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I just bought components for $1650 what do you think?

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September 6, 2010 4:57:54 AM

TL;DR - 3.06GHz Core i7, 12GB Ram, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Radeon HD 5850, 650W Modular PSU all on an Asus MoBo with USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0.


Processor: Intel Core i7 950 $260 (Fry's Labor Day Sale, bought online pick up tomorrow in store.)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5850 $270 after $10 rebate.

Memory: 12GB (6x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $300

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $220

Power Supply: SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V $140

Primary SSD: Sata 3, 128GB $276

Secondary HDD and Optical Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS and LG DVD Burner Both for $109 (newegg shell-shocker)

I'll pick up a black atx mid-tower case at Fry's tomorrow when I go to pick up my processor. I've budgeted about $75

I'm putting my OS on the SSD and using the 2TB as file a dumpster. I was originally going to build a micro atx computer, but this seems like a good deal, and I don't want to mess with heat issues or not getting everything to fit. Also my total shipping was $8.





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September 6, 2010 5:11:29 AM
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What is your intended use for this? 12 GB of RAM is entirely too much for a gaming rig (which this seems to be given the 5850?). Motherboard is great. Do you plan on crossfiring or overclocking in the future? If so, 650 Watts might be cutting it too close. Seasonic is an excellent psu manufacturer, and that unit can probably put out more than 650, but you could've easily spent $140 on a PSU of more appropriate wattage without sacrificing quality. Like the Corsair 850TX or 750HX.

I'm not familiar with which controller technology your SSD uses, but the sandforce controllers in the OCZ Vertex 2 drives are considered the best right now. Something like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

would be much faster than the one you have selected.

Also, I'd consider a gtx 470 instead of the 5850. Should be pretty much the same price, but perform better. As I understand, after the most recent NVIDIA driver release, the gtx 470 is only 5 - 10% slower than the 5870 in most games. And it scales better in SLI than 2 5850s do in Crossfire. You'll also get all of the proprietary nvidia technogies like Physx, 3D surround, CUDA, etc. Icing on the cake.

September 6, 2010 6:07:43 AM

secondsystem said:
TL;DR - 3.06GHz Core i7, 12GB Ram, 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD, Radeon HD 5850, 650W Modular PSU all on an Asus MoBo with USB 3.0 and Sata 3.0.


Processor: Intel Core i7 950 $260 (Fry's Labor Day Sale, bought online pick up tomorrow in store.)

Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 5850 $270 after $10 rebate.

Memory: 12GB (6x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $300

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $220

Power Supply: SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W ATX12V $140

Primary SSD: Sata 3, 128GB $276

Secondary HDD and Optical Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EADS and LG DVD Burner Both for $109 (newegg shell-shocker)

I'll pick up a black atx mid-tower case at Fry's tomorrow when I go to pick up my processor. I've budgeted about $75

I'm putting my OS on the SSD and using the 2TB as file a dumpster. I was originally going to build a micro atx computer, but this seems like a good deal, and I don't want to mess with heat issues or not getting everything to fit. Also my total shipping was $8.



Don't see anything wrong another then concentrating more on a solid chassis. Your willing to spend $75 on a chassis?
Picture this, an engineer compiles all the components to a Mercedes and the architect decides to structure the car with an Ford model :lol: 
You will regret it later when bsod's, hangs and the frustration your system will produce due to lack off airflow.
The choice is yours.
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September 6, 2010 6:08:03 AM

+1 On morton's ram take, I've heard bad about Caviar Green!! Go with Samsung F3, Even without the combo Green isnt worth it. If you need 2TB tho I'm guessing your doing more than gaming so if you need the 12GB ram prolly fine
September 6, 2010 7:06:01 AM

Thanks for the advice. 12GB of ram seems excessive, but I will use it all. I went with mortonww's recommendation and changed my PSU to 750W and also switched to the EVGA GTX 470 and OCZ Vertex 2 120GB SSD. (Both had a $20 rebate going on.) I only chose the crucial in the first place because it says Sata 6gb/s and had higher sequential write specs, but looks like it's much harder to set up.

I think I added $50, but I looked at various charts and reviews and am comfortable with the increase in price/performance.

I am grateful to everyone who replied! I am giving the best answer to mortonww for his fast response and thorough analysis. I was able to change my order and am glad I did.

Man, now I need a new username :-)
September 6, 2010 7:08:24 AM

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September 6, 2010 12:20:01 PM

Don't know if you plan on overclocking or using SLI, but the Corsair 850tx is only $110 after rebate on newegg. Will give you margin for a second card and CPU voltage adjustments.
September 6, 2010 2:08:38 PM

how are you gonna use all the ram? what are you doing?
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