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February 27, 2010 2:02:52 AM

I am building a new system. I am not a gamer, rather, dvd writing, home movie creating, photo/movie storage, lots of surfing, some gaming if I find the time, movie viewing, ms office use, future upgrading. I am going with an i7 860 with a 60 gb ssd drive. I use each pc I build for 5-10 years. This one is the highest end start for me yet. My lucky 4 year old daughter is going to cut her teeth on my old system. This pc is going into a lian li full tower case I have right now. I know a full tower is big. But I stick under my desk anyway. I like the room under the hood to work with too.

I would appreciate anyone's insight and feedback on my system. I am open to any last minute changes to increase power for a few bucks more or save money by making a change.

Thanks in advance. all parts priced from newegg.



Spec Price
PSU OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail 39.99

CPU I7 860 279.99

MOBO ASRock P55 Extreme LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 139.99

RAM G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL - Retail 104.99

HDD Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive 54.99

SSD OCZ Agility Series OCZSSD2-1AGT60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail 169.99

Vid XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail 154.99

DVD Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 26.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders 104.99

total 1076.91

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February 27, 2010 2:38:23 AM

For a build that's to last 5-10 years, I suggest you get a Corsair PSU. OCZ produces good PSUs, but they've only recently become a recommended brand for PSUs (c. 2007) and have yet to establish a reputation that inspires long-term confidence IMO. Also, SSD prices should fall significantly within the next few years (hopefully), so you might want to wait on that. The technology should improve as well. If you're coming from a 5- to 10-year-old PC, that Seagate should feel pretty fast anyway. So again, consider waiting on that.
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February 27, 2010 3:01:13 AM

thanks for advice. wait on ssd (which i was considering), and up the psu (something else I was considering). but an ssd for only 170 bucks? I could always add another improved version later.
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February 28, 2010 10:37:48 AM

Thought I would put up what system I am coming from:
EPoX EP-9NPA7I 939 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard
ZALMAN ZM-NB47J Aluminum Heatsinks only
3D Fuzion 3DFR66256X GeForce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
G.SKILL Value 2GB (2 x 1GB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Desktop Memory Model F1-3200PHU2-2GBNT (plus another .62 G of old memory)
AMD Athlon 64 3700+ San Diego 2.2GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Single-Core Processor
Surepower 430W btx/atx 12v
40 G hard drive
200 G hard drive
Windows XP home service 3


I just picked up a psu for 49.99

SilverStone 650W ATX 12V 2.2 and EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply OP650

now is time to get the rest.
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