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New gaming rig, final components ordered!

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January 28, 2010 12:45:00 AM

Ok, so the final components have been ordered and I'll soon have a new homebuilt rig! Thanks so much to all those who helped. I'm very very glad that I didn't go through with a pre-built system. I haven't purchased a pre-built system in over a decade and now wasn't the time to change that hehe. Although there are some excellent system builders on this forum, it just wasn't the right time for me to go down that path.

I know I could have gone a bit lower on the memory, but I was very impressed with quality of the Corsair Dominator CL8. The SSD was a new addition, I couldn't pass up such a great performance upgrade. My only small hang-up was the 5850. I really wanted the 5870, but was convinced other wise . I think it's a good decision, but still was a hard one. If I eventually go with a larger monitor, I'll just pickup another 5850.

How's this look?

New Components:
CPU: Intel i7 920 @ 2.66GHz (I will OC)
RAM: 6GB (3 x 2GB) Corsair Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D (8-8-8-24)
Mobo: Asus Rampage II Gene X58 mATX
HD1: Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD - Will be used for OS and a few games
GPU: Sapphire Radeon 5850 1GB Video Card
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - OEM

Re-used from my old build:
Case: Antec P180-Mini - Black
PSU: Corsair 620HX Modular PSU
HDs 2&3: 2 x WD Cavier Black 640GB HDs (used for storage and very large Apps)
Monitor: NEC 20WGX2 20.1" Widescreen LCD
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U12P
DVD Drive: Samsung DVD/RW w/ LightScribe
Speakers: Audioengine 5's
January 28, 2010 1:15:53 AM

Solid upgrade overall, outside your own comment on the RAM.

If or when you add a second 5850, I would think about getting either a mid or full size case. I think the Antec P180 mini will start to get pretty tight and hot inside with those dual video cards.
January 28, 2010 9:44:00 AM

Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I wanted a different memory kit, but was kind of limited in my selection. I may return it once it arrives for a lower latency/voltage G. Skill kit.
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January 28, 2010 9:51:28 AM

@ 1680x1050 the 5850 was the right choice.

Nice setup, make sure to get a spot cooler for the GENE. X58, while not nearly as hot as its X48 predecessor still runs quite warm over its QPI and mosfet sinks.

Nice Setup, just curious but what were you upgrading from?
January 28, 2010 10:37:06 AM

a4mula said:
@ 1680x1050 the 5850 was the right choice.

Nice setup, make sure to get a spot cooler for the GENE. X58, while not nearly as hot as its X48 predecessor still runs quite warm over its QPI and mosfet sinks.

Nice Setup, just curious but what were you upgrading from?


I've heard the heat concerns about the GENE. I started a thread in the chipset forum, but haven't gotten a reply yet. I had origianlly planned on replacing the NB/Mosfets coolers, but airflow would be easier....good idea? Any suggestions on a spot cooler? I've never purchased a fan smaller than 80mm lol. Thanks!

I'm upgrading from:
Antec Mini P180
Intel Core 2 Duo e6600 OC @ 3.0Ghz (I've had it OC'd for years, it's showing it's age)
Noctua NH-U12P
Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R
EVGA 280GTX (was going to keep, but wanted a DX11 card)
NEC 20WGX2 20.1" Widescreen LCD
G.Skill 4GB (DDR2 800 (4-4-4-12)
2 x WD Cavier Black 640GB HDs in Raid 0
Corsair HX620w Modular PSU
Samsung DVD/RW w/ LightScribe, Windows Vista 64-bit
January 28, 2010 10:53:24 AM

IMO stick with the GTX 280 for now...and later on when the prices of the HD 5870 come down, get that...GTX 280-> HD 5850 doesnt seem like a good upgrade...
January 28, 2010 12:07:38 PM

gkay09 said:
IMO stick with the GTX 280 for now...and later on when the prices of the HD 5870 come down, get that...GTX 280-> HD 5850 doesnt seem like a good upgrade...


Not sure what I was thinking lol. I did a bit more research and I'm really taking a side step with the 5850. My 280GTX still has a lot of life left. Thanks for mentioning this.

I'm also going to send back the RAM, both came from the same place.

Any one have some suggestions on some solid DDR3 6GB Triple Buffed kits? I'd like something that can be OC'd.

Thanks!
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