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Windows 7: Rate my $2500 Build


03 Dec 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Rate my $2500 Build

Hey guys, I'm going to be building a PC next year in January when Sandy Bridge comes out. This will be my first every PC I build so I'd like some thoughts on it and how I can improve it. This machine will be used for gaming, music production and a lot of HD Video editing. The parts are in AUD by the way.

Case: Antec 1200 - $214
Card Reader: Any card reader - $20
CPU: i7 2600k - around $400
GPU: AMD 6970 - around $500
Hard Drive 1: Samsung F4 2TB - $100
Hard Drive 2: Samsung F4 2TB - $100
SSD: OCZ 60GB - $140
HDTV Tuner - Leadtek Dual Tuner - $50
Memory - 8GB G Skill Ripjaws (1600Mhz) - $160
Motherboard - Gigabyte Sandybridge Model - around $230
Optical Drive - LiteOn Bluray Writer - $120
PSU - Corsair TX-850 - $178
Sound Card - Asus Xonar Essence STX - $190
OS - Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $130

Obviously the 6970 and i7 2600k aren't out yet so I'll be buying them in January. Overall though, for mainly gaming and professional media editing, how does this PC look? Is there anything I should change?

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03 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

Why wait for the Sandy Bridge? New technology could and probably will be unstable at least for the first 3-6 months. Also, you could get a 4tb drive instead of the 2*2tb drives currently suggested to save space.
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03 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratman View Post
Why wait for the Sandy Bridge? New technology could and probably will be unstable at least for the first 3-6 months.
This is generally not the case with processors...
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03 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

Yes, I am proven wrong by the i7 series.

Seeing as the development for the Sandy Bridge architecture began way back in 2005 it will have had approximately 6 years time to have imperfections ironed out.

Nevertheless, it will be insanely expensive at the time of release, just as the i7 was, and 3-6 months later it will become affordable.
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03 Dec 2010   #5

Windows XP, Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I see money is not an issue

If that is the case, I would add two things:
1. another SSD - to create a RAID for OS installation (OS on SSD = fast; OS on SSD RAID = EXTREMLY fast)
2. OS - I would choose Windows 7 Ultimate x64 or Professional x64. Home editions of MS OS's tend to be too cut-off or limited (just compare XP Home and XP Professional), so saving a few bucks in this category can backfire at you later, specially if you are planning a machine for professional usage.

I must second ratman's opinion:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ratman View Post
Nevertheless, it will be insanely expensive at the time of release, just as the i7 was, and 3-6 months later it will become affordable.
That's just the case with every single product Intel puts on market. If you want to save your hair, buy something older, or rip it off when you see prices in a few months
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03 Dec 2010   #6

Win 7 Ult 64-bit
 
 

How about this:

Core i7 Six Core Extreme 980X (3.33GHz, 12MB, LGA1366) BOX 1300$

Asus P6X58D-E, X58, LGA1366, DDR3 , 3xPCI-E(SLi/CF), SB7.1 DTS, Lan1000,
SATA RAID 0,1,5,10, 2xSATA 6Gb/s, 2xUSB3.0, 2x1394, ATX 300$

3x2GB DDR3 2000MHz Corsair CMG6GX3M3A2000C8, DHX 400$

SSD 128GB Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG2D, 2.5", SATA 2 420$

2TB WD Caviar® Green™, SATA2, 7200rpm max, 64MB 150$

ATi HD5970, 4GB, Sapphire TOXIC Limited Edition, PCI-E, DDR5, 512bit, 2xDVI (HDCP), mini DisplayPort 1400$

LiteOn IHBS112-37, Blu-Ray DualLayer RWR, SATA, black,
BD-R 12/8x, BD-RE 2/6x, +R 16x, -R 16x, +RW 8x, -RW 6x, DVD 16x, CDRWR 48x 150$

Box Thermaltake Kandalf (VA9000BWS), black alu 200$

PowerColor Extreme 1000W, ActivePFC, 140mm vent 150$

ZALMAN CNPS10X Quiet, 1156/1366 50$
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03 Dec 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I should still make it clear that I DO have a budget of $2500. Just give me suggestions on how I could make my build better.
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03 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

What about a monitor? With a new build I would certainly consider a bigger and better monitor...considering you look at the monitor all the time.

Doing a raid ssd for th os is pretty pointless. You need random io..not raw throughput. The benefits of going to raid from a single ssd would be minute.
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03 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
What about a monitor? With a new build I would certainly consider a bigger and better monitor...considering you look at the monitor all the time.
I've already got a Dell U2711 so the monitor isn't an issue
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04 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM
 
 

How about using two SSDs in hardware raid 0 and installing the OS on them? Only an extra $140, so that wouldn't be too much trouble.

You could get windows 7 home premium as an OEM version if you buy it at the same time as you get your parts which would save you a lot. Netplus sells windows 7 home premium x64 for $108 as an OEM.

You could save a bit by going for a 750W psu instead of an 850W. There is no need for 850W just yet.
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