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September 13, 2010 12:23:11 AM

**EDIT*** Below is the final system that I purchased last night!! :)  I should have it WED. Thank you all for your help and guidance.


Hello All,

About to pull the trigger on this and would like some last minute critiques and opinions. It is going to be a performance/enthusiast machine and I am going to do some gaming, not a ton of gaming now. If I find some games I really like I'll add another Vid Card. Please let me know what you think:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 $299.99
Item #: N82E16819115211
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
Item #: N82E16813128423
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Galaxy 70XKH3HS8GUX GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card $299.99
Item #: N82E16814162049
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MEMORY: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805 $189.99
Item #: N82E16820226121
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD: OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $146.99
Item #: N82E16820227542
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $74.99
Item #: N82E16822152185
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

POWER: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $169.99
Item #: N82E16817139011
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89.98
Item #: N82E16811119197
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ROM: LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM $89.99
Item #: N82E16827136183
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99
Item #: N82E16832116754
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PRINTER: EPSON Stylus NX515 C11CA48231 Up to 36 ppm 5760 x 1440 dpi Wireless InkJet MFC / All-In-One Color Printer - $129.99
Item #: N82E16828103386
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Price After All Combos etc: $1827.27 Shipped!


Thank you all for your guidance

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September 13, 2010 12:29:22 AM

Links+prices would be nice.
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September 13, 2010 12:52:22 AM

Based on jonnyguru's review of that PSU, I would consider getting something else. This Seasonic 750W is only $10 more, as is this XFX 750W (after $20 MIR), and they're both 80+ Silver and received excellent reviews on jonnyguru.

Other than that, things look good, though I'll second eloric's question about really needing Win 7 Pro. Theoretically, you could get cheaper RAM, but I like the Mushkin Redlines. :) 
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September 13, 2010 12:54:17 AM

looks awesome the GPU seems on the weak side compared to the rest of the system
but absolutely nothing wrong with your configuration at all
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September 13, 2010 12:56:07 AM

sp12 said:
Links+prices would be nice.



Ok, sorry :)  Links are up, will work on pricing
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September 13, 2010 12:58:45 AM

eloric said:
In your operating system, do you need XP mode or remote desktop? If not, consider Win7 Home premium. If you want to compare for yourself: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...

Everything else looks compatible and reasonable. Are you buying on Newegg?


Ok, that looks good, and there are always 3rd party remote desktops if need be correct? Thanks for the advice!

coldsleep said:
Based on jonnyguru's review of that PSU, I would consider getting something else. This Seasonic 750W is only $10 more, as is this XFX 750W (after $20 MIR), and they're both 80+ Silver and received excellent reviews on jonnyguru.

Other than that, things look good, though I'll second eloric's question about really needing Win 7 Pro. Theoretically, you could get cheaper RAM, but I like the Mushkin Redlines. :) 


Ok, thanks for the information on the PSU! I think with the downgrade to Win7 Home Premium I can splurge for the better PSU! Any opinion on Seasonic vs. XFX?

spentshells said:
looks awesome the GPU seems on the weak side compared to the rest of the system
but absolutely nothing wrong with your configuration at all


Thanks for the input, I am thinking the 1gb 460 should be fine and will allow room for an identical second one of those to SLI which would be sweet if I get more into gaming :) 
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September 13, 2010 1:02:55 AM

TheMike1 said:
Ok, thanks for the information on the PSU! I think with the downgrade to Win7 Home Premium I can splurge for the better PSU! Any opinion on Seasonic vs. XFX?


They're both good (received 9.5+/10 at jonnyguru), I'd just go with whichever is less expensive or has better combos. In checking it over, the Seasonic is $110 with no combos, and the XFX is $130 (-$20 MIR = $110), but no really useful combos for you, unless you want an Antec 900 instead of the HAF 922.

So I'd really just go with the Seasonic. I believe the XFX is just that same Seasonic unit on the inside, anyway. The secret with the XFX PSUs is that they're frequently in good combos with XFX GPUs.
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September 13, 2010 1:09:05 AM

coldsleep said:
Based on jonnyguru's review of that PSU, I would consider getting something else. This Seasonic 750W is only $10 more, as is this XFX 750W (after $20 MIR), and they're both 80+ Silver and received excellent reviews on jonnyguru.

Other than that, things look good, though I'll second eloric's question about really needing Win 7 Pro. Theoretically, you could get cheaper RAM, but I like the Mushkin Redlines. :) 


Ok, I popped in the XFX 750W and it had a combo, would you have a problem with dropping the Mushkin Redlines in favor of the G.Skills?:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99
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September 13, 2010 1:10:27 AM

sp12 said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|14-162-049^14-162-049-TS%2C14-261-070^14-261-070-TS

IMO that 460 is expensive for what it is. Either get a 470 for 20$ more or a 460 for ~200$.



Ok, fair enough, I'm game. Can you link a 470 you would recommend?

Edit: How is this?

Galaxy 70XKH3HS8GUX GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Edit2: First Post updated with the new build!!

Edit3: Prices Added :) 
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September 13, 2010 1:34:38 AM

TheMike1 said:
Ok, I popped in the XFX 750W and it had a combo, would you have a problem with dropping the Mushkin Redlines in favor of the G.Skills?:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99


The specs on the G.Skill RAM aren't as good as the Mushkins, CL9 vs. CL6, but I'd guess there's really only a 1-2% difference at most in performance between the two. You're unlikely to tell the difference in day-to-day usage. If you're going after pure performance, I'd get the Mushkin RAM and the Seasonic. If saving money is more important, I'd go with the XFX PSU & the G.Skill RAM.

And really, pretty much any 470 would do, but don't break your budget for it, you mentioned that you're not a hardcore gamer at the moment. I think a 460 is a perfectly reasonable choice if you're trying to stay around the same price range.

What do you plan on using the system for aside from gaming? Anything?
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September 13, 2010 1:23:53 PM

coldsleep said:
The specs on the G.Skill RAM aren't as good as the Mushkins, CL9 vs. CL6, but I'd guess there's really only a 1-2% difference at most in performance between the two. You're unlikely to tell the difference in day-to-day usage. If you're going after pure performance, I'd get the Mushkin RAM and the Seasonic. If saving money is more important, I'd go with the XFX PSU & the G.Skill RAM.

And really, pretty much any 470 would do, but don't break your budget for it, you mentioned that you're not a hardcore gamer at the moment. I think a 460 is a perfectly reasonable choice if you're trying to stay around the same price range.

What do you plan on using the system for aside from gaming? Anything?



Ok, Edited the first post with my final purchase!! I went for the 470, I upped the Power Supply to a nice 850W to support future upgrades, possible SLI etc. I went with Windows Home Premium. I added a printer. I stuck with the RedLine Ram. Now to find a monitor :D 
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September 24, 2010 2:54:12 AM

Best answer selected by TheMike1.
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