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    Default New computer building help

    So it's been quite a few years since I built a PC...

    I need a compatability check on all these parts... making sure I haven't missed some voltage issue, some power requirement or ability to be powered issue... things like that...

    Motherboard - GA EX58-UD5
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    <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:stockticker w:st="on">RAM</st1:stockticker> - CORSAIR TR3X6G1333C9 6GB (3x XMS3 2GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz) XMS DDR3 For X58 MB i7 Core, 3x240-pin DIMMs, Triple Kit, 9-9-9-24, 1.50V [TR3X6G1333C9]
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    Case –Antec Nine Hundred
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    Processor – Core i7 920
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    Graphics Card – Palit G.Force GTX260 896MB <st1:stockticker w:st="on">DDR</st1:stockticker>3 Sonic
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    Hard Drives – 2 x 500GB 7200rpms Seagate

    <st1:stockticker w:st="on">PSU</st1:stockticker>"Cooler Master Extreme Power+ POWER PLUS RS-650 RS650 650Watt ATX Silent PSU Power Supply
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    Disk Drive - Generic <st1:stockticker w:st="on">DVD</st1:stockticker>-RW

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    Default Re: New computer building help

    I really like my Seagate 500GBs, and I have 3 of them. However, these are the HDDs that became controversial in early 2009, when issues showed up with them bricking out. From what I read, after a certain number of uses, the drives would NOT actually lose data, but the data on the drives would be inaccessible.

    Then Seagate reluctantly put out a firmware update to correct the issue. But the first firmware update did even worse damage! There was a period of time when people were writing a lot of "I hate these HDDs" about this. Seagate defended itself by saying that really just a small percentage of these drives had the problem. But that didn't make many people happy.

    The revised firmware must have done the trick, because all seems quiet now. I never had any problems, and I flashed all 3 of my HDDs with (luckily) the revised version. It is available from the Seagate site. You might note that the firmware will flash all the appropriate drives at the same time, which may or may not be what you want. Disconnect other drives or not according to your own preference.

    (Yes, I would cheerfully buy these HDDs again.)

    Tom's Hardware reference from January 2009: Seagate's Update Bricking Working HDDs - Tom's Hardware

    Seagate Firmware download: You go through this knowledge base. (It is written with too much PR spin—which doubtlessly contributed to damaging Seagate's reputation last January—but it gets you your update firmware eventually.) Seagate Knowledge Base
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    Case Antec P150
    PSU Corsair HX520W. (PSU calc by Corsair + NCIX; tested by TT Dr Power.)
    Cooling Xigmatek HDT-S1283 heatsink (Arctic Silver 5); 6 fans
    HDDs usable 1.7 TB (4 Seagates—3x 500GB SATA ST3500320AS w/SD1A + 1x 320GB PATA ST3320620A)
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    Default Re: New computer building help

    Quote Originally Posted by Teclis View Post
    So it's been quite a few years since I built a PC...

    I need a compatability check on all these parts

    Motherboard - GA EX58-UD5
    <o:p></o:p>
    <st1:stockticker w:st="on">RAM</st1:stockticker> - CORSAIR TR3X6G1333C9 6GB (3x XMS3 2GB) PC-10600 (1333MHz) XMS DDR3 For X58 MB i7 Core, 3x240-pin DIMMs, Triple Kit, 9-9-9-24, 1.50V [TR3X6G1333C9]
    <o:p></o:p>
    Case –Antec Nine Hundred
    <o:p></o:p>
    Processor – Core i7 920
    <o:p></o:p>
    Graphics Card – Palit G.Force GTX260 896MB <st1:stockticker w:st="on">DDR</st1:stockticker>3 Sonic
    <o:p></o:p>
    Hard Drives – 2 x 500GB 7200rpms Seagate

    <st1:stockticker w:st="on">PSU</st1:stockticker>"Cooler Master Extreme Power+ POWER PLUS RS-650 RS650 650Watt ATX Silent PSU Power Supply
    <o:p></o:p>
    Disk Drive - Generic <st1:stockticker w:st="on">DVD</st1:stockticker>-RW
    My 2 cents....the parts you list are all compatible, but would not be my first choices. Here is why...the PSU is rarely given enough importance in a build. Stable, highly regulated power is critical, plenty of headroom should you decide to add another 260 down the road for SLI, and headroom for wear is also very important. I think a better choice for PSU would be this -- CompUSA.com | CMPSU-850TX | Corsair TX850W Power Supply --

    As for your video card, the 260 is a good choice but I believe the eVGA is a better choice than the Palit, if only for customer service and reputation alone. Look at the price of this one -- CompUSA.com | 896-P3-1255-AR | EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Video Card --

    I think your DDR3 is a very good choice and the MB you've chosen is fine, though my personal choice was the Asus P6T Deluxe....good luck with what ever you decide.

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