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Final Suggestions \ Tuneup on $1500 - $2000 i920 pc

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October 4, 2009 7:51:29 PM

After looking over some suggestions here, I'm close to finalizing my build.
This machine is intended for some fairly intensive realtime video work.

I'd like input on the following areas:

1. Storage.

Would I see any real gain from spending more in this area? Performance here is pretty key, but my understanding is that I wouldn't see significant gains by going SSD (and it would be far more expensive).

If I could see significant perfomance gains, I could bump this area up to the $300-400 range. I'd also consider an alternate brand of drives, I've had good experiences with the caviar blacks in the past.

2. Memory.

I'm definitely going with 12gb, is there a brand that I could get cheaper that would offer similar or better performance?

Any other suggestions for economizing are welcome, I'd prefer to stick with a modular power supply, and like the Hanns G monitors quite a bit, (I have another already).

Case: Antec 900

Hard Drives: 2x WD Caviar Black in raid-0 (Have other drives for storage)

Monitor: Hanns G HG 281DPB

PSU: Thermaltake 750W

RAM: Corsair XMS3 12GB DDR 1600

* Changed to 2 sets of OCZ gold by suggestion, because it's shiny

Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme

CPU: Intel Core i7 920

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8

* Changed to a dark knight via suggestion.

GPU: Changed to 5850 to economize.

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October 4, 2009 9:06:37 PM

Done, checked out a few benchmarks and the dark knight runs quieter and cooler.
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October 4, 2009 9:35:38 PM

Nice, and it's shiny. Changing to that.

I'm dropping the 5870 in favor of a 5850 for a few reasons: Will fit better in the case (I actually like my existing 900, mainly for the little shelf where I put my keys), and I think the 5850 is powerful enough for any gaming I'll do.