Building my second system. Rate the theoretical build!

CPU - Intel Core i7-875K 2.93GHz
Mbo - ASUS P7P55 WS Supercomputer
GFX - GeForce GTX 470
Ram - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) (will eventually go to the full 16gb)
Cse - Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
OS - Windows 7 64-bit
HDD - Random 500gb Sata Drive I have laying around

Now this comes to about $1410
This is for my girlfriend and shes asking me to lower the price a little bit without losing too much power as this is going to be built for Heavy gaming editing and high end art programs. Any suggestions on what to change without losing too much power? If not just rate what I have and say anything that comes to mind. Oh and i know I didn't add any cd dvd or blue-ray drives yet. I'm more interested in the Basic machine first


P.S. Just realized I didnt add in a heatsink yet. I was thinking about the megahalems with 2 38mm fans
or Scythe Ninja 3 SCNJ-3000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler Whats your opinion?
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  1. Personally, I wouldn't have an i7 for gaming but can see the point for the other uses
    I'd lose 4Gb of ram, maybe downgrade the gfx card to a GTX 460, find a less expensive case and visit outervision's psu calculator to see if that psu is as much overkill as it looks :P
    just my humble..
  2. The 950W PSU is overkill for the current setup. It may not be overkill if you plan to SLi in the future. You should only need about 650W if not heavily overclocking and no SLI.

    You could save some money on the case...the Antec 300 Illusion is pretty well-regarded, but it's about $45 less.

    The processor and the RAM are really what's killing you, aside from the above. You could save $40-50 by going with an i7-870 (I'm assuming she knows that she wants/needs hyperthreading for the art rendering -- if not, you could just as easily go with an i5-750 for $200), and depending on the specs of the Mushkins, you could save some cost there, but we'd need to know if you're looking at the CL6 RAM, or CL7, or what.
  3. Coldsleep,
    Re: Psu, I didnt consider future Sli, should've asked him lol, Cheers
  4. Yes i was actually leaving her the option for SLI if she wanted it in the future I usually like to leave things open for a decent upgrade if needed down the line. I went with that case because it was slightly bigger and when i built my first computer over a year ago my Heat sink was way too large and I had to switch to an Antec 900. I asked her and she prefers to stick with the 470 gfx card and wants to go SLI in the future. I just hope they will fit on the board as my gtx 285 was too big for my board and covered the second slot. The Cl on the ram was the 7s They were the cheapest decent sticks that were DDR3 1600 in 4gb sticks. I tried to keep 4gb so she could eventually get a full 16gb max in the 4 ports of the mobo. I really appreciate the fast responses and great options. If you guys have any other suggestions please let me know If it helps here were the individual prices.

    Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    EVGA 768-P3-1360-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 768MB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

    CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

    Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 996954
    $329.99 (real killer)

    ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer with NF200 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard (Open box)

    Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Unlocked Desktop Processor BX80605I7875K

    $1307.93 total price

    Oh and from what I see it can run 3x SLI do you think the PSU could handle all 3 of them (Which wouldnt be for a while anyway lol)
  5. I'd check SLI Zone for updates on whether or not the 950 can do it. It's not currently listed, but that might be due to a lack of cables rather than not actually being able to supply the power.

    I would avoid open box motherboards (especially mobos), as there's a chance you would end up missing cables.

    I would consider this Asus P7P55D-E Pro instead of the one you linked, it only supports two-way SLI, but it also has USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s.
  6. I was looking at the mobo first but The first comment kinda kept me away from it saying the 1600 ram had issues with the board
  7. CrossStealth said:
    I was looking at the mobo first but The first comment kinda kept me away from it saying the 1600 ram had issues with the board

    First of all, newegg reviews are not the best place to get technical info.

    Second, I wouldn't trust anyone who writes in all caps.

    Third, I filtered for 1600 and only found 2 negative reviews, one of which appears to be for a board that was DOA.

    I really wouldn't worry about it, I'm guessing that person didn't know what they were doing. It's quite possible they had a bad stick and couldn't boot because of that, but didn't diagnose it properly.
  8. Yea I usually dont listen to the reviews from people on newegg.
    Good call on the caps haha
    Ill reconsider the board. Thanks for the info
  9. Thank you for the input It did get me thinking on the video card and I ended up going with
    Palit NE5X460SF1142 GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Sonic 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card I read its better with huge resolutions which is what she works with in her art programs. Also i went with the suggestion on the mobo.

    Do you have a suggestion on the heatsink to keep the temps down though?
  10. Pick one from Frostytech's top "5" heatsinks, or for a well-regarded budget cooler, get the Hyper212+ from amazon or tigerdirect ($30), neweeg is $50.
  11. Have another question. I dont know too much on Hard Drives and how they can bottleneck the system from being fast. What is a HD I can get that wont bottleneck this system?
  12. Any mechanical hard drive will technically be a bottleneck. (In theory, SSDs are probably still a bottleneck, but less so.)

    The fastest consumer hard drives (that are a good value) out there right now are 7200 rpm drives with 500 GB platters. These include:
    Seagate 7200.12 500 GB & 1 TB
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB & 1 TB
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1 TB (and not the WD1001FALS model - though it's still pretty decent)
    and various 2 TB models

    Currently, newegg has the 1 TB Spinpoint F3 on sale at $60, or $5 more than the 500 GB model. That's $15 cheaper than the 1 TB Seagate, and $35 chaper than the WD1002FAEX. The WD1002FAEX has a SATA 6.0 Gb/s interface, but it's not worth paying extra for that, as no mechanical hard drive can currently saturate SATA 3.0 Gb/s (WD Velociraptors possibly a minor exception in very short bursts).
  13. Ok heres a new question

    Im trying to decide on which Video card to get her

    Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support


    Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support

    Its only a 20 dollar difference.

    Benchmarks for the 470 look better

    But she does work at unusually high resolutions for editing and art up to 10000 x 10000(thats the max she ever goes.

    Which would be the smarter choice?

    Thanks :D
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