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Rate my Build. If I get the OK Ill buy it all now!!

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August 14, 2010 8:35:38 AM

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP
HDD - WD Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU - CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V
Ram - Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Mobo - ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA
CPU - Intel Core i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz
Cooler - Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
GPU - Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 1280MB

Anything i should switch out before I buy this? Any known problems with any of these Parts/brands/models?
Any cheaper Alternatives that will not effect performance? (Will not get another cpu I am attached to this one Lol)

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August 14, 2010 8:58:18 AM

Looks good although the 950 W PSU is a bit overkill even for GTX 470 SLI, which would to be safe require around 750 W to 800 W.

Otherwise it looks good I guess.
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August 14, 2010 9:00:34 AM

it's not a bad build but you'd be better of with i7 930/ ud3r/ 6gb ram
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August 14, 2010 9:12:44 AM

I put the PSu at a higher then needed wattage to support the option for SLI

I dont see why that CPU would be better when it has been bench-marked under the 875k

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html

And I went with the 8gb of ram to make it so in the future I can eventually max out ram If it will ever be needed to go that high without getting rid of the ram im getting now

Any other comments or criticism that could help me out?
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August 14, 2010 10:12:49 AM

Save money and grab a 750 W or 800 W PSU, I know you want to make sure you want to play it safe but 950 W is overkill, save some $ and get something like a Corsair TX750W which can deliver up to 900 W or so.

The i7 875K is better at stock, and unless you plan to overclock, then I suppose you're better off with the i7 875K.

However, X58 is more 'future proof' in the sense that it does have dual PCI-E x16 lanes, while P55 only has x8/x8, which may bottleneck high end cards in the future. Also, X58 boards can hold up to 24 GB of RAM typically per board while P55 boards can only hold up to 16 GB or so, even if they have 6 RAM slots like the Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD6. Also, you can upgrade to the hex core CPUs later on with the X58 platform.
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August 14, 2010 3:02:49 PM

6gb of ram is enough
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August 14, 2010 3:20:36 PM

well yeah I reccomended it for all te reasons lmeow mentioned. an i7 875k is an unlocked i7 860 which is bassically an i7 930 for a different socket. The performance differences are due to the different multipliers. All in all you should get similar performance from both chips. The 875 is unlocked which is a nice touch but for from neccesary.

And x58 has many advantages over p55 like lmeow said.
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August 14, 2010 3:28:43 PM

What's with that stupid "See Price In Cart" at the Nvidia products? Don't know much about Galaxy.
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August 14, 2010 3:40:54 PM

I hate that ^ stupid newegg on that :( 

But newegg is great for everything else :D 
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August 14, 2010 5:32:26 PM

I actually have a Corsair TX750W in my current computer. I didnt know it could go up to 900w. Are you sure? I mean it says 750 on the site as max power. or do you think it would be better to go with CORSAIR 850TX which says 850w. If you think it can go even up to 800w Id probably go with the 750.

yea about the i7 875K. I probably wont be overclocking it but you never know. I may in the future but as of now I plan to run everything stock.

It does seem like the x58/lga 1366 would be more future proof since as you said it can go to higher ram capacities and could upgrade to a hex core cpu. But I dont think Ill ever need anymore then 16gb. Like more people suggest over 6gb is too much. i do like a little overkill though. the only thing that has me hung up is the hex core thing. I would like to leave that option open if I could but I do want to run stock for a while and I need something to outperform a AMD Phenom II X6 1090T which is what my friend just got >_> Lol. You know I just had to get better. Also rethinking the whole setup is gonna be a time killer. But I might have to do it.

So your saying the i7 930 can definitely be clocked higher with no problems beyond the 875k of 2.93?
Also if the 875k is an unlocked 860 is there an unlocked version of the 930?

Thanks for the input!! Very informative
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August 14, 2010 5:47:02 PM

Yes an i7 can clock beyond 3ghz as easy as you can lift your mouse(or I hope you can anyways lol). I can almost garantee that your 930 will hit 4ghz no problem. And no sadly there is no unlocked version of the 930, I can't see why as I would love to have one for 20 dollars more but anyways it's not that much of a difference.

And for gaming your i7 will destroy that 1090t. I know how important that is for you ;)  my friend has a mamba which kicks my sidewinder's ass.
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August 14, 2010 6:42:16 PM

It seems that both cpus both easily can get up to 4.5ghz
but at stock the 875k is faster then the stock 930
The 930 can also upgrade to a hexcore when they drop in price
But it seems like I am limited to the hex cores that are out now even if I do go for the 930
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2010/04/12/new-so...
Maybe Ill just go with the 975k. Even upgrading to an Intel Core i7 X 980 in the future doesnt really make me want to switch since there wont be any more lga 1366 socket processors in the future.

Whats your take on this?
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August 14, 2010 6:58:52 PM

I hope you mean the 875k because the 975 is the true opposite of bang for buck.

Well as for the 875k vs 930 dilemma. I would still get a 930.

There will be some new CPUs for 1366 like the 990 but those are all improved CPUs with the current chips so nothing game changing.

And yeah the i7 hexa cores are the last 1366 chips but I hope you know 1156 will be replaced sooner. And for gaming i7 is bassically as good as it gets. Most replacement CPUs will be 6core/8core and 3cores is all a game really needs. May in the future games will need the full 4 but completely utulize a 980? forget it.

A 980 is the ultimate CPU. It's more than a worthy upgrade. And with a 300dollar WCS to compliment it you'll have a 4.7ghz or better hexa core cpu. And that my friend is more than you'll ever need. I doubt the new 6cores which will come out in 2011/2012 for 1356 will be much better. And if they are that'll only bring the price of the 980 down.

My point is don't worry about upgradibilty to much. If the 930 ever gets weak in the lifespan of your system a decent overclock will take it the last few miles and if not a 980 surely will. And when that gets old it's time for a whole overhaul anyways.

Also the reason I reccomend a 930 is due to x58 which is simply a superior platform.

x58 has 32 lanes on most mobos(64 on the ud9 but let's forget about that) meaning in can get full performance out of dual GPU solutions. And it allows(unlike p55) tripple and quad GPU solutions. Again giving you quite an upgrade path.
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August 14, 2010 6:59:17 PM

also x58 has tripple channel memory which is faster but largly overkill.
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August 14, 2010 7:14:47 PM

Mr Pizza said:
I hate that ^ stupid newegg on that :( 

But newegg is great for everything else :D 


I hate this too, and most vendors say it is because the manufacture doesn't want special deals displaying on the main page. (BS)
I suspect it is to keep the competitions price bots from easily finding what they are selling items for, thus making it a little harder for their competition to keep tabs on the deals they have going on. A lot of sites are doing this now, and it is annoying as hell. But it may well be that for your extra clicks you can find a golden deal now and then.
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August 14, 2010 7:40:09 PM

Ok I made a compromise Hows this setup?

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP
HDD - WD Caviar Black 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
Ram - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58
CPU - Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz LGA 1366 130W
Cooler - Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
GPU - Galaxy GeForce GTX 470 1280MB

Its coming out to about $1,812.89

Any ways I can lower this price? while keeping that CPU and video card and will not bottleneck the system?

How bad would Western Digital Caviar Blue RFHWD5000AAJS 500GB 7200 RPM 8MB be for the HD in this? I have one sitting around. Would it bottleneck it much more then the Caviar black

Also is there a cheap case that will fit this all and cool it efficiently? Maybe I can drop some cost there.
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August 14, 2010 7:53:07 PM

First of all ditch the cpu. Really it isn't worth it. It's just a 930 clocked higher. Something you can do yourself in a 5 minutes. Which means you'd effectivly be payed 3000dollars/h.

Then drop down to 6gb of ram since x58 uses tripple channel mem so it'll run much much faster on 6gb.

The case is also kind of overkill an antec 900 2 will serve all your needs and so wil a haf 922.

for the rest you'd need to drop down to an i5 750 to save any more.
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August 14, 2010 8:25:46 PM

Ok ill grab the 930 at Microcenter then get everything else t newegg get the haf 922 since its so wide and large But im going for the G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) so I wont ever have to ditch the ram i get now if i wanted to max out the board
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August 14, 2010 8:30:29 PM

Oh also curious. Where am I bottle necking. Probably the WD caviar Black 2TB?
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August 14, 2010 9:32:05 PM

Well depending on the usage. Loading and everyday responsiveness: the 2tb black yes but it is the one of the if not the fastest 7200rpm hard drive. In games you're 470 would be the bottleneck. In most other simulations the 470 aswell. In rendering and compressing and similar things your 930 will be a bottleneck( not really a bottleneck considering that's the only component used in that task lol).
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