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Any advice on this i7-930 build?

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March 9, 2010 5:18:12 PM

Hi,

After much pondering I have decided to go for a Core i7 build. Any guiding/criticism would be appreciated::

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP
BUDGET RANGE: Up to 2000 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Scientific computing (statistical analysis and simulations), remote work connected to servers, watching and editing movies, standard web browsing (with a lot of video chatting as part of my family is abroad).

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: no preference
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (e.g.: Grand Fenwick)

PARTS PREFERENCES: I am using an intel x58 chipset by default (I am not going to pretend I understand exactly why I am doing it)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No idea what it is so I am guessing no.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I normally use 2 or 3 monitors while working.

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CPU: Intel Core i7-930

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium

Memory: 12GB DDR3/1600Mhz Triple Channel Kingston HyperX (2 sets of 6GB)

Primary HD: Intel X25-M SSD / I have a couple of external 1TB HDs for data so I don't need more

Optical drive: Some Sony DVD-RW (not too important)

Fan: Xigmatek Intel Core i7 Thor's Hammer

Case: Antex P183

Power supply: Thermaltake 750 Watts TR2 RX Modular PSU

Video card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5570 1GB DDR3

Sound card: no extra sound card

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My doubts have to do with the RAM I have chosen, the video card, and the power supply.

I don't have that much experience comparing the performance of different sets of RAM but I do need the computer running smoothly with several windows open.

In terms of the video card, I am completely ignorant.

Finally, I will buy a power supply protector and I chose 750W because I didn't want to be short of power.

I can get this system plus windows 7 professional, a next-day delivery, and a wireless card from www.buyxg.com for $1800. Any thoughts on the price?

Thanks in advance.








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March 9, 2010 5:24:26 PM

You're using a X58 chipset because its the only one for the LGA1366 socket (i7-920+)

RAM: Faster sticks for only $5 more (plus some shipping): G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35. It's one of the best, and a lot cheaper.

PSU: Thermaltake isn't exactly quality. If you're absolutely set on the P183, here's a combo with a great PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W for $205. And this is probably overkill...

GPU: Given this is a workstation, you might want to consider getting a workstation GPU (nVidia's Quaddro or ATI's Fire lines). At least you should consider a nVidia card, as they are typically better for those types of applications.
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March 10, 2010 3:49:13 AM

Thanks for your help. Let's hope this works!


MadAdmiral said:
You're using a X58 chipset because its the only one for the LGA1366 socket (i7-920+)

RAM: Faster sticks for only $5 more (plus some shipping): G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7.

HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35. It's one of the best, and a lot cheaper.

PSU: Thermaltake isn't exactly quality. If you're absolutely set on the P183, here's a combo with a great PSU: Antec Earthwatts 650W for $205. And this is probably overkill...

GPU: Given this is a workstation, you might want to consider getting a workstation GPU (nVidia's Quaddro or ATI's Fire lines). At least you should consider a nVidia card, as they are typically better for those types of applications.

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March 10, 2010 3:49:24 AM

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