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Originally Posted by Don Queso;12140255 
Is that your dream system or mine:). I'm not looking to deviate 100%, just make some small changes here or there since I designed it specifically for my needs. It does look like a sound build though, just not what I'm looking for.

sorry i just tryed to help , according to all the benchmarks i've seen the 2600k @ 4.5 Ghz+ with dual chanel ram and SSD would beat ur system by quiet a noticable mile , while costing same\or less .
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Due to the overwhelming support for the i7 2600K over the i7 950 I have been convinced to once again make some drastic changes. As for the 16 GB of RAM; while it may seem like overkill, it isn't for the applications I'm going to be putting it through. I am not downgrading to less RAM. Also, since I'm already $346.63 over my intended budget, I am not going to put in liquid cooling yet. I fully plan on it in the near future, but I'm just not able to do it right now. If you can figure out a way for me to adjust my shopping list to incorporate a water cooler, I'm all ears, but most of the high dollar items are necessities. Here's the latest shopping list. Let me know what you think:

1: NZXT Tempest Evo Case:$89.99
2: ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard:$219.99
2: ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard:$239.00
3: Intel Core i7 950 CPU:$294.99
3: Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge CPU:$329.99
4: (2x) Corsair 6 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz DDR3 Core i7 Triple Channel Memory Kit:$139.98 ($69.99/EA)
4: (2x) Corsair Dominator 8 GB PC3-12800 1600mHz 240-pin CAS 9 Dual Channel DDR3 Core i3, i5, i7 Memory Kit:$279.98 ($139.99/EA)
5: ASUS GeForce GTX470 1280 MB GDDR5 Video Card:$259.99
5: EVGA GeForce GTX 570 Superclocked 1280 MB GDDR5 Video Card:$369.99
6: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850-Watt TX PSU:$126.49
7: (2x) Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB (in a RAID-0):$175.98 ($87.99/EA)
8: Pioneer Internal Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer BDR-206:$116.58
9: NZXT Sentry LX High Performance Fan Controller:$49.99
9: NZXT Sentry 2:$24.99
10: Razer BlackWidow Mechanical Gaming Keyboard:$74.24
11: Mionix Naos 5000 Laser Gaming Mouse:$89.99
12: Mionix Alioth 400 Mouse Pad$19.99
13: Corsair CMXAF2 Dominator Triple Channel Airflow Memory Fan:$26.00

Current Total:$1,473.98 $1,633.20 $1,846.63


Still planing on transferring the Asus Triton-81 into the new build.

Edited by Don Queso - 1/26/11 at 9:50pm
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post #23 of 34
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I'd love to go SSD, but first I need at least a 2TB RAID-0 setup to store and transfer the huge AVCHD 1920x1080i video files. I'll probably look into an SSD for the OS at a later time. What would you say is the size recommendation for Windows 7 x64 Ultimate? Would you install your programs to the SSD or another drive? I'll be installing MS Office, the entire Adobe Master Collection CS5 suite (which requires some 15+ GB), and some games beyond that. While I'd love to have all of these run off of SSD, I'm just not sure it's practical or economical yet. What do you think?
I would probably get a 64GB one.
Then install most programs to the SSD if they would benefit (incl CS5), but huge games can be installed elsewhere.
post #24 of 34
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I like your idea of water cooling the CPU alone, first and then later upgrading to a full system loop. I probably won't be OC'ing too intensely since it's going to be my newborn baby. But I do like the idea of getting into an introduction system. Any recommendations on LGA-1366 WC'ing?
hows about the apogee xt with 360 blackm ice raditor and any drive water bay with pump will be good
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post #25 of 34
Hey Don Queso,

I have been following this thread and liked your specs so much that I decided to buy an almost identical system But I didn't get my motherboard order in before the recall. Everything else is on the way, but I will have no motherboard now. I was just wondering if you have bought yours and if not what your plan B will end up being?
post #26 of 34
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I haven't ordered my system since I've been having some trouble financing the new build. I did take a look into the P67 recall and here's what I found:

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"First off I called Asus about the recall it is no big deal they told me my board is good and will probably remain that way for it life. Small possibility in 2-3 yrs you can loose your 3gb ports and like I said that don't come to play for 2-3 yrs if it even does. Asus will have new boards no longer than the end of April and everyone with a p67 chipset with Asus can do a free exchange! I am sure all manufacturers are doing the same. Intel realized their P67 chipset can loose the 3gb ports way down the line. So no biggie wait for a free exchange."
Here's the link to the forum and thread.
I hope you can manage to work around this little kink. The Sandy Bridge is going to require a P67 motherboard either way so it sounds like you might be between a rock and a hard place. Let me know how it goes, I'd be interested to find out.
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post #27 of 34

I think I will just wait it out now:

Fixed Intel chip to ship in mid-February


But I got my case, power supply, fan controller, and the CPU fan yesterday. I installed the fan controller and power supply last night. I went with a different case:

Thermaltake Armor A60 -


And I could not find your CPU fan anywhere but Ebay, so I went with this one:

Thermaltake Jing Silent By Design CPU Cooler -
Actually you can see my list on Amazon if you are interested ( ) I upgraded to SSD too
post #28 of 34
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That looks like a perfect setup (minus the lack of CPU and motherboard ). My CPU cooler was discontinued a while ago, for why, I'm not sure. It's a powerhouse. I think the one that you ordered will exceed your expectations also. I'm just jealous that I haven't gotten to start on mine yet. Let me know when you get the rest. Good Luck!!!
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post #29 of 34
Well I have all the parts except for the motherboard and It looks like the new B3 rev boards are finally arriving stateside. I called Tiger Direct and they said they are in the warehouse and should be ready to ship in 3-5 days. So I ordered one today
post #30 of 34
I'd swap the HDD's for 2x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB. That will save you $40.

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBXL These would save you another $80

That so far is a total savings of 120, which could just be off the price or apply it to a SSD. You can get a Vertex 2 for $129 on the egg or bump up to SATA III.
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