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Old 12-26-2010, 06:38 PM   #11
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So it is time to place my order...but...I didn't had time to review comp parts as I usually do so this built is based in part on the advice given above and on female intuition ( but the latter is not always a good thing when it comes to computer parts ):

-Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (how about OC ? )
-CPU: Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield
-CPU Heatsink: [url=] Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler[/url ] It seems huge but rather silent/efficient.
-RAM: Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D
-GPU: HIS H697F2G2M Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5
-PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply
-HDD storage: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s
- SDD drive: OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II
-Optical Drive: ASUS Black 24X DVD blablabla 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner
-Sound Card: ASUS Xonar Essence STX
-Floppy Drive: SABRENT Black 1.44MB 3.5" External USB Floppy Drive Model SBT-UFDB ( I agree with EvilQ: this can be a life sanity saver)
-Case: Antec 900 or 1200...will the heatsink and everything else fit in the 900 with decent temps ? ( the 1200 seems rather monstrous in size as any full tower) What are the other options? (keeping the current P180B is not an option as my current comp will be used elsewhere).
- Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

- And the (main) OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders I didn't check but is there a real advantage to purchase the pro version over the Home Premium version? Small home network and PC primarily dedicated to gaming/multidemia)

Any suggested modifications to the above? "Noise abatement" suggestions (other than water cooling) are more than welcome btw. I am trying to build a PC which will be decently upgradeable in the next few years (as was the precedent one - base purchased in 2006 - mentioned in the 5th post). Price range flexible.
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