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Second build [LGA 1366] [Update 7/29/11]

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Long time no see fellas. I'm upgrading from my current rig, which is:

Q6600
Biostar Tpower I45
8GB (4x2GB) Muskin DDR2 800
VisionTek HD 4870 512mb
640GB WD HDD
Zalman 850W Power Supply
Auzentech X-Fi Bravura
Antec 1200

The only things I'm recycling are my power supply, sound card, and case. Here's the new setup (shipped 7/21):

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
Intel Core i7-950
Corsair Dominator 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600
2x EVGA 01G-P3-1561-AR GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB (SLI)
OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD3-2VTX120G 3.5" 120GB SATA II
WD Caviar Green WD20EARS 2TB SATA II 64mb cache
Thermalright U120eXtrem1366RT
2x APEVIA CF12SL-UBL 120mm Blue LED Case Fan

Total price tag came to $1401.88

Here's the pictures. Many of them have bad lightning, as I am a vampire.



























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Update 7/29/11
And it begins.






Edited by phain - 7/28/11 at 5:45pm
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I love the 1366 series.

Only thing I see that you may want to change are your storage drives,

try and get drives with a 64mb cache if you can. I finally pulled the trigger on it and am soo glad I did, for small reades and writes you can get 200MBps from your ssd to your hdd then it slowly drops to like 100, at least for me.

why no sata III?

EDIT: vertex 3 works great for me, just don't touch the firmware
Edited by bobaffett - 7/21/11 at 2:34pm
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I love the 1366 series.

Only thing I see that you may want to change are your storage drives,

try and get drives with a 64mb cache if you can. I finally pulled the trigger on it and am soo glad I did, for small reades and writes you can get 200MBps from your ssd to your hdd then it slowly drops to like 100, at least for me.

why no sata III?

EDIT: vertex 3 works great for me, just don't touch the firmware
I read and read and read about all these parts for so long, and I'm aware that I did cut corners on my storage drives (which makes me sad). I tried to get the best of the best while still staying on a budget (that I went WAY over).

In relation to the vertex 2 vs. vertex 3, I asked myself this: for the money, what is more important to me? 60gb SATA III or 120gb SATA II? I chose the second option and I really hope I did not make a mistake. Please share with me any ideas or suggestions that may influence me on this decision.

The 2TB WD SATA II HDD is 64mb cache, which is really all I was looking for. I could have paid double the price for the same size and quality to get SATA III, but I decided that since this is just storage that it would be okay.
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I read and read and read about all these parts for so long, and I'm aware that I did cut corners on my storage drives (which makes me sad). I tried to get the best of the best while still staying on a budget (that I went WAY over).

In relation to the vertex 2 vs. vertex 3, I asked myself this: for the money, what is more important to me? 60gb SATA III or 120gb SATA II? I chose the second option and I really hope I did not make a mistake. Please share with me any ideas or suggestions that may influence me on this decision.

The 2TB WD SATA II HDD is 64mb cache, which is really all I was looking for. I could have paid double the price for the same size and quality to get SATA III, but I decided that since this is just storage that it would be okay.
There's no need to get SATA III mechanical hard drives. They won't ever utilize the extra speed.
 
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There's no need to get SATA III mechanical hard drives. They won't ever utilize the extra speed.
Thank you for responding. That is the logic that I was using in my decision to cut costs on my storage drives. I wish I went with the vertex 3 SSD, but at the same time I feel like 60gb would not have been enough.

Question: Is the 3.5" vertex 2 SSD a good choice(on a budget)? I see most SSD are 2.5" and come with a mounting bracket. Are there any repercussions to buying a 3.5" SSD? Is this because the drive is older? I'm new to SSD.
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Thank you for responding. That is the logic that I was using in my decision to cut costs on my storage drives. I wish I went with the vertex 3 SSD, but at the same time I feel like 60gb would not have been enough.

Question: Is the 3.5" vertex 2 SSD a good choice(on a budget)? I see most SSD are 2.5" and come with a mounting bracket. Are there any repercussions to buying a 3.5" SSD? Is this because the drive is older? I'm new to SSD.
I wasn't aware there were any 3.5" SSDs. Theoretically it should be cheaper (don't have to compact it etc.), but as I've never seen one I don't know. The Vertex 2 will still be really fast, a lot faster than a mechanical hard drive.

Although I'd go for a Vertex 3 if I also had a 2tb HDD, as there's plenty of space to put everything on the HDD.

You could also take a look an Intel Smart Response Technology using any SSD (You could even go for a 20gb SSD) which speeds up the HDD quite a significant amount (although not as much as an SSD is). (Never mind you're using LGA 1366, I forgot lol)
 
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I found this article on AnandTech that helped give me peace of mind about the decision. I'm a bit unsatisfied with the choice, but at the same time I had to cut costs somewhere. It's hard for me to weigh the pros and cons without any previous SSD experience.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3690/t...rformance-loss
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we have all been there, so I understand about the costs. I just waited and used magnetic storage for 6 months on mine till I could afford a SSD, but either way any SSD will feel soo much faster I wouldn't worry about it.
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The build is complete! I've been up all night downloading drivers and troubleshooting partitioning and disk management errors (I'm new to SSD and this dumb 100mb system reserved partition on the first physical drive is annoying).

I will have pictures uploaded tomorrow. I'm loving every bit of the new build so far, I just wish I didn't accidentally format my external hard drive... I nearly cried. Fresh start all around lol

P.S. My word... the TRUE's stock fan and this APEVIA 120mm fan are SO quiet. Nearly silent. 10/10
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Sounds good!

Looking forward to pictures.
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