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July 20, 2010 12:35:29 PM

Hi, I've decided recently that my old pc wasn't doing the job for me anymore. It was getting a little sluggish and some pieces have started dying on me. And since it was getting harder finding pieces that were compatible I thought it was best to say good bye to old faithful.
Now i plan reusing some parts from my old pc. LIke my video card and my optical drive since both are fairly recent buy's. And i plan reusing my tower.

This is the first time i build my own pc, I do have a basic understanding of how they work so I just need help making sure that the parts are compatible and reliable, also any input anyone can give me on alternate parts i can use.

This is the order for what i'll be using this pc for: Drawing software (Painter, Photoshop), gaming, video editing, CG software.

These are the specs i have come up with thus far.


- Reusing my Antec Sonata II mid-tower ATX format

- Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

- Processor: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601960

- HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (I also plan reusing my old hdd drive. I know 1TB sounds like alot but i do work that requires alot of disk space, but if there are better hdd out there i'm open minded about it. I want something more reliable then spacey.

- Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9

- Graphic card: Reusing my Radeon HD 5770 1GB (Plan buying a second at some point and going crossfire maybe)

- PSU: ABS Majesty series MJ1100-M Continuous 1100W@50°C ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, Modular Flat Cable Design, Active-PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply (Probably overkill?)

- Optical drive: Reusing my HP dvd1270 lightscribe dvd multirecorder.

If i forgot any parts that should be included let me know. Except for a few pieces it's pretty much all built back up from scratch.

The only issue i am uncertain of is the fan. I already have 1 fan in my pc but with more powerfull newer pieces i worry that it may get too hot. So should i add another fan? Or are there other cooling options i don't know about that anyone could suggest me?

Thanks in advance for help given to me.



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July 20, 2010 1:19:58 PM

nightheron said:
- PSU: ABS Majesty series MJ1100-M Continuous 1100W@50°C ATX12V/EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified, Single 12V Rail, Modular Flat Cable Design, Active-PFC "Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply (Probably overkill?)
Wayyyyy overkill. A good 550W~650W PSU will easily handle 2x 5770 in CF mode and allow for a reasonable amount of expansion and overclocking. A few good options.

What features of the P6X58D Premium do you need that arent included on the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R / ASRock X58 Extreme 3 / ASUS P6X58D-E? Side by side comparison

That Core i7-960 @ 3.2Ghz CPU $570 is a huge price rise over the Core i7 930 @ 2.8Ghz $290. It's a huge bargain to get the i7 930 and give it a bit of an overclock to meet or beat the i7-960 peformance.
Combo deal: Core i7 930 and CM Hyper 212+ CPU cooler $335

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July 20, 2010 1:35:22 PM

Since we've saved quite a bit on the PSU and CPU I'm going to suggest a new case too.
It will have better ventilation options than the Antec Sonata II (and also fit that larger CPU cooler).
Combo deal: Antec 300 case and Antec Earthwatts EA650 650W PSU $115 and $15 rebate.

Is that HP 1270 DVD burner a IDE/PATA or SATA drive?

Everything else is looking good.
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July 20, 2010 3:43:45 PM

Thanks i will look into those, it would certainly lower the price for me. As for the motherboard i had originally went with that one since some of the others were getting bad reviews, but after reading up some more i get the feeling the bad reviews were done by ppl who were doing things wrong for the most part.
Also i had a friend who recommended me a processor from AMD. I've never had one of those and after looking around you seem to get more bang for your buck but i don't know much about them. I probably should stick with intel since i know them the most, plus i get the feeling i would have to change other parts. I'm still learning, i'll have to research more on them first.
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July 20, 2010 5:15:20 PM

nightheron said:
As for the motherboard i had originally went with that one since some of the others were getting bad reviews, but after reading up some more i get the feeling the bad reviews were done by ppl who were doing things wrong for the most part.
+1 correct.

You do get a lot of 'bang for your buck' no matter which CPU you end up with. Some examples:
i5 750 2.66Ghz $200 vs Phenom II X4 965 3.4Ghz $180
Core i7-860 2.8GHz vs Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2Ghz $296
You can also plug in the i7 930 for comparison too. Also use the $200 Phenom II X6 1055T Thuban 2.8GHz and $160 Phenom II X4 955 3.2Ghz, especially if you don't mind doing some overclocking.
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