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New $1200-1750 Development + Starcraft 2 Rig

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June 15, 2010 1:45:44 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Between now and Sept.

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-1750 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Development (Very High CPU Usage, VS2010, Photoshop), Multitasking, Gaming (Starcraft 2, Diablo 3), Web Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS (Windows 7 + Win XP Dual Boot)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, other suggestions welcome

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (Light) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (Future - want to be able to upgrade GFX as needed by dropping in another card)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2x 1680x1050, maybe a third higher resolution monitor 6 mos later (with add'l GFX card upgrade)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I hate waiting for my CPU bound tasks to complete.

Quieter is better. Want a nice case with easily accessible USB ports for camera, phone. A place to put them on the case would be nice.

I'd really like an SSD for Visual Studio + Windows 7

6GB memory min, could do 8GB with a i7-8xx, but 6 is enough


I've started with this build and have been modifying a bit...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-core-i7,2582.h...


ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664BN1337
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe a cheaper 1TB drive as a backup drive instead of the second WD Caviar?

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1,018.93

Possible add-ons:
2nd GFX card: $124.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Subtotal: $1,368.91

I need a case ($75-150) and a CPU cooler as well to add to this

Your advice? Thanks!
June 15, 2010 1:50:50 PM

Here's the detailed pricing:

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
$169.99 $169.99

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
$294.99 -$5.00 Instant $289.99

Crucial Ballistix 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model BL3KIT25664BN1337
$171.99 -$8.00 Instant $163.99

POWERCOLOR AX5750 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5750 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$134.99 -$10.00 Instant $249.98

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99 $159.98

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
$139.99 -$30.00 Instant $109.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
$299.99 -$75.00 Instant $224.99
Subtotal: $1,368.9
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June 15, 2010 1:55:47 PM

1. Do you know what CUDA is, does your development software benefit from it?

2. HD wise us Spinpoint F3's, 1tb drives. $70 each and better performance than the WD.

3. RAM You're better off with a G Skill PI kit CAS 7. $180 G SKill Trident's are even better if you're willing to tweak settings a bit.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. SSD wise, if you buy today, great deal on 120gb Vertex 2 $240 after MIR.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=20-227-...

5. You should get a USB 3/SATA 6 mobo. Go with the GA x58 UD3. $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. If you wanna game on multiple monitors, a 5750 won't be enough. You'll need at least a 5870 for 2 1680 x 1050 monitors.

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June 15, 2010 2:07:45 PM

1) Don't know what that is, looking it up...

2) Good idea

3) Can do

4) How does the Vertex compare to the X25?

5) Good idea

6) I'm considering a 5870, but I'll only be gaming on a single monitor - the second monitor would be for development only.

I'd only be gaming on one monitor - the second would be just used when developing
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June 15, 2010 2:09:11 PM

Nope, CUDA, while cool, won't help speed up my development.
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