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December 25, 2009 8:55:24 PM

This is just for gaming. I will be getting another 5870 video card in about four months. I have a mouse, keyboard and monitor for this build.

Yes I am aware that the CPU Cooler is going to be a tight fit. I might have to take off one of the memory's cooling fins. I wont be using the fans that come with the memory right now, in the future I plan on going to water cooling. Is their anything wrong with this setup? Maybe a better cost savings? The money part isn't the big player. I just wanted to make a kickass Rig.
Let me know if I'm forgetting something. Thanks for your time.

Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

Motherboard: EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard - Retail

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail

Video Card (just one): SAPPHIRE 100281VXSR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail

DVD Burner: PLEXTOR Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD/CD Writer LightScribe Support - OEM

Fans (4): ENERMAX Apollish UCAP12-R 120mm Case Fan - Retail

Fan controller: NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen fan controller - Retail

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December 25, 2009 10:42:28 PM

Get some samsung spinpoint F3s instead of those caviar blacks they are much faster.
December 25, 2009 10:46:51 PM

but 99% of the time the Spinpoint F3's are out of stock (atleat the 1TB version anyway....)
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December 25, 2009 10:51:13 PM

UMMMMMMMMM I believe I just bough a 1tb from a site that has many instock but they are Canadian but thats better for me anyway :D 
December 26, 2009 12:08:24 AM

Thanks for the tip. I will look in to those hard drives and see how they match up. I'm not looking for a huge amount of space, but at least over 1Tb. Do you know of any good reviews between the two?
December 26, 2009 12:37:37 AM

You can go for a a PSU with less wattage and save some money. Sticking to Corsair, they offer 2 850w PSUs (though I'm guessing you'd be more interested in the modular HX :) )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


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

Mushkin's redlines are cheaper and have tighter timings than the doms. Also, the notches you see in the picture allow the cpu cooler brackets some clearance. While I'm not sure if this will be true for noctua's new monster, it did work for the u12p SE2 and even other larger heatsinks, like the mega shadow.
December 26, 2009 1:07:07 AM

The corsair RAM he has selected does have the Elpida Hyper chips on them which have been know to be phenominal overclockers, but personally I do like the mushkin redlines better. And I also like the corsair hx850 it is an extremely well designed PSU
December 26, 2009 4:19:21 AM

I have now changed the PSU, I was thinking about going with this one at one time. Components seem to have better power management, I will be just fine with 850 watts
The Mushkin's redlines....Awsome, I don't know how these got past me...I looked at a lot of them too, but these look great!

Hard drives...haven't a lot of time to read up on them, but what I'm looking for is speed, thats why I'm setting them in 0 raid. Don't really need more the 2Tb of space. I was looking at the Vraps at one time, but found for the price I could get three WD 640Gb blacks for around the same price.
December 26, 2009 8:33:36 AM

I looked that one up. It seems that its so new that I can't even find one review, but did find a forum where someone posted their benchmakers. They were calling it a "WD Green 2Tb beater".

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December 26, 2009 2:37:52 PM
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Case PSU - The Antec CP-850 easily matches the Corsair HX electrically but is a lot quieter. Matched with the Antec 1200 (LED"s have off switches if bling is not your thing) , you could save about $170. Alternate cases for that PSU would include the P183 and P193

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

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

MoBo - You have chosen a model with 4 PCI-E slots but only 1 video card, even adding the one later you referenced, that still leaves two empty. Unless planning to use all four.....would suggest consideration of other alternatives. This saves $100 plus gives you USB 3 and 6 GB SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - The Mushkin 998962's if you can find them....if not the 998961's. The 962's have the Ascent coolers.

Vid Card - with the above savings, you could consider a 5970, or two 5770's in XFire or add a dedicated PhysX card.

HD's - What are you expecting from RAID ? If it's increased gaming performance, expect 2 - 7% as a maximum. It will give you faster boot up time but an SSD would do that even better. The WD Black 2 TB model is a great performer with it's 500 GB platters but the rest of the Black line has the older 333 GB platters, Suggest the Spinpoint F3's or Seagate 7200.12's for Data drive.....maybe an Intel G2 for an SSD.

Optical Drive - A $2500 rig that doesn't play Blue Ray ? At least get a BR Reader
Reader - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Writer - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fan Controller - Avoid it like the plague. Read the newegg reviews....battery needs changing every 3 months, loses settings, host of other problems. The NZXT Sentry 2 is half the price and far superior.

Monitor - Would suggest one of the Asus models:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

CPU Cooler - The Noctua NH-D14 kicks butt on cooling but it's weight is tremendous at almost 3 pounds. I'd have concerns about fitting in even the largest cases. If this becomes a concern, look here for alternatives.
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
December 26, 2009 8:37:51 PM

Thank you for all the information JackNaylorPE . It's a lot to take in lol. I really like that case, so I'm going to stick with that one. If you know of a better PSU then the one I want to get I'm open to other ideas....I do like modular PSU's.

I know the motherboard is a little overkill. I will be getting more video cards over time, so it wont stop at just 2. Their are so may ways to go with video cards. I think I was getting sick from reading reviews and posts. I like what the 5870 has and "hoping" that as I buy them about every 4 months or so that the price will go down a bit. By the time I get to 3 video cards I'm thinking of going to water cooling and might even sell some of the video cards and get some 2 core cards and put some water blocks on them.

Muchkin... I was looking at the Ascent coolers. I was working on trying to find some info on how much more cooling you would get out of them. I'm sure it wouldn't be much, but the way they work ( dare I say) a cool idea.

On hard drives...they are "driving" me crazy. I think I might go for the WD 2Tb drive. Its about as much space as I need for this computer right now and it's fast. That will cut the idea of going to 0 raid. Yeah I know 0 raid wasn't going to give me a big boost. I was just going to use the raid to tap as much as I could out of smaller HDD's. I didn't think the larger HDD's would be so fast ( thinking along the lines of the VRap), But I see that I'm wrong. "Space and Speed" woot.

Blu-Ray player. Well I've had it on my build about three times (list wise), but have decided to go with just the DVD burner/writer for now. Reason, I'm just using this computer for gaming and for movies I use my big screen tv with my Blu-Ray. I would like to have one in at some point, but I think I will wait for them to come down more. Then I would get a Blu-ray burner/writer, but I hear what your saying....I just couldn't see how I would get much use out of it.

OK, You sold me on the fan controller. Scary... Burning, over heating, fans not working, display not working.......I changed that....and like you said "The NZXT Sentry 2 is half the price and far superior." I like it.

On the monitor..... well what I wanted to do is get one for the computer I'm using now. The one I picked has a tv tuner and the price was right. I want to gt three at some point and have it setup for Eyefintity. So at that point it might be two other monitors anyway. I just wanted to have a "cheep" monitor for my old computer for now.
As far as getting two more I will be looking in to the Asus models. They look like great monitors.

CPU Cooler - I like everything I have read about this beast, but I have been thinking of going with the Prolimatech Megahalems. They now have a black edition. Might look good in the case window. Do you have any thoughts on this cooler? If you think this would be a good cooler what fans would you run with it?

Again- Thank you for all your time put into this. If you were in Salem, I would buy you a beer.
December 26, 2009 8:46:50 PM

I took off the monitor for the list, as it didn't really apply to this build. I'm going to be using the one I have now for this new build and get a new "cheep" one for my old computer.

Motherboard= changed this to a EVGA X58 micro board. it seems that it has everything I want and it is around $200. I did some reading up on it. The only thing they didn't like about it was the not so great cooling. I might look into some fan cooling for the memory and motherboard. Maybe some kind of fan for both. Not really sure whats out there for both, but I did see a "spot fan" that go's over your motherboard. I will have to find something like that.
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