New PC Build

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Kyuuen
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Ello, just as the topic title says I'm starting a new PC and making a custom build, but I'd feel a whole lot more comfortable getting a few other peoples opinions before I bought the rest of the components, to make sure my research and fact finding is accurate.

So here's what I'm looking at:

Motherboard: ASUS P6TD Deluxe Intel X58 MB
CPU: i7 950 CPU
( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6820408&sku=B69-5131 )
Video Card: GeForce GTX 465 x2
Memory: Corsair XMS PC12800 RAM - 8GB, DDR3, Dual Channel, Cl 9, PC12800, 1600MHz ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5082129&csid=ITD&body=REVIEWS#tabs )
Main Hard Drives: Western Digital WD1500HLFS VelociRaptor Hard Drive - 150GB, 10K RPM, 16MB, SATA-3G x2 probably in a Raid setup ( http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4164551&Sku=TSD-150HLFS )
Storage Drive: Western Digital WD10EARS Caviar Green Hard Drive - 1TB, 3.5", SATA 3G, 64MB Cache, GreenPower

That's what I'm planning so far. I have yet to find a suitable Power Supply, Modem/Network card, Sound Card. As for a case I'm looking at the Cooler Master HAF X.

Any advice or any inconsistencies that I may have missed/overlooked would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for any help. ^^

hnkftalnot
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I think that combodeal (mobo+cpu) is nice, I'd rather go for an i7 930 and overclock it but I can't find that model on the website.. and you didn't list a CPU cooler so I take it you don't want to overclock it anyway. That said, I think the mobo+cpu combo is very good and reasonably priced.

GPU: The 460 is supposed to be a little better, but can only do two way SLI. So if you're planning on getting even more cards get the 465s, otherwise consider a 460 if it's cheaper.

The RAM is a dual channel kit, I'm not sure if that would even work right on an X58 board. X58 is the only platform that can do triple channel so look for a triple channel kit to get the most bandwidth out of it, and to be sure that it will work right. Also I would choose a lower latency but if you're not overclocking that doesn't really matter.. this kit is nice and cheap:
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4307845&CatId=4329

Interesting choice on the harddrives, I've heard that they can be very noisy but two of them in RAID0 would surely be fast.

As for a network card, the motherboard already has one onboard which is good enough for a simple network connection. Same goes for soundcard, the onboard is usually good enough but you can always add one later if you feel the need :).

So all in all, looking to be a monster PC ! And aside from the RAM everything looks compatible as far as I can tell.

hnkftalnot
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*sorry double post, please delete*

Tivon
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Raptors make alot of noise and can be bested by drives with more cache.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD2002FAEX 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136792

Intel makes some of the best Nic cards.

Intel EXPI9301CT 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter 1 x RJ45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106036&nm_mc=OTC-Froogle&cm_mmc=OTC-Froogle-_-Network+-+Interface+Cards-_-Intel-_-33106036

This PSU should fit all your needs.
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
 

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PPSKevin
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congrats dude that's one beast of a system!

Flaviz
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Everything looks nice, no real bottleneck and stick with the raptors, I have 2 and you will be very happy with the performance.

Kyuuen
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Alright, this is the first time I'm setting up a SLI rig. Will a 1000 watt PSU be enough to power two GeForce 465s that require 550 watts each, or is the wattage not additive?

elkmanwsu
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1000 watts will be more than enough as long as its from a respected manufacturer...I agree with Tivons recommendation, and you can even go with a 950 Watt Corsair PSU and you would be fine.

This is an excellent deal.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139013&Tpk=950w%20corsair

Have you looked into the new core i7-2600K (new 1155-pin)...if you are building your computer from scratch this would be the way to go...a nice performance upgrade for little to no overhead over the 1366 pin alternative. You can find plenty of 1155 pin based motherboards now as well...not sure about overclock performance if you were planning on doing that...but definitely something you should check into before you make your purchase.

Motherboard: ASUS P5N-D
Processor: E8500 @ Stock
Memory: 2x2GB Corsair XMS2 DHX
Videocard: Radeon 4870 X2

cvasquez
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I have two Velociraptors and they are not noise at all.
The fans on Graphics Card is more of annoying.
What I do suggest though is instead of going Velociraptor go SSD.

That is on my todo list for this month.
I am also doing a new build.

Good luck!


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raul_rahul001
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Hello this is Rahul from India.
I had trouble finding a good motherboard as i am building a new PC.
i have an option of Gigabyte GA-H57M-USB3 Motherboard For Intel as first option and Gigabyte GA-H55M-USB3 Motherboard For Intel as the second option.please do help me with it.i am searching for a motherboard within the range of 10000 INR please do suggest me something, i am also open for ASUS motherboards.

hnkftalnot
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Respectable brands sell good motherboards, or have at least a good warranty. So with the brands you mention you are always good. I can't make a recommendation since I'm not in the market for a new board at this point. Only thing to make sure is you buy the features you want: H55 doesn't do crossfire/sli and is limited on the expansion slots, so check that. If the board has the features you want and it's from a respectable brand, you can't really go wrong, and can return it or get support when you have problems.

cvasquez
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I agree 110% with hnkftalnot.