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July 20, 2010 8:19:05 PM

For the past month or so I've been salivating over building a new rig and its finally about to happen :bounce: 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: I'm looking to spend an extra $1100 approximately $1600 counting all parts.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: #1 Gaming and #2 CAD work (i.e. ProE and SolidWorks)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Case are reused. And no need for a power supply, hard drive, or RAM since I inherited them from a friend:

PSU: XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: Corsair 6gb DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: Caviar Black 640GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg, but not picky

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Open to the idea

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Hoping for 23" b/c I've fallen in love with that size at work


Here's what I was thinking about. Feel free to tear it apart and offer something new.

CPU: i7-930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: EVGA x58 SLI LE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: EVGA GTX 470 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OPTICAL: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HEAT SINK: Noctua NH-D14 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MONITOR: No clue

1) I'm wanting to spend no more than $1100 on the remaining parts (the components listed right above this line).

2) I know the build is a little thrown together due to the reused and gifted parts. Do they all make sense in my build?

Thanks for any help in advance!!! :D 

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July 20, 2010 8:31:33 PM

Swap mobo to a ga x58 ud3R or asus p6x58d-e.
Both offer SATA 6 and USB 3. Both also combo with an i7-930

You can save a few bucks and just get cheapest sata optical on newegg.

HSF- do you really need that? A scythe Mugen $35 will do similar performance for a fraction of the cost. A CM Hyper 212 plus $30 is even cheaper and will also allow a high OC, though at a bit higher temps.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor- Cheapest major brand 23" 1920 x1080 monitor is what you want. LCD's are a mature tech, so all you really need to do is make sure you have ports you want.

For next few hrs you can get a 24.6" one for $180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You also need a case. The HAF 922 is a nice large one.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 20, 2010 8:35:53 PM

I wish I had friends like that
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July 20, 2010 8:51:54 PM

i second the the ud3r same board i have and won toms awards IMO the hyper 212 is not adequate for overclocks above 3.6 ( runs too hot for my liking. I have the Noctua D-14 it's big, some ppl say it's ugly, and pricey, but it's so worth it
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July 20, 2010 9:06:23 PM

Thank you all very much for the help so far. It'll help me sleep at night. And a big thanks to you, banthracis, for pointing out that deal on the monitor. But I still have a few more questions.....

What do you guys think about the CPU and GPU? I know the Fermi cards are a sure source for argument on these boards, but the GTX 470 really seemed to fit in my price and performance range.
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July 20, 2010 11:50:52 PM

Best answer selected by thampton415.
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July 22, 2010 12:08:30 AM

If you need CUDA, then 470 is fine. i7-930 is also a good workstation CPU.

I personally haven't had issues with the hyper 212 plus. I use them in both a i7-920 build and an i5-750 build.

I've gotten both to 4.0ghz w/ under 60 C load temps @ ~19c ambient.
i7 in a haf 922 w/ sidefan, i5 in an element g.

A megahalem only gave me ~4c cooler temps on load on the i7, and that one is widely considered the best HSF for socket 1366.
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July 22, 2010 12:40:52 PM

Sounds good. Once again, thank you all very much for your insight.

And somebody_007, I'll be repaying my friend handsomely for a couple of those parts if I can use them in my rig. A good deed like that can't go unpaid.
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