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[New System Build] Looking for some feedback ...

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May 15, 2010 5:20:37 PM

Building a new system ... got this setup right now. Anything I'm missing besides an optical drive? Thoughts on what kind of performance I could expect?

I have already have a Geforce GTX 260 ...

1 x Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
1 x 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
1 x Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
1 x CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
1 x GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
1 x Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
1 x Mushkin Enhanced Callisto MKNSSDCL120GB 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
1 x CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
1 x Scythe S-FLEX SFF21E 120mm Case Fan


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May 16, 2010 12:23:09 AM

Looks very nice! It should perform very well. If it's a gaming build, the weakest link is going to be the GPU. If it was my build, I would drop the Dominators for standard 1333/1600MHz CL7 and use the money to get this PSU instead, although yours is fine.
May 16, 2010 12:47:09 AM

Thanks for the reply man! Hmm, should I really consider changing the power supply to the one you linked or is it just a preference thing? I'll be playing at 1680 x 1050 for now, so I figured my current GPU would be ok.
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May 16, 2010 12:55:52 AM

Yes, Dominators are fine, they are just overpriced.
May 16, 2010 12:58:04 AM

Hmm, are G. Skill ok as a replacement?
May 16, 2010 12:58:22 AM

Any other recommendations or advice? I'm going to change my order now on Newegg for the other PSU. I may jack with some very small OC, but not too much. Are the dominator's ok?
May 16, 2010 1:06:47 AM

Thanks dude! Really, really appreciate all the posts. :) 
May 16, 2010 11:57:26 AM

Sorry to dig this back up to the top, but I had a question about memory speed/timings.

You suggested dropping to 1333MHz rated RAM with CL7. My understanding was higher speeds and a CL7 or CL8 would provide better performance for just a little extra money. Is that not correct?

Mushkin sells 1600MHz rated RAM at CL7 for $20 more. I'm just looking for a quick explanation on what an experienced system builder thinks about when considering his/her RAM options.

Thanks again!
May 16, 2010 9:21:54 PM

Yes, 1600MHz will be slightly faster if you keep CL7 or maybe CL8. My first priority is to make sure the latencies are low. Then I find a reasonably priced set at either 1333MHz or 1600MHz. If it's only a few dollars more for the 1600MHz kit, I pick it up. The higher frequency may help you a bit in overclocking as well.
May 16, 2010 10:23:10 PM

I love your build, the only thing I would change is the PSU