Dream machine-advice on parts-price reduce a bit? will it work together?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week (my old compy is fried- working on a friend’s laptop)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Adobe cs4, sony soundforge 10, movies, surfing and word processing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (sceptre x20g-Naga), dvd burner, speakers



OVERCLOCKING: maybe-never done before-safe?

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe-not eexactly sure what it’s all about


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: quiet, energy efficient, and stave off obsolescence for as long as possible.

Basically one of the builds found in this forum, a bit different, wondering if it will work together etc. Also, is the 80gb ssd enough? i was thinking 120gb, but at the same time i would like to cut it down to about 1700.


Currently about $1900

* CPU: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail

SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM

HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM


*Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional

(actually, where exactly is the thermal compound used- necessary?)

All those components will work. The only suggestion is to spend the sound card money on a better card, like the AuzenTech AZT-FORTE X-Fi Forte 7.1 or the Auzen X-Fi Bravura 7.1 Sound Card.

Your spending a lot on your system, if you want to see a variant that will be just as fast and shave a few hundred, let us know.

The thermal compound goes on the heatsink for the cpu. You scape off the stuff that comes with the cooler, then clean it with isoproyl alcohol, let it dry. then to apply it, you put a dab the size of a full grain of rice in the center of the cpu before installing the cooler, it will spread itself evenly. If you pull the cooler off to look at how evenly it spread it will actually create air pockets and won’t conduct the heat as efficiently.

An 80GB SSD is fine.

The only thing i would change is the SSD. Instead of the Intel, i’d go with one of the Indilinx based 120GB SSD, such as OCZ Vertex or Agility. Their usage pattern is much more suited to Photoshop and SoundForge, as they have much higher sequential write performance. The extra cost could be offset in a couple of areas.

The GigaByte P55A-UD4P for example. If you don’t need the extra LAN port, the UD4 will be cheaper.
The PSU also. With that CPU and GPU, they are very power efficient, you won’t need an 850W PSU, a good 650W should be more than enough. With the ATi 5870, i doubt you will need crossfire either.

Hmm… I’d change a few things… (if noise is an issue)

CPU: Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
Gives you a better bang for the buck than i7

Motherboard: ASUS P7Q57-M DO
CSM Platform, Intel LAN, QST (Quiet System Technology) and it’s cheaper :slight_smile:

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB DDR3 PC10666
Stock voltage, cheap and good brand in general

HSF: Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3"
Slightly better design for cooling since it slanted

SDD: Keep the Intel :wink:

HDD: Would personally go for WD Black or Hitachi instead… :slight_smile:

PSU: XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
Corsair’s are good but expensive, XFX have gotten good reviews of their larger PSUs and you get a very good deal on this one and it has more power than what you need.

Video card: Is there a reason why you’re not going for 5850 which is slightly slower but much cheaper? Both cards will still be loud (IMHO)…
I’d go for a POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5770 which isn’t that load and gives you good video and gaming performance.

The case “looks” loud and do you really need a separate sound card?

Super, thanks for the suggestions.