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September 24, 2009 5:26:16 PM

Here are the specs of my first build.Planning on ordering soon.
Tell me what you think and suggestions are welcome!

Computer use: Animation,render,gamming,surf

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 169.99$

CPU: I7 920 (D0) 340.60$

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 69.99$ or
Zalman 9900 LED 99.99$

Thermal Paste: AS5 21.76$

GPU: EVGA GTX 275 262.49$ (later SLI)

Monitor:...not decided yet

MOBO: EVGA X58 3x SLI 329.99$ or
EVGA x58 3x SLI Classified 469.99$

RAM: 2x6 (12 GB) Corsair Dominator 1600 228.99$x2

Audio: Creative Sound Blaster 7.1 X-Fi Titanium 134.20$

Speakers:...not decided yet

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech MX3200 Laser Keyboard & Mouse 98.49$

HDD: -WD Velociraptor 300GB (OS) 290.66
-1x WD Caviar Black 1TB 104.99$
-2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Raid 1 99.99$x2

DVD-ROM: Plextor PX880sa 59.49$

PSU:Corsair 1000w 299.99$

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September 24, 2009 5:38:17 PM

The V8 works pretty well, but its expensive, other options like the Scythe Mugen Cooler or Xigmatech Dark Knight are just as good, but a lot cheaper.
Check for the top CPU coolers

You don't need to buy that much thermal paste, unless you plan on reapplying it often, smaller tubes are available for a lot less.

Unless you plan on doing some serious overclocking, the Classified board is a waste. That EVGA x3 SLI board is solid.

I would drop down to 6GB. You won't see any noticeable performance in games from the extra 6GB, consider the OCZ Gold kit, its a lot cheaper, and just as fast.

Those Velociraptors are noisy, and the new 7200rpm drives are almost as fast now. You could look into a SSD, Intel and OCZ are great choices. The Intel X25-M is very fast, but does have a hefty price tag (~$300).
The new Samsung Spinpoint F3 HDD are the fastest at the moment, and would be a good choice for your second HDD. If the RAID 1 array you are doing is just for backup, look into the Caviar Green line, they are low power drives.

That PSU is overkill for the system, you plan on doing SLI with the GTX275, so the Corsair 850TX would be ideal. Gives you more than enough power, and is a good deal cheaper. Additionally, the 850HX is modular if that is a concern.

Other than that, good choices, should make for a nice rig.
September 24, 2009 5:42:24 PM

firstly veliciraptors are old any new 7200rpm drive will match it only thing faster is an ssd these days you can get along with an 850 watt psu

the v8 is overrated the zalman sucks these are better need to buy a fan for this