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Build suggestion... pretty set except mobo and RAM...

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March 12, 2010 3:51:52 AM

I'm looking for advice on my FIRST build :-).

I think I have a good idea of what I want for many of the components (case, psu, gpu...) but am not very sure about the mobo and ram. Here's the form info.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week
BUDGET RANGE: 2k-3k before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: audio production, video editing, software development

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg or amazon
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USofA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in the future - but I don't expect to be a big tweaker.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No - not a gamer

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2560x1600

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like a fairly quiet PC (hence my case pref below). Would like a conservative case that's easy to work in. Don't need any fancy flashing lights.
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Include a list of any parts you have already selected with descriptively labeled links for parts.


Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SILVERSTONE Fortress Series FT02B Black Aluminum / Steel Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So, big omissions include:
1. Mobo - was considering the ASUS P6X58 but don't really need usb3 right now and don't anticipate needing multi-gpus

2. RAM - I don't know much about RAM but have read that I should try to get low latency RAM. Was considering 1600 MHz, but again, don't plan on playing with RAM voltage etc in the BIOS

In general for this system, I'd rather have stability than lots of tweakability (or required tweaking)

Anyway, thanks for reading my post all the way to here :-) and any suggestions appreciated.

Thanks!
March 12, 2010 4:27:10 AM

Your needs are quite like mine and I went with the p6x58d. It was an easy build and it worked straight away. I don't have any devices that use the advanced sata or usb but I suspect those are going be be widely supported in the near future.

It is not hard to believe that a few years from now there will be affordable 1TB SSD's that will make use of the sata6 ports.

I got 12GB of the muskin red memory (six 2GB sticks). OC'd the 920 to 3.8 with only a minot tweak, 1600Mhz at 6 cas with just one voltage adjustment . Some will say 12GB is overkill but for the kind of apps you want to use it is the way to go.

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March 12, 2010 5:17:34 AM
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^ Got suggestions there...

But I dont think you would need the Mushkin Red as you have said that right now you wont be overclocking...And also RAM with CAS 7/ 8 would do and they dont have any major difference...

Mobo - Another very good alternative for the ASUS board sans the so called
"Premium features" - but still have SATA 6GB/s and USB 3.0 and are about $100 less
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM -
GSkillz 12GB kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 12, 2010 3:32:03 PM

+1 Gkay - That board seems right for the OPs needs, plus has SATA 6Gbs and USB 3.0.
March 13, 2010 2:47:25 AM

Thanks folks. Is the Gigabyte ga-x58a-ud3r a good choice for a first time builder? I really want something that has the highest chance of success without tweaking. Then I might start tweaking down the road, but ease of use (and speed) are pretty important as I won't always have time to optimize.
March 13, 2010 8:38:35 AM

^ Tweaking in the sense ? If you are talking about overclocking and stuff, you wont need to worry as you can just plug and play at default settings...but the components wont run at full speed though(the default speeds for any X58 boards is 1066MHz, but with just few adjustments, you can run the memories at their rated settings)

And as for the Gigabyte boards, they are of very high quality and will be stable.
March 13, 2010 3:02:41 PM

Ah. Seems I need to read up a little on overclocking as I'm unclear about ocing cpu vs memory and how it fits together. I'll take look around to get an overview and hopefully that'll clear things up for me.

Thanks!
March 23, 2010 2:38:35 AM

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March 23, 2010 2:40:28 AM

I went with the GA-X58A-UD3R and am sending this email from the computer built around it. So far so good :-).

RAM wise, I decided to use Corsair Dominator 1600C8D. Probably overkill, but eventually I got overloaded on all the choices and just decided to pull the trigger. It seems to be working fine though I haven' event adjusted the freq yet.
March 23, 2010 3:54:32 AM

^ Congrats with the build...
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