Second Try - New Audio Editor Workstation

The PCI SSD hard drive will be for boot disk/ apps, the SATA SSD drive will be for for files currently in use, the caviar drive will be for extra files.
i want a lightning fast pc at an affordable price, i think this is it...


MB: $199 GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
RAM: $260 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-12GBRM
CPU: $294 Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
HD: $229 OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HD: $300 OCZ RevoDrive OCZSSDPX-1RVD0120 PCI-E x4 120GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
HD: $90 Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
GPU: $100 SAPPHIRE Ultimate 100289UL Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
PSU: $119 CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CASE: $109 Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
FANS: $75 Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (CPU)
DVD: $16 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEMOS: $99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Os: $99 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$1,880
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  1. Wait for the Sandy Bridge release Jan 6th. Compare benchmarks before deciding.

    RAM clock speeds mean very little. Spend less there, or get a better deal on lower latencies... Maybe you can find some CL8 1600Mhz. Here is a Mushkin kit that will work just as well as the one you had picked:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226100&cm_re=DDR3_12GB-_-20-226-100-_-Product

    You selected a very quiet CPU cooler. Get a quieter, more efficient PSU to go with it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151088&Tpk=X650
  2. The PCIE solid state drives i cant see the point, the Intel SSD's make for a snappy system and solid reliability etc, and i simply dont trust the other brands with no experience.
  3. If you were getting a 1156 based system, I'd say wait for Sandy Bridge (1155), the enthusiast version of Sandy Bridge and successor to 1366 won't arrive till late summer.

    MoBo - Asus Sabertooth is same price but comes with a 5 year warranty
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131665

    SSD - If ya not intending it for the single 2.5" slot provided in the bottom of the DF case, might consider a 3.5" version so ya don't have to buy an adapter.

    Case - Consider the DF-35 which is equipped with Swappable Data bays
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129088

    or

    Considering your usage, the DF-85 with the Hot Swappable external drive bay.....the DF-85 / CP-850 PSU combo that newegg seems to have the special combo on every other week is a steal. Comnes in handy for moving data froim one place to another.

    HD - Not sure why ya getting a SATA III (6GB/s) HD if not combining them in RAID so as to break SATA II (3 Gb/s) speeds which one drive won't do.

    RAM - These Muskins are $85 cheaper, have better CAS timings and are low profile so won't interfere with that big CPU cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226100

    PSU - You don't mention overclocking, tho you chose a PSU where you are paying for a PSU with voltage stability worthy of a serious OC .... you also picked DDR3-1600 and a COU coler which implies an OC intent but no TIM. Anyway, if ya not going to OC up around 4+ GHz or add a 2nd GFX card, consider saving some bucks and getting Corsair TX series ($79) or a Antec EA-650 ($59). The Antec gets a 9.0 performance rating on joinnyguru.com and is certainly suitable for a moderate OC and a single GFX card.

    OS - Save $10 buying the newegg combo with the Dark Fleet case

    CPU Cooler - Might wanna read this before selecting a Cooler. Note that this review is a compendium of all previous reviews and is based upon a sampling of over 80 coolers. The Noctua makes it into the "highly recommended category" but not in with the "Top 11 Performers" class

    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=447&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15

    Considering the 2nd best performer is $35 cheaper, you might wanna rethink the choice here.

    TIM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835150080
  4. what if i said that one big consideration i have when selecting components is fan noises, and hard drive noises, would you give any different recommendations, I am not interested in overclocking, I just want incredibly fast access times and the ability to move large files with ease.

    -jeremy
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