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Alyth
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.16 15:23:00 - [1]
 

....I'm not sure of which of these two systems to go for. Which of them would give me more bang for my buck, er I mean pound?

System 1 weighing in at £1159:
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Processor - 125W AM3 (3.2-3.6GHz)
ThermalTake V5 Black Edition Gaming Chassis
950W X-Power Desktop Power Supply
Akasa Freedom Tower Heat pipe quiet cooling, CPU Overclocking, specialist cabling
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 TurboV ATX Mainboard - AMD 890GX CrossFireX- AM3, DDR3
G.Skill 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (4x 2GB KIt)
2TB (2x 1000GB) Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive with 32MB Buffer [upg £ 55.32]
2x 1GB ATI Radeon HD5770 - CrossFireX Configuration

orrrrrrrr system 2 at £1300:

Intel® Core™ i7 950 Quad Core Processor (3.06GHz,8MB Cache) - LGA 1336
Super Tower 98 XGS+ Gaming Chassis - Black Mesh (98R-B)
950W X-Power Desktop Power Supply
Akasa Freedom Tower Heat pipe quiet cooling, CPU Overclocking, specialist cabling
Asus P6X58D-E-USB3 - Intel Core™ i7 & i7 Extreme Edition - LGA1366 Socket(ATX)
G.Skill 12GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (3x4GB*** )
2TB Serial ATA 2 Hard Drive with 32MB Buffer
1GB ATI Radeon HD5850 Graphics Accelerator

I'm leaning more towards system 1 but I'm not sure as to how much more of an effect of faster CPU and CrossFire would have when compared to the extra 4GB of RAM and faster video card of system 2. Halp!

Elysarian
Minmatar
Elysarian Corp
Posted - 2010.10.16 15:40:00 - [2]
 

TBH the Intel system (number 2) will probably "feel" faster due to the increase in RAM, the higher cache of the intel processor and the fact that the i7 runs triple channel on the RAM as opposed to the AMD's dual channel.

The Phenom is a good processor but the extra 2 cores will be under-utilised at the moment as most software is written to make use of 2 cores at most (Eve will only use one).

You'd have to do some research into whether the pair of 5770's work as well as or better than the single 5850, I run nVidia here.

The other consideration is that the 1st system has two HDD's - are these set up in a RAID array? - this could swing a bit of performance the way of the cheaper system (as could making up the difference in the prices by adding in an SSD for the OS on this one).

For the record: I'm not an Intel "fanboi" by any stretch, my system has an AMD Phenom x4 in it and an nVidia GTX460 gfx card.

Kaahles
Deliverers of Pain
Posted - 2010.10.16 15:55:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Kaahles on 16/10/2010 15:56:51
Lucky you. I'm currently in the process of building a new rig here myself. I'd go with the second system, mainly since the cpu is the better one (and also has a better/faster interface to the memory). Using AMD's since early 2000's here btw ;)

Other question here: is there a possibility to do some slight modifications on the system specs? If so I'd go for a GTX 460, preferably a version that has been overclocked by the manufacturer. Performance is almost the same as with the radeon card but it the advantages are the typical nvidia stuff (CUDA, physx etc.) and way better tesserlation in DX11 games.

The only thing that sets the AMD cards apart from them is the ability to use three monitors (if you wanna do that of course there is no point in thinking about any other video card). The mainboard should be an X58 chipset if e remember correctly which supports SLI and Crossfire in case you were wondering about later upgrade possibilities in that aera.

Ninja Edit: nerfed the wall of text (did some paragraphs)

Zendoren
Aktaeon Industries
The Black Armada
Posted - 2010.10.16 16:04:00 - [4]
 

Edited by: Zendoren on 16/10/2010 16:06:56
Originally by: Elysarian
TBH the Intel system (number 2) will probably "feel" faster due to the increase in RAM, the higher cache of the intel processor and the fact that the i7 runs triple channel on the RAM as opposed to the AMD's dual channel.

The Phenom is a good processor but the extra 2 cores will be under-utilised at the moment as most software is written to make use of 2 cores at most (Eve will only use one).

You'd have to do some research into whether the pair of 5770's work as well as or better than the single 5850, I run nVidia here.

The other consideration is that the 1st system has two HDD's - are these set up in a RAID array? - this could swing a bit of performance the way of the cheaper system (as could making up the difference in the prices by adding in an SSD for the OS on this one).

For the record: I'm not an Intel "fanboi" by any stretch, my system has an AMD Phenom x4 in it and an nVidia GTX460 gfx card.


This,

The AMD Phenom II X6 is a marketing gimmick as there is nothing in the market (except custom code) that will utilize all the cores.

Go with the Intel system for sure, as the extra memory channel will be utilized more so then the 3rd,4th,5th,6th core on that AMD system. Laughing

PS. Don't skimp on the memory or PSU! All or nothing! (I support PC Power & Cooling PSUs) tehe

Alyth
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.16 16:09:00 - [5]
 

Edited by: Alyth on 16/10/2010 16:15:49
Originally by: Elysarian
TBH the Intel system (number 2) will probably "feel" faster due to the increase in RAM, the higher cache of the intel processor and the fact that the i7 runs triple channel on the RAM as opposed to the AMD's dual channel.

The Phenom is a good processor but the extra 2 cores will be under-utilised at the moment as most software is written to make use of 2 cores at most (Eve will only use one).

You'd have to do some research into whether the pair of 5770's work as well as or better than the single 5850, I run nVidia here.

The other consideration is that the 1st system has two HDD's - are these set up in a RAID array? - this could swing a bit of performance the way of the cheaper system (as could making up the difference in the prices by adding in an SSD for the OS on this one).


For the record: I'm not an Intel "fanboi" by any stretch, my system has an AMD Phenom x4 in it and an nVidia GTX460 gfx card.


After a bit of checking around, the XF cards outperform the single but again I'm not sure about the tradeoff in RAM etc. Thanks for the advice on that one :3

Ah, yeah, the 2x 1TB HDDs on the first system would be set up as RAID 0 but I could always just leave them as independant drives. With regards to the SSD, I'm not sure I can justify £170 for a 64GB drive with just my OS on it unless it outperforms adding the same amount (moneywise) of RAM or going for a processor upgrade of the same value.

Edit: Erk 3 posts while I was typing my that one. About the nVidia cards, just NO! I have had no end of problems with every nVidia card I ever bought, two of them even died in quick succession taking my PSU and mobo with them both times. Switched to ATI about 4 years ago and it's been smooth running, so sorry even if they do outperform them I'm not touching nVidia ever again :x

Cathleia
Posted - 2010.10.16 16:17:00 - [6]
 

Originally by: Elysarian
TBH the Intel system (number 2) will probably "feel" faster due to the increase in RAM, the higher cache of the intel processor and the fact that the i7 runs triple channel on the RAM as opposed to the AMD's dual channel.


More RAM does not mean faster. Too much RAM and your games will be slower. (don't ask me why though)
The only reason for having more than 4gb/6gb RAM is when using apps like AutoCAD.

It will however feel faster due to the triple channel and cache.

Originally by: Elysarian
The Phenom is a good processor but the extra 2 cores will be under-utilised at the moment as most software is written to make use of 2 cores at most (Eve will only use one).


As are the quadcores at the moment. The first gen of multi-core (2; 4; 6; etc) CPUs are defeated big time when the 2nd gen comes out, so no point heading in that direction.
Sixcores are still on thesame level as quads now. They will be faster when 4-core support will be integrated in most apps, but I don't see that happening just yet.

Originally by: Elysarian
You'd have to do some research into whether the pair of 5770's work as well as or better than the single 5850, I run nVidia here.


Better, but you might get trouble due to some games not liking CF/SLI.

Originally by: Elysarian
The other consideration is that the 1st system has two HDD's - are these set up in a RAID array? - this could swing a bit of performance the way of the cheaper system (as could making up the difference in the prices by adding in an SSD for the OS on this one).


I see this one has been answered by the OP already.

Originally by: Elysarian
For the record: I'm not an Intel "fanboi" by any stretch, my system has an AMD Phenom x4 in it and an nVidia GTX460 gfx card.


Only those who are butthurt will care about that.

Taxesarebad
Posted - 2010.10.16 16:31:00 - [7]
 

no reason for 6 cores, nothing will use 6, quad core will be fine
intel is usually better then AMD processors, despite speed,
i would say system 2, even though its more expensive, all you gotta do is upgrade the gfx card when u wanna upgrade rigs
also
you dont need that much ram unless your running like 10 eve clients, i run eve on high detail and dont use more then 3gb of ram with win 7. 12gb of ram is overkill, so you can downgrade to 6gb to save some cash ( thats 3x2gb sticks)
+1 for ati over nvidia, best bang for buck atm

Cipher Jones
Minmatar
Posted - 2010.10.16 16:42:00 - [8]
 

When the rams not the bottleneck, making it faster will accomplish zero.

Go for the AMD.

Shak'Rah
Garoun Investment Bank
Posted - 2010.10.16 17:03:00 - [9]
 

first off, as i understand it eve does not support crossfire, so your system 1 won't work well with eve. it will, however play other games better than system 2 with the single card.

personally i would go with system 2, but with some modifications:
-Intel® Core™ i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA 1366
this core is only slightly slower than the 950 but saves you lots of money, and when overclocked it'll get you the same effects as a 950, hell even a 970 if you wanted
-I have never heard of akasa, and looking at the picture on their site i would not get that cooler.
a better option would be to get a corsair H50/H70 or CoolIt eco ALC (all-in-one liquid cooling). they are easy to install, take up much less room, and are higher performance than most air coolers. corsair's ALC's only come with a 120mm radiator, so if you need a smaller-sized radiator, CoolIt's eco coolers come in 80mm and 92mm
-while asus is a good mobo brand, i would suggest getting one of their republic of gamer motherboards instead. they are slightly higher-priced but they are loaded with features and are better performance-wise. still, reviewing the p6 it's a pretty good mobo.
-hard drives
I would get one 32gb SSD as your boot drive. they are much cheaper than they used to be and they allow your PC to boot up in a time measured in seconds rather than minutes. just keep the 2tb drive for media and games. check the read/write speeds on them; the one i got has 220mb/s read speed and was less than 100 usd.
-video cards
if you're going with an intel, then you want to use nvidia. it's kind of this thing where amd is to ati as intel is to nvidia; i could go into way more detail but basically nvidia cards work better with intel and ati cards work better with amd. that being said, you'll probably want to stay on the i-don't-want-to-break-the-piggybank-with-explosives and go with a pair of GTX460's. they are relatively cheap (~200 USD per) and they can be overclocked to the point where a single 460 can beat a 480 out of the box. i suggest either an asus, evga or msi card, as they are all factory overclocked. the asus card is the best of the three for performance, the msi card has the best cooling and evga is very reliable and achieves the middle ground. they do, however, carry an extra 30 usd price, but they're easily worth it. eve does support SLI
-RAM
while eve IS a relatively ram-intensive task, 12gb is pushing it. 6gb will do fine performance-wise for any tasks you have right now and you can still add more ram later so it's not a problem. also be careful when picking ram; make sure whether or not you need dual-channel or tri-channel. the motherboard you currently have selected (asus p6x58) is a tri-channel board, and as i can see you made sure you had tri-channel. personally i would just do 3x2gb for a total of 6 gigs; later on you can get more so there's no need to go over the deep-end in costs just for an unnoticeable gain in performance.

if you have any questions just shoot me a mail.

-Shak

Shak'Rah
Garoun Investment Bank
Posted - 2010.10.16 17:42:00 - [10]
 

Edited by: Shak''Rah on 16/10/2010 17:47:23
ah, just read that you hate nvidia; definitely go with the phenom x6 black edition. you can overclock it so that it'll beat an i7-980X. pretty crazy stuff. i can write a long-winded reply but simply you'll want to do pretty much everything i said (ignoring the intel/nvidia stuff). ASUS RoG makes a crazy mobo that can do 3x crossfire and still has every feature an intel mobo does. the liquid cooling solutions i mentioned would still be the best option (stable 4.0Ghz oc? yes sir!) and they are all closed-system so no worries about them spilling (unless you knife the tubing lol). they also fit AM3 sockets so they work with amd processors. also, if you plan on playing a lot of eve and not much else, then the single 5870 would be better but if you plan on playing a variety of games (bad company 2, starcraft 2, medal of honor, etc) then the Xfire'd 5770's will be your best friend. overclock each a little bit (~+50 on the core clock ~+150Mhz) and you'll easily overshoot a single 5870.

Alyth
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.16 17:47:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Shak'Rah
ah, just read that you hate nvidia; definitely go with the phenom x6 black edition. you can overclock it so that it'll beat an i7-980X. pretty crazy stuff. i can write a long-winded reply but simply you'll want to do pretty much everything i said (ignoring the intel/nvidia stuff). ASUS RoG makes a crazy mobo that can do 3x crossfire and still has every feature an intel mobo does. the liquid cooling solutions i mentioned would still be the best option (stable 4.0Ghz oc? yes sir!) and they are all closed-system so no worries about them spilling (unless you knife the tubing lol). they also fit AM3 sockets so they work with amd processors.


Some pretty awesome recommendations, ty for those. Sadly though I'm no longer physically capable of building my own rig even if I have the parts delivered (yay progressive degenerative disorders that no-one can diagnose thus far!). I'm having to order off a website and have them build it for me so I gotta work with what they give me. Ty again though, will look into seeing if I can get at least a little bit of that done instead.

Shak'Rah
Garoun Investment Bank
Posted - 2010.10.16 18:18:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: Alyth
Originally by: Shak'Rah
ah, just read that you hate nvidia; definitely go with the phenom x6 black edition. you can overclock it so that it'll beat an i7-980X. pretty crazy stuff. i can write a long-winded reply but simply you'll want to do pretty much everything i said (ignoring the intel/nvidia stuff). ASUS RoG makes a crazy mobo that can do 3x crossfire and still has every feature an intel mobo does. the liquid cooling solutions i mentioned would still be the best option (stable 4.0Ghz oc? yes sir!) and they are all closed-system so no worries about them spilling (unless you knife the tubing lol). they also fit AM3 sockets so they work with amd processors.


Some pretty awesome recommendations, ty for those. Sadly though I'm no longer physically capable of building my own rig even if I have the parts delivered (yay progressive degenerative disorders that no-one can diagnose thus far!). I'm having to order off a website and have them build it for me so I gotta work with what they give me. Ty again though, will look into seeing if I can get at least a little bit of that done instead.


chances are if they build computers for customers then they will order specifically parts that you want. i know that several companies that build computers use the ALC coolers now simply for their extreme performance compared to basic air block coolers. i wouldn't worry about performance parts not being included; chances are that a computer-building company will use the best they can for the money and what the customer wants.

also, i think you might find these sites best for 'building' a custom pc. you can configure a computer's every part as you want, they have TONS of options, and it's all performance stuff. i suggest checking them out. actually, now that i'm distracted i'm going to play with their configurator thingy for an hour or two :P

http://www.ibuypower.com/
http://www.cyberpowerpc.com/

also, i highly recommend the NZXT Phantom full-tower enthusiast case. it's just plain awesome. take a look: http://www.nzxt.com/new/products/crafted_series/phantom

mechtech
SRS Industries
SRS.
Posted - 2010.10.16 18:49:00 - [13]
 

The 2 systems are virtually the same. The x6 and i7 trade blows, and the 5850/2x 5770 trade blows as well. All 4 of those parts have a large overclocking headroom if you're into that.

I'd personally choose the 1090T w/ a 5850 (I always prefer a single card to multi-GPU), but in the end the systems really are similar.

The only thing I'd say is that it's better to get a high quality, lower watt PSU vs a generic high watt PSU. Each of those systems would run on a quality 550w PSU, so if you can pick a 750w Corsair PSU for the same price as that 950w, I'd do that.

Traderguy
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.16 22:16:00 - [14]
 

I too am about to upgrade, As I run 4 clients on 3 monitors, I thought of assigning 1 core per Client, in this case would a 6 core cpu be more efficient? it would leave the Ist 2 cores for system and other apps.

I have an old Athlon 4400 dual core with 4 Gig of slow ram atm, it works ok but frame rates are dismal.

fuxinos
Caldari
Guys 0f Sarcasm
Posted - 2010.10.16 23:03:00 - [15]
 

Why in the hell would anyone want to throw away money for so much RAM? Lol.

Im still running extremly good with only 2GB.YARRRR!!

El Liptonez
V0LTA
VOLTA Corp
Posted - 2010.10.16 23:31:00 - [16]
 

Originally by: fuxinos
Why in the hell would anyone want to throw away money for so much RAM? Lol.

Im still running extremly good with only 2GB.YARRRR!!


8GB, yeah. 2GB, no.

I currently have 2GB, and once I play tanks with my two eve clients open, I really wish I had 4GB RAM.

For EVE a 2008 computer is enough for sure, but once you add random stuff like winamp, firefox and the odd game on alt tab, it gets really awful. Especially if you don't want to reboot every few hours.

Alyth
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.17 00:24:00 - [17]
 

Originally by: fuxinos
Why in the hell would anyone want to throw away money for so much RAM? Lol.

Im still running extremly good with only 2GB.YARRRR!!


1. Future proofing to an extent
2. Multitasking
3. More RAM intensive games than EVE

Although that said, I could probably knock it down to 8gb 4x 2 channel and still be ok.

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2010.10.17 00:26:00 - [18]
 

Edited by: Akita T on 17/10/2010 00:30:43


A 950 W PSU seems "a bit" overkill.
A 650 W one should do just fine for those configs.
In fact, if you don't plan on heavily overclocking, probably a 550 W one would suffice.

Alyth
Gallente
Posted - 2010.10.17 00:29:00 - [19]
 

Originally by: Akita T
A 950 W PSU should be barely enough if you plan to run 3 of the newest video cards together with your "everything else", or two of the newest plus heavy CPU overclocking.
I doubt you'll go for 3-way 5850 any time soon, and you haven't even mentioned heavy overclocking, so a 650 W PSU will be quite enough... even a 550 W PSU might suffice.



Again, as with the above response, future proofing. Oversizing my PSU now gives me more leeway for future upgrades or if I decided to go single card for now then decide a few months later I wanna Xfire them or something. And yes, there will be overclocking, as much as I can get out of it without making it melt through the casing Razz

Akita T
Caldari Navy Volunteer Task Force
Posted - 2010.10.17 00:40:00 - [20]
 

Edited by: Akita T on 17/10/2010 01:09:16

Almost every game popping up nowadays is GPU-limited rather than CPU-limited.
Overclocking your CPU will do very little for the actual game performance, especially in higher resolutions (or if using higher AA modes).
And the trend is moving more and more towards increased reliance on the GPU rather than back to CPU reliance.

The only type of exceptions I can think of right now (of newer games that might be CPU-limited) would be plane flight simulators with loads of "realistic traffic control" and such things running alongside the actual game engine.
To get similar results, or even better, you should go overkill on the video card side, and scale back to save cash on the CPU side instead.
FWIW, it's easier to upgrade the CPU later than replace two or three video cards.

Of course, if you plan to do some heavily CPU-intensive stuff like... umm... err... well, say, encode video (not the best of examples, because some video encoders that start using the GPU too started showing up too), then yeah, going high with the CPU would help.

Also, I hear they're launching the Radeon 6000 series soon. Might want to wait until they do, to get cheaper current-gen vidcards.


And... speaking of future-proofing... what kind of a future-proofing is extremely-heavy-duty overclocking anyway ?
Even if your cooling system is great, you WILL have worse wear-and-tear on your components, and it wouldn't be too surprising if they start giving up soon after their warranty expires.

Open Orafice
Posted - 2010.10.17 01:07:00 - [21]
 

I'm playing on a 286 with Win 3.1 and an EGA Monitor... Way cool it is...

Efernaal
Posted - 2010.10.17 01:18:00 - [22]
 

Go with system 1. Even if you never oc the thing it still seems like a great system. Crossfire works great too just dont get the latest drivers. Some people have seemed to have some problems with them.

I am running a Phenom II X3 720 with duel Radeon HD 4600 series cards in x-Fire mode and I couldn't be more happy with the setup. Whatever system you choose to buy will last for quite a few years. That is if you dont mind having the same rig for that long.

Fulkurth
Posted - 2010.10.17 01:22:00 - [23]
 

While 6 cores may indeed be hardly utilized in the mainstream world, one of the great things about the the Phenom X6 is it's general ability to balance itself. (If I'm not mistaken). Ie, it'll overclock the cores needing the better processing power while lowering the clocks of the cores not currently being utilized. Another great thing is Overclocking capability in general; seen it stable at 4Ghz fairly easily.

though I've not built my own rig for a while now so I myself am not completely update with all the new stuff you kids get to play with Razz

CCP Applebabe

Posted - 2010.10.17 03:36:00 - [24]
 

Moved from EVE General Discussion.

Freyya
Advanced Planetary Exports
Intergalactic Exports Group
Posted - 2010.10.18 08:00:00 - [25]
 

Edited by: Freyya on 18/10/2010 08:05:00
Triple channel has NO real margin over dual channel. maybe a 1-3 % increase in performance but that's not worth the extra price imo.

Double Hd5770 performs almost to the level of a single HD5870. In games that utilise xfire to it's full potential that is. otherwise your at or just above HD5850 level.

Phenom is cheaper, I7 is more power in business apps. Game performance difference is negligable.
All in all i'd gor for Phenom even if x6 is a "gimmic". Fyi; The Core i7 970 and 980 XE are 6 cores...

Overal you'll lose maybe 5 % performance when you chose the 1st system. Ohh and go for a 650W power supply, 950W is soooo much overkill and inefficient. PSU's operate at their peak at around 80-85% load.

Something Random
Gallente
The Barrow Boys
Posted - 2010.10.18 15:43:00 - [26]
 

Originally by: Freyya
Edited by: Freyya on 18/10/2010 08:05:00

All in all i'd gor for Phenom even if x6 is a "gimmic". Fyi; The Core i7 970 and 980 XE are 6 cores...




I have to say ... its slightly scary hearing people say - 'oh its just a gimmick - theres no point'. OK right now its a brand new thing, noone has had to think about it. Give the coders and developers a year....

Puzzling. Or does nobody keep their computer a year or three here ?

Freyya
Advanced Planetary Exports
Intergalactic Exports Group
Posted - 2010.10.18 17:24:00 - [27]
 

Originally by: Something Random
Originally by: Freyya
Edited by: Freyya on 18/10/2010 08:05:00

All in all i'd gor for Phenom even if x6 is a "gimmic". Fyi; The Core i7 970 and 980 XE are 6 cores...




I have to say ... its slightly scary hearing people say - 'oh its just a gimmick - theres no point'. OK right now its a brand new thing, noone has had to think about it. Give the coders and developers a year....

Puzzling. Or does nobody keep their computer a year or three here ?


Mehh "640 k ought to be enough for anyone" Bill Gates. (yes, i know the context, it just seemed appropriate)
Anyways i still run on my old trusty P4 630J. HT single core FTW!

Sazkyen
Posted - 2010.10.18 17:28:00 - [28]
 

Edited by: Sazkyen on 18/10/2010 17:30:28


I owned an 1055T and it was a HUGE letdown. That's not to say it's a piece of poop but it's certainly not the top of the line.

I'd go with the Intel setup. I'd love to say that primary concern is the video card but the truth is video performance is much better with an I7 950.

I also wouldn't go with dual video setup. Perhaps I would consider a dual 460. I'd go with a single card rig.


Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2010.10.18 18:41:00 - [29]
 

Edited by: Slade Trillgon on 18/10/2010 18:42:35
I hate to hijack but it is redundant to start another thread. But I have currently given up on building my first rig at this point and was wondering what the computer gurus thought about this buy from Newegg. All I need is a cheap computer that can play EVE and potentially games coming out in the next year. I am a casual gamer and the only other thing I will use it for is general computer use and file storage.

FAKE EDIT:

Maybe one of you computer gurus could start a general computer build guide and get it stickied for future 'new rig' posts.

REAL EDIT:

Link EmbarassedLaughing


Slade

Sazkyen
Posted - 2010.10.18 19:11:00 - [30]
 

Edited by: Sazkyen on 18/10/2010 19:16:36

You could also head over to Anandtech or Tomshardware etc. and expose yourself to the nerds.

Here's a reference config for you:

I7 920 + Thermolab Baram
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P
TakeMS 6x1GB DDR1333
Gigabyte 5870 & MSI 220GT for Physx
ASUS Xonar Essence STX + Sennheiser HD600
X25-M 160GB MLC G2 + bunch of 1TB drives
PIONEER DVDRW
Thermaltake V3 Black Edition case
800W Gigabyte Odin Pro
Logitech G15-2
Logitech MX518
32" Sony KDL-32V5500 S-PVA 1920x1080
+ a bunch of various LED shenanigans

Some stuff are prolly dated (keyboard / mouse) otherwise a nice config. Can't wait for Kepler to come out of hiding.

Edit: anything above DDR3 1333 is shenanigan for an I7 rig. Best performance is between 1200/1300 CL6. Yeah, you can go up to 2133 etc. but with ****ty delays.



 

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