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December 11, 2009 4:35:45 AM

Hi, I'm about to buy a new computer and it seems that posting here for a quick review before paying is the way to go. This computer will be used exclusively for work (decent sized databases).

Motherboard: EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard - 3 Way SLI, Digital PWM, E-Leet Utility and Vdroop control

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 15000) Desktop Memory Model CMG6GX3M3A1866C7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard disk: Intel X25-M G2 Postville 160GB, 2.5", SATA II (SSDSA2MH160G2C1/SSDSA2MH160G201) for OS and apps + extra HDD for general storage

PSU: Antec Signature SG-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic card: EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: w7 Ultimate 64-bits

Monitors: 2x 30" Dell 3008 WFP (5120 x 1600)

Router: Any dual WAN routers suggestions? My goal is that if one connection goes down the other one will automatically pick up the job

UPS: I have no idea. How much W do I need for this system? I'd like to be able to use the system for a few mins in case of a blackout.


My thoughts on this build:
The motherboard seems like a waste since I'm not going to use the sli capabilities. However, I really like the aesthetics (black/red) because I've already purchased the thermaltake level 10 case. I have no idea about ram so no input. It seems that a lot of ppl recommend to overclock the 920 so I might do that.

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December 11, 2009 4:59:16 AM

^ Well dont you think that Level 10 case was exuberantly priced one ?
If it had anything to do with your work, then paying a high price premium might make sense if it provides any additional advantage...
So does the other components that you have chosen...

1. Mobo - You are very right about this though - A certain waste of money...
For half the price, you get this board - Same Red - Black combination, and can easily overclock the i7 to 3.6GHz atleast with a good CPU cooler...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. RAM - Corsair GT - ??? If you want to overclock extreme - But I think if it is a work computer, stability matters the most...
Change to any of these -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - That PSU is a very good one but why do you need 850W ? - No SLI - Then 500W would suffice...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rest are fine...
December 11, 2009 5:27:03 PM

As a business machine, it doesn't look like you're trying to go cheap on anything that matters. It isn't the biggest, but Signature still appears to be the best (but Seasonic X is 80+ gold and almost as nice otherwise). The SG-850 is outstanding, but overkill as GKay suggests. His little brother, the SG-650, reviews just as impressively. You don't say how many drives you'll be getting for storage, but the Signature comes with LOTS of cables.
If you want a smaller PSU, check out a Truepower. The 550W model is enough, but strangely is the same price as the 650W model right now. Or, choose a 550W -650W Corsair.
Unless you'll be gaming after hours (you did say "exclusively for work" though), you don't need a GTX 260. If you prefer nVidia, even a 9600GT will suffice. If you think you might want to run three monitors though, check out the ATi HD5750. For just two, even a HD4650 is enough.
A 1000VA to 1200VA UPS will allow your system more than just a few minutes; probably a good 15-20 minutes of run time. I have four UPS units myself (my PC, network bits, wife's PC, and bench), and all are APC. I'd also buy Tripp Lite, but not many of the cheaper ones; definitely not Belkin (anything!).
December 11, 2009 5:32:01 PM

If you're going to overclock (I'd be cautious on a business machine), you may wish to consider lower voltage RAM. You're already at the Intel limit of 1.65V, so you have no headroom. Since the limit may be as much wattage-related as voltage, since they are linked (P=IE) you may want to start out with a lower voltage.
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