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New PC Build, looking for Suggestions on this i7-950 based beast

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December 23, 2010 4:47:37 AM

Just looking for some suggestions. I already bought the following stuff. Could use some advice on a nice motherboard. Not too many other parts to go before this baby is done! I'd prefer a board with Coaxial Audio out, as that's how I push audio to my receiver that feeds my outdoor speakers. Would prefer not to have to do a separate sound card.


Case- Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Power Supply- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RS-800-80GAD3-US 800W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC

CPU Cooler- COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle

Hard Drive (Primary)- Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Bare Drive

Video Card- MSI N460GTX Hawk 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

OS- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM

CPU- Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz Boxed Processor

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December 23, 2010 4:57:43 AM

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

The only drawback with the ASUS board is that it doesnt have onboard eSATA,...
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December 23, 2010 5:03:59 AM

Dunno what I would honestly use eSATA for currently, so that's not a deal-breaker for me.
Thanks for the suggestions!
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December 23, 2010 5:31:03 AM

eSATA would be useful when using external hard drives, which uses eSATA - transfer would be faster,...
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December 31, 2010 10:41:00 AM

Hello, i didnt want to post a new forum page for selfish reasons, so i was hoping to maybe get an opinion or 2 on my i7 build. This build is a Cyberpower PC build customized to my likings. I chose cyberpower after weeks of different Botique site reviews and personal findings. I also chose to go with a Botique builder because i have limited time, and i do not want to hastle with RMA's and my own stupidity i.e. static motherboard, or bad installs. Now that, that is out of the way. Please give me honest opinions and upgrades that i can do that wont break the bank, or even downgrades that may help me save $$$ and give just as good performance, I have really come to like this forum and the people that post on it, so i will be taking things seriously. Thank you in advance.




Configuration
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366•HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)•MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator [+63])•MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA-III RAID w/ 7.1Audio,GbLAN,IEEE1394a,USB3.0,SATA-III,RAID,3 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+11]•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+18] (EVGA Superclocked [+20])
•*BASE_PRICE: [+1149]
•BLUETOOTH: None
•CAS: Coolermaster HAF-X Gaming Full Tower Case w/ 1x230mm Red LED Fan, 1x200mm Fans, 2xFront USB 3.0 Port [+60]
•CASUPGRADE: None
•CD: Sony 24X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive [+3] (BLACK COLOR)
•CD2: * Asus BC-08B1LT 8X Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo [+65] (BLACK COLOR)
•CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-950 3.06 GHz 8M Intel Smart Cache LGA1366
•CS_FAN: Default case fans
•FA_HDD: None
•FAN: * Thermaltake FRIO Overclocking Cooler Fan (CLP0564) [+20]
•FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer [+10] (BLACK COLOR)
•FLOPPY: None
•GLASSES: None
•HDD: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD (Single Hard Drive)
•HDD2: 1TB SATA-III 6.0Gb/s 64MB Cache 7200RPM HDD [+93] (Single Hard Drive)
•IEEE_CARD: None
•KEYBOARD: Xtreme Gear (Black Color) Multimedia/Internet USB Keyboard
•LANSURGE: None
•MB_ADDON: None
•MEMORY: 6GB (2GBx3) DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module (Corsair Dominator [+63])
•MONITOR: None
•MONITOR2: None
•MONITOR3: None
•MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) Asus P6X58D-E Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Mainboard Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 SATA-III RAID w/ 7.1Audio,GbLAN,IEEE1394a,USB3.0,SATA-III,RAID,3 Gen2 PCIe, 1 PCIe X1 & 2 PCI [+11]
•MOUSE: XtremeGear Optical USB 3 Buttons Gaming Mouse
•MULTIVIEW: Non-SLI/Non-CrossFireX Mode Supports Multiple Monitors
•NETWORK: Onboard Gigabit LAN Network
•OS: Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional [+31] (64-bit Edition)
•OVERCLOCK: No Overclocking
•POWERSUPPLY: * 1,000 Watts - Corsair HX1000W 80 Plus Power Supply - Quad SLI Ready [+202]
•RUSH: RUSH!!! READY TO SHIP IN 3 BUSINESS DAYS [+69]
•SERVICE: STANDARD WARRANTY: 3-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY PLUS LIFE-TIME TECHNICAL SUPPORT
•SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
•SPEAKERS: None
•TEMP: None
•TVRC: None
•USB: Built-in USB 2.0 Ports
•USBFLASH: None
•USBHD: None
•USBX: None
•VC_PHYSX: None
•VIDEO: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+18] (EVGA Superclocked [+20])
•VIDEO2: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 1GB 16X PCIe Video Card [+195] (EVGA Superclocked [+20])
•VIDEO3: None
•WNC: None
•_PRICE: (+2029)
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January 7, 2011 12:47:12 AM

Well, in regards to my original post- I went with the ASUS P6X58D-E which was one I
was already looking at, so the suggestion was a nice reassurance. :) 
Typing this on my new beast as we speak. She is running great so far! Draws about 140 Watts at Idle, I forget what my old machine pulled, but I am guessing this is more what with 4 HDD's in it and all that. ;) 

In regards to gman071981-
That looks like a nice build. My only comments/questions-
Do you really need multiple Vid Cards?
How are you having those (2) 1TB HDD's set up? Individual, RAID?
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January 7, 2011 1:05:46 AM

I'm now jealous hellspawn I'm waiting on mine now. I also stayed with the asus P6X58D-E instead of the sabertooth. I changed to a single gtx 570 and removed a tb drive. I have replaced it with an Intel x25 SSD. And a data 1 TB drive. I also changed my psu to a corsair ax850. I should be up and running next week. Hope you enjoy your new setup.
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January 14, 2011 2:18:42 PM

Best answer selected by hellspawn69.
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January 14, 2011 2:22:00 PM

I'm loving it so far gman, been running great.
I thought of going with a SSD for the OS drive, but for cost reasons (mostly) I stuck with the raptor so I could use that drive for OS and Programs.
Let me know how it is when you get it!

On a side note, I got a 25" 1080p LCD monitor for a smoking deal from HP last week. So I have a nice new display for my PC. :) 
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