PC for my father

I want to recommend a system build for my father.. he wants to OC it 30 - 40%. Does he need some extra fans for the MC when using water cooling?

Here is what I came up with:

Processor: Intel Core i7 860
Not sure if this is unlocked like the 920 D0

Motherboard: Asus P7P55D
USB3.0 og SATA 6.0Gb/s

Memory: 3x Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3-1600 CL7 triple kit
or 12G set

Graphics card No idea he does not play games..

Hard disk Intel SSD 80G X25-D SSDSA2MH080G2C1 SSD
boot disk

2 x Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB SATA2

Optical drive Pioneer BDR-203BK any DVD rom really

Sound card Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio

Case Cooler Master HAF 922 miditower

Power supply Corsair HX620W

CPU cooler Corsair H50 water cooling

Monitor Diamondcrysta 23" WIDE RDT231WM-X(BK)
Or Samsung not sure which one ideally 24"?

Keyboard Microsoft Laser Desktop 6000

Mouse (included in keyboard set)

Case fans Cooler Master 120mm Ball Bearing

Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate EN Full Version

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  1. Sounds fine. For the GPU get something simple like the GT210, 220, or 240, perhaps even the GTS250
  2. get the ati 5750
  3. For the GT240 is there a reference card like for ATI the Sapphire?
  4. obsidian86 said:
    get the ati 5750

    Agreed. You are building a modern computer. Put in a modern video card.
  5. If you follow this guideline: then you should be able to give us more concise info, which will enable others to give you better advice.
    Having said that, I don't see any point in getting 12GB of RAM.
  6. OK, I have updated after recomendations. I could not find newegg links for all the components this they do not exist in the US (CPU FAN and Monitor)


    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within one month BUDGET RANGE: $1000-2000

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: programming, surfing the internet, Photoshop, video editing

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: but will use newegg as reference here. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark, Europe

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, 24" LCD, midi or full tower


    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like a quiet PC, would like to OC 30 - 40%


    Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Xtreme Design, SLI/ CrossfireX , USB 3.0 + SATA 6Gb/s(limit 5 per customer)

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C7 G - Retail
    or 12G nice for VMware and PhotoShop
    CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G - Retail

    EVGA 01G-P3-1226-LR GeForce GT 220 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail,-_-14-130-522-_-Product
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100284VXL Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail

    Boot disk
    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

    Storage disks
    2x Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    or a little faster Black drives
    2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    DVD RW
    Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache IDE CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM

    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    Voted 2009 Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC Magazine

    Water CPU cooler
    CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail

    or the best air cooler

    Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler - Retail
    Noiseblocker S-Series MF12-P 120mm (sorry link in German)

    Eizo FlexScan 24" LCD SX2462W-BK (Sorry link in Japanese)

    Microsoft Wireless Laser Desktop 6000 V2 - OEM

    COOLER MASTER SAF-S12-E1 120mm Case Fan - Retail

    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
  7. Best answer
    I have heard/read (on another forum) that the noise from the Corsair H50 pump is noticeable in the Haf 932, so this is not likely to be different in the Haf 922. So if you want to keep the noise level down and keep the massive cooling potential of the Corsair H50, then I would advise to look for a case that is more likely to dampen the sound coming from the pump.
    According to these charts:,1032.html,1033.html
    the Caviar Black is 4dBa louder than the Green is, however the Black is a faster drive, as you said.
  8. I see for noise I might put the harddisks into a noise closure like this GUP boxes.

    Actually that case is noisy because of the fans, when I went to Akihabara in Tokyo (hardware center of Asia) and bought my own machine they recommended to get the Coolermaster CM 690. This case is also nice and has space enough for the best air cooler.

    So might be better not to get a water cooler if it noisy and go for the best air cooler I mentioned and super quiet 120mm fan,
  9. Best answer selected by schouwla.
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