I7 930 with SSD RAID 0 for $1200-$1500

This is my first build of a computer. I tried to choose my below components based on responses posted to similar build questions on this site. I also looked through Proximon’s very helpful guide of recommended parts. Thanks to all the posters that’s made this site so valuable to newbies like me.


BUDGET RANGE: (e.g.: $1,200-$1,500 after rebates)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Processing large files in Photoshop, browsing web, watching movies, editing videos, light gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, storage hard drive, optical drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Microcenter, TigerDirect


PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference, just high quality and reliability

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No (Don’t think I need it for my needs)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Dual monitors at 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: In my below build I would like to set up a Raid 0 with two SSDs for faster boot and program launch times.


Processor: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core ($230 at Microcenter)

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ($209)

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI ($180)

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($180)

Power Supply: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply – Retail ($50 after rebate)

CPU Cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler ($52 after rebate)

Case: XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case ($100)

SSD: 2 of the following drives set in Raid 0: OCZ Vertex Series 60GB Solid State Drive OCZSSD2-1VTX60G - 2.5", SATA II (2 *136 = $272 after Bing Cash Back)

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium ($180)

Processor: $230
MB: $209
Ram: $180
Video Card: $180
Power Supply: $50
CPU Cooler: $52
Case: $100
2 x SSDs: $272
Windows 7: $180
TOTAL = $1,453

Am I missing any components that I need to have a Raid 0 setup? And would I be able to overclock the processor in this setup?

Please help with any suggestions on components where I may be able to cut cost without significantly affecting performance. Or am I going overboard for my needs?

Thanks in advance!
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    ^ Some places where you can save money wihtout any change in performance...
    1. CASE + PSU -
    IMO get this case...Though its a mid tower, but is big and is of very good quality...
    And you will not be Crossfiring then why that 700W ?
    The 550W in this combo would do...It can power even the HD 5870...
    HAF 922 + OCZ 550W
    This saves about $25

    2. Graphics card -
    Dont get the closed cooler type...get this one...It runs cooler...
    XFX HD 5770 - Cheaper and better warranty...

    3. CPU Cooler - IMO that V8 is little over priced...
    This is far better in terms of value...
    CM Hyper 212+
  2. Thanks for the suggestions gkay09. I will alter my build accordingly.
  3. And if you are comfortable with overclocking, then you should be able to overclock that setup say 3.6-3.8GHz without much increase in CPU voltage...
    That CPU cooler will be able to handle that i7 at that speeds...And also that mobo can easily achieve that...And dont go over 3.8GHz as above that speeds, they dont offer any significant performance increase...
  4. Best answer selected by windriver123.
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