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June 9, 2010 3:44:56 AM

Hello guys, I'm not new to the site but I'm new to this site's forum
A month from now, I'll be building a desktop but I need to hear opinions & suggestions
since I'm pretty much new to building a desktop. I'll be using the desktop for multi-media tasking
such as video editing and photo editing as well for gaming (games like Left 4 Dead, Crysis, Resident Evil 5)

Budget Range: $3000

Motherboard: Asus P6X58D-E ($340)

Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz ($270)

GPU: Powercolor HD5870 ($385x2)

Memory: G.Skill PI - G.Skill F3-12800 CL9T-6GBNQ 3x2GB ($180)

Hark Disk Drive: Samsung F3 Spinpoint (HD103SJ) ($80x2)

Optical Drive: Plextor PX-B940SA ($250)

Sound Card: Creative SB PCI Express X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro ($170)

Webcam: Logitech Webcam C905 ($80)

Power Supply Unit: Corsair HX850 ($170)

Casing: Antec Twelve Hundred ($200)

CPU Cooling: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme ($56)

Display: 22" Viewsonic VX2233WM Widescreen Full HD 1920x1080 ($180)

Speaker System: Altec Lansing VS3251 ($95)

Keyboards: Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard ($85)

any mouse will do fine

I'm also planning of adding two more monitors in the future for Eyefinity or a new 30" display

Is the power supply I'm going use sufficient or not? Can I overclock my rig to 3.2GHz without problems regarding power supply?

gonna go Blu-Ray combo drive to future proof system :D 

Thanks for the suggestions guys :D 
June 10, 2010 12:39:43 PM

Alrite mate, looks like your are gunning for a high end system

Few things i would change though, so u can get better performance/less cost etc.

MOBO GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The asus mobo is getting a bit old now, and the gigabyte overclocks better, has usb3 and sata 6 and costs less

RAM G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
To get the most out of an i7, you need triple channel ram, not dual channel like the other set

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The samsung drives are the bet you can buy atm, faster and way way quieter than the westerns' get two if you wanna raid them

PSU - XFX XXX 650w - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX XXX 750w - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1000w is way way too much, you only need it if you are gonna be running 3 gpus
650w is great for one ati 5870, and 750w is great if you are gonna crossfire them

SOUNDCARD - Completely unecessary unless you are doing pro audio recording etc. Onboard surround sound on the mobo is great

CPU COOLER - Scythe YASYA - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That coolermater V8 is getting a bit old now, much better coolers on the market
I've just got this one, and imo its scythes' best yet, really good for OC

CASE - The antecs are great, if you are going for a 900, get the 900II, as its the update, and it has dust filters
Another one to consider is the Coolermaster Haf 922 - $89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any of the PSUs from 650w up will give you no problems at all overclocking, easily be able to go over 4ghz

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June 10, 2010 8:49:58 PM

I checked some reviews. It seems likely XFXs PSUs are made by Seasonic and are equivalent to the Corsair HX (modular) series PSUs that Seasonic makes.

You might be able to save some money going with the Antec CPQ-850 in a combo deal with an Antec 1200. With the 902 you can probably find an Antec EA650 or TP 650 in a combo deal. Antec EA (earthwatts) and TP (True Power) are also built by Seasonic.
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June 10, 2010 8:53:19 PM

dndhatcher said:
I checked some reviews. It seems likely XFXs PSUs are made by Seasonic and are equivalent to the Corsair HX (modular) series PSUs that Seasonic makes.


Yes!!!!! i bought one for my rig after reading the reviews, its a shame not that many people know about them, cos they are sometimes cheaper than seasonics, strong, imo and great looking units!
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June 10, 2010 8:58:49 PM

Hereisphilly said:
they are sometimes cheaper than seasonics, [...] and great looking units!

Im not sure the green will go well with the blue Antec LEDs. An Antec TP-Blue might be a better match for looks and still get Seasonic quality.
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June 10, 2010 9:02:03 PM

I just loved the military gunmetal finish and rugged looks, looks great thru the side grille
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June 13, 2010 2:02:50 AM

Hereisphilly said:
Alrite mate, looks like your are gunning for a high end system

Few things i would change though, so u can get better performance/less cost etc.

MOBO GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The asus mobo is getting a bit old now, and the gigabyte overclocks better, has usb3 and sata 6 and costs less

RAM G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) - $164.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
To get the most out of an i7, you need triple channel ram, not dual channel like the other set

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB - $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The samsung drives are the bet you can buy atm, faster and way way quieter than the westerns' get two if you wanna raid them

PSU - XFX XXX 650w - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
XFX XXX 750w - $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1000w is way way too much, you only need it if you are gonna be running 3 gpus
650w is great for one ati 5870, and 750w is great if you are gonna crossfire them

SOUNDCARD - Completely unecessary unless you are doing pro audio recording etc. Onboard surround sound on the mobo is great

CPU COOLER - Scythe YASYA - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That coolermater V8 is getting a bit old now, much better coolers on the market
I've just got this one, and imo its scythes' best yet, really good for OC

CASE - The antecs are great, if you are going for a 900, get the 900II, as its the update, and it has dust filters
Another one to consider is the Coolermaster Haf 922 - $89.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any of the PSUs from 650w up will give you no problems at all overclocking, easily be able to go over 4ghz


Sorry for the late reply, anyway
yes, I am aiming out for a high end system build which I'll be using for heavy multi-media tasking as well
for maxing out my game's graphics (without the lag obviously, LOL)

about the PSU, I'm planning of getting a third GPU, might be an Nvidia GPU for dedicated PhyX or another HD5870 for Tri-Fire but two cards might be already enough to handle it down

MOBO - definitely going to get the Gigabyte one, I looked into several reviews and proves great performances as well being cheaper

RAM - Cheaper and better, will get this one as well

HDD - Took a look on the reviews on this one and gonna get two and Raid them

Sound Card - might still get one, I'm into discrete sounds

CPU Cooler - the Scythe has the same price but offers better cooling performances plus a cool design, going to get this one as well

Case - Antec 902, I just wonder, will two HD5870's fit perfectly without messing my other bays inside? if it fits perfectly, I will go for it
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June 13, 2010 8:10:34 AM

yeah they should fit just fine, on the gpu front, two 5870s will annihilate any game for a long long time, no need to go tri imo
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June 13, 2010 1:36:57 PM

Hereisphilly said:
yeah they should fit just fine, on the gpu front, two 5870s will annihilate any game for a long long time, no need to go tri imo



yup, agree that two HD5870's annihilates games, Crysis gets about 40+ FPS and other games are already ultimately playable with just a single card and even overkilled with CrossFire at 1920x1200 resolution
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5870,2422-13.html
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June 14, 2010 10:23:41 PM

With a pair of 5870s you will want to move the front fan/drive bay modules around so air gets blown from the front back to those two graphics cards. If you want to have a luxurious amount of room for adding additional HDDs you might want to move up to the Antec 1200. It is basically the same style but a bit taller and has 3 more drive slots (one extra fan/3 drive bay module.)
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