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October 5, 2009 6:09:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week
BUDGET RANGE: Up to $2,500 for the PC

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Hi, I'm building a fulltime web development machine, so this PC is about maximizing speed, quiet, and with a big display at the center-- I plan to order a new Dell 3008 30 inch monitor. I can justify spending extra money on quality parts for this machine as I will be on it 10 hours a day or more, and don't want to deal with problems. (Along those lines I'm worried about liquid cooling) I will use the 30 inch for blueray movies as well. Programming/web development, internet, movies, some gaming.

I was about to buy a Dell XPS 730 but they canceled the series.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, Dell 3008 monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, amazon.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i5 processor, want high quality components and a case and motherboard that will last a few builds. I'm tired of buying entirely new machines from Dell every 2.5 years.

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I think so, to max the monitor performance

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (2560 x 1600 ?)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want SSD for the primary drive. Also, managing heat and quiet is important.
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Parts

IKONIK Ra X10 SIM Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$230

Power supply - not sure

i5 Chipset
$200

Motherboard – Not Sure

Would like a lot of RAM.

Graphics chips -- not sure

Would like a primary SSD drive and a RAID 1 traditional HD for storage, need recommendations.

Blue-ray/DVD player and CD burner

Thanks!

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October 5, 2009 6:28:24 PM

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($134.99)

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($99.99 w/ $20 MIR + Free Shipping)

Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($199.99 + Free Shipping)

GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($169.99 + Free Shipping)

(2) G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($189.98 + Free Shipping)

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($289.99)

(2) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($99.98 + Free Shipping)
RAID 1 - Redundancy

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($259.99)

LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($129.99 + Free Shipping)

COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($29.99)

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($99.99 + Free Shipping)

Total: $1,704.87

You have the option of going crossfire with this build, it really depends on what games you want to play, and if you want to have all visual effects cranked.
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October 5, 2009 6:32:57 PM

First off, if you want to still consider Dell for a full system purchase (since it is a production computer having the support coverage might be beneficial) their Vostro line will be getting i5 and i7 systems.

As for doing DIY, plenty of options this way, and you'll be sure to get exactly what you want.
That Ikonik case seems nice, though is very expensive. I would compare the features you get with that one against Antec's 1200 case, and CoolerMaster's HAF 932 case. Both are very nice cases and are usually $80-$100 cheaper.
Best suggestion for a PSU would be a Corsair 850TX.
The best "reasonably priced" SSD is the Intel G2. If you're looking for a drive at a lower price point, the OCZ Vertex and Patriot Torqx are good alternatives.
2 drives for RAID 1 storage, you have a few options. If you want performance drives, Samsung F3, Seagate 7200.12, WD Caviar Black, are all good options for better performing drives. If all you care about is storing data and will run no apps off the array, you could save some money by going with WD Caviar Green, Seagate Barracuda LP, or Samsung F2 Ecodrives. I'm assuming 1TB capacity for all cases, as this is the overall best pricepoint right now. There's 2TB selections out now, but you pay more per GB on those currently.

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October 5, 2009 6:37:24 PM

As usual, I like Transmaniacon's build, though looking at those components, isn't there a Newegg CPU/Mobo/RAM combo that will knock off another $25? would have to buy a second matching RAM kit, but should get the same parts in the end.

EDIT: the combo I'm thinking about must be for a lower tier Gigabyte board. If you aren't planning on CF cards it would be an option, otherwise the build posted is the best deal as is.
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October 5, 2009 6:55:37 PM

Yea I did not go through all the i5 combos out there, but I am sure you can find a few combos with these parts on newegg to knock down the price.
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October 5, 2009 7:30:32 PM

Thanks guys. My thinking on the Ikonik case was getting something nice that would last through a couple of builds and I won't need to add fans or anything. I literally take a Dell case to Goodwill every three years and it makes me mad.

I think I will do Crossfire, do you recommend just getting 2 Radeon HD 5850? Also, will this extra card help with Blueray? Thanks!
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October 5, 2009 7:47:40 PM

You mentioned a quiet PC, the Antec P183 case is designed for quiet operation.

2 HD5850 would be plenty for gaming at 30", if you want to go for broke, get 2 HD5870, but unless you want to max things at that resolution, its wasted money. Blu-ray playback requires minimal GPU power, a little old HD4650 could handle it fine.
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October 5, 2009 8:10:08 PM

I would maybe step it up to this PSU;

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($119.99 w/ $20 MIR + Free Shipping)

And this case (those HD5870 are enormous...);

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($139.99)
Free shipping with promo code CASE1X21FS, ends 10/7
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October 5, 2009 8:17:07 PM

Using two HD 5870's on a 1156 motherboard, won't there be a problem with bottlenecking due to the x8 bandwidth on the PCI-E ports?
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October 5, 2009 8:23:14 PM

The investigation on that question that anandtech recently wrote up shows there's a performance difference with 5870s in CF between 1156 and 1366, though it's not entirely proven that it's the only problem causing the performance difference. They did note that the difference was pretty insignificant for the average user, but could be considered a "big deal" if you're a benchmark junkie.
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October 6, 2009 12:10:31 PM

But the i5 can easily be overclocked to ~4GHz on air, and even most P55 motherboards have a one button OC that will bring it to around 3.2GHz.
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