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Old September 7, 2010, 11:45 AM
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Hi guys! I'm helping a friend in the US come up with this build. He says it's primarily for CS5 and vidya gaems. He says he wants to leave things stock but I want to leave him room in case he changes his mind or at least a decent auto-OC. I mean hey with this budget, why not? I'm used to budget builds myself so I'm not too familiar with the higher performance stuff and I want him to get the best for his money! So help me, oh great Canucks of Hardware.

Here's what I'm thinking so far:

Newegg.com - MSI P55-GD80 LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860
Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998947
Newegg.com - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x 2 (the 1TB F3s are out of stock)
Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners

Still waiting on a bit of input like if he'll be wanting a new monitor and what kind of case aesthetic he likes. Thanks!

EDIT: Looks like he likes the Raven 2
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

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Old September 7, 2010, 11:55 AM
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hey. some good choice, although p55 wont do triple channel. nice psu, a bit too much for the needs. gpu wise a pair of 460's would be nice. how fast does he have to build? new chips and such are around the corner.

2k is a decent chunk for a nice riggie :)
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Old September 7, 2010, 12:05 PM
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hey. some good choice, although p55 wont do triple channel.
D'ohhh! This is what you guys are here for.

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nice psu, a bit too much for the needs. gpu wise a pair of 460's would be nice. how fast does he have to build? new chips and such are around the corner.

2k is a decent chunk for a nice riggie :)
Okay, I was erring on the side of caution since I wasn't sure. Would the 650 of the same seasonic series be a better idea? And uhh, I haven't asked. How soon is around the corner? And yeah, I'm a bit jealous. Thanks for the help, brother.
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i made the same mistake :)

it depends what gpu(s) youll use. low end? dont need much. gtx460 x 2 ? the 600 will do. http://tpucdn.com/reviews/MSI/GTX_46...power_peak.gif times two. so 300 watts on the 12v for the cards, another 150 200 for system.

furmark+cpu oc will of course add another 100+ w
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Old September 7, 2010, 01:57 PM
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With the 1156/P55 build I was still always under $1800 so I decided to bump this up to 1366/X58. Didn't change the PSU since I tried putting this in that psu calculator and got 800W. Uhhh bluh. I'd go with your estimate over theirs but since this won't be my own rig I'm being very cautious.

Motherboard Newegg.com - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Processor Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
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Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler
TIM Newegg.com - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - Thermal Compound / Grease
RAM Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
PSU Newegg.com - SeaSonic X750 Gold 750W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
HDDs Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (x2)
SSD Newegg.com - OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Case Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
ODD Newegg.com - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - CD / DVD Burners
GPUs http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130567 (x2)

Subtotal: $1,984.87
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some folks here swear by the -e version , nice but expensive case..meh you can fit it in the budget.


wow open box! Newegg.com - Open Box: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Old September 7, 2010, 02:57 PM
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I would get Arctic Cooling MX2/3 as AS5 (LOL) TIM is sort of conductive.

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Arctic Silver 5 was formulated to conduct heat, not electricity.
(While much safer than electrically conductive silver and copper greases, Arctic Silver 5 should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. While it is not electrically conductive, the compound is very slightly capacitive and could potentially cause problems if it bridges two close-proximity electrical paths.
For ~$15, I would get the i7 950 @ $300
Newegg.com - Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950

That Seasonic PSU is quite expensive. How bout the AX750W from Corsair? It is $150 (After MIR)
Newegg.com - CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Do you really need RAID'ed 500GB X2 hard drives?
If not, the WD Black 1TB is a cheaper option...
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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I built a photoshop workstation a few years ago and a dedicated raptor for the scratch disk did wonders for its performance.
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Old September 8, 2010, 08:19 AM
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The 1366 is the way I'd go. The 950 foer just a bit more is pretty good, especially if he's not going to do a heavy overclock.
The P6X58D-E is a better choice imho. I own one and love it.
The Corsair psu is a better choice imho, however I've never owned the other which has a respectable rep.
The suggestion of a WD black is a good one as well, though you can't go wrong with either.

Everything chosen with some possible changes will make a pretty darn good system. I'm sure he'll enjoy the new system.
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Old September 8, 2010, 12:40 PM
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Thanks, guys! I made the suggested differences (a 150gb Velociraptor for the scratch disk suggestion).
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