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March 21, 2011 8:47:32 PM

Alright its finally time to upgrade the desktop I'm using from 2003 just isn't cutting it any more. Here is what I have put together so far, I'm definitely open to suggestions but I want to stick with the i7.....

Approximate Purchase Date: As soon as I decide on components

Budget Range: ~$1400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: General purpose able to handle Adobe CS3 and up with ease plus some video and photo editing

Parts Not Required:
Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, Monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, MicroCenter

Overclocking: Yes (Probably not from the start but eventually)

SLI or Crossfire:
Want the ability

Additional Comments:
The parts I have listed below are all from Newegg, there are some of them that I know that I can get cheaper at MicroCenter and probably will but easier to list them all out from the same place. I already have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 which I plan to run on the machine.

Here are the parts that I have so far, if possible I would like to find a cheaper graphics card as that one is a little more than I was wanting to spend.....

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBXM - $64.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL - $99.99

EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $359.99

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support - $269.99

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $199.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $109.98

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $239.99

XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular - $159.99

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K - $328.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - x2 $129.98

LITE-ON DVD Writer - Bulk - Black SATA Model iHAS224-06 LightScribe Support - OEM - $18.99

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel - $29.99

My current total comes up to $1348 and looking at it there is probably some room to save on maybe a smaller case, that one is probably way overkill.

I appreciate the help.

Travis

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March 22, 2011 2:54:07 AM

Hello travis442

I think the next spot after the case to do some budget trimming would be using the Asus P8P67 Pro instead of the Deluxe.
After that stepping down to the GTX 560 Ti (this is for video editing, right?)
And finally, even choosing the i5 2500K over the 2600K.
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March 22, 2011 12:26:37 PM

Good catch on the RAM I definitely wanted 8GB not sure how I accidentally chose the 4GB, what do you think of the RAM I chose I think its a little bit of an upgrade over the RAM you suggested?

Do you know what some of the main differences are between the PRO and the Deluxe? I'll take a look at the video card that you suggested and see if I can't find a case that would work for me.
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March 22, 2011 12:47:05 PM

I went ahead and changed cases to the 922, do you think I'll still have plenty of room for the Hyper 212 cooler? Now I'll take a look at the graphics card that you are suggesting.
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March 22, 2011 1:02:56 PM

WR2 said:
Hello travis442

I think the next spot after the case to do some budget trimming would be using the Asus P8P67 Pro instead of the Deluxe.
After that stepping down to the GTX 560 Ti (this is for video editing, right?)
And finally, even choosing the i5 2500K over the 2600K.


So I have updated the video card, is that the one that you were suggesting? That move saved me $100.
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March 23, 2011 4:20:13 PM

So I'm thinking about building this computer this weekend and have found all of my parts locally for about the same price except for the RAM if I can order something from Amazon I can have it here on Friday the other pieces I'm going to pick up from MicroCenter, does anybody have any other recommendations on 8GB of ram that either place might have?
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March 23, 2011 4:21:24 PM

WR2 said:
I'm having trouble finding a side-by-side comparison of the two motherboards.

P8P67 DELUXE webpage

P8P67 PRO webpage


I've decided that if I'm going to overspend anywhere I would like for it to be on the motherboard and the processes so I think I'm just going to stick with the Deluxe version, thanks for the links though.
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March 23, 2011 6:16:38 PM

You have a very nice build right now but I would see if you can find the money to put an SSD drive in as a boot drive. Even picking up the older Intel X25-M 80GB drive would give you a big improvement on boot times and access times for any program on the drive.

Christian Wood
Intel Enthusiast Team
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March 24, 2011 3:08:32 PM

So I have picked up and ordered most of my pieces only one that I haven't gotten is the motherboard and I think I'm going to be able to pick up the Deluxe version on Friday and if not I have found the Pro version and from reading it doesn't sound like I will be losing much ability.

I was wondering if there are any additional cables that I'm going to need to pick up in addition to what comes with the motherboard? How about Thermal compound is there some of that with the processor or should I pick up some?

Just trying to prevent any last minute trips to the store over something that I might have forgotten.
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March 24, 2011 3:14:34 PM

You're in good shape. You won't need any cables or thermal compound.

Here is the accessory pack for the Deluxe:


Thermal compound is that tube, lower left the CM Hyper 212+ accessory pack
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March 24, 2011 3:20:14 PM

WR2 said:
You're in good shape. You won't need any cables or thermal compound.

Here is the accessory pack for the Deluxe:
http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/13-131-701-Z05?$S640$

Thermal compound is that tube, lower left the CM Hyper 212+ accessory pack
http://images17.newegg.com/is/image/newegg/35-103-065-Z06?$S640$


Thanks, I got the cooler in this morning but hadn't opened the box yet to see what all it came with and I couldn't find a place on the box were it said.

What do you think about the SSD for the OS?

RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC064MAG-1G1 64GB SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $119.99

If I get one I'll either have to get it from MicroCenter or TigerDirect someplace local since its too late to order anything for a build this weekend.
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March 24, 2011 3:42:41 PM

That's a great price on the RealSSD C300.
I think they're closing out the C300s and getting ready to release the C400s, or maybe the Crucial M4. Due out 'sometime in March' last I heard.
NewEgg has sold out and not got the stock replenished.

Let me see if I can find a link for you.
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March 24, 2011 3:48:55 PM

C300 Read/Write speeds 355MBs / 75MBs
C400/C4 Read/Write speeds 415MBs/175MBs
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March 24, 2011 3:55:27 PM

WR2 said:
That's a great price on the RealSSD C300.
I think they're closing out the C300s and getting ready to release the C400s, or maybe the Crucial M4. Due out 'sometime in March' last I heard.
NewEgg has sold out and not got the stock replenished.

Let me see if I can find a link for you.


Is it a drive that you would recommend?

Also I haven't installed a Raid 0 before and was looking for some info on what the process should be for the ASUS boards any idea on links I should take a look at for that? If I do end up getting the SSD I would assume the process would be that I install the OS on the SSD and then go back through and setup the other 2 drives as Raid 0, or is it all done in the same step?

I really appreciate all the help.
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March 24, 2011 9:09:02 PM

That's exactly the way I look at it too. The performance increase in 'real world' tasks isn't quite so dramatic as the raw specs suggest. The C300 is still a great choice and I'd do the same, grab the savings and a fast SSD.
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March 24, 2011 9:19:06 PM

If I were doing the build with your parts I'd install just the SSD initially. If it looks easier for you to mount the HDDs at this time you could do that as well, but for now I'd leave the HDDs data and power cables disconnected.

Once you get the first boot go into BIOS and switch the SSD drive over to AHCI.
After rebooting then install the OS and after that get all the available Windows updates out of the way. Do some of the usual stability and performance tests.

Then you could install the HDDs / attach the power and data cables. In BIOS you set up the RAID and your next boot into Windows it should see a new HDD which is your RAID array.
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March 24, 2011 9:23:49 PM

Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

-> The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.

While you're waiting you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it.
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March 25, 2011 1:22:23 AM

WR2 said:
If I were doing the build with your parts I'd install just the SSD initially. If it looks easier for you to mount the HDDs at this time you could do that as well, but for now I'd leave the HDDs data and power cables disconnected.

Once you get the first boot go into BIOS and switch the SSD drive over to AHCI.
After rebooting then install the OS and after that get all the available Windows updates out of the way. Do some of the usual stability and performance tests.

Then you could install the HDDs / attach the power and data cables. In BIOS you set up the RAID and your next boot into Windows it should see a new HDD which is your RAID array.


Thanks for the advice, that all makes sense.

I was trying to decide if its worth setting up the RAID at all and if I would notice any performance gains, especially if it outweighed the fact that if one of the drives failed then they both would and everything is lost.
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March 25, 2011 1:23:42 AM

WR2 said:
Here is a Step-by-Step Guide to Building a PC

Look over the forum's "System won't boot" checklist to see some of the common build errors and how to avoid them.

-> The usual advice; read the manual / install guide; look at the parts, read the manual again and if everything makes sense and looks right - then go ahead with the install.

While you're waiting you can download the online version of the motherboard manual and start getting familiar with it.


Good to know that I was looking at the right articles then, I have already book marked both of those articles and downloaded the motherboard manual earlier today. I think I should be able to pick up the rest of my pieces tomorrow and be ready to go this weekend.
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March 25, 2011 1:32:11 AM

A SSD outperforms a typical RAID0 setup by a large factor.

It used to be the only way to get 'good' HDD performance was a RAID array.
That's not been as true the last several years. An array failure is much more likely than a single disk failure. You'd want to make sure your data backup plan is well thought out anyway.

I like the single HDDs these days. Especially with a SSD in the mix.
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March 25, 2011 1:41:40 AM

WR2 said:
A SSD outperforms a typical RAID0 setup by a large factor.

It used to be the only way to get 'good' HDD performance was a RAID array.
That's not been as true the last several years. An array failure is much more likely than a single disk failure. You'd want to make sure your data backup plan is well thought out anyway.

I like the single HDDs these days. Especially with a SSD in the mix.


Yeah I think I'm just going to use them as standard drives and stay away from the RAID, use one of the drives for programs and then the other drive for storage of files. That will make it easier to just have to back-up the stuff on one of the drives and not worry about the programs. Similar to my current setup come to think about it just much bigger and better drives.
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March 25, 2011 5:37:05 PM

WR2 said:
I'm having trouble finding a side-by-side comparison of the two motherboards.

P8P67 DELUXE webpage

P8P67 PRO webpage


WR2 I found a side by side comparison of the two boards, and if I can't find a Deluxe I'm not going to fret over getting the pro, they look to be very similar.....

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March 25, 2011 6:28:06 PM

If you're heavy into video editing and transcoding, you might want to wait until you can get your hands on a Z68 mobo. Then you can take advantage of the Intel's Quick Synch technology for transcoding, along with having dedicated graphics cards.
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March 25, 2011 6:51:49 PM

homegun said:
If you're heavy into video editing and transcoding, you might want to wait until you can get your hands on a Z68 mobo. Then you can take advantage of the Intel's Quick Synch technology for transcoding, along with having dedicated graphics cards.


Definitely not into heavy video editing, just as a hobby and even then not a lot. Probably just stick with the P67 for now as I think that is going to more than meet any needs that I'm going to have for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for the suggestion though.
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March 28, 2011 2:11:42 PM

Just wanted to send out a big thanks to WR2, build my machine this weekend and everything went off without a hitch. Minus a driver issue thanks to Microsoft's optional updates.

The system flies though and boots up in no time, still working on getting everything setup like I want it. Haven't had a chance to run any of the benchmarks yet but I will hope to get to that soon.

Again thanks for all the help.
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March 28, 2011 3:12:15 PM

Hey Travis,
How is the noise level when the PC is under load? I have a similar build in another post but I went with a liquid cooler just to keep db's down.

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March 28, 2011 3:15:47 PM

PawsJK said:
Hey Travis,
How is the noise level when the PC is under load? I have a similar build in another post but I went with a liquid cooler just to keep db's down.


Well at this point I probably haven't put much of a load on it.

As it stands right now the only noise that I can hear is that of the DVD drive.

I'll see if I can't run a benchmark tonight of some sort to put a load on it and see what it sounds like.
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