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March 18, 2010 4:39:42 AM

This is my first Desktop build and I am about to make my purchases. Here are the components I'm looking to buy.

COOLER MASTER Cosmos Pure Black Aluminum / SGCC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
(RC-1000K-KKN2-GP) or
Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower Case Black - (RC-932-KKN1-GP)

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Powercolor PCS+ AX5770 1GBD5-PPG Radeon HD 5770

Corsair Dominator 6GB (3 X 2GB) 240-pin DDR3 1600 TR3X6G1600C7D

Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI

Cooler Master Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP CPU Cooler

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5”
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5”


Any comments on the hardware? Good or bad. Mostly use my PC for application development (.net, VB, T-SQL, C#, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, ASP). Would appreciate any words of wisdom on this system. Thx.

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March 18, 2010 4:52:19 AM

All looks fine, except maybe look at the hyper 212+ cooler, i havent heard good things bout the V8, saw one irl once, and its massive... other than that it looks good
March 18, 2010 2:59:11 PM

Personally I think Corsair Dominator's are overpriced. I would get a much cheaper set of RAM, and possibly in conjunction with changing the CPU cooler, you might be able to afford to get the Intel X-25M 80GB SSD, instead of the velociraptor. Which is what I would do.
You do not need a 750W PSU for one, or even two 5770s, so unless you are planning on adding another two at any point, or want to run higher end card(s), or are planning on using this PSU with multiple future builds, then a good 500W PSU would be my suggestion.
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March 18, 2010 3:05:23 PM

Following Silvune, here's the cheapest, best performing, high quality RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $180.

Here's the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus for $35.

Definitely ditch the VR. It's slower than the newer 500 GB platter drives (Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or 1 TB, Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB, WD Caviar Black 1 TB 6 GBps), and about three times more expensive. I would actually ditch the VR and switch the WD 1 TB to the Seagate to save $30 (and lose basically nothing). Then pick up this SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB for $319. That will be an order of magnitude faster.
March 19, 2010 1:48:45 AM

Thanks for the advise. Just want to make this a strong build. I've looked at SSD but a little nervous since I don't have a good knowledge of these drives. Are they about the same task as a Hard drive to install? Are they dependable? That is my main thing I want on my PC is for it to be vary dependable. I will go with the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus and the G. Skill RAM. Thanks again.
March 19, 2010 5:01:37 AM

MadAdmiral said:
Following Silvune, here's the cheapest, best performing, high quality RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $180.

Here's the Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus for $35.

Definitely ditch the VR. It's slower than the newer 500 GB platter drives (Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or 1 TB, Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB, WD Caviar Black 1 TB 6 GBps), and about three times more expensive. I would actually ditch the VR and switch the WD 1 TB to the Seagate to save $30 (and lose basically nothing). Then pick up this SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB for $319. That will be an order of magnitude faster.


what do you think about this system?

Qty. Product Description Savings Total Price
2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $239.98
1 DIAMOND 5770PE51GT Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814103103
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy $169.99
1 Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820167023
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$75.00 Instant $299.99 $224.99
1 G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
Item #: N82E16820231335
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy $179.99
1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$35.00 Instant 10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card $139.99 $104.99
1 Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy $294.99
1 ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131365
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy $289.99
1 COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835103065
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $34.99
1 COOLER MASTER Cosmos Pure Black Aluminum / SGCC ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119214
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $249.99
1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $23.99

Total price 1813.89

Thanks.
March 19, 2010 8:05:07 AM

Perhaps look at a spinpoint f3 or barracuda 7200.12, theyre both faster and i think cheaper, other then that looks good.

As for SSD installation, its essentially the same as putting in a HDD, just make sure the drive/case comes with a 2.5" to 3.5" adapter, other then that its much the same as a HDD installation. And theyre way more dependable then convential HDDs because they have no falling parts
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