Ultimate 2.2K rig


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming,C,C++, LISP,video,Maya(my hobby) and internet surfing

BUDGET:up to 2.6K including tax, mail in rebates, shipping and handling.(my zip code:91011 in USA)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, and forzencpu for cooling.



Parts that I don't need:keyboard and mouse

Additional notes: Keep in mind that I only want modular PSU and may upgrade GPU to 5870 x2(Qty)

Mobo:MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX

CPU:AMD Phenom II X4 965 140watts

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5770 x2(Qty)


Tower:Corsair Obsidian

PSU:Thermaltake 850W

Cooling:Swiftech H20-220

water cooling water blocks:Swiftech MCW30 Chipset Cooling Water-block x2,Thermaltake \VGA Waterblock x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835108079 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106059

HDD:SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1Tb x2

Moniter:ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor

OS:Windows vista

CD/DVD writer combo drive: ?
Additional cooling:Larkooler Liquid Cooling Kit (BA2-241)
Thanks for your help!
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  1. Have you considered opting for an i7 930? It may be more appropriate considering some of your system usages and could most definitely be done with your budget. But for now, I'll give you my 2 cents on your current build.

    The 140w chip you have selected is an older stepping for the 965. The 125w version is cheaper, and the c3 stepping is revised to be more energy efficient while having the same performance. There's plenty of anecdotal/tested reviews regarding the newer stepping being able to overclock better.

    Your mobo choice is great, but also consider newer tech. A few 890gx boards are now available with native sata 6gbps/usb 3.0. Of course, you'll have to sacrifice running CFX on dual x16; but really, most conclusions regarding the difference between dual x8 and dual x16 runs at about a 2-5% decrease (depending on reviewer), which is not much.

    Also, I don't recommend crossfiring from the start of a new build. You lose an important "future proofing" utility, which is the ability to upgrade in a future date when you need more GPU power. Instead, you could pick up a 5870, which should be in that price range (save for maybe $20 more)

    The only Thermaltake PSU I would trust in my system is a Toughpower. Not sure if you picked that unit b/c of the price, but considering how energy efficient the 5xxx are, you could drop down to a trusted 750w PSU and still run CFX.

    I've worked with the h20-220 and my client and I approved, so I can't say its a horrible investment. But if you wanted to go with an i7 build, this would probably be where I'd cut from to fit budget, while picking up a high end HSF (venomous x, nh d-14, titan fenrir). You could always save up and form your own WC system from better EK/DD parts if you so desired :) If you do end up getting the Swiftech kit, I would invest in a better vga waterblock. The acrylic on that unit is extremely thin and is prone to cracking.

    Windows 7 please :).

    Thumbs up on the f3 and monitor. I'd stick to the Swiftech over the Larkooler kit. The results on madshrimp did not impress me.
  2. You can go for HD 5850 or HD 5870 card instead of cross firing at the earliest!! Plus your budget is high too.. Surely u must have HD 5800 series card, not a 128 bit card!!

    8GB RAM is a bit too much! 4 (2x2GB) is more than enough now! You can spend those extra $110 on other things! No need to say the memory prices are atrocious now a days! So play on with the 4GB for a few months and install additional RAMs (if needed) when the prices go down!
  3. Yes to all that ... you might also consider a single 5970


    Go with the Socket 1366 Core i7-930 and look for a board that will do 8x8 ...

    ... Ditch the water blocks ... you will not need them ... Go with a CoolerMaster Hyper 212 or a Zahlman cooler ... Arctic Silver MX-2 Thermal Paste.

    PS: Get a Corsair PSU with ALL the PCIe connectors ...

    Get G.Skill 3x2GB RipJaws CAS7 DDR3 Triple Channel Kit (6GB TTL) ... More than enough!

    ... You may wish to consider a Kingston 64GB SSD @$150 USD (for boot and apps) ...
    ... This is a rebranded INTEL mainstream SSD.

    = Al =
  4. If your budget is 2,600 Dollars i would purchase a high-end Intel Core i7/X58/1366 computer build.

    Central-Processing-Unit:Intel Core i7 930 or 920
    Graphics-Processing-Unit:ATI Radeon 5970
    Power-Supply-Unit: Corsair 1000HX
    Random-Access-Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB
    Motherboard:Gigabyte UD7
    Case: Cooler Master ATS 840
    Solid-State-Drive: Intel X25-V 40GB
    Hard-Disk-Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
    TC: Artic Silver 5
    Heat-Sink-Fan: Cooler Master V10/ Promiltech Megalems/Hyper 212+/Tuniq
    Optical-Disk-Drive: ....
  5. Isn't it better to hybrid sli so called cross fire than single gpu?
  6. unj008 said:
    Isn't it better to hybrid sli so called cross fire than single gpu?

    You may be a bit confused. "Hybrid SLI" is a different topic altogether and I think you may just be thinking of SLI. Just to cover the basics, SLI is Nvidia's term used to describe 2 (or more) GPUs used as a single output. CrossfireX is is the term ATI uses to describe this same thing. So, SLI = nvidia, Crossfire/CFX = ATI (AMD). Thus as in the case of your 5770s, the correct terminology would be "crossfire".

    Yes, a crossfire configuration of 2 same cards will outform 1 of the SAME card. 2x 5770 is better than a single 5770. HOWEVER, the advice most of us are giving is for you to buy a single BETTER card. You'll see similar/better performances between crossfired 5770 and a single 5870 or 5970. By buying a single 5870/5970 now, you can get another one in the future and crossfire that. Getting 5770 off the bat for a new build just limits what you can upgrade GPU-wise, in the future.
  7. To add to that ...

    It would, for instance, be better for your system longevity if you were to buy a single 5870 (now) rather than two 5850s because, in 18 months, that 2nd 5870 will cost half as much as it does today, and you can add it to an empty slot ... giving you 2x5870s ... respect!

    ... Conversely ... IF you got TWO 5850s now ... then you would have to chuck them both out , in 18 months, when "3D-FeelAround" becomes all the rage, and they just can't quite cut it.

    = Hmmmm ?? =

    ( but, in 3 years ? ... neural implants ... nVidia, of course! )
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