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Replacing old system with "new" system, your opinions, suggestions....

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December 20, 2009 3:16:21 AM

Hello, my 1st post here...

I am replacing a near 9 year old build with a new one.
Much has changed since my last build, but also, much is still the same and I feel confident I will have little problem.
From my old system, other than the DVD and CD drives, all I will be able to re-use will be the Lian Li Server case.

Here is a list of what I have chosen so far:


SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3 (power supply)

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 (CPU)

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 (motherboard)

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (memory)


I have not figured out a Video card yet, and I will only want a stand alone, but, I want the best Video card I can get for performance/value (a card that will be Over Clockable for more perfomance?) under $300.

I game a little, but mostly my daughter. I will be using the computer alot for HD video editing/watching, games, movies, internet, and work with Turbo CAD.

The LCD monitor I am using is a 1 year old Sceptre X24, which the recommended resolution is 1920x1200 @ 60Hz, which is what I have it set.

I am looking forward to all your your opinions, suggestions, lessons etc., I am also looking foward to participating in this forum.

Thank you,

Rick

I am also needing suggestions on what I should use for a hard drive, or possibly a RAID system, probably something conservative in a RAID 1 configuration?
December 20, 2009 4:42:08 AM

bumping my message before it dissapears...

Hopefully I will get some suggestions...


Rick
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December 20, 2009 1:59:20 PM

I'm partial to the Mushkin 998691's at this point.

If you are going to OC, suggest aftermarket cooler.

Suggest a optical drive that does Blueray like the Plextor 320SA

Skip the RAID and just get a 500 GB per platter drive such as the Spinpnt F3 or Seagate 7200.12 RAID 0 has little performance to offer you for your programs.....RAID 1 provided protection but so does one of these:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-backup-recovery...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for GFX ... take ya budget and look here. Possible choices around your budget highlighted.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09


$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770

$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)


If your daughter's gameplay includes PhysX titles I'd lean Nvida but given the fact that your PC has been around 9 years, you certainly don't fit the upgrade every 2 years profile common around here, so in that case, i'd say get a ATI 5xx card.

See this is you don't know what physX does

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...
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December 20, 2009 3:56:59 PM

Your going to want to make sure that your cd/dvd drives are sata. It doesn't look like the motherboard you chose has support for legacy drives.
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December 20, 2009 6:44:20 PM

slc_custom said:
Your going to want to make sure that your cd/dvd drives are sata. It doesn't look like the motherboard you chose has support for legacy drives.

Wow... thanks for the heads up, I never even realized that the drives won't work...now to shop for the best drives...probably a Blue ray and one from Samsung...

Rick
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December 20, 2009 6:57:25 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
I'm partial to the Mushkin 998691's at this point.

If you are going to OC, suggest aftermarket cooler.

Suggest a optical drive that does Blueray like the Plextor 320SA

Skip the RAID and just get a 500 GB per platter drive such as the Spinpnt F3 or Seagate 7200.12 RAID 0 has little performance to offer you for your programs.....RAID 1 provided protection but so does one of these:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hdd-backup-recovery...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as for GFX ... take ya budget and look here. Possible choices around your budget highlighted.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09


$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770

$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)


If your daughter's gameplay includes PhysX titles I'd lean Nvida but given the fact that your PC has been around 9 years, you certainly don't fit the upgrade every 2 years profile common around here, so in that case, i'd say get a ATI 5xx card.

See this is you don't know what physX does

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...



Thanks for the ton of information, alot there that will guide me in my purchases..especially all the video card information, you really made it easy to pin-point which card I should buy.

Also thanks for the memory and Blueray suggestion, as I have always wanted to get a Blueray drive (I have a nice Samsung "Dual player" Blueray/HDDVD player for my HDTV system).

The Video card list is now my "go-to" for choosing the new card.

Again, thanks!

Rick
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