Piecewise build: Phase 2 of 4

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Alexander Morou
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Hello,

I'm building a personal computer for programming, 3D modeling and gaming.  Due to the cost I'm breaking it into ~1300 dollar chunks

Here's a rundown of the specifications, an 'x' is added to the elements which are ordered.

 ☒ Motherboard: EVGA Intel X58 Classified Motherboard with 4-way SLI
 ☒ CPU: Core i7 980x Gulftown hexa-core CPU.
 ☒ Case: Lian Li PC-P80 Armor Suit
 ☒ OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Edition
 ☐ PSU: Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W
 ☐ GPU: Two EVGA GTX 480 SC
 ☐ Memory: 24GB Mushkin Enhanced Blackline (two 3x4GB packs)
 ☐ SSD: Intel X25-M 160GB SSD
 ☐ Optical: Lite-On 24x DVD Writer  with LightScribe support (not a blu-ray fan)

I realize that this system is a bit pricey, but I'm more wanting to know if it'll perform worth its merit without worrying about over-clocking.  The 4-way SLI board is so that if I ever decide to drop another grand on it, there's room to spare.

Thanks,

-Alexander Morou

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HOLY CRAP! LOL-that system is gonna be ~3 grand-I rarely get to build one of those and certainly not own it myself

Yep your spot on with the components but be advised if you get any more 480's then you are going to need another/bigger PSU

Might want a slightly bigger SSD or atleast a velociraptor for your main storage space. Personally I'd op for either a 256gb SSD or get a slow spinning 5400 rpm harddrive for main storage to reduce the noise level.

No blue-ray? Meh your choice

What about monitor and rest o' peripheral

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Alexander Morou
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I consider a monitor a completely separate purchase, because you can connect other things to it, like an XBox 360.

Until I can afford it, I'll use a 1080p HD television through HDMI.

Also that's 3200 remaining.

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I don't know if Thermaltake is known for their awesome power supplies to be honest. Nothing against Mushkin, but there are probably better options that cost less.

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I have a question about the SSD: Intel X25-M 160GB SSD. It's kind of small for a rendering computer or artwork. Have you looked into the OCZ Z-Drives? They have a Sequential Access - Read up to 870MB/s, Sequential Access - Write up to 780MB/s. And they are not cheap..

Alexander Morou
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Well,

As far as the space goes, it was more one of those 'Upgrade as you go' kind of things.  I figured that since I'm already spending what I am, I could focus on purchasing more space once it became necessary.

OCZ drives are certainly on my list, but their 4K range reads aren't very stellar (in fact they're horrible), which makes me think that for programming purposes, it would be disadvantageous (some of the program I write generate hundreds of files, often small files, slow speeds on this would be a negative for me).

As far as Mushkin I've heard good things about them, enough in fact to probably change the drive selection to a Mushkin drive.

Alexander Morou
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Decided to go with the Cooler Master V10 CPU Cooler, I didn't realize from the images that it's as large as it is ;]  I'll probably have to take out the GPU support bar on the Lian Li case.

I've also changed the PSU selection from the Thermaltake 1200W to the SilverStone Strider 1500w.

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I would recommend a Corsair h50 over a v10-A v10 is bigger and louder with worse performance for more $

Alexander Morou
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Sure except I've already got the V10 sitting right next to me.

From the review Rodney did on the two in comparison to one another, I decided for the V10.  The thermal electric cooler on the V10 only activates when the processor reaches around 70 degrees centigrade (according to an e-mail response from Cooler Master, in inquiry about the thermal activation/deactivation range).  After that it stays active until it drops to a cooler 50 degrees centigrade.  In essence the cooler really only reaches its maximum potential when you're overclocking.  I don't know to what level the V10 can handle, though.  I'll have to do testing to find that out.

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I saw the 160GB Intel SSD and if you have the space in the case (which it looks like you do) I recommend getting two 80GB Intel SSDs and then RAID 0 them. Its about the same price but more speed. Plus Intel now supports TRIM on the onboard RAID controller which really does help performance.