My new computer build

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GiftedReflex
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Here is a list of all the parts i'm going to use to build my new computer. This will be my third PC i've built for me personally. Please, don't hesitate to tell me anything to upgrade, change, any suggestions are welcomed.

Case: Antec LanBoy Air

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129093&cm_re=lanboy_air-_-11-129-093-_-Product

Motherboard: Asus Rampage III Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131642

CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Processors%20-%20Desktops-_-Intel-_-19115211&AID=10440897&PID=4222941&SID=

CPU Fan: CoolerMaster V10 Hybrid

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103056&cm_re=v10-_-35-103-056-_-Product

GPU: EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130551&cm_re=EVGA_NVidia-_-14-130-551-_-Product

PSU: CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W ATX12V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139014&cm_re=atx_power_supply-_-17-139-014-_-Product

I'm using an SSD for a boot drive, but not sure which one to get, also, gonna Run Raid0 Raid1 or Raid5. Which HDD would you recommend and what Raid method do you recommend?

Hardware_Hank
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drop the 480 and switch to a 570.

noir2525
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I agree a GTX480 has heat issues, and a gtx580 would be a better since the GTX580 and 570 both use vapor chamber cooling.

I don't see memory u might want to get low latency ram

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GiftedReflex
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i've indeed heard that the 480 has issues. Would you recommend running dual cards with the 570 or even 580? Also, I'm kinda up in the air on the ram, but since i'm using the V10 CPU cooler, I need RAM that doesn't have a large heatsink on it. I'm thinking either OCZ or maybe Patriot. around 6 or 8 GB, mainly for Video editing purposes, but what are some suggestions? I haven't built a truly demanding system really, only small residential PCs for web browsing and such.

Razear
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Get the i7 930 instead, looks like you're planning to OC anyway.

The V10 is a little expensive for what it can do, you could get an ALC like the Corsair H70.

Get rid of the GTX 480, maybe a 6000 series AMD card or 500 series NVIDIA.

1200W PSU why?

GiftedReflex
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already got the V10 for less than half price brand new. Tested already and working. The i7 930 has been discontinued on most of the websites i've looked at, and it's more expensive than I can get the 950 for. I was thinking about the NVIDIA 500s, possibly the 570 after the research i've done today. Would you recommend running dual cards on the 570 or no? The 1200W PSU is for open-ended use, it's a modular PSU to go with the Modularity of the case, but the V10 actually requires 200W of power alone. Plus, I'm not sure yet on the method of boot drives, i know for certain i will be using an SSD as a boot drive, but i'll also be using 2 or 3 HDDs in Raid. Dual video cards (possibly) plus, i'm doing as Antec recommends on the case and adding the maximum number of intake fans to the case, totalling to 15 total 120mm fans on the case, all as intakes.

noir2525
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U also might want to hold off on ur build until sandy bridge comes out. I here intel will release Q1 2011.

I would say get the GTX580

For RAM go with G.skill best bang for the buck
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-12GBRL (well worth the price 149.99)

or

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 12GB (3 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-12GBRH (more expensive but ur ram timing is 7-7-7-21)

As for the psu 1200w is overkill then again if u live in a old house u need a electrician to check if wall plug and make sure it can take the load. When 1000w psu came out they made it so u had to get a electrician to install a outlet just for that psu, they used a proprietary plug. That was done so people can't sue the manufacture for there house burning down because of the high watts being drawn from the psu. Which is also the reason ur washing machine and dryer need there own outlet.

GiftedReflex
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The GSkill stuff has much too tall heatsink for my use because of the V10. It's a hybrid cooler built not only to cool the CPU, but also the Memory. I have an isolated circuit for my computer to be on, so I know that it will be sufficient for the 1200W PSU.

cvasquez
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Why is the Intel i7 950 cost half the price than the the i7-940?

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/category/compare.asp?CatId=4072


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