barebones help

By stankmaster ·
I'm just starting my first computer build and was wondering if anyone has any ideas for parts. I'm not a computer gamer, but I do love performance. I want my applications extremely responsive, basically I want a powerhouse.

I've just ordered the case which is

NZXT Tempest ATX Mid-Tower Case - Clear Sides, Front USB, eSATA Ports

I was thinking an intel I7 chip and a EVGA X58 SLI Classified Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3, RAID, Hyperthreading motherboard....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

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My MB preference

by LarryD4 In reply to barebones help

I have always loved ASUS boards, I have had intel, EVGA, and DFI, but my most reliable systems have been with ASUS boards.

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Order of operations

by JamesRL In reply to barebones help

It usually a good idea to pick your processor, video card (if you are a gamer and its importantl then your motherboard (to support your MB and video card(s)), RAM/HD etc. The case is usually whatever you need to house the rest. Of course I don't care about estetics.

Then go shopping. There are many MBs that would fit your criteria. Why not see if you can find a good sale? Do you need something that support both SLI and Crossfire X(not if you know which you are going to use)?

I would check out newegg, they seem to have good prices, there may be other places as well.

The best value is often not the highest performer. In other words, the middle of the pack compenents often provide the best bang for the buck and what you save in one area you can spend in another. For example, I was comparing two i7 processors the other day, both extreme edition, one running at 3.47, the other at 2.8. The faster one cost $1200 (list), the slower $350. I guess I could do alot with the $850 I save by going with the slower one.


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i would use this CPU

by RookieTech In reply to barebones help

Intel Core2 Extreme QX9775 3.2GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 771 150W Quad-Core Processor
this is the fastest CPU out there atm good CPU too

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i would also go with

by RookieTech In reply to barebones help

the asus motherboards i like them they are a good sturdy motherboard

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a thought....

by ---TK--- In reply to barebones help

might as well go with some options...

supports xfire or 3 way SLI, not to expensive, good reviews, OC's very well, triple channel, Corei7

Throw some nice RAM in it, two Raptor drives in a RAID 1, two Decent GFX cards... and you will be all set.

I recently purchased an EVGA board, and I was seriously impressed with its performance! I have used everything under the sun.. Asus, Abit, MSI, Intel... And by far the EVGA is the best I have used.

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by LarryD4 In reply to barebones help

Nvidea CPU
BFG Technology Cards

Nice range of cards depending on needs. I have two BFG NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX OC 512MB PCIe and they are still doing the job flawlessly. My budy has two 9800's and they are really amazing at rendering, whether its 3D modeling, games, CAD, great cards.

Before these I had a BFG 6800 and it failed after about three solid years of use. They have an amazing 10 year warranty. I got a new one, shipped for free, love the BFG guys.

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my thoughts

by .Martin. In reply to barebones help

what you are currently looking at is good.
have a look at the following links for some good hardware

look at getting at least 6GB for a good machine, with either or being really good

either the ATI Radeon 4870 or the Nvidia 9800GT would both have more than ample amount of power to handle anything you need

with recant cheap prices, why not go for a 750GB or 1TB drive

LCD of course, look at ASUS, Samsung, Viewsonic or anything from HP, Dell, ect. 1920x1080 resolution is best of course.

Power Supply:
maybe the most important part, and whoever you ask about this will give you a different answer on which brand is best. so aim for 700W or higher

Operating System:
64-bit, to handle all the power

Other bits:
DVD drives keyboard, mouse, speakers ect. all up to you

let us know if you need any more help.

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My 2 cents worth

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to barebones help

I personally prefer Gigabyte M'Boards they have always proved the fastest and most reliable that I have ever used.

I personally prefer Intel i7 CPU's at the moment for Desktop Systems as they just are more reliable.

For RAM the Corsair Dominator Series works the best and when teamed with a Gigabyte M'Board is brilliant.

As for a Video Card that all depends on what you want to do and if you have any personal preferences for one Chip Set Type or another but I personally prefer the ATI Video Chip Sets as at the moment that are just more reliable that the NVidia ones.

Seagate seem to make the best HDD at the moment though you may personally prefer another Brand but with the 5 year warranty they seem to be the best from my prospective.

For Optical Drives I personally Prefer the Sony Drives but that is just a personal preference though perhaps you may prefer to use a Blue Ray Drive instead of the more conventional DVD Drives that are now available.

As for a Case these are just to house and protect the components inside it so provided that it has a decent Power Supply from a Name Brand Supplier like Antec and is a full Faraday Cage to prevent EM Radiation entering I'm happy with whatever is available though I myself only even use Antec Chassis these days they are just better with most not needing tools to assemble or fit the majority of the parts to and they are neat.

But that's just my personal opinion.


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by Jacky Howe In reply to barebones help

put out a few boards with the Intel X58 chipset and Intel Socket 1366.

Gigabyte also make it easy for you to select the appropriate Memory and provides a CPU Support list.

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