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First computer build, thoughts?

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October 12, 2010 3:17:50 AM

I'm new to building my own computer so some of these questions might be a little noobish. First off here's the parts I'm probably going to install.

ASUS P6T Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading support

Intel Core i7 960 OEM Processor AT80601002727AA - 3.20GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 4.8GT/s QPI, HyperThreading, Quad Core, Bloomfield, LGA 1366(0.25 lbs)

Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 12GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory - 1333MHz, 12288MB (6 x 2048MB)(0.85 lbs)

Visiontek 900305 Radeon HD 5970 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI(4.2 lbs)

Creative Labs 70SB088600002 SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCIe Sound Card(1.75 lbs)

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 RPM, 32MB, SATA-300(2 lbs)

Pioneer BDR-205 Blu Ray Burner - 12x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 2x BD-DE, 16x DVD+-R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 8x DVD+-R DL, 16x DVD-ROM, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW, 40x CD-ROM, SATA(2.3 lbs)

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case(34 lbs)

Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply - ATX, 140mm Fan, SLI-Ready, SATA-Ready, 80Plus(7.05 lbs)

Intel SSDSA2MP040G2R5 X25-V Solid State Drive - 40GB, SATA, 2.5", Retail(0.7 lbs)

VisionTek 900317 Bigfoot Networks Killer 2100 Gaming Network Card - 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet, Plug and Play, RJ-45, PCIe(0.5 lbs)


So my questions are first will this build work together? Are there any glaring issues that I've missed? Also I'm thinking of upgrading the cpu to the i7 980x Extreme, is this upgrade worth it? Should i buy two radeon hd 5970s? I'm want to use my home theater surround system and av receiver for the sound so do I need the sound card? And is the network gaming card worth the money? Thanks for any help.
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October 12, 2010 3:34:49 AM

What is it you are using this system to do?

If it's only gaming drop the RAM to 6GB. No games use more than about 4.

The 5970 does not strike me as a good deal here. If you were getting a different system maybe... but you are spending a great deal for certain abilities then not using them.

For the $600 you spend on a 5970 you could get two GTX 470s.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's a much better deal, but it's only as an example. Wait 7 days for the announcement from AMD ;) 

The NIC does nothing for you at all. The limitation is in your bandwidth from the ISP, always.

The Asus Sabertooth has SATA 6GB/s and USB 3 and costs less.

I think that covers it :) 

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October 12, 2010 3:52:54 AM

Thanks. This will be mostly used for gaming, it's been a while since I got a gaming rig so I'm sure I'm a little off on what is required, though I am anal when it comes to running games as high graphics as they can be. But I'll check out that motherboard and the graphics cards. Thanks
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October 12, 2010 4:02:51 AM

I'd also swap the WD hard drive for a 1 TB Samsung Spinpoint F3, which will be faster. WD has a 1 TB drive that's comparable in speed (the FAEX model, not FAALS), but it's about $20 more expensive.

+1 for two GTX 470s, and +1 for 6 GB of RAM. Check out this set:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill Pi Series 1600 MHz DDR3, 6 GB (3 x 2), CAS 7, 1.5 Volts

i7 960 is a bad value. Drop to an i7 950 + cooler master Hyper 212+ and overclock to 3.2 or greater.

With the money saved there you could grab a 120 GB Vertex 2 SSD drive for games and OS. Or you could just pocket it and wait for SSD prices to fall a bit more.

+1 for ASUS Sabertooth
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October 12, 2010 4:10:04 AM

+1 on the 470s, 6GB RAM, and i7-950. Don't get Corsair memory with the X58 chipset; there've been some issues getting the memory above 1066 MHz (Intel's "limit"). G.Skill, Patriot and Kingston are great brands of memory.

If you're going SSD, get an OCZ Vertex or Corsair C300. They're the fastest SSD's on the market.

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