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Looking for feedback - Very fast Sandy Bridge build

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March 6, 2011 8:58:47 AM

Hello,

I would like to buy a new PC, a really fast one based on the new Sandy Bridge configuration. Considering that I'm not an expert choosing the best components for this build I would like to ask your oppinions on this.

I'm not interested in overclocking or gaming and the system and I would like it to be a silent one. Below you can find some of the components I tought would be the best to make a performant build.

CPU: Intel Core i7 2600 3.40GHz
Cooler: Cooler Scythe Ninja 3
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67A-UD3H-B3
MEM: Corsair 8GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 XMS3 Dual Channel kit rev. A
SSD: OCZ Agility 2 Series 120GB SATA-II with SandForce1222
HDD: RAID 0 of Samsung 320GB SATA-II 7200 rpm 16MB SpinPoint F4
GPU: not needed
Case: Antec Three Hundred or Nexus Prominent 9

These are only my "rookie" selections and I would like to ask you guys to improove any of the above components if you find anything better or faster.

The price limit would be around 2k $ but like I said I would like to buy the fastest build needed for multitasking reasons and running lots of applications simultaneously.

Thank you in advance, I'm looking forward to the best feedback I could get.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 6, 2011 11:00:33 AM

Hello binor;

What GPU and PSU do you own? Resolution of monitor?

CPU prices:
Core i7-2600 Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) $300
Core i5-2500 Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) $210

It's not worth the extra $90 going for .1Ghz speed increase, 2MB more L3 cache and hyper-threading.

Your CPU cooler pick isn't the quietest option: Cooler review: Scythe Ninja 3
compare with the Gelid Tranquillo $40 in that same review.

Got a model number on that OCZ Agility 2 SSD? Get one without the E in the model number. Also compare prices on 90GB/100GB

With a SSD I don't believe RAID0 of storage drives is a necessity. Save some money with a good 1TB HDD $65 Samsung F3

Corsair 8GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 is 1.5V?

Fractal Design R3 quiet case in place of Antec 300 (which IS a quiet case but R3 is quieter)
Fractal Design R3 review
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March 6, 2011 11:17:03 AM

Hello WR2, thank you for your reply.

I don't own a GPU, I will use the one from the motherboard (I'm not interested in games) and as I read the H67 integrated video card will satisfy my basic needs.

I am interested in i7 because of the hyper-threading, I was told that increases performances in multitasking and is more usefull in applications.

Unfortunatelly in my country the Gelid Tranquillo is not available so I have to choose between Scythe Mugen 2 rev. B or Scythe Ninja 3.

I think the model number for the OCZ is: OCZSSD2-2AGTE120G

If you have any other suggestion for choosing a SSD please tell me, I'm open to better suggestions.

I chose RAID 0 for having the best performance instead of saving some money. I don't mind when it comes to having a faster PC.

The Corsair is 1.65 V as I can see, again if you have a better option please shoot. Is there any real difference between CL 9, 8, 7? Is worth buying a lower CL memory?

Fractal Design R3 seems to be a good option, thank you.

Btw, I forgot about the PSU - which I don't own. So I would like some suggestions here too.

Thank you.
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 6, 2011 11:59:34 AM

binor said:
I don't own a GPU, I will use the one from the motherboard (I'm not interested in games) and as I read the H67 integrated video card will satisfy my basic needs.
Correct. The H67 motherboard and the HD 3000 graphics on the i5 2500 / i7 2600 is actually quite a good GPU.

Comparison of 2500vs2600 (K models used since the chart had them available)
Even with .1Ghz faster clock and hyper-threading the performance is very close. Productivity=Multi-tasking.

Full comparison here.
-> You'll notice some big differences in 2500x2600 performance but unless you're doing that type of work - media/video creation & encoding you won't be able to notice the difference in performance.

Neither Scythe Mugen 2 revB or Scythe Ninja 3 indicate they are socket 1155 compatible on the Scythe website.
Scythe might just be lazy updating the website but until you positively confirm they will work on socket 1155 do not buy them.

OCZSSD2-2AGT E 120G = avoid. Good options of Sand Force 1200 SSD:
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G
OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD3-2AGT120G
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro Series FM-25S2S-120GBP2 2.5" 120GB
Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL120GB-DX 2.5" 120GB
Patriot Inferno PI120GS25SSDR 2.5" 120GB

1600 1.65V CL9 is acceptable but 1.5V is ideal.
There is small advantage in some situations/some applications to lower Cas Latency CL8/CL7 RAM.

Very quiet but expensive
Seasonic X-400 Fanless (SS-400FL)
Nexus NX-5000 Silent PSU

Also quiet and high quality
SeaSonic S12II 380B 380W / SeaSonic S12II 430B 430W

For a better RAID0 solution use 2x 500GB HDD like SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ or Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS



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