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I updated my post concerning the specific questions you asked; you might want to look at my advice about the HDD/SSD.

Also the GAIA is a direct variant of the Dark Knight, just that it can mount in the proper direction (towards rear fan) and push pull is easier to mount.

I would also recommend this RAM for $75; it is much cheaper and will perform equally to a 1333 7-7-7 kit, and probably OC a bit further. This is due to RAM performance actually degrading a bit more than normal below 1600Mhz, that 1600 CL9 will equal 1333 CL7.
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/4/11 at 4:11pm
post #12 of 22
This is a great build. I would leave it as is! It will perform great.

You are going to get 100 opinions about what may be better! Ask them to produce performance charts showing noticeable improvments. If they cannot produce such charts (data) ignore the advice. If they can produce performance to cost data, then definitely consider it!

I have that exact 1tb drive as well as multiple f3 drives. very little difference between the two when benchmarking them.
Edited by Electroneng - 4/4/11 at 4:16pm
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Understood on the drives!

As for the memory, I wondered if you had considered the overclocking headroom it would give you on the processor. You'll have the ability to use a higher range of frequencies to tune your CPU overclock to be a bit tighter. You're right that the sweet spot seems to be right around 1600~ I went with a set with 1866 just for the stability if I had to push it further, and I'm happy that I did.

I may have misspoke on the motherboard - I had another one in mind, I believe the one you're looking at (PRO version) has dual x16 lanes and USB3.0, I must have confused it with another model.

Looks like a really tight build if you're ordering today! .
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post #14 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by willibj View Post
Questions:
1.) Is that Xigmatek Gaia going to be enough for the 1090t? Would I be better off with the Tuniq Tower LED 120 for only $10 more
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-002-_-Product
I think Tuniq Tower is a better choice. $10 is fine for the extra performance.
You can also get a Xigmatek HSF with 4 Heat Pipe for better cooling. AMD CPU Surface is larger than Intel and 4 heat pipe can provide a better cooling solution.

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Originally Posted by willibj View Post
I personally try and keep my HDD's to approx 50-60% capacity in the interest of preservation - they seem to run better for longer. Is it the same with SSD's?

3.) Anything else? I've chosen the WD Black because the Samsung F3's are out of stock, chosen the Antec TPN650 over the corsair 650TX because it's $10 cheaper, is partly modular and has a single 12v@52a, plus my TPN750 is wicked, the Storm Scout for all the savings, black interior, decked-out fans, cable-management, etc, the Sapphire 6850 for its wonderful price/performance and ability to OC w/ voltage increase to hit 6870 speeds like mine, and the RAM for the CL7 timings (I'll OC the mhz as far as the timings will take me).
Well... HDD and SSD combo, eh?
I personally would choose low power HDD (like Seagate Barracuda LP or WD Caviar Green) for secondary storage since they are also cheaper.
The OS and other application will use the resource of Primary HDD or SSD. So, low power HDD as secondary storage seems to be okay.
At least, I am quite fine with it.
    
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Thread Starter 
Awesome help from everyone so far, thanks a lot!

Re: Samsung F3 1tb vs WDBlack 1tb - I really need to order from one place, so I can't get the F3 from another store. Sucks, but it's the way it is. So I'll have to go with the WDBlack I think. Question: is this drive a 4kb sector drive and how will that factor into my idea of installing a 100gb WinXP x64 partition onto it, as a secondary (backup) OS?

Re: the SSD - if you're sure 60gb is enough then which of these drives should I get (copy and paste the link for me):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148357
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227550
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227394
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226151
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231377
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820233124
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147062

Re: the RAM - that $75 kit was my first choice but I didn't like it being of a different color scheme haha. So superficial. If that'll perform similarly to the CL7 1333 stuff then I'll take it, the savings will help.

Re: the upgrade to 6870 - I've felt the 6870 to be the most instantly obsolete GPU released in memory. A good 6850 with voltage control (like mine) overclocked (mine hits 1030mhz @ 1.23v, mem1175mhz) will beat a stock 6870 and hit 95% of the 6870's OC performance for about ~15-25% cheaper. Anyways, since he's no gamer, that money would be better spent elsewhere anyways/

Alternately, with money potentially saved on the SSD I could upgrade the RAM to better stuff, along with the CPU cooler.

Thoughts?
Edited by willibj - 4/4/11 at 4:33pm
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I recommend the C300. Blazing fast, well-priced.
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The C300 seems to be the best choice I guess. Any other comments on the SSD? 64gb vs 90gb?

how's this RAM instead:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145313

If my CPU heatsink budget increased, what should I get?
Edited by willibj - 4/4/11 at 4:46pm
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Alright, by removing the WD Black 1tb and switching the SSD to the 64gb C300 allows me to upgrade the RAM to Corsair Dominator 1600 CL9, to add a 500gb Samsung F3 for programs and a 2tb Samsung F4 for storage for a net gain of ~$20. That's acceptable, and can be lowered by switching the F4 to the F3 1.5tb or 1tb for $10 or $20 less respectively, though the price-per-gb dictates the F4 to be a clear winner there (plus they're fast drives for "green" ones).

Is that a wise move? The RAM seems to be overclockable and the Xigmatek Gaia allows for horizontal mounting on AM3 so the fan can draw air over the ram-heatsinks.
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and yes aesthetics1, I'm ordering today, within the next few hours so it has to be with what's available, and yeah, it will be sick. Pitty it's for a friend haha, I would've liked it for myself
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Am i the only person thinking that a workstation card would be a far better choice for this system than that 6850? I dont know whats in the range of your budget for a workstation card but if he doesnt game and he does graphics he can only benefit from it....
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