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Need advice multi-purpose system $1,800

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February 21, 2010 4:58:07 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 5 days
Budget Range: $1800 before rebates (can go higher if necessary)
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: work (multitasking word, excel, firefox and 3 remote connections), gaming, compressing and decompressing of large winrar files.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, monitors (will be running Win 7 x64 and 2 24” monitors)
Preferred website for parts: 99% of anything I’ve ordered in the past is from newegg, but I’m not opposed to trying somewhere else. I am based in the US.
Parts preferences: This will be an intel i7 build.
Overclocking: Yes, never done it before but want to learn.
SLI or Crossfire: Yes, but not to start off.
Monitor resolution: Either 1920x1080 or 1920x1200
Additional comments: This is my first build. This will be a work first computer, but I plan to game frequently with it. I plan to play RTS and FPS games, and will be playing a lot of Bad Company 2 when released. I do a lot of file compression/decompression as mentioned above, and the faster the better. It is very important to make the computer as future proof as possible. I’d like to be able to add parts down the road instead of having to start from scratch. Life expectancy for me is about 4 years with this computer. Below are the parts I’ve come up with, so I’d like comments and suggestions if there is something better out there for me, as I’m far from an expert. Eventually I will add a 2nd GPU, more than likely another 5870, so I want to make sure I have the correct power supply in mind. I'd like my OS, games and frequently used programs on one drive/partition and everything else on a separate drive. Thanks in advance, this site is amazing!

CPU:
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...

GPU:
SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF:
XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD x2: I need at least 2 TB of space...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD:
LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cables: Need help here. I read somewhere that for improved cable management you should get an extension cable for the power supply. I have no clue what to get, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Also if there are any additional cables required to get this built, please let me know. I'd hate to get everything here and be missing a $10 cable I needed and have to pay $40 at a local store for it!

Thermal compound:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If someone could point me to a guide of how to apply this properly it would be great. Never used it before and have no clue how to apply it.

I think that's about it. Accessory wise (above and beyond the $1,800 for parts above) I think I have the keyboard, mouse and speakers picked. Going with the Saitek blacklit keyboard for $40, logitech MX518 for mouse, and Logitech S-220 speakers for $24. I need an internal memory card reader and 7 port usb hub, but that's basic stuff I can figure out. Sorry for the long post, I'd just like to get this right the first time. Thanks again.





February 21, 2010 7:42:54 PM

I actually already have the monitors. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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February 22, 2010 5:23:59 PM

Bump, please comment if everything I've picked out will work together. Specifically if the power supply will fit in that case. I am going to be pulling the trigger tomorrow and just want to make sure I've done everything correct. Thanks!
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February 23, 2010 11:21:31 AM

Looks good, as originally specified ...

... d'Ja git yer cables figgered out ?

= Al =

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February 23, 2010 11:22:52 AM



Anybody else want to approve this final config for build ?
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February 23, 2010 12:18:58 PM

Not that it needs it, but it's got my approval.
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February 23, 2010 12:34:01 PM

Looks good but maybe switch to F3 Spin points if you can find them or the Seagate 7200.12 for HDD's.

Also if you want to save a couple of bucks switch the Cooler to the Hyper 212 plus it is in a combo with an optical for about 40 bucks right now.

Hyper 212+ and Optical $40

But the build looks really good and when you are done building it PM me and Ill send you my address you can ship it too... :kaola: 
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