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December 1, 2009 2:36:42 AM

Hi all,

I'm looking for some more eyes on my first build. I'll be buying within a week or two (except the 5970) from newegg and am looking to spend about 1750. I already have mouse/speakers/HD monitor and want people's input on the other components to make sure I haven't made obvious mistakes. I plan on overclocking some to remove any CPU bottleneck. Any and all advice is appreciated! (feel free to criticize)

Case: Broadway Com Corp Runner Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PS: SILVERSTONE OP1000-E 1000W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video: GIGABYTE GV-R597D5-2GD-B Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(the card I'll get when their available)

Cooling:COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD: Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optic: LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
December 1, 2009 2:53:04 AM

^ There are many components that you are skimping on...
1. CASE - The HD 5970 is a very long card - nearly 13.5" long...And I dont think it would be a good fit into that case...And why do you want to buy a low quality case like that one when you are spending good amount of money on other parts ?
My suggestion would be - CM HAF 922 - IT is a very good case and is long enough to be able to fit that card...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Mobo - P6T SE and overclocking ? I dont you can even get a decent overclock out of that board...Some good options...
ASUS Rampage II Gene - A very good board that overclocks even better than the ASUS P6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or even this board will be better than that SE - ASRock X58 Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or the P6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - You can better ratings RAM for less...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

CPU cooler - Something cheaper but equally good ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

HDD - The Green series drives are more of a storage drives than boot drives...
Something like these would be better...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Hope these help...
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December 9, 2009 10:57:46 PM

Thanks for the input, this is exactly the type of input I was looking for. I had the same question about the case but the drive bay is situated a bit odd in that it's open on the end by the card so I was hoping it would fit, I emailed the company to find out.
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December 10, 2009 12:13:25 AM

Why that PSU? It isnt even 80plus certified. That means its efficiency drops below 80% at various load levels.

Antec TPQ-1000 is 80plus bronze certified and cheaper.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You only need that huge PSU if you plan on running two 5970s. For one GPU an Antec TP750 or Corsair TX750 would be plenty.


The V8 is overpriced. Coolermasters Hyper 212 cools about as well for only $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


If you prefer blue to red, the Antec 1200 will hold a 5970 also. Most mid-towers wont hold a card that long (at least until they meet Mr Dremel).
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December 10, 2009 2:37:03 AM

@dndhatcher the Silverstone PSU is an 80+ one...but the Antec for that price is a good buy...
@borjame23 dnd is right about the PSU power required...if you are going to go with 2 HD 5970, then only go with the 1000W else even the Corsair 750TX can easily handle a single 5970...
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December 10, 2009 2:58:36 PM

gkay09 said:
@dndhatcher the Silverstone PSU is an 80+ one...
It just claims >80% efficiency with but does not have the 80plus certification on silverstone's website or newegg. It always worries me when they make a claim without the certification to back it up.

The jonnyguru review has it up to 86% efficient, but it failed one checkpoint at 72%. Still they gave it an ok review.
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December 11, 2009 2:08:10 AM

^ Just checked its review at jonnyguru...And I dont think its worth the money...Just few $$ more, the Corsair is a better buy...Or even the Antec TP you have listed is a good option...
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December 16, 2009 3:12:26 AM

Still more great info! This is why I love Toms.

The plan is to double up on video card at a later date, in like 6mo-1 yr, figured I'd just buy the one power supply.
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December 16, 2009 2:56:57 PM

For two 5970s I would go with the Antec TPQ-1000, its better and cheaper than that silverstone.
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