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Old 09-03-2010, 06:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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building a new computer after 4 years, my old one has served me well but its time to upgrade. heres what i got so far

HDD - Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - 87.99

video card - Newegg.com - XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - 389.99

PSU - Newegg.com - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - 169.99

RAM - Newegg.com - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - 134.99

motherboard - Newegg.com - ASUS Rampage III Gene LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - 239.99

cpu - Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950 - 299

monitor - Newegg.com - ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - 189

microsoft windows 7 home premium 64-bit oem - 99

total - 1,612 (thats pretty much pushing my budget to the limit.)

I will probably be using my old case Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-WW Black/Silver Aluminum Bezel, SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

i tried to put together that will last me for a while. I have never done any overclocking but im thinking i might look into it with this new system, wondering if i should get more fans.
Any suggestions or feedback would be appreciated
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Default Re: ready to build a new comp, need some suggestions plz

You'll want a cpu cooler... Not sure on 1366 ones, so someone else will chime in.

If your going to oc, i'd save 15 bucks, and go with the 930, as they both will hit about the same overclock.

If you need to save cash, going with an 850tx will save 50 bucks, but you lose modularity.

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Default Re: ready to build a new comp, need some suggestions plz

that is an awesome build... only thing i would change is get this ram for only a few dollars more, its faster. but if your budget is absolute maxed out then the ones you chose are superb.

Newegg.com - G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI

but the only other thing i would suggest is get a CPU cooler. to be blunt, if you have an i7 and dont overclock it, you're.... well, to keep it PG, foolish. they love being overclock and its super easy to get a basic overclock.

for the price this is a great cooler:
Newegg.com - Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
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thanks. i was going back and forth with modularity or not i like the idea of having a modular psu but saving 50 sounds nice too, but i feel like the case i have the more room the better. I wasnt really sure if im going to try and overclock, again i like the sound of doing it, but im not sure im really going to do it.... but id like to lol .



to sean W - after the rebates i could probably afford to go for that ram and thanks for the cooler
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Default Re: ready to build a new comp, need some suggestions plz

As said above..... you'd be foolish, as its pretty easy to get a good umph for the cost of a cooler, which is a good investment anyway.

If you want to save abit and get even more modularity, Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE ST85F-P 850W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Its fully modular...

But i noticed the hx has a 20 mir... so theyre the same price of $149.99
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what kind of environment will you be operating in. I.e. Is the room hot, or cold... I ask cuz this is the delima for me since the room is very hot at times lol
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has air condition plus gets cold in the winter.

i added the heatsink and the ram that sean suggested total is 1,667 you only live once
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Default Re: ready to build a new comp, need some suggestions plz

lol yeup, and money will come and go

congrats, you are going to have a computer that can play any game at absolute maxed out settings...

but to give you another option, here is a build i put together last night that has an i5 and a 5970. basically the only difference between the i5 and the i7 is that the i7 has hyper threading... which unless you are keeping a stock speed, you are going to dissable with the i7 anyway... but here is the build just go give you another option... just take out the case since you already have one and throw the operating system in there... this build would be faster and its cheaper

Case: $130
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Mother Board: $170
MSI P55A-GD65 LGA 1156
Newegg.com - MSI P55A-GD65 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Processor: $195
Intel Core i5-750
Newegg.com - Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I5750

Memory: $98
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM

Graphics Card: $600
HIS H597F2GDGC Radeon HD 5970
Newegg.com - HIS H597F2GDGC Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity

Power Supply: $130
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply

HDD: $75
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD burner: $20
Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X 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 LightScribe Support - CD / DVD Burners

CPU heatsink: $30
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler

Total: $1448
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Why would he be disabling hyper threading?

Alot of people overclock with ht... Its how they fold big units.
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Yeah, I'm running 4.1GHz on my i7 930 with HT on, HT improves multi-threaded performance by a significant amount and is useful for folding or other heavily multi-threaded processing. I recommend the 1366 platform for HT but also for the higher internal bandwidth and triple channel RAM controller. If you're going for a high end build the 1366 platform is the way to go. I would however recommend a full ATX motherboard over the microATX you chose, either a Gigabyte X58A-UD3R (my personal choice) or an Asus P6X58D, both are great choices and are full ATX so you have more room to expand.

As for the CPU, go with the i7 930 or the 920 if you can still find it, they're the cheapest i7's but can easily hit the same speeds or higher with a bit of overclocking. Literally the ONLY difference between the 920, 930, 940, 950, and 965 is the multiplier (which sets the stock frequency). All of these chips can be overclocked to 4GHz with a good cooler in most cases. Save the extra money from the CPU upgrade, get a 930 or 920, and spend the extra cash for a good CPU cooler/heatsink. This will let you overclock and you can get much better performance.
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