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Old 05-18-2010, 05:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Though not a big computer type, I put together a desktop for home based on componets recommended by a friend. It has worked great for two years, except for some issues with 64 bit Vista. Since I didn't bungle that one too much, I think I'd like to put a similar one together for my office desktop, but I'm sure there are better choices two years later. Here's what the home system looks like:

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1000 (PC2 8000) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8000CL5D-4GBPI
Item #: N82E16820231174
--Memory (Modules, USB) $79.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116493
$174.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152100
$94.99

GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128337
Gigabyte (626)-854-9338 option 4 GIGABYTE - Upgrade Your Life $84.99

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811156078
$74.99

Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80570E8500
Item #: N82E16819115036
--Processors (CPUs) Return Policy
Intel (800)-628-8686 Please Verify Processor matches order Prior to installation.$189.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
Item #: N82E16817139004

DIAMOND 4850PE3512 Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814103060
$179.99

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And here is what I am looking at based on some feedback from others for the new build:

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115214

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $289.99
SATA 3.0, USB 3.0, 3x USB power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813128422

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C8 $134.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145263

DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$314.99 out of stock
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814103085

CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817139004

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811156078

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152202

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116758

This system is about $1,400. I'm not concerned so much about pinching every penny, but just want a good, stable system with components that fit into the case correctly and are compatable. I will be doing some moderate graphics and video editing for inspection reports on this new system---but not a lot of heavy lifting. I feel confident I cant snap everything together fine, but I defintely need help in confirming the choices are the right ones. Any advice greatly appreciated!

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Old 05-18-2010, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The cpu you picked will not fit in that motherboard. This cpu will and it is more powerful and a few dollars cheaper. However the memory you picked will not work properly with the 920 or the motherboard so you want to go with some thing like this (a little more expensive).

Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

This power supply is only $89.99 after a rebate, it's a Great Deal.

Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

This XFX 5850 is in stock and slightly cheaper in Price. XFX has one of the Best Warranties Available.

Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
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Old 05-18-2010, 07:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Slaymate, thanks. This is the kind of mistake I am worried about. With those changes, though, looking like a good system?

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Also, I have been reading about the Windows 7 I will be upgrading to. Some of my software is not going to be supported, and I have read that CPU need to have the capability to run XP mode. I will try to determine if the one you recommend can do that.
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Overall the parts look good. Though the 5400rpm hard drive sounds awful slow for your main drive. I would look for a smaller faster drive for the Operating System and then use a bigger slower drive for data storage.

A Solid State Drive aka SSD would be awesome but they are pretty expensive. This isn't the fastest but it's pretty good for the price.
Newegg.com - Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

This would be a good "regular" hard drive for your operating system.
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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OK.....how about this?

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $288.99
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK $199.99
Newegg.com - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $139.99
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $309.99
Newegg.com - XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case $89.99
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $139.99
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer $27.99
Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $139.99
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

Am I leaving anything out?


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OK.....let me take a look at those hard drives. If I just wanted one hard drive, do you think I should go with the Western Digital? I just posted up the amended list that is lagging for moderator approval I think, so I will make another change to a different hard drive. I really appreciate the help!
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That's really not something I can answer. Only you know how much space you might need. I rarely save files for long myself so a 500GB drive is more than I need. But some people save all kinds of stuff and 2TB can get slim.
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Well, the 500gb might be a bit lean for me. Am I right in assuming this larger WD would work fine with the system?
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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Well, the 500gb might be a bit lean for me. Am I right in assuming this larger WD would work fine with the system?
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
what about this one

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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that hdd will work.
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Thanks very much for the input! So I am about to pull the trigger on this system------any further comments or suggestions before I do? This new list incorporates several changes suggested by folks here and on another site. Comments appreciated. (BTW, I know there must be a good reason for it, but the lag time required for moderator approval makes timely updates difficult and creates a bit of confusion. Just sayin')

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128423

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor $288.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115225

Note: Combo deal for MB and CPU $473.98

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/Produc...82E16822152185


G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231335

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139006

XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150491

RAIDMAX SMILODON Extreme Black ATX-612WEB 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811156078

LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106334

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders – OEM
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