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Dream machine-compatible? price reduce a bit?

Last response: in Systems
February 14, 2010 5:49:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week (my old compy is fried- working on a friend's laptop)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Adobe cs4, sony soundforge 10, movies, surfing and word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (sceptre x20g-Naga), dvd burner, speakers



OVERCLOCKING: maybe-never done before-safe?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe-not eexactly sure what it's all about


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet, energy efficient, and stave off obsolescence for as long as possible.

Basically one of the builds found in this forum, a bit different, wondering if it will work together etc. Also, is the 80gb ssd enough? i was thinking 120gb, but at the same time i would like to cut it down to about 1700.


Currently about $1900

* CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

* MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard w/ USB 3.0 & SATA 6 Gb/s - Retail

* RAM: G.SKILL ECO Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBECO - Retail

* HSF: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU ... - Retail

# SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM

# HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

* PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

* GPU: XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card ... - Retail

* Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

*Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional

* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

(actually, where exactly is the thermal compound used- necessary?)

February 14, 2010 6:19:52 PM

You don't really need the 5870 unless you're planning on upgrading your monitor. It's overkill for 1680x1050. Also, you can trade that PSU for this one:
You won't need the 850W unless you're planning on SLI/Crossfire.

You will need thermal compound (or TIM), but your heatsink comes with a pack of lesser-quality material. It's up to you if you want to buy the higher quality stuff.

This memory is better/cheaper than the one you've got, and still under the voltage spec of the iX architecture.