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[New System Build] One step at a time

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May 3, 2010 3:33:57 AM

I have a dilema and I need some advice on which route to take. Do I upgrade my GPU's or upgrade other components then GPU's in about 8 months when I have the money again.

My current system:

Coolermaster Stacker 831SE
Thermaltake Toughpower 850w PSU
EVGA Nforce 680i mainboard
Intel e6600 core 2 duo
4 gig of some ram that I can't remember. Believe it to be GSkill 2x2gb
ASUS 8800GTX 768mb X 2 (SLI)
Auzentech Xplosion 7.1
LiteOn LH20A1L CD / DVD
3.5" floppy with card reader

So what I had thought about doing was going ahead and upgrading everything BUT the video cards, case, and PSU and then around X-mas going with something close to the latest and greatest GPU setup. I'd also probably be upgrading PSU at that time as this one only has 30A on 12v rail.

So in keeping with the sticky format:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 3 weeks BUDGET RANGE: under 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, AutoCad, Photoshop, Office, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Case, PSU, CD drive, Floppy drive

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Indifferent to AMD / Intel / Nvidia / ATI

OVERCLOCKING: When the system starts to show signs of it's age SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none



Here's what I'm looking at buying:


G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) X 2 for a total of 12GB of RAM (so 6 sticks total)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Some explanation is required. I choose the ASUS MicroATX for a couple reasons. One being it's $100 less than a comparable board (that I could find) and the second being with the audio chip the board uses I wouldn't have the need for my Auzentech anymore so there is no need for the additional PCI slots.




So that's what I'm faced with and I leave it to you to help me choose the right path to take.

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May 4, 2010 12:15:44 AM

^+1. Looks like a nice build.
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May 4, 2010 12:53:33 AM

I gotta echo the ASUS P6X58D-E MoBo .... that board is "the steal" at the moment....which is why it's sold out.

I'd shy away from the RAM w/ tall heat spreaders as these often conflict with CPU heat sinks.....maybe not the one you have chosen but your next one. These are $10 more but low profile and slightly faster (7-8-7-20 versus 7-8-7-24)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Given the AutoCAD and Photoshop Usage, I'd definitely recommend an nVidia 470 when you upgrade ....save one of the 8800's as a dedicated PhysX card....add another 470 in SLI later on which a decent 850 watt PSU will easily handle.

As for the Heat Sink.....the reviews are getting more and more consistent.

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

In the < $50 range, I'd have to go along with the guys above and go with the Mugen

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 4, 2010 2:45:16 PM

Thank you guys for the great info and speedy replies. Now the waiting game starts until I have the money.
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