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May 6, 2010 1:30:44 AM

Hello folks,

I posted a few days ago and got some great advice. I have a CTO buddy who is giving me RAM and a processor for free. He thought he had a MOBO for me too, but it turned out he didn't. I've narrowed everything down except the MOBO and the case, which I could use some help on.

Here's the free stuff:

Processor: Core i7-860
RAM: DDR3-1006 2G x 3
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Ultimate, 64 bit

The comp purpose will be for primarily gaming: SC2, Diablo 3, WoW, Crysis, whatever. I'm sure I'll do some video/photography editing and internet surfing too.

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GPU: ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
POWER: CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Heatsink/fan: Scythe SCSMZ-2000 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Monitor: Dell Refurbished ST2410 24-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor (Part # X175R) $179.00 5ms gtg resonse
DVD drive: HP Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA 24X Multiformat DVD Writer

As far as the case goes, I'd like something that has good cable management, good dust filtration, a power location on bottom, is quiet, has an eSATA connector on the front, has the ability to turn off LED's if there are any. A good value for my money, maybe around $100-120. Some suggestions I've had are the Antec 300 and 902 (concerned about some of the reviews of the 902), the P183 (which I like quite a bit though it's a bit boring), the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 (which I find appealing though I wonder if I can turn off the lights)

No ideas on the MOBO yet. I may be interested in some light overclocking if I can stay on air, though I doubt with this GPU and CPU, I'll need it for anything that is out there now. Integrated sound.

Purchase timeframe: 48 hours.

Thank you so much for your help.
May 6, 2010 2:20:54 AM

Answered you in other thread
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May 6, 2010 2:26:59 AM

Have you checked the reviews on the barracuda drive? I would check that..

Have you considered adding an SSD boot drive? They make quite a difference in overall system speed/ responsiveness.

The Antec 900 is good, the 902 has mixed reviews but is good as well. Most complaints seem to be about how they changed the 900! :D 

Coolermaster makes excellent cases too, I would look at some of them, CM stacker, storm scout, etc. Lian Li has a great rep, but I don't have any personal experience, or knowledge of that particular case.

Looks like a nice system. GL
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May 6, 2010 2:55:08 AM

I'd go with SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB for the HDD. Much better reviews, just as fast (or faster), and cheaper.

For the PSU, I recommend Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750w if you're going to crossfire, Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650w if you're not. Modular is irrelevant in a case with a bottom-mounted PSU.

For CPU Cooler, definitely go with Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Check out the MaximumPC review if you have doubts.

For a case, I recommend either the Cooler Master CM690 II Advanced or the Cooler Master HAF 922. Personally, I'm partial to the CM690 II, but other people like the HAF 922 better. Both cases have LED on/off switches and eSATA ports, but the HAF 922 doesn't have dust filters (the CM690 II does).

Mobo: I definitely recommend the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro P55. Full support for USB 3.0 and SATAIII without sacrificing Crossfire.

Hope this helps!
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May 6, 2010 2:55:54 AM

Any MOBO recommendation?
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May 7, 2010 6:27:22 AM

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May 7, 2010 6:43:56 AM

You've sold me on the Spinpoint, Corsair 750TX and Hyper 212+. I also checked out the CM690 ii Advanced reviews and I really like it as well.

How confident are you on your ASUS P7P55D-E Pro P55 recommendation?

I'm ready to order everything but wouldn't you know as I went to place my order they ran out of the graphics card I want: ASUS EAH5850 DIRECTCU/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Hopefully it will pop back up and I'll push the order button.

Does anyone have any reservations on purchasing this monitor if I can get it for about $160??:
Dell ST2410 24” Full HD Widescreen Monitor
DISPLAY
Panel Size:24"
Aspect RatioWidescreen (16:9)
Panel Type:TN – Twisted Nematic
Optimal Resolution:1920 x 1080 at 60Hz
Contrast Ratio:D ynamic Contrast Ratio 50000:1 (max)
Brightness:250 cd/m2 (typical)
Response Time:5ms
Viewing Angle(160 vertical / 160 horizontal)
Color Support:16.7 million colors
Pixel Pitch:0.277 mm
Display TypeAnti-glare
Device TypeFull HD Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor

Finally, good news, my buddy ended up supplying me with DDR3-1333 2G x 3 vs. the 1006 I thought I was getting. Get to pair it with an i7-860.
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May 7, 2010 7:58:25 PM

Fairly confident. If you want SATA III + USB 3.0 and still be able to Crossfire (which I assume is your eventual goal since you chose the 750w PSU), ASUS is about your only choice in the LGA 1156 platform. The reviews are (mostly) good. And about the best assurance I can give you is that I will be buying this mobo when I make the purchase for my own new system later today :) 
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May 7, 2010 9:27:18 PM

mithrandir726 said:
Fairly confident. If you want SATA III + USB 3.0 and still be able to Crossfire (which I assume is your eventual goal since you chose the 750w PSU), ASUS is about your only choice in the LGA 1156 platform. The reviews are (mostly) good. And about the best assurance I can give you is that I will be buying this mobo when I make the purchase for my own new system later today :) 



Cool, I think I'm comfortable with it. Having a terrible time finding the graphics card in stock I want...
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