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~3+ All-Round Build

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March 17, 2010 11:32:33 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Somewhere next month

BUDGET: somewhere between $3000 and $4000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Encoding, programming, heavy gaming, massive storage.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Just the case and everything inside it. No screen/mouse/keyboard/etc

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Perhaps

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like this build to be as future proof as possible. So i'd like a mobo with newest usb/sata.

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CPU:
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...
$294.99

CPU Cooler:
CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

Memory:
2x CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2*$174.99 = $349.98

Mobo:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$309.99

GPU:
DIAMOND 5970PE52G Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$699.99

HDD #1: - Windows+Program files
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$224.99

HDD #2: - Will put them in Raid 1+0 to get a fast/safe 2Tb storage
4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4*$89.99 = $359.96

PSU: - You say: "Overkill", but I say: "Future proof".
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$234.99

BDD:
LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner - LightScribe Support - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.99

DVD:
2x Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Writer LabelFlash Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2x $44.99 = $89.98

FDD: - Yup, I want a floppy drive, they are soo cute <3
DISKETTE DRIVE WITH 6IN1 READER BLACK
http://www.conrad-uk.com/goto.php?artikel=412750
£26.98 = ~$40

Sound Card:
I will try the onboard sound first :-)
$0

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159.98

OS:
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$174.99

Totalling at ~$3165.
What should i upgrade? My CPU seems cheap, should I get a i7-960 ($590)?

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March 17, 2010 12:48:56 PM

The CPU is fine, but I see some other things that should be changed.

Sound: A discrete card is unnecessary, unless you're a huge audiophile. Leave it out and see if you can tell that the onboard sound is bad. If you can't tell a difference, don't buy a card. If you can, add it in.

SSD: A little small for a SSD, especially for gaming. Here's a good large one: Corsair Nova 128 GB $319

RAM: Corsair is overpriced and actually fairly slow. Here's the fastest sticks made: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $240 a set. If you don't want to spend close to $500 on RAM, here's faster sticks for only $10 more: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $175 each.

PSU: I'm not saying 1kW is overkill. You're running a lot of stuff. However, only having 80+ on a 1kW PSU is not good. Here's a much, much more efficient PSU: OCZ Z Series 1000W 80+ Gold $250 or Silverstone 1000W 80+ Silver $180.
March 17, 2010 1:23:10 PM

Thanks MadAdmiral,

Sound: -200$
Left out the sound card, safes me $200 to spend on ssd

SSD: - Didn't change anything yet...
You are right, i need more ssd space then 80gb. I've got two options:

HDD #1: - Windows+Program files Will put in raid0
2x Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2*$224.99 = 448.48

or

HDD #1: - Windows+Program files
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...
$499.00

RAM: +10$
Replaced my Ram with that faster Corsair memory. That fastest RAM isn't worth $150 more.

PSU: - wont change
I like the corsair better <3
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March 17, 2010 4:16:43 PM

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March 18, 2010 7:45:34 AM

Any other thoughts?!?
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