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August 10, 2011 7:04:52 AM

I haven't built a new system in a bout 6 years, so I've decided it's time. I'd like to get some feedback on this configuration:

Proc: Intel i7 980 http://www.provantage.com/intel-bx80613i7980~7ITEM0N6.h...
MB: ASUS Rampage III Extreme http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1366/Ramp...
SSD: OCZ Technology 240 GB Agility 3 SSD- 3G SATA 6.0 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Z0S6S4/ref=as_li_s...
RAM: Kingston ValueRAM KVR1333D3D4R9SK324GI RAM Module - 24 GB 3 x 8 GB - DDR3 http://computers.pricegrabber.com/laptop-memory/Kingsto...

CASE: ?
POWER: ?

Suggestions / comments?

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a c 136 V Motherboard
August 10, 2011 7:42:29 AM

First of all.Get a sandy bridge CPU(such as i7 2600k) along with a Z68 board instead.
Also,unless you're doing something "extremely" heavy,there is no need to get anything higher than 8GB RAM(even 8GB is overkill for daily tasks)
As for case and power,well it depends on the GPU you're going to use
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a c 136 V Motherboard
August 10, 2011 10:29:21 AM

How do you recommend a 1200W PSU without knowing the GPU the OP's gonna use ?
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August 10, 2011 3:24:59 PM

Thanks for the responses. I was pretty tired when I posted this last night, so sorry for omitting important details.

What I intend to do with this system is use it for some heavy audio interfacing and recording using Pro Tools and Reason. I'm not sure what type of audio card to get or even if it's necessary since I'll be buying a mid level M-Audio interface. I don't have any audio monitors yet, so I'm not worried about that at the moment, but it will be an issue later.

I don't need anything too crazy on the video card. It would be nice to have the option to play some decent games on occasion, but this is not really a gaming system. I do use Photoshop on occasion as well, but mostly for Web stuff, not print.

I'm open to suggestions all the way around. I'd like to have a dual monitor setup with some inexpensive 22" monitors, so ideally the video card would support this. I already have a decent 22" monitor so I really just need one more.

I was thinking I would use the SDD drive as the primary boot and OS drive and then get a 1TB drive for other app related storage. I've already got a 3TB WD My Book Live drive, so I think I'm good on storage.

I hear what you're saying about not needing 24GB of RAM, but I over bought on RAM last time I built a system and it turned out to be a good long term decision. That much RAM with the SSD drive will definitely be overkill, but that's one thing I will no longer have to worry about for a very long time. I don't really like to tinker with my computers, I just want to build it, set it up once, backup the final image and then get to work using it. I will be running Win 7 64 probably with an alt boot to Ubuntu or some other Linux flavor.

I had my heart set on the 6 core i7 980. You guys think it would be better to go with the 4 core 2600? Would you mind elaborating on why the 4 core is better than the 6 core? The 2600 would save me quite a bit of money at least... :-)

Thanks again for your responses.
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August 17, 2011 1:17:39 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. This is what I wound up getting:

M-Audio ProFire 610 Firewire Audio Interface
Syba Low Profile PCI-Express 1394b/1394a (2B1A) Card, TI Chipset, Extra Regular Bracket SD-PEX30009
Corsair Professional Series Gold High-Performance 850-Watt Power Supply CMPSU-850AX
Samsung 128GB Solid State Drive MZ-5PA128
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1 GB GDDR5 VGA/DL-DVI-I/SL-DVI-D/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express Video Card 100315L
LG External 12x Super Multi Blue Lightscribe Blu-Ray Rewriter BE12LU30
Intel Core i7-2600K Processor 3.4GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1155
ASUS LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps USB 3.0 Supported Intel Z68 ATX DDR3 2400 Motherboards P8Z68-V PRO
2xViewSonic VA2431WM 24-Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor with Speakers
Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case - White
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000)

I'll let you know how it turns out once I get all the parts and get it built. :sol: 





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