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May 6, 2010 2:34:07 AM

So I am looking into building my second computer and have decided on some of these parts. the computer will be used for rendering, autoCAD, Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, lots of file conversions and such... Also gaming of course.

I will be attempting to OC the i7 to 4GHz

Let me know what you think.



Case: CM Storm Sniper Bought for $109 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194&cm_re=storm_sniper-_-11-119-194-_-Product

CPU: Intel i7 930 Bought for $199 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

Noctura NH-D14 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VKVZ1A/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=1G5ANBDKYMA0SMRCZXTC&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846

Ram: G-skill 1600 (3) 2gig http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

GPU: Want the Sapphire Vapor 5850 but can't find it in stock or its too much when found. Also looking at Asus eah5850 TOP which is $311 at TD with bing. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121375&cm_re=asus_eah5850-_-14-121-375-_-Product

HDD: 750gig WD black sata ( want to get 2 for RAID 0 at a future point)

Mobo: Cant decide between the gigabyte x58a-ud3r, p6x58d-e, or p6x58d premium.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423&cm_re=gigabyte_motherboard-_-13-128-423-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614&Tpk=p6x58d

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641

I have read alot of reviews and it seems the ud3r has some issues with buzzing or some kind of noise. The p6x58d-e is nice but cant find a whole lot of info. The premium just seems like it might be overkill. But between the 3 is only a $63 difference (with bing)


PSU: I have decided on Corsair but cant decide if I should get a 650 or 750. What do you guys think. I might crossfire in the future when he cards come down in price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

Dvd burner

Windows 7 OEM for $100

My budget is around 1300 and I am coming right in that area.


Please help me choose on these components.

Thanks for the help,
Michael

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May 6, 2010 3:08:19 AM

Heat Sink: The Noctua is a 9th place finisher here:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
Go for the cheaper Megahalems which beats it by 5C

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...

RAM - GSkills are always the cheapest....but CAS 9 for $170 ?

I'd spend $200 and get these low profile modules w/ 7-7-7-24 timings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Given your program usage, I'd rethink your card choice....ATI not often a choice of AutoDesk and Adobe users. ATI doesn't support CS5's features and ATI has always been a poor performer in 2D drafting. Drivers up thru 10.3 were particularly horrendus.

Asus ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5 GTX 470 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

The P6X58D-E is the way to go unless you are gonna spring for the Rampage II Extreme

If you are going to stick forever with one GFX card a Corsair 650TX or Antec 650 is fine....though if shooting for 4+ GHz, I'd want something better and would get one of these

Antec Signature 650W
Seasonic X-650 650W
Corsair HX650

I would highly recommend that you build for a future GFX upgrade to SLI / Xfire and get an 850 watter:

Antec SG-850
Antec CP-850 (would require case swap)
XFX 850W Black Edition
Corsair HX850 850W
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