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Building My Dream Super Computer

hi, i have been saving up for awhile, i wanted to build my new computer system.
doing research and shopping around is almost half the fun.


cpu - im wanting the i7 xtreme 980
Fans - ? original factory Fan ? any other Case Fans ??
motherboard - am still looking, was thinking asus or gigabyte maybe
monitor - was waiting if anything new coming out, but wanted the Viewsonic X-serius 27in. VX2739wm
RAM - not sure what kind, not sure how much ram to put in.
power supply, i believe i may need a 750
video card, i believe the Ati HD 5970
Case - not sure, any recomend? any sites for cases ?
mouse , keyboard - im sure i can figure this out for myself

sound card - not sure, i read that it takes up alot of resourse, but some new motherboards have good sound built in.

the i7 xtreme 980 is what i really need help in finding a motherboard for it,
or should i wait for PCI Express 3.0 ?? or maybe a newer Monitor coming out ? or better CPU ?
or Ati HD 6000 ? or a newer or better blu-ray writer than Plextor's.


Thanks, Very Much Apreciate all Advice, Ideas, and Comments

Truly the BEST Forum of Techs, Experts, Gamers ........

Thanks :hello:
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  1. to make sure your getting a powerful enough PSU, check here:
    http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html?Tpk=PSU%20Calculator

    I always recommend getting an aftermarket CPU fan... the stock one is never very good.

    considering what hardware your getting, get a 1920x1080 resolution monitor. 2 ms refresh rate or faster is the best for gaming.

    i doubt you'll need a sound card. I don't use them anymore, onboard sound has gotten extremely good on the motherboards, 7.1 surround sound, ect.

    ****Edit****

    I forgot, for motherboards make sure you get an LGA 1366 socket. The ASUS Rage III is prob. one of the best, but really expensive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007627%20600007912&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=RATING&PageSize=20

    a good way to start.
  2. You might check the configurations used in these two 980x review articles:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i7-980x-gulftown,2573-4.html

    http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/29632-intel-core-i7-980x-gulftown-six-core-32nm-processor-review-6.html

    I didn't link Anand's review because Asrock sent a board over and he used that.

    You may not find exactly the same parts today (eg memory) but you can select replacements with the same specs.

    I didn't choose for you, because choosing and shopping *is* half the fun. but do come back and check with us when you've made a choice, and we'll give you an opinion . . . er, prolly multiple opinions lol. And at that time, let us know what you plan to use it for the most.

    Ed: I will give you one case suggestion to get you started thinking outside (actually inside) the box:

    Silverstone Raven http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163154&cm_re=silverstone_raven_case-_-11-163-154-_-Product

    Check some reviews (google) and you will find references to some other good cases for air flow, check those, etc.
  3. i have the same cpu intel 980x and im running the evga ftw3 lots of fun features and not a bad price for a high end mobo

    with a big monitor i would go with sli (two gtx 470s)?? down side depends on the video cards on what u will need for power supply
    if money is an issue the dual gtx 460 they have great reviews and about 500$ for a pair
    if money is not an issue the go for gold and get dual or tri gtx 480

    lg has a blu-ray super combo that sells for about 100-150$ and great read right speeds

    if ur looking at ssd for main drive then look at the
    Crucial Technology 128 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 Series Solid State Drive
    its been on sale as of late and has great speeds

    and with a mobo that suports triple channel ddr3 you can get 6gb kits for about 150$ (or 12gb for 300$ overkill is good)
  4. Thing to keep in mind is that LGA1366 is now practically obsolete.
  5. SO, what's the new & exciting pin-out that replaced it?

    I built mine last month & haven't heard about what the next one will be....


    JD


    jsc said:
    Thing to keep in mind is that LGA1366 is now practically obsolete.
  6. 1155, AM3r2.


    Make sure you have a good monitor setup to go with that, the 980x is almost useless for gaming right now (compared to i7-870) and is soon to be outpaced by Intel's next-gen, so make sure you invest that 700$ over the 870 in more directly consequential/value-holding items like an SSD/quality IPS/120hz monitor(s) first.

    And yes that viewsonic is crap, 1920 resolution at 27 in (lol), 'fake' gtg 1ms response time, only 60hz.
  7. Best answer
    Ok lemme put together what I'd get if I had millions of moniez =p...
    I was going to post this earlier, but it wasn't finished and my internet went down for "maintenance" or so they claim... The local AT&T guys hate me.

    CPU : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115223 ~ 999.99

    Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128413 ~339.99

    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145318 ~ 249.99

    GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131324&cm_re=5970-_-14-131-324-_-Product ~649.99 X2 so, 1299.98

    SSD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148348 ~259.99

    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136544 ~ 69.99

    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811163135 ~ 219.99

    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153054 ~319.99

    CPU cooler(**note** I stink at telling good coolers, so someone fill this spot in... I chose one I've heard is good.) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181013 ~ 109.99

    Blue ray: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181 ~109.99

    DVD/CD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249051 ~ 39.99


    Ok now I will explain everything. Mobo is a nice one by Gigabyte, they have solid mobos, and good everything, basically. Ram I am a little choosy, all I have bought is for customers, and a-data (was on sale)... so I can't speak for G.skill other then I've heard good things about 'em... eventually you will need to buy another set. Normally I'd say Nvidia if I had to design this on a real budget, you didn't mention one so I went wild.... lol =p. HD 5970's are like "dual" core GPUs, ok? so you have "four" with this =o. The SSD I googled the mentioned one from the other forumer. The HDD is sata-3 and 600 gigs, not the biggest, but it is 64 MB cache too. The case, I have no clue, I've heard about this case, and had nice reviews... expensive though.... you can get better for cheaper, I am certain, I use a Coolermaster Elite 310, it'd be fine for you if you want... I can get the link. The blu-ray I just chose the best lookin' one, same with the CD/DVD.... sorry, I am "specialised" into certain areas... =/....
    The total price is *drum roll* 4239.87. =o!!!!!! I went a little overboard, but it was fun... you can certainly get this down to at least 2500$ if you sacrifice a little.

    On monitors.... ugh! I dunno! ask someone else. I have a cheap H233H acer... This is a "decent" at least... monitor.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009222
  8. The others are right about saving, and maybe buying later? so much new tech is going to come out in the next year or so... get an okay computer, not overboard... buy when the tech JUST comes out. There is no doubt this computer will last for.... several years...
  9. lga 1366 intel i7 980x is the best / fastest cpu on the market .... i may be replaced in the next year but thats the same with all computer parts... if u wait a year too buy u will have them for a year and something bigger better and newer will be out .... 980x will be more power for anything out now and should last a fue years unless u need the new. so wait and build in a year and have a new computer then or build now have ur top of the line now and still have a great computer next year
  10. Or you could wait and buy the 980X when the price drops.... That is what Imma do.
  11. darn, dam if i do , dam if i dont lol , to buy now or to buy later, well ..... i did sell my current computer wich was a amd 4000 64-bit , to my dad , wich is cool for him for email checking. i do remember buying that cpu for about 700 from Mwave.com ,

    i am going to buy a system, has been about 5 1/2 years since my last one i built. im sure the 980 i7 would last me a few good years. im going to look up all the very good information you guys left me and do my decisions on the parts to get.

    by any chance by getting a 980 , and very nice board , and hd video card be like a supper taking up lots of watts and electricity ? maybe my house and block would have a black out everytime i turn on my PC lol , just curious thats all. or like if you leave your computer on over night at times downloading.

    THANKS AGAIN , MUCH APRECIATE IT.
  12. The 870 can't hold a cup of water to the 980x.
    They are basically in a deadheat in FPS in any game out there.
    The video card plays a bigger role now, especially with the on board Physics in some cards.
    The 980X crushes the 870 in real world applications.

    The 1155 is an updated version of what the i5's are now.
    The larger pin outs; 13xx & 15xx won't be for some time, starting with the Xenon server chips first, then they will
    trickle down to replace the i7's. You'll be good for at least 2 years.....

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Core-i7-980X-CPU-Review/944/12


    JD


    sp12 said:
    1155, AM3r2.


    Make sure you have a good monitor setup to go with that, the 980x is almost useless for gaming right now (compared to i7-870) and is soon to be outpaced by Intel's next-gen, so make sure you invest that 700$ over the 870 in more directly consequential/value-holding items like an SSD/quality IPS/120hz monitor(s) first.

    And yes that viewsonic is crap, 1920 resolution at 27 in (lol), 'fake' gtg 1ms response time, only 60hz.
  13. I was pretty much in the same boat you are in now. My old computer now is over 5 years old & having trouble finding parts for it . It still works, but it refuses to play any Quick time videos & some flash videos.
    I built a top of the line PC with the 980X. I was thinking of the 930 at the time, but came across a deal at New Egg that combo-ed the CPU & the after market cooler that I wanted. I thought it over for a couple months before I actually pulled the trigger on it. I ended up spending around 3k for everything.

    I was also a little worried about power consumption. I actually thought it would blow a fuse in our house. I haven't had any trouble yet ( knock on wood). I even have the AC going to keep things cool.


    JD


    abcc said:
    darn, dam if i do , dam if i dont lol , to buy now or to buy later, well ..... i did sell my current computer wich was a amd 4000 64-bit , to my dad , wich is cool for him for email checking. i do remember buying that cpu for about 700 from Mwave.com ,

    i am going to buy a system, has been about 5 1/2 years since my last one i built. im sure the 980 i7 would last me a few good years. im going to look up all the very good information you guys left me and do my decisions on the parts to get.

    by any chance by getting a 980 , and very nice board , and hd video card be like a supper taking up lots of watts and electricity ? maybe my house and block would have a black out everytime i turn on my PC lol , just curious thats all. or like if you leave your computer on over night at times downloading.

    THANKS AGAIN , MUCH APRECIATE IT.
  14. Hey, you might want to run CPU-Z again after you turn off the speed stepping....

    An i7 running at 1.6Ghtz isn't something to brag about.


    JD

    Here's mine:

    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1404507
    http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/1404507.png


    The others are right about saving, and maybe buying later? so much new tech is going to come out in the next year or so... get an okay computer, not overboard... buy when the tech JUST comes out. There is no doubt this computer will last for.... several years...
  15. I've been to LAN parties where I had the WORST computer there...I have a i7 930, hd5770... there was about 15 guys there.
    it was... odd, but no power outages... We did spread to other plugs.... The lights did dim signifigantly.
    I heard that a 450 watt pulls 15$ a month(always on) including monitor, I htink it was a CTR (or "tube" or "the really big one"), so.... you're looking at 60$ a month to run it (non-stop.)....
  16. JD13 said:
    Hey, you might want to run CPU-Z again after you turn off the speed stepping....

    An i7 running at 1.6Ghtz isn't something to brag about.


    JD

    Here's mine:

    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1404507
    http://valid.canardpc.com/cache/banner/1404507.png



    lol oops... stupid thing.. =p it is at default clockrate(2.80) (been meaning to OC, but haven't found the time... =/)
  17. JD, I don't know what you're talking about with 1155 being any sort of ways off, Intel has confirmed 1155 (which is a new architecture) will be shipping Q4.
  18. well, i think you guys are right on me waiting, its already Oct. and i been hearing that ATI will be releasing the 6000 series, so im still holding on to see if this video card does come out, and then at the same time to see if Intel comes out with a newer cpu, im hoping.

    I was a fry's electronics the other day, and i seen this monitor : HP 2710m 27-Inch Diagonal HD Ready , i thought it really looked very nice. I compared it to a 24 inch, and i think i would perfer the 27 inch monitors, i hope im not making a mistake on the size when i get it. Now for the HP , its only 60hz , isnt there a 120hz and 27in. ? i just couldnt find one, or maybe one might come out soon ?

    Thanks again on your advice on waiting , i do hope they come out with all the new technology before Christmas. Thanks Again MUCH APPRECIATE IT
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