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February 24, 2010 1:56:30 PM

Hey guys, I am building my first Rig I done a fair bit of research & this is what I am going to use

CPU
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4C/8T 4x 256KB L2 Cache LGA 1366 CPU Retail

Mother Board - Gigabyte "GA-X58A-UD7 Rev1.0" Intel X58 Express/ICH10R Chipset Mainboard for Intel LGA 1366 Retail

Graphics Card - ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5870 1GB DDR5 256-bit Dual DVI HDCP PCIe 2.0 Retail

RAM - G.SKILL F3-16000CL9T Trident Series 6GB (3x 2GB) DDR3-2000 240-Pin CL9 RAM Retail

Case - Cooler Master "COSMOS S" Black Full Tower Case Model "RC-1100" Retail

Hard Drive - WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 7200RPM 64MB Cache S-ATA II Hard Disk Drive Model "WD15EARS" OEM

Power - Blue Diamond (Gview) 750w

I will hope to Cross Fire the 5870 when I get a chance, now the real question is... is this all compatible & will it all work together well? Also am I missing something? Any advice or suggestions are very much welcome :D 
February 24, 2010 2:08:33 PM

if you are going to cross fire yes a 750Wpsu is perfect

if you crossfire your 5870 you will get great benchmarks

no doubt everything would work
February 24, 2010 2:30:34 PM

What's your budget? Just looking at most parts, you didn't do a great job.

I'm going to guess you have about $2,000 for the parts, in which case, this is a much better build:

CPU: i7-920 $289
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (or wait the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock for $5 less)
GPU: HD 5970 $650
PSU: Corsair 850W $120 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 $105

Total: $1,879. You could even stick in a SSD if you had more cash than that, or don't need the OS.

If it's less:

CPU: i5-750 $195
Mobo: Asus P7P55D-E Pro $190
RAM: Mushkin Ehanced Blackline 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate
GPU: HD 5970 $650
PSU: Corsair 850W $120
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40
OS: Windows 7 $105

Total: $1,590.

Can shave another $300 off either build with this combo: GPU/PSU: HD 5870 and Antec Eartwatts 750W $463.
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February 24, 2010 2:31:22 PM

What is your budget? What will you be using this system for? Where are you buying these components? It would help us a lot if you edited your post to follow the format in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum.

I see a couple issues with the build. First off, the "Green" drives are meant for HTPC or purely storage use. They're to slow for a system drive. That would make a great storage drive, but you should get a fast 500GB/platter 7200RPM drive as the main system drive. I don't know where you're purchasing, so I'll use newegg links.

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

You also NEED a quality PSU. A quality PSU is the key to a stable system. You should stick to the known good manufacturers like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Antec, OCZ, etc... Trust me, you'll regret trying to save a buck on the PSU when it blows up and fries your fancy new computer.
February 24, 2010 10:56:16 PM

Sorry Will Start Again... :D 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I will order the parts today when assured the componants are good

BUDGET RANGE: $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: GAMING!, Adobe Photoshop/Flash, Microsoft Studio, Surfing the Internet & more Gaming! :D 

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Graphics Card, Monitors, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, PSU

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: http://www.thanni.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Thailand

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7, GSkull RAM, ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Don’t Know how, so...Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, want to Crossfire 2x ATI 5870 (Have one card already)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 23" Samsung 2048x1152 (Have already)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Like lots of L.E.D’s & Cooling :p 


I originally just wanted to upgrade my previous computer but due to my ignorance I didn't realise the new & the old are not compatible even though it’s all PCI-E

So I am already sitting on a 5870 with the Gview Blue Dimond 750w & with that bought already I still have around $1500 left in my budget but the biggest problem is I live in Thailand & the only decent online website is http://www.thanni.com So my budget on there would be 50,000 THB

The PSU I have looks decent but I just bought it but if you think its a crappy one, I will see if I can trade it in for a bigger better Corsair :D 
February 25, 2010 4:09:25 AM

Oh & I have windows 7 already so wont need that in my budget :D 
February 25, 2010 10:24:58 AM

I've never heard of Gview, which isn't a good sign. I'd look into see if you can trade it.

So then this build:

CPU: i7-920 $289
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $180
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (or wait the Samsung Spinpoint F3 to be in stock for $5 less)
PSU: Corsair 850W $120 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
HSF/Optical: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and cheap SATA DVD burner $40

Total: $1,124, but probably more like $1,200 without the Newegg deals.
February 25, 2010 10:55:46 AM

I live in Thailand dude... I can't order from Newegg! I would pay a crap load on delivery & Import Duties, wouldn't be worth it...

Only place is the Thailand Website I stated above...
February 25, 2010 11:14:53 AM

I know. Just look for those parts on that website...
February 25, 2010 12:21:18 PM

Aaah yes sorry... Good Idea :D 
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