New system build

October 5, 2010 at 11:01:12
Specs: Windows Vista, 7, linux variant and Free/PC-BSD, New Build
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October 5, 2010 at 11:11:28
"Is this appropriate community to help with configuring a new build?" YES
How much are u willing to spend?

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October 5, 2010 at 11:23:59
Let me post the concerns thereafter we'll decide on the dollar amount depending on the biggest bang for the buck. Will be back in a moment.

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October 5, 2010 at 11:41:05
THE PLAN: in the next two (2) weeks
Stability= "rock solid"
Speed= "in the blink of an eye"
Over Clocking= "NO"
Warranty= "3-years or more for parts and labor"

To install all of the following onto separate partitions, in addition
to running one (1) or more virtual machines within one of the
following host OS's shown below:

64-BIT installs:
PCBSD = short compiling/building times
Linux variant = short compiling/building times
Windows Vista and 7 = more applications loaded with less dependency on swap space, and obviously any speed gains we can acquire when using 64-bit applications.
INTEL based: Would prefer SuperMicro or Tyan.
MOTHERBOARD: to support both the above OS’s and the hardware below.
CPU: i7 3.x Ghz -- not sure which socket is best.
Chipset: X58 chipset
Form Factor: ATX or extended ATX: either one is fine
Video: Currently Light gaming planned and SecondLife
ATI 54xx series or greater
RAM: when using a 32-bit OS we always find ourselves using the swap space. We hope to avoid this by using the 64-bit version of any particular OS we've listed.
Min 12 GB DDR-3 ECC--upgradable to 24-GB via 4-GB chunks/sticks.
Part #: CT2KIT25672BA1067
Part #: CT2KIT25672BB1067S
ECC (preferred)
USB 3.0 / min 4x ports - backwards compat w/ USB 2.0
SATA II 4x ports:
are separate controllers available for each port/device?
SATA II = 500+ GB (OS installs)
SATA II = 2x 1-TB (storage)
SATA II = PLEXTOR (sata) BluRay burner: The concern here is, the
Plextor is ‘sata’ while I’m requiring the main-board to provide ‘SATA
eSATA 2x ports = 1-TB for each HDD
CPU i7 3 or 4-core single processor
Heat Sink & fan
PSU: min 465 watts perhaps even 500 watts.
CASE and Fan(s): Thinking Lian-Li
The above is probably over kill for the below listed software,
however, we have plans for future usage. After reviewing the above
proposed configuration, where are the bottlenecks that would slow this
machine? –providing/assuming I had a clue when I compiled this list.

Another issue/concern I have not considered; how often does technology
cycle? Another way of putting that is, what is the average End Of
Life (EOL) for the majority of the main components shown above?

======= SOFTWARE =============
Win-7 64-bit
Second life = there may be an issue with 64-bit
Yahoo messaging = yes
Skype = maybe, with compatibility mode
Aol messaging
Cd and dvd burner (software)
Microsoft office 2007 or beyond

The chosen Mother Board needs to be worth fixing in the next five (5) years. Should something fail we don't want to be left up the creek without a canoe, not being able to find a replacement Board.

Sorry for the long wind.

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October 5, 2010 at 13:56:56
Choose your own hardware, i will give the idea what to look for
BOARD: go to and write X58, u will see a lot of intel x58 boards. Since your are not going to overclock better buy cheap x58 motherboard.
CPU: "i7 3.x ghz" look for core i7 920 (2.667ghz) or core i7 950 (3.067ghz). u will also get heatsink and fan.
V-CARD: "light gaming" look for ATi radeont hd 5570.
PSU: rosewill green series RG630 (+12v@50A 630W)
RAM: ddr3 1333 or 1600, 1.5v, core i7 run triple channel @ 1066 ddr, so there's no need to get faster memory
HDD: samsung spinpoint (right now they are the best)
CASE: no need to buy a fancy case, psu must be mounted at top and u will a single rear fan (120mm).

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October 5, 2010 at 14:04:24
Have you ever built a system before?

"INTEL based: Would prefer SuperMicro or Tyan"

SuperMicro & Tyan specialize in motherboards for servers, not desktops. What type of system are you building? As for it being "Intel based", I don't think you'll find a board for the Core i7 that's NOT Intel based.

"The chosen Mother Board needs to be worth fixing in the next five (5) years"

"Broken" motherboards are rarley worth "fixing". If it's under warranty, you can usually request an RMA for replacement, but to actually "fix" a board (as in desoldering/resoldering components) usually costs more than buying a new one, unless you can do it yourself. And remember, 5 yrs is a practically a lifetime when it comes to electronics & PC hardware. By 2015, this system will be old news.

I think you need to better clarify what you want.

EDIT: slight addition to kuwese's comment: "samsung spinpoint (right now they are the best)" - make sure it's the F3 model.

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October 8, 2010 at 08:22:54
This is what we've come up with so far; the list below is annotated with questions. Please post all comments about this configuration; Thank you all.

HARDWARE: (NewEgg item #'s)

LIAN LI PC-7FN Black Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811112249
Question: any idea why Lian-Li chose to have the PSU mounted on the bottom?
Rosewill RG630-S12 630W "Compatible with Core i7,i5" Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817182200
Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
Item #:N82E16819115225
1GIGABYTE GA-X58-USB3 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128456
Question: What might be the max CPU this PCB can support?
1GIGABYTE Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) GV-R585OC-1GD Video Card w/ ATI Eyefinity
Item #:N82E16814125318
1SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185
1PLEXTOR Black Blu-ray Disc Burner SATA PX-B940SA-11
Item #:N82E16827249057
RAM: Will come from

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