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[New Build] $2000 i7-930 Build Help Please

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September 7, 2010 5:54:40 AM

Hi, everyone. I am new to the forum, but been reading a lot of and decided to ask for some advice.
I am planning on building a i7 930 computer.
I have decided most parts, but would like to see what others think of the build,
and have any changes to be made.
I will be overclocking and would like the computer to be quiet if possible.
I have picked out the following parts.
Please help me decide.
Thank you all in advance.

Already Purchased:
CPU: Intel i7 930 - $220 @ Micro Center
Case: Cooler Master HAF X 942 - $174 @ Micro Center
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition - $ 237 @ Micro Center

Parts I have picked:
Motherboard: Asus P6X58D Premium - $285 @ Local Computer Show
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 - $76 @ Directron
Power Supply SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver - $142 @ Atacom
Memory: G.Skill F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI - $214 @ Newegg
HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $165 @ mWave
ODD: Lite-On iHAS424-98 - $27 @ Newegg
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX - $58 @ Directron
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 200 Blue x 3 (to change the HAF X to Blue) - $21 x3 @ CompuVest
Fan for H50: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm x 2 (for Push-and-Pull) - $9 x2 @ KazoomPC
Monitor: Asus VH242H 23.6" - $183 @ Amuras

Total: $1862 (includes tax and shipping)

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within this month

BUDGET RANGE: $2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming (StarCraft 2), Internet, and Coding

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Sound card, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, micro center, frys

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 930

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No, maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like the computer to be quite as possible.

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September 7, 2010 6:40:13 AM

Mobo - IMO a very good option at a very good price -
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Why an 850W ??
IMO these would suffice and are as good -
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
15% off w/ promo code XFXPOWER, limited time offer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX
$10 off w/ promo code EMCYWPZ28, ends 9/6
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Why not the Mushkins??
Mushkin Redline
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD with rebates @ newegg-
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 7, 2010 6:59:36 AM

Thanks gkay09 for the reply.

I like the new Sabertooth, but it seems to be lacking features compare to premium.
I want to overclock i7-930 to minimum 4.0GHz and run it 24/7 and Sabertooth hasn't been around long enough, I think.

As for teh power supplies, I was thinking of SLI later down the road and was debating whether to go 850W or higher. Seasonic is good company in my opinion and good value. Does anyone have experience with SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver?

Thanks for another good option for memory, but G.Skill has better timing at lower voltage.

Thanks for the great price update for the SSD. Will be probably go with newegg and get the rebate =).

Any other suggestions? Please help me. I been researching for almost 2 months.

I am getting mixed information everytime I research and would like to finalize the build, so I can enjoy it =)

Thank you all in advance.
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September 7, 2010 7:18:10 AM

^ Can you tell me what features ? I see only the Dual LAN missing compared to the Premium...

As for the PSU, for GTX 460 SLI, even a 650W PSU would suffice...so the 850W is not at all required IMO...I suggested the 750W, so that you will have some headroom left...
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September 7, 2010 7:25:04 AM

Well the raid controller is also different. I am not sure which one is better, but since Sabertooth is new, I am little bit skeptical.

I was using a calculator on some website (I don't remember anymore), but after adding 2 more hard drives and some USB devices, it recommended 900W power supply. That's why I was deciding whether to go with 850W or higher.

Do you have any suggestion for good 23" - 24" monitor?

Thank you.
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September 7, 2010 9:44:20 AM

That H50 will get outperformed by a Noctua D14 for less.
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September 7, 2010 9:45:25 AM

I'll go with the Sabertooth as well. The P55 version has been very well received. So no reason to believe that the x58 will be any different.

But if you're uncomfortable with a new product, then here's a proven alternative that's $10 cheaper after Rebate - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

Better 24" Monitor for just $10 extra - SAMSUNG 2494SW - Better contrast ratio, better B2B response time. (No built-in speakers though)
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September 7, 2010 7:00:26 PM

Thank you for the all the input.
I am seriously considering Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.
I heard a lot good things about them, but little afraid of Gigabyte -_-;; (never used them)
As for the monitor, I wanted HDMI port, so I would probably go with Asus VW246H.

gkay09, I checked the PSU Calculator and it recommended 793W.
So I think, I need to go at least 850W. Any suggestions?

Also, does anyone have experience with the cooler master fans I have listed.
I heard they are not as they describe in the specs.
Should I purchase Scythe fans? If so, which ones?

So far, this is what I have with the updated information.

Already Purchased:
CPU: Intel i7 930 - $220 @ Micro Center
Case: Cooler Master HAF X 942 - $174 @ Micro Center
Video Card: Palit GeForce GTX 460 Sonic Platinum Overclocking Edition - $ 237 @ Micro Center

Parts I have picked:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Updated)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 - $76 @ Directron
Power Supply SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver - $142 @ Atacom
Memory: G.Skill F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI - $214 @ Newegg
HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $165 @ mWave
ODD: Lite-On iHAS424-98 - $27 @ Newegg
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX - $58 @ Directron
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 200 Blue x 3 (to change the HAF X to Blue) - $21 x3 @ CompuVest
Fan for H50: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm x 2 (for Push-and-Pull) - $9 x2 @ KazoomPC
Monitor: Asus VW246H (Updated)

Thank you.
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September 8, 2010 1:05:55 AM

Anyone have a suggestion for the 120mm fans for Corsair H50?

Thank you.
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September 8, 2010 1:18:49 AM

First of all, DONT BUY THE H50 it is very overpriced, doesn't work well for the money and its overpriced. Did i mention overpriced?

Get this - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Best cooler evar IMO

---gkay09, I checked the PSU Calculator and it recommended 793W.
So I think, I need to go at least 850W. Any suggestions?

A 750w is FINE

---Also, does anyone have experience with the cooler master fans I have listed.
I heard they are not as they describe in the specs.
Should I purchase Scythe fans? If so, which ones?

cooler master is also a great brand. V6, V6GT, V8 and V10 all work great. Also hyper 212+ (may not be enough for 4ghz+)

---Parts I have picked:
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (Updated)
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 - $76 @ Directron
Power Supply SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver - $142 @ Atacom
Memory: G.Skill F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI - $214 @ Newegg
HDD: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB - $165 @ mWave
ODD: Lite-On iHAS424-98 - $27 @ Newegg
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX - $58 @ Directron
Case Fan: Cooler Master Megaflow 200 Blue x 3 (to change the HAF X to Blue) - $21 x3 @ CompuVest
Fan for H50: Cooler Master R4-L2R-20AC-GP 120mm x 2 (for Push-and-Pull) - $9 x2 @ KazoomPC
Monitor: Asus VW246H (Updated)

- Get the sabertooth x58, GREAT board!

- another SSD for less (on sale) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- The sentry LX is not needed. Its overpriced, if you really want that kind of controller get the sentry 1 it is FINE

- You are paying too much for that ram.

- You only need 750w get this,
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

- Get this cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(though the v10 is overpriced.)
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
water cooling!!!!!!
(if you do this get your parts from, http://www.dangerden.com/)


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September 8, 2010 4:13:04 AM

^ H50 does perform well with the higher rpm fans, but again I doubt you can expect the performance of a big air cooler from it though...
Rest he has very much explained...

CPU cooler - If going with big air, then this would be my pick, apart from D14(Too big IMO)
IMO better than the CM coolers and even the Ninja...
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev.B
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/scythe...
So with another fan in Push-Pull, it would perform very good...
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October 11, 2010 12:39:33 AM

KrNpRiDe said:
Anyone have a suggestion for the 120mm fans for Corsair H50?

Thank you.



The case you bought is the same one I am going to buy, it has great reviews & is a full ATX, couple of things that are important to me. I thought that since it is made by Cooler Master I would NOT have to replace any fans. But, I see that is what you have done, are the fans that cheap? Should I thing about replacing the fans as well? It does get very hot, very quick in my PC room.

Thank you
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