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July 16, 2010 5:16:28 AM

Hello everyone, straight off I would like to thank the community as I have been pouring through the forums and articles for a week now and have learned so much, so thanks.
I have selected most of the parts based on the builds from the forum so I hope it looks good.
What makes this build unique will be my case (antique radio – more info below) and I’m hoping to back up my growing vinyl collection.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 week
BUDGET RANGE: approx. $1600-1700 Canadian after Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: MS Office [Excel – Regression Analysis, simulations], recording vinyl, surfing the internet, watching movies, light gaming- Starcraft II

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
OS-Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
2X Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive – RAID 0
Case – See “Additional Comments”

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca, bestdirect.ca - Flexible
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: What ever works best

OVERCLOCKING: likely in the future for fun
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
I should note that the case I will be using is going to be an old vintage tombstone radio which I will be customizing. Here is a link of a photo:
Victor Radio Model 122
Because of this I will have some heat and acoustic vibration concerns to keep in mind. I will need cooling fans and quieter parts if possible.

CPU
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 - $298
Intel Core i7 930

Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $250
ASUS P6X58D-E

RAM
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - 181
G.Skill PI Series 6GB

GPU
SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - $182
Radeon HD 5770

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $109
Corsair SMPSU 750TX

Sound Card
Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Sound Card - $187
Asus Xonar Essence STX PCIe Sound Card

Heat Sink
Thermaltake SpinQ CPU Cooler - $70
SpinQ

Monitor
NEC Display Solutions EA231WMI-BK Black 23" 14ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - $330
EA231WMi

Optical
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $24
DVD Drive


The total comes in at around $1630 Canadian before rebates.
I know the Heat sink is most likely a terrible pick but it just looked so cool.

Questions:
1) I’m most interested in the compatibility of the components
a. Will the PSU handle everything?
b. Do I have room for my sound card?
c. Any obvious mistakes?
2) Do I even stand a chance at getting this thing in the radio case (inside dimensions are 16L X 12W X 8.5 inches). I will be performing several customizations and would love to get some recommendations and feedback.

Thanks for all your help.

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July 16, 2010 6:06:42 AM

^ First and foremost, I would suggest the i5 750 or i7 860 instead of the i7 930...
Reason - Heat and power...

PSU - A Modular PSU for sure...

Monitor - Did you check out the new Dell Ultrasharp U2311H ?
http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/Displays/produ...

As for the questions...

1) Parts are compatible, but do take into considerations the CPUs that I have listed...
a. PSU is a very good one, but like I said, a modular one is better...
b. Why do you need sound card ?? Onboard sound these days perform very good...
c. No obvious mistakes but for a small enclosure like that one, going with low power parts is better suited...

2) Would need a lot of planning and creativity from your side to fit Full sized parts in that enclosure...
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July 16, 2010 2:35:06 PM

Thanks for the reply Gkay,

I hadn't put much thought into either the i5 750 or the i7 860, I will take a look. Would the heat and power difference be significant between those CPU's and the i7-930, or could a couple more fans keep everything cool?

I will have to research a modular PSU.

I did look at the Dell U2311H and I'm still debating it. The one issue I had was on this site comparing the "Playback: 1080 source"
Digitalversus.com

I really like the sound card, it has a Burr-Brown digital audio converter (DAC) in it that will produce a much more full sound through my stereo system. It should also allow my vinyl to record from analogue to digital more cleanly.

And yes it will definitely require an abundance of creativity but I have been dreaming about it and I'm sure I can make it work.
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July 16, 2010 2:51:44 PM

Yes, a modular PSU is the way to go. It will save clutter and increase airflow. Thanks Gkay.
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July 17, 2010 12:23:36 PM

^ Here are some suggestions for the parts...

CPU - Like I said either the i5 or the i7 860
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Mobo - Now you would have to choose the one based on the internal size of that enclosure...
If it fits standard ATX, then
- With Crossfire support
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
- NO Crossfire
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

If mATX( But you will loose some feature though...(Again you could only go with a single graphics if you will be using a sound card...)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM
GSKillz ECO
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU - For Crossfire(HD 5770)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
NO Crossfire
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
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July 17, 2010 5:35:26 PM

2148182,5,342153 said:
^ Here are some suggestions for the parts...

CPU - Like I said either the i5 or the i7 860
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I like the i7 860 but my one concern is the LGA 1156 Socket will be outdated in 2-3 years when it becomes time to upgrade.
What do you think?

I took took an old ATX motherboard I have and it will fit into the radio so I will opt for the crossfire capable motherboard you selected.

PSU - For Crossfire(HD 5770)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The link didn't work for me, I had to type the model number in based on the url. So to be sure the psu we are talking about is the

SeaSonic M12II 620 Bronze 620W

Thanks again for your help.
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July 19, 2010 4:19:58 AM

^As for your concern about the socket, even LGA 1366 would be replaced in a year with a new socket...
But the LGA 1366 would get 6-Cores though...
Like I said, heat would be a main concern here...If that enclosure will be able to handle it, then its fine with i7 930...
And a little more powerful PSU if you want,...
XFX 650W
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit...|17-207-007^17-207-007-TS,17-207-002^17-207-002-TS
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July 19, 2010 2:48:30 PM

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