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January 28, 2010 5:53:15 PM

Hello folks,

I need some suggestions on parts for my new rig I would like to build. I set a budget around 1,500 but I am flexible not a big deal. I will be using this systems for all around use and gaming. Since this will be my very first build I do plan to over clock. I would like to make sure I have the right parts to get the best performance. So for I have selected a case and I know what kind processor I would like to get but not sure yet on a motherboard and the kind of memory. I would like to change out the stock cpu cooler and replace with another cpu cooler that isn't a hassle to install and won't block other components in my case. Will not be using multi gpu's but I do plan to purchase some of kind of hi end at graphics card.


I would like to have this system build sometime around spring time.


Case: Antec 902, Purchased from new egg and was on sale for $99.


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

120mm: Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail $15

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


Cpu: Intel Lynnfield I7 860. I was stuck between the I5 750 and the I7 860. I think I am leaning towards the 860.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $229


Cpu cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

Thinking about getting this cpu cooler but I am open to suggestions. $30

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



Motherboard: I am open to suggestions, I haven't not yet made any decisions. I will just throw a few boards out there. If anyone can suggest other boards I am open. $$ ??

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

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


Power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V $130

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

or

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 $140

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




Memory: Not sure what memory to get, this would have to be based on what kind of board I get. I am looking for memory that is good with overclocking. $$?


Hard drives: VelociRaptor 300GB $229 Primary Hard drive

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...


2nd hard drive: Caviar Green 2TB IntelliPower SATA 3.0Gb/s $180

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

I also could go with a cheaper 1TB sata drive for less.


Video card: HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16

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

I would like a decent card maybe something in the radeon 5800 $400 (Will need to support 1920 x 1200)


OS: Win 7 Pro x64 Free



Over clocking: yes


Things not require: Speakers keyboard and mouse.


So for I am around $1272, the motherboard and ram hasn't been factored in. Remember I am flexible with my budget within reason. I would appreciate any feed back on suggested system configs.


Thanks
















January 28, 2010 6:01:54 PM

You don't the extra case fan. You were great done to the board. I'll pick it up there.

Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
HDD: 2x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $180. Faster than the VelociRaptor, cheaper than anything out there.

PSU: SeaSonic 850W 80 Plus Silver $110

That brings the total to $1,150. With the extra budget, get a SSD. A 128 GB one will be about $400, while the 80 GB ones are around $300. Only get one for the OS and apps that you use a lot. They're lightening fast.

RAM: Corsair XMS3 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $110

January 28, 2010 6:49:15 PM


I was thinking about staying away from solid state for now, they are too new.

I was going to use the VelociRaptor as my primary drive and a maybe purchase a Samsung Spinpoint as my 2nd hard drive.
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January 28, 2010 6:54:11 PM

The VelociRaptor's are yesterday's technology. Like MadAdmiral said, the F3 drives are just as fast for MUCH cheaper.
January 28, 2010 6:56:34 PM

Except that the F3 is just as fast as the VR. Here's some benchmarks. The one on the left is the newest version of the F3, the middle is the old one. It's either beating the VR in each benchmark, or fairly clost. Pretty good for being 1/3 of the cost...

I agree the SSDs are a little too new (and expensive), but if its a high speed boot drive you want, its the SSD or nothing. Keep in mind that you can get a $300 SSD that will be an order of magnitude faster than the VR you were so keen to buy..
January 28, 2010 6:57:23 PM

yup, all ya need is a 1tb F3 spinpoint Samsung drive. that's it. don't waste money on ssd or velociraptor, total waste, imo, when 90 bux gets you 1tb which is good enough for anything almost.

also, im scared of the asus motherboards people mention, like mad did, that one from newegg seems to be shipping out a bad batch to everyone. they screech and hiss, and i wouldn't be willing to risk that. plus there's plenty of good boards in the 160-ish range. msi has one. gigabyte is good. asus makes me nervous due to the newegg reviews brainwashing me
January 28, 2010 7:04:29 PM

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

As for SSD's ..... I'm not gonna jump in till the PCI-e based ones become more mainstream.

MoBo - Consider these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Memory - Drill down thru newegg categories thru DDR166 then choose CAS7 .... grab cheapest you see from reputable vendor.

PSU - don't need more than 550 watts for a single 5870....650 tops.....850 if you getting 2 GFX cards.
January 28, 2010 7:13:53 PM

I'm not concerned with problems only reported through Newegg reviews.

As for the HDD, the WD Caviar Black 2 TB is $300. So for that price, you can get 3x F3 1 TB and have $30 in your pocket. Not a good deal if you ask me.

RAM: Here's a link to the ones I mentioned. They're pretty much the cheapest CL 7 sticks out there.

PSU: I didn't suggest the SeaSonic just for the size. It's also super efficient, extremely high quality, and really cheap.

For good measure, here's the motherboard and the Spinpoint F3.
January 28, 2010 8:10:42 PM

MadAdmiral said:
I'm not concerned with problems only reported through Newegg reviews.



if i read this from the place i was shopping:

"Like everyone else I am having the cap hiss/whine problem"

I'd probably avoid the item. (that's the $190 mobo you suggest everywhere)

5 out of the most recent 10 reviews stated they had the shrill noise problem... i sense an asus-fail for that batch and am too scared to buy it regardless
January 28, 2010 11:52:19 PM

So if it happens to you, you RMA it and end up with a great board. If you consider that a put-off, the Gigabyte boards had a problem of creating total failure when overclocked that they had to make a new version for. Are you not going to get their new boards because of that?
January 29, 2010 12:56:40 AM

So do you guys suggest any other MOB? I am planning on getting a 5800 radeon card, would that be good enough? I noticed there ati makes different cards for different mob manufactures. Does that meant I have to ati asus video card if I decide to get a asus mob? For example what would be the difference between a sapphire card and asus card?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
January 29, 2010 2:05:30 AM

The brand of GPU doesn't make the least bit of difference. Generally the differences boil down to the length of the warranty, the price and the type of cooler. None of these really affect performance.
January 29, 2010 2:29:18 AM

MadAdmiral said:
I'm not concerned with problems only reported through Newegg reviews.

As for the HDD, the WD Caviar Black 2 TB is $300. So for that price, you can get 3x F3 1 TB and have $30 in your pocket. Not a good deal if you ask me.

RAM: Here's a link to the ones I mentioned. They're pretty much the cheapest CL 7 sticks out there.

PSU: I didn't suggest the SeaSonic just for the size. It's also super efficient, extremely high quality, and really cheap.

For good measure, here's the motherboard and the Spinpoint F3.



Hey Admiral what motherboard are you suggesting? I l clicked on the link and it brought to the power supply page. Also which solid state drive where you mentioning about that was 80 gigs?
January 29, 2010 11:22:47 AM

Sorry. Still had it copied... I'm sticking with the Asus P7P55D-E Pro. I don't see the noise issue as a lasting problem, and it's still a great board.

However, looking back, I noticed you saying you didn't want to Crossfire. So here's some other options: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3, Asus P7P55D-E, and GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P. None of these will allow you to add a second GPU.

On the SSD, I'm not too knowledgable in this area. I don't typically recommend them. I do know that Intel's are considered the highest quality one, followed by OCZ's.
January 29, 2010 11:26:05 PM

Another issue I need to figure out is if a 5870 radeon will fit in my antec 902, any ideas?
January 30, 2010 9:47:14 PM

It's a decent board, but you're paying a lot for an extra 2 PCIe 2.0 slots, which you won't use. You also don't get USB 3/SATA III support.

As to the 5870 fitting in a 902, I'm fairly certain it will. If you already have the case, measure the room for the video card (from the expansion slots to the HDD cages). If it's more than the length of the card, it will fit.
February 1, 2010 10:27:31 AM

That one would be fine.
February 1, 2010 12:57:18 PM
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