Need Critique on my latest build

Processor: i7-950
Case: NZXT Zero Black/Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Motherboard: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

Extra stuff:
Heatsink: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler

I haven't decided what type of PSU to go with yet. Any recommendations? I also assume that my 600 watt wont do much for this these days? heh

I also didnt mention a Video card because Im going to use the one I currently have:
EVGA 512-P2-N738-LR GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 (i'll upgrade the card at a later date)

What I'm trying to get out of this build is to do high-end gaming (simply put..to run a game like Crysis with great frame rate), 3D studio Max (for little to no hassle when Rendering), Adobe Suite (to use the programs with little to no slow-down)

I recently got the processor and the case. I just want to make sure the motherboard and RAM im considering will be a good choice for this.

Thanks again for reading this.
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  1. The 8400gs is trash it can not game. Why the 950 when you can get the 930 for cheaper? If you want to SLI Nvidia Dx11 cards look at 1000w.
  2. I know the 8400 isnt a great card for a system like this. I will upgrade the card when I can.

    Thanks for the input on the PSU. I'll go with the 1000 watt version. any recommendations on the brand?
  3. Antec, Seasonic, Crossair.
    I'm looking right now at a new build with the Silent Pro 1000M from Cooler Master.
  4. Ill definitly consider those.

    Another thing im curious is how well the mobo and ram will work
  5. Really to be sincere i don't know.
  6. np dude. the help with the PSU was good. Anyone else know if the Mother board and RAM are a good match?
  7. Well i think it should work fine but talk to the People like Madadmiral, etc. for help.
  8. 1. For a little more money get this board with both SLI and CrossFire: http://bit.ly/9lvhI http://bit.ly/5wDcCJ
    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    $210
    This way, you can decide on ATI CrossFire vs nVidia SLI when getting a proper GPU.

    2. The XMS is pretty good RAM and should work fine.

    3. Imo, the 950 is a waste, get the 930 and OC and save a bunch of money.

    4. As for PSU, can't beat the Corsair HX1000.
    Note: You only need a 1kW PSU if you plan to get 2x GTX480s.
  9. Nice suggestions. I'm going to probably stick with the SLI though if I could choose. I always was comfortable with Nvidia (no offense to ATI supporters)

    I'm not doubting anyone's knowledge on the processor but what is it about the 950 that's turning people away other than price?

    Also, is the heatsink I suggested a decent one for the processor? I noticed that it doesnt have a fan, should I get one that has a fan or that doesnt matter?
  10. Quote:
    I'm not doubting anyone's knowledge on the processor but what is it about the 950 that's turning people away other than price?

    Nothing. It's just that it's too much money for the speed increase.

    Quote:
    Also, is the heatsink I suggested a decent one for the processor? I noticed that it doesnt have a fan, should I get one that has a fan or that doesnt matter?

    Megahalems is one of THE top air coolers out right now.
  11. FWIW corsair's RMA is pretty hassle free. It's not the fastest, but it's pretty low stress. I will buy corsair again in the future. And the XMS is awesome. It's what I have
  12. Alrighty, I'm going to stick with the board and RAM then I originally picked. Now for the power supply:

    I'm thinking either this:
    Antec TPQ-1200 1200W
    (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371032)

    This:
    Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W
    (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188)

    this:
    COOLER MASTER UCP RSB00-AAAAA3 1100W
    (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171034)

    or this:
    COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W
    (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171049&cm_re=silent_pro-_-17-171-049-_-Product)
  13. Yeah the Antec will be good just don't go with Rosewill or an other cheap brand.
  14. Cool ill do the antec then. Well looks like im almost ready to go with this then. I jus wanna verify one more thing, is getting the fanless heatsink good? Or should i get one with a fan?
  15. I would go with a fan.
  16. ^ Agreed. There are currently no fanless solutions that can cool an i7.
  17. Alrighty so ill change the heat sink. Any recommendations as far as brands and material?
  18. Quote:
    Any recommendations as far as brands and material?

    For?
  19. The heatsink. I wanna find out what type of material Of heatsink would be best for an i7-950

    ok i checked aroind newegg again and came across this:

    BXSTS100A. This a good choice?

    Im also looking at some video cards for later. Which of these would be a preferred choice:

    EVGA 01g-p3-n981-tr Geforce 9800 GT 1gb

    or:

    EVGA 01g-p3-n972-tr Geforce 9800 GT 1gb

    I think after these two i should be ready to buildin n my system
  20. Are you still really seriously thinking about the i7-950? You can certainly buy it if you want to, but for most purposes, it's not a wise use of your money.

    You appear to have chosen the stock cooler, which probably doesn't get you much.

    If you've got money to burn, go to http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm and pick whatever suits your needs (high cool vs. quiet) and make sure that it fits socket 1366. Alternatively, simply get a Hyper 212 Plus, a very good cost/performance model.

    The 9800s are a little outdated. I'd suggest reading THG Best Graphics Cards for the Money, March 2010 and picking whatever best fits your resolution & price range. I'd guess an ATI 5770 1 GB, but maybe something else fits better.
  21. ^Agreed. +1 for the Hyper 212+.
  22. Viro said:
    The heatsink. I wanna find out what type of material Of heatsink would be best for an i7-950

    ok i checked aroind newegg again and came across this:

    BXSTS100A. This a good choice?

    Im also looking at some video cards for later. Which of these would be a preferred choice:

    EVGA 01g-p3-n981-tr Geforce 9800 GT 1gb

    or:

    EVGA 01g-p3-n972-tr Geforce 9800 GT 1gb

    I think after these two i should be ready to buildin n my system

    DO NOT get that heatsink. It's meant for 1-2U servers with Low voltage/TDP CPUs. If you look at the specs, the MAX TDP for that cooler is 80W, the i7 9x0 has a TDP of ~130W.

    As for the cards, the 9800s are ancient by today's standards (if I can calculate right, it's about 2 gens behind).
  23. So far this has been great input. I really appreciate all the suggestions that have been made.

    I ended up taking the advice on the heatsink and bought:
    Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-GP Hyper 212 Plus

    for the PSU I'll end up getting:
    Antec TPQ-1200 1200W

    Now after seeing how my choices in video cards was dated, I'll have to further research that. I'll put something here when I find something. Thank you all again so far in helping with this.
  24. Viro said:

    for the PSU I'll end up getting:
    Antec TPQ-1200 1200W


    Unless you plan on going with 3+ video cards, there's no way you need a 1200 W PSU. Determine what your graphics card requirements are before you settle on a power supply that is massive overkill for your uses.
  25. Heh. I think I may jus go with 2 for the SLI feature. Would one ofthe PSUs I put in earlier be good choices?
  26. Check out www.jonnyguru.com for power supply reviews. The ones you have listed seem ok, but if you're thinking of spending a lot of money on the system, you might want to consider getting an 80+ Silver or Gold certified PSU while you're at it.
  27. this is a good quick easy tool for figuring out how many watts you need for your PSU:

    educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html
  28. Well I was checking around my RAM choice and saw another possible choice:

    2 of these:

    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226121

    Should I consider this or stick with my first choice?
  29. *bump* So I guess the first choice will do then? heh
  30. The Mushkin Redline RAM is some of the best you can get. It's CAS 6, unfortunately you didn't list a link for the Corsair XMS. There are a number of different 6 GB Corsair XMS3 kits, all with varying CAS latency (the lower the better...6 is as good as it gets at DDR3 1600 MHz).
  31. ah sorry here's the link for the fist choice I made:

    CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235

    When I go back to look at this I notice that the Cas Latency is at 9 and it's a hexa-channel RAM.

    That's another thing that concerns me is the type of Channel it is. would this type of Hexa-Channel ram work with my board? if not I'm starting to lean toward the Mushkins more.
  32. Hexa-channel just means that it's going to fill up 6 slots. As long as it's multiples of 3 (which 6 is), you'll be fine. Any 2 quality 6 GB kits will do, or an actual 12 GB kit will be fine also.

    If cost is not an object, the Mushkin RAM is better. Typically, the sweet spot for price/performance on RAM is 1333 MHz or 1600 MHz CAS 7. Here is a good G.Skill PI series CAS 7 1600 MHz 6 GB kit. At $190 for 6 GB (with free shipping), that would be only $10 more than the Corsair kit, with much tighter timings. The G.Skill also runs at a lower voltage, which can help in overclocking or just use less power in general.

    G.Skill and Mushkin are both quality brands, I don't think you'd regret going with either of those. Feel free to buy Corsair if you like, they're also a very good brand, but I feel that they charge more just for their name.
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