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April 4, 2010 5:37:28 PM

Without getting into brand preferences (unless related to reliability), overclocking or CrossFireX (pro or con), I'd like to know if I'm stepping in anything bad here before I pull the trigger. I'm an amateur who's tried to do his homework, but that's about it. I want reliability and stability #1 and performance #2.


# CD: LG 22X DVD±/±RW + CD-R/RW Dual Layer Drive (BLACK COLOR)
# CD2: None
# CAS: CoolerMaster Storm Scout Gaming Mid-Tower Case w/ Transparent Side Panel
# CASUPGRADE: 12in (Blue Color) Cold Cathode Neon Light
# CS_FAN: Maximum 120MM Case Cooling Fans for your selected case
# CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-930 2.80 GHz 8M L3 Cache LGA1366
# CARE1: CoolerMaster Thermal Fusion 400 Extreme Performance CPU - Thermal Compound Optimized for Thermal Dissipation
# CARE2: Professional Wiring for All WIRING Inside The System Chassis - Minimize Cable Exposure, Maximize Airflow in Your System
# FAN: Thermaltake SpinQ Gaming CPU Cooling Fan (CLP0466)
# FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer (BLACK COLOR)
# HDD: Single Hard Drive (1TB (1TBx1) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM HDD
# IEEE_CARD: None
# KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
# MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
# MOTHERBOARD: * Asus P6T SE Intel X58 Chipset CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA RAID w/ eSATA
# MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair or Major Brand)
# NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
# OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit Edition)
# OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
# POWERSUPPLY: 700 Watts Power Supplies (XtremeGear SLI/CrossFireX Ready Power Supply)
# SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
# USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
# USBX: NZXT Internal USB 6-PORT Expansion Module [+19]
# VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [DirectX 11 Support] (Major Brand Powered by ATI)
# VC_PHYSX: None

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April 4, 2010 5:47:56 PM

That PSU is a total POS, i have never seen a 700W unit with such crappy specs, it provides a whopping 38A on the 12V rail, i would be surprised if that thing could even boot with a 5850.
http://www.buyxg.com/store/item.aspx?id=3588&catid=142
if you insist on going through them pay the extra and move up to the Corsair 850TX, its the cheapest good PSU that they have, i wouldnt trust most of the units they stock.

How much does all of that come out to be? You can get better quality parts and save a bit if you build it yourself.
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April 4, 2010 7:03:47 PM

Taking your PSU under advisement and looking at alternatives.

I'm at just about fifteen hundred bucks.

I knew I'd get at least one "Build it yourself".

NOT interested.
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April 4, 2010 8:41:55 PM

A Corsair 650TX is available with 60A max at 12V+ rail for not a lot more $ than the XtremeGear. From what I'm reading I won't miss the 50 watts difference. Yes? No?
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April 4, 2010 8:50:42 PM

Whoops. 52A max.
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April 4, 2010 9:22:13 PM

^ You won't miss the extra Watts. The 650TX can actually deliver more than 650Ws.

I'm sorry that I have to say this, but you are paying a lot of extra money (~$300-400). DIY isn't hard and you have manufacture warranty,etc for the products to begin with.

As for HDD, what manufacture and model? I'm guessing a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATAIII.
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April 4, 2010 9:58:42 PM

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April 4, 2010 10:01:29 PM

Close. It's a Caviar Green
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April 4, 2010 11:18:33 PM

nikdangr said:
Close. It's a Caviar Green


Unless you are overly concerned about how much power your hard drive is consuming, and I take it by the rest of your build power saving is not a huge concern, but performance is, dump the green drive for a black drive.
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April 5, 2010 12:34:44 AM


Not an option, and its too late anyway. The deed is done. How many ways can you do 7,200 rpm, anyway? I know, I know. A nanosec here, a nanosec there...pretty soon you're talking about real time.

Thanks for the CORSAIR tip. I think I just bought some more peace of mind.
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