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April 30, 2010 11:44:05 PM

I hope I am following protocol. I want to know if the parts listed will all work together.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $3400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, video processing, mathematical animations

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (e.g.: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS) I do not need an OS, keyboard, mouse, or speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: am going to use Intel processors and hopefully name brand everything else

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, give or take.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will all the parts listed below work with each other??

I think these parts will all be compatible with each other but I'm starting this thread so that a generous soul can take a couple of minutes to tell me if these parts will all work with each other, and possibly to give recommendations.

I'm concerned about some subtlety messing me up, like the mobo below says 20+4 pin and the power supply is 24 pin. Another concern is with the video connectors..it seems that the video card linked to below only has DVI outputs but the picture of the video card at newegg shows an adapter that looks like it will make it compatible with the monitor.

Looking for little things like that that might prove problematic as well as any gross oversights on my part.


Chassis
LIAN LI PC-P80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



power supply
Antec CP-1000 1000W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Processor
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Mobo
ASUS P6X58D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Video Card
SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




monitor
DELL ST2410 24"
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/pr...




Memory
TWO CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 kits
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(12GB total ram)




SSD
Corsair P128
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For the OS an essential programs (eg games)




2.5" to 3.5" SSD mounting kit
ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Hdd
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(For additional storage only)



Sound
will use on board motherboard sound



Optical drive
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




Wireless networking
ASUS USB-N10 IEEE 802.11b/g/n
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...






Any insights, thoughts, comments, are appreciated.

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April 30, 2010 11:57:46 PM

Change your harddrive. Hitachi makes Deathstars, not Deskstars. High failure rate.

Look at a Samsung or a Western Digital. Some people say Seagate 7200.12 are good, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the 7200.11 crapola.
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May 1, 2010 12:48:02 AM

Thanks for the replies.

cmcghee358 said:
Change your harddrive. Hitachi makes Deathstars, not Deskstars. High failure rate.

Look at a Samsung or a Western Digital. Some people say Seagate 7200.12 are good, but I still have a bad taste in my mouth from the 7200.11 crapola.


Valuable info, thanks. Didn't know that about hitachi.

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


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And Samsungs mean the new F3s, not the F1s or 2s.

Seems like serious overkill for that puny monitor, unless youre getting 2, but that monitor is still oh-so-average, get this: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/pr... and a 5870.

100W is way too much for your build also, 700-850 should be more than enough.


That is a nice display. Thanks for the suggestion.

How about this 5870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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



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May 1, 2010 2:20:51 AM

Mister Sinister said:
Thanks for the replies.



Valuable info, thanks. Didn't know that about hitachi.

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




That is a nice display. Thanks for the suggestion.

How about this 5870:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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


Western Digital is a little slower (like 1ms slower) than the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB, but I have always enjoyed Western Digitals reliability. And they have a beastly awesome Warranty
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May 1, 2010 5:49:00 AM

143miah said:
Get these sticks of RAM instead. Lower timings and 40 dollars cheaper per set.

G. Skill PI Series 3x2GB CAS 7. You can combo one set with your Mobo and just buy another set.

HUGE savings with this combo.

Lian Li + i7 930

About $200 dollars saved altogether right there.


You just saved me from wasting about $300. Wow.

I'm really fortunate to be here!

Thanks -everyone-!

Any ideas for how to blow about $200 more?
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May 1, 2010 6:14:33 AM

Get a nice Intel SSD instead of Corsair. imo
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May 1, 2010 6:54:38 AM

Mister Sinister said:
You just saved me from wasting about $300. Wow.

I'm really fortunate to be here!

Thanks -everyone-!

Any ideas for how to blow about $200 more?


You could save over a $100 more by getting a HAF 932 or Antec 1200, lol. Read great things about them. I actually plan on getting a 1200 in the near future.

I'd go with cmcghee, get a better SSD. Or another monitor for eyefinity to use that 5970 to its full potential.

Could get two of these 23" ASUS monitors.
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May 1, 2010 7:28:20 AM

I have an Antec 1200, nice case. :) 
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May 1, 2010 8:23:01 AM

Very promising.

Dumb question I know but does the PSU with the 1200 have the right number of pins for the asus motherboard? It's not listing that in the specs for the 1200.

Definitely love the price of the 1200, and it seems better for me anyway.

I will look into the Intel ssds.


Thanks everyone!
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May 1, 2010 8:28:14 AM

Yeah it will. Will come with a 20+4 connector to accomodate a 20 or 24 pin board.
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May 1, 2010 9:15:30 AM

With that budget and those specs, do yourself a favour and get a bigger monitor. You want no less than 1920 x 1080, but with a 5970 and all that power and you building this for gaming? Get something bigger and better otherwise your card is being wasted, if needs be I would even downgrade to a 5870 in order to get a bigger monitor because even a 5870 is wasted on a standard HD resolution
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May 1, 2010 9:40:07 AM

Thanks.

How big a monitor appropriate for the 5970?
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May 1, 2010 9:43:13 AM

As big as you would enjoy :D 
Sadly my budget comps peak with a 24 inch monitor, but with that power if you have the money you could go with anything between 27-32 (probably more) easily depending on preference (some people don't like too big a monitor). It really is picking what you can afford and enjoy rather than limitations of system
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May 1, 2010 7:39:31 PM

Would it be a good idea to get two 64GB SSD's and set up a RAID?
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May 2, 2010 4:28:27 PM

Looking at SSDs.

Currently, my C drive has about 65 GB on it so I need at least that capacity in an SSD. I'm thinking 80GB or 128GB or so.

My budget for the SSD is $400, though if there's a really great drive for $500, I could do that.

Of course I'm looking for speed as well as data security/reliability. I found a benchmark of various drives (including hdds) here:

I found this article which might prove useful
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=911&type=expert&pi...

I know an SLC drive is faster but I might have to settle for an MLC given my budget and minimum capacity is at least 80GB (to allow room for virtual memory).

What would you all recommend for an SSD in the $400 range? Or if you name brands I can trust, like Intel was mentioned. Is OCZ reputable? How about Corsair?

Newegg gives speeds of SSDs in terms of sequential reading and writing but I'm guessing that is a theoretical limit and not a real-world number.

Right now, I considering these:
OCZ Vertex 2 $409
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OCZ Vertex LE $359
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair $325
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel (the ones under $500 with capacity of >80GB )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...


According to this article, the Vertex LE has a good read speed:
http://www.pcper.com/article.php?aid=911&type=expert&pi...

Since my objective is faster OS and program loading times, read speed is a priority over write speed, correct?


To cut to the chase...which SSD drive is best for around $400?
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May 3, 2010 12:54:14 AM

Virtual Memory will go on another drive, not your SSD. To learn more, google Windows 7 SSD tweaks. There is alot of stuff you do to keep your SSD trim.
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