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March 31, 2011 2:37:24 PM

Hey Guys,

So, I am finishing up an order that I am trying to send out today. It is my first build, but I am in the video game industry, and as such I need the computer to do several important things - such as high-end gaming, editing, rendering, coding, art assets, large storage capacity, etc. I need some advice on a few things though. First, I'll post the New Build thing and then my questions and then my wishlist.

Approximate Purchase Date: Today

Budget Range: 1000-2000, probably around 1500.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, coding, surfing the internet/emails, art assets, rendering, storage.

Parts Not Required: OS - Getting a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit at a local computer store

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com

Parts Preferences: Intel, nVIDIA, ASUS - could be talked into anything else of note

Overclocking: Maybe - in the future

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - in the future

RAID: Maybe - in the future. Thinking about RAID 10 or RAID 5 my SSD when the price drops.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: Powerful, Stable, Upgradable, Quiet, Beautiful.

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QUESTIONS

Do I need an aftermarket heatsink/CPU Fan?

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

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

Is my power supply powerful enough? Or do I need to go bigger? (Answers should include discussion of SLI/Crossfire and Overclocking)

Corsair Enthusiast 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Which storage drive should I go with?

Samsung Spinpoint - $55 1TB 7200rpm 32 mb cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black - $88 1TB 7200rpm 32mb cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black - $90 1TB 7200rpm 64mb cache
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

***MOST IMPORTANTLY***

Which processor+mobo set-up is better for what I'm trying to accomplish with power and upgradability?

1155 Dual channel i5-2500k Sandy Bridge
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-DELUXE-REV-3-0-Motherboard/...

or

1366 Triple channel i7-950 Bloomfield
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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WISHLIST:

CASE
Antec Twelve Hundred V3 Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811129100

POWER SUPPLY
CORSAIR Enthusiast Series CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PROCESSOR
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115211

or

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I52500K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HARD DRIVE
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227551

EXTRA HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MBor32mb Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822136533

or

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOTHERBOARD
ASUS Sabertooth X58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131665

or

ASUS P8P67 DELUXE LGA 1155 SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 Supported Intel P67 DDR3 2400 ATX Motherboard
http://www.amazon.com/P8P67-DELUXE-REV-3-0-Motherboard/...

VIDEO CARD
EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1563-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814130610

RAM
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-12GBRL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231358
for triple channel model

or

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
for dual channel

CD/DVD BURNER
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

PERIPHERALS - MONITOR, MOUSE, KEYBOARD
ASUS VH238H Black 23" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000,000:1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236117

Logitech MX 518 8 Buttons 1 x Wheel USB Wired Optical 1800 dpi Gaming Mouse
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6826104178

Targus AKB24US Black&Silver 103 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823173020

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This is my first attempt at building a computer. I realize that it is a bit ambitious of a project, but I'm asking for advice because I don't want to make any huge mistakes, and I want everything to be correct for what I'm trying to do.

My priorities are - Stability(Cooling and not falling apart), Upgradability, Performance, Aesthetics

Thanks in advance!

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March 31, 2011 3:53:26 PM

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Gaming-Twelve-Hundred-V3/dp... $159.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec ATX Full Tower Gaming Case, Twelve Hundred V3 (Black)

Here's a factory over clocked 560 in a combo deal with 8 gigs of low voltage RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $324.98
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL
GIGABYTE GV-N560OC-1GI GeForce GTX 560 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

A decent rated semi modular psu to power two of those cards and leave you headroom for o/c, drives, etc...

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Truepower-TP-750-BLUE-Manag... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec Truepower 23754 TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU NVIDIA SLI Certified 80 Plus Bronze Advanced Hybrid Cable Management Power Supply

A decent cpu h/s that allows you to add another fan for a "push/pull". Comes with decent thermal compound also.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002G1YPH0/ref=ox_sc_a... $28.43 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler, RR-B10-212P-G1

A faster and quieter h/d than those WD's...

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=HD-HD103SJ&tit... $59.99 Free Shipping
Samsung SpinPoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB SATA2 7200rpm 32MB Hard Drive

And now for the mobo....

http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-P67X4B3&tit... $153.99
ASRock P67 EXTREME4 B3 LGA1155/ Intel P67 B3/ DDR3/ Quad SLI & Quad CrossFireX/ SATA3&USB3.0/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---- that same board on newegg...but it's sold out atm.

http://www.madshrimps.be/articles/article/1000116#axzz1... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.hardwareheaven.com/reviews/1098/pg2/asrock-e... <---Review on that Asrock motherboard after the latest bios update

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4080/welcome-to-sandy-bri... <--- Review before the latest bios...and it still smoked the Asus and Gigabyte boards

http://www.asrock.com/news/events/201102ex/warranty.htm... <----- Asrock two year warranty
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