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September 23, 2009 3:39:00 PM

Hi
im building a new system and was originally going to use a site to build it for me but doing the maths i can save quite a bit by doing it myself, downside to building myself is i wont be overclocking as iv never done this before i have built a pc before though it was about 4 years ago.

heres the spec

Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower Case - High Air Flow Design - No PSU.....................£123.60
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 iX58 Socket 1366 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard......................£206.59
Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor.............£211.00
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Triple Channel i7 Memory Kit CL8 1.65V...........£109.99
Coolermaster 1100W UCP (Ultimate Circuit Protection) PSU - 80% Bronze Certified Efficiency..£129.95
Samsung HD103UI Eco Green F1 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 32MB Cache - OEM........£53.68
Western Digital 150GB Hard Drive SATAII 10000rpm 16MB Cache - OEM WD VelociRaptor....£227.98
Sapphire HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card (Expected date: 15/10/2009)...............£199.99

is the PSU a good size for this system or is 1100w a bit overkill?

im wanting to go RAID-0 with the Raptor's, ive not used RAID before so is the performance boost i would get in RAID worth the extra £114 for the second HDD?

is there any thing ive missed?

i will be adding a new monitor aswell havent decided on what yet but more than likley will me a Samung TFT 24" at 1920x1200

thanks

September 23, 2009 3:41:05 PM

sry cant edit OP, so
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE asap
SYSTEM USAGE mainly gaming and general pc use surfing listening to music watching movies ect.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ebuyer
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
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September 23, 2009 4:22:08 PM

Kiring said:
Hi
im building a new system and was originally going to use a site to build it for me but doing the maths i can save quite a bit by doing it myself, downside to building myself is i wont be overclocking as iv never done this before i have built a pc before though it was about 4 years ago.

heres the spec

Coolermaster HAF 932 Full Tower Case - High Air Flow Design - No PSU.....................£123.60
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 iX58 Socket 1366 8 channel audio ATX Motherboard......................£206.59
Intel Core i7 920 D0 2.66GHz Socket 1366 8MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor.............£211.00
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz XMS3 Triple Channel i7 Memory Kit CL8 1.65V...........£109.99
Coolermaster 1100W UCP (Ultimate Circuit Protection) PSU - 80% Bronze Certified Efficiency..£129.95
Samsung HD103UI Eco Green F1 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 5400rpm 32MB Cache - OEM........£53.68
Western Digital 150GB Hard Drive SATAII 10000rpm 16MB Cache - OEM WD VelociRaptor....£227.98
Sapphire HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card (Expected date: 15/10/2009)...............£199.99

is the PSU a good size for this system or is 1100w a bit overkill?

im wanting to go RAID-0 with the Raptor's, ive not used RAID before so is the performance boost i would get in RAID worth the extra £114 for the second HDD?

is there any thing ive missed?

i will be adding a new monitor aswell havent decided on what yet but more than likley will me a Samung TFT 24" at 1920x1200

thanks


If money's no issue, that's fine. But...

No need for Full Tower case if you're not overclocking, except for the looks.

The i7 920 is not going to give you a boost for gaming. I have the i7 920 overclocked to 3.6 GHz with the GTX 275 896MB overclocked, and the Phenom II x3 720 at 3.7 GHz with the GTS 250 512MB, and there's not that much of a notable difference, really.

That PSU is overkill. You can get a 550 Watt Modular Power Supply that will handle up to 2 cards in SLI/Crossfire. Save money and build off the Phenom II x3 720 and learn to overclock (it's really easy). Even at stock compared to the stock frequency of the i7 920, it's faster for your gaming needs. Save that extra dough for another video card for SLI or Crossfire, that's where the real differences in gaming will come in.

I would highly recommend not going RAID 0, and instead go with an SSD. It's actually faster than 2 VelociRaptor's in RAID 0. Buy the Corsair P128 or the Crucial CT128M225 for your Primary (OS and Application and Games), then get a sizable Western Digital Caviar Black for your secondary drive for storage and backups.

You also don't need more than 4GB RAM. Buy the Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 and up the speed in the BIOS to 1600 (just one click, and you're done).

For gaming, you want to pour your money in the graphics cards and your monitor(s). You don't need more than a 3 core processor, and you don't need a Triple Channel memory kit.
September 23, 2009 5:07:45 PM

El_Capitan said:
If money's no issue, that's fine. But...

No need for Full Tower case if you're not overclocking, except for the looks.

The i7 920 is not going to give you a boost for gaming. I have the i7 920 overclocked to 3.6 GHz with the GTX 275 896MB overclocked, and the Phenom II x3 720 at 3.7 GHz with the GTS 250 512MB, and there's not that much of a notable difference, really.

That PSU is overkill. You can get a 550 Watt Modular Power Supply that will handle up to 2 cards in SLI/Crossfire. Save money and build off the Phenom II x3 720 and learn to overclock (it's really easy). Even at stock compared to the stock frequency of the i7 920, it's faster for your gaming needs. Save that extra dough for another video card for SLI or Crossfire, that's where the real differences in gaming will come in.

I would highly recommend not going RAID 0, and instead go with an SSD. It's actually faster than 2 VelociRaptor's in RAID 0. Buy the Corsair P128 or the Crucial CT128M225 for your Primary (OS and Application and Games), then get a sizable Western Digital Caviar Black for your secondary drive for storage and backups.

You also don't need more than 4GB RAM. Buy the Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 and up the speed in the BIOS to 1600 (just one click, and you're done).

For gaming, you want to pour your money in the graphics cards and your monitor(s). You don't need more than a 3 core processor, and you don't need a Triple Channel memory kit.


Other than a pair of 4830's or 4770's what two cards is a 550w psu going to handle ?
September 23, 2009 5:20:51 PM

The Phenom II x3 720 BE uses less power than an i7. At the least, you need a Minimum of a 550 Watt power supply (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 40 Amps.) It didn't look like you were going to pair any graphic cards. If you are, then just get enough to spec out what you need. 1100 Watts is overkill. You can be safe with 700 Watt, as long as your +12 Volts carry the necessary Amperage. For example, 4 +12 Rails at 20 Amps can hold dual GTX 200's, or 2 +12 Rails at 40 amps.
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