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winn3r
07-06-2010, 03:57 PM
Hello.
I am putting together a new system and would like your opinions on the components I chose.

CPU: AMD Phenom II X6 Six Core 1055T

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-890FX-UD5

RAM: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 12800C7 (1600MHz) (these are the ones with 7-8-7-20 latency)

GFX: 2x Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X

SoundCard: Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium 7.1

Optical Drive: LG 10x Blu-Ray Rom/16x DVD-RW Sata

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB 6Gb/s 64MB Cache

CPU Cooler : Noctua NH-U12P SE2 (I am also thinking about the newer one with dual radiators but I am concerned that it may not fit my case or it will have trouble fitting along with other components. )

Case: Antec 902

PSU: Zalman ZM750-HP

Any suggestions and recommendations will be appreciated.

Thank you.

I've update some of the component I've decided to buy instead.

GirlPower23
07-06-2010, 04:05 PM
Unless you are doing heavy media editing don't waste extra cash on the 1090T, get a 965 X4 and it will perform just as good if not better in most instances.

Not a fan of Corsairs Dominator Ram, it's overpriced compared to other competitors and doesn't provide anything major over people like Mushkin, OCZ or G.Skill.

winn3r
07-06-2010, 04:08 PM
The reason why i chose the 1090T is firstly because it is more future proof due to the six cores it packs and secondly it can be easily overclocked due to its unlocked multiplier.
I was surfing through a lot of forums and saw that with that mobo and cpu Mushkin and G.Skill are the best to go with but the online retailer I will be ordering does not provide these brands. Also I read that a couple of OCZ memory wouldn't work properly with this mobo so I am left with Corsair to go with.

DimmyK
07-06-2010, 04:09 PM
What would be the main purpose of this system: gaming only? Native resolution of your monitor?

winn3r
07-06-2010, 04:16 PM
What would be the main purpose of this system: gaming only? Native resolution of your monitor?

Well, this will not be my main rig since I am student in the UK and I'm away for like 6-7 months a year. This will mainly be used for gaming by my brother and me when i'm at home, movies and some video encoding.
I haven't really chosen a monitor yet but i'm a sucker for 1080p so i guess it will be 1920x1080.

wing0zero
07-06-2010, 04:26 PM
I would personally go for a single GPU with enough power for what you need then when it's getting tired stick another probably cheaper one in, the 6 core will last long enough to see you through GPU upgrades too.

For the CPU cooler the single one is good, i have a simlar size cooler on a UD5 board, it's Intel though so im not sure the layouts are the same.

The RAM unless your going to try and overclock it you dont really need heat sinks. You can get Corsair XMS3 Classic Cas:7 cheap pretty decent stuff.

Do Zalman make good PSU's?

olol
07-06-2010, 04:27 PM
imo the 1090t is too expensive, get a 1055, u can easily oc it to 3.2ghz, most likely even without increasing the voltage and spend more for graphic card(s)

GirlPower23
07-06-2010, 04:30 PM
imo the 1090t is too expensive, get a 1055, u can easily oc it to 3.2ghz, most likely even without increasing the voltage and spend more for graphic card(s)

Can easily get it to 3.3 without touching the voltage. I've mine at 3.3 stable and haven't touched the voltage.

DimmyK
07-06-2010, 04:31 PM
I would recommend:
1. Not spending money on dedicated audio card unless you're audiophile. Modern onboard HD audio decoders are capable of outputting good quality multi-channel audio.
2. Changing 2x5770 to a more powerful single GPU card: GTX 480 or HD 5870, your pick. While 5770 in CF can be marginally faster in some games, you will be protected from possible multi-gpu drawbacks such as microstutter, lag in proper game profiles for newest titles, some games not supporting multigpu setups at all, CF scaling issues etc

Everything else looks very good. Great choice for HSF btw, I'm cooling my I7-930 @ 3.8 with this model in push/pull w.out any problems, absolutely love Noctua, its my 2nd one.

winn3r
07-06-2010, 04:31 PM
Do Zalman make good PSU's?

I have the 1000W version of their ZM Heatpipe cooled line. So far its perfect, extremely quiet and the 1000W version has a little button that absorbs the sound that comes while a PSU is idle:P
It has all the standards like 80Gold Plus etc.

On the thread: I have an i7 system at the UK. When I was building it I decided to buy a 5770 and get another one when the prices were going to drop. Now I am going to buy a 5870 and a 5770 and give the 5770 to my brother, so I can have one 5870 and he can have 2x 5770. I also have the Noctua NH-U12 inside an Antec 902 back in the UK and I am absolutely satisfied, but the newer one is like 5 pounds more so I am pretty tempted to try it:p

I would recommend:
1. Not spending money on dedicated audio card unless you're audiophile. Modern onboard HD audio decoders are capable of outputting good quality multi-channel audio.
2. Changing 2x5770 to a more powerful single GPU card: GTX 480 or HD 5870, your pick. While 5770 in CF can be marginally faster in some games, you will be protected from possible multi-gpu drawbacks such as microstutter, lag in proper game profiles for newest titles, some games not supporting multigpu setups at all, CF scaling issues etc

Everything else looks very good. Great choice for HSF btw, I'm cooling my I7-930 @ 3.8 with this model in push/pull w.out any problems, absolutely love Noctua, its my 2nd one.

I am an audiophile, always was. Thing is they can produce HD sound but they cannot upmix it when you have 5.1 audio or more.

I've checked some benches about the 5770 in CF and the gains are immense. It is very close ( and in some cases even surpasses) with the 5870. The reasoning why I chose it is explained above.

wing0zero
07-06-2010, 05:03 PM
Yeah if you all ready have a 5770 to donate then good idea.

Ciaos
07-07-2010, 01:49 AM
Go for the Antec 1200. If you plan on crossfiring or even having a slightly larger GPU the Antec 902 is a tad small. You can get round it by moving the drive bay cages forward but its an awkward fit at best.

I personally use the 902 and definitely wished I stumped up the cash for a 1200 instead.

Go for the 1055t over the 1090t if you definitely need 6 cores. The 1055t is a great overclocker and using that motherboard, you can probably hit 3.6GHz by changing the FSB without touching the voltage. The 1090t makes it a bit easier but isn't worth the extra price.

As for the RAM, dominators are overpriced. Go for something cheaper from the likes of Kingston, OCZ or Corsair themselves.

Using the savings, scrap the 5770CF and go for a 5870. One GPU is always better than 2 if they offer similar performance. Plus in a few years time, you can drop in another 5870 to CF for cheap.

winn3r
07-07-2010, 03:35 AM
Go for the Antec 1200. If you plan on crossfiring or even having a slightly larger GPU the Antec 902 is a tad small. You can get round it by moving the drive bay cages forward but its an awkward fit at best.

I personally use the 902 and definitely wished I stumped up the cash for a 1200 instead.

Go for the 1055t over the 1090t if you definitely need 6 cores. The 1055t is a great overclocker and using that motherboard, you can probably hit 3.6GHz by changing the FSB without touching the voltage. The 1090t makes it a bit easier but isn't worth the extra price.

As for the RAM, dominators are overpriced. Go for something cheaper from the likes of Kingston, OCZ or Corsair themselves.

Using the savings, scrap the 5770CF and go for a 5870. One GPU is always better than 2 if they offer similar performance. Plus in a few years time, you can drop in another 5870 to CF for cheap.

Thanks for your reply.
Basically I have the Antec 902 back in the UK and even with a 1KW PSU which is HUGE and a Noctua cooler which again is huge, it can fit a second 5770. I know it's a little cramped up in there but the reason I didn't go for the 1200 is the space, because my towers go below offices and if i go for the 1200 the large exhaust fan at the top will be useless because it'll be blocked.
As for the CF 5770, I already mentioned above that I already have one in the UK, so I'm gonna buy a 5870 and a 5770 over here, leave the 5770 to the computer here, take the 5870 with me and when bring back the second 5770 when I come back so I can CF the system here. The reason why I am using 5770 here and 5870 at the UK is because the system in the UK is more extreme oriented due to SSDs, i7 @ 4GHz and the need for use of designing programs. I plan to CF 2x5870 in the future.

DylanRammer
07-07-2010, 03:48 AM
Get rid of the crossfire 5770s and get a single 5870.
Edit: Sorry, I just read the part about you already having one 5770.

Ciaos
07-07-2010, 04:31 AM
Thanks for your reply.
Basically I have the Antec 902 back in the UK and even with a 1KW PSU which is HUGE and a Noctua cooler which again is huge, it can fit a second 5770. I know it's a little cramped up in there but the reason I didn't go for the 1200 is the space, because my towers go below offices and if i go for the 1200 the large exhaust fan at the top will be useless because it'll be blocked.
As for the CF 5770, I already mentioned above that I already have one in the UK, so I'm gonna buy a 5870 and a 5770 over here, leave the 5770 to the computer here, take the 5870 with me and when bring back the second 5770 when I come back so I can CF the system here. The reason why I am using 5770 here and 5870 at the UK is because the system in the UK is more extreme oriented due to SSDs, i7 @ 4GHz and the need for use of designing programs. I plan to CF 2x5870 in the future.

Ahh fair enough, 5770s CFs are one of the best CF set ups in price/performance.

If you don't mind the look, you can just push the drive bays forward to fit in any future longer GPU. Mine stuck out by about a few inches to fit in a 5970. I never have the thumb screws screwed in for those cages anyway.