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My Budget Build Progress

I've been wanting to build Core i7 rig for a while now but money has been tight. so tight it looked as if I might have to get by with my current LGA 775 system for a few more months. So patiently I've been gather parts from friends that have upgraded and have deeper pockets than myself. First a list of the parts I have acquired and secondly, a list of parts I plan on eventually getting.

Motherboard - Asus P6T6 WS Revolution - From a friend that upgraded to the eVga Classified SR-2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131358

Memory - Corsair XMS3 DDR3 12gigs 3 packs (2x2Gb)- From another friend that bought 24 gigs for 2 builds, one of which never got off the ground.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145251

Case - Corsair obsidian 800D Full tower - From Craigslist of all places

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

Total Invested : Asus P6T6 WS Revolution = $60.00 (Yeah he broke me off)

Corsair XMS3 DDR 3 = $80.00 ( wouldn't come down any lower)

Corsair 800d = $140.00 ( MUHAHAHAHAHAHA)
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$280.00

Next proposed purchases:

Intel Xeon W3520 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117213&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Processors+-+Server-_-Intel-_-19117213

CORSAIR Professional Series Gold AX850

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

Corsair H100

http://www.corsair.com/cooling/hydro-series/hydro-series-h100-extreme-performance-liquid-cpu-cooler.html


Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB HDD

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136830

Xeon processor = $300.00
Corsair PSU = $189.00
Corsair H-100 = $120.00
2TB HDD = $150.00
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$759.00 For an estimated grand total of $1039.00 before taxes
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  1. the samsung spinpoint F3 is as fast as the black for about half the price, but i don't know if they make a 2tb version, still get the F3, save you 50% over a black. just RAID the 2 hdds, and what do you plan on doing? IDK how a xeon will compete with the new sandy bridge but if you already have your mobo then i don't see why not, BTW is this one of those xeons that you can use more than 1?
  2. wenqi said:
    the samsung spinpoint F3 is as fast as the black for about half the price, but i don't know if they make a 2tb version, still get the F3, save you 50% over a black. just RAID the 2 hdds, and what do you plan on doing? IDK how a xeon will compete with the new sandy bridge but if you already have your mobo then i don't see why not, BTW is this one of those xeons that you can use more than 1?



    No it's a single CPU workstation Motherboard. What sealed the deal was the price and the fact that it has 6 PCI-E 2.0 X16 slots and claims true 3way @ x16. I didn't include GPU's in the list because thats a ways down the road and I'm still up in the air on whether to SLI 2 GTX 460's or just get one HD 6950 and flash it to a HD 6970 with future plans on adding a second. The Samsung Spinpoint does look like one hell of a deal. At that price I can buy 2 and still come out cheaper. Thanks for the heads up.
  3. so what do you need from us?

    I didn't see any GPU's listed do you have them already?
    Why the Intel Xeon W3520 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
    and not a Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop ?
  4. jerreddredd said:
    so what do you need from us?

    I didn't see any GPU's listed do you have them already?
    Why the Intel Xeon W3520 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
    and not a Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop ?


    "JD" the Intel Core i7-960 was actually my first choice. But a friend that's been running the Xeon 3520 had been having such success overclocking that chip @4.9ghz with just a Corsair H50 that I thought that I'd give the Xeon a try since my motherboard supports Xeon. As far a GPU's go I still haven't decided. I've used nothing but GeForce for what seems like forever. The Last ATI Radeon card I used had to be the ATI X800. I do like what I've read about the 6 series cards though and haven't yet ruled them out.
  5. Best answer
    tinmann said:
    "JD" the Intel Core i7-960 was actually my first choice. But a friend that's been running the Xeon 3520 had been having such success overclocking that chip @4.9ghz with just a Corsair H50 that I thought that I'd give the Xeon a try since my motherboard supports Xeon. As far a GPU's go I still haven't decided. I've used nothing but GeForce for what seems like forever. The Last ATI Radeon card I used had to be the ATI X800. I do like what I've read about the 6 series cards though and haven't yet ruled them out.


    good enough for me, didn't know the xeon's were such great overclockers. the ATI cards seem to scale better than the nvidia cards, but I am a nvidia fan so I would go with a single GTX 560 or 560 Ti and the SLi when I could afford another.
  6. GTX 560ti, that is a great card, most factory OC ones are BEASTS
  7. youre tight on cash, and youre thinking of buying an AX850....... i mean... what am i supposed to recommend? surely you are aware that there are cheaper power supplies out there. what do you say to the guy who makes 50 grand a year and has $4000 rims on each tire of his pontiac?
  8. genghiskron said:
    youre tight on cash, and youre thinking of buying an AX850....... i mean... what am i supposed to recommend? surely you are aware that there are cheaper power supplies out there. what do you say to the guy who makes 50 grand a year and has $4000 rims on each tire of his pontiac?

    LMAO. +1

    Corsair AX 850w is $190
    Corsair TX 850w v2 is $135 before rebate
    XFX Core Edition 850w is $120 before rebate

    While the AX is, without a doubt, the best listed here, I would feel comfortable with the XFX in my rig.
  9. genghiskron said:
    youre tight on cash, and youre thinking of buying an AX850....... i mean... what am i supposed to recommend? surely you are aware that there are cheaper power supplies out there. what do you say to the guy who makes 50 grand a year and has $4000 rims on each tire of his pontiac?



    +1 good one, maybe it depends on what kind of Pontiac it is :D

    I agree the AX is a little over the top and the XFX is a good buy at $120

    good second hand parts though.
  10. genghiskron said:
    youre tight on cash, and youre thinking of buying an AX850....... i mean... what am i supposed to recommend? surely you are aware that there are cheaper power supplies out there. what do you say to the guy who makes 50 grand a year and has $4000 rims on each tire of his pontiac?


    I guess you missed the word Proposed or just didn't understand.

    proposedpast participle, past tense of pro·pose (Verb)
    1. Put forward (an idea or plan) for consideration or discussion by others
  11. Moving right along, I was looking at the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ or the Noctua NH-D-14 for cooling my CPU but bought a Corsair H70 today for $40.00. More bling for my Pontiac.
    For the record, this is a Pontiac

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121091

    This is a friggin Mercedes Benz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001&Tpk=corsair%20800d
  12. tinmann said:
    Moving right along, I was looking at the Cooler Master Hyper 212+ or the Noctua NH-D-14 for cooling my CPU but bought a Corsair H70 today for $40.00. More bling for my Pontiac.
    For the record, this is a Pontiac

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121091

    This is a friggin Mercedes Benz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001&Tpk=corsair%20800d



    I think you just insulted Pontiac. When I think of Pontiac, I think of a 65-71 GTO or a 70's Firebird/TA.

    the Benz is a nice case though.
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