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August 29, 2010 10:05:55 PM

Hi all,

I've been looking to do my first PC build, and I've picked out what I would like to have (at least from the start). Below is everything I've chosen so far along with details as to what I'm looking for.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hoping within the coming month (this week would be nice)

BUDGET RANGE: $1200-$1300 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video/image editing, music production, gaming, surfing the Internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com and amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, nVidia

OVERCLOCKING: Probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not

MONITOR RESOLUTION: As of now, 1280x1024, however after the build I would like to get a full HD monitor

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Case: LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Motherboard: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

Memory: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ

GPU: EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Burner: ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

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I guess there's a couple things I'm worried about right now. If I buy the hard drive I chose up there, how much of a PITA would it be to upgrade sometime down the road (say a few months) to a SSD? As in, have the SSD my primary for Windows/Applications, and the 1TB drive for storage. Or should I just take the plunge and get a SSD off the bat? Or even one of those velociraptor 10k RPM drives?

Is the power supply sufficient enough for the components I chose? Or should I opt for the 750w that Corsair makes?

Do I need an aftermarket CPU cooler such as the one I chose if I do not plan on overclocking? I've heard the stock one Intel provides isn't the best at keeping things cool. If I do get the Zalman, how can I be sure it will fit in the Lian Li case I chose?

I hope you guys can help me out, and I'm pretty sure I have more questions I just can't think of them right now. :D 

Thanks,
Mark

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August 30, 2010 1:00:54 AM

You don't have to get a Zalman to keep things cool. Get a CM Hyper 212+, it's cheap and keeps your CPU cool.
Your power would be sufficient if you plan to run the rig on single GTX470. The same can't be said if you intend to SLI. Get a 750W if you'd want to SLI some time in the future.
In my point of view, the price of SSD does not justify its purchase. It is simply too expensive for general use. Stick to your Caviar Black or better yet, get a Samsung Spinpoint F3.
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August 30, 2010 2:36:18 PM

alikum said:
You don't have to get a Zalman to keep things cool. Get a CM Hyper 212+, it's cheap and keeps your CPU cool.
Your power would be sufficient if you plan to run the rig on single GTX470. The same can't be said if you intend to SLI. Get a 750W if you'd want to SLI some time in the future.
In my point of view, the price of SSD does not justify its purchase. It is simply too expensive for general use. Stick to your Caviar Black or better yet, get a Samsung Spinpoint F3.
Thanks alikum. I think I'll get the Hyper 212 plus, and stick with the 650w PSU. Doubt I'll want to SLI in the future, I would probably just rather get a new video card.

And as far as hard drives, thanks again. Would I even notice a difference between a SSD and the caviar black drive I chose? Or the Samsung you mentioned?
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