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Old June 7, 2010, 03:34 AM
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Default New i7 build, w/ aim of future-proofing - 2.5K - any comments before I order?

Hello. I've been lurking for sooooo long. But I still need help, though I'm embarrassed to ask because I haven't contributed yet. But here goes...


I'm building a new computer, and my main aim is future-proofing. I love to read this stuff, but once I get it done, I hate touching my creation -- maybe my aversion is medical? *laugh* I really don't know. But you'll see what I mean when you see the over-the-top motherboard I've chosen.


Again: here goes...:


Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box ---- $298.99


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD9 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 XL ATX Intel Motherboard ---- $699.99


THOSE things are already fixed -- I cannot change them.


Thermaltake ArmorPlus(Armor+) VH6000BWS Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case; No PSU ---- $194.99


KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-700MA1S 700W ATX / BTX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Power Supply ---- $104.99


Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler ---- $109.99


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ---- $104.99


Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ---- $239.99


A DVD reader/writer/etc.;


CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 Desktop Memory with Airflow Fan Model CMT12GX3M6A1866C9 ---- $514.49


ASUS EAH5970/G/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5970 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity ---- $741.99


---- total price ---- $2770


Does anyone have anything to suggest before I order?
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Old June 7, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Can I ask why in the world you would need that motherboard? That's catered to enthusiasts with sub zero cooling and such. Your much better off spending your money somewhere else. Even if you do get a cheaper motherboard, even at half the price and if it craps out on you, you can most likely buy a new one if your too lazy to RMA it. Anyways, thats up to you.

I'd switch out the power supply for something different. Possibly a Seasonic X750? Have you also considered price matching if you're buying from Ncix? Use pricebat, pricecanada, shopbot etc. You can save quite a bit
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Old June 7, 2010, 06:47 AM
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of course the board is useless and overpriced. the biggest board I suggest is EVGA classified and even that is overpriced. You willhave the same benefit getting a UD5 or UD7 or any other high end board at like 300-400$. The board will just fit in more case and be less expensive. It will also allow you to get a better case. I would also change the PSU for a gold brand like seasonic, corsair, silverstone, Antec. The PSU is the most important part of a rig, if he died the ENTIRE system can die to so don't go cheap on it.
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Old June 7, 2010, 07:01 AM
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First of all, there is no such thing as "futureproofing". So i would recommend to use only half the budget and put the other half in the bank to be used later on.

The i7 is a dead socket, there will be no more "new" CPU's coming out. AM3 on the other hand **Should** support the next gen Bulldozer CPU's. It seems to me that you grabbed the most expensive stuff in the market...

If you are only gaming, 12GB of ram is useless. 4GB is good enough, even 2GB is enough.

What screen res do you use? There is no point in buying the 5970 if it will be used in a 1920X1080. Plus dual GPU's on one PCB isn't the best idea. - extreme power hog, nearly zero resale rate; nobody buys it (ie: 4870X2), more issues etc...

EDIT: you might as well get a BluRay drive for "futureproofing".
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Old June 7, 2010, 07:31 AM
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geez..I thought $580 for my Classy Board was an insane amount to spend on a Mobo....

1. Scale down the Mobo
2. I7 is fine (don't really see how this is "Dead" as mainstream Gulftown 1366 CPU's will make thier debut sometime soon (Jcmaz....am I missing something?..is the I7 980 Extreme it? )
3. Better PSU
4. I'd prefer a XFire or SLi arrangement before purchasing the 5970
5. Better Case

Really....for 1.5K you could build a decent System and "add to it" as time / tech progresses....
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Old June 7, 2010, 07:34 AM
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that's what i read from these forums....
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Old June 7, 2010, 07:38 AM
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Huh.....I'm just "assuming" thier will be a Hexa Core Gulftown 1366 CPU available at some point......other than the 1.2K Extreme version....maybe I'm wrong.....?

I thought it was P55 1156 was that was going nowhere...
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Old June 7, 2010, 08:05 AM
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A couple of things seem off, so here is what I would suggest (prices from Canada Computers, Ontario. Similar prices to be had at NCIX, Newegg, etc. I left the prices you included for things that I did not change).

Not sure what you want to use this for, or why the mobo and cpu cannot change. The mobo I list below will be no different than what you listed unless you are doing some world-record overclocking, and even then maybe not.

I did not go cheap anywhere (look at the case I mentioned).

Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box ---- $298.99


Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Socket 1366 Intel X58 ---- $224.99


Cooler Master ATCS 840 Black Computer Case ---- $201.99


Corsair TX Series CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX ---- $139.99


Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus ---- $35.99


Western Digital Caviar Black (WD2001FASS) 2000GB (2TB) ---- $229.99


Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) ---- $239.99


LG UH08LS10K Black 8X Blu-Ray Reader / 16X DVD+/-R/RW Drive LightScribe SATA ----$109.99


Corsair XMS3 Classic 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL9 ---- $234.49

Sapphire Radeon 5870 2GB Eyefinity 6 & Displayport -----$524.99


There you go. The above system is pretty much overkill, but with your budget I did not go cheap.
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Has the crazy-expensive Gigabyte board already been bought? Otherwise, why are the CPU/mobo fixed and unchangeable? If you haven't bought it already I would really advise against getting the $700 motherboard. If you do get it, I think you only really have one option for the chassis, and that's the HAF X.

Good ol' XL-ATX.
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IMO, spending that much on a board and not on an extreme processor seems kind of a waste.

I'm on a slight rebuild and I went slightly overboard with getting the Rampage 3 Extreme. was looking at the Gigabyte UD3, but wanted better cooling, then looked at prices of the UD5.. UD7.. and ended up going back with Asus.
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