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July 16, 2010 4:37:56 PM

First timer on Tom's Hardware
I am looking for advice on building a computer. So far I have a HAF 932 and 850 watt PS with 2 SLI connectors

I am a moderate gamer with an interest in video editing. Looking to invest into hardware that will not be out-dated in a year from now. Looking for suggestions on a Motherboard and CPU.. Since my PS supports (2) SLI cards, looking for suggestions on that too.
First time overclocker, looking for software w/motherboard to make it easy to overclock. Looking for water cooling suggestions also. Possibility of built on watercooling on the chipset?


Some of the things I want...
Gigabyte or ASUS hardware
DDR3 memory
USB 3.0 support
SATA 6.0 GB's
1156 or 1366 socket
Quickpath technology
x58 board?
Video card ideas?

Looking to spend between $150.00 to $250.00 on the board if possible. I appreciate any insight that is offered.
Thanks!kluzan2002[at]yahoo.com

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July 16, 2010 5:09:29 PM

Hey bro! Welcome to the PC Building world!

I actually just started on my build a few days ago, and the fine folks here at Tom's have been helping me out IMMENSELY!

So here is my build so far (I haven't bought it all yet), and you will be happy, as I have the same beautiful case as you:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower
CPU: Intel Core i7-930
MoBo: Asus P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MoBo
PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 GB/s 3.5
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

I will get the GPU after I have all the other components, as this could take me a month or two :) 

But I want to do the same thing, man. Intense gaming, editing 1080p video and multitasking HUGE applications.

According to the tons of help that I got in my thread: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/290003-31-time-build-... this is a great build for all of that.

Also, you want to go with the 1366 socket since it supports the higher end CPUS right now and will continue to support them longer than the 1156 (as far as I know).

Finally, that MoBo supports Quad SLI / Crossfire, so your dual SLI / Crossfire will be more than welcome on there! :) 

I hope this helps, and I hope I didn't butcher any details on here, folks :) 
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July 16, 2010 6:05:57 PM

Video editing i hear, requires lots of processing power so you might want to go with an Intel Core i7 980x at $999. It is a six core processor and would blow your video editing productions out the water easily. You can also put that together with an Asus P6x58D Premium Motherboard. Which comes with USB 3.0, DDR3 memory, SATA 6gbs, Quick Patch Technology and 2 SLI dedicated x16 slots for your 2 video cards. Of course the i7 980x is really expensive but hey you get what you pay for. If you want something with power but not as expensive as that, try the i7 920 for $295 and overclock it to 3.5 - 4 GHz (with water cooling of course, you wouldn't want it to burn out with very intense apps). With an upgrade of system comes the need of an upgrade of Power Supply. I would Recommend anything 1000 Watts or higher, being that you would have water cooling and 2 videos cards. You need very good video cards for video editing and i recommend http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168.... That card is strictly for business baby, the price is high because the amount of power. If you want to game i suggest you get another single power video card on the side of a different kind. But of course if you aren't too serious about video editing and its just a hobby, there are lesser cards for it. When it comes to RAM you want tri-channel DDR3 12gbs of RAM, of course again because of what you primarily want with this build. Last word, $250 will not buy you a mobo with all those features at the moment, you are looking at $290 plus as of this month.
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July 16, 2010 6:23:39 PM

Great tips so far...Keep them coming.

One quick question

What is the difference between ASUS P6X58D-E and ASUS P6X58D premium?

That was one of the boards I was considering.
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July 16, 2010 6:48:33 PM

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

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

if you look at these pictures below

P6x58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

P6x58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

you can see that the premium mobo's heat pipe is connecting both heatsinks (on the left lower side) which helps dispense more heat between them and the heatsink by your PCI slots is also displaying a heat pipe connecting to another heatsink by the processor area, which is the biggest difference i can see in the 2 mobo's... overall the P6x58D Premium has a bigger heatsink and if you can see.. because i just noticed the heat pipe connects through out all the heat sinks together (check by the audio ports you can see it through there connecting to the middle sink - to the other one) which can provide a cooler motherboard and possibly more productivity. Then again, i am not expert lol. By the way i am making a money order for the P6x58D Premium with a KINGWIN Lazer LZ-1000 watt modular PSU as i write :) . I hope that answers your question and i hope i have helped you so far.
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July 16, 2010 6:56:55 PM

I am sold on the board so far. What about the overclocking ability? Does it have software for overclocking the ram? or just the cpu?
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July 16, 2010 7:00:27 PM

i provided the first 2 links for a reason bro... check out the specifications tab
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July 16, 2010 8:05:02 PM

Okay, I saw that.
Good deal
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