HP Blackbird 002 LCi – rebuild advice requested

I’m considering upgrading my Blackbird. This would be my first build. I considered buying a new PC from one of the boutique builders but I think a rebuild would be a fun challenge and I like the Blackbird case. Price is not my primary concern so if you have upgrade advice, feel free. I realize I’m asking a lot here, but any input is appreciated…compatibility, upgrades, brands, heads up, forum link….etc. I may water cool and OC later so keep that in mind.

Experience level – Low – a few hours reading this and other forums
Budget - $3k - $4k
Primary use – Gaming, surfing, MS office, the usual stuff.
Purchase date- This week, or whenever I have enough info gathered.
Buying components online, Newegg I suppose
Brains – questionable

Keeping original:

Blackbird case
Win7 64 bit
Creative Labs PCI sound card - SB0460 (doesn’t matter much to me, upgrade or drop it advice)
Seagate Barracuda HD 7200 – 500 GB – (can upgrade this but I want the data on it. Move the data and keep the drive for backups?...don’t know how)
Pop up Media card reader and USB ports
Front panel start/restart
DVD/CD Drives
Monitor, keyboard/mouse

New:

ASUS MAXIMUS IV EXTREME (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623i72700K (The extra $50 is ok)

1 GeForce GTX 580 (will add another in SLI later if I need it)

16GB DDR3 SDRAM (need help here. Brand? 1333 – 1600?)

240 GB SSD (Brand? Will add another one later if needed. Not sure about RAID 0 config)

PSU (Don’t know. A good one :) Plenty of headroom, 1000W +

Oh, and fans. No idea. Quiet is good.

Thanks in advance for your advice, even if it’s just to say, go buy a new PC, you don’t know what you’re getting in to.
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  1. 16gig of ram is kinda overkill, its probably better to get 8gig of really good memory
    http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G%2ESkill
  2. For gaming right?

    Drop the i7 2700K to i5 2500K. Little to no difference in gaming.
    Ditch the 16GB to 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz.

    This is all i can think right now. Wait for the others response.
  3. omer94 said:
    16gig of ram is kinda overkill, its probably better to get 8gig of really good memory
    http://www.ncix.ca/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL&manufacture=G%2ESkill


    Thanks omer, I tend to agree. Is there an even better 8 gig card that you know of?
  4. acerace said:
    For gaming right?

    Drop the i7 2700K to i5 2500K. Little to no difference in gaming.
    Ditch the 16GB to 8GB DDR3 1600 MHz.

    This is all i can think right now. Wait for the others response.


    Not just gaming, I do a little of everything. Why the i5 2500k? Just the price? i7 2600k ranks higher. Not judging, just asking.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-cpu-overclocking,3052-5.html
  5. Because, in gaming, the i7 has little performance increase than the i5.
    http://www.guru3d.com/article/core-i5-2500k-and-core-i7-2600k-review/20

    But, since you gonna do everything on that pc, (I assume video encoding, Photoshop etc..) than it will see the benefit from the i7 Hyper Threading. If you have the money, why not? :D
  6. Thanks for the input, I've learned a lot reading these boards. I am now waiting for LGA 2011 to release, hopefully Monday, and see if anymore information comes out.

    If anyone out there has experience rebuilding an HP Blackbird, please let me know. There are several unique issues rebuilding the BB when you are trying to keep the original features from the drive bays forward functional.
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