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Final Considerations for a high-end rig

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July 25, 2010 11:16:15 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Study, Surfing, F@H

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse (+pad), Speakers and monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: modular PSU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (later)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my third build. I wish to OC as much as possible with Air Cooling. Any comments/help is greatly appreciated since it has been a while since my last build

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Below is what I have planned on buying so far.

Case: COOLER MASTER ATCS 840 RC-840-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Mortherboard: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS10X Performance 120mm Long life CPU Cooler (/w arctic silver 5)

GFX: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

System SSD: OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZSSD2-1VTXT60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Storage HDD: Samsung SpinPoint F3EG Desktop Class HD105SI 1 TB

RAM: Mushkin 3 x 2 GB, CL6-6-8-6-24, 1600 MHz, PC3-12800, 1.65 V

Optical drive: Generic DVD-burner

PSU:

For the PSU I am considering buying a Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W (12v rail: 80A). This seems like a decent modular PSU with amble power should I want to expand with a second GFX on a later date. However, another user told me in an earlier post I did, that I should go for a PSU ranked 80+ Silver or 80+ Gold. The CM model is only 80+ Bronze. As far as I know that rating is related to the effectiveness of the transformation of domestic current to low-voltage currents used by the PC. Are there other advantages for a PSU rated 80+ Silver or 80+ Gold, because I don't pay for my power since I am renting and therefore I don't see why I should go for such an expensive PSU (except being green maybe)



Again, any help is greatly appreciated :) 

Cheers

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July 25, 2010 11:38:13 AM

There's a gold version of the CM Silent Pro M1000, the Silent Pro Gold.

http://www.coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6662

For your SSD, I suggest the OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB instead of the Turbo which uses an older controller, and is not as fast.

Instead of that Zalman, I'd go for the Thermalright Venomous-X.

Spend a bit more, $40 for this beast, the ASUS Rampage III Extreme:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For storage, you might want it to be a bit faster and thus I'd go with the Spinpoing F3 1TB HD103SJ.
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