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November 7, 2010 1:35:09 PM

Hi, my last build got stolen :cry:  and I need a new computer ASAP, but I've been out of the game for some time so I wanted to run my design by someone else. I'm not trying anything too daring; basically just went through the categories and picked some items towards the top of the lists. If anybody notices any compatibility issues or has suggestions about things I should add/change, please comment.

Tuniq CR-T120-EX-SV 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing Tower Extreme CPU Cooler Rev1
(I'll use Cooler Master fans with this.)

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card (Presently the only version of this that isn't sold out at Newegg. I think I might add another one later and try Crossfire).

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.92 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

2 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
(Undoubtedly I'll get another later.)

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card
(Already ordered the Logitech 5500 speakers logicbuys.com has a great coupon code for the Logitech website)

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Any suggestions are appreciated, thank you.

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November 7, 2010 1:43:23 PM

Lol what is this going to be used for? I can tell you to avoid the 5970 like the plague right now.
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November 7, 2010 2:05:58 PM

ok. If you're going to overclock, get the 1075t It overclocks much better. (4.3-4.5 GHz on air)

don't get the 790. Get the AS Rock 870 Extreme 3.

Get a HD 6870 or two.

get the Mushkin Callisto or G.Skill Phoenix Pro 120 GB instead of the crucial. Same Sandforce 1200 controller, less cost.

Unless you are a music professional, you won't notice any dfference with onboard sound, so skip the sound card.

Get a 1 TB drive for data (Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12) with the savings.

Get the CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ or Kingwin XT-1264 which are cheaper and cooler heatsinks. (both run $25-30 and are cooler by 2-3 C)

If you're primarily gaming, you only need 4 GB instead of 8 GB.
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November 7, 2010 3:32:45 PM

I forgot to mention what it's for. I practically live at my computer so it's for a mixture of a lot of things: basic office apps and graphic intensive apps for work, lots of music to listen to while I work, videos while I'm procrastinating about work and of course...gaming. So I do need a bit of memory to run numerous applications, and I want to make sure that the rig lasts for a decent amount of time; I'm not able to rebuild every year.

Also didn't mention it'll have Windows 7 Premium 64-bit, but that probably goes without saying.

ScrewySqrl, you gave me a million things to look up. Thanks for the input. I doubt I'll use the AsRock since it doesn't have an HDMI connector, but I do see that it has some other benefits that my current choice doesn't so I'll snoop around some more to see if there is a better option.
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November 8, 2010 1:18:39 AM

muteki13 said:
I doubt I'll use the AsRock since it doesn't have an HDMI connector, but I do see that it has some other benefits that my current choice doesn't so I'll snoop around some more to see if there is a better option.
The ASRock doesn't have an HDMI output because it doesn't have onboard graphics.... Is there any situation in which you wouldn't be using your discrete graphics?

+1 to ScrewySqrl's post, although if you opt for a 6870 or even two, you'd be fine with a quality 850W PSU.
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November 8, 2010 11:07:04 AM

the 770 doesn't have an onboard graphics output, but the 6870 video card has HDMI out
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November 8, 2010 4:04:55 PM

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Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
(Undoubtedly I'll get another later.)

ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard


Just the one SATA 6GB/s SSD already saturates SATA 3GB/s interface on a 790GX/SB750 mobo - so negative on 2 @@ Perhaps hitting a Sandforce based SSD is an option? In any case if u eyeing Thuban hit a 800 series mobo like that 870 mentioned as a mandatory BIOS update is prrety much on the cards with a 700 series mobo ^^
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November 8, 2010 4:15:41 PM

Ref ScrewySqrl's comment on SSDs, while I agree about not much observable performance diff. Myself, I went with the Phoenix Pro.
Disagree on controller, and herein lies the diff. The C300 uses a marvel controller, while the Phoenix pro, Vertex-2 and Force (Mushkin Callisto didn’t verify) all use the SF12xx controller. What this means is that for the C300 you must use the uSoft AHCI controller for trim to work - C300 not as good on garbage collection as SF1200. This is no diff on an amd build as again you must use the uSoft controller (at least until amd fixes their AHCI driver) for the SF1200 controllers. Intel chipsets can use the intel AHCI driver, which for the SF12xx controller provides greater performance as compared to the generic uSoft driver, and passes trim.
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