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Old August 22, 2009, 10:59 AM
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Hey everyone,

So my e2180 has crapped out. I pushed it too far (tried getting to 3.8ghz) and I think I burned something. The CPU just wants more and more voltage to run at my previously stable OC of 3.4ghz. I'm running at stock and programs are taking forever to load; GTA IV stutters occasionally; and my computer will not always reboot from standby.

At any rate, I'm back in the market for a new system. I've been reading the forums as much as I can but 14-15 hr work days don't give me much free time to catch up on what's changed since C2D. Any feedback is appreciated.

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($223) Replacement CPU:
Q8400 to replace e2180
($169) Replacement MB: GA-EP45-UD3p to replace P35-ds3r.
($355) Primary CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping
($260) Monitor: ASUS VW266H 25.5IN
($540) GPU: BFG GeForce GTX 295 576MHZ 1792MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3
($469) MB: EVGA X58 Classified EATX
($218) Ram: Mushkin XP3-12800 Redline 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 Ascents were low / out of stock and I'm impatient. According to the HWC review only the HS is different.
($160) HDD: Raid 0 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB
($32) DVD: LG GH22NP20 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 DL 16X/12X
($134) Cooling: Prolimatech Megahalems, 2x Noctua NF-S12B 600-1200rpm, fan clips
($177) Enclosure: Cooler Master Haf 932 - Good HWC review and it looks like I can go up from air to WC when I want to with this case
($276) PSU: Corsair HX1000

Sub-Total: $3,013 incl tax
Shipping/Insurance/ZipCar: $80

Total: $3,093


Edits: Added all purchases.

Huge thanks to everyone for the feedback and to all the HWC reviews that helped me with this purchase (Enclosure, RAM, MB). I'll be moving this puppy into the worklog once the parts come in
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$357 for a DO is somewhat reaching. It may have made sense 2-3 months ago when there were still a bunch off C0's floating around, but now? It'd be interesting if the regular priced 920s at NCIX are already D0's but there's still a separate pricing for D0. I bought pretty much most of my i7 build parts from NCIX except for the 920. I refuse to pay extra for something that should be widespread by now. Instead I bought my D0 (pkg date June 09) from a local store for $309.
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MB: EVGA Classified or GB UD5? Ideas on which is better for OC performance and controls? I need to do more research. Something that would work with i9 when it comes out. ($500 allowance)
PSU: Corsair TX850W ($162)
Get the HX850 instead..it's better than the TX850 ( ref:jonnyguru review) and pricematch it with DirectCanada and you get it for about the same price as the TX850.
The Classified if you're planning to go wc or later down the road and overclocking much (4.2 and up). The UD5 is no slouch at oc'ing either and priced more reasonably than the Classified..up to you to decide if the Classified is worth it. I just like the layout of the Classified better and the EVGA forums are great for i7 noobs like myself. Personally I don't think any motherboard over $400 is worth it and yet I bought one - shows you how much I think with my head , still I don't regret it.

And never a big fan of TT cases but that might just be me - they're just too loud and quality is so-so. Consider cases from Silverstone, Lian Li or Coolermaster (HAF series has great airflow, ATCS 840 if going wc). Antecs 900/2 are also quite popular.

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With that monster Rig you may want to consider a 1kW PSU....if in the future you decide to utilize those vacant PCI-E slots with multi GPU's you will be set! Nothing worse than replacing a PSU twice in a year.....trust me, I've been thier!
Nice selection of parts btw!
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grab a eVGA tri SLI LE, its what i use in my rig, and i get wonderful performance. although if you are gonna be running SLI or Xfire you may want a Classified for the PCI-E rail 2 timeing.
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With that monster Rig you may want to consider a 1kW PSU....if in the future you decide to utilize those vacant PCI-E slots with multi GPU's you will be set! Nothing worse than replacing a PSU twice in a year.....trust me, I've been thier!
Nice selection of parts btw!
x2, Corsair HX1000 or Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050W would be good choices. Those will handle 2x295's no problem.
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That's a great point, since I think I'll get another 295 once the 3 series come out. It won't be DX11 but at least it'll hold its own for a while. Thanks for the feedback.
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Great PSU, but be aware that their are "compatibility" issues with this PSU n Classified Boards......stick to a Corsair 1 kW or Silverstone 1.2kW
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Great PSU, but be aware that their are "compatibility" issues with this PSU n Classified Boards......stick to a Corsair 1 kW or Silverstone 1.2kW
Oh I didn't know that, or what there could even be compatibility issues. My current Hx1000 has been rock solid, so I will buy from them again.
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or what there could even be compatibility issues.
Cold Boot issues with Classified Boards (could have been just the NF200 Boards) not sure if it had been rectified through BIOS updates.....was all over the Evga Forum after release of the Classified.
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