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Old August 10, 2010, 10:14 PM
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Hi guys, I would greatly appreciate if you guys could help me out.


1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Gaming, web surfing. Movie watching. Windows Server 2008 R2 hyper v. with 4 or 5 virtual machines running at once.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
300-400 for cpu, 200-400 for motherboard, 500 and under for RAM (for amd want 2X4GB and for i7 not sure, but want to run tripple channel obviously and at least 8 gigs also).
150 and under for blu-ray Rom/dvd writer combo (not sure if i should buy a blu-ray reader as I am not sure if the firmware will be upgraded for new movies if drives get discontinued).

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada NCIX/newegg.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
None, just want best for the price and for virtualization in windows server 2008 r2 hyper v.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Parts I have are shown below:
*mouse/keyboard
*Coolermaster haf-x 942 xl-atx case.
*1TB WD HD sata3.0
*120 GB Crucial RealSSD C300 (sata 6GB/s)
*Corsair HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W atx12v 2.3, 80 plus silver certified modular active pfc power supply.
*logitech z-5500 sound system/speakers.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Yes, but lots to take in.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Yes, Never OCed before but want to try a mid level OC

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
middle to late August 2010

9. What resolution do you use?
I have a Dell u2711, resolution is 2560 X 1440
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Old August 10, 2010, 11:35 PM
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930 on a ud3h giga? either 6 or 12 gigers fer dual chan.

or 870a with a 1055t? 2x4gb ok, oc might be limited

good choice of psu. overkill unless you get dual 480's or tripple 5870's or something. best band per buck in a multi card setup seems to be 2 of them.
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Old August 11, 2010, 01:44 AM
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Go with a Intel Core i7 930 2.80 GHz ($290), which overclocks easily pas 4 GHz (reviews), paired with a Gigabyte X58-UD3R ($210) motherboard (reviews) and an OCZ Reaper Edition 12GB (3x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz memory kit ($300).
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Old August 11, 2010, 02:46 AM
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or for 300 $$ on a processor you can do the black edition AMD hexacore processor. more cores... it over clocks very well according to the reviews on new egg and having a hexacore just sounds awesome
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Old August 11, 2010, 06:05 AM
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Good list of components. I like core i7 where the 930 is a good choice. However, if you want AMD, then imho the 1090T as mentioned by another member is a viable choice. My preference for ram is Mushkin, Patriot, Corsair, or G Skill.
For mobo, my preference is Asus P6X58D-E. This is a choice based on features. For AMD, Asus is once
again my preference. The Gigabyte boards are a good choice as many members recommend those.
Whatever you choose, the new usb/sata components you own allows you to take advantage of their increased features.
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Old August 11, 2010, 07:39 PM
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Thanks for the speedy responses guys.
I am still torn as to going AMD 6core vs i7-930.

For virtualization/movie watching, which do you suggest of the two?

Also, which platform is less likely to have issues with RAM compatibility?
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Old August 11, 2010, 07:59 PM
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alsp, intel build if you wamnt maximum performance out of your hdds, be it regular or ssd.

does it make a difference for the regular guy? maybe not.
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Old August 11, 2010, 08:36 PM
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AMD option:

motherboard: Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-890FXA-UD5 AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

processor: Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

video card: Newegg.ca - PowerColor PCS+ AX5850 1GBD5-PPDHG2 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: Newegg.ca - Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT51264BA1339

Total: $ 1122.92 that includes shipping and price of items before tax.

INTEL solution:

processor: i7-930 Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

motherboard: Gigabyte x58a ud5 Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video card: powercolor 5850 game included: Newegg.ca - PowerColor PCS+ AX5850 1GBD5-PPDHG2 Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

RAM: corsair 3X2GB memory: Newegg.ca - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C8

Total: $1140.91

Do I need a different cooling solution for the intel? i read that the stock cooler is crap.
So which do you guys say is best for me from these two options?
Remember, I will use it for movies, and virtualization (5 virtual machines running at once using hyperv and microsoft r2 2008 server), and i picked that video card because it includes a game for free.
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how about 870a+1055t and a 5870? see what the total is then :)


edit. for intel the ud3 will save you a good 50-70 buckers
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Old August 11, 2010, 09:23 PM
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Avoid crucial memory like the plague! also look at 1600Mhz if you want to oc. G.skill, corsair ( not the CVS series ) Patriot and mushkin are the way to go for memory, many of us here love G.skill. You will also have to look for a CPU cooler. Coolermaster Hyper 212+ is cheap and allow good OC.
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