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    Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 12:10pm
Hey guys im back again looking at more PC's for friends XD
This friend of mine will be using this to play mainly WoW / surf internet / Listen to music (etc).

And he does use headsets and said he WANTS the creative sound card with the controls on the front , at the same time he wants it to be quiet.

He doesn't have the budget for LC so this is what I came up with.

He games at 1680x1050 (wide) display
(Native Resolution is 1600x1280)

Couple things about the build im un-sure of :

1) Does the cache of the hard drive make a big difference? (as in 32mb Cahce compared to 64mb cache?)

2) Would the ATi Radeon 5870 be the best card for this set up?

3) Can I drop the PSU to 750watts?

4) Does this MOBO have enough lanes for what is listed in this build.

Ticket Number: 413835

ATI System :

Chassis Model: Black OPS HailStorm Edition
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 1000W Corsair (Dual/Triple/Quad SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (2TB Western Digital (7200 RPM) (64MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed WD2001FASS 2TB)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion (Includes Front I/O) (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: FREE: Hot-selling game with a NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or above graphics card
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: FREE: Digital Storm T-Shirt - Black (Medium)
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty

Any Advice is welcome :)
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  Quote coolmasta Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 2:28pm
Yup that MB is fine. For that resolution a 5850/470 would be fine and just destroy WOW. A 750w corsair psu would be great. May want to consider a smaller ssd for the os and a 1tb for other multimedia storage
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  Quote coolmasta Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 2:34pm
$2582 way under your budget

Chassis Model: Special Deal Hot Seller - Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Not Available
Trim Accents: - Not Available
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - Not Available
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (160GB Solid State (By: Intel) (Extreme Performance) (Model: X25-M MLC Edition)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi/Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Blue)
Enhancements: - Not Available
Chassis Mods: - Not Available
Noise Reduction: - Not Available
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - Not Available
Boost Memory: - Not Available
Boost OS: - Not Available
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - Not Available
Office: - Not Available
Benchmarking: - Not Available
Install/Test Game: - Not Available
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 4 Year Limited Warranty with Life-Time Customer Support (4 Year Labor & 2 Year Parts)
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  Quote Fearnot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 2:53pm
Not really worried about an SSD, He doesn't mind, altho I might change it to a 1TB HDD seeing as he has a 500GB one already.

Your build is nice , but unfortuneatly my friend wants the front display panel for the Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty professional card, which is only acessable via the Black Ops builds, which is why your build is way under the budget :P

But Thank you very much for posting your build, I 'll talk to him about living with out the front display :P Maybe he'll be fine with it who knows!

If someone knows, I was wondering if this build (mine) would be quiet?

Thanks for the advice! Feel free to keep on posting!
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  Quote coolmasta Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 3:21pm
$2593 with the right sound card :)

Chassis Model: Cooler Master HAF 932
Exterior Finish: - Standard Factory Finish
Trim Accents: - Standard Factory Finish
Processor: Intel Core i7 930 2.8GHz (Quad Core)
Motherboard: EVGA X58 LE Edition SLI (Intel X58 Chipset) (Supports SLI or CrossFire)
System Memory: 6GB DDR3 1600MHz Digital Storm Certified Performance Series (Highly Recommended) (Hand Tested)
Power Supply: 750W Corsair TX (Dual SLI Compatible)
Expansion Bay: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 1: Operating System: 1x (1TB Seagate/Hitachi/Western Digital (7200 RPM) (32MB Cache) (SATA) (Extreme Speed)
Set 1 Raid Options: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 2: Multimedia\Data: - No Thanks
Hard Drive Set 3: Backup\Misc.: - No Thanks
Optical Drive 1: DVD±R/RW/CD-R/RW (DVD Writer 24x / CD-Writer 48x)
Optical Drive 2: - No Thanks
Internet Access: High Speed Network Port (Supports High-Speed Cable / DSL / Network Connections)
Video Card: 1x ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB
Add-on Card: - No Thanks
Sound Card: Creative Labs X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion (Includes Front I/O) (PCI-Express Slot Based)
Extreme Cooling: AIR: Stage 2: Noctua NH-D14 Extreme Performance (Does NOT fit on the regular EVGA X58 3X SLI)
H20 Tube Color:- Not Applicable, I do not have a FrostChill or Sub-Zero LCS Cooling System Selected
Chassis Airflow: Standard Factory Chassis Fans
Internal Lighting: Internal Chassis Lighting System (Red)
Enhancements: - No Thanks
Chassis Mods: - No Thanks
Noise Reduction: - No Thanks
Boost Processor: FREE: Stage 1: Overclock the processor between 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz (Cooling Upgrade Recommended)
Boost Video Card: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my video card(s)
Boost Memory: - No Thanks, Please do not overclock my memory
Boost OS: - No Thanks, Please do not tweak the services on the operating system
Windows OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-Bit Edition)
Restore Kit: Digital Storm Specialized Recovery System (DVD Image Based)
Virus Protection: - No Thanks
Office: - No Thanks
Benchmarking: - No Thanks
Install/Test Game: - No Thanks
Display: - No Thanks
Surge Shield: - No Thanks
Speakers: - No Thanks
Keyboard: - No Thanks
Mouse: - No Thanks
External Storage: - No Thanks
Exclusive T-Shirt: - No Thanks
Priority Build: - No Thanks, Ship Within 5-15 Business Days After Order Is Successfully Processed
Warranty: 3 Year Platinum Care Extended Parts & Labor Warranty
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  Quote Mr. Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 11 Jun 2010 at 4:51pm
I do not think the sound card is that big of a deal. Its not worth the extra few hundred bux for the front i/o. I suggest asking DS if they can install that and say its a custom thing so they charge u a extra maybe 50 or something instead of having to go Black ops for just the sound card. If taht dont work out id suggest buy the sound card yourself and install it yourself, and even if that dont work im sure even if you order it online, AND have a local techy to install it for you would be cheaper than going black ops. Thats what i think. If they do let you you can switch up the gpu to a stronger one just incase u need it cause of a switch of monitor in the future and/or include a intel ssd for first hdd then 1tb for second.

And for the quiet or not, I dont suggest going Hailstorm with a aircooled system. Go with one of the HAF's or the assassin for better air flow. Most of your sound is going to come from your GPU so ahve a better air flow case so taht the gpu wont get as hot as it should be therefore making it more quiet.
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  Quote Fearnot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jun 2010 at 3:39pm
Thanks everyone for the posts, just curious now, How bad is the air flow in the Hailstorm? and is it quiet? reason I keep trying to push that is because he really likes that case.

Also what kind fans are in the Haf 932? 200mm LED Red in the front no?
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  Quote Cretae Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 15 Jun 2010 at 6:04pm
Looks to me the sound card he wants is the Champion, and it's available in BOTH sections. I didn't see any difference between the two in sound card dropdown.
If he wants 2T of space, he's much better off with 2X 1T. He's gonna have to manage that OS drive (defrag, clone/backup, etc.) and the smaller is better. The cache from 16 to 32 is a significant speed boost. 32 to 64 not so much.
 
If he likes the Hailstorm, have him check out the Assassin instead. Very much the same look, but much better airflow. DST (Iknow you know who he is) NEVER recommends the Hailstorm for air cooling.
 
The HAF 932 has 3 main fans @ 230MM. One front (red LED) one side, one top.
You want to see it from DS, look here:
...and prepare to have your sox knocked off!
coolmasta got you covered with that 2nd config, except for case. Show those pics to your friend, it might be all over.
Coolermaster Storm Sniper
Intel Core i7 930 3.8GHz OC
EVGA X58 LE
6GB DDR3 1600Mhz Ram
750W Corsair
1TB HDD
1x ATI RadeonHD 5870 1GB
Noctua Dual 120mm
I can make my mind think... anything....
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  Quote Fearnot Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 16 Jun 2010 at 10:21am
bah I hate him lol, now hes considering dropping the sound card and just buying it later and going with more money towards LC XD

For the cases, I showed him both extensively and hes decided that he likes the Assassi nthe best, and from point of view its a pretty good choice, nice LC set up in there!

Anyways will hit you guys back with more updates as they come!
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