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I7 Build Gaming/Solidworks ($800-$1100): Have some parts already

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April 15, 2010 9:19:01 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM: Gaming, Rendering (Solidworks)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Monitor, OS, Speakers, Case, Processor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Radeon GPU (Single GPU for now, most likely a 5850. Will crossfire later)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Hey guys. Looking to finally update my 5 year old computer. I'm looking to do an i7 build, as I have the processor already during that Microcenter sale. Also have an Antec Nine Hundred Case, I got during a sale as well. I'm finally gonna pull the trigger and finish the build. I have been looking at 5850 for a single GPU for now, and will most likely crossfire later once programs start having higher requirements again. Therefore, I would like to get a PS that can be used later for Crossfire 5850's (I've been thinking about 750Wish).

Possible Mobo/Ram combo I was looking at:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Basically just looking for some feedback on that mobo/ram (or a better alternative), and thoughts on using single 5850 for now crossfire later in the future, and a possible PS to use.


Parts I have Already:
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Hyper N520 RR-920-N520-GP CPU Fan For Intel LGA1366 & AMD AM2+
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-N520&title=Cool...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



April 15, 2010 10:54:11 PM

Board: ASUS P6T SE

RAM: GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600

HDD: Samsung F3 500GB or 1TB

GPU: 5850 or 5870
(Note, speaking from experience, the ATI drivers kind of $uck for CAD work imo, IIRC there is a huge hit on 2D performance hit for CAD with current ATI drivers)

PSU: Corsair 750TX or better/similar

edit:
@OP: YOU CAN NOT RUN A i7 930 on a P55 LGA1156 MOTHERBOARD linked in your OP: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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April 15, 2010 11:41:40 PM

Do you think it would be worth spending a little more for better RAM/mobo. Or do both of those that you recommended have some staying power? I would ideally like to build a system that has some staying power for a while.'

Thanks for the advice.
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April 16, 2010 12:02:54 AM

Quote:
Or do both of those that you recommended have some staying power? I would ideally like to build a system that has some staying power for a while.'

Yes and yes. The P6T SE can do CrossFire (but no SLI). The i7 930 + P6T SE will last you quite a while.
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April 16, 2010 6:47:11 AM

Would be interested in anyone answering the question really.
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April 16, 2010 7:35:06 AM

PremonitionGT said:
Would be interested in anyone answering the question really.


because gskill is like $50 cheaper?
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April 16, 2010 2:10:09 PM

^Yup. The GSkill Ripjaws are excellent RAM for the money. Quite a lot of people, including top OCers use them. Imo, the Dominators are over priced esp. for a build where there won't be any insane OCing.
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April 17, 2010 1:45:15 PM

I'm personally not a fan of the P6T series. I would think about getting the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R. It's a fairly cheap LGA1366 board, has SLI support, and has USB 3/SATA III ports.

I'm going to echo the G.Skill sentiments as well. It may be worth the extra $10 to get the CAS Latency 7 sticks though (the Pi Series).

For the PSU, I would get a 750W model from any of the following: Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic, and Silverstone. I believe that right now the Antec Earthwatts is the cheapest at $85 after rebate, followed by the Corsair at $90 after rebate.

Finally, I would definitely think about getting a nVidia card, especially if the rendering is important to you. nVidia cards are a little more expensive than ATI cards that perform similarly in game, but that premium may be worth it help with your other activities. I would at least consider the GTX 470.

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