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PC for my father

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January 10, 2010 8:41:40 AM

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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January 10, 2010 9:41:06 AM

Sounds fine. For the GPU get something simple like the GT210, 220, or 240, perhaps even the GTS250
January 10, 2010 9:54:28 AM

get the ati 5750
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January 10, 2010 10:18:34 AM

For the GT240 is there a reference card like for ATI the Sapphire?
January 10, 2010 10:25:36 AM

obsidian86 said:
get the ati 5750

Agreed. You are building a modern computer. Put in a modern video card.
January 11, 2010 3:35:23 AM

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
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

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

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January 11, 2010 12:57:47 PM

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:
the Caviar Black is 4dBa louder than the Green is, however the Black is a faster drive, as you said.
January 12, 2010 1:01:10 AM

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,
January 21, 2010 11:58:04 PM

Best answer selected by schouwla.