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August 7, 2010 11:54:27 PM

hi all, second time building a system here...figured this would be the best place to come for advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: Around 2k, nothing exact though

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: work, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, disc drives, sound card

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com in that order

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: open minded to all suggestions

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: am very open minded to upgrading or downgrading if the suggestion makes sense (i.e. would get a worse graphics card if the price differential was great enough)

Here are the parts I have decided on so far:

Case: Cooler Master HAF X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: EVGA X58 series
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: i7 Quad @ 2.8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G

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

Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5970
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2XX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM

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

PSU: Rosewill 1000w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

things i already have:

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

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

i also intend to set up another hard drive as my storage hard drive, with the ssd as my operating drive. did i miss anything? all comments, suggestions, death threats, etc. are welcomed

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August 8, 2010 1:08:56 AM

Were to begin....

1.) Your motheboard doesn't support your CPU... You have an LGA 1156 socket CPU going on an LGA 1366 motherboard. You want an Intel i7-930 for your CPU

2.) Don't get an Corsair H50... not worth it. I would go with the Thermalright Venomous X - RT 120mm CPU Cooler

3.) NO NO NO on the Rosewill PSU. I would never trust such a system with a Rosewill PSU. You are just asking for trouble (they aren't very reliable). I would go with the Corsair CMPSU-950TX

4.) Drop the sound card. They are not needed on modern motherboards, which have very good sound. If you get your setup and feel you need a sound card, I would purchase it after the fact.

5.) Don't forget to check for Newegg combo deals!!
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August 8, 2010 1:41:21 AM

wow, cant believe i missed the cpu socket...also, good point about the psu. is there any specific reason why you would go with the thermalright heatsink over the h50? i already have an h50, should i really switch over to something else?

thanks!!!
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August 8, 2010 1:47:37 AM

If you already have the H50, you'll be fine with it for your system.

The problem with the H50 is at it's price ranges, it can't compete with the highend air coolers. The Thermalright will out perform the H50 in thermal cooling.
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