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dodgers2213 Posted: Tue, Dec 28 2010 1:18 AM

hey guys, i have been planning a build. Trying to float below 2,000 total for the build (keyboard/mouse/Monitor will come later) and the following is what I have come up with:

1 MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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1 COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 Blue RC-932-KKN3-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
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1 LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT
LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM
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1 EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Model #:012-P3-1570-AR
Item #:N82E16814130593
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1 CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...
Model #:CMPSU-750HX
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1 Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
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1 Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Intel X25-M SSDSA2MH080G2K5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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1 G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
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1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:HD502HJ
Item #:N82E16822152181
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1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #:DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #:N82E16827135204
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$19.99   $19.99
1 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Model #:GFC-00599
Item #:N82E16832116754
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$99.99   $99.99
1 Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
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Item #:N82E16835608014
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1 Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap
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may switch out the MSI for this...

EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR SLI3 ATX Intel Motherboard

Save almost $100 but lacks some cool features, but this board would be more fitting for my selected RAM. I'm trying to find high rated RAM that would fit the MSI board without looking too out of place...i'd prefer a blue/black theme. Just aesthetics, in the end i may not care and go with the MSI board. dunno

lol honestly i don't have all the money secured yet, but this is what i plan on running with. the new X68 boards aren't due for awhile and I have no intentions to wait that long.

So this is pretty much what I plan to build myself within the upcoming month. If Intel gen 3 SSDs are released within that time (I hope they do), then I will replace the Gen 2 with the Gen 3.

 I'm pretty confident all my parts are compatible. But just in case, its always a good idea to ask for someone to review it. I have watched a lot of tutorial videos (even the one posted by this site), and I'm anxious to get all this together. Assembling everything looks extremely easy, i'm just a little nervous on handling the BIOS etc (i did happen to see a video of someone showing their BIOS settings and overclock with my exact same motherboard. Would it be more or less a good idea to copy his settings?)

So, any other pointers are always helpful. Any recommendations after Windows installation and driver updates? 

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changed G.Skill ram to 4GB of Adata (since 6 GB isn't necessary for me)

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A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-2G
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save 35 bucks switching to this RAM. Good enough reviews for me

 

 

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kid007 replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 7:23 AM

I would have change that HDD 3.5 for a 2.5" runs cooler and it just something I always have like :)

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I would keep the 6gb of gskill that he as in his original post since the 1366LGA socket runs triple channel ram. 

That system is quite similar  to mine except for a few things. But All in all it is a nice build and I wouldnt change a thing with it. I even ran the Noctua fan before I switched over to the dark side of water cooling.  

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Going to look at 2.5" HDDs right now Yes (EDIT: OH way too expensive for me No)

 

Yea I cut some costs switching to adata, and it looks better on the MSI mobo.  I need 6GB of RAM, so i think 4GB would be good enough for my needs. Of course, I'd switch back to the G.Skill if there is an important reason for it (like reliability or something). But the Adata has good ratings. I only need to tweak in Bios to achieve 1600 mhz. Which I still need to read up on

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 9:48 PM

dodgers2213:
I'd switch back to the G.Skill if there is an important reason for it

Three sticks equal triple channel performance and that is what your board is designed for. Two sticks may work in dual channel mode, but why pay more (CPU and Motherboard costs) for the tri-channel capability if you will not use it?  Using 3GB, 6GB, 12GB, and 24GB is best on this 1366 platform.

If you prefer going with 4GB of RAM, then consider a socket 1156 CPU and board instead. (ASRock P55-Pro and a i7-870 CPU) You'll save money and still get kick-azz performance.

GSKill RAM is better quality than AData is. Consider their GSKill RipJaws DDR3-1600 RAM as it has the Intel XMP (extreme memory profile) built in and that auto magically sets your timing to the best and most stable that the factory could come up with.

This SSD is the same price as the Intel and gets much better performance too.

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on the DSO boards they recommend Intel over other SSDs. So, i usually have my builds with them. But yes, those specs do look superior but at a higher power consumption. hmm something to consider

 

I just opened up two build possibilities on Newegg. One 1366 and one 1156. Of course the 1156 is way cheaper (taking your mobo recommendation but, i don't really like it that much.

I like the features on the MSI board, and the equivalent on the 1156 socket is 20 dollars less....so, not a major reason to scale back to 1156 unless i go with the cheaper Asrock

At the end of the day, any one of these is much^1000 times better than the garbage i'm currently running. Any thing will blow my mind away....but I do want to go with what i'd be most happy with regardless of some overkill

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realneil replied on Wed, Dec 29 2010 11:54 AM

Power consideration on SSD's is negligible, they all use a lot less than rotational platter based solutions.

The 1366 or the 1156 platforms are both crazy fast. (the first time you use them you keep smiling a lot)

1156's turbo boost is more robust, and 1366 has triple channel and a wider PCI-E bus. (this is important if you plan to use dual video cards in the future)

I just ordered another i7-870 and another ASRock P55-Pro for myself. I got it in today. I choose the ASRock board because of it's enormous overclocking potential and how easy it is to accomplish. My i5-750 2.6GHz. CPU runs at 3.8GHz. on this one. A 1,200 MHz. overclock is nothing to sneeze at. I'm on Air Cooling too.

Later this week I'll know what it gets with water cooling and the i7 CPU. Smile

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thanks for the replies neil, tough decisions ahead.

I live in SoCal, and my area the ambient temps can be a consistent 26-32 C for a large part of the year. I'll only be doing a baby overclock (nothing over 4.0 GHz) on my Noctua cooler

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