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December 28, 2009 11:13:35 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000 - $1500. Rebates a plus, but not an issue. Upper limit not firm.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Internet, Work(documents, spreadsheets, etc)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
case (SilverStone TJ06)
mouse
keyboard
monitor (Samsung 2253BW 22")
Corsair HX-620W Power Supply
2 X Samsung SP2504C 250G drives in RAID 1 for data
EVGA GTX 275 FTW Edition graphics
Creative X-FI Platinum sound

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com to use 12 mo/no interest deal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Florida, USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan on using WIN 7 Home Premium 64. I do some modest OC. I may use onboard sound and do away with X-FI card. I'm wondering if it would be cost effective to upgrade graphics right now. Would use new drive for OS/Programs. I have 2 older 150G Raptors I could put in a RAID 0. Wondering how that would compare to newer drives. Also thinking about playing around with using an 8800GT I have as a dedicated PhysX card. Wondering if current power supply would handle it.

Considering:

EVGA P55 FTW 200 SLI 141-LF-E658-KR LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMD4GX3M2A1600C8 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
New Rev.2 for Intel 1366, 1156, 775 and AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thoughts & opinions are appreciated.

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December 28, 2009 11:51:10 PM

My Recommendations:
  • MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - Why pay over $250 for a motherboard that doesn't even support USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s? This board will overclock just as well for less money and supports the soon to be released i3 CPU's.
  • RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail - Better timings, lower voltage and cost less.
  • HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - On par with the VelociRaptor for 1/4 the price... enough said!!

    Your GTX 275 FTW is still a good video card. I won't look to upgrade until the new GTX 300 cards are released or wait for the ATI 58xx and 5970 drop in price.... IMO
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    December 30, 2009 1:20:36 AM

    Thanks, Temco

    I think I will change the HDD to the Samsung you listed.

    I'll look at the Ram you suggested. I've used Corsair for the past few years and never had problems, but wouldn't say I'm dedicated to it.

    I've had some problems with ASUS in the past, (motherboard, graphics and what they call customer support) and had given up on them. My last 2 GPU's have been EVGA, and I've been very pleased with them. So I figured I'd try one of their motherboards. But I'll look around a little more. I see Gigabyte recommended a lot here. Money's not that much of an issue (no wife to answer to), but always nice to save a little, or put it into something else.

    From what I've read about USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0, I don't see where they would help me that much for the near future. I re-build about every 1-1/2 to 2 years, so maybe they would be a factor on my next build.

    Thanks for the input.
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    December 30, 2009 3:02:31 AM

    After more thought, I've decided to go with an X58 system. I can do it within my budget, and it may be better for future upgrades. It's probably more than I need for gaming at 1680 X 1050, but I'm limited on the size of monitor my desk can handle. I might try to solve that problem later. I've also added a new mouse, after spilling my coffee on my G5 this morning. Wheel & resolution buttons are sticking now, even after cleaning.

    I could even fit a GPU upgrade into my budget. I'll have to think about that.

    My new parts list is as follows. Any thoughts/recommendations?


    EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Intel Core 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...

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail
    New Rev.2 for Intel 1366, 1156, 775 and AMD AM3, AM2+, AM2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835186134

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116713

    Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

    Thanks for any feedback.
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