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I am building a new Rig, Could it be improved?

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March 4, 2010 7:27:34 PM

I am building a new rig, and i was wondering if you could give me some advice to improve it.

CPU: Intel i7 930 or 920 if its cheaper. It wont make a difference when i OC it.
GPU: Any geforce. Most bang for the buck. Sli is possible.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 or the ASUS P6X58D Deluxe. I cant decide.
RAM: Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 6GB CL7 DIMM 240-pin tripplechannel (3x2gb). Dont suggest a mushkin, they are unavailable to me.
HDD: 3x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb in RAID 0. Wouldnt it feel like an SSD? Would i notice a difference?
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
PSU: Antec cp-850W
CPU: Cooler Noctua NH-D14
Optic drive: Samsung Super-WriteMaster SH-S222A
Cooling Paste: Arctic Cooling MX-2

I am going to overclock and use it for hardcore gaming. :) 

Thanks in advance :D 

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March 4, 2010 7:32:11 PM

Oh yeah, and please tell me what you think about it.
Pros, cons, and so on.
March 4, 2010 7:33:00 PM

jonezh said:

HDD: 3x Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gb in RAID 0. Wouldnt it feel like an SSD? Would i notice a difference?


It won't be as fast as an SSD. Traditional hard drives just cannot compete with SSDs on access time. Even Velociraptors have an average seek time of 4+ ms (Spinpoint F3s are about 8 or 9 ms). SSDs have a seek time of under a tenth of a millisecond. RAID isn't going to make that huge a difference.

Please be aware that you are at least tripling your risk of data loss/failure by putting 3 hard drives in RAID 0. You're welcome to go ahead and do it, but I do hope that you've got a backup strategy and hopefully some sort of imaging software to quickly recover from a failure.
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March 4, 2010 7:33:38 PM

Yes you could do better. But a budget will be necessary (and other info from the guidelines in the link from my signature) to give you more help.

First, nVidia's GPUs suck right now. Pick up a new HD 5xxx series card.

Second, Corsair is over priced. Grab some G.Skill 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks.

Third, RAID 0 is pretty much a bad idea overall. You could lose everything over a minor glitch. I'd stick to a single 1 TB F3.

Fourth, and this is more personal, I hate the CP series of PSUs. The odd size locks you into 3 cases. They're also highly inefficient for their size. Yes, they are cheap, which isn't a good thing for PSUs. Grab a 850W or 750W SeaSonic, Antec Earthwatts, Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, or Silverstone.

Fifth, the Antec 1200 is overpriced. Grab a HAF 922 for less and have more space and the same features.

Sixth, that CPU cooler isn't that great. Pick up a Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus.
March 4, 2010 7:38:32 PM

I would rather not spend much more than 200$ extra.
March 4, 2010 7:43:03 PM

Damn, g.skill is non-existant in denmark.I HATE LIVING HERE!
March 4, 2010 7:43:55 PM

Than any 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks would do. Corsair is only really overpriced here in the US.
March 4, 2010 7:45:15 PM

Yeah youre right. But the problem is that i am not sure what my budget is in $. In Denmark we use DKK. I think my budget is about 3000-3500$
March 4, 2010 7:47:31 PM

Then you're not getting a whole lot for it. Price out this build. I know you can't use the store through the links, but check the prices on the parts. Substitute anything you can't find with ones with the same specs (RAM mainly).

CPU: i7-930 $299
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
HSF (only if you're overclocking): Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $65. Add two 120mm fans to that, so add about $20.
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $230 after rebate
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
SSD: Corsair Reactor 128 GB $329
Case: HAF 922 $90
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $200
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $2,367
March 4, 2010 7:47:52 PM

Dammit, the ones i have found are actually some of the cheapest. They all have the same price here.
March 4, 2010 7:49:03 PM

Then stick with them. Brand doesn't make a huge difference on RAM, other than to affect the prices...
March 4, 2010 8:00:44 PM

Grrrr.... any alternatives to the OCZ Z series 850w 80+ Gold?
March 4, 2010 8:03:49 PM

Lots of them. Any 850W unit from Corsair, SeaSonic, Silverstone, PC Power & Cooling or Antec. The OCZ unit is just the most efficient one in that wattage range.
March 4, 2010 8:05:21 PM

At minimum, you want an 80+ certified Active PFC PSU. If 850 W is your goal, there should be other ones out there. MadAdmiral picked what appears to be the best 850 W out there, but you could certainly go cheaper as long as you stay at least 80+ certified.
March 4, 2010 8:19:54 PM

I am ti┬┤hinking the Corsair 850w HX. Its 80+ Gold and not too expensive.
March 4, 2010 9:05:10 PM

Are you sure it's 80+ Gold? Over here, it's listed as 80+ Silver. Regardless, that would be a good choice.
March 4, 2010 9:45:26 PM

Funny. I am looking at it right now and it says gold.
March 5, 2010 3:14:06 AM

It might just be a difference in the standard depending on the region. Either way, it's a great unit.
March 5, 2010 2:02:23 PM

its been tested at almost gold

you could try and find team extreme ram they priced at g.skill levels but perform just as good
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