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January 12, 2010 9:01:11 AM

im set on everything in this build except not certain if that memory is overkill, is so any suggestions on the memory. but everything else im 99.9% certain that my build is complete. unless some1 comes along shows a build thats revolutionary for $1500 before rebates. id like to thank gkay09 for helping me along the way and every1 else who has contributed to the lost pc builder.

ok i believe its finished the only thing im contemplating is changing memory to free up some cash to get the retail box of the asrock x58 extreme. well here it is the little train that could what r your thoughts

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January 12, 2010 9:21:29 AM

^ Yes changing the RAM would certainly free up some cash without any significant performance loss...
The Corsair that you had selected initially would suffice...You wont notice any significant performane impact...
Or this one would also be good...
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 12, 2010 9:32:48 AM

so go to gskill huh. ok i can do that. gkay i appreciate all the help u have given. should i stick to that asrock board since it was tomshardware recommended buy or go up to that gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366
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January 12, 2010 9:39:19 AM

or up to that evga or asus board at 204.99
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January 12, 2010 9:48:03 AM

100% agree with gkay

It doesn't look like you have a storage drive, just the SSD for loading your OS. You should consider a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB drive. They're very fast mechanical drives and fairly inexpensive.

Only the 500 GB is in stock at newegg

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

The decrease in RAM cost should help this drive fit into your budget. You could also save money on the cooler. The hydro is a pretty good cooler, but for less money there might be an air cooler that would suit your needs. What kind of overclock are you looking to achieve?
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January 12, 2010 10:00:15 AM

@syxxnyne69 its not necessary that you have to stick with that ASROck board because its a tomshardware recommended buy but a very good X58 budget board...
That Gigabyte board is very good but has 1 drawback - 4 RAM slots...For 3 RAM stick configuration, its fine but using more than 3 RAM sticks will lead to Tri-Channel config being disabled as you would need 3/ 6 similar RAM sticks operating in 3/ 6 slots...
So if it is unlikely that you will add more than 6GB, go with that Gigabyte else that ASRock would do...

@mortonww the OP has a 1TB internal drive, which he forgot to mention in this thread...So only it was suggested that he buy a small SSD for OS and apps...
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January 12, 2010 10:02:42 AM

Oh I see.
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January 12, 2010 10:18:26 AM

cool thank you much appreciated and sorry about not mentioning that i already had a storage hdd.
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January 12, 2010 11:05:42 AM

ignore last post im already set
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January 12, 2010 2:38:50 PM

Personally, I would find an open-box motherboard way too scary. It is one of the most important parts of the system, too important to take a risk on. How much are you saving?
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January 12, 2010 2:45:28 PM

i was saving 50$ but i decided to get the retail box so i think im pretty much set now
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January 12, 2010 2:53:56 PM

ok here is the updated finalized build

1. the psu/gpu combo was chosen because that psu is f@ckin awesome.
2. the corsair hydro was chosen because i really have liked the reviews about it and and didnt want a huge heatsink/fan in
my haf 922
3. the haf 922 case was chosen because of its size and i just like the case plain and simple.
4. the wintec ddr3 1600 6gb kit was chosen because its the best value/performance ram within my price range. and it
compatible with my mobo
5. asrock extreme x58 was chosen because i dont need anything beyond a $200 price range. yes i plan on overclocking but i dont plan on sli/crossfire ill just upgrade my 5870 to a 5970 later this year.
6. the intel ssd drive was chosen because i did not want to bottleneck my system at the hdd. plus i had already purchased a 1tb hdd for storage purposes.



final build rev 1.1

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January 12, 2010 3:27:57 PM

so which build is better the 1st or second??? major thing on second is the xfx psu and xfx gpu with the wintec ram. while the 1st has the corsair psu and asus gpu. plus either the ballistix or trident or pi ram
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January 13, 2010 2:34:55 AM

^ Good changes...and as for the GPU, there is only 25MHz overclock difference between the XXX edition and the standard one...So you can go with the standard one and put the money on better RAM...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Or get this RAM -
GSKillz Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or even this one - Cheaper and surely is of better quality...
SUPER TALENT Chrome Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 13, 2010 3:23:59 AM

the wintec are confirmed compatible and were tested here placing in the final recommended category

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January 13, 2010 3:50:17 AM

^ Its just kind of a personal choice...and also note that the Wintec doesnt support XMP - using XMP you can easily set the rated speeds without the need to change many settings...
The GSKillz has it...
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January 13, 2010 3:54:35 AM

ah yea i just noticed that definitely gonna go with the gskillz and going with the lower combo on gpu/cpu combo
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January 13, 2010 4:03:18 AM

^ Good...and also with the ATI's CCC - ATI's Overdrive, you can easily set the core speed of the 5870 to 875MHz from 850MHz...
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January 13, 2010 4:10:07 AM

so you said everything else on the build looks good and whats your personal preference on the ram
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January 13, 2010 4:13:27 AM

but ive dont plan on overclocking should i go with a i7 860 build
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January 13, 2010 4:13:52 AM

ok yea i know this like my 10 thread about what type of rig i should make ive just have toyed with so many configurations i dont want to get it wrong spending $1500

Secondly i dont plan on running multiple gpu's just a single kick a$$ card. secondly i have no preference on whether or not to overclock. what i do a majority of the time on the pc will be transcoding avi files to dvd with vso convertxtodvd. also gaming wise i play alot of rts titles also alot of empire total war and the upcoming napoleon total war. but plan on joining star wars mmorpg later in feb. more than likely adding modern warfare 2 to the mix. well anyways here r the three finalized builds. i already have a 1tb storage drive



the 2nd build has the change in ram wintec verified to work with the mobo i have chosen and the xfx psu/gpu combo which is a steal

BUILD NUMBER TWO




the 3rd build is the core i7 860 build with 4gb of ram

THE THIRD BUILD




i just want a good, fast, stable, transcoding/gaming stock machine
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January 13, 2010 4:33:38 AM

^ If you dont plan on adding one more graphics card, IMHO that 850W PSU is a total overkill...granted that it is a very good deal...but still even taking into account that $55 discount, that PSU's cost would come to say - ~$140...
You would just need a good 550W PSU to run any of the above setup with a single graphics card, that would cost less than $100 for a very high quality one...
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...

and about the graphic card, even HD 5850 can max out the games that you have planned to play even at 2560X1600...
Anno 1404 - Dawn of Discovery
http://www.guru3d.com/article/radeon-hd-5850-review-cro...
just wanted you to know...

And as for the CPU, the 860 is slightly better because of lower TDP and better Turbo mode like I said before...
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January 13, 2010 4:45:25 AM

r the 1st two psu the same one also this psu is the same price range a little more wattage a larger 12v rail
Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power

i just dont know now i want my system to scream as much as it can. i know ive asked u before but can u recommend an entire system based on the core i7 860, the corsair hydro water cooler and the haf 922 or better case for $1500 before rebates
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January 13, 2010 4:58:29 AM

EDIT: Dint refresh... And entire system ? mobo, RAM options ? becaue only those 2 will differ from the 920 build...
^ My mistake...linked the same PSU twice...
And that Antec 620 is a very good option...

But am sure you will be more than happy with this one... ;) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductCombos.aspx?Item=N...
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January 13, 2010 5:17:05 AM

lol with the xfx that i originally posted so in other words i should just keep the build i made which one the 920 or 860, or i was saying to make me a build with everything included your personal prefernces that comes to $1500 before rebates
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January 13, 2010 5:32:08 AM

i think i should go with the core i7 920 because the build cost is almost identical, i have no idea

ok i think that ive finally finally decided on a final build unless you have something to change well

here it is


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January 13, 2010 5:37:24 AM

^ Lolz...just dont fix your mind that you have to spend $1500 anyhow :p 
Here is a very good i7 860 config...
i7 860 + UD3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Why do you need that one ? you are not going to overclock your CPU, this would suffice...
GSKillz DDR3 1600MHZ CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would have certianly suggested the 920 if you were sure of adding 1 more HD 5870 later on and if you had the intent to overclock...but at stock settings and a single graphic card setup, the 860 is better...
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January 13, 2010 5:44:28 AM

son of a gun i knew it so i should go with the 860 ok but i liked the board i had chosen every1 said its great in the review
asrock extreme p55
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January 13, 2010 5:45:56 AM

i dont know y i chose that ram it seemed awesome. so if i get that ripjaws u suggested i save 70$ should i spend the additional on what a better case, or what i have $1500 and i want to make sure i get all i can out of it
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January 13, 2010 6:03:01 AM

like a full haf 932 blue or the antec twelve hundred
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January 13, 2010 6:36:06 AM

As for the mobo, the Gigabyte board will run cooler - "Ultra Durable" and also the Gigabyte's quality would be better than that of the ASRock...And also the Gigabyte has USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s, which is a good bonus...But you cant go x8x8 crossfire with that gigabyte board though(but anyways you might not so its not an issue)...

And if you want a Firewire, then get this board...
ASUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The reason why am not suggesting that ASRock board over these is because quality wise, ASUS and Gigabyte anytime...

And as for the case, the HAF 922 is a very good one...
If you have extra money, buy a bigger SSD...that would be better than getting a larger case...
Intel 80GB G2 SSD
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
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January 13, 2010 7:24:55 AM

ok what do you think about this power supply can it power a 5970 because im thinking about going with this configuration with the 5970 if that power supply is strong enough. unless u think this is crazy
build without the 5970



i can get this 5970 sapphire 5970 for $638 shipped
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January 13, 2010 7:28:03 AM

ok lets say hypothetically that im fine with the 40gb intel ssd which tower would u go with if you could upgrade. the haf 932 blue or the antec twelve hundred. or some other diamond in the rough that you know about
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January 13, 2010 7:34:19 AM

^ Well I had said you before that even a HD 5850 can max out the games that you are planning to play...So the HD 5870 itself is actually an overkill...
So the HD 5970 - Total Overkill and unnecessary...

And as for the SSD, Yes that is the largest and the fastest one that you could get at that price that has TRIM...
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January 13, 2010 7:42:41 AM

ok so lets say im satisfied with the 40gb ssd u suggested any case preferance
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January 13, 2010 7:53:45 AM

My personal choice - CM HAF 922...
but choose which you like...just make sure it has enough space and good air flow...
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January 13, 2010 7:59:20 AM

i cant choose you see how lost i am, i was just thinking of upgrading the case cause i have money in limbo that i need to spend somewhere in this build
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January 13, 2010 8:03:06 AM

EDIT: Dint refresh...And that case really looks very good and is so different...but am still skeptical about its performance...Check the reviwes...complaints about video card overheating...
^ Could you post the final build that you have come up with so that I could suggest where you can improve on...
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January 13, 2010 8:34:02 AM

is that ssd u posted earlier the only one u suggest
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January 13, 2010 8:39:00 AM

i really dont care about the additional light or blue leds, ok if that board supports ddr3 2200 and i get a couple of sticks of that i wont have to over clock it right
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January 13, 2010 8:56:17 AM

ok thank you for helping with all the help you have given. i might see about that 80gb whenever its in stock
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January 13, 2010 9:00:17 AM

^ Hope you would have finalized the build by now ;)  Good Luck...
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January 13, 2010 9:09:07 AM

one quick question what is the accessory that u can put in front panel that displays thermal temps from the case
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