Advice needed (UPDATE 2/27/10) .

Hello everyone,

This forum has been very helpful to me and now I need some advice. I've been researching for a couple of month now, on which parts I should use for my first build. All I do is surf the web, edit photos w/CS3, eventually going to buy PC games, and going to start editing video for my church (don't know which editing software we are going to buy yet) My budget is about $1,200. Please let me know if these parts that I've chosen sound good.

-EVGA X58 SLI LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard

-Intel Corporation Core i7 920 Processor Boxed

-Corsair TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

-OCZ Technology 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) Gold Low Voltage CL8 Memory Kit

-Western Digital Bulk Drives WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB IntelliPower SATA

-Visiontek Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card
(later I will buy another one)

-Cooler Master HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower

-Cooler Master V8 Universal CPU Cooler

I also forgot to mention that I'm going to buy all the parts from Micro Center b/c some of there parts are cheaper then Newegg & tiger Direct ( example, i7 920 goes for $200 @ Micro Center)


Thanks-Deli
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  1. You'll need a 3 x 2G set of RAM....DDR3-1600, lowest CAS ya can afford.

    I'd use an Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 for $244 over a 932 ($160-$180)w/ Corsair TX750 ($100) though both PSU's are oversized for what you are doing. The Antec 900 w/ EA-650 is way more than enough. Go full tower if you gonna add 2nd GFX card someday. Mid tower if you gonna keep just one.

    Alternate Full Tower Choice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.335367

    Mid Tower Choices

    Antec 900 w/ EA-650 ($180)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064&cm_re=Antec900-_-11-129-064-_-Product

    Alternate mid tower would be HAF 922 w/ Corsair TX650

    HAF 922 ($109 w/ $20 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197
    Corsair TX650 ($99 w/ $10 MIR) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

    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-hard-drive-charts/compare,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)
    Might wanna the Asus MoBos w/ USB3 and SATA II
  2. Deli said:
    Hello everyone,

    This forum has been very helpful to me and now I need some advice. I've been researching for a couple of month now, on which parts I should use for my first build. All I do is surf the web, edit photos w/CS3, eventually going to buy PC games, and going to start editing video for my church (don't know which editing software we are going to buy yet) My budget is about $1,200. Please let me know if these parts that I've chosen sound good.

    -EVGA X58 SLI LGA 1366 X58 ATX Motherboard

    -Intel Corporation Core i7 920 Processor Boxed

    -Corsair TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply

    -OCZ Technology 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) Gold Low Voltage CL8 Memory Kit

    -Western Digital Bulk Drives WD Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB IntelliPower SATA

    -Visiontek Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5 PCIe 2.0 x16 Graphics Card
    (later I will buy another one)

    -Cooler Master HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower

    -Cooler Master V8 Universal CPU Cooler

    I also forgot to mention that I'm going to buy all the parts from Micro Center b/c some of there parts are cheaper then Newegg & tiger Direct ( example, i7 920 goes for $200 @ Micro Center)


    Thanks-Deli


    Micro Center!!!!! Be careful that the items are not OEM

    Well I was going to pick a few from newegg
    like the case

    AZZA Solano 1000 Black/Black Japanese SECC Steel/Metal mesh in front ATX Full Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811517004 $104.99 with a $25.00 rebate ($79.99)

    GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128425 $119.99

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215 $194.99

    Western Digital Caviar Green WD10000CSRTL 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136236 $94.99

    CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010 $77.89

    XIGMATEK MC NRP-MC651 650W ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V Ver. 2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815001 $99.99
    (NOTE: I have this PSU for now over a full Year in 6 months. ) Works Excellent.

    or

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 $89.99 and you get a rebate

    Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory w/ LEDs Model
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148329 $135.99

    XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150447 $169.99

    All of this comes up to a Total of 998.82
    You said that your budget is about $1200.00. Just save you about 200.00 for your shipping cost.

    Note: that I also notice that everyone is trying to out beat the next men system rig. Now, I am not saying that is you
    but if you want a good budget computer with very good High-End Parts then here you go.
    I do this for a lot of people here around my town and other online.
    I would want to save you some money just in case you needed to add some parts.

    Also I have most of these parts in my system as well speak (other than the 5770) I have a 5850 video card and Zalman 9700
    You can view my parts in my Youtube video here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUa1UASQHk0
    Well I hope it comes well for you.
    enjoy
  3. Wow thanks for the advice guys, I wasn't expecting all this information' but I'm defiantly going to look into it.


    Thanks-deli :)
  4. Deli said:
    Wow thanks for advice, I wasn't expecting all this information' but I'm defiantly going to look into it.


    Thanks-deli :)


    You are welcome
  5. If the most intensive job you'll be performing is video editing for your church and gaming only eventually, you don't need all that power.
    Instead of the 920, get the 860 with 4Gb of the cheapest 1600Mhz RAM from a good manufacturer (Corsair, OCZ, Patriot, Crucial etc.). Don't waste money trying to get low latency memory.
    Get any mobo from EVGA or Asus.
    750W is probably overkill. 600W should allow you to work with higher efficency, therefore saving you money on purchase and eletricity bill. Of course, I am assuming you don't need to Xfire for your kind of job.
  6. My soul cries out because this:
    COOLER MASTER CM690 II Advanced Black Steel body / Plastic + Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    $99.99 ($19.99 shipping)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119216&cm_re=cooler_master-_-11-119-216-_-Product

    was never recommended!

    http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/cm_690_ii_advanced/

    Read and be amazed.

    For your hard drive, I would not select the Caviar Green series. I'm sure you've experienced some horrifying load times from Adobe programs... part of it can be alleviated with hard drive designed for performance rather than energy efficiency. An SSD is probably out of your budget. A pair (or more) of these single platter hard drives:

    Samsung HD502HJ 500GB SATA2 7200rpm 16MB Hard Drive
    $54.99
    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD502HJ&src=FR&pid=6bbdb71fbfefaeced45aedb9691908fef1e29b1a9bfdeb53b109c54c398c620b

    Or one of these:
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
    (The 2TB model is even faster, with double the space!.... for triple the cost!)
    For RAM, a "good" manufacturer in my opinion is Kingston (an industrial giant) or G.Skill (I like them). OCZ has higher failure rates than others in general, Corsair has good RAM but their one incident with Ballistix, I believe? made me dislike them...

    OCZ has a new power supply series. While they aren't modular, they are 80 Plus SILVER, yes, SILVER certified, which is pretty impressive, considering that they're pretty cheap for such a certification. I would love to recommend the 850HX (modular!) from Corsair, but once again, budget issues.
    OCZ Z-Series OCZZ650 650W ATX12V 2.2/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply Compatible with Intel Core i7 - Retail
    $109.99
    ($89.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341036&cm_re=OCZ_power_supply-_-17-341-036-_-Product
  7. Hey guys thanks for all your help. I just wanted to share with yall the results on my first build. I ended up buying the EVGA X58 SLI LE mobo and the Radeon 5770.


    Thanks-deli
  8. Deli said:
    Hey guys thanks for all your help. I just wanted to share with yall the results on my first build. I ended up buying the EVGA X58 SLI LE mobo and the Radeon 5770.
    http://i105.photobucket.com/albums/m226/Delisg/DSC_0062.jpg

    Thanks-deli


    Wow, Looks good, I like the wire management. Now what about some extra cooling , I see there that you have 120mm on the base of the case next to the PSU. might be good for the video card. I'd also added a 140mm fan to my base and also some PCI VGA coolers on top of my card and bottom. I would take a pic of it now and show you







  9. Good idea, I'm going to look into that.


    Thanks-Deli
  10. Deli said:
    Good idea, I'm going to look into that.


    Thanks-Deli



    The load temps ate at 46-48c at full load
    idle is at 24C
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