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Hey guys! Well, as the end of the holiday season comes to a close, my hopes of building my first rig with work from between school sessions becomes very plausible. This is going to be my first build (ever), so I'm really looking to you guys for some insight on aspects that I'm overlooking. What I'm really looking for is suggestions on any corners that I can cut or things things that just ain't gonna work and what components have been working well for everyone. My goal is to try to stay at or below $1k (but if I gota go over by $50 it's okay). This rig will be used for gaming and videos.

LIST UPDATED 12/26/09
CPU: i7-920 (Going to be grabbing one from microcenter.)

Mobo: Bloodrage

RAM: Corsair Gold 6Gb

PSU: Corsair 650TX

GPU: Sapphire HD5850

HD: 2x Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb in RAID 0

Driver: Sony Optiarc Black

CPU Cooler: Scythe Mugen 2

Case: NZXT Tempest (Already have)

Monitor: HP L2045w 20" (Already have)

Once again, I need your guys' help on this
Edited by Boss Mosely - 12/26/09 at 2:55pm
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-Get a Corsair 650TX
-Get an HD 5850, overclocking the 5770 doesn't do crap for performance.
-Get a Caviar Black hard drive

what case are you considering?
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Originally Posted by DevilGear44 View Post
-Get a Corsair 650TX
-Get an HD 5850, overclocking the 5770 doesn't do crap for performance.
-Get a Caviar Black hard drive

what case are you considering?
Good stuff. For the case I got a free NZXT Tempest. Going to throw that on the original post. And you'd agree that crossfired 5770 is equal to a 5850 and not worth the few extra bucks? And also, might as well go with a Caviar Black for the OS?
But thank you sir, that's exactly the info I'm looking for.
Edited by Boss Mosely - 12/25/09 at 11:31pm
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If you're going with the X58 chipset then you don't want 8 GB of memory. You want to run it in triple-channel, so you're looking at 6 GB (3x2GB).

To be honest, with what you're using it for, you don't need more than three DIMM slots. The Bloodrage would work out just fine. As far as gaming goes, you could even cut back to 3 GB and you'd only see a 1-2 fewer frames per second. Unless you're doing intensive HD video editing and the like, 6 GB will be perfect and will last you long into the future.

Get a nice 6 GB kit and you won't have to touch it again. =)

Edit: I agree about the HDDs, too.. don't put your OS/vitals on a 160GB Caviar Blue. The two 500GB Black drives in RAID0 would be a lot faster.
    
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If you're going with the X58 chipset then you don't want 8 GB of memory. You want to run it in triple-channel, so you're looking at 6 GB (3x2GB).

To be honest, with what you're using it for, you don't need more than three DIMM slots. The Bloodrage would work out just fine. As far as gaming goes, you could even cut back to 3 GB and you'd only see a 1-2 fewer frames per second. Unless you're doing intensive HD video editing and the like, 6 GB will be perfect and will last you long into the future.

Get a nice 6 GB kit and you won't have to touch it again. =)

Edit: I agree about the HDDs, too.. don't put your OS/vitals on a 160GB Caviar Blue. The two 500GB Black drives in RAID0 would be a lot faster.
^
100% agree w/ this post.

Also, look into some G.Skill Ripjaws, they would look pretty dang nice on a Bloodrage and perform real well.
Edited by M3T4LM4N222 - 12/25/09 at 11:45pm
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Why bother getting 2x500GB drives in raid?
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Originally Posted by koda View Post
If you're going with the X58 chipset then you don't want 8 GB of memory. You want to run it in triple-channel, so you're looking at 6 GB (3x2GB).

To be honest, with what you're using it for, you don't need more than three DIMM slots. The Bloodrage would work out just fine. As far as gaming goes, you could even cut back to 3 GB and you'd only see a 1-2 fewer frames per second. Unless you're doing intensive HD video editing and the like, 6 GB will be perfect and will last you long into the future.

Get a nice 6 GB kit and you won't have to touch it again. =)

Edit: I agree about the HDDs, too.. don't put your OS/vitals on a 160GB Caviar Blue. The two 500GB Black drives in RAID0 would be a lot faster.
Awsome, did not know that about the x58 so the Bloodrage is now back into serious consideration. Been hearing good things about the audio chipset on it so that is a good plus as well.

About the HDDs, I was thinking that some people put there OS on an seperate HDD from the RAID incase of failure. But if that is not necessary then can boot the third. Also, with the 500Gb, I'm one of those people that keep ~6 games on their comp at a time so I figured that they would be more than sufficient while saving a little cash.
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Hard drive failure is pretty rare IMO. Just go with a 500 or 640GB Caviar Black, I wouldn't worry about some hasseling RAID array for backup or extra storage. As for the 5850, get that because you will save power, it's cheaper than 2x 5770s, it will overclock better.
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What do yall think about OCZ Gold 6Gb's on a Bloodrage with a Sapphire 5850 and a 650tx?

EDIT: Been reading up on the advantages of 5850 over the 5770s so I do agree that it is probably the best route to go; especially since I'll be making more money and could probably afford to get a 2nd 5850 right around when the prices drop.
Edited by Boss Mosely - 12/26/09 at 2:23pm
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What do yall think about OCZ Gold 6Gb's on a Bloodrage with a Sapphire 5850 and a 650tx?
Will be awesome. In that price range I'd have probably gone with one of the G.Skill kits, myself, but the OCZ Gold is also a popular choice. Between the different 1600 MHz sticks there's not going to be a huge difference, it mostly just comes down to headroom and which brand you happen to trust more. I don't think you can go wrong either way.
    
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