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I7 930 Build Proposition, please critique

post #1 of 11
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First I would like to thank the many people who have contributed advice and helped me get this far is deciding this build, with that said let the critique begin.


This computer will be used for gaming, and some casual overclocking.
My initial budget was set at 1500

Here is a list of components and corresponding prices

CPU: INTEL i7-930 LGA1366 Deal with MoBo $310
MoBo: ASUS P6T SE
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB 3 x 2GB DDR3 1600MHz $150
GPU: Sapphire HD 5870 Vapor-X edition $450
PSU: corsair 950tx $150
HDD: Samsung F3 1TB $70
DD: Samsung Blck Bluray Combo Drive $70
CASE: Antec 1200 $145
TOTAL $1345


IN Advance, The reason a 950tx was chosen: I would like the option of going dual gpu in the future. Sappphire's website says that a 900W Power supply is needed to run dual cards, also jonnyguru gave the psu high marks with a total of 9.5 and a 10 for value.
Edited by Plotner - 5/19/10 at 4:38am
post #2 of 11
Use the extra cash to get a CoolerMaster 692 Advanced and some RAM with better timings, what are the timings on that set? You can get some GSkill Ripjaw 1600 with 7-7-7-21 timings for ~$250 australian, so it'll be cheaper for you.
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post #3 of 11
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EDIT:corsair states that they are 7-8-7-20
Edited by Plotner - 5/19/10 at 5:16am
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looks like a really nice build.

the only thing i would consider changing would be the 950TX. you could get a much nicer PSU for $150. that platform does ok @ 950w, but its at its limits to do so. u could get a quality, modular PSU for about the same price. a quality 850w unit wouldnt have any issues with an i7 and CFX 5870s.

you can find a few of these PSUs @ $150, and there are several within $20-30 also.

XFX Black Edition 850w - $169
Silverstone Strider Plus 850w - $150
Corsair HX850 - $189
ABS Majesty 900w - $149

the ABS PSU is the only one im not sure about there, cant find a review on it... the otehrs are solid units. the HX850 is nearly impossible to beat, but at $189, its $39 more than your current PSU, but its MILES ahead of it. that psu can peak at 1050w and has excellent voltage regulation. the XFX and Silverstone units are also very good, not quite as good, but still very good units.
Edited by IntelConvert - 5/19/10 at 4:49am
    
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I think your choice is good upto that ram, think 9-9-9 is fine for 2000mhz, but not 1600
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as per the cooler master 692 advanced i found it for $91 incl shipping this is $55 cheaper then my current case. does the community think this would be a good switch?


with the PSU saphire says 900W is required for duals as stated here at their website http://www.sapphiretech.com/presenta...000101&pid=335, so why would i be able to switch to an 850w? and i agree that the ones listed do have better performance, but barely according to jonnyGURU when compared to rating of the other psu http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...Story&reid=170 who i may be giving too much credit.


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Originally Posted by -=sT3V3=- View Post
I think your choice is good upto that ram, think 9-9-9 is fine for 2000mhz, but not 1600
what would you recommend?
Edited by Plotner - 5/19/10 at 4:53am
post #7 of 11
Isn't the difference between ram timings negligible in a real-world environment?
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post #8 of 11
the case is really your preference when it comes to looks. any well designed case from a respectable manufacturer will do well.


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series DDR3 1600 8-8-8-24 1.6v $179

something like that set of RAM is nice. any lower latency, like CAS of 7 will put you near $200

timings and Speed give you an idea of the quality of a set of RAM. something with high speed, but crap timings means that the set is running at its limits and may not be stable, even at its rated speed. a set with good timings shows that the set could be good for OCing by changing timings, voltages and speeds. the tighter the timings, the better.
Edited by IntelConvert - 5/19/10 at 4:55am
    
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post #9 of 11
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Well I do have some room in my budget to spend the extra money for the $200 RAM, but would it be worth the upgrade when the system is viewed as a whole, for its purpose, or would it be overkill?

Note: I entered the wrong timings earlier, the timing for my ram area 7-8-7-20! sorry about that mistake. Should the RAM still be changed in light of the update?

also in regard to the PSU here are the review on jonnyguru that i could find:
corsair 950tx: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...tory5&reid=170
xfx 850W black edition: http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...tory5&reid=165
corsair HX850:http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php...tory5&reid=153
and if someone could adress buying the 850 watts if the GPU site says that 900W are needed for dual cards, so please address the recommended psu with the reviews, and the power requirements for duals.
Edited by Plotner - 5/19/10 at 5:00pm
post #10 of 11
woah, no way. And yes, if the 692 is cheaper get it!

Also, how is it that your Gskill 1600 at 8-8-8-24 in the US is the same price ($179) as Gskill 1600's at 7-7-7-24 in Australia??
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