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Old September 9, 2010, 01:16 PM
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Hey guys, I was thinking of a new build possibly. I think I am going to do Intel/NVIDIA. So please give me some advice what parts I should get. Below, are my draft parts.


Intel/NVIDIA:

Motherboard: Newegg.ca - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

CPU: 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

CPU Cooler: Newegg.ca - CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

RAM: Newegg.ca - Patriot Viper II Sector 7 Edition 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model PV736G1600ELK x2

SSD: Newegg.ca - OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

HDD: Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

GPU: Newegg.com - EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (I'll get one first, then save up for another) or
NCIX.com - Buy MSI N470GTX Twin Frozr II GeForce GTX 470 Fermi 607MHZ 1280MB 3348MHZ GDDR5 PCI-E 2XDVI Video Card - N470GTX Twin Frozr II In Canada. (I'll get one first, then save up for another)

Sound Card: Newegg.ca - ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

PSU: Newegg.ca - CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Optical Drive: Newegg.ca - 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

Case: Newegg.ca - LIAN LI PC-P50WB Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (with an extra 120mm intake fan) or
Newegg.ca - Corsair Obsidian Series 800D CC800DW Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case (with one to three additional top 120mm exhaust fans)

Monitor: Newegg.ca - ASUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers w/ component connector

Keyboard: Newegg.ca - Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard

Mouse: Newegg.ca - Logitech G500 10 Buttons Dual-mode Scroll Wheel USB Wired Laser 5700 dpi Gaming Mouse

Speakers: already own

Headset: already own

Thanks for reading through this, I know it's a lot. And please help me out!

Also, I'm not so concerned about the budget, but I don't wanna go overboard.

Edit: I've decided not to get the Coolit Omni ALC since it costs a lot (Coolit Omni Closed Loop GPU Watercooler SLI/CrossFire Version + two Coolit Omni ALC GTX 470 Interposer plates equals out to more than $300-estimate...).

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1. I suggest this motherboard instead: Newegg.ca - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2. The HX1000 is a complete waste. Not only is it not that great compared to other 1kW PSUs on the market, but it's also way overkill for your needs. I suggest this instead: Newegg.ca - XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

3. You don't need to use HDMI. That monitor has a DVI input as well and will probably include a DVI cable. Just use that. DVI and HDMI are identical as far as video goes, and you don't need to transmit audio over HDMI since you'll be using speakers.

4. I really suggest that you get a dedicated sound card. This would be the basic option: Newegg.ca - ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

5. Why not an Intel/AMD build? A 5870 is faster than the nVidia cards you're looking at.
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Old September 9, 2010, 03:45 PM
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I would get an AMD build.

AMD 1055T
Some cheap AM3 mobo and then switch it out for an AM3+ one which supports bulldozer.

And the GTX 460
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Old September 9, 2010, 04:21 PM
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1. I suggest this motherboard instead: Newegg.ca - ASUS Rampage III Formula LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

2. The HX1000 is a complete waste. Not only is it not that great compared to other 1kW PSUs on the market, but it's also way overkill for your needs. I suggest this instead: Newegg.ca - XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W ATX12V v2.2 / ESP12V v2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

3. You don't need to use HDMI. That monitor has a DVI input as well and will probably include a DVI cable. Just use that. DVI and HDMI are identical as far as video goes, and you don't need to transmit audio over HDMI since you'll be using speakers.

4. I really suggest that you get a dedicated sound card. This would be the basic option: Newegg.ca - ASUS Xonar DX 7.1 Channels PCI Express x1 Interface Sound Card

5. Why not an Intel/AMD build? A 5870 is faster than the nVidia cards you're looking at.
Thanks for the tips, but I think I'll go with a 850W Modular Corsair PSU. I really don't like the puke green on the XFX one. Also, I can't find any reference HD 5870's and I don't really like those two non-reference ones, so I'd rather go with NVIDIA (and if I want SLI, then I would need Intel).

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I would get an AMD build.

AMD 1055T
Some cheap AM3 mobo and then switch it out for an AM3+ one which supports bulldozer.

And the GTX 460
When do you think AM3+ is coming out? And I want to SLI, and the AMD motherboard won't support SLI.
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The AM3+ platform is coming out sometime in 2011.

Desktop Bulldozer Processors Will Require New Platforms - AMD - X-bit labs

Maybe this mobo: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS M4N75TD ATX AM3 DDR3 nForce 750A SLI 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI 6SATA Sound GBLAN Motherboard - M4N75TD In Canada.
It is quite cheap @ ~$110...
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Eh, not exactly what I want. I was hoping for a high end build.
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I'd go with everything in the intel build, with these suggestions...

HAF X, GTX470 x2, Asus R3F - as suggested by Zero82z & drop the H50 for a CM V6GT. I'd also increase the ssd size to 120GB if the budget can fit it!
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If you're not using custom watercooling, the entire rig my look a bit 'empty' if using such a huge case as the hafx or 800d, the lian-li would be enough but any of those would be great cases (just don't get the 932, it's old). The sli gtx460's will perform very good, but imo they are short and look ugly in a way, the 470's look much better but don't offer that much more performance and they consume more power. Because you aren't mixing different gpu's, there's no need for big bang, any x58 motherboard would do such as the rampage III. If you have a big budget, I'd suggest a 1920x1200 monitor instead, it makes a difference when gaming. The V6 is a good performing cooler, but if you value a light cooler that won't stress your mobo or just more space around the cpu area, closed watercooling loops are great. The newer H70 is much thicker, and it also performs better, unfortunately it's still only 120mm instead of 240mm. You'd be getting the most out of your i7 950 with a H70 or V6, I don't think H50 would cut it if you plan on overclocking. The ram looks perfectly fine, but also consider Corsair Dominator, they have a matching fan and a led bar that lights up according to memory usage, very cool (and pointless) if you have the money. They have red dominators and blue dominators to match your mobo.

Very good choice on the hx850, consider saving the money by getting a i7 930 instead and spending it on a 2nd hard drive, a bigger ssd, a blue-ray drive, or an upgrade to H70. I wouldn't count on unlocking the gtx465 to be stable forever, it could but personally I'm just paranoid about that lol. SLI gtx460 is perfectly fine, sli gtx470 is even better if you can afford it but you have to weigh the increase in price/power consumption with the benefits.
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If you're not using custom watercooling, the entire rig my look a bit 'empty' if using such a huge case as the hafx or 800d, the lian-li would be enough but any of those would be great cases (just don't get the 932, it's old). The sli gtx460's will perform very good, but imo they are short and look ugly in a way, the 470's look much better but don't offer that much more performance and they consume more power. Because you aren't mixing different gpu's, there's no need for big bang, any x58 motherboard would do such as the rampage III. If you have a big budget, I'd suggest a 1920x1200 monitor instead, it makes a difference when gaming. The V6 is a good performing cooler, but if you value a light cooler that won't stress your mobo or just more space around the cpu area, closed watercooling loops are great. The newer H70 is much thicker, and it also performs better, unfortunately it's still only 120mm instead of 240mm. You'd be getting the most out of your i7 950 with a H70 or V6, I don't think H50 would cut it if you plan on overclocking. The ram looks perfectly fine, but also consider Corsair Dominator, they have a matching fan and a led bar that lights up according to memory usage, very cool (and pointless) if you have the money. They have red dominators and blue dominators to match your mobo.

Very good choice on the hx850, consider saving the money by getting a i7 930 instead and spending it on a 2nd hard drive, a bigger ssd, a blue-ray drive, or an upgrade to H70. I wouldn't count on unlocking the gtx465 to be stable forever, it could but personally I'm just paranoid about that lol. SLI gtx460 is perfectly fine, sli gtx470 is even better if you can afford it but you have to weigh the increase in price/power consumption with the benefits.
Yeah, I don't really like the V6VT. It looks to industrial. I like more elegant. Also, I think I'll either go with Mushkin or Patriot RAM. They are good and not as expensive (Corsiar is a bit expensive). I don't have a budget, but I don't want to go overboard. And thank you for the 930 suggestion. I can just overclock to higher speeds with 930. And I think 470 is a good choice too.

Edit: How does 1900x1200 help gaming? It's only has 120 more pixels wide.

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Not wider, it's taller. I had a 1080p yesterday morning, yesterday evening I bought a 1200p monitor. The difference is quite noticable actually, it just 'feels' like you can see more stuff around you when gaming though it's not that much. 1080p would work, it's just a suggestion. I think it's in the ratio or something, 16:10 for the human eye is better than 16:9 or something, but 1080 pixels high is cheaper to produce for manufacturers so they reduced the 1200 pixel panels =\

I have g.skill ram myself, I wish I could afford dominators but any brand works just fine, dominators is like bmw just a status that you've got premium ram lol :)
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