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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-02-2010, 09:54 AM - Thread Starter
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After running my current rig for 4+ years it's time for a new build.

Focus of the performance pieces is gaming and IT Pro work (VMs, etc), so memory and a quality video card(s) are going to be a focus here.

*Latest Update*
Well everything is purchased and installed. Only after purchases may be a BD Drive and a Fan Control panel, but definitely not show stoppers.

With all of the Red / Black going on between the case, mobo, video card, RAM, etc. I decided to name the system DEFCON, I figured I could always change it later :-P

Final Parts List:
Intel i7 920
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler
EVGA X58 SLI Classified
Corsair Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM kit
XFX 5870 XXX Edition
Sony Optiarc 22x DVD Burner
2x Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB Drives
CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case

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All of the nice new boxes:




The HAF 932:



All Built!

Front:


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There's a Red 120mm LED Fan set up on the top, a red added as part of the push-pull intake config on the H50, and an additional 120mm intake from the bottom of the case.

The lights aren't really bright at all, so not really a big red glow coming from in the case, I might rectify that but for now I'll just enjoy the performance bump


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So far all I have purchased are the following:

Intel i7 920
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler


I'm stuck on figuring out what mobo to go with, since I would like to reuse the Antec 900 case I currently have. To be honest, I'm not sure if an E-ATX would even fit in this case. The plan would be to take the current system I have (Hurricane) and put it into an existing HTPC case I have, and roll the old P4 stuff I have in that back into a Lian-Li PC65B that I have in the basement.

I've been looking at eVGA motherboards, but am open to whatever brand works well. I know the USB 3.0 boards are few and far between, and an add-in board should be pretty cheap, so that's not a requirement for the build.

I'll have more items defined after I work out the "Will an E-ATX mobo fit in an Antec 900 case" issue and go from there.

*Update 3/1/2010 *

So the parts list is getting a bit more solid here:
Intel i7 920
Corsair H50 CPU Cooler
EVGA X58 SLI Classified
Corsair Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM kit
XFX 5870 XXX Edition

Still need to work on storage, media drives, and maybe a case.

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Depending on how much you can spend I'd go with an EVGA x58 SLI LE or x58 SLI, both are great motherboards. Other good motherboards are the Asus P6T, P6T Deluxe v2 and Rampage II Gene.

What RAM are you going to use?

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E-ATX boards will fit, but the 900 has very little cable management as it is, you'd be pushing it with an extended board. Like these guys said, P6T or the EVGA x58 SLI are both awesome boards, though I'm not a huge fan of the x58 SLI LE. If you're wanting USB3/Sata3, check out the Gigabyte X58A-UD3R, also a pretty solid board.
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Depending on how much you can spend I'd go with an EVGA x58 SLI LE or x58 SLI, both are great motherboards. Other good motherboards are the Asus P6T, P6T Deluxe v2 and Rampage II Gene.

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Go with EVGA SLI
Microcenter has the i7 920 for 229 and the x58 SLI LE from evga for a cool $199. Just picked up a set today.

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Microcenter has the i7 920 for 229 and the x58 SLI LE from evga for a cool $199. Just picked up a set today.
Awesome! With the right card positioning you can get a sound card, SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0 and SLI on the x58 SLI LE. It's an awesome board. The EVGA x58 SLI can also support that, but at a higher cost. What it really comes down to is legacy support (LE doesn't have floppy/IDE) and bundled accessories. If the choice were between the two, you'd have to make a decision: is the extra cost worth it for the accessories and legacy support?

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Awesome! With the right card positioning you can get a sound card, SATA 6Gbps, USB 3.0 and SLI on the x58 SLI LE. It's an awesome board. The EVGA x58 SLI can also support that, but at a higher cost. What it really comes down to is legacy support (LE doesn't have floppy/IDE) and bundled accessories. If the choice were between the two, you'd have to make a decision: is the extra cost worth it for the accessories and legacy support?
Honestly, I don't think so. Boot of an IDE drive, and while its booting, go grab a pot of coffee, do the crossword, and change the laundry over

Also, with the cost of SATA devices now ($25 for a DVD-RW, $30-40 for a basic HDD) its really worth it.

Its one of those things that needs to be phased out, in all honesty. Microsoft put an EOL on WinXP, I think its time us power users do the same to IDE

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But floppy drives look so cool! Then I guess it comes down to the accessories, which in my opinion is not worth it.

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