Extra 300 in budget what would you do?

Aight so here is the delema, I want the max amount of speed and multitasking that I can get ( looking for a comp that works faster then I do)
In my current build I have planned to put a i7 950 in for the processor, BUT i'm considering maybe taking that out and putting in a i7 920, in which case I would have a extra $300.00 to spend on somthing else for the machine, So i'm hoping you can take a look at the current build and tell me what I could add to speed it up, or maybe just stick with the i7 950?

(Note: i'm not intrested in OC, I don't feel I have the tech experience to do that yet)


Current Build:


ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131403


XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150443&cm_re=XFX_graphics_card-_-14-150-443-_-Product


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043&cm_re=Antec_twelve_hundred-_-11-129-043-_-Product


LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136162&cm_re=Disk_drive-_-27-136-162-_-Product


COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055&cm_re=cooler_master_v8_cpu_fan-_-35-103-055-_-Product


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181

(Note: Planning on getting 4HD's and doing RAID1+0 on them)
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  1. After a bit of research I do like that idea better, I'd still like to go with Samsung F3, but newegg doesn't seem to have them, or a ETA. Can someone direct me to a site that would sell these?
  2. Quick question (again).... Will that SSD that you linked work with my mobo? it looks like it uses SATAII, which i don't think my mobo has....
  3. I would grab the Intel X-25M G2 ssd
  4. Dewm said:
    Quick question (again).... Will that SSD that you linked work with my mobo? it looks like it uses SATAII, which i don't think my mobo has....

    Of course your motherboard has SATA II slots. That's been the standard for a few years now. Any current motherboard has SATA II slots. SATA III is even starting to enter the market.
  5. shortstuff_mt said:
    Of course your motherboard has SATA II slots. That's been the standard for a few years now. Any current motherboard has SATA II slots. SATA III is even starting to enter the market.


    You think they would say that in the specifications on newegg :S
  6. Cades said:
    I would grab the Intel X-25M G2 ssd



    !! thats $250+ and has slow read/right speeds.
  7. I guess it doesn't come out and say SATA II, but it does say it has 6 "SATA 3Gb/s" slots. SATA I was 1.5Gb/s and SATA III is 6Gb/s.
  8. ^^ true, guess I didn't really think about it.

    Meh sorry, running on 48hrs no sleep right now....
  9. ganga. it'll make the system seem much much faster. then, much much slower. then shiny object! wheeeeeee
  10. If you're gaming, I'd drop the RAID idea....doesn't really do squat (1-7% tops) for game play....does significantly boost boot time tho but SSD's do that even faster and cheaper.
  11. What will you use this computer for? A faster harddrive might make sense, but possibly not.
  12. What won't I be doing on it? :S

    Daily stuff:

    games (FFXI, crysis, SC4, Oblivion)

    pictures (right now I have 110GB of family photos)

    photoshop

    surfin the web
    ----stuff off and on----

    autoCAD

    taking the HDMI and plugging it into my TV so I can watch blueray on it.

    editing/burning/copying Dvd's


    I know the system is plenty right now but i figured about 2.5k and i'm not close to that now, so i figure anything to spruce the system up more. I'm tired of workin with comps where I have to wait, wait for IE to load, wait for games to load, wait to minimize the game while I look stuff on the web up, wait to install, wait to transfer...

    So yeah :D
  13. I wasn't sure. The computer you would use to for photo editing would look different then the computer you would use for gaming. And both would look different then the computer you'd use to just surf/watch movies. (with a bit of video editing thrown in to.) If you got the $$$ and want to do all that stuff, the SSD sounds good. Make sure you have TRIM support. Toms did an article recently on it, check it out.
  14. I agree that you would benefit from a nice SSD since you listed load times twice when you mentioned things you're tired of waiting for. SSD drives help with load times more than anything else.
  15. Thanks for the help btw.


    Have any of you heard of this site/what do you think of it?


    (I can get the SSD off of newegg but i'd rather not wait another 2 weeks to get started on this build)

    http://www.centralcomputers.com/commerce/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=71770
  16. 1. The V8 is for looks more than performance imo. Grab a Core Contact Freezer ($20 after MIR @ Newegg)

    2. You want this P6T Deluxe board: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365
    NOT the one you listed. The one you listed is the older one.

    4. Get the 920. Don't waste $ on the 950.


    5. As for OCing, it's not that hard. Read the many guides found here and on the net.

    6. As for the SSD: http://www.tankguys.com/hard-drives/intel-x-25m-80gb-solid-state-disk.html
    They are reputable and it's cheaper than Newegg in this case AND they have it in stock. For Anand's opinion on Tankguys: http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=647
  17. So this other mobo is just a updated version? (all the specs look the same)

    Thanks for the link to tankguys.com

    I've had teh V8 in one other system and it kept it really cool....But you think I should look around?
  18. Meh this just isn't my day. Tankguys is out of stock on the 80GB and the 160Gb..

    Maybe i'll just have to wait the 2 weeks... :(
  19. Quote:
    So this other mobo is just a updated version? (all the specs look the same)

    Yes, it's a better PCB and BIOS revision version of the one you linked to.

    Quote:
    I've had teh V8 in one other system and it kept it really cool....But you think I should look around?

    Yes, imo, it's over priced for the performance. The CCF performs abut the same and it's only $20! If you want the best, get the Megahelmes.
  20. Aight so i've done a bit (heh) of reading, and it looks like the SSD that Obsidian linked me has a slower read/write speed then a Samsung F3,

    So my question.... would I be better off. going back to the i7 950, getting a small SSD to boot W7 off of. and going with 2 Samsung F3's?


    I would still get fast boot from the ssd, but honestly I dont' see much else of an advantage to the ssd
  21. Aight so i've done a bit (heh) of reading, and it looks like the SSD that Obsidian linked me has a slower read/write speed then a Samsung F3,

    So my question.... would I be better off. going back to the i7 950, getting a small SSD to boot W7 off of. and going with 2 Samsung F3's?


    I would still get fast boot from the ssd, but honestly I dont' see much else of an advantage to the ssd
  22. Aight so i've done a bit (heh) of reading, and it looks like the SSD that Obsidian linked me has a slower read/write speed then a Samsung F3,

    So my question.... would I be better off. going back to the i7 950, getting a small SSD to boot W7 off of. and going with 2 Samsung F3's?


    I would still get fast boot from the ssd, but honestly I dont' see much else of an advantage to the ssd
  23. Aight so i've done a bit (heh) of reading, and it looks like the SSD that Obsidian linked me has a slower read/write speed then a Samsung F3,

    So my question.... would I be better off. going back to the i7 950, getting a small SSD to boot W7 off of. and going with 2 Samsung F3's?


    I would still get fast boot from the ssd, but honestly I dont' see much else of an advantage to the ssd
  24. Not sure where you are getting the benches from, but the OCZ Sumit is a pretty well ranked drive, it ranks ahead of the WD VelociRaptor in most/all benchmarks. The OCZ is not as fast as the new Intel X25M G2s but it does have more storage.
  25. Meh i found the benches online the OCZ sumit has read @ 200MB and write@ 150MB, and another article for the F3 stated it has read@ 293MB and write @ 170MB.


    But ther is the latency time in there. Main problem is that I really want to get the F3 1TB but can't find it anywhere.

    amazon had be go to a 3rd party site, but i'm not sure if I wanna order from them :S
  26. SAMSUNG HD103SJ 1TB SATA 3.0 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk $89.99 - $15 MIR

    Those numbers aren't even close for a mechanical drive, though.

    http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2009/10/06/samsung-spinpoint-f3-1tb-review/3

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB results:

    Average read speed - 124.8 MB/s
    Average write speed - 96.7 MB/s
    Burst speed - 258.9 MB/s
  27. it is a fast drive, and I apoligize it wasn't a bench I was reading, it was a pre-realese article about the F3 and what they though it would do (which those articles are rarly acurate)

    Thanks for the link! so you would trust that site? (i've only ever ordered from newegg & amazon) so I dunno who's good and who isn't.
  28. Dangit! lol they are out of stock on the sumit 120gig
  29. I've used www.zipzoomfly.com on quite a few occasions and have never had a problem with them.
  30. Wow.....i'm not finding that ssd ANYWHERE!
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