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So I sold off almost all of my sig rig; keeping only the 5870, my PSU, the H70, and my 1TB HDD. I am now picking out parts to my new rig and this is what I have lined up so far:

-- Asus Crosshair IV Formula
-- AMD 1100T (*w/ H70)
-- Corsair Dominator GT (2x2GB) 8-9-8-24 @1.65V w/ included Fan
-- *Sapphire 5870 2GB Eyefinity
-- Asus 24X CD/DVD Burner
-- *Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD
-- *Cooler Master 800W Silent Pro Gold
*ALREADY OWN IT

1) I need opinions on cases with a budget of about $200 give or take a few. Size and noise level is not an issue, and I would like to be able to showcase my hardware (ie. side-window). I have a case in mind but I want to hear what the community would choose for the build.

2) I could also use some opinions on what SSD will the be the best on a $100 budget (I am looking for speed over capacity).

Finally if you have any other suggestions they are welcome. Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 12
Don't bother with the 1100T, it's only a few MHz more then the 1090T. Not worth it.

EDIT: Wait a second............you sold a 1090T to get a 1100T?????

As for SSD i'd go for the Crucial C300. It has faster read speeds then most other SSD's, but at the cost of slower write speeds.
Edited by amorph - 3/13/11 at 12:48pm
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post #3 of 12
I don't consider the 1100T a very worthwhile upgrade from 1090T
Similar to 965 vs 955
I'd be understandable if you paid $10 for extra 100Mhz, but $30-40.... not at all

Don't spend on the Corsair Dominators... really expensive RAM on which the performance is not really worth it. With a good 1600 ~6-7-6 kit you would beat 2000 8-9-8 in benchmarks for much cheaper. Try G.Skill ECO 1600 7-8-7. I really don't recommend anything higher than G.Skill ECO unless the RAM has proven ICs which can do 1600 @ 6-6-6 or so (i.e. Elpida Hypers).

The Samsung F3 1TB is pretty cheap on Superbiiz ($51 shipped after promo - see online deals) and should perform somewhat better than WD Black actually

This Vertex 2 50GB is all you need, well within the $100 mark. Great SandForce performance for cheap. You might think twice due to the size, but really you won't use much of the SSD space at all really; on my Intel 80GB SSD, less than half of it is used despite a developed OS and plenty of programs.
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Originally Posted by amurph0;12717377 
Don't bother with the 1100T, it's only a few MHz more then the 1090T. Not worth it.

EDIT: Wait a second............you sold a 1090T to get a 1100T?????

As for SSD i'd go for the Crucial C300. It has faster read speeds then most other SSD's, but at the cost of slower write speeds.

Lol, I had some old parts lying around that I wanted to get rid off: my case, an old 550W PSU, my 9800GTX... and I got good money for the setup on eBay so I am happy. I was going to go for the slight upgrade to the 1100T, but maybe you are right, I don't really need it considering I will already be getting more out of my CPU with the new motherboard and better RAM.

I am pondering the RAM at the moment... are the ECOs really the best overclocking RAM our there for the money?
post #5 of 12
For the money, most definitely. They can OC very well both ways - timings and clock speed - at around stock voltage. They're equipped with either a higher-binned PSC or Elpida BBSE IC; the latter IC actually should be equivalent to the one in the Corsair Dominators. Mine use a PSC-binned one since I can't break 6-8-6.
Since they're low voltage and cool running even with more, you'll never need a fan... but the majority of DDR3 never needs fans anyway.
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As for:
- Ram: G.skill Eco would be nice, unless you want to overclock than there is some sweet ram from the manufacturer Exceleram in Germany smile.gif
- Case: A Silverstone Raven 2, Lian Li PC-K62, Corsair 650D or something from CoolerMaster?
- SSD: no idea, Vertex 2 (34nm), Corsair Force series or maybe an Crucial C300
Edited by Scorpion87 - 3/13/11 at 1:23pm
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Thanks guys.. .rep for all.

I am seriously considering the 650D... along with 8GB of the ECO... the 1090T instead of the 1100T... and a Vertex 2 50GB.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Cmoney;12717502 
I was going to go for the slight upgrade to the 1100T, but maybe you are right, I don't really need it considering I will already be getting more out of my CPU with the new motherboard and better RAM.

The 1090t and 1100t both have unlocked multipliers, so there's no difference at all. The only way an 1100t would have an advantage over a 1090t is if you didn't go into the BIOS and change the stock multiplier. This would be a complete waste of money as an "upgrade" unless you can swap into it for free. It wouldn't offer any more performance, but may draw a little bit higher fee when you resold it down the line.
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Originally Posted by Cmoney;12718568 
Thanks guys.. .rep for all.

I am seriously considering the 650D... along with 8GB of the ECO... the 1090T instead of the 1100T... and a Vertex 2 50GB.

With your 1090T you could literally just go into the BIOS and put up the multiplier by just a tiny amount and you would have a 1100T.

If you wanted to you could put it all the way up to 3.6 or 3.7GHz without any need to do anything else and it would be completely stable.
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post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by amurph0;12718667 
With your 1090T you could literally just go into the BIOS and put up the multiplier by just a tiny amount and you would have a 1100T.

If you wanted to you could put it all the way up to 3.6 or 3.7GHz without any need to do anything else and it would be completely stable.

Well in my last setup I had my 1090T sitting at 4.0GHz just fine with my H70... my issue was the crap motherboard and RAM combination I had made it so I couldn't push it any further. I would suspect that with better RAM and the Crosshair IV Formula I should be able to do better than that.
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