Building first new system in a long time. Any tips?

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aztek Posted: Thu, Oct 14 2010 1:45 AM

I've upgraded here and there, but have not built a completely new box since, oh, socket 478 P4s and DDR were hot sh!t.

I don't overclock or tinker to squeeze more out of a system. I'm looking to put together a solid/stable machine that will get me by for a while.

The heart of it is already decided: i7-930. For various reasons, mostly because I got it for ~150 bucks new.

I have done a little reading, but I am hoping to order stuff soon and thought I'd seek some "professional advice."

I've put together this wish list and had a couple questions.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=20074788

1. RAM compatibility. Is there a way to really tell what works with what before it all arrives?

2. If I'm not overclocking, do I need such a beefy heatsink/fan?

3. I have a new BFG 650 watt PSU. Is that enough for this combo + 4 WD Blue HDDs?

4. Any suggestions? Or does this setup seem legit?

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to HotHardware, Aztek! I'll take one of your questions:

aztek:
1. RAM compatibility. Is there a way to really tell what works with what before it all arrives?

Yes! If you visit the motherboard manufacturer's website you will probably find a list of approved RAM modules that will positively work with your future motherboard.

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jonation replied on Wed, Oct 27 2010 12:27 PM

aztek:
2. If I'm not overclocking, do I need such a beefy heatsink/fan?

If your case has good/decent air flow (ambient temps aren't too high) I'd say no.

But this is a great heatsink on the cheap- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186134

 

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aztek:
1. RAM compatibility. Is there a way to really tell what works with what before it all arrives?

Shouldn't have much issues with ram. You just need a set of DDR3 sticks.

aztek:
2. If I'm not overclocking, do I need such a beefy heatsink/fan?

No. I always point people to this site http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm Look at the coolest if you are looking to overclock. Look at the quietest if you are not.

aztek:
3. I have a new BFG 650 watt PSU. Is that enough for this combo + 4 WD Blue HDDs?

I would say with 4 hard drives you are starting to cut it pretty close.

aztek:
4. Any suggestions? Or does this setup seem legit?

Looks like you are just about set. How old is that PSU?

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aztek replied on Wed, Oct 27 2010 6:27 PM

Thanks for ze replies.

I bought it last NYE weekend as I was at a LAN and my then current PS died.

Thanks for the link to heat sinks article. Since my brain has officially tired of work, I think I'll read that then go home for the day :D

Going to order everything this weekend. Come to a decision on heatsink and PS

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realneil replied on Wed, Oct 27 2010 9:54 PM

CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 Factory Sealed Water Cooler is premium. I have two of them.

Computer Case: XION Predator Gaming Series is a real nice case for far less money.

If you end up needing a Power Supply I recommend SeaSonic Brand for ultimate quality.


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