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post #1 of 4
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I've sold my current configuration to a friend which does office applications. It was still working fine, but since I had a buyer for this 4-year old configuration, I jumped on the opportunity to sell it.

My old rig was :

CPU : Core 2 Duo E8400 overclocked @ 3.6 GHz

RAM : G.Skill PI Black Edition PC2-6400 8 GB kit

Motherboard : Asus Maximus Formula First Generation

Case : CoolerMaster CM 690 First Generation


I sold everything for 350 $ two weeks ago.


Here are the other components that I'm keeping :

Power Supply : Corsair HX 520 (have to open it for a big big dust cleaning though !!!!! )

HDDs1 : 1xRAID 1 Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB

HDDs2 : 1xRAID 0 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (On which I run my virtual machines).

GPU : PowerColor Radeon HD4850 (I don't play a lot, it's mainly for BOINC research programs...)

CPU Cooler : Zalman CNPS9700

GPU Cooler : Zalman VF1000

SSD : Samsung Business 256 GB PB22-JS3 FDE

Sound Card : Asus Xonar Essence STX PCI-Express x1 (plugged to a nice Onkyo TX-8255 and Polk Audio Monitor speakers).

As you can guess, I'm an enthusiast user. I'm currently studying in electronics and networking, so my PC is a learning tool as well as a workstation. I mainly work on it, so I run electronics virtualization and simulation software, VMWare virtual machines (often multiple at the same time), programming, occasionnal gaming, a lot of music (editing too). I also run an Apache web server. Really, this is a true workstation PC.


I've done a lot of research to build my new rig, and I'd like to have your opinion on the choices I've made.


Mainboard : P8P67 WS Revolution. I want to have the best of the best and the most stable (stability is a real big concern for me) mainboard available at a decent price. I'm not interested toward ROG mainboard. I really want a stable(I repeat), reliable and high performance mainboard.

CPU : 2600K or 2700K... I still don't know which one to get... is the 2700K issued from a better silicon die or wafer ? Doesn't it really worth the extra 60 $ on it ?

RAM : Mushkin Radioactive Series, http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Radioactive/997005.aspx Really like Mushkin RAm, I want 1.5v or under at 1600 MHz. I'd go with Kingston but none of their Genesis line runs below 1.65v...

Case : Fractal Design XL, but if you have any other suggestion, let me know !


My other question is : Should I sell my Samsung SSD too ? Will I see the performance improvment with a SATAIII SSD such as an Intel 510 or Crucial M4 ? The Samsung 830 looks nice too, but still unavailable in Canada and offering very supbar TRIM performance according to Anadtech... And the upcoming Intel 520 will be under a SandForce 2181 controller, so I'm not really interested anymore ...

Thank you very much for your advices and opinions ! Sorry for the long post

N.B. : I'm from Montreal, Canada. Ordering from Newegg or NCIX
PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
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PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 4
In my honest opinion, the 2500k is a much better buy than the 2600/2700k. It'll easily overclock into the high 4's and it's nearly $100 cheaper than either of the other two

by the way, Welcome to OCN!
post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks

Thank you for your answer.

Price is not a problem. I'm an enthusiast. I simply want the best rig to last the next 4 years just as my old platform did. i7 with premium performances is imperative for me and hyperthreading will be usefull while running 3-4 virtual machines at the same time.

Forgot to mention : I'm going to pick two kits of Mushkin, totalling 16 GB of RAM.
PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
  hide details  
Reply
PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 4
Thread Starter 
No one to give me their impression ?
PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
  hide details  
Reply
PL's Workstation
(17 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 2700K Asus P8P67 WS Revolution Asus GeForce GTX 680 DirectCU II TOP Kingston HyperX Genesis KHX1600C9D3K2/8GX (x2) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Crucial M4 128 GB (x2) Pioneer 212D Noctua NH-D14 Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Dell U2311H Samsung T220 Logitech Illuminated Seasonic X-850 
CaseMouseAudioOther
Fractal Design XL  Logitech Performance MX Asus Xonar Essence STX Onkyo TX-8255 
Other
Polk Audio Monitor 30 II  
  hide details  
Reply
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