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Hey all. Thought I'd post a list of my brother's proposed components.

He's on a pretty tight budget however is willing to get decent parts for the money. Here's the build list:

CPU: Intel Core i7 950 3.06GHz (Bloomfield)
Motherboard: MSI X58A-GD65 Intel X58 (Socket 1366)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 1600MHz Triple Channel
PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro 700w Silent SLI Certified Modular Power Supply
GPU: MSI ATI Radeon HD 5850 Twin FrozR II 1024MB GDDR5

He's already bought the 5850 under my recommendation as it was on sale for £120.

The main components in question here are the motherboard, memory and PSU. Now, the PSU is on sale and I have heard alright things about the ModXStream's but I dare to be told otherwise.

Any recommendations or suggestions are welcome, just remember he's on a budget so anything around the same price as the components above would be lovely. He'd be willing to spend a little extra if it's going to mean better performance however not too much. I'd help him myself if I knew much about i7 motherboards.

Thanks.
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80GB Intel X25-M SSD + 500GB WD + 2TB Samsung F3 Samsung Super Writemaster DVD+-R Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Samsung SyncMaster 2433 24" 
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post #2 of 6
I would not go with an OCZ psu, they have too many problems. You would be much better off with this antec 650 for $50 (after rebate and $5 off code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-015-_-Product
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post #3 of 6
Might I recommend this PSU? Beyond that it looks like a solid build.
    
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Whoops just realized OP is in the UK. Heres the Antec True power new 650w

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64gb M225 SSD + WD Caviar Black 640gb External Windows 7 Ultimate 64 28" Hanns G 1920x1200 
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BFG EX1000w NZXT Phantom 
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Phenom II x4 720 @ 3.6 ASrock M3A770DE Triple Crossfired 4850's 2x4gb GSkill Sniper DDR3 1333mhz @ CL8 
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64gb M225 SSD + WD Caviar Black 640gb External Windows 7 Ultimate 64 28" Hanns G 1920x1200 
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BFG EX1000w NZXT Phantom 
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post #5 of 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by overclockingXTC View Post
I would not go with an OCZ psu, they have too many problems. You would be much better off with this antec 650 for $50 (after rebate and $5 off code) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-015-_-Product
I'm in the UK, no Newegg for me unfortunately. I will check out the PSU though.

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Originally Posted by Epona
Might I recommend this PSU? Beyond that it looks like a solid build.
How did I forget about Corsair when I own one myself?! Brilliant. I'll recommend it to him right away. A much better option!
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M SSD + 500GB WD + 2TB Samsung F3 Samsung Super Writemaster DVD+-R Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Samsung SyncMaster 2433 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair TX750 750W Corsair Obsidian 800D + Scythe Kaze Master Ace Razer Deathadder Respawn - Black 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Medium - Black 
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i5 750 Lynnfield @ 4.4 GHz, 1.41v EVGA P55 SLi (132-LF-E655-KR) - A72 BIOS EVGA GeForce GTX 680 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 9-9-9-24, 1.51V 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
80GB Intel X25-M SSD + 500GB WD + 2TB Samsung F3 Samsung Super Writemaster DVD+-R Windows 7 Ultimate Edition Samsung SyncMaster 2433 24" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G15 Corsair TX750 750W Corsair Obsidian 800D + Scythe Kaze Master Ace Razer Deathadder Respawn - Black 
Mouse Pad
Steelseries QcK Medium - Black 
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post #6 of 6
Looks good. One single 5850 max draw is around 160w. Just get another solid psu that can pull 42a on 12v should be fine. If plan to CF in near future, add another 14a on it.
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