Building a system - a few questions

Tbd / TBD
January 9, 2009 at 06:10:32
Specs: Windows XP, TBD
Hello Everyone,

I am looking to build the following system:

*Fujitsu MBA3300RC 300GB 15000 RPM Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Hard Drive - OEM
*ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black
*ASUS VK266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen
*ASUS ENGTX295/2DI/1792MD3/A GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
*CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail
*ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
*Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940 - Retail

The Hard drive is pending.. Is there a better hard drive out there besides the insanely priced SSD's? for Gaming, I heard the velociraptor is better... is this true?

What type of cooling should I get?

Is the Intel core i7 940 as easily overclocked and as powerful as the 920?

What is a good silent cooling choice I can use?

According to the setup above? Would you change anything (Not more powerful, if not, a better alternative or perhaps a better choice due to overclocking capabilities or more competitive pricing?

In regards to heat issues, is a water cooling system recommended?

Sorry for the excessive questions, but I want to make sure I know what I am buying before I jump on it...

FWIW, it will be triple booting Mac, Windows, Linux.

Thank You!

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January 10, 2009 at 16:35:01
Well, this post has been up for a day and no response yet. I would just like to say this. You can go crazy trying to build the fastest.

If you are a gamer, which appears to be the case. Isn't there a law of diminishing returns. A few years back I recall folks talking about frame rates well over 100FPS. Can you tell the difference between 120FPS and 80FPS? I am not a gamer so that is a legitimate question. If the answer is no, then why spend extra cash to get the other 40FPS.

You see where I am going with this? I did the same thing 15 years ago when building my first PC. Spent way too much cash. That was the last time though.

I have no idea what that hard drive cost but I am pretty sure you don't need it. I know I am not answering any of your questions. You can ignore this response. You have the right to spend your cash any way you want to. I just thought I would throw out a reality check.

To sum up, you usually spend that obscene amount of extra cash for a LITTLE bit better performance. Not the sweet spot IMO.

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January 11, 2009 at 10:27:15
I deliberately ignored this post because I have virtually no knowledge of the i7, x58 boards, DDR3 memory, the GeForce GTX 295, & least of all, SAS HDD's.

I do find this statement a bit funny though: "Is there a better hard drive out there besides the insanely priced SSD's?" Your entire system is insanely!

I am in total agreement with OtH. Why spend 1000's when you can get reasonably comparable performance for significantly less?

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