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August 24, 2010 3:30:43 AM

Hey guys,
After much forum lurking and research I finally have a build to present.

-- What I'm looking for ---

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this weekend or whenever I feel comfortable with the build

BUDGET RANGE: sub $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: games, movies, solidworks, adobe, music, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: none

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, anything in US with fair prices/shipping

PARTS PREFERENCES: see preselected parts

OVERCLOCKING: most likely not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe crossfire in future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: would be nice to have it relatively quiet and semi-future-proof

-- What I've found --

Please tell me what you guys think and if there are any incompatibilities or places where things can be improved.
Some key areas that I am not confident about include the graphics card and the RAM. Is this graphics card a good one? I only picked it because it was a combo-able sub $400 hd 5870. Also, the ram I picked it semi-blindly out of a list of corsair 1600 rams. And how is 1333 ram compared to 1600?

SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$69.99

Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
$69.99


SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 100281-3SR Video Card w/ Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
-$10.00 Instant
-$35.00 Combo
$679.98
$634.98


ASUS P6X58D-E ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
-$40.00 Instant
-$40.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$379.94
$299.94


CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
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CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E168...
-$55.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$359.98
$274.98

Grand Total: $1,349.88

:bounce:  image of shopping cart: http://yfrog.com/9erigvj

Thanks,
Xiang

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August 24, 2010 4:14:00 AM

I won't go deal hunting for you... but with that motherboard and CPU, 2 GTX 460s in SLI would definitely give you better performance for games. And wouldn't be all that much more expensive... Also, your power supply is definitely overkill. All you need for either 2 460s or that 5870 is 650-700w. If I were you, I'd try and get a cheaper PSU and swap out that video card...

Here's a fun review I found of the 460s vs 5870s : http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/09/geforce_gtx_4...
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August 24, 2010 4:31:43 AM

jasonw223 said:
I won't go deal hunting for you... but with that motherboard and CPU, 2 GTX 460s in SLI would definitely give you better performance for games. And wouldn't be all that much more expensive... Also, your power supply is definitely overkill. All you need for either 2 460s or that 5870 is 650-700w. If I were you, I'd try and get a cheaper PSU and swap out that video card...

Here's a fun review I found of the 460s vs 5870s : http://www.hardocp.com/article/2010/08/09/geforce_gtx_4...


The thing about going dual 460's is that I kind of prefer single card set ups and the 5870's performance is adequate for me. The only reasons why I would go dual card set up in the future if is my system could no longer run what I needed it to and more programs had compatibility with crossfire. I am already pretty set on getting the 5870... I am just a bit confused on which make to buy!

As for the power supply, I chose the 950w because I prefer the corsair brand and the 950w is combo-able. After the combo the 950w ends up cheaper than the 750w corsair (only $20 difference to begin with) which is not really combo-able with any other components I want. If you could recommend another brand of power supply that is highly acclaimed, I will go deal hunting for it :) 

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August 24, 2010 5:05:06 PM

build update:

Changes:
- 1tb hardrive "caviarblue" series to 750gb "caviar black" series
- blu ray drive to dvd/cd only
- corsair 1600 ram to 1333
- 950 TX psu (non-modulated) to HX750 psu (modulated)

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99

components:

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$10.00 Instant
$15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$144.99
$134.99


ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$45.00 Instant
-$40.00 Combo
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate
$379.94
$294.94


CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$20.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$259.98
$209.98

SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
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Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
-$10.00 Instant
-$35.00 Combo
$679.98
$634.98

Subtotal: $1,296.88

What do you guy's think now? Is the downgrade in ram a good idea, since I won't be overlocking? Also, is the sapphire hd 5870 any good?
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August 24, 2010 5:44:05 PM

That looks better to me I'd say. The ram speed difference you won't notice at all, and unless you play around in the BIOS, 1600mhz stuff usually just runs at 1333 anyway. Sapphire is a real nice brand for ATI cards - the only one I'd prefer is XFX, but I wouldn't worry about that too much. Anyhow, once again, looks like a nice system!
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August 27, 2010 10:23:09 PM

jasonw223 said:
That looks better to me I'd say. The ram speed difference you won't notice at all, and unless you play around in the BIOS, 1600mhz stuff usually just runs at 1333 anyway. Sapphire is a real nice brand for ATI cards - the only one I'd prefer is XFX, but I wouldn't worry about that too much. Anyhow, once again, looks like a nice system!


Hey, I have ANOTHER build lol.
Would you mind looking at them?
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...
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August 27, 2010 10:23:45 PM

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