New Computer - Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by illinimatt81, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. Here is what I am considering building to replace my old rig, any thoughts?

    Case: Antec Sonata III 500 Black Computer Case w 500W Power Supply

    CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Processor BX80601920 - 2.66GHz, LGA 1366, 4.8GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, Quad-Core, HyperThreading
    CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

    MOBO: Intel DX58SO w/ FREE 4GB USB Flash Drive - LGA 1366 Motherboard, Intel X58, SATA, CrossFireX, Tri-Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading (3.25 lbs)

    Monitors: 2 - SAMSUNG 2333SW Black 23" 5ms Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitors

    Video Card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 01G-P3-N959-TR Video Card
    Video Card Cooler: ZALMAN VF900 - CU LED 2 Ball VGA Cooling Fan/Heatsink

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Media Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q

    Hard Drive: 2 Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives (Not confident in 1TB + drives yet, too many issues)

    Windows VISTA Ultimate 64 bit

    Around $1600 Out the door
  2. dhpar


    nice machine...
  3. Seems a little odd to use a Nvidia graphics card on a crossfire motherboard...
  4. I am partial to Nvidia and really like Intel boards too, they are just solid IMO. I didn't need anything high end, just something basic to drive two monitors.

    The MOBO does give me flexibilty in the future to replace the card and drive more monitors
  5. DanishFK


    Here is what I recommend instead:

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    ... And get a separate Power supply instead.

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

    The PSU will help you in case you plan to crossfire later, plus I personally think it's better than the Antec one that comes with the case and this one will ensure stability.

    ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

    I would also recommend the ATI 4830 instead of the 9500GT you selected.

    XFX HD-483X-YDFC Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

    Everything else looks fine :)

    If you have any further questions, please free to ask.

    P.S: The board and the Power supply should be able to run Two 4830s in Crossfire.
  6. DanishFK


  7. Thank you so much for the informative post and links!
  8. Bob111


  9. One thing that adds huge performance gains is the hard drive. Get the Raptor 10,000 rpm hard drive. I've been using them for years. I have never had one go out. They boot faster, and really increase your speed for loading programs, installing, etc. They are louder than normal, but I don't care about acoustic.
    #10     Apr 27, 2009