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Hello,

With Xmas coming up I need to put a few things on the list! All I really need this year is underwear, socks and clothes, so I thought what better thing to ask for than components to upgrade my computer. This will end up cutting down on the overall build cost if I can get a few items for Xmas.

This will be my second build that I have done. I am very new to overclocking but I am also a very fast learner and follow instructions very well. My goal for this build was to improve on cable management, price-performance buying and overclocking.
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Budget Range: $1500-$2000+ (Really depends on how much I get for Xmas, then consider out of pocket)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Video Editing/Rendering, Movies, Downloading
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: NCIX.com
Country of Origin: Ontario, Canada
Parts Preferences: XFX, EVGA (Not overly picky just want quality construction with good DOA/Warranties)
Overclocking: Yes (As much as I can teach myself to do)
Here are my current system specs:



It isn't anything amazing but I built it when I was about 13 and it was my first time. I didn't have a job at the time so most of the parts aren't super amazing. However, if any of you have an opinion on parts I should re-use in the build below please let me know.

Here is my future build I am working on:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor (Retail - $288.50)

Motherboard: Asus MB SABERTOOTH X58 Core i7 LGA1366 DDR3 PCIE SATA 6Gb s USB3.0 ATX Retail ($193.54)

Graphics Card: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 625MHZ Fermi 1280MB 3.4GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $499.99)
Graphics Card: 1x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked 797MHZ Fermi 1536MB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $525.00)
Graphics Card: 1x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 797MHZ Fermi 1280MB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $377.30)

(Would 2 460s be a better buy? or maybe ATI cards?)

Memory: Need Suggestion

Hard Drive: Need Suggestion (Ideally I would like a couple SSDs in Raid0 – I don't use much space at all, I am currently using 100gb out of a 1.06TB *2WD Caviar Black 640gb Setup* However, I don't want to cut it close so I guess the 200gb area would be safe. Problem becomes when I would have 120gb and most of that used up, and then 256gb being almost 500$)

Optical/Blue Ray Drives: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (Retail – $16.99)

Power Supply: Corsair Pro Series Gold CMPSU-1200AX 1200W ATX 80PLUS Gold Power Supply (Retail - $271.22)
Power Supply: Corsair Pro Series Gold AX850 CMPSU-850AX 850W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply (Retail - $179.99)

(I guess this would depend whether I chose to go SLI vs Single. Would the Corsair 850w be able to support 2 cards? Safer bet to go with 1200w for upgrading?)

Display: Asus VE248H 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ($219.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236102

Case: Corsair 600T Mid Tower Case (Retail - $149.99)

Sound Card: Need Suggestion (Is this worth buying or is the onboard of the X58 Sabertooth good enough for my headset?)

CPU Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 High Performance CPU Cooler System (Retail - $92.38)

Case Fans: Need Suggestion (Exterior airflow is fairly low so something that pushes a lot of air and is fairly silent. I currently own 3 Scythe 3000RPM fans but they were seriously like a Jet Airplane and I have no fan controller so I had to take them out)
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As you can see there are quite a few components I need some advice on. I definitely don't want to cheap out on anything which is why I am looking for high end cost effective parts. I would appreciate any input from an experienced builder that stays up to date with benchmarks, costs, sales etc

Thanks,

Michael
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I'd stay away from the moniter if I were you. Asus is not known for their great screens and it seems quite cheap for a 24" moniter aswell. Try find an LG or Samsung in the 300-350 dollar range for optimum quality. I know it cuts into your budget, but your moniter is what you look at the whole time your on the computer so don't cheap out!
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I actually might agree with you. I have been doing a bit of looking around and it seems that monitor has some ghosting issues.

Do you have any suggestions for a monitor?

Anyone else want to comment on my other parts that I am having problems with and provide a few selections Newegg.com is fine if its easier for you I can always find it on NCIX after.
    
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Monitor got lg w2363d. I like it... Still has light bleed on top and bottom but better then older 120hz moitor. $350 on amazon 1920-1080 120hz hdmi dvi and headphone out. But 120hz led its good.
I would not get ax1200 i had one it fired a 300 gb drive and a ssd.
I got ax850 tho. Different insides then ax1200. its made by seasonic. corsair branding. I had 480gtx sli i7 @ 4.2 ghz. and ax850 was alot cooler then tx 750.

as for ssds DONT RAID.... Single is faster.
C300 128 gb i got was 200 @ micro center. I got 2/3 vertex i got to send to ocz to get rma. They fell out. cant see them only with jumper
The c300 is great. I would get 1 ssd. and fast 2 tb drive. I got 2 tb seagate, But i needed to flash fw it.BUt now its quiet and ...ok fast. But ssd is great. Nothing like muilt-tasking and load times ok thare.

also 920 or 930 is a good chip as 950, 930 i got is @ 4.2 ghz well. save a few on that.
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Alright, this will be a long post, I will leave a comment in bold under every paragraph that you seem unsure about or that I think may help.

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Originally Posted by Twisterman View Post
Hello,

With Xmas coming up I need to put a few things on the list! All I really need this year is underwear, socks and clothes, so I thought what better thing to ask for than components to upgrade my computer. This will end up cutting down on the overall build cost if I can get a few items for Xmas.

This will be my second build that I have done. I am very new to overclocking but I am also a very fast learner and follow instructions very well. My goal for this build was to improve on cable management, price-performance buying and overclocking.


Here are my current system specs:



It isn't anything amazing but I built it when I was about 13 and it was my first time. I didn't have a job at the time so most of the parts aren't super amazing. However, if any of you have an opinion on parts I should re-use in the build below please let me know.

Here is my future build I am working on:

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor (Retail - $288.50)

Excellent choice here. I have this processor and I absolutely love it. I had an AMD previously and from comparing the two, there is nothing like the performance of Intel.

Motherboard: Asus MB SABERTOOTH X58 Core i7 LGA1366 DDR3 PCIE SATA 6Gb s USB3.0 ATX Retail ($193.54)

This is a very nice board you will be pleased with, however, despite all of the rave reviews surrounding this board, there is a better choice at this price point. The Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R tends to be a better overclocker and in my opinion is one of the absolute best boards on the market.

That being said, the Sabertooth is still one hell of a board, and if the Gigabyte color scheme scares you then the Sabertooth is about just as good. There is very little difference between the two, that the color scheme really is a viable way of choosing between the two. I just feel the Gigabyte is a slightly better board.


Graphics Card: 2x EVGA GeForce GTX 470 Superclocked 625MHZ Fermi 1280MB 3.4GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $499.99)
Graphics Card: 1x EVGA GeForce GTX 580 Superclocked 797MHZ Fermi 1536MB 4.0GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $525.00)
Graphics Card: 1x EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 797MHZ Fermi 1280MB 3.9GHZ GDDR5 (Retail - $377.30)

(Would 2 460s be a better buy? or maybe ATI cards?)


It depends if the games you play support SLI / Crossfire or not(most do). If you want to go the dual card route (will yield much higher performance), I would recommend the Radeon HD 6870s in Crossfire over the GTX470 due to the 6870s being far more efficient and much less heat for the same performance. If you are willing to spend a little more (~100-200 more) then Crossfire 6950s will give you better performance(about proportional to the amount of extra money you will need to spend). It depends on how much you are willing to spend.

If you want to go the single card route (much more consistency, less buggy) then I would definitely choose the GTX580 or GTX570 over the AMD cards. They perform far better. A GTX580 will max out pretty much every game in existence currently(save maybe Metro 2033 with maxed settings) and give you far more consistency than a dual card route.

Between the two, I would personally choose Crossfire because of the performance difference in most situations. There is a strong argument for a single card solution, however.


Memory: Need Suggestion

For memory, I have always liked these modules for a very good balance of price and performance. I absolutely adore Mushkin products and would recommend them to anybody.

Another viable choice is the G.Skill Pi kit for some more performance for a little more money.

I would not recommend using memory modules with a frequency over 1600MHz due to the very little real life performance gains you will see versus memory with tighter timings (and high performance memory in general).


Hard Drive: Need Suggestion (Ideally I would like a couple SSDs in Raid0 – I don't use much space at all, I am currently using 100gb out of a 1.06TB *2WD Caviar Black 640gb Setup* However, I don't want to cut it close so I guess the 200gb area would be safe. Problem becomes when I would have 120gb and most of that used up, and then 256gb being almost 500$)

I don't think Raid SSD's are really in your budget right now. I'd recommend getting a single 120GB drive for Games and your OS and get a 1TB drive for storage.

Optical/Blue Ray Drives: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (Retail – $16.99)

Power Supply: Corsair Pro Series Gold CMPSU-1200AX 1200W ATX 80PLUS Gold Power Supply (Retail - $271.22)
Power Supply: Corsair Pro Series Gold AX850 CMPSU-850AX 850W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply (Retail - $179.99)

(I guess this would depend whether I chose to go SLI vs Single. Would the Corsair 850w be able to support 2 cards? Safer bet to go with 1200w for upgrading?)


The 1200w is completely overkill for your build. You will be fine with the 850w, regardless of whether you go SLI or Crossfire or whatever. You don't have many hard drives and I doubt you'd ever go 3 way SLI or Crossfire. I don't really foresee any upgrades that'd require more than 850w for you.

Display: Asus VE248H 24" Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ($219.99)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824236102

Case: Corsair 600T Mid Tower Case (Retail - $149.99)

Thats a nice case. If you want more space though I love my NZXT Phantom for a lot less. It has a LOT of space, nice cooling, very nice fan controllers, and looks simply awesome. It also comes in white and red if you like a more unique color.

Sound Card: Need Suggestion (Is this worth buying or is the onboard of the X58 Sabertooth good enough for my headset?)

I have never really noticed the difference between onboard and dedicated sound cards. I don't think you will notice too much of a difference either unless you are an audiophile. Of course it also takes some stress off your mainboard if you have a dedicated sound card(the real difference is minuscule, though it is food for thought).

CPU Cooling: Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 High Performance CPU Cooler System (Retail - $92.38)

Disagree with this choice entirely. The Noctua NH-D14 is a far better cooler for not much more. It is the best cooling air cooler on the market, and in addition to that it is nearly silent. I would consider the H70 more of a high end air cooler than a true water cooler. I think you'll be happier with the Noctua.

Case Fans: Need Suggestion (Exterior airflow is fairly low so something that pushes a lot of air and is fairly silent. I currently own 3 Scythe 3000RPM fans but they were seriously like a Jet Airplane and I have no fan controller so I had to take them out)

I like these fans personally actually. They move a lot of air(80 CFM) and are quiet(26 dBA). Yes they are made by a no name company and will probably die in a year or two, but for 4 bucks? who cares.

If you want some more trustworthy fans, these will move a lot more air(110 CFM) and are actually quieter(21 dBA), but they are sort of pricey for fans. Your choice really.

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As you can see there are quite a few components I need some advice on. I definitely don't want to cheap out on anything which is why I am looking for high end cost effective parts. I would appreciate any input from an experienced builder that stays up to date with benchmarks, costs, sales etc

Thanks,

Michael
Hope I was able to help. This post took me a good hour to make.

Anything to help a fellow OCN member.
Edited by Airolden - 12/18/10 at 9:49pm
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How does this look? Thanks!

CPU:

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz Quad-Core Processor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-211-_-Product

Motherboard:

Asus SABERTOOTH X58 Core i7 LGA1366

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-665-_-Product

Graphics Card:

1x EVGA GTX 580 Graphics Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-587-_-Product

Memory:

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model CMP6GX3M3A1600C7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-289-_-Product

Solid State Drive:

Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1CCA 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-362-_-Product

Hard Drive:

2x Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb in Raid0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-319-_-Product

(I own these hard drives but should I buy different ones for better performance?)

Optical Drives:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-204-_-Product

Power Supply:

Corsair Pro Series Gold AX850 CMPSU-850AX 850W ATX Fully Modular 80PLUS Gold Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...9015&Tpk=ax850

Display:

SAMSUNG BX2431 Glossy Black 24" 1920x1080 2ms LED BackLight LCD Monitor Slim Design 250cd/m2 DCR 1,000,000:1 (1,000:1)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...msung%20BX2431

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Corsair 600T Mid Tower Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...pk=600t%20case

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Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H70 High Performance CPU Cooler System

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=Corsair%20H70

Case Fans:

Scythe GentleTyphoon D1225C12B4AP-14 120mm Case Fan

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
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Added Monitor and Case Fans Above. Also added links to items from newegg.com!

Total Cost $2105.68 w/ Free Shipping.

Within my range and I will be getting a few items for Xmas hopefully. Quick question though if I ask for Xmas items from CanadaComputers what should I ask for. The reason being is they have a 14 day return policy so if I can't get everything delivered in that time frame I could be screwed if something is defective or I change my mind on a part.

Other than that how does it look? Any room for noticeable improvement?

Thanks guys
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Love it. Looks awesome. I just wish I had the money for a build like this. If I had the same budget, it would look pretty similar this this.
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Arg i think my sig rig is about that . $2000 ~
case $150
hard drives ssd 120 and 2 tb = $300
cpu $200
mobo $250
ram $160
power $150
Gpu $500 (now get 580 or 570)
monitor $350
dvd burner $24 dollars
h70 70$
Shoot that $1934. Did not add tax or shipping.

No to ocz drive Get 128 c300. i got no problems with mine, i put os on it. then Updated the fw on it. No problems. I had 2nd vertex fail last week.
I would not raid on the pc. Just keep for different storage. 1 games other mp3/moves ect..
I can go to micro center here in michagan and sell it to you via paypal. I7 950= $200+ 6% sales tax. i want $20 for it. +shipping /paypal. i need to go thare anyways. Buddys selling his am3+ amd mobo. need cpu
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While I DO have corsair ram, I've also had some interesting results with other kits on other builds. Also I've had some issues with Corsair customer service and technical support. This may be purely personal, but the only ram I will buy from now on (after recent experience in a few other builds) is Mushkin Enhanced. Yes it is more difficult to get your hands on, but check this out: http://www.mushkin.com/Memory/Redline/998708.aspx

Great potential, you could absolutely be running those at 666-18 @ 1600 no questions asked just by a few bios tweaks. Not many sets can do that across the board...

I just am a firm believer in cherry picking ram in general tho, as you can tell by my xms kit (which surprisingly runs well at the current settings given its a 77724 @ 12800 running at 66618 @1600)...

So to sum it up, you can always do better than the easiest choice (corsair on newegg)
    
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