Revised i7 920 workstation build $2500ish. 12GB RAM Buying this week

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (within a week) BUDGET RANGE: 2500) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Resource intensive Visual Basic and Perl Analyzing Electricity Markets; SAS; Database Applications, Excel Modeling, Media Center )
Will be running Windows 7 64 bit. No advanced gaming to be done so my old video card is fine

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Large -non tower- Silverstone case, video card, old storage drives, Big LCD Monitor, mouse/keyboard) - buying from friend for $500



MB: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $309 -$30 if bought with i7-920

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $289

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T2-12GBPI $360

PSU: Am thinking a SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $150

but if this PSU is in any way a bottlenect I wil upgrade. Is it good enough?

SSD:Im still deciding

option 1: Corsair P128 CMFSSD-128GBG2D 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $355

option 2:Intel X25-E Extreme SSDSA2SH032G1 2.5" 32GB SATA II SLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $383

the corsair has the benefit of size 128GB, and the Intel the benefit of the SLC technology that is apparently better
but I know this is a new market with widely varying outcomes and is not really plug and play, so i thought it would ask for advice.
i am a little more confident of the Intel's ability because I have read about it, but 32gb could not be enough for vista + apps + file for code to run on
corsair also has pretty good reviews, and I can use the "TRIM" degredation level method to make up for the MLC tech.

Cooling: Need some advice on this one. One thing is the RAM is kindof tall and I have read this can mess with an auxiliary cooling system
What kind of a cooling system would be good with this setup.

This has been recommended to me:
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $65. Add two 120mm fans to that, so add about $20.

A 1.5 TB internal hard drive for more storage in addition to what I already have lets say 130 bucks

Total before software: about 2150, so within budget. what would be the best thing to upgrade if I wanted to spend a couple hundred more bucks.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1360 x 768) Westinghouse LTV37-w2 HD

Is this build logical? anyone have thouhts on the PSU, SDD, or Cooling System. I am going to want to overclock to maybe about 3.5 GHz, or more if it is safe

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  1. I'd go with the bigger SSD. There is a debate on whether or not SSDs are worth at the already huge price, so getting a 32 GB one for the same price as a 128 GB one is insane.

    As for the PSU, the 850W is bigger enough for Crossfiring any two cards, and for Trifiring three of most cards. It's certainly big enough.
  2. Only get SSDs that support TRIM.
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