ddr3 rams here, Kingston and Apacer reigns on here.
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September 22, 2009 4:24:13 PM

Kingston has always been a solid RAM manufacturer, it seems they strive for reliability and quality over performance, but if you are not overclocking, then they wold be a fine choice.
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September 22, 2009 4:44:49 PM

Yeah right on! Thanks for that, I'll go for Kingston happily if I don't find an available 2 gb corsair around.

Back on the 4770 crossfire, I won't play any high end games. Hmmm I'm having some thoughts on this, yes I want throw anything at it at max and still laugh at it for being so easy. But I wonder if this is overkill. Since it's a very hefty power eater. Though price is alright.
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September 22, 2009 4:57:09 PM

Alrighty! Oh, already looked. It's fine I think I looked everywhere enough.

I'm just worrying that Xfireing these could actually make my electric bills sky high.
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September 22, 2009 5:13:34 PM

Yea, anytime you crossfire something, you are going to be using more power, but the crossfire uses as much power as a HD4870, which to be honest is not that much. If you are gaming 16 hours a day, then you are going to see a noticeable increase in power consumption, but if you turn off your computer when you are not there for long durations, and let the ATI control panel adjust the fan speed automatically, then you can really minimize the power consumption. Another thing, if you can get a Corsair 650TX, or any of the TX models, or even an Antec Earthwatts PSU, you can save a little money because those PSUs are very efficient. They will be able to supply better quality power and require less wattage. The 620HX is modular and they have been shown to be less efficient than the TX counterparts.
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September 22, 2009 5:15:49 PM

Wow, thanks for your words of wisdom. I'll decided that I'll buy them, and I'll just turn the air conditioner off more often to compensate. Thanks for everything.
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September 22, 2009 5:18:46 PM

And oh, I game for usually 10mins minimum and 2 hours max.

Internet and Video editing eats up most of my time.
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