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January 16, 2011 9:54:20 PM

I've got nearly everything ready to roll for my next build. Just looking for a second (and more) set of eyes going over my choices.

Already have:
Samsung BX2450 LED Backlit Monitor
Crucial C300 SATA III 128 GB SSD
Secondary and Tertiary HDDs (SATA II, 7200 RPM)
Antec 902 Case
Blu-Ray Burner
Logitech F510 Gamepad
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard, Standard Logitech Laser Mouse, & 2.5 Speakers

Rest of the build:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Not married to getting everything from Newegg. I'll shop around for the lowest price. Just maintaining the wishlist there for convenience.

A few things I'm thinking:
1. Drop the power supply down to a 750 or even 650. It appears that graphics card only pulls about 300 under load and the CPU is only 95 watts. I think I can get away with that.
2. Drop the mobo down to a pro. The only feature of the deluxe that catches my eye is the front panel USB 3, but...I think waiting until combo front panel USB 3/card readers are available would be a better move.

What does everyone think? Any suggestions and/or comments?

Thanks.


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January 16, 2011 11:16:17 PM

PSU - The XFX Black Edition 850 gets a 10.0 performance rating from jonnyguru and is $110 on newegg, save yaself $90

Cooler / TIM - AS5 comes in 2nd place in the 80 TIM roundup .... but takes 200 hours to cure before ya can start pdialing your OC's in. Get the No. 1 performer
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

As for the cooler, I'd suggest the Zalman CNPS10X-Performa over the one you picked as it's a 4th place finisher here:
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

The three that finished higher were the Thermalright Venomous-X RT, Scythe Mugen-2 SCMG-2100 and
ProlimaTech Megahalems

The Scythe 2100 would give better cooling then the Zalman and save another $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - If ya keepin the 902, I'd consider keeping the $239 Deluxe ... if upgrading the case, I'd drop to a Pro and take advantage of the combo pricing. Other ones I'd consider are the Sabertooth and Revolution. The latter is the only 1155 board I have seen so far that can do twin GFX cards at x16 x16

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

GFX - At $210 for a 460, I'd bump up to a 470 for just $10 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - At $160 for CAS 8, hard to not consider 2 of these for $40 each for the same 8 GB at CAS9.

Take $80 saved on the RAM, $90 on the PSU, $40 on a better cooler, save $20 on the Sabertooth (-$10 on the GFX upgrade) and ya got $220 more to spend .... maybe $130 of that goes to a 570 .... or maybe a 2nd 470 in SLI which your 850 watt Black edition can easily support.
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January 17, 2011 3:51:18 AM

Hogweed said:
I've got nearly everything ready to roll for my next build. Just looking for a second (and more) set of eyes going over my choices.

Already have:
Samsung BX2450 LED Backlit Monitor
Crucial C300 SATA III 128 GB SSD
Secondary and Tertiary HDDs (SATA II, 7200 RPM)
Antec 902 Case
Blu-Ray Burner
Logitech F510 Gamepad
Saitek Eclipse Keyboard, Standard Logitech Laser Mouse, & 2.5 Speakers

Rest of the build:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Not married to getting everything from Newegg. I'll shop around for the lowest price. Just maintaining the wishlist there for convenience.

A few things I'm thinking:
1. Drop the power supply down to a 750 or even 650. It appears that graphics card only pulls about 300 under load and the CPU is only 95 watts. I think I can get away with that.
2. Drop the mobo down to a pro. The only feature of the deluxe that catches my eye is the front panel USB 3, but...I think waiting until combo front panel USB 3/card readers are available would be a better move.

What does everyone think? Any suggestions and/or comments?

Thanks.


EDIT: Added to 'Already have'.



After looking at this and your newegg list, I'm going to asume this isn't a gaming build correct ? A $80 h/s $250 mobo, almost $200 on RAM, $200 for the psu, and only a gtx 460 ? This build is for video rendering or photo shop maybe ? If this is suppose to be a gaming build, whoever gave you advice on that list did a total hose job on you.
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January 23, 2011 10:56:49 PM

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