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November 7, 2010 2:44:10 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP (posting this Nov.7 would like to order before Nov.12)

Budget Range: $1200 (could push higher if it's really worth it - no more than $1500)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Software Development, Music Production, and Gaming are all equally important

Parts Not Required: Just need the important stuff .. I'll deal with keys/mouse/etc myself

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: MicroCenter (local) and Newegg

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and Radeon GPU

Overclocking: Not as a priority, but wouldn't mind being able to push things a bit

SLI or Crossfire: If it's worth it

Monitor Resolution: 1920x??? but 2nd Monitor would be nice if that matters

Additional Comments: Needs Texas Instruments Firewire Chipset and a lot of disc space

Here's what I've come up with after browsing here:


Processor: Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor $229.99 (store is local)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26.99
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro (could drop down to the LX if not using crossfire) $179.99
RAM: Corsair 6GB DDR3 $149.99
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB $359.99
Hard Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $134.99
Hard Drive 2: Seagate Barracuda LP ST32000542AS 2TB $99.99
Case: Thermaltake V9 Black Edition $89.99
Power Supply: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 $89.99
DVD Burner: LG Blu-Ray Combo Drive $84.99

I'm already at $1446.90, but I'm guessing that I've gone too high on a few things and you guys can help me throttle back.

Thanks for any advice you can provide,
CF
November 7, 2010 5:06:25 PM

2TB is a compromise down from 3TB. Digital Audio takes a huge amount of space, and I'll also have a database server on there for development.

Historically I've had a lot more luck with Radeon cards than nVidia (currently have a 4850x2 on this machine and it's worked flawlessly for 2 years), but the only choice I'm truly locked into is the Intel CPU (as opposed to AMD).

Been looking at cases and I'm leaning away from the V9 now due to bad reviews on newegg. Looking at the CM HAF 922 right now.

CF
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November 7, 2010 5:39:47 PM

Spinpoint f4 2TB is better than Seagate :x.
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November 7, 2010 5:47:58 PM

It's been a while since I last built a machine, but I hadn't heard of Spinpoint
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November 7, 2010 8:09:11 PM

Made a few changes based on this thread, as well as some other places:

Dropped the motherboard to the LX since I'm only looking at 1 video card. If I switch to 2 I'll change back.
Changed the Hard Drive to Spinpoint based on what was said here
Changed the case to the Antec Three Hundred because of bad reviews of the Thermaltake
Got rid of the Blu-Ray because I've never watched a movie on my pc .. and I have blu-ray on 2 different tv's already

here's where I stand:

Processor: Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor $229.99 (store is local)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26.99
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX (could go up to the PRO if crossfire needed) $129.99
RAM: Corsair 6GB DDR3 $149.99
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB $359.99
Hard Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $134.99
Hard Drive 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB $79.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $69.99
Power Supply: XFX P1-650X-CAH9 $89.99
DVD Burner: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $18.99

Down to $1290.90

Still looking for more input. Is 60GB good enough for the SSD? Is the 5870 overkill? Should I get a CM HAF-X because it's a really cool case?

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November 7, 2010 8:32:01 PM

Your motherboard will not work with the i7-9XX. It is a P55 board and the 9XX are 1366 chips.

That said, I would just drop to a P55 build, see what price you can get for the i7-8X0 at microcenter, as they're a lot faster than the 9XX but allow you to use the less expensive P55 boards.

Ram looks terrible, high voltage, slow, only saving grace is the cheap price AR.

For the PSU I would spring the extra ~20$ for the XFX 750 watt unit, the silver efficiency will likely pay for itself over the lifetime of this build.

I like the HAF-X (super easy to build in) but it's also extremely expensive.

5870 sucks now that a 6870 can be had for 2/3 the price but 94% of the performance.
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November 7, 2010 8:57:07 PM

Based on what sp12 said (and thank you very much for the information):

Changed CPU to the i7 870
Changed memory to the S.SKILL ram recommended here
Changed the video card to the 6870
Changed PSU to the 750w

I'd love the HAF-X, but hard to justify it :( 

here's where I stand:

Processor: Core i7 870 Boxed Processor $229.99 (store is local)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26.99
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX (could go up to the PRO if crossfire needed) $129.99
RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $149.99
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $249.99
Hard Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $134.99
Hard Drive 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB $79.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $69.99
Power Supply: XFX Black Edition 750W $129.99
DVD Burner: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $18.99

Currently at $1220.90

Is everything looking good now?
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November 7, 2010 9:54:52 PM

You only need 4GB of RAM. you don't need 3 sticks for triple channel anymore with lga 1156.
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November 7, 2010 10:23:46 PM

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nvidia graphics card...

heh .. I'm surprised you haven't suggested an AMD processor yet .. the only 2 things I said at the start was that I had a preference for Intel CPU and Radeon GPU.
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November 7, 2010 10:27:50 PM

vindictive said:
You only need 4GB of RAM. you don't need 3 sticks for triple channel anymore with lga 1156.

Very good point!

Processor: Core i7 870 Boxed Processor $229.99 (store is local)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26.99
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E LX (could go up to the PRO if crossfire needed) $129.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $79.99
Graphics Card: SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $249.99
Hard Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $134.99
Hard Drive 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB $79.99
Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion $69.99
Power Supply: XFX Black Edition 750W $129.99
DVD Burner: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $18.99

Currently at $1150.90
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November 7, 2010 10:29:05 PM

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i read that but i'm voicing my opinion that nVidia runs better with Intel then ATi...
check into it..

Send me a link! Until then I can only go on my experience, which is that they're overall about equal except for personal preference.
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November 8, 2010 12:56:55 AM

duk3 said:
ATI and Nvidia are both totally fine with Intel. Only the Nvidia and AMD combination is not favored.

If you aren't going crossfire, the 750w PSU is overkill and could be replaced with this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I kinda like what sp12 was saying about the Silver Efficiency, and overkill isn't the worst thing that can happen.
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November 8, 2010 2:05:49 AM

It is true, however those are both excellent PSUs highly rated by jonnyGURU.
The price is a good bit lower and it's all the power you will need for any graphics card on the market, let alone a 6870. I'd go for the XFX 650w as it's cheaper, high quality, and all the power you need. If all you care about is efficency, try this(even though it won't pay for itself, just like the xfx 750w won't):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 8, 2010 2:19:13 AM

duk3 said:
It is true, however those are both excellent PSUs highly rated by jonnyGURU.
The price is a good bit lower and it's all the power you will need for any graphics card on the market, let alone a 6870. I'd go for the XFX 650w as it's cheaper, high quality, and all the power you need. If all you care about is efficency, try this(even though it won't pay for itself, just like the xfx 750w won't):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


have you ever used a PSU made by them?
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November 8, 2010 2:54:24 AM

I have not, however the HALE 90 series has gotten great reviews from sites like jonnyGURU. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

They are both Superflower and based on the same platform so both PSUs should perform equally great. However, I still would recommend the XFX 650w over it due to price and power.
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November 8, 2010 2:56:59 AM

duk3 said:
I have not, however the HALE 90 series has gotten great reviews from sites like jonnyGURU. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

They are both Superflower and based on the same platform so both PSUs should perform equally great. However, I still would recommend the XFX 650w over it due to price and power.

I'd only use Seasonic,Corsair, XFX, or Antec thats why I asked lol
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November 8, 2010 3:12:26 AM

Yeah, I was surprised too when I saw that the PSU was actually on par with the ones from Seasonic, Corsair, XFX, Antec ect.
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November 8, 2010 1:26:56 PM

I think I might have the cost low enough that I can switch to the HAF-X
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November 8, 2010 1:52:23 PM

alright thats a very good case. its huge so just know that if you move your PC allot.
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November 8, 2010 1:59:03 PM

I don't plan on moving it out of the room .. and it has casters for moving within the room :) 
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November 8, 2010 7:21:04 PM

Best answer selected by controlfreak.
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November 8, 2010 11:28:14 PM

I have some concerns .. the videocard I chose is out of stock and newegg, and as I started looking into alternatives all I see are problems. What is a good alternative to the Sapphire?

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November 8, 2010 11:41:32 PM

controlfreak said:
I have some concerns .. the videocard I chose is out of stock and newegg, and as I started looking into alternatives all I see are problems. What is a good alternative to the Sapphire?

CF


HIS
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November 9, 2010 12:38:10 PM

vindictive said:
HIS

I added the HIS and that immediately went out of stock .. I might just wait for the Sapphire to get back in stock.
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November 9, 2010 2:23:23 PM

Whatever you do don't buy a powercolor haha
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November 9, 2010 2:39:45 PM

vindictive said:
Whatever you do don't buy a powercolor haha

Noted! That's the kind of advice I like! "Don't buy [x]" ... easy to follow :) 
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November 9, 2010 2:46:33 PM

MSI, Gigabyte, Saphhire, HIS, XFX, or EVGA are good for cards.
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November 9, 2010 2:56:37 PM

I'm ordering on Tuesday, but I'll post a final spec before then. I went back to the Pro motherboard just in case I ever decide to go crossfire. Also switched to the HAF-X case for no good reason.
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November 9, 2010 3:01:34 PM

Ugh .. Antec Three Hundred on sale at MicroCenter for $49.99 .. that's really hard to pass up
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November 10, 2010 12:46:52 PM

I think this is the final list .. Motherboard is already on the way .. the rest will be ordered Tuesday ..

Processor: Core i7 870 Boxed Processor $229.99 (store is local)
Cooler: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $26.99
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E PRO (sale for 10% off) $161.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 $79.99
Graphics Card: HIS Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $239.99
Hard Drive 1: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $134.99
Hard Drive 2: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 2TB $79.99
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF-X $179.99
Extra Case Fan: COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 Red LED Case FanFor 2nd exhaust opening $21.80
Power Supply: XFX 650W PLUS BRONZE (dropped down from 750w) $89.99
DVD Burner: ASUS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $18.99

And the other stuff ...

Thermal Grease: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $18.95
Monitor: ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor $189.99
Keyboard: Logitech G110 Black USB Wired LED Backlighting Gaming Keyboard $64.99
Mouse: Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser Gaming Mouse $59.99

Total: $1,638.53

I wanted to thank everyone who contributed to this thread to help me order this awesome machine!

CF
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November 10, 2010 1:15:18 PM

I'm pissed off I can't get an i7 870 for $230.. I despise you haha
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November 10, 2010 1:40:41 PM

vindictive said:
I'm pissed off I can't get an i7 870 for $230.. I despise you haha

Sorry man .. I'm lucky that my office is about 100 yards from a MicroCenter.
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November 10, 2010 4:10:45 PM

controlfreak said:
Sorry man .. I'm lucky that my office is about 100 yards from a MicroCenter.


Well currently I'm living on a boat in the Caribbean 2000 miles away from the states.. but I line in FL and will be there in Jan, but there's not even a microcenter in my state :'(  theres tigerdirects in my state.
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November 10, 2010 4:54:19 PM

vindictive said:
Well currently I'm living on a boat in the Caribbean 2000 miles away from the states.. but I line in FL and will be there in Jan, but there's not even a microcenter in my state :'(  theres tigerdirects in my state.

I moved from Florida to New York in April (after living in FL for 21 years), so I feel (felt?) your pain.
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November 10, 2010 6:17:11 PM

I'm a native NY'er who lived in Sunrise/Tamarac/Coral Springs FL for 21 years until April, when I moved back home to NY. Colder here, but at least there are jobs ;) 
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November 11, 2010 5:35:43 PM

Should I consider any changes with the new SSD roundup posted on the main page today? Still planning on the Vertex 2 60GB for now.
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November 20, 2010 2:56:55 AM

All remaining parts ordered from Newegg except the CPU. I'll swing past MicroCenter next week to grab that.
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November 30, 2010 2:53:47 PM

Slapped it together last night. Runs nice so far, but it's early. The only thing that's kinda weird is that it completely reset when I plugged a usb drive into the front usb 2.0 port. I've found some conversation about people having similar problems with the HAF-X. Figures that the one piece that I bought knowing it was a questionable purchase winds up being the one problem I'm having.

CF
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November 30, 2010 3:04:12 PM

I thought the Haf-x had issues with the usb3.0 port? shorting or something sometimes?
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November 30, 2010 3:14:37 PM

ah thats what it was, not usb.
yea I was looking at getting the haf-x and if I got it I wouldn't have even attached the firewire, I have never used a firewire port.
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