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April 23, 2010 7:06:46 PM

My last build was over 7yrs ago and it is now time to put it out to pasture. I have tried spec a solid machine with a lifespan that should last me for years to come. Thanks for all the advice in advance!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
Within the next week

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Watching movies, surfing net, gaming (SCII and DiabloIII when they eventually come out)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: I will be getting an Intel i7-930 from Microcenter, no other preferences

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not Now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 now, [want min. 1920x1080, 1920x1200]

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I will be doing very limited OCing and want a quiet running rig. I want to upgrade my monitor (outside of above budget) but have not included any, suggestions would be great.

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Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $168.98

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V version 2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $115.98

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99

XFX HD585XZAFC Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $314.99
Would prefer newegg, but Lifetime/Lifetime warrenty too good to pass up.

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.95
This is the OS drive.

Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99
This will be the data storage drive.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.55

Samsung 24x DVD Burner – Bulk OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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I7-930 (Microcenter): $199

Total: $1,537.40

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April 23, 2010 7:26:36 PM

I think everything is lookin good but if i were you i would up your hard drive to the 7200 rpm version... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... . Also when you are gaming or maybe even watching movies that video card will be more audible than the rest of your system but i assume your already your aware of this. Under regular use tho you can just set the fan speed to whatever you want in ccc so that wont be a problem
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April 23, 2010 8:35:47 PM

Not to rain on the parade, but the SSD's are starting to stack up dead in a lot of places, I know they are awesome drives for speed and transfer rate, but I did some research and did not like what I found. I wanted one for the longest time before I found what I did.
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April 23, 2010 9:13:25 PM

One thing that has come to mind...should I get a lower wattage power supply for this build? Would it make more sense to get the 650W?

Also newegg just listed this for video card...

SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gotta love a $25 promo code.
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April 23, 2010 9:52:50 PM

paganman5000 said:
Not to rain on the parade, but the SSD's are starting to stack up dead in a lot of places, I know they are awesome drives for speed and transfer rate, but I did some research and did not like what I found. I wanted one for the longest time before I found what I did.


Do you have links to any articles with more information?
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April 23, 2010 9:58:57 PM

$220 Antec P183 and CP-850 $220 ....justs aved ya $66 and got ya a far better PSU :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$240 ASUS P6X58D-E Justs pent $40 of the above savings for a better board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or buy with the w/ Intel i7-930 for $515
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I don't like the tall heat sinks fitting under a 3rd party Heatsink $10 more for slightly better timings
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll spend another $15 for a 7200 rpm HD
$85 Seagate 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So for the same price, ya got a better PSU, better MoBo, slightly faster memory and a faster HD.
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April 23, 2010 10:53:12 PM

UPDATED LIST

Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case – Retail
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Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $219.30


ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99

XFX HD585XZAFC Radeon HD 5850 Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... $314.99
Going to keep an eye on Newegg for a few days....would love that sapphire card for $289.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.95
This is the OS drive.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 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... $99.99
This will be the data storage drive.

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $42.55

Samsung 24x DVD Burner – Bulk OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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I7-930 (Microcenter): $199

Total: $1,580.18
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April 24, 2010 5:06:09 AM

You honestly don't need an 850W power supply to run that hardware...even 600W would be fine with a mild overclock. You could probably find a cheaper combo (sorry I can't find you one right now)

I don't necessarily agree with getting a WD Black just for a data drive...the WD Greens would serve you fine if all you're doing is storing movies/pictures etc. You're probably going to be able to fit Win7/Applications on your SSD anyways (optimized Win7 takes about 30-40GB including updates). Probably better to swap it out for a 1.5TB green.



http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other than that...looks good. Sick case.
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April 24, 2010 5:30:23 AM

Better case: - cheaper and free shipping

http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-High-Tower-Black/dp...

MUCH Better PSU: 169.99 and also cheaper.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better RAM: - USE bing Cashback for 10% off and then a $20 MIR.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Comparable DVD Burner - 3% BCB and 10% code from newegg - free shipping too - $19.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?nm_mc=AFC-Sl... - Code BHDAPR21

Hope this helps!
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April 24, 2010 6:46:20 AM

I was mistaken, the case/PSU i mentioned was NOT cheaper, I apologize for the mis-information. Also, the case no longer has free shipping.
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