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February 19, 2011 4:55:31 PM

EDIT: Changed processor/motherboard since recall. :/ 

Before I ask my questions, i'll list what I have in my cart atm.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


1. Is this a compatible build? I've never built one before, and the video card says it's power connector is a 2 x 6 Pin while my PSU doesn't seem to list a 2 x 6 Pin.

2. Is there a cheaper modular PSU I can get for these parts? Or, is modular even needed for the case I have?

3. Is there anything I can change around for a better price/performance ratio? It was hard to find a hard drive that looked decent, but i've read a few complaints about noise with the one I picked.

Thanks.

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February 19, 2011 9:31:32 PM

Core i7-950/ASUS Sabertooth X58 are good. Your 4GB dual channel RAM kit is a mis-match with the triple channel X-58 motherboard.
Corsair XMS 6GB (2GB x3) DDR3 1600 is a good value and has great customer reviews.

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February 19, 2011 9:39:15 PM

The RAM you have up there is DDR3 dual channel, you need DDR3 triple channel for that board. Also if you take a few min. you can over clock the gtx 560 to run about on par with that 570, not only that but the 560's run cooler, use less power, and are on a newer chipset. That and with dual 570's it's a good idea to go with a 850w so you have some headroom in case you decide to over clock later on down the road. If you do decide to add another card later on...I would go with a larger case that allows for two cards and an after market cpu heat sink. Take a look at this down below...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $59.99 FREE SHIPPING
COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $5.99
MASSCOOL FDC12025S1L 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 FREE SHIPPING
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/ASRock-X58-Extreme-CrossFireX-Mot... $164.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
ASRock X58 Extreme Core i7 / Intel X58/ DDR3/ Quad CrossFireX & Quad SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Price: $531.98 FREE SHIPPING
EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support FPB Video ...
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 FREE SHIPPING
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998946

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $64.99 FREE SHIPPING
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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February 19, 2011 9:51:19 PM

You can get a higher performance 500GB HDD to replace the 640GB HDD.
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 7200 RPM HDD $40

With rebate and 10% discount the XFX XXX Black Edition 750W 80 PLUS SILVER Modular PSU is an excellent value compared to the Corsair 750HX.

I like the GTX 560 Ti better than the GTX 470. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 560 Ti: Upsetting The $250 Market
THG: Best Graphics Cards For The Money: February 2011

With the money you've saved so far... how about a case upgrade and a CPU cooler?
CM HAF 922 and CM Hyper 212+
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February 19, 2011 11:30:02 PM

Thanks for the detailed replies!

I've changed the bold parts as suggested, i'm now looking at the following:

Case:->COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC/ ABS Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive:->Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor:->Asus ML238H 23" 1920 x 1080 2ms Full HD LEDBacklight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250 cd/m2 10,000,000 :1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card:->EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cd drive:->LITE-ON Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:->Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:->CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Extra fan:->MASSCOOL FDC12025S1L 120mm Case Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


About the video card, the one I have now is 470 instead a 500 series to keep it at a $1500 minimum. Or do you mean I can OC a 460 to meet 470 performance? I googled crysis benchmarks and it looks like the 470 is worse than I thought at 30 fps. I read that it might have been that the drivers were still fresh, hopefully that's changed but I guess i'd have to look up some more benchmarks. :( 
EDIT: The GTX 560 Ti looks crazy, I guess I will get that.

For now, I don't plan on SLI but I might want to OC the i7 for CPU intensive programs. Also scaled back the HD for price, but i'm not sure if I should sacrifice the 32mb cache. Right now i'm a little over 1500 due to next day shipping, hopefully everything arrives in one piece.
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February 19, 2011 11:55:19 PM

That GTX 560 Ti really overclocks well. I think you made a smart move changing over.

Be sure to let us know how things work out.

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC
Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see what some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

While you're waiting you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it.
Asus Sabertooth X-58 website

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