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November 12, 2010 12:08:21 AM

Here is my system;

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
GPU: 2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long
Optical Drive: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
SSD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Uses; Everyday browsing, school work (includes heavy multitasking), gaming and some light music/video editing
My questions are; have I missed anything? Do you have better components in mind? Do you have any other recommendations? etc.
November 12, 2010 1:05:45 AM

born2bwild08 said:
Here is my system;

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel MotherboardATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7
GPU: 2 x EVGA 01G-P3-1371-TR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-692-KKN2 CM690 II Advanced Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
CPU fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long
Optical Drive: LG Black 10X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA WH10LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM
SSD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2K5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Uses; Everyday browsing, school work (includes heavy multitasking), gaming and some light music/video editing
My questions are; have I missed anything? Do you have better components in mind? Do you have any other recommendations? etc.

I don't see the point in a 2 terabyte hard drive, unless you plan on downloading/installing a lot of games, music and videos. It really depends on how much you're using it for. If it's just for those purposes, then I would probably cut the hard drive down 75% (to a 500GB HDD). Also... I don't see the point in a BluRay burner. Seems like you just added unnecessary components to make your computer look good.
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November 12, 2010 1:25:40 AM

Your spending $615 fir your Case / MoBo and CPU

Upgrade the case and MoBo with this combo and save $15 off ya original build and $75 off newegg prices

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

take $10 of that $15 saved and upgrade ya GFX card from 720 core to 850 core (almost 20% faster) w/ the EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460

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

The Antec TP-750 $89 (9.5 performance rating) after $25 MIR saves you $20 and is a huge improvement over the Corsair (8.5 performance rating)
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ya RAM is CAS DDR-1600 w/ hi profile heat sinks which may interfere with a CPU cooler and cost $150 (very high for CAS 8)

Here's faster CAS 7 for $40 cheaper at $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or CAS 6 for $20 more at $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler - The 212 isn't bad for a $31.90 cooler but costs $7.56 to ship so $39.46; the Scythe is only 53 cents more w/ free shipping. See why the Scythe is better
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You forgot a TIM, Shin Etsu takes the crown
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So far, I got ya saving $45 between the RAM and the combo, but I gonna spend double that now on 3 times bigger 120 GB SSD. OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G $205
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 for 2 GB of 5400 rpm sloooow storage .... better to get two of these
Seagate 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, getting just the 1 TB 7200.12 saves you $55 ...add the $45 from the memory, $20 on the PSU and left over combo savings and you come out dead even in cost w/ ya original build and have better case, better MoBo, faster GFX, better PSU, faster HD, faster RAM, 3 time sbigger SSD and higher rated Cooler. On the downside, ya lost 1 TB of space on a slow HD.
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November 12, 2010 11:55:11 AM

GoldenI said:
I don't see the point in a 2 terabyte hard drive, unless you plan on downloading/installing a lot of games, music and videos. It really depends on how much you're using it for. If it's just for those purposes, then I would probably cut the hard drive down 75% (to a 500GB HDD). Also... I don't see the point in a BluRay burner. Seems like you just added unnecessary components to make your computer look good.


Point taken about the 2tb drive... I will reduce it... However, I really do need a Blu Ray player since I watch BluRay movies quite often... and a Blu Ray/ DVD-RW combo is almost the same price as a BluRay Burner...
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November 12, 2010 12:02:49 PM

JackNaylorPE said:
Your spending $615 fir your Case / MoBo and CPU

Upgrade the case and MoBo with this combo and save $15 off ya original build and $75 off newegg prices

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

take $10 of that $15 saved and upgrade ya GFX card from 720 core to 850 core (almost 20% faster) w/ the EVGA 01G-P3-1377-TR GeForce GTX 460

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

The Antec TP-750 $89 (9.5 performance rating) after $25 MIR saves you $20 and is a huge improvement over the Corsair (8.5 performance rating)
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ya RAM is CAS DDR-1600 w/ hi profile heat sinks which may interfere with a CPU cooler and cost $150 (very high for CAS 8)

Here's faster CAS 7 for $40 cheaper at $109
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or CAS 6 for $20 more at $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU cooler - The 212 isn't bad for a $31.90 cooler but costs $7.56 to ship so $39.46; the Scythe is only 53 cents more w/ free shipping. See why the Scythe is better
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You forgot a TIM, Shin Etsu takes the crown
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So far, I got ya saving $45 between the RAM and the combo, but I gonna spend double that now on 3 times bigger 120 GB SSD. OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G $205
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$110 for 2 GB of 5400 rpm sloooow storage .... better to get two of these
Seagate 7200.12 1 TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

However, getting just the 1 TB 7200.12 saves you $55 ...add the $45 from the memory, $20 on the PSU and left over combo savings and you come out dead even in cost w/ ya original build and have better case, better MoBo, faster GFX, better PSU, faster HD, faster RAM, 3 time sbigger SSD and higher rated Cooler. On the downside, ya lost 1 TB of space on a slow HD.


Well thanks a lot for this extremely helpful message, I took your advice on nearly everything (note that I use newegg.ca and not .com and so the free shipping deals and some sales are not the same). Also thanks for reminding me to get a TIM... I knew that I had forgotten something. :D 
About the graphics card, the one you pointed out was not on sale on newegg.ca... and so it was about $270 (CAD) (btw American and Canadian dollars are almost the same(1 CAD=0.9997 USD)) so I decided to upgrade to 2 x GTX 470... that cost $259.99 after I found out that there was a 470 price drop.
Link: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

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November 12, 2010 12:24:56 PM

Not going to get too detailed since you didn't post what you're actually paying for these parts so I don't have price to compare.

I don't agree on getting the FTW edition of GTX 460. I'd assume you're already going to OC if you have the CPU cooler, otherwise you don't really need it and can save there. The GTX 460 is very easily overclocked so there is no reason to get a factory OC'd card unless you're just afraid to do it yourself or they're the same price.

Regarding the RAM I'd go with these CAS7 sticks or the CAS6 ones JackNaylorPE posted. The CAS7 ones he posted aren't good. 7-10-10-24 is about as fast as 9-9-9-24, which is why it's so cheap. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal paste is not required but recommended. There is some already applied to the stock CPU and should be some included with the CPU cooler. Shin Etsu and Arctic Silver 5 are the best stuff you can get but the ones included is good enough. Don't need to spend money on this stuff if you're not concerned about getting the absolute lowest temps possible. The difference is really just a few degrees.

The Spinpoint F4 2TB is fine. Its just as fast as many of the 7200rpm drives, faster than the Seagate 7200.12 1TB that was recommended. It's up to you if you need all that space. If you want lower, grab the Spinpoint F3s, they come in 500GB and 1TB. I have a 1TB and it's almost full after 3 months if that means anything to you.
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...

Oh right, also you definitely will need a bigger SSD. Win7 already takes up 10gb leaving you with under 30gb for programs and games. Modern games are anywhere from 5-10gb and programs are around 2-5gb. You won't have much space for anything. You want something around 100gb and what JackNaylorPE recommended is good, as is any other sandforce based SSD.
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November 12, 2010 8:42:23 PM

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