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December 11, 2010 12:21:10 AM

Hey, Tom's Hardware. I have a..lot of questions about building a new computer. First, I'll say that I am planning to salvage some parts of my now broken XPS 700 for the new one. These include:

Sound Blaster X-Fi Soundcard
two CD drives (I don't know if they're SATA or IDE)
It also has a media card reader on the front. I don't know if that would fit or..if it's even compatible.

Now for the formal template:

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 weeks, most likely

Budget Range: ~$1000-$1500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Adobe CS5 Master Collection, Gaming, other intensive applications

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, CD drives(?), sound card (I think so), PSU (it's a Dell XPS 700...can I save the PSU?), SSD HDs (My friend is giving me two for free, but I'm still planning on getting Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5")

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Everyone keeps posting newegg links, but if someone feels there's a better website for my parts, by all means show me.

Country of Origin: ..I live in the US. I don't care where the parts are made mainly because I don't know how the geographic origins of the parts effects their qualities.

Parts Preferences: I'm pretty dead set on the i7-950 processor, and the ASUS P6X58D Premium looks good for the motherboard. And I'm pretty undecided about the GPU, but I've always liked nVidia.

Overclocking: I'm not too excited about delving into overclocking, but if I get help I may try. I don't really care about whether I can or not.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, most likely SLI but I don't care too much.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200 on my main monitor, but I use another monitor..of which I don't know the resolution.

Additional Comments: I'm willing to be very flexible about everything here.

Thank you all very much for all your help

Sincerely,
Ethan
December 11, 2010 2:27:03 AM

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December 11, 2010 2:21:34 PM

You should wait a bit for Intel new CPU's releasing 9th Jan, 2011. if wait aint an option then following are my components selection.

CPU+MOBO: INTEL i7 950 + ASUS Sabertooth
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
RAM: G.Skill 6GB (3X2GB) 1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: EVGA GTX 470 1280MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: 2 X SAMSUNG F3 1TB SATA II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD: ASUS 24X SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU: Corsair 750w 80+
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: 1,140$
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December 11, 2010 6:28:46 PM

So it's worth it to get the Sabertooth over the P6X58D Premium? Are you sure I won't be missing any main features?

And why get a DVD drive? I have two that should work from my old system, right?

The WD HD is 2 TB and only $100,so I don't see how the two 1TB HDs are better if they're more expensive put together.

The PSU and Case look good, and I had already selected those actually. Same with the GPU. I may get two of those...

And most importantly, if I decide to wait for the Sandybridge Core i7-2600K, what advantages/disadvantages do I have? Is the higher clock speed worth the DDR2 memory? (why is it not ddr3?) And would I need a new motherboard/new ram?
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December 11, 2010 6:54:48 PM

If you're using CS5, I'd recommend RAM. And lots of it.

Get at least 8 GB.

And if you want to spend $300 on a motherboard, get one with dual processor support.
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December 11, 2010 7:06:14 PM

So I'll need to wait to pick out the motherboard as well, since those aren't out? Any suggestions?

Will the GPU still be compatible? Will I be able to use multiple GPUs and do SLI? And keep the same memory?
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December 11, 2010 7:07:51 PM

Knox Gelatin, if you have a suggestion as to what ram to get (that would be compatible with the Sandybridge Core i7-2600K), that would be helpful.

And if you have a motherboard recommendation that will also be compatible, that would help too...except it doesn't look like there are any supported mobos out yet. but I may be wrong.

Thank you both for your help so far.
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December 11, 2010 7:10:56 PM

GPU will of course be compatible, its only depended on pci-e slot. memory has to be dual channel, so 8gb (2x4gb) would be a gud choice.

Asus boards line up for new CPU's http://techreport.com/articles.x/19982
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December 11, 2010 8:13:58 PM

I'm fine waiting a month for the new CPU, but past that I really don't want to wait. Do you know if the new mobos will be out around Jan 9?
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December 11, 2010 8:33:15 PM

of course they will be out on 9th Jan as well. but u have to wait a bit after that as well to check up on the reviews about each cpu and mobo.
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December 11, 2010 8:41:50 PM

Sounds good. I know my case comes with 3 huge fans and CPUs and GPUs come with their own cooling, but will I need any extra cooling?

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm not sure which of these to get. Is the $20 really worth the upgrade from 1333 to 1600 speed? I haven't had much experience buying RAM so I'm not sure what the speeds really effect.
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December 11, 2010 8:52:52 PM

Difference aint that much, their prices might drop as well so if the gap drops down as well then 1600 is better to get. Xtra cooling wont be required unless u r planing on overclocking.
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December 11, 2010 8:57:37 PM

I wasn't necessarily planning on it, but I'd like to have the option available. What do you recommend for cooling if I decide to OC?
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December 11, 2010 9:11:59 PM

Well for overclocking CPU i recommend at least a COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 but since u r planning on new socket CPU, i dono whether it will be compatible with it or not. If planning on overclocking RAM then u have to buy low latency ram.
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December 11, 2010 9:23:39 PM

Okay, well I guess I'll check back here in about a month. Thank you very much for your help! :) 
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December 11, 2010 9:24:13 PM

Best answer selected by ethteck.
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December 12, 2010 2:44:07 AM

Google "Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7"

e.g.:
http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=2556


Caveat: when the Marvel 88SE9128 controller uses an x1 PCI-E Gen2 lane,
the bandwidth is necessarily limited to 500 MB/second, not 600:

SATA/6G / 10 bits per byte = 600 MB/second


I don't know if the P67 chipset supports a full 600 MB/second
on its SATA/6G ports: I'm still looking for the answer to that
question.


MRFS
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