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[New System Build]Gaming/Video editing Under 1500$

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October 22, 2009 12:40:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1500$
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video editing, school work
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, going to be using the no interest for 12 months
OVERCLOCKING: Yes

Public wishlist of the parts I have minus the radeon HD 5870 since newegg has been sold out of all of them.
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
I hope the memory i chose works with the mobo, it wasn't on its recommended list but than again, not a lot of memory was.

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
I am getting the Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler and 1366 bracket

XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
I think i'm going to go with the XFX because of the lifetime warranty unless anyone can show me some sort of performance gain with any of the other cards?

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
Is it worth it to spring for DDR3 2000? I plan on OC'ing...also, can someone recommend me a memory cooling solution?

Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular
This power supply is a bundle deal with the case i'm getting @ $279.98 for both

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
I plan on upgrading to SSD when the prices drop a bit...but thought this should hold me over till than?
October 22, 2009 2:34:41 AM

I would go for this mobo
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No DDR3 2000 is not worth it, just get this RAM. Also, you don't need a cooler
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You really don't need that much power, check this PSU out
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this HSF
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 22, 2009 2:56:07 AM

I would go for an HX 750w corsair psu, and a Gigabyte EX58 UDR3 motherboard. 1333MHz is also enough fo the RAM
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October 22, 2009 3:11:10 AM

Bloodfrost said:
I would go for an HX 750w corsair psu, and a Gigabyte EX58 UDR3 motherboard. 1333MHz is also enough fo the RAM


The performance is pretty similar, but either PSU would work, wouldn't go for the UDR3 though on account of it only having 4 RAM slots.
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October 22, 2009 3:16:49 AM

You would need more than 4 slots???
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October 22, 2009 3:24:27 AM

It just seems stupid to me to pay for a triple channel board and get 4 slots.

Edit: and it's not very much cheaper anyways
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October 22, 2009 3:41:48 AM

that PSU does look better...would i be able to get another card and run crossfire no problem with it in the future?

wouldn't I want a larger cache for my HD?

as far as the ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel, i see a lot of DOA boards and negative reviews on newegg : /

and the HSF, i got from the OC'ing thread from this forum, but you think i should go with that one instead?
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October 22, 2009 4:35:28 AM

I second getting a SSD...but if you never used a system with one..then theres no need to rush...for you arent that pressed for speed..

also 4 slots on tri board?...wouldnt that 4th slot jus turn it into dual channel...mite as well go for 1156 boards then..

i read good things about asrocks 1366 boards..
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October 22, 2009 4:58:47 AM

Yes, either PSU would work and you would be able to crossfire fine.

No cache is not really a principal factor in determining HDD speed, far more important is platter density (the higher the better) and the F3 has a single 500GB platter (largest in production) whereas the WD only has 320GB per platter, so in short the Spinpoint is superior.

I don't read newegg reviews, but that board is a favorite around here, however I have no firsthand experience with it so I can't say for sure.

That HSF is great as well, either works.
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October 22, 2009 6:04:15 AM

Seems you are right about the Spinpoints! Would it be faster if I bought 2 and put them in raid 0 rather than just having one? Seems thats what the benchmarks are showing
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October 22, 2009 9:22:33 AM

Yes, it would be and they're cheap enough to make that reasonable as well.
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October 22, 2009 1:15:01 PM

nice. now if newegg would get some more 5870's in I could get the ball rolling...

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