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Building my first rig in years, am I overlooking anything?

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November 29, 2009 5:35:38 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE & BUDGET RANGE: Parts already ordered

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: avchd video editing, surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Corsair VX550 psu, BFG 8800GT video card, Seagate 7200.10 secondary hard drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS & COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Newegg.ca Canada

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

2x CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 - Retail
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

All put together with windows7 Home premium.

Anyone see any problems? Thanks.





November 29, 2009 9:53:32 PM

After a little more research, I may have picked ram that won't work with this motherboard.

Can anyone confirm this please?

Thanks.
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November 29, 2009 10:46:07 PM

mcg75 said:
After a little more research, I may have picked ram that won't work with this motherboard.

Can anyone confirm this please?

Thanks.


For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

http://www.crucial.com/index.aspx

http://www.corsair.com/configurator/default.aspx

http://kingston.com/

http://conf.ocztechnology.com/index.php?c=1

http://www.patriotmemory.com/configurator/index.jsp

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.


I do think the ram you selected will work, but contact Corsair support to be certain.

Otherwise, all looks good.

You might want to add an OEM cooler. It will be quieter and cooler than the stock cooler. It will increase your overclocking headroom if you are so inclined. Any cooler with a 120mm fan should ge good.
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November 29, 2009 11:59:49 PM

sonic-boom said:
No no no on the HDD, it is junk. Get a 7200.12 barracuda or spinpoint f3.
That ram you picked will work but this is cheaper and faster on sale http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
That video card is junk for your resolution.
The rest looks fine.


What video card would you recommend? I don't tend to game very much but if I needed a good card for HD playback then I'd be inclined to game more on this computer rather than a console.
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November 30, 2009 12:14:55 AM

Yes, indeed. Forget the 7200.11 drive. the .11's had a firmware problem that turned the drives into bricks. That's the reason for the strong reaction. the .12's are OK.

The Antec 900 case does not come with a case speaker. It's not very expensive ($3.00 or so), but it is missing.
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November 30, 2009 11:34:09 PM

I picked up a BFG 260GTX maxcore on sale at Future Shop.

Was that a good choice? The VX550 exceeds the power requirements.

Or should I have gone with a directx 11 card to future proof a bit?
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November 30, 2009 11:39:36 PM

mcg75 said:
I picked up a BFG 260GTX maxcore on sale at Future Shop.

Was that a good choice? The VX550 exceeds the power requirements.

Or should I have gone with a directx 11 card to future proof a bit?

GTX260 is a very good card, particularly the 216 version. There is no such thing as "future proofing in PC's" By the time DX11 is needed, the current generation cards will be old hat.
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November 30, 2009 11:43:00 PM

The 260 is a nice card but horribly overpriced right now. The 5770 is just barley beaten by it for nearly $40 less and has newer tech and uses less power.
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December 1, 2009 12:02:11 AM

sonic-boom said:
The 260 is a nice card but horribly overpriced right now. The 5770 is just barley beaten by it for nearly $40 less and has newer tech and uses less power.


I picked up the 260gtx for about $10 cheaper than any 5770 I could find.

Would the 5770 be worth the extra few bucks?
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December 1, 2009 12:30:27 AM

Oh well you got a good deal then. Its about $205 on newegg vs the $165 5770.
The 5770 is not worth more.
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