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February 11, 2010 3:24:27 PM

So I finally took the plunge into building a new system after becoming tired of limited store-boughts. I mainly will be using this rig for gaming, 3ds Max w/ Vray, adobe after effects/Photoshop, video encoding, and want to overclock all that I can.

Here are my proposed specs:

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

APEX Amoris 6010 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen fan controller - Retail

PNY VCGGTX260CXPB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail (Previous Purchase)

Rocketfish 700-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply (Previous Purchase)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail (Previous Purchase)

Any recomandations, suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

-AutieP03
February 11, 2010 3:30:02 PM

autiep03 said:
So I finally took the plunge into building a new system after becoming tired of limited store-boughts. I mainly will be using this rig for gaming, 3ds Max w/ Vray, adobe after effects/Photoshop, video encoding, and want to overclock all that I can.

Here are my proposed specs:

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

APEX Amoris 6010 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

MSI NF980-G65 AM3 NVIDIA nForce 980a SLI HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-8GBRM - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ZALMAN 9500A 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail

NZXT Sentry-2 5.25" Touch Screen fan controller - Retail

PNY VCGGTX260CXPB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail (Previous Purchase)

Rocketfish 700-Watt ATX CPU Power Supply (Previous Purchase)

AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - Retail (Previous Purchase)

Any recomandations, suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

-AutieP03

have no idea about the psu, but dump the mb, it is a nvidia based chipset which are crap.
the 965 is a factory 955 oced, seems that you will oc it, then get the 955 and save some money.
unless you are a nvidia gpu fanboy, I recommand getting a ati 5770 as they cost less then the 260 and afaik are better
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February 11, 2010 3:31:17 PM

haven't seen that the gpu and cpu are already yours, just get a non nvidia based chipset mb.
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February 11, 2010 3:41:41 PM

I would like to sli in the future though, can i do that without an nvidia chipset?
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February 11, 2010 3:44:12 PM

autiep03 said:
I would like to sli in the future though, can i do that without an nvidia chipset?

probably not, still it's your choice...
you can do xfire but only with ati gp currently afaik
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February 11, 2010 3:45:48 PM

Get a Seagate 7200.12 HDD instead of the western digital. You get better performance out of the seagate.

Also for a cooler might want to look at the Hyper 212 for 30 bucks it really cant be beat when price to performance is a factor.

Lastly I would look at the Antec 300 Illusion as a case options.

I also agree if you are going to go AMD then you should stick to the 955.

BTW did I miss the budget here? By the description of what you want to use the rig for might want to look at a i7-860 maybe.
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February 11, 2010 3:47:56 PM

osu43130 said:
Get a Seagate 7200.12 HDD instead of the western digital. You get better performance out of the seagate.

Also for a cooler might want to look at the Hyper 212 for 30 bucks it really cant be beat when price to performance is a factor.

Lastly I would look at the Antec 300 Illusion as a case options.

I also agree if you are going to go AMD then you should stick to the 955.

BTW did I miss the budget here? By the description of what you want to use the rig for might want to look at a i7-860 maybe.

he already bought the cpu
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February 11, 2010 3:50:01 PM

Sorry missed that. Strike my remark about the CPU then Sorry.
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February 11, 2010 3:56:15 PM

osu43130 said:
Sorry missed that.

you and me both :pt1cable: 
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February 11, 2010 4:03:26 PM

i want to second the recommendation of a 5770 over that 260. it performs well, supports directx 11, uses way less power, and when you want to add another one down the road, finding a 5770 is going to be a lot easier than finding a 260, as they are being phased out completely.
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February 11, 2010 4:22:57 PM

if i could go back in time i would, but i already bought a 260 awhile ago. Im on a $700 budget, i already have some items purchased though. I would love an i7 but the price for the chips and mobo are much more pricey and they dont support sli. If any one can find a solution that would be great! I can still return the processor if i must, but i must keep the 260 and psu.

Thanks for all your help!
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February 11, 2010 4:30:16 PM

autiep03 said:
if i could go back in time i would, but i already bought a 260 awhile ago. Im on a $700 budget, i already have some items purchased though. I would love an i7 but the price for the chips and mobo are much more pricey and they dont support sli. If any one can find a solution that would be great! I can still return the processor if i must, but i must keep the 260 and psu.

Thanks for all your help!


ahh sorry, i guess i didn't read your post very well!
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February 11, 2010 4:37:58 PM

autiep03 said:
if i could go back in time i would, but i already bought a 260 awhile ago. Im on a $700 budget, i already have some items purchased though. I would love an i7 but the price for the chips and mobo are much more pricey and they dont support sli. If any one can find a solution that would be great! I can still return the processor if i must, but i must keep the 260 and psu.

Thanks for all your help!


does returning the processor add to the funds? So about 860 w/o PSU and GPU?

Just trying to give you a different look at things not saying you have to return anything.
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February 11, 2010 4:44:09 PM

if i returned the processor (i cant return anything else, only the processor) it would add $190. intels are pricey but i may be able to stretch if there is a big performance boost. so about 890 id say, do not want to go into the 900s.
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February 11, 2010 4:50:26 PM

What about this assuming you take back the 965?


Sata DVD drive $19.99

Antec 300 illusion $61.99 (49.99 after MIR)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB $79.99 (If you wanted a 500GB one I think they are mid 50 price range stuck with 750 because that is what you had listed above)

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $115 (not sure why you wanted 8gb of ram)

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $29.99 and is a top 10 cooler

i7-860 and ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 $427

Total price including shipping is $753ish from Newegg plus there is a 12 MIR

Just giving you another option.


Not saying the 965 is a bad chip I have a 955 and love it but do not hardly ever use photo shop or do any rendering.
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February 11, 2010 5:02:00 PM

i like that setup, after effects and 3ds max uses alot of ram, i might settle for 6gb. What about a 920 bloomfield? which one will overclock better? the lynnfield is only 95w vs the 130w bloomfield.
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February 11, 2010 5:16:32 PM

Not sure you can get the 920 in your price range. The jump to the 920/mobo/ram might be a little steep.

Might want to pocket that money and look at a new GPU down the road maybe you can sell the 260.


*Edit As far as overclocking goes better wait for someone besides me to answer that one.
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February 11, 2010 8:13:42 PM

No the Hyper 212 fan does not cover any of the ram slots in my case
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February 11, 2010 8:15:54 PM

Nevermind, Crap post. Ignore this.
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February 12, 2010 12:30:42 AM

What do you mean by "you can't 1156 socket is dual channel, not triple."? I believe that intel is much more advanced when it comes to processors. They overclock beautifully and you cant argue with 8 core hyperthreding. What do you all think about all of the same specs but substitute this combo?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Thanks again for all your posts! I appreciate your time.
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February 12, 2010 4:16:31 AM

autiep03 said:
What do you mean by "you can't 1156 socket is dual channel, not triple."?

afaik, no memory manufactures offers sticks of 3 gb.

the 1336 socket has the ability use 3 buses of memory in the same time, the am# and 1156 can use only two.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual-channel_architecture
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple-channel_architectur...

autiep03 said:

I believe that intel is much more advanced when it comes to processors. They overclock beautifully and you cant argue with 8 core hyperthreding.

intel has superior architecture, but recent amd cpus oc beautifully too, that isn't the case.
intel is selling low level threading. want a quad, get a quad, not a dual that pretends to be one.
autiep03 said:
What do you all think about all of the same specs but substitute this combo?: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Thanks again for all your posts! I appreciate your time.

now that is a build I like.
if you can, go for it, the i7 are beasts.

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February 12, 2010 4:47:31 AM

Thanks so much for all the great info, I found it very helpful. I want to go with the lynnfield setup. And i meant four cores emulating eight via hyperthreading not th duos emulating four. Now I just need to figure out how to return my processor to newegg for store credit, any ideas? Does crying over the phone help? :) 
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February 12, 2010 7:10:13 AM

autiep03 said:
Thanks so much for all the great info, I found it very helpful. I want to go with the lynnfield setup. And i meant four cores emulating eight via hyperthreading not th duos emulating four. Now I just need to figure out how to return my processor to newegg for store credit, any ideas? Does crying over the phone help? :) 

not sure, but you have a good, build using the i5, enjoy it.
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February 12, 2010 1:18:30 PM

By lynnfield I nean i7 920
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February 12, 2010 1:26:34 PM

i5-750/i7-860 is lynfield

i7-920 is bloomfield. Make sure you get the right parts because they use completely different Mobos.
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February 12, 2010 2:27:09 PM

i should of just called it by the real name...
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