TheRig Posted June 15, 2009 Posted June 15, 2009 Hello everyone! My ancient Pentium 4 rig has been with me for pretty long while an recently it's dying on me. There's no way to salvage it and it could no longer meet my needs. Long story short, it's about time to build The Rig. Here is my needs. The Rig will be designed mainly for multitasking and things like Photoshopping, video editing and doing various projects. It'll be able to play some casual games such as L4D etc. I was thinking to skip the Core 2 series entirely as it's pretty considered obselete (Lynnfield's gonna replace that line soon), choosing not to go AMD's Phenom II line as I'm not a hardcore gamer. So it's pretty much settled with Core i7 (the most bang for buck 2.67Ghz D0 processor). Budget will be estimated 1.6K USD. (Rig without graphics card, PSU, DVD drive, monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse) As for the motherboard, I end up with a few choices, but couldn't really decide which one will be the most ideal choice. I'll be overclocking the processor to a decent 3.6Ghz at all times, able to do SLI, decent layout, decent color theme, able to fit heatsinkfan and rams nicely (refer below), firewire and ESATA, user friendly BIOS for n00bs like me. (hence DFI choice is out of my question for now) Motherboard: -EVGA X58 SLI -EVGA X58 SLI LE -ASUS Rampage II Extreme -ASUS Rampage II Gene -Gigabyte X58 Extreme -MSI Eclipse Plus -??? Next I need a good Heatsink Fan for overclocking, and it must fit nicely and preferably 2 fans configuration (airflow from right to left). Heatsink Fan: -Thermalright True Black 120 -Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme -Xigmatek Thor's Hammer Here's the headache part. Many folks recommend corsair rams but the high profile can be worrying. Here my list: RAM: Team Elite 1333Mhz 3x2GB Team Xtreem 1600Mhz 3x2GB Corsair Dominator 1600Mhz 3x2GB OCZ Platinum 1600Mhz 3x2GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz 3x2GB ??? Decide not to go SSD yet as its too expensive. HDD: Choice 1: 2x 150GB WD Velociraptors + 640GB or 500GB WD Black Caviar Choice 2: 1x 300GB WD Velociraptor + 1TB WD Black Caviar ??? Take note that choice 2 is the most bang for buck in terms of cost per GB, but Choice 1 can be in RAID 0, probably means faster. Can't make up my mind. Chose WD because I pretty much trusted their HDD. Graphics card: I've already chosen on a GTX 260 216 Overclocked. Not in budget. PSU: I've already chosen on a 700W 80+ Bronze Modular. Not in budget. I decide to choose a Full tower, aluminum, black exterior, dust-proof and something decent. Casing: -Lian Li PC A70B -Lian Li PC A71B -Ikonik RAX10 Smooth -Ikonik RAX10 SIM -??? Please advice. Thank you. Quote Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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