I7 SSD build $1000-2000 Development / light gaming

I'm looking for a good developer box centering around an i7 920 and a SSD for booting and main programs, perhaps two SSDs in a performance raid. Ideas? $1000-2000 budget.

Some light gaming will be done on the computer so I'd at least like a good single card. More than one video card isn't really necessary unless I decide to run three monitors at the same time. Two will probably be my limit.
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  1. Edit your post to match the form in my sig and we'll be glad to help you out. Also, a narrower budget would help.
  2. APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within one month

    BUDGET RANGE: $1000-2000, so about $1500 but willing to go higher if necessary.

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Development, gaming

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: 2nd monitor

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, TigerDirect

    COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes (will be first time overclocking)

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right away

    MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920 x 1200 main, 1680x1050 2nd maybe 1680x1050 third.

    PARTS I'M LOOKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS ON: all
  3. Sorry, forgot to add the common format the first time I posted.

    OS: Windows 7, already have a OEM copy so don't include it in the budget.
  4. Welcome to the forum. Something like this should be nice. It comes to just under $1,400

    Intel Core i7 860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115214

    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131405&cm_re=p55_motherboards-_-13-131-405-_-Product

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227478

    XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150442

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152181&Tpk=f3%20500gb

    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167016

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

    Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066&cm_re=antec_300-_-11-129-066-_-Product

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151192

    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=N82E16835103065
  5. ^^^Nailed it but you should change the motherboard to this: It has no difference in price+ has SATA, USB 3.0 support.
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

    And get the 1TB version of the hard disk jbakerlent suggested. Which is here:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    About the SSD and since you are running Windows 7(there is TRIM support). Dont know what is it? Check here when your free: http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3667
    Although there is a firmware bug, rest assured once Intel fixes their firmware you will get TRIM. W/o TRIM SSDs slow down gradually after use. that link I gave you will explain everything nicely :)
  6. Thanks guys!

    Yes, I'm excited about the TRIM support! Unfortunately, I hear that it doesn't work with RAID - in case I wanted to combine two SSDs to make a larger boot drive.

    How quiet is this going to be? Ultra quiet isn't necessary, but quiet is nice.

    Also, do I need anything special to mount the Intel SSD? Isn't it laptop sized?

    There also seems to be a lot of debate between the 860 and 920 - which is better for everyday use? There's also some things that are pretty CPU intensive in programming / development.
  7. I think I'll upgrade the case to something fancier:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    +$40

    Do I need any thermal paste, etc. for the cooler?

    Do I need any extenders, etc. because the power supply is on the bottom or does this power supply take care of that?

    Thanks again.
  8. Also I'm looking at

    Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor 500 cd/m2 800:1 Built-in Speakers - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254026
    +$310

    but I could wait a bit on that.
  9. I would stay away from Hanns monitors. If you are going to spend a lot of time in front of a computer, S-IPS or IPS would be superior for image quality. I personally use the HP2475 and find it worth every penny. It's got the best color for the money and comes with a 3 year HP warranty (under their business line, so it's not the ratty retail warranty if you ever have a problem).

    Startech.com makes a good 3.5" to 2.5" adapter w/ power and sata cable for about $12 at Microcenter.
  10. akash3656 said:

    And get the 1TB version of the hard disk jbakerlent suggested. Which is here:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185


    The point in the 500GB is performance. The 1TB model has 2 platters, the 500GB is a single platter drive. Combined with NCQ, the single platter drive is quite a performer. Grab a few of those for a raid0 or raid1 setup and they will be screamers.
  11. OP asked for an i7 920, but whatever.
    Also OP, you asked in an earlier post about how quiet an SSD is...well it has no moving parts, its silent. First time i use one, i couldn't tell if it was on or off :)
  12. akash3656 said:
    ^^^Nailed it but you should change the motherboard to this: It has no difference in price+ has SATA, USB 3.0 support.
    GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128409

    And get the 1TB version of the hard disk jbakerlent suggested. Which is here:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    About the SSD and since you are running Windows 7(there is TRIM support). Dont know what is it? Check here when your free: http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3667
    Although there is a firmware bug, rest assured once Intel fixes their firmware you will get TRIM. W/o TRIM SSDs slow down gradually after use. that link I gave you will explain everything nicely :)


    he doesnt need a massive mobo
  13. Another Super Fast SSD solution for $1000 dollars more..the 256GB version of the RAID DRIVE GS from SuperTalent Technology
    Link
    http://www.supertalent.com/products/ssd_category_detail.php?type=RAIDDrive
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