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July 19, 2010 5:42:21 AM

My computer will be used for: in order from MOST to LEAST importance... Everyday use(ITunes, web browsing, Microsoft office etc) I want my apps to open quickly. Next.. Programming, AutoCAD,
NOTE: I don’t game at all. games will never be played on this PC. Also I don’t need anything TOO extreme. I am just a college student. imp not running my business off this machine but I would like to have this machine last 4-5 years
I already have: a 2TB WD external drive. and windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 $289.99

RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI $169.99

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler $49.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $154.99

Optical ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM $23.99

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $109.99

Hard drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99

SSD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 79.95 free shipping

* I need a 2.5" to 3.5" converter for my SSD. any thoughts?
July 19, 2010 5:44:04 AM

i have 300 extra dollars to spend if its worth it? maybe i should get a cool fan controller?
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July 19, 2010 6:26:36 AM

with those $300 I would bump that graphic card to a 5870 or 5850 and if I were you I would sign up with amazon and pay for a prime membership for $80 which would get you free 2 day shipping on most if not all orders for a year

those $80 would be less than the taxes you be paying for that on new egg and faster shipping
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July 19, 2010 6:26:50 AM

Hey bud,

If you have a Microcenter nearby, the i7-930 is only $199 pick up in store.

You may want to consider the Scythe cooler:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's $35, and it's better than the Hyper 212.

Also, are you planning to overclock? If not, your stock fan will be just fine.

I would double check your RAM to find out the height to make sure the cooler will clear it, if you decide on the much better Scythe cooler.

Another RAM choice would be:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I called Corsair to make sure my NH-D14 would clear them, and if I remember correctly they were 30mm in height.

You also don't need a 750w PSU - 650w will suffice just fine. $89.99 + $10 rebate.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could use a much better graphics card - since u'll be working with AutoCad, the GTX 460 768 MB is only $199.

The 5850 or 5870 are overkill for your needs, since u're not even going to be gaming, the GTX 460 will be beneficial in some software environments.

This is a great burner - same price
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I looked for some combos for you, here's an i7 + UD3R combo - $15 savings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Here's another combo - PSU 650W + Samsung f3 = $20 savings
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That's a $50 savings with the i7 + UD3R + PSU + F3 + Scythe cooler which you can use towards your GTX 460, and still be at the same exact same price you are at now. ;) 

Side Note: Newegg ships FAST - usually within a couple days - make sure you order everything at once, so it gets sent under 1 shipping order. Will save you lots on shipping costs. There's no need to pay $80 for Amazon's faster shipping, when Newegg's shipping is pretty fast.

Also, here's a tip, to speed up how fast your order gets processed, after you have made your purchase, go on their live chat, select the order status department, give them your order # and simply ask the support reps if everything went through ok, and to please expedite the order to right department, this will get your order approved and charged faster, and shipped out same or next day.

The only thing that I would consider changing is your SSD drive - the OS will take about 20 GB, and you want to have at least 10-20% free, so that doesn't leave you much room to play with. You'll want to have some apps that you most often load from the SSD drive. ( My photoshop loads in 2 seconds, and Premiere Pro loads in about 3-4 seconds ) to give you an idea. :) 

Consider the 80GB version instead as part of the $300 you have to play with

This is the x25m OEM version, no fancy packaging or cables, which your mobo comes with. - $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Everything else looks good.
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July 19, 2010 8:30:02 AM

Hey thanks so much for all the advice. I built the same rig as before on ibuypower and for $200 more they will build it and test it. It also has free shipping and 3 yr warranty with lifetime technical support. Some things I wish I could get. (samsong spinpoint) aren't there. It would be really helpful if you quickly rigged together the closest machine to what you think is best as possible. 1700$ budget give or take. If I need to cut costs where can I downgrade with the least effect on performance. Also on ibuypower the p6x58 is only 10$ more I believe. I noticed that's the board you have so idk if u suggest it over the ud3r. Thank you so much I really appreciate it
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July 19, 2010 8:37:12 AM

So everything I was willing to say was mentioned by kg2010.

let me sum up:

replace the 5770 with a 460 the CUDA may come on handy not to mention it's just a great card.

Get a bigger ssd.

Get a different cooler like the one he mentioned.

I don't look at the combo's he posted but I'm sure they are great ;) 

But whatever you don't upgrade to a 5850 or 5870
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July 19, 2010 8:40:16 AM

I chose my board over the UD3R due to the issues with the Gigabyte, though, with the right PSU, they seem to go away.

I was in your predicament 2 weeks ago - choosing between the UD3R and P6X58D-E, and this is why I chose the Asus.

Go to Google and type the following:

ga-x58a-ud3r issues
ga-x58a-ud3r hissing sound

Look at the top 20 results for each of those searches, and then make a decision. ;) 

Yes, the UD3R was given the recommended best buy due its price and overall performance. I really wanted to like it, I really did, but didn't feel like putting up with the potential "baggage" that it comes with.

If you still want to get it though, just make sure you get one of the PSU's from this list
http://hardforum.com/showpost.php?p=1035302454&postcoun...

It seems like with the right PSU those issues aren't around.

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Reported whine noise around CPU
Seasonic S12-600HT - Dansolo - Rev 1.0
Antec Earthwatts EA430 - Dansolo - Rev 1.0
Corsair 750TX - SlithereenSlardar - Rev 2.0
Corsair HX750 - SlithereenSlardar - Rev 2.0 (goes away with C1E, C3/C6/C7 disabled)
Antec Truepower New 550W - ToddW2 - Rev 1.0
Antec Truepower New 650W - sephiroth99 - Rev 1.0
Seasonic X650 - 4x4not - Rev 1.0
Corsair 850TX - Sparktz - Rev 1.0
? - Primus - Rev 1.0
Seasonic S12+ 650W - madmax187 - Rev 2.0
Corsair HX1000 - Frenchc - Rev 1.0
PCP&C Silencer 750 - E4g1e - Rev 1.0
Corsair 750TX - dizolit - Rev 1.0 (goes away with C1E disabled)
Corsair TX750W - kobabuta - Rev 1.0
Corsair TX750W - kobabuta - Rev 2.0
Corsair 750TX(?) - Cancerkiller - Rev 1.0
Corsair HX620 - chiggah - Rev 2.0 (goes away with C1E disabled)

Reported fine
OCZ Z550 - Dansolo - Rev 1.0
Thermaltake Toughpower Modular 850W - EliteComputerBuilds - Rev 1.0
Thermaltake Toughpower Modular 1000W - EliteComputerBuilds - Rev 1.0
Antec CP-850 - ToddW2 - Rev 1.0 & 2.0
Antec Truepower Blue 750W - craziplaya21 - Rev 1.0
Silverstone ST75F-P - depraved (C1E disabled, untested enabled) - Rev 1.0
Corsair HX750 - Soujiro - Rev 1.0
Seasonic X650 - rogercomley - Rev 1.0
PC Power & Cooling 510w SLI - kortik - Rev 1.0
Corsair 620W (model?) - Milehigh - Rev 1.0
Antec CP-850 - GetFunk01 - Rev 1.0
PCP&C Silencer 750 Quad (Seasonic) - shansoft - Rev 1.0
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July 19, 2010 8:08:44 PM

UD3R has no issues depending on PSU I have ocz stealth xtreme 700W and no hissing. Also I am partial to the mushkin redlines 6-8-6-24 which I guarentee fit under then D-14 ( I have the same cpu, board, and sink)
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July 19, 2010 8:13:19 PM

I too have the mushkins under a d14 and can back up Hard line's claims ;) 
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