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3.0charlie November 16, 2010 03:37 PM

New customer build
Will be used for gaming, heavy Photoshop use and renders via cad software (Catia V5).
No need for a sound card.
Will be using on-hand LCDs (dual U2711s)
Needs storage space, with redundancy and access speed.
May oc (last time was on a P4, I was told).
Sticking to Air, unless I see a very valid reason to go with a H70 (how silent is it?).
The CPU / Noctua HSF is a bundle this week at NCIX.
Silent rig is a must.

For the motherboard, I need one with dual X16 slots and dual X4 slots - all occupied. Only one that seems to fit the bill is the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution. Or I may just drop the Revodrive and use a SSD instead.

Budget 3-4k$, delivered. The list below makes it well within budget, even with my assembly / delivery / support cost added. Any ideas, components to change, suggestions?

Lian Li PC-A71F
Motherboard: Gigabyte X58A-UD5??? Will be UD3R instead.
Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core
Noctua NH-U12P

Kingston HyperX 6GB Kit 3X2GB DDR3-1600
Zotac GeForce GTX 580 (2x)
Corsair AX850

OCZ RevoDrive X2 160GB PCIe X4
Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000.C 1TB (2x)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB (2x)
Samsung SH-B083L 8X BLU-RAY

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT
GELID Silent 12 5x
3WARE Multi Lane Internal SFF-8087 to 4X Serial ATA

SugarJ November 16, 2010 03:44 PM

Classified X4 for a mobo?

That case is very plain. If that's what he likes, fine. If not, how about: NCIX.com - Buy LIAN-LI PC-B25S Quiet Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 6X3.5INT Blue Ring USB3.0 No PS - PC-B25S In Canada.

ilya November 16, 2010 03:48 PM

PM some Gelid Silents instead of those Yates, no fan controller and whoever it is that's getting the rig likely won't be complaining about noise. Cost stays pretty much the same too. I like Yates, but they're honestly just a good reference fan.

You could probably also get an AX850 instead of the HX1000, you'll have enough power, unless they want to do 3/4way SLI. Not to mention it'll be quieter and cheaper.

EDIT: sugar, I think you missed the part about silence, that Lian Li comes with noise dampening material.

_dangtx_ November 16, 2010 03:48 PM

how about an ud9?

try sammy 1/2 tb for drives

SugarJ November 16, 2010 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by ilya (Post 450876)
EDIT: sugar, I think you missed the part about silence, that Lian Li comes with noise dampening material.

So does the Lian Li PC-B25S that I linked. But if silence is the top priority, you usually sacrifice air flow. I think the B25S makes a good compromise, especially since we're talking about a SLI system, with lots of heat to move.

However, I just realized the x4 Classified won't fit. The x3 Classified would though, as long as your x4 cards are single slot. Or the Giga-byte X58A-UD5.

3.0charlie November 16, 2010 04:41 PM

Customer saw my Lili, and loves the monolith style. We browsed the Lili website, and I think his finger went through my screen when we saw the A71 (which is the same as my A70, with a door)... This will be a workstation / gamer combo. Silence is indeed top priority, except when gaming. All Hell can break loose then...

Dan, oddly enough NCIX does not carry the F1s /F3s anymore. Otherwise they would have been my choice (that's what I run with my Raid 50 setup).

Ilya, I'll take your word and try the Gelids. The YLs were always my case fans of choice, I'll see how the Gelids are with this build. And they'll fit better with the poo fans of the Noctua ; ). Same goes for the PSU, the AX850 is in the bag. Wasn't too sure about power consumption, better be safe than sorry - and negative, no tri-SLI in the future.

The motherboard. Jeez Gord, 400$... but I do like the UD5 though. My question is this feasible?

Slot 1 Revodrive
Slot 2 Raid controller
Slot 3 580 #1
Slot 4 580 #2


I know the Revodrive and the 9650 won't be a problem in those first 2 slots, but will booting up be an issue with the GPUs in the bottom 2 slots? Oddly enough, I've never tried that.

Thanks all for the comments, really appreciated.

_dangtx_ November 16, 2010 05:06 PM

hit up the egg.

again, ud9. for that budget, and since he doesn't build another one in 6 months, i say maybe go for it..evga,stay away. unless he likes to tinker with settings :)

edit. bottom vga's should be fine, but ask giga first just in case. i havent touched as many ud5/7's to put my seal of approval on it. and no, its not the same as the pedo bear, its different :p

eunoia November 16, 2010 05:12 PM

I can vouch for the CPU bundle, picked it up last week. AKAIK the best price ever in Canada. Heatsink is pretty damn quiet, not a factor when installing two 580's I would imagine.

3.0charlie November 16, 2010 05:13 PM

700$... I'd rather build him a duallie for that price. Couldn't find it at NCIX, since it's not up for sale. Egg is nogo, since I have PP and direct CSR access at NCIX for (sometimes) even better pricing than PP.

I'll need to dig deeper for the GPUs locations... thanks.

When I saw that combo, couldn't believe it at first. Damn fine price. As for noise, the poo fans should do just fine. Normal operation should not kick the 580 fans in high gear - though I still want to keep noise to a minimum.

_dangtx_ November 16, 2010 05:17 PM

crap i forgot about the price tag, sorry.

ok so then

Buy Gigabyte [GA-X58A-UD5] Gigabyte X58A-UD5 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA3 USB3.0 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard

Buy Gigabyte [GA-X58A-UD7] Gigabyte X58A-UD7 ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 4PCI-E SATA6GB USB3.0 2GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard

there was talk of later ud7 revisions beeing ud5? i dont know.

all i can say is,if memory serves right, when the peg slots were populated i could get video on the bottom ones, but i dont remember if they were sli/cf'ed...

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