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Finalizing my core i7 future proofing system ~1700$

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March 7, 2010 12:44:56 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in a week or so

BUDGET RANGE: ~1700$

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, graphic designing and college studying

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: O.S, mouse, keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: tigerdirect.com, newegg, micro center Silicon valley

PARTS PREFERENCES: I7 930, X58 mobo USB3.0

OVERCLOCKING: yesssss

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1080 and better

Here's my rig

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $25.55

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.95

ASUS VK246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail $229.99

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail $109.95

Intel Corporation Core i7-930 Processor Boxed - $273 (microcenter)

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
$156.99

ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s $309.99

XFX HD587AZNF9 Radeon HD 5870 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI $409.99

Im having a problem thinking about choosing a 3.0gb or 6.0 gb SATA hard drive, would there be much better for the price of the new technology?

any suggestion is more than welcome here. please help me get the best bang for my system
March 7, 2010 2:06:45 AM

yannickhk said:
I would stick with SATA II. No HDD will use the 3gbs bandwidth as of yet.

Go with the samsung spinpoint F3 1TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Nice build by the way


Very true. You will be very hard to come by a harddrive, SSD or not, that will actually utilize the bandwidth that SATA III will give you. The only drive I know of that does is the C300 by Crucial, and that will add about $500 to your build. With a non-SSD, you're probably paying a price premium and getting no benefit from it.

Have you checked out the ASUS VW266H? That's what I'll be getting with my build. After MIR, $279 for a 1920x1200 25.5" monitor. Also, the 930 is only very, very slightly better than the 920 (probably unnoticeable at the level you'll be able to overclock either of them to) so if Microcenter has them in stock, I would consider saving $75 and going with the 920.
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March 7, 2010 4:12:42 PM

Thx yannickhk and Rehnquist for your suggestions.

With the monitor, i think i will stick with VK246, a built-in webcam is what i want, and 24'' is way too good for me already. I know the speaker won't be very so bright, but imma buy myself a nice 5.1 Altec system :D . Im a music geek

For the I7, my microcenter has the 920 for $220+ without tax, while the 930 is only $15+ more i think, and possibly 930 is a slightly but noticably better if i overclocked it to 4.0ghz or more.

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March 7, 2010 5:31:47 PM

If the difference in price is only $15ish, go with the 930. For a long time, microcenter had an in-store special on the 920 for $200, so people are used to comparing to that price.

If this is your RAM, you could probably get slightly better CAS 7 RAM for not too much more, but other than that, everything looks pretty good. Something like this G.Skill PI series 1600 MHz CAS 7 1.5V 6 GB kit perhaps?
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March 7, 2010 5:36:19 PM

davidtran159 said:
and possibly 930 is a slightly but noticably better if i overclocked it to 4.0ghz or more.

The (only) review that I have read for the i7 930, so far, seemed to show that the i7 930 got to 4.2Ghz more easily than the i7 920 and that it performed noticeably better as a result. The review was at bit-tech if you want to go and have a look.
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