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July 21, 2010 12:54:21 AM

I'm considering building a development rig(no gaming) and I'd love to know you guy's thoughts on whether this is a good build both in terms of being performant, cost effective and energy efficient and or whether any additional components are needed

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 ($289)

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
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GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard --- Combo Deal ($300)

RAIDMAX Quantum ATX-798WB Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($49.99)

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
($69.99)

ASUS CuCore Series EAH4850 CUCORE TOP/2DI/1GD3 Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card ($84.99)

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive($69.99)

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM ($19.99)

Total:$813.96

I might do some overclocking but not quite sure as to how to do so.
The I930 comes with a stock heatsink and fan and I wonder whether I need to buy a better heat sink such as the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for overclocking or whether the stock one will do fine.
It's a little spendy($49.99 on newegg)

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July 22, 2010 4:57:55 PM

Looks a little too overpowering for what you will be doing with it, but that will sprint with flying colors for development.

If you're even remotely thinking about overclocking, the stock fan will not do. Go the extra mile and get something better.
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July 22, 2010 7:42:15 PM

You're getting a 4850 for not gaming? WTF.
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July 23, 2010 1:32:21 AM

@False_Dmitry_II - Can't beat the price I paid for it! For $84 it's a steal! I will be watching movies on this box so I guess having the 4850 will help, plus it'll make Win 7 fly :p  my only concern is that the card seems a bit long and whether it will fit the RAIDMAX, any thoughts?

@linuxhero27 - Do you have any suggestions for the fan. Would you recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus or are there equivalent cheaper ones that will work equally well for OC?
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July 23, 2010 1:34:41 AM

@linuxhero27 : And oh i will be using this rig for running Virtual machines as well
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July 23, 2010 2:12:22 AM

It's still a gaming card and wholly unnecessary. For even watching videos AMD's integrated graphics should be good enough. Probably even intel's (not that you could use either on that platform). I'd have picked a no power connector needed and got a GT 240, HD 4670 or HD5570 (this one would have all the bitstreaming, etc) all of which are still lower end gaming cards and probably a bit overkill for you even still. If it's a regular midtower it should fit fine.

The hyper 212 plus is good, I have one.
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