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post #1 of 18
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I've narrowed it down to these two systems. Tell me which one you like better, what you would change, what makes more sense etc. Thanks a lot!

Sandy Bridge
Case: Fractal Design Define R3 Black $110
Processor: Intel i7 2600K $280
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD65 $170
Ram: Corsair Vengeance Blue DDR3 4GB 1600 $55
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 560 Hawk $250
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $110, Seagate Barracuda 1TB $60
Power Supply: XFX 650 Watt Modular $60
CPU Cooler: Thermalright Silver Arrow $80
Optical Drive: Samsung Blu Ray Drive $50
Additional Fans: 1x Yate Loon 120mm 3x Yate Loon 140mm $40
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $85

Total: $1350

X58
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 $90
Processor: Intel i7 950 $200
Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 LGA1366 $180
Ram: Corsair Vengeance Black DDR3 6GB 1600 $77
Graphics Card: MSI GTX 560 Hawk $250
Hard Drive: OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $110, Seagate Barracuda 1TB $60
Power Supply: XFX 650 Watt Modular $60
CPU Cooler: Noctua DH-14 $80
Optical Drive: Samsung Blu Ray Drive $50
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium $85

Total: $1242
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i7 870 @ 3.6 MSI P55-GD65 USB3 EVGA 9800GT Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600 
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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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XFX 650 Watt XXX Edition Corsair 650D 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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XFX 650 Watt XXX Edition Corsair 650D 
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post #2 of 18
Obvious choice for Sandy bridge for me, more future proof in case you want to switch to Ivy Bridge, less hassle to change mobo's. It'll be cheaper in the long run ^_^

Edit: What will be the main purpose of the system btw? Gaming? Video editing? etc... just curious ^_^
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2x 1TB Samsung F3 in Raid 0 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 Corsair H80 Windows 7 64-bit 
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post #3 of 18
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Gaming, Photoshop, Music Production, Media, Open Office, Web Surfing, Folding Potentially. Nothing TOO extensive.
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OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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XFX 650 Watt XXX Edition Corsair 650D 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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post #4 of 18
Yeh I vote for the sandy Bridge build, asked what the system is for, cuz if it's just for gaming, i think you can save a couple of $ switching to 2500k instead. but since, the former will be better ^_^

Edit: Can maybe switch the HDD to a samsung F3? I have no experience with the seagate one, so maybe somebody can suggest something else as well.

Pretty much a very solid build ^_^
Edited by MorbEIn - 4/25/11 at 11:29am
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post #5 of 18
that ram wont work with the D14, the D14 overhangs the 1st ram slot and I think the 2nd, Vengance have tall heatsinks like dominators..
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Theory View Post
that ram wont work with the D14, the D14 overhangs the 1st ram slot and I think the 2nd, Vengance have tall heatsinks like dominators..
ohh taht's some good eye right there. Never had vengeance before, Cant they be removed? or.. ?

Edit: The fins/heatsink that is...

Can always switch to a H70 if all else fails and you still want to stick with vengeance?
Edited by MorbEIn - 4/25/11 at 11:35am
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2x 1TB Samsung F3 in Raid 0 60GB OCZ Vertex 2 Corsair H80 Windows 7 64-bit 
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post #7 of 18
About the Seagate drive. I hate to sound like one of those WD fanboys, but there have been some horrible failure rates on any Seagate drives that are 1TB and higher. Consider a WD Black 1TB or a Samsung F3.

But I can't really hate on Seagate because I have had a 7200.11 running in my system for 2 and a half years. So I absolutely love it. Never had any issues with it.
    
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post #8 of 18
Nice selection of items, I would go with first setup.


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post #9 of 18
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Quote:
that ram wont work with the D14, the D14 overhangs the 1st ram slot and I think the 2nd, Vengance have tall heatsinks like dominators..
I'd like to keep the Vengeance on the first build just because it works with the overall look. The X58 build I could care less, Just something under $100 bucks that works with the Brown of the D14 and Military colours of the Sabertooth.

Quote:
Can maybe switch the HDD to a samsung F3?
I'm running a Seagate 500 right now and haven't had any issues. Again, Storage drive I could care less, something just around $60 that's 1TB.
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i7 870 @ 3.6 MSI P55-GD65 USB3 EVGA 9800GT Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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XFX 650 Watt XXX Edition Corsair 650D 
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i7 870 @ 3.6 MSI P55-GD65 USB3 EVGA 9800GT Corsair XMS3 4GB 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
OCZ Vertex 2 60GB SSD-Seagate Barracuda 500GB Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD/RW Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Samsung SyncMaster BX2331 
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post #10 of 18
To the op
since it says music production, you should invest on a good audio card, rather than in that 2600k. An i5 2500k should be good enough. Concerning that noctua, I don't think that's healthy for your system. TT Frio should be good enough for you, you con always go h50/h70 and do some modding.
Edited by otaku_ex - 4/25/11 at 11:48am
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