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Please review my part list for 980x build

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June 18, 2010 1:58:23 AM

I've never built my own pc before, but there is a good chance that I'm going to give it a shot. It's either that or buy an Origin Genesis. I save ~$1K building myself. Anyway, I was wondering if you could review my part list just to make sure everything is cool compatibility wise. Also open to any suggestions you may have.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ASUS Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80613I7980X

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

ZOTAC AMP! ZT-40102-10P GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G

TOTAL : $3123.00
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June 18, 2010 3:15:00 AM

1) No OS and DVD or BD drive listed... Don't forget them

2) Why do you need 12GB of RAM and the i7 980x?? You don't list your uses, so you could just be spending money to spend money with no real performance increases.

3) Go with the either the Intel X25-M G2 80GB or OCZ Vertex / Agility 2 120GB SSD instead. They are better all around SSD.

4) I would rather see you go with the Corsair CMPSU-850HX over the 950TX.

5) You don't list monitor resolution so can't verify the GTX 480 is worth it or should you get less.
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June 18, 2010 4:23:48 AM

i thought i read somewhere that the crucial ssd was the fastest available. It is also a SATA 6 drive. I play poker professionally, and that is what i'll primarily use the machine for (however, i have a degree in computer science, so i'll def be doing some software development as well). The entire system is overkill for sure, but i've been waiting a long time to do it, and i'm sort of a geek, so technology excites me :) 

i currently have a dual monitor set up - a 24in and a 22in. the 24 inch resolution is 1900x1200, the other is 1680x1250. the 24 inch will prob be upgraded to a 30in in the near future.

also, as i mentioned, I was initially going to buy from Origin. A newer company, but thus far their machines have received glowing reviews. Any thoughts on going this route?
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June 18, 2010 6:59:47 AM

Building yourself is still the route to take, so stick with it!! :D 

The OCZ are the overall fastest SSD drives out with the Intel still being the best all around (speed, reliablitiy, etc). I would switch to the OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD, myself.

I would look to drop your motherboard down to the ASUS P6X58D-E, you don't need all of the "bells|extras" of the Rampage III.

I would look to switch your GPU to an ATI HD 5870 instead (XFX or Sapphire). They are very similar in performance but with better multi-monitor support, cheaper, less heat and power consumption.

Going with an ATI card instead, you won't need as much power so you can get away with the Corsair CMPSU-750HX/TX model and at max need get the CMPSU-850HX/TX model.
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