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Old November 29, 2008, 08:24 PM
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Default Help needed on spec'ing a X58 build

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Usual stuff (surfing, newsgroups, etc) and gaming.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
I'm guessing $1200

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
Intel cpu. Beyond that I just want the best, most stable part I can afford.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Only re-using the case; TJ09

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Read a couple of threads here

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
I plan to procure the parts between now and Boxing Day as sales pop-up. Actual build will occur in January

What I need to know is:
Which motherboard? I was leaning towards the P6T but an RFD member suggested the Gigabyte EX58-UD5.
Videocard? Stick with the 260 216? 4870?
PSU: no cheap units for me. i want cables that can reach in case like the TJ09, efficiency, clean power, and enough connectors to hook everything up (say about 4 or 5 hds)
RAM? Seems like all the 6GB kits are identical. does it matter on brand?
Cooler? Is the TRU the one to stick with? Just noticed there are some new direct touching coolers on the market

all comments are appreciated
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Old December 18, 2008, 11:18 PM
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Update: i picked up the P6T and the i920. I would really like help picking the suitable 6GB memory kit for this board. My priority is stability and compatibility. I won't be oc'ing anytime soon so that is not of importance. I want a kit that will offer out-of-the box performance for this board. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:22 AM
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260 216 is a great card. I got one a few weeks ago and i'm loving it.

Corsair Tx750 is a nice PSU for cheap. (~$100)

If you aren't going to OC I would get DDR3-1333. I got 6GB of the G.SKILL RAM
PM it to $200 from newegg (not sure if its still that cheap)

Everything I've read says the TRUE 120 is the best cooler out there. I've yet to unpack and try mine but i've heard some great reviews.
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Old December 19, 2008, 10:55 AM
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Yeah I'll probably end up with the 260/216 if I see it on sale during Boxing Day. I don't think I can wait for a refresh of this sku (unless someone knows differently)
I have a TRUE on a different system and I'm pretty happy with it. I just noticed a lot of noise being made over these direct touch coolers but they don't seem to have displaced the TRUE by a wide margin in performance.

Thank you for the memory suggestion. I guess any name brand 1333 kit will do? What about timings?
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Old December 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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I have the same problem picked up a i7 920 with an eVGA X58 board.
I ordered a pack of 3x1gb Mushkin HP DDR3-1333 with 7-7-7-20
Probably going to up to the 3x2gb
NCIX.com - Buy Mushkin HP HP3-10666 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1333 CL 7-7-7-20 Triple Channel Memory Kit - 998677 In Canada.

Anybody have a different idea?

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