Parts Preferences: I would like to use the Intel® Core™ i7-980X & ASUS P6X58D Premium with a full tower case)
SLI or Crossfire: Yes/Maybe eventually.
I am a hopeful first time builder and basically I am somewhat worried that I may screw it up. Listed below is the computer I am my planning to build.
I have a couple of questions:
1.) With the computer listed below, would I absolutely need a Liquid cooling system? I have no real foreseeable plan to overclock this computer and from what I know about the HAF 932 case it seems to have a substantial number of fans anyways. I generally worry about attempting to install a Liquid cooling system for fear of improperly sealed tubes leading to spillage etc.
2.) Does something like the Thermal Compound as I believe I understand correctly that is needed to affix the CPU to the motherboard typically come with the actual i7-980X CPU , or is this something I would have to purchase separately?
Any advice or tips is appreciated .
Thanks in advance.
1. Liquid cooling is not required for any hardware setup at stock settings. Even if you OC, you need a pretty extreme OC to require liquid cooling.
2. No need for extra thermal compound if you don' t plan on high OC. Paste that comes with cooler is fine.
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OCZ RAM sucks, don't buy it.
You definitely don't need a 1000w PSU. A 750 is fine. 850 if you want to sli.
That's a horrible SSD. You want something on either an Intel or sandforce controller. That's basically OCZ vertex, agility, phoenix line, or intels x25-m line.
Velociraptor is a waste of money. Stick with a good mainstream drive such as a F3 or 7200.12.
Do you actually need a blue ray burner?
Thank you very much for the advice. I have now changed: my primary drive to the Intel X25-M 160GB SSD which from what I understand also includes a drive bay adapter to make it fit in my planned case, the Coolermaster Haf 932. I have also changed my RAM choice now to: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 and my Power supply to 850W.
The primary intended usage for this computer is to run the 64 bit DAW software Cubase 5 to record VSTi which uses digital audio samples for its data. Potential latency in triggering these sounds is a general concern factor, so this is why I sought out the higher speed 10,000RPM Velicociraptor rather than any 7,200 RPM drive.
The secondary planned usage for this computer is making and video editing Machinima films. This involves modding & playing PC video games as well as possible related use of some 3d modeling & animation programs like 3DSMAX, Blender, or Maya. More specifically I intend on installing the Unreal Development Toolkit to work on this kinda stuff using that game engine among possible other Game Engine SDK's such as possibly one of the Cryengine's SDK.
I dont really need a blu ray burner, what I would however favor is one with Lightscribe, which as I understand it allows one to print graphics on the disc.
Listed below is my questionnaire result & my revised system list.
Approximate Purchase Date: this week
Budget Range: $4,000
System Usage from Most to Least Important: DAW Music/Audio Production using VST technolgy, Video Gaming & Modding , Unreal Development Toolkit, CryEngine SDK, Machinima, 3d Modeling & Animation, Video Editing.
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Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: by brand or type I would like to use the i7-980X with the ASUS P6X58D Premium motherboard.
GTX 580 is also questionable. Gaming wise, it's ~50% more for ~15% more performance, which isn't exactly stellar.
However, I assume you're going Nvidia for CUDA acceleration. In this case it's nowhere near a worthwhile purchase.
50% more money for 6% more CUDa cores, and 12.5% more GFLOPS it pretty pathetic.
I went with the ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard - the i7-980X CPU and a CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W Power Supply and the Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 24GB (6 x 4GB) PV7324G1600ELHK and a 128GB C300 for my OS drive with a VelociRaptor WD6000HLHX 600GB as my secondary drive and a single GeForce GTX 580 GPU.
With the C300 (mine apparently has firmware 0002) -
To the best of my understanding, After POST - then I will update my ASUS Bios from a CDR then I am planning on on setting the Marvell controller to AHCI however not installing the Marvell driver but rather using the Microsoft driver loaded from Windows 7 install- and then first doing a clean install of Windows 7 with the C300 connected to the SATA3 port and then shutting the machine down and switching the C300 to the SATA6 port, again though- using the Microsoft driver with it, and not the Marvell driver - as I hear is buggy. Is that basic plan ok?
Would I also have any potential issues with that amount of 1600 MHZ memory being recongized by the P6X58D? Perhaps even one that could require a different cooler than the one that came with the I7-980X and or possibly a larger power supply than the 850w?
I may only eventually plan on adding a second GTX 580 i SLI mode someday.