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February 17, 2011 1:07:24 PM

I'm planning out a new system, here is my list so far.

Intel i7-960 - $320
Asus P6X58D Motherboard - $290
6GB Corsair RAM - $120
GTX 560 Ti EVGA x2 - $500
120GB SSD Intel X25-M - $ 230
500GB HDD Samsung F3 x2 - $100
850W Corsair PSU - $130

what do you guys think? any suggestions? thanks

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February 17, 2011 4:52:19 PM

What do you want this build to do? Is it mainly gaming ? I am going to assume so since you have duel gtx 560 ti's. But if thats so then why do you have the i7-960?

Any way I wouldnt suggest investing right now in the 1366 socket. The new chip set and cpu's are so much faster. The current i5-2500k is faster in multiple functions than the i7-extreme edition which is around 600$+ I believe. They should be available again by the end of the month or next month.

Honestly I think there was some thing wrong with last years sockets. Because they where so short lived, I mean a year really? On top of that the i5-2500k is seeing performance boosts of 1.5x over the last generation i7's. Also Bulldozer will be out in the next 2-3 months and that is supposed to boast similar speed boosts.

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February 17, 2011 5:13:06 PM

This is a build I'm planning out for a friend, he values performance more over cost.
- we thought about going for sandy bridge but that will be another month or two. I think the i7-960 should be just fine.
- I like the Intel SSD better, I have one myself. The price difference isnt that big anyway.
- 500GB has less chance of failure compared to 1TB. I think. Plus I like the idea of multiple small drives rather than 1 large one.

thanks for the input. the only thing I'm not sure about is the motherboard since its the component that I know the least about. I just searched for all 1366 socket motherboards and went for the one with most/highest ratings, lol.
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February 17, 2011 5:35:12 PM

If you plan on pushing two of those 560's in SLI, then an 850w psu isn't needed. Take a look at this set up down below. btw the Mushkin RAM down below is a steal for that price.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 - $99.99 after mail-in rebate 10% off w/ promo code PSU11FEB, limited offer
XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-950BOX&titl... Combo Price: $579.97 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-950 3.06GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366/ Intel X58/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB SATA3 7200rpm 64MB Hard Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Radioactive 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998983

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MUGENB&tit... $33.99
Scythe SCMG-2100 MUGEN-2 Rev.B 5 Heat Pipes CPU Cooler

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2&title=... $5.99 Free Shipping
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - MX-2 (4G)
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