Time for another new gaming PC. Opinions and advice requested.

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Grayald
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Here are the parts I'm considering.

CASE: AZZA Hurricane 2000

CPU: i7 950

COOLER:

MOTHERBOARD: Asus Sabertooth

RAM: Undecided.

GFX: EVGA GTX 480

PSU: 1000 watt Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold

HARD DRIVE: 300 GB Western Digital Velociraptor

Any advice? Opinions? Recommendations?

CaptainYouPlanet
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The CPU and motherboard look good, and I would have picked a different case due to looks, but those are subjective. Unless you are planning on doing SLI later, that 1000W PSU is overkill. You could knock it back to a quality 750W unit (those Silent Gold ones seem good, but also look at Corsair, and I believe Antec makes a good 750W unit, the TruePower one I think is it).

For the hard drive, I would get a higher-capacity 7200RPM unit with a 32MB cache, such as the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB or one of the Western Digital Caviar Black models. I had a VelociRaptor in my PC for a while, but now I have a Caviar Black 640GB, and I don't notice any speed difference. It's hardly worth the $180 or so you pay for it.

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Here are some good CPU coolers
Corsair H70
Corsair H50
Corsair A70
Noctua Nh-D14 (best, but gigantic)

For ram, the Corsair Dominator GT ram is really good, but also very expensive.

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k1llg0r3 wrote:Here are some good CPU coolers
Corsair H70
Corsair H50
Corsair A70
Noctua Nh-D14 (best, but gigantic)

Avoid the Corsair A70 is my suggestion. I've seen it in person and the base plate has gaps between it and the heat pipe u need to fill those gaps with thermal paste.

Thermalright venomous X (very good cooler i use it).
Coolermaster V8

RAM
Gskill Eco (supported by every mobo manufacture, low voltage)
G.SKILL PI
crucial Tracer(good ram too, LED lights on the ram are very nice to look at)

Video Card
MSI N480GTX Twin Frozr II (cools better than stock cooler that evga uses, less noise too)

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Grayald
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Oh forgot to mention. I'm building this one from cyberpowerpc. I could build it myself with newegg parts, as I have done in the past, but I decided to go an easier route this time. That said:

I'm planning to get another video card later on and run nvidia surround. May wait for Kepler to make its debut for that though.

As for RAM, as it's cyberpower, it's either Corsair Dominator or Kingston HyperX.

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1. Get an i7 920/930 instead of the 950
2. Only 850W is really necessary
3. You need more HDD space. Do a RAID0 with two WD Caviar Blacks for cheaper, better preformance, and more capacity.

CaptainYouPlanet
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I would still go with the i7 950. They dropped the price, and it's under $300 now. The 920 and 930 aren't going to be that much cheaper.

Grayald
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I'd get the 920, but it's un-available. Lowest one is the 930, which is only 20 bucks less than the 950. Seems it would be more expensive. Makes me wonder if there's some issue with the 950s that makes them want to get rid of them. Anyone know of any issues with 950s?

As for HDDs, the only WD Cyberpowerpc has available are the velociraptors. Wish they had the Caviar. I hear a lot of praise about them. What about a raid 1+0 configuration with those cheaper 7200 rpm HDDs? You basic ones they offer there or the SATA 3 models.

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for the ram, the two best options are kingston HyperX and Corsair Dominator series, if you look em up, you could choose what better suites your needs.

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CaptainYouPlanet
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There are no issues with the i7 950. They dropped the price because they are replacing the 920 and 930 with it. This is why you can hardly find the 920 anymore. It was pretty much replaced with the 930. Newegg hasn't carried the 920 in forever.