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Tired of Slow Computer - But am I going Overboard?

Need a system to handle small business functions (Microsoft Office AND ESPECIALLY Outlook w/ Business Contact Manager - this seems to slow me down alot right now, I have a huge database), and Chief Architect CAD.

I have never built a computer before, but I am tired of knowing more than the kids at the local computer shop. Over the years I've figured out how to troubleshoot better than those same kids. I know I am making an investment below, but I want a FAST machine, and I want to be able to expand/upgrade in the future. Also want a quiet machine. Here is what my research has brought me to:

- Corsair CC800DW Obsidian 800D Full Tower Case
- Corsair TX950W 950-Watt Power Supply

- EVGA X58 Classified 4-Way SLI Motherboard

- Intel Core i7 960 Processor
- Corsair Hydro Series™ H70 CPU Liquid Cooler

- EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked Video Card (one to start out with, but exploring the idea of two if it will help my CAD)
- Probably a HDTV tuner (?): any ideas here? Figure spending this money should give me a TV on my destop as well.

- Corsair Dominator PC12800 RAM - 12GB, 1600MHz, (6 x 2048MB) DDR3
- Corsair Dominator Memory Airflow Fan

- Corsair F120 Force Series Solid State Drive (boot drive)
- Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB, SATA-300 (for storage)
- LG BH10LS30 Optical Media 10x Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
- Windows 7 Professional

Am I overdoing this? I know I am looking at $3k(+), but the price is not a huge deal to me (although it would be nice to be closer to $2k). If I can save some money and keep the performance, I am open to ideas.

I appreciate your comments on quality/speed/compatability/quietness.
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    You are wasting your money on the i7 960..... you can easliy overclock an i7 930 since you are buying an after market cooler.. Here is what I'm running on mine and I paid $199 for my cpu at microcenter. I can take it up to 4.0ghz if I wanted but I keep it a 3.4ghz all day.

    Just saved you about $300




    Do you really need that mac daddy motherboard 4 way SLI?


    Get this one it supports 3 way sli and up to 24gb ram.. X58A-UD3R its USB 3.0 and Sata III That saved you another $180...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423&Tpk=ud3r%20x58a

    Won't this ram get the job done? Corsair 1600mhz 12gb cas9

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235&cm_re=ddr3_12_gb-_-20-145-235-_-Product
    or this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231350&cm_re=ddr3_12_gb-_-20-231-350-_-Product

    That Power Supply is NOT modular so you are going to have a TON of excess cables lying around looking like CRAP and plus you don't need a 950w PSU for that build a 650 will get the job done but if you want SLI 470s in the future you better get this awesome 850w MODULAR..
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015&Tpk=ax850 This one is GOLD certified!!
  2. +1 ^ for all except the ram. You would be better off getting 3 (4) gb ram sticks. If you want to save money you can go with the 9 cas, although 7 cas is better.
  3. That's crazy overkill in some areas.

    i7 960 is overpriced, the i7 930 is the same chip with a lower clock speed and you can overclock that easily beyond stock 960 speeds.

    I don't think you need 12gb ram, if you find out that you do, buy another 6gb kit.

    If you really really like the case and you want to spend that much, fine.
    But you can definitely save some money there.

    Motherboard is unnecessary. The X58A-UD3R is good there.

    The 950tx and the ax850 are both overkill on the PSU, an ax750/hx750 will be fine even for SLI 470.

    This is a pretty good deal on a 470:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125320&cm_re=470_gtx-_-14-125-320-_-Product

    The H70 is overpriced, the Prolimatech Megahalems, Noctua NH-D14, ect. should give you the same or better cooling at a lower price. You could even get a SCMG-2100 for about half the price of the Megahalems or NH-D14 that cools almost as well.
  4. Great help. I appreciate all the input. Here are my modifications based on your thoughts and further research (and I think I am going to save $800):

    - Corsair CC700D Obsidian 700D Full-Tower Steel Case
    - Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply

    - EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard (I just like what I read about EVGA - but I did scale back here)

    - Intel Core i7 930 Processor
    - Corsair Hydro Series™ H70 CPU Liquid Cooler (want a liquid cooler for noise issues)

    - EVGA GeForce GTX 470 SuperClocked Video Card (one now, maybe one later)

    - Probably a HDTV tuner (?): any ideas here? Figure spending this money should give me a TV on my destop as well.

    - Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC15000 DDR3 RAM (going to start with 6GB and perhaps add another 6GB later)
    - Corsair Dominator Memory Airflow Fan

    - Corsair F120 Force Series Solid State Drive (boot drive)
    - Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB, SATA-300 (for storage)
    - LG BH10LS30 Optical Media 10x Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
    - Windows 7 Professional
  5. also, consider the 5870 instead of the 470. its faster, cooler, and quieter. this one has an even better warranty, a free copy of AVP, and its only $20 more.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490&cm_re=xfx_5870-_-14-150-490-_-Product
  6. The liquid cooler still has 1 or 2 fans on it.
    Which evga motherboard is it? This one?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188065

    Either of these motherboards have the same features as that one, for a better price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

    The corsair dominator ram is overpriced, basically you are paying for the fancy heatsinks and the brand name. This ram is the same speed and I am sure cheaper:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226128

    The 850ax is overkill even for sli in my opinion. However, if you really want it, go for it.
  7. Since you only intend to use CAD, Nvidia and ATI have special graphics cards for CAD users. The Nvidia Quadro or FirePro3D, these cards are really expensive 1000-2000 USD but they are better for CAD then the GeForce series.
  8. I like where you are going with this now...All corsair....matching colors.....This should be a nice build. Please post picks here when done!

    850w is the right size psu 750w is recommended but if you are going to be overclocking, better to have more than not enough...

    And PSUs are most efficient when operating at 50%

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h69gfpDywM
  9. Thanks - you've been a great source of info and ideas. I feel confident in doing the actual build myself, but perhaps you have come across another good resource you can share that talks about actual building and first time booting?

    Thanks.

    brennon7 said:
    I like where you are going with this now...All corsair....matching colors.....This should be a nice build. Please post picks here when done!

    850w is the right size psu 750w is recommended but if you are going to be overclocking, better to have more than not enough...

    And PSUs are most efficient when operating at 50%

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h69gfpDywM
  10. For the Corsiar PSU I say got with HX series instead of TX series. It cost a little more but it is worth it.
  11. What's the difference in the two, besides price? Which one is quieter?

    Kraze7 said:
    For the Corsiar PSU I say got with HX series instead of TX series. It cost a little more but it is worth it.
  12. wnschoen said:
    What's the difference in the two, besides price? Which one is quieter?


    AX is the best period.
  13. Best answer selected by wnschoen.
  14. FINAL ANSWER (looks like I'll have to wait for the case):

    - Corsair Graphite Series 600T
    - Corsair CMPSU-850AX AX850 Power Supply

    - EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard

    - Intel Core i7 950 Processor - 3.06GHz
    - Corsair CWCH70 Hydro Series H70 CPU Liquid Cooler

    - EVGA 01G-P3-1373-TR GeForce GTX 460 SuperClocked (one now, maybe one later)

    - Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM (maybe double up later)

    - Corsair F120 Force Series Solid State Drive (boot drive)

    - HDTV tuner
    - Western Digital Caviar Black Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200 RPM, 64MB, SATA-300 (for storage)
    - LG BH10LS30 Optical Media 10x Internal Blu-ray Disc Rewriter
    - Windows 7 Professional
  15. I really suggest that you swap the H70 for a good air cooler. For around $60 (+fans), the Prolimatech Megahalems will do a better job of cooling and with decent fans, can be even quieter. The Coolermast Hyper 212+ is almost as good as the H70 and only will cost you $30. If you add a second fan, it will be a better cooler than the H70.
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