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Some of you have probably seen that I have been debating between buying an Alienware or building my own computer. This computer is not to be a server. It is for a high end desktop for advanced video production, and the normal stuff; internet, web, Quicken, etc. I need this computer, so I can take my existing desktop and turn it into my new server.

 

Below are the items I am looking at. I would appreciate your thoughts. Any idea's for improving performance or saving money would be appreciated as well.

 

 

LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - I am not locked on this case but am considering it. I have also looked at smaller cases. This is always one of the harder choices for me.

 

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD's - I will be running two 120 GB striped SSD's.

 

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

 

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Does NVIDIA not actually make the card? I couldn't find it on Newegg.

 

CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - I need a monster to support that GPU.

 

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH

 

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

 

XIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease with gold grade thermal matrix filler particles - It is free.

 

 

 

 

 

11-112-244-22.jpgLIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811112244 : $199.99

 

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822145473 Return Policy: $239.98 ($119.99 each)

 

14-130-587-03.jpgEVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814130587 $499.99

 

17-139-016-11.jpgCORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Item #: N82E16817139016 $169.99

 

20-231-446-02.jpgG.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH Item #: N82E16820231446 $299.99

 

13-131-702-02.jpgASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131702 $219.99

19-115-070-02.jpgIntel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K Item #: N82E16819115070 $328.99

 

35-181-013-14.jpgCORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler Item #: N82E16835181013 $104.81

35-233-069-02.jpgXIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease with gold grade thermal matrix filler particles Item #: N82E16835233069

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Some of you have probably seen that I have been debating between buying an Alienware or building my own computer. This computer is not to be a server. It is for a high end desktop for advanced video production, and the normal stuff; internet, web, Quicken, etc. I need this computer, so I can take my existing desktop and turn it into my new server.

 

Below are the items I am looking at. I would appreciate your thoughts. Any idea's for improving performance or saving money would be appreciated as well.

 

 

LIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - I am not locked on this case but am considering it. I have also looked at smaller cases. This is always one of the harder choices for me.

 

OCZ Vertex 2 SSD's - I will be running two 120 GB striped SSD's.

 

ASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

 

Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

 

EVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Does NVIDIA not actually make the card? I couldn't find it on Newegg.

 

CORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - I need a monster to support that GPU.

 

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH

 

CORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

 

XIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease with gold grade thermal matrix filler particles - It is free.

 

 

 

 

 

11-112-244-22.jpgLIAN LI PC-A71F Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811112244 : $199.99

 

HITACHI Deskstar 7K3000 HDS723020BLA642 (0f12115) 2TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822145473 Return Policy: $239.98 ($119.99 each)

 

14-130-587-03.jpgEVGA 015-P3-1580-AR GeForce GTX 580 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card Item #: N82E16814130587 $499.99

 

17-139-016-11.jpgCORSAIR Professional Series AX750 750W ATX12V v2.31 / EPS12V v2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply Item #: N82E16817139016 $169.99

 

20-231-446-02.jpgG.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7Q-16GBXH Item #: N82E16820231446 $299.99

 

13-131-702-02.jpgASUS SABERTOOTH P67 (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Item #: N82E16813131702 $219.99

19-115-070-02.jpgIntel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K Item #: N82E16819115070 $328.99

 

35-181-013-14.jpgCORSAIR Hydro H70 CWCH70 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler Item #: N82E16835181013 $104.81

35-233-069-02.jpgXIGMATEK PTI-G4512 thermal grease with gold grade thermal matrix filler particles Item #: N82E16835233069

 

 

Very nice. Except for a couple of minor things you just listed my system. A couple of thoughts to consider. First, the case you selected is very large and makes a great server case but it a bit large for a desktop. Consider using 1 SSD for the OS and the two striped for a working/data drive for you programs and such (See recent post). I had the GTX 580 and it is a great card and runs much cooler than its predecessor. This card is a reference nVidia design made by the OEM. Most OEM's just take nVidia designs and put the name and color scheme to it except of course Asus who tend to put some small mods into every design which is not always a good thing. Your CPU and motherboard choices are awesome and you will love this board if you can find it. Overall a great system and good luck with it.

 

 

Post on RAID 0: http://homeservershow.com/when-fast-is-not-fast-enough.html

 

 

Alternate suggestions to consider:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112249

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233143&cm_re=vengeance_ddr3-_-20-233-143-_-Product

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Very nice. Except for a couple of minor things you just listed my system. A couple of thoughts to consider. First, the case you selected is very large and makes a great server case but it a bit large for a desktop. Consider using 1 SSD for the OS and the two striped for a working/data drive for you programs and such (See recent post). I had the GTX 580 and it is a great card and runs much cooler than its predecessor. This card is a reference nVidia design made by the OEM. Most OEM's just take nVidia designs and put the name and color scheme to it except of course Asus who tend to put some small mods into every design which is not always a good thing. Your CPU and motherboard choices are awesome and you will love this board if you can find it. Overall a great system and good luck with it.

 

 

Post on RAID 0: http://homeserversho...ast-enough.html

 

 

Alternate suggestions to consider:

Case: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811112249

Memory: http://www.newegg.co...3-143-_-Product

 

 

Thanks for the response. Any reason for the alternative memory suggestion other than cost. Looks like the only difference is lower performance (higher latency) and a savings of about $50. Am I missing something?

 

I like the case. Too bad it doesn't indicate the external USB ports are 3.0.

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unless you're overclocking there is no real world gain in faster RAM. 1333 is more than enough the latency is also non issue. TBH you could buy the cheapest 16gb 1333 RAM out there and not see a difference is use from the top end DominatorGTX. Only comes into play when you're overclocking.

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unless you're overclocking there is no real world gain in faster RAM. 1333 is more than enough the latency is also non issue. TBH you could buy the cheapest 16gb 1333 RAM out there and not see a difference is use from the top end DominatorGTX. Only comes into play when you're overclocking.

 

 

Been coming here over a year and I am still learning stuff. Thanks for the tip.

 

I will probably play with overclocking. I have seen that the Alienware can be overclocked to 4.1 GHz.

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I have 1333 RAM and overclocked my 2500k to 4.5ghz.

 

But it's you're money ;)

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I have 1333 RAM and overclocked my 2500k to 4.5ghz.

 

But it's you're money ;)

 

 

So I guess that it isn't that you can't overclock it, you just don't get 100% of the value with slower memory?

 

I like my money so I think I will keep it. Thanks for the info.

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Can I get away with the H50 instead of the H70? Not sure how much cooling I need.

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