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February 6, 2010 1:31:06 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2-3 Weeks BUDGET RANGE: under 1400.00 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, some video editing possibly

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (e.g.: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com,(zippzoomfly.com) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Will Post Choices Below

OVERCLOCKING: Yes , Both SLI and CROSSFIRE:

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for most performance for the money, I think this might be the right System Choice Below.


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Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SILVERSTONE ST75F-P 750W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS-324-98 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


My Brain Wheels have been turning and applying suggestions from forum regulars for this new configured system.

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February 6, 2010 1:41:39 AM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

Did you try with a AMD configuration?, could be have the same performance at a less price.
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February 6, 2010 1:56:20 AM

Niklas_13 said:
Looks like a good build

If your going to OC much might want to look at DDR3 1600 RAM

If you want USB 3.0 look at this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other then that looks grate


Changed to 1600 memory but plan on staying with the MSI board as it supports 2x 16x pci-e. Even though it dosent have 3.0 support as the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro does the Asus only runs 1x 16x ,1x 8x when using sli or crossfire.
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February 6, 2010 2:02:37 AM

zalittle said:
Changed to 1600 memory but plan on staying with the MSI board as it supports 2x 16x pci-e. Even though it dosent have 3.0 support as the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro does the Asus only runs 1x 16x ,1x 8x when using sli or crossfire.


That is true

8x8xvs16x16 is very small like 4 %

Anyways looks like a grate build and you did your homework

Enjoy

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February 6, 2010 2:09:40 AM

Niklas_13 said:
That is true

8x8xvs16x16 is very small like 4 %

Anyways looks like a grate build and you did your homework

Enjoy


SO if you only get a 4% improvement by running 16x16x vs 8x8x then is it really worth losing the 4% by switching to the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro to get USB 3.0 when I plan on getting another 5850 in the future? Got me thinking again lol
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February 6, 2010 2:31:47 AM

read this http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3649&p=1

I dont think the 4 % is bad when you do Xfire down the road you will be maxing them all out anyways ( So what if a X58 gets 154FPS and a P55 gets 149 FPS your eyes will not see it and your monitor only will refresh 60 anyways If you have vsync on You are capped to 60 FPS
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February 6, 2010 2:52:03 AM

looks great, almost identical to my build. only differences are my case (cooler master cm690 II, which i prefer to the 9 series) and my recommendation:

i would def go with the samsung f3 500gb hard drive, it's been shown to be remarkably reliable and fast. a bit better than that seagate at the same price.

i've got my i5 oc'd to 3.8 and prime95 for 8 hours gives me a max temp of 53c with the 212... i hope you're overclocking because it's insanely easy and well worth it. just don't use the "overclock genie" thing on the gd65, mine put my vcore through the roof and temps were super high... and only took the chip to 3.6. anyway good luck!
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February 6, 2010 4:04:08 AM

whatelsematters said:
looks great, almost identical to my build. only differences are my case (cooler master cm690 II, which i prefer to the 9 series) and my recommendation:

i would def go with the samsung f3 500gb hard drive, it's been shown to be remarkably reliable and fast. a bit better than that seagate at the same price.

i've got my i5 oc'd to 3.8 and prime95 for 8 hours gives me a max temp of 53c with the 212... i hope you're overclocking because it's insanely easy and well worth it. just don't use the "overclock genie" thing on the gd65, mine put my vcore through the roof and temps were super high... and only took the chip to 3.6. anyway good luck!


Thanks alot for the recommendation for the Cooler Master 690 II. I really like it. As far as the switching the hard drives the seagate edges out the samsung albeit slightly according to Toms Hardware reviews.



Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-caviar,2261...

Conclusion Seagate didn’t manage to win the drive performance crown, as the Barracuda 7200.12’s access time is disappointing. However, the new Seagate drives offer the highest throughput compared to the other 3.5” desktop hard drives in this review and they deliver the best application performance
you can get from a mechanical hard drive today. In addition, power consumption is impressively low for a 7,200 RPM hard drive. The only downside is the capacity, which is still limited to 1.0 TB for now.

Samsung f3 500gb http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-7200,2430-9...

Conclusion The new 500GB Samsung Spinpoint F3 delivers similar throughput to the WDs but falls behind when it comes to access time and application performance. Its real strength is low power consumption, low surface temperature, and great efficiency measured in performance per watt. Although 500GB don’t sound very cutting-edge, this drive represents one of the best options for low-cost storage that delivers high performance at acceptable capacities. Samsung will follow up with 1TB and 1.5TB drives in the coming weeks.

Although the Samsung seems to have much better reliability according to newegg reviews.

But in the end I think I will add an extra 45 dollars and get dual Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb these out perform both and come with a 5 year warranty.
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February 6, 2010 3:01:53 PM

Decided to change the MSI P55-GD65 for a MSI P55-GD85 with SATA III and USB 3.0

I am dropping 1 hard drive to get the bump in MB performance. Later on I plan on adding another one for raid after the build is finalized.
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February 6, 2010 3:25:02 PM

I would wait 6 to 8 months and see what the price of SSD are at that time, buy maybe a 120 gig for your OS and programs and use the WD 1T for a storage drive for music movies pics
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February 6, 2010 3:43:09 PM

Niklas_13 said:
I would wait 6 to 8 months and see what the price of SSD are at that time, buy maybe a 120 gig for your OS and programs and use the WD 1T for a storage drive for music movies pics


I was actually considering the same thing. Wait longer as each day I adjust for price and performance to get the most out. I have decided on another motherboard once again as my build choices continue to evolve.


ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 6, 2010 4:54:54 PM

Looks good :)  So what did you think of the P55 vs X58 show down ? I take it as the X58 is hands down the better system if benchmarks are your thing but the best bang for the bucks would be the P55 and that your not going to miss the 4 to 7 % the X58 gives you when xfire less you are doing something like 2 HD 5970 in xfire or GTX 295
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February 6, 2010 5:25:33 PM

Niklas_13 said:
Looks good :)  So what did you think of the P55 vs X58 show down ? I take it as the X58 is hands down the better system if benchmarks are your thing but the best bang for the bucks would be the P55 and that your not going to miss the 4 to 7 % the X58 gives you when xfire less you are doing something like 2 HD 5970 in xfire or GTX 295


Basically I am stuck where I am for the moment as I have to leave for Pa. I think I may wait alittle longer on this build and compare and grow the system on discounts and upgrades. I still have to check the benchmarks, but all I do when home is research and learn besides work. It may take me awhile to configure this rig.

I admit the I5 choice system is the best for the money hands down. But the I7 platform is ideal although not as affordable.
SSD is an excellent consideration for My OS and programs but I will have to wait for the price to come down.

Conclusion, work comes first then play later and I have to go drive in the snow. Keep me posted, will post later on this week. Chow
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February 10, 2010 4:18:31 PM

Got my old PC sold so I will be able to afford an I7 system instead of an I5. WHOOO HOOOOO
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February 10, 2010 4:20:43 PM

Good build, stay away from SSDs for now. Staw away from i7. USe that money to buy a 5970 instead.
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February 10, 2010 5:19:20 PM

Saints build looks grate i would upgrade the PSU to a 750W Corsair so you could xfire down the raod
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February 10, 2010 5:25:06 PM

^jeje, in the other post i fix the link of the PSU, this configuration don't have CrossFire, so, with a 550W is enough
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February 12, 2010 7:21:17 PM

Well I reconfigured the system once again. I have gone back to the I7 and the GA-X58A-UD3R. I looked and compared the ASUS P6X58D with the GA-X58A-UD3R. The Asus priced at over 300.00 is out of my price range and besides, the Gigabyte board still supports everything I want and is ready for future 6 core chips all for 209.00.The only two concerns I have at the moment is the ASUS Brand named ATI 5850 card. Is it better or worse than the other brands and I am considering the samsung spinpoint F1 but newegg is out of stock and reviews are riddled with failure complaints.
I have found no problems with the GA-X58A-UD3R in reviews other than a high pitched noise from the socket due to lower Vcore settings that can be fixed with some minor tweaks.
Also I am going to go ahead and get the Win 7 OEM as well

All and all I think this build is pretty solid.
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February 12, 2010 7:45:43 PM

^Good, you can get a Seagate Barracuda, deliver similar performance that the F3. Good choise in the mobo.

Good luck with your rig.
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February 12, 2010 8:51:49 PM

Another issue has arisen. LOL I cant win.

According to Gigabytes website the GA-X58A-UD3R (rev. 1.0) motherboard supports what is written below.


1. 6 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 24 GB of system memory(Note 1)
2. Dual/3 channel memory architecture
3. Support for DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules
4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

My question is, Will the board support 1600 MHZ memory for overclocking or do I need purchase 2200 MHz memory if I want to go above 1333 MHz modules?

This is what I am considering.
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 - Retail
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail

I am also concerned the COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
will not clear the G.Skill modules if I use them.
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February 12, 2010 11:40:47 PM

The corsair ram is fine its just 30 bucks more ( and the links you posted didn't work so i just posted what was a good buy )
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February 12, 2010 11:46:30 PM

Found some cheaper prices on my parts with no tax and free shipping from amazon.
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February 23, 2010 2:59:39 AM

Well I ordered my beast. All the stuff will be here friday. I finally settled on an I5 750 with an MSI P55-GD85 mb. Western Digital Caviar black 1 tb, 4 gb corsair 1600 memory, XFX 5850, the cooler master 690 II adv case and Hyper 212 plus cooler. Silverstone 750 80 PLUS BRONZE psu. Sony dvd burner with lightscribe, Creative Inspire T3130 2.1 Speakers , with new mouse and keyboard plus win 7 home premium. Total cost was under 1600 with tax and shipping. I did get some combo discounts as well. All in all I am pleased with this build and hope to ad more to it later and funds are available.

Thanks for all the help!!! You all ROCK!!! Cant wait to game on this beast.

I finally get to sell my archaic machine I have been using for 8 years.

AMD 2400xp
ASUS A7n8X
1.5 GB ddr pc3200
300 gb total drive space
Nvidia 7600GS
My monitor is sweet though. LG Flatron w2361V
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February 23, 2010 3:12:24 AM

Niklas_13 said:
:)  gl with the build enjoy it, if you need anything else post back

Oh and take some pics :)  My i5 750 http://img163.imageshack.us/g/137sm.jpg/




Thanks for all your help!! I should have it configured and running by this weekend. Will post some pics. Nice System by the way.
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