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September 16, 2010 2:06:48 AM

Alright I'm buying a new computer, its going to be around 3000 total with tax (no shipping, buying at local computer store.)

This is what I have come up with -


Case – Antec Dark fleet HF-85 - $169.99

Graphics Card – Ati XFX 5970 Black edition - $709.99

Cpu Cooler – Noctua NH-D14 - $99.99

Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99

Hard Drive – Western Digital Velociraptor 600gb - $289.99 (Don't need too much)

Ram – Corsair DDR3 1600mhz 8gb (2X4gb) - $349.99

Motherboard – Asus iii Rampage extreme - $399.99

Cpu – Intel Core I7 950 Quad-Core 3.06 ghz - $329.99


Total: $2609.9
Grand Total: $2949.19


Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated, I'm buying on like Friday or Saturday. (I think 8gb of ram is a bit much, but I don't mind spending a bit more on it, to have anyways. I think I would need 2 Sticks of 4gb, because 4 Sticks of 2gb I wouldn't have enough slots in the Mobo? What are the differences between the red and black slots?)

Also, is this all compatabile? I.E Case size, socket type, power supply, etc.. Thanks
September 16, 2010 2:12:52 AM

Personally my advice is to go with 1333mhz ram and just OC the crap out of it, saves you about 150-200 bucks, with the same amount of ram. Apparently ram doesnt help much over 4gb but i cant vouch for that myself. If data transfer isnt a huge deal to you I would look into a different hard drive as 290 bucks is alot for one considering you buy buy half decent 1tb HD for like 80 bucks. I havent done much research into high end systems like this one so it really all depends on you. My only advice is you got a day or two, search the net, do comparisons and figure stuff out. Who knows you might find a system build thats better and saves you like 600 bucks?
September 16, 2010 2:19:23 AM

1) Go with the G.SKILL TRIDENT DDR3 2000 6GB (3x2GB) set and run it at Cas6 at DDR3 1600 (Great RAM). X58 motherboards utilize triple-channel memory (sets of 3).

2) DROP the Velicoraptor?? Pick up an OCZ Vertex 2 64GB SSD & the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB. This is a much better setup for similar price.

3) Love the case to a point but the Cooler Master HAF 922 is the best all around case for the price to size & performance... IMO!!
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September 16, 2010 2:31:50 AM

tecmo34 said:
1) Go with the G.SKILL TRIDENT DDR3 2000 6GB (3x2GB) set and run it at Cas6 at DDR3 1600 (Great RAM). X58 motherboards utilize triple-channel memory (sets of 3).

2) DROP the Velicoraptor?? Pick up an OCZ Vertex 2 64GB SSD & the Samsung Spinpoint 1TB. This is a much better setup for similar price.

3) Love the case to a point but the Cooler Master HAF 922 is the best all around case for the price to size & performance... IMO!!


I looked into that RAM, it isn't in stock at the store i would be going too.. www.Canadacomputers.com --- Thats where i would be getting ram, and from Waterloo if you have time to take a look..

I would prefer to just have one hard drive.. and don't mind spending more money on a better one. Also my friend and I are both getting new cases, hes getting the coolmaster HAF 932 probably, and I just like look and layout of the dark fleet.
September 16, 2010 2:32:05 AM

Is there a reason you are buying at a local computer store rather than online? If not you may wish to look up the same rig online, you could probably save a couple hundred dollars just by ordering through an online store.

(examples Motherboard – Asus iii Rampage extreme - $399.99 costs $359.99 on newegg with free shipping, Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99 costs $212 after mail in rebate on newegg)

I agree with tecmo with getting the SSD and another larger drive. Should give you enough room on the SSD for an os and a couple games while still allowing you quite a bit of other storage space on the 1TB Drive.
September 16, 2010 2:34:18 AM

Rifleman00 said:
Is there a reason you are buying at a local computer store rather than online? If not you may wish to look up the same rig online, you could probably save a couple hundred dollars just by ordering through an online store.

(examples Motherboard – Asus iii Rampage extreme - $399.99 costs $359.99 on newegg with free shipping, Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99 costs $212 after mail in rebate on newegg)

I agree with tecmo with getting the SSD and another larger drive. Should give you enough room on the SSD for an os and a couple games while still allowing you quite a bit of other storage space on the 1TB Drive.


You know, I would but my I'm going up to my grandparents, and my said shes fine with buying whatever, and me paying her back.. But she dosen't like putting he credit card stuff, on online stores... It's pretty dumb, but maybe I can convince her.

I forgot to mention this is all Canadian. Meaning Newegg.ca

So actually, don't even both with canadacomputers, just do whatever on newegg.ca
September 16, 2010 11:28:44 AM

tecmo34 said:
As for a replacement RAM... I would go with these Mushkin DDR3 1600 Cas6


So 6gb, over 8gb? Also they do not have the samsung spinpoint 1tb, but they do have a 60gb OCZ Vertex 2 extended SSD. I found a 1 TB Western Digital. Heres the link

http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...

That seems sufficient.. Also, will I need a bracket or something to mount the SSD in? (I know it has that SSD thing top on the top of the case, but if i want to mount it internally, would I need one?)

Heres the new build so far (I threw in a 120gb SSD)

Case – Antec Dark fleet HF-85 - $169.99

Graphics Card – Ati XFX 5970 Black edition - $709.99

Cpu Cooler – Noctua NH-D14 - $99.99

Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99

Hard Drive – Western Digital black 1000Gb 7200 rpm 64mb cache – $87.99

Solid State Drive – OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SATA II 3.5” 120 Gb – $159.99

Ram – Mushkin Redline 6gb(2 X 3gb)- $179.99 (What about the same ram, but its got 6-7-6-1 timings, is that right??)

Motherboard – Asus iii Rampage extreme - $399.99

Cpu – Intel Core I7 950 Quad-Core 3.06 ghz - $329.99


Total: $2512.99
Grand Total: $2838.56

Or should I swap out the 5970, and pay a bit more for 2 Gtx 480 superclocked? That's what somebody else suggested..
September 16, 2010 8:38:27 PM

Bump
September 16, 2010 9:30:18 PM

Bump....

Oh... I was suppose to respond wasn't I :) 

1) Yes, 6GB of RAM instead of 8GB, since you want sets of 3. You can go with the other Mushkin RAM, as well... Both are outstanding

2) The WD hard drive is a nice hard drive. For a little cheaper, you can go with the Seagate 7200.12 1TB with no real performance decrease.

3) You case has a bottom mounted internal-bottom 2.5" SSD bay, so you don't need to purchase an adapter.

4) With your Corsair 1000HX PSU, I would stick with one ATI 5970. Reasoning behind that decision, 1) Currently the best "single" card you can purchase, which means you can add another one down the road when gaming becomes an issue more even more power and 2) Going with 2 GTX 480's adds additional heat, power consumption and IMO limits your upgrade path, since your PSU can't really handle Tri-SLI. You would need to purchase total different cards to make it worth while for an upgrade.

September 16, 2010 9:57:10 PM

tecmo34 said:
Bump....

Oh... I was suppose to respond wasn't I :) 

1) Yes, 6GB of RAM instead of 8GB, since you want sets of 3. You can go with the other Mushkin RAM, as well... Both are outstanding

2) The WD hard drive is a nice hard drive. For a little cheaper, you can go with the Seagate 7200.12 1TB with no real performance decrease.

3) You case has a bottom mounted internal-bottom 2.5" SSD bay, so you don't need to purchase an adapter.

4) With your Corsair 1000HX PSU, I would stick with one ATI 5970. Reasoning behind that decision, 1) Currently the best "single" card you can purchase, which means you can add another one down the road when gaming becomes an issue more even more power and 2) Going with 2 GTX 480's adds additional heat, power consumption and IMO limits your upgrade path, since your PSU can't really handle Tri-SLI. You would need to purchase total different cards to make it worth while for an upgrade.


Haha I guess, but anyways your points are true, althought I wouldn't get AS good gameplay, it will still be perfectly good, and it can also leave room to upgrade, with less heat and power consumption. The reason I chose the WD, was because it was available at the local store - meaning everything here listed, I can drive to get it. They don't have any drives besides WD, so I might as well stick to them, and save on shipping + wait time. If you were to choose which ram out of the two Mushkin's, which one would it be? Is everything on the list good to go, as in anything I missed that I should change? Ill check all the compatibilities and stuff. I think im also going to stick with the Noctua cooler. Do you think I will have issues with the ram, and the cooler, because I heard that it can sometimes go over top the ram.. Thanks for the reply

Would 1000w from a corsair PSU, be enough to power 2 5970s?
September 17, 2010 12:02:49 AM

Nothing here would be bottlenecking aswell right?
September 17, 2010 12:39:47 AM

I just feel like the value is lacking. I mean, on the one hand you have $3,000, but at the same time, you're not getting much more performance than you'd get with maybe a $1500 system.

The Radeon 5970 at $709 is on par (or even outdone in some cases) by a pair of MUCH cheaper gtx 460 1 GB cards.

See: http://techreport.com/articles.x/19404/11

That's about $460, saving you $250 for basically the same performance.

And you could power both of them with headroom for overclocking with a Corsair 850HX, which is about $100 cheaper than the HX1000 at $159.

What features, specifically, are you looking for in a $400 motherboard that a $250 one won't have? ASUS and Gigabyte have VERY good boards in the $250 price range, which support high overclocks and plenty of expansion slots as well as USB 3 and SATA 6. Why not something like the ASUS P6X58D-E or the P6X58D Premium for $219 or $289.

I agree with the vertex choice. With the savings above, you could spring for a 100 GB Vertex 2, though.
September 17, 2010 12:52:53 AM

mortonww said:
I just feel like the value is lacking. I mean, on the one hand you have $3,000, but at the same time, you're not getting much more performance than you'd get with maybe a $1500 system.

The Radeon 5970 at $709 is on par (or even outdone in some cases) by a pair of MUCH cheaper gtx 460 1 GB cards.

See: http://techreport.com/articles.x/19404/11

That's about $460, saving you $250 for basically the same performance.

And you could power both of them with headroom for overclocking with a Corsair 850HX, which is about $100 cheaper than the HX1000 at $159.

What features, specifically, are you looking for in a $400 motherboard that a $250 one won't have? ASUS and Gigabyte have VERY good boards in the $250 price range, which support high overclocks and plenty of expansion slots as well as USB 3 and SATA 6. Why not something like the ASUS P6X58D-E or the P6X58D Premium for $219 or $289.

I agree with the vertex choice. With the savings above, you could spring for a 100 GB Vertex 2, though.


I did put a 120gb ssd, but I don't think I updated it.. I don't know if those cards support DX 11, which is something I want. Another reason I want the 5970 is because i can put another one in later. With the 460s I could, but probably wouldnt be as good as sli 5970's.. I want the latest stuff, so I can last awhile, but then upgrade again later down the road.. I think the 5970 will allow me to do that, but I don't really know about the motherboard..

Also don't forget the black edition has up to 30+ more with overvolt tool, but surely can be oced the same as the 460 im guessing..
September 17, 2010 1:10:35 AM

gtx 460's support dx 11. I understand wanting to leave your upgrade options open for crossfire, though. But the Radeon 6 series cards are coming out in a couple months, so the 5 series prices should go down. But then as stock is phased out of the 5 series, their prices will go back up again. It's $700 now, at what point will it be cheap enough so that it doesn't make more sense to simply sell your 5970 and get a better configuration?

Right now I have a 4870X2. It was $400 when I bought it in early 2009. If I wanted to add another one now, the cheapest I can find them for is $320. Now, say I have a graphics budget of $320. If I sell my 4870X2 for $300, I have $620. At that point, I can afford two gtx 470s which is an SLI configuration that's about twice as fast as my 4870x2.

What I'm saying is, at certain price points, it makes just as much sense to sell later and upgrade as it does to add another card.

Also, if I crossfire 4870X2s, I don't have any of the new gpu features like directx 11 or eyefinity.

Just an option, though. I think a $250 savings now for the same performance is worth it. You could always just sell the pair when they get slow.

EDIT: Yeah, at that point you'd be using 4 last-gen GPUs. How is scaling past 2 GPUs? I don't know if this applies to dual-gpu cards.
September 17, 2010 1:51:23 AM

mortonww said:
gtx 460's support dx 11. I understand wanting to leave your upgrade options open for crossfire, though. But the Radeon 6 series cards are coming out in a couple months, so the 5 series prices should go down. But then as stock is phased out of the 5 series, their prices will go back up again. It's $700 now, at what point will it be cheap enough so that it doesn't make more sense to simply sell your 5970 and get a better configuration?

Right now I have a 4870X2. It was $400 when I bought it in early 2009. If I wanted to add another one now, the cheapest I can find them for is $320. Now, say I have a graphics budget of $320. If I sell my 4870X2 for $300, I have $620. At that point, I can afford two gtx 470s which is an SLI configuration that's about twice as fast as my 4870x2.

What I'm saying is, at certain price points, it makes just as much sense to sell later and upgrade as it does to add another card.

Also, if I crossfire 4870X2s, I don't have any of the new gpu features like directx 11 or eyefinity.

Just an option, though. I think a $250 savings now for the same performance is worth it. You could always just sell the pair when they get slow.

EDIT: Yeah, at that point you'd be using 4 last-gen GPUs. How is scaling past 2 GPUs? I don't know if this applies to dual-gpu cards.


So what would you have as a build? I really don't mind spending more money, like saving 250 isn't a big deal at all, considering I can make that double that in 2 weeks, I'm still a teen, so I don't have bills to pay or anything like that.

Edit: To me it makes sense to get one card that is just as good as two, that are sli.. then if I want i can add another, the drawbacks are a better series coming out soon, and what, 250 dollars more? I wouldn't mind spending that.
September 17, 2010 2:12:14 AM

Assuming a monitor resolution of 1920x1080

CPU: Core i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$300

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$220

RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, 7-8-7-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$160

GPU: 2 x MSI GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$560 after rebate + free Resident Evil 5 coupon.

PSU: Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$110 after rebate

Case: HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$90

Blu-ray Drive: SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$70

DVD drive: LG 22X DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$20


Total: 1530

This is faster than the $2600 build in the OP.
September 17, 2010 2:17:05 AM

mortonww said:
Assuming a monitor resolution of 1920x1080

CPU: Core i7 950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$300

MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$220

RAM: G.Skill Pi Series 6 GB, 1600 MHz, 7-8-7-24
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$160

GPU: 2 x MSI GTX 470
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$560 after rebate + free Resident Evil 5 coupon.

PSU: Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$110 after rebate

Case: HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$90

Blu-ray Drive: SAMSUNG Black 8X BD-ROM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$70

DVD drive: LG 22X DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$20


Total: 1530

This is faster than the $2600 build in the OP.


Can you improve it in any way to fit a budget of around 2500-3000? Also not interested in blu-ray wouldn't use it for anything

Also that's U.S. And what happened to a SSD and HDD?
September 17, 2010 2:22:24 AM

Yeah, add 120 GB Vertex 2 SSD for OS and all your games and most-used programs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$290

Lol, forgot storage HDD in above post.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$75

Doesn't quite get to $2000, but at this point, the build is soooo nice. Maybe splurge on a more expensive case like the Corsair 800D and look into a water-cooling kit for the processor or GPUs.
September 17, 2010 2:28:17 AM

mortonww said:
Yeah, add 120 GB Vertex 2 SSD for OS and all your games and most-used programs:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$290

Lol, forgot storage HDD in above post.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$75

Doesn't quite get to $2000, but at this point, the build is soooo nice. Maybe splurge on a more expensive case like the Corsair 800D and look into a water-cooling kit for the processor or GPUs.


Agh, I still don't like the idea of dual 460's. The way I look at it, is why have 2 cards that are the same as one? (5970) When you can just have 1 card, and upgrade again later (or sell.) I get you're saving me money, but like I said, I don't mind spending an extra 250.. It may seem like a lot to you, but not to me. I just see it as making it back in a week time..
September 17, 2010 2:28:35 AM

I would go with your original build w/SSD utilizing the ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard. It is more recommended to buy single big card versus two smaller once for a little more performance. However at $600+ for that single card, is it worth it when it will be obsolete by some standards in a few months. Of course, I haven't seen an benchmarks, so the 5970 still maybe king... who knows.

If you are set on getting the 5970, I would get it. If I didn't have bills and a kid wanting to go to London for Cheerleading, I would like to pickup one myself. :) 
September 17, 2010 2:30:55 AM

tecmo34 said:
I would go with your original build w/SSD utilizing the ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard. It is more recommended to buy single big card versus two smaller once for a little more performance. However at $600+ for that single card, is it worth it when it will be obsolete by some standards in a few months. Of course, I haven't seen an benchmarks, so the 5970 still maybe king... who knows.

If you are set on getting the 5970, I would get it. If I didn't have bills and a kid wanting to go to London for Cheerleading, I would like to pickup one myself. :) 


Alright cool, thanks for your input. Would a 1000w PSU be sufficient for the build above, with SSD and HDD, + another 5970? (Incase I decide to get one?)
September 17, 2010 2:36:16 AM

Yes... A 1000W PSU will get the job done. :) 
September 17, 2010 2:40:30 AM

Alright, so final build?

Case – Antec Dark fleet HF-85 - $169.99

Graphics Card – Ati XFX 5970 Black edition - $709.99

Cpu Cooler – Noctua NH-D14 - $99.99

Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99

Hard Drive – Western Digital black 1000Gb 7200 rpm 64mb cache – $87.99

Solid State Drive – OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SATA II 3.5” SSD 120 Gb – $159.99

Ram – Mushkin Redline 6gb(2 X 3gb)- $179.99

Motherboard – ASUS P6X58D-E - $234.99

Cpu – Intel Core I7 950 Quad-Core 3.06 ghz - $329.99


Total: $2232.91
Grand Total: $2,523.19

Did I miss anything? I guess ill have to check if its all compatible (I'm sure it is, just to double check.)
September 17, 2010 2:41:07 AM

tecmo34 said:
I would go with your original build w/SSD utilizing the ASUS P6X58D-E motherboard. It is more recommended to buy single big card versus two smaller once for a little more performance. However at $600+ for that single card, is it worth it when it will be obsolete by some standards in a few months. Of course, I haven't seen an benchmarks, so the 5970 still maybe king... who knows.

If you are set on getting the 5970, I would get it. If I didn't have bills and a kid wanting to go to London for Cheerleading, I would like to pickup one myself. :) 


Here are the benchmarks:

http://techreport.com/articles.x/19404/11

As you can see, the SLI 470 rig in my above post will consistently outdo a single 5970. Add to that the benefit of having better hardware tessellation (which isn't big in games now, but if it saves you 10 fps in even two games you end up buying, it's worth it) and I don't know how you could feel comfortable spending more for less.

It's not about money, it's just value. You get better performance for hundreds less.
September 17, 2010 2:43:46 AM

mortonww said:
Here are the benchmarks:

http://techreport.com/articles.x/19404/11

As you can see, the SLI 470 rig in my above post will consistently outdo a single 5970. Add to that the benefit of having better hardware tessellation (which isn't big in games now, but if it saves you 10 fps in even two games you end up buying, it's worth it) and I don't know how you could feel comfortable spending more for less.

It's not about money, it's just value. You get better performance for hundreds less.


Yes, but thats two cards, instead of one. Get two 5970s , and you outdo trip 470s (likely)
September 17, 2010 2:59:26 AM

Arigo said:
Yes, but thats two cards, instead of one. Get two 5970s , and you outdo trip 470s (likely)


When do you think you'll be adding a second card, though? In one year? At that point, you're sporting 4 5xxx series GPUs when the 6 series is out in about a month. I just don't know. I see your standpoint, but I just feel like it's an imaginary upgrade path. I don't see a future where it makes sense to spend another $500 on a GPU when you could sell your current one and spend less for a much more powerful configuration with CURRENT hardware.

EDIT: At this rate, we could be seeing 7 series cards from ATI by the end of next year.
September 17, 2010 10:59:04 AM

mortonww said:
When do you think you'll be adding a second card, though? In one year? At that point, you're sporting 4 5xxx series GPUs when the 6 series is out in about a month. I just don't know. I see your standpoint, but I just feel like it's an imaginary upgrade path. I don't see a future where it makes sense to spend another $500 on a GPU when you could sell your current one and spend less for a much more powerful configuration with CURRENT hardware.

EDIT: At this rate, we could be seeing 7 series cards from ATI by the end of next year.


You have good points, and I understand that, if the 6000 series does come out, I would wait for benchmarks + reviews to see how they run, and if its much higher than the 5970, then I would most likely just sell the 5970, and spend some more money for a 6XXX.
September 17, 2010 12:55:37 PM

Okay. If you're open to selling and upgrading, why not just go for the configuration that is noticeably faster than the 5970 and cheaper now?
September 17, 2010 8:27:20 PM

mortonww said:
Okay. If you're open to selling and upgrading, why not just go for the configuration that is noticeably faster than the 5970 and cheaper now?


What about SLI 480's.? My original budget was 3000, so SLI 480's would be 1000 - 700 = 300 = 2500 + 300 = 2800 total?
September 18, 2010 6:53:52 PM

Bump - Buying tommorow I believe

Edit: Do I need a floppy drive to setup RAID-0 on two SSDS? (If so, where do I get the drivers?)
September 18, 2010 10:16:37 PM

What about SLI 480's, instead of 470's?
September 18, 2010 10:21:55 PM

SLI 480's are better than SLI 470's at a higher price :) 

If you were planning on 470's and have the money 480's, it is a logical upgrade on the build.
September 18, 2010 11:28:19 PM

Yeah, if you've got it. Why not SLI 480's. I don't know who all uses what Enermax parts and whatnot, so I can't comment on obsidian's PSU recommendation.

EDIT: Actually, SLI 470's is pretty darn fast. I don't know that you'll get much out of spending $800-$1000 on graphics as opposed to $560. It really just depends, I guess. I think you'll be VERY satisfied with the performance of two 470's, though.
September 18, 2010 11:34:14 PM

I've had one ABS Tagan PSU and it died on me, taking CPU & MOBO. I can't comment on obsidian's specific model but I don't trust ABS! I would stick with the big three IMO for PSU... Corsair, SeaSonic and Antec.
September 19, 2010 1:38:18 AM

Okay! Final build! Does everybody agree???

Case – Antec Dark fleet HF-85 - $169.99

Graphics Card – 2 Gtx 480’s - $529.99 ea - $1060

Cpu Cooler – Noctua NH-D14 - $99.99

Power Supply - Corsair 1000w - $259.99

Hard Drive – Western Digital black 1000Gb 7200 rpm 64mb cache – $94.99

Solid State Drive – 2 OCZ Vertex 2 Extended SATA II 2.5” SSD 60 Gb – $340

Ram – Mushkin Redline 6gb(2 X 3gb) 6-8-6-24 CL6 Dimm - $199.99

Motherboard – ASUS P6X58D-E - $239.99

Cpu – Intel Core I7 950 Quad-Core 3.06 ghz - $329.99


Total: $2794.93
Grand Total with Tax: $3158.27
September 19, 2010 3:30:49 AM

Solid Build... It will serve you will :) 
September 19, 2010 4:59:19 AM

If you go with the WD black, make sure it's the FAEX model and not FALS. The former uses 500GB Platters and is faster.
September 19, 2010 1:39:59 PM

mortonww said:
If you go with the WD black, make sure it's the FAEX model and not FALS. The former uses 500GB Platters and is faster.


Yup, it is FAEX. Thanks so much for the help everybody - I'm going to go get it now. Wish me luck!
September 19, 2010 5:43:14 PM

They didn't have the P6X58D-E, so I just got the asus iii extreme instead.. It's a sick board, black and red.. It matches the dark fleet well.. Total came to 3300. I gotta go to work now, but I put the noctua backplate on, and got the mobo installed so i'll do the rest when I get back!
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