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December 5, 2010 2:57:07 PM

CPU: Core i7 950 Bloomfield
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/30799/INTEL-Core-i7-950-...

RAM: 2Kits of: G.SKILL KIT 6GB 3X2GB DDR3 16000Mhz
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/29033/GSKILL-KIT-6GB-3X2... )

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX460 Superclocked (SLI Later)
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/31076/EVGA-GeForce-GTX46...

Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/28830/GIGABYTE-GA-X58A-U...

HD: SEAGATE 1TB SATA II 32MB 7200 RPM - ST31000528AS
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/25007/SEAGATE-1TB-SATA-I...

PSU: CORSAIR ATX TX750W SLI 120mm - CMPSU-750TX
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/28516/CORSAIR-ATX-TX750W...

Optical: ASUS DVDRW 24X LightScribe SATA Preto e Branco - DRW-24B1LT
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/27892/ASUS-DVDRW-24X-Lig...

Case ANTEC Three Hundred
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/27778/ANTEC-Three-Hundre...


-QUESTIONS-
Does it fit in the case ?
Can I buy another GTX460 later on and SLI ?
What cooler should I get ?
I also need wireless , how do I get it ?
Also , I'm going to use 5.1 Surround Speakers , does the normal sound card suport that ?
I wanna get another 1tb internal hard drive later. Is the one I choose good ?? Can I put 2 of them In this build ?

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December 5, 2010 4:53:27 PM

Yeah, that should fit in the case - I've got an ATI 5770 in an Antec 300, and if I'm reading the specifications correctly, the video card you selected is 6mm shorter. The motherboard you selected supports up to 3-way SLI, and the power supply you selected should be up to a second GTX460 later, though I'm not certain that power supply could support a third GTX460.
December 5, 2010 8:54:46 PM

MauveCloud said:
Yeah, that should fit in the case - I've got an ATI 5770 in an Antec 300, and if I'm reading the specifications correctly, the video card you selected is 6mm shorter. The motherboard you selected supports up to 3-way SLI, and the power supply you selected should be up to a second GTX460 later, though I'm not certain that power supply could support a third GTX460.


Kinda overkill 3 GTX460 no ? Ohh , and I've read. You cant go over 2 with GTX 460. So cut that idea out x) Hmm , do you think I could get a cheaper mobo that can support 2 sli ?
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December 6, 2010 2:28:36 PM

I don't think SLI requires much from the motherboard - as long as it has at least two X16 PCI-Express slots (with enough slots between them for the size of the video cards), and you have an SLI bridge (which I think can be purchased separately if you didn't get one with the motherboard or video card), you can run the SLI. I could be wrong, though, since I haven't bothered with SLI, and I'm curious what you'd be running that would need 2 GTX460s in SLI. You can look up the specifications at the manufacturer's website to be sure, but even the least expensive LGA1366 motherboard at nanoChip supports SLI:
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/30563/MSI-X58-Pro-E_MSIX...

The cooler is tricky, since with an Antec 300, you should look for one with an overall height of about 150mm or below, and many of the good coolers for LGA1366 are taller than that. My initial suggestion would be the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 at 19,00 €:
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/27842/ARCTIC-COOLING-Fre...
(although if you don't plan to overclock the CPU, the stock cooler that comes with it in the retail box that you linked would probably suffice, and no worries about it fitting in the ase; I've been using the stock cooler on my Core i7 920 without problems - I previously had a Cooler Master V8 in an Antec P182, which just barely fit, but I decided it was overkill since I wasn't overclocking)

As far as wireless (I presume you mean 802.11b/g/n wireless networking, rather than wireless keyboard/mouse), this product was recently recommended to me:
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/28146/ASUS-Placa-de-Rede...

Most LGA1366 motherboards support 5.1 output, though possibly at lower quality than you'd get with a dedicated sound card. I'm not an audiophile, so I settle for stereo output from the onboard audio, and haven't paid much attention to sound card reviews. Maybe somebody else can provide recommendations there.

As far as the hard drive, I usually see the Samsung Spinpoint F3 recommended, but it currently seems to trigger a database issue at nanoChip:
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/26658/SAMSUNG-1TB-SATA-I...
(if you have another site you can buy from, try searching for "HD103SJ" if "Spinpoint F3" doesn't give any results (it didn't at nanoChip)
The Seagate you chose looks okay to me (and a little cheaper than the Samsung at nanoChip).
December 6, 2010 7:24:24 PM

MauveCloud said:

The cooler is tricky, since with an Antec 300, you should look for one with an overall height of about 150mm or below, and many of the good coolers for LGA1366 are taller than that. My initial suggestion would be the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 at 19,00 €:
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/27842/ARCTIC-COOLING-Fre...
(although if you don't plan to overclock the CPU, the stock cooler that comes with it in the retail box that you linked would probably suffice, and no worries about it fitting in the ase; I've been using the stock cooler on my Core i7 920 without problems - I previously had a Cooler Master V8 in an Antec P182, which just barely fit, but I decided it was overkill since I wasn't overclocking)


Thanks alot for the reply , that really helped ! :) 
Will this one do ? Looks really nice...
http://coolermaster.com/product.php?product_id=6603
NanoChip has 'em :D 
http://www.nanochip.pt/pt-PT/p/28446/COOLER-MASTER-Hype...



December 6, 2010 8:07:31 PM

MauveCloud said:
After re-measuring my case, I think a 170mm-height cooler would fit, so that one at 158.5mm should work.


I see you have the Antec 300 , dude you would help alot If you could check out all the parts and see if they fitted. Having the case to help is a huge plus. ;) 
December 6, 2010 8:46:39 PM

cr3at1on said:
I see you have the Antec 300 , dude you would help alot If you could check out all the parts and see if they fitted. Having the case to help is a huge plus. ;) 


There are only a few components that you need to check the size of to make sure they fit in the case:
1. The cpu cooler - I measured 7 inches from the motherboard PCB to the left edge of the case, which is about 177.8mm, so even allowing a few millimeters for the cpu mount, that Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus should fit.
2. The video card - I already mentioned that the GTX460 you selected is 6mm shorter than the ATI 5770 I have installed.
3. The power supply - I'm fairly sure the Corsair TX750W is smaller than the Corsair HX1000W that I'm using, and I fit that even with 4 hard drives in the lowest bays.

Other components (motherboards, hard drives, and optical drives) come in standard sizes.
December 6, 2010 9:17:44 PM

MauveCloud said:
There are only a few components that you need to check the size of to make sure they fit in the case:
1. The cpu cooler - I measured 7 inches from the motherboard PCB to the left edge of the case, which is about 177.8mm, so even allowing a few millimeters for the cpu mount, that Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus should fit.
2. The video card - I already mentioned that the GTX460 you selected is 6mm shorter than the ATI 5770 I have installed.
3. The power supply - I'm fairly sure the Corsair TX750W is smaller than the Corsair HX1000W that I'm using, and I fit that even with 4 hard drives in the lowest bays.

Other components (motherboards, hard drives, and optical drives) come in standard sizes.


So everything looks good ! :)  Thanks alot <3 seriously. I'm going for this build , just wanna triple check and make another thread later on asking for more opinions.

One quick question , do you think I should save some money , buy only 1 kit of the 6GB of RAM and then later on get the other kit , another GTX460 and another 1TB hard drive ? Cuse that's my plan ^^ what do you think ?
December 6, 2010 9:59:15 PM

cr3at1on said:
So everything looks good ! :)  Thanks alot <3 seriously. I'm going for this build , just wanna triple check and make another thread later on asking for more opinions.

One quick question , do you think I should save some money , buy only 1 kit of the 6GB of RAM and then later on get the other kit , another GTX460 and another 1TB hard drive ? Cuse that's my plan ^^ what do you think ?


Depending on how long you wait, there's the possibility that the matching GTX460 and 6GB RAM kit will be out of stock when you look later, which could be a problem. Also, I remember reading somewhere that more than 6GB physical RAM doesn't help performance significantly for gaming unless you make part of it a RAM drive and use that for your swapfile and temporary files. The importance of a matching hard drive depends on whether you plan to use them as a RAID array.
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