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January 12, 2010 11:28:06 PM

well I am going to be making my first build (but make no mistake I am not a retarded novice with computers for the most part)
I was wondering your opinion on the parts ( i am a bit lame when it comes to choosing the right parts though)


CPU: Intel i7 920

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium (I wanted the Rampage 2 extreme but it exceeds the budget)

HD: two of these http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
and an intel 160 gb ssd

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

PSU: undecided f

GPU: Crossfire X two 5970's from Asus (i wouldn't have even dreamed of doing this without my cousin's help)

disk drives are these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 12, 2010 11:30:50 PM

gamrWraith001 said:
well I am going to be making my first build (but make no mistake I am not a retarded novice with computers for the most part)
I was wondering your opinion on the parts ( i am a bit lame when it comes to choosing the right parts though)


CPU: Intel i7 920

Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium (I wanted the Rampage 2 extreme but it exceeds the budget)

HD: two of these http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
and an intel 160 gb ssd

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

PSU: undecided

GPU: Crossfire X two 5970's from Asus (i wouldn't have even dreamed of doing this without my cousin's help)

disk drives are these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


the drives i am a bit concened about. a friend said i should go with plextors but the price is steep. what say you?
All I am looking for is 2 drives and (doesn't have to be in both of them or in this order) have between them the ability to burn/read cds/dvds/ bluerays etc and have lightscribe. LG is a popular brand i thikn but they get a handful of bad reviews.

the whole thing is gonna be watercooled.
January 13, 2010 12:38:28 AM

First... What is this build for that needs two 5970's?? They are overkill for about everything and is $1,200 in cost :)  I would stick with just one for the time being until your system demands more GPU power.

Second... With a system like this, you need CAS6 DDR3 RAM to do it justice. I would recommend this G.SKILL RAM.

Third... Before you purchase, I would check to see when the release of the i7 930 will be. The i7 930 is replacing the i7 920 at a higher clock speed for roughly the same price..

Fourth... If you do go with two 5970's, I would pick up the Corsair 1000HX PSU. If you stick with just one, pick up either an Antec TP 750 or Corsair 750TX.

Fifth... I'm not sure why you want two BD drives but I would recommend picking up one BD burner and a standard DVD burner. You really don't need two drives to burn disk but it does make it a little easier. I run with a BD drive and a Dual-layer DVD burner, with lightscribe. I haven't been able to justify the price for a BD burner & disk.

Sixth... I would go with two Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB hard drive. They are faster than the WD 500GB Blacks, since they are one single 500 platter versus two 250 platters. If you want WD, I would go with the WD 640GB Blacks, which are the fastest of the blacks.
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January 13, 2010 11:43:33 PM

HAHAHA! That was my mistake about the 2 5970's id be living in a box if i bought that :( 
what i meant was 2 5870's OR A 5970. LOL my cousin can get me discounts :) 

Any way about the disk drives I'll take the advice on keeping the second drive just a light scribe dvd player that will save me cash.

about the ram.. i was aiming to buy ram under 170 bucks and these are near 200. kinda breaking out of my budget there.
January 14, 2010 12:55:07 AM

Okay... It makes a little more sense on the GPU... :D 

I would go with just the 5970, so you can upgrade to two if you ever need to. With two 5870's, you are pretty much maxed out, outside of new cards or tri-Crossfire.

I picked that RAM when I thought you had "money" since you were getting two 5970's. [:mousemonkey:5] I would recommend finding a Cas7 DDR3 1333 or 1600 RAM for under $170 if you can. Having lower timings (Cas) is more important than high speed.
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