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Old 11-30-2008, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Virgin build. Would like it to be an orgy of opinions and advices

Okay, I thought i could afford an i7 920 rig, but it's just a tad bit too much for my budget right now, so I decided to go with a cheaper build. This is my first build so I'm not too sure if all of my prospect components are compatible with each other.

This is what i would like to put in it:

MOBO:
EVGA 750i ftw or EVGA 780i (decisions, decisions.... help me pls)

CPU:

Q6600

RAM:
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency: 4
Timing: 4-4-4-15
Voltage: 2.1V
or
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency: 5
Timing: 5-5-5-15
Volatage: 1.8V-1.9V

I don't know much about CAS latency, voltage, or timing so your thoughts here could help a lot.

PSU:
PC Power, and Cooling S75QB 750W
or
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W

Would 750 watts be enough for supporting (2x) gtx260 GPU's?

HARD DRIVE:
(2x) WD Velociraptor 150GB SATA
and a WD Caviar Black 1TB

GPU:
(2x) gtx260 core 216

CHASSIS:
Thermaltake Spedo VI90001 W2Z
or
Cooler Master HAF

I'm going with a full tower just to leave room for future upgrades

All your help would be most appreciated and I will be forever grateful
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, I thought i could afford an i7 920 rig, but it's just a tad bit too much for my budget right now, so I decided to go with a cheaper build. This is my first build so I'm not too sure if all of my prospect components are compatible with each other.

This is what i would like to put in it:

MOBO:
EVGA 750i ftw or EVGA 780i (decisions, decisions.... help me pls)

CPU:

Q6600

RAM:
OCZ Reaper HPC Edition (2 x 2GB) DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency: 4
Timing: 4-4-4-15
Voltage: 2.1V
or
G.SKILL (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Cas Latency: 5
Timing: 5-5-5-15
Volatage: 1.8V-1.9V

I don't know much about CAS latency, voltage, or timing so your thoughts here could help a lot.

PSU:
PC Power, and Cooling S75QB 750W
or
Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W

Would 750 watts be enough for supporting (2x) gtx260 GPU's?

HARD DRIVE:
(2x) WD Velociraptor 150GB SATA
and a WD Caviar Black 1TB


GPU:
(2x) gtx260 core 216

CHASSIS:
Thermaltake Spedo VI90001 W2Z
or
Cooler Master HAF

I'm going with a full tower just to leave room for future upgrades

All your help would be most appreciated and I will be forever grateful
If you gave up some stuff that you don't need, you would afford an i7. And I would get a Cosmos S 1100 case, it's godlike.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Perhaps maybe get a faster CPU. OCZ ram has better timings at the same speed so its faster. Either of those PSU's are rock solid and will run the 2 cards just fine.

if you dump the velociraptors, and get some 320GB platter HD's, you can probably squeeze in an i7.
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you gave up some stuff that you don't need, you would afford an i7. And I would get a Cosmos S 1100 case, it's godlike.
Oh I know it's quite pricey but I plan on getting just the WD 1TB for now, then getting the 2 velociraptors in the near future since they're like $250 CAD each.
And I'm only getting 1 gtx260 core 216 for now
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Old 11-30-2008, 10:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Perhaps maybe get a faster CPU. OCZ ram has better timings at the same speed so its faster. Either of those PSU's are rock solid and will run the 2 cards just fine.

if you dump the velociraptors, and get some 320GB platter HD's, you can probably squeeze in an i7.
Same reply above for the velociraptor issue.
Which CPU would be good though? I've been reading a lot of threads and the Q6600 seems to be a popular choice for OC'ing (I've never OC'ed before so I don't want to fry a high end CPU)
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The higher end cpu they harder it will be to fry it.

Q6600 is good overclocker at 3.0 ghz, and thats a nice speed for anyone
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The higher end cpu they harder it will be to fry it.

Q6600 is good overclocker at 3.0 ghz, and thats a nice speed for anyone
That makes sense.... Would the Q9550 be better then?? (OC'ing wise?)
I also noticed there's a Q9550 OEM version and it's significantly more expensive than the normal one. What's the difference between the two?
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Old 11-30-2008, 11:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Before even considering getting a Q9550, I'd get a i7 920. They're inarguably better than a Q9550 (and a bit cheaper), and even beat the high-end $1400 QX9770 in most benchmarks.

Only, it'll make for a more expensive mobo and RAM. Better system though.
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Bottom Line, the i7 teabags ALL.
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Bottom Line, the i7 teabags ALL.
Yeah, the i7 is a benchmark leader when it comes to the art of teabagging.
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