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HackPro Build - **please** just give me a quick glance feedback


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  1. 1. Should Buy

    • ...this build, as is. Go for it!
    • ...this build, with a few tweaks!
    • ...this build, but with the new Lynnfield chips and MOBO

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  1. My power supply is at least 100W bigger than I need, in order to allow for adding onto this as time goes on... is that a bad idea? Should I scale down to a 750W power supply?
  2. Can anyone recommend a good built-in solution for adding bluetooth support?
  3. Is the Graphics Card Compatible? Should I be picking a different one?
  4. Is the Motherboard Compatible?
  5. Is i7 the way to go, w/ the DDR3s.... or should I scale back to a Quad w/ the DDR2s?
  6. Is the pioneer optical drive compatible?
  7. Do I need the network adaptor, or should I try to make the one on the MOBO work?
  8. is there anything I've missed? (besides keyboard, mouse, retail copy of OSX10.6, and LCD monitor... all of which I already have)
  9. do you rec' starting from Snow Leopard, or waiting a little while longer?


If I get some good feedback on this list, I'll probably be ordering the parts starting tomorrow night. As I build it, I'll take photos and put up a guide so others can take advantage of this high-end system.


Here's my hardware list (you can see it here at NewEgg)



Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Model #:BX80601920

Item #:N82E16819115202

$288.99 -$9.00 Instant




Open Box: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Model #:GA-EX58-UD3R

Item #:N82E16813128375R

$198.99 -$62.00 Instant


Sold Out @ NewEgg.


New Plan:

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Model #:GA-EX58-UD3R

Item #:N82E16813128375

Total Cost: $189




Graphics Card

EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Model #:512-P3-N871-AR

Item #:N82E16814130339

Mail in Rebate



RAM - 8GB (4x2gb)

Kingston 2GB DDR3 1066 (PC8500) ECC Memory For Apple

Model #:KTA-MP1066/2G

Item #:N82E16820134924

$59.99 -$14.00 / each

$183.96 total for 4 sticks.


Optical Drive x2

Pioneer CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model DVR-218LBK LabelFlash Support - OEM

Model #:DVR-218LBK

Item #:N82E16827129045

$32.99 / each

$65.98 / total


Network Adapter

TRENDnet TEG-PCITXR 10/ 100/ 1000/ 2000Mbps PCI Copper Gigabit Network Adapter - Retail


Item #:N82E16833156139

$11.99 $11.99


Power Supply

OCZ GameXStream OCZ850GXSSLI ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 850Watts Power Supply - Retail

Model #:OCZ850GXSSLI

Item #:N82E16817341003

Mail in Rebate Card

$199.99 -$70.00 Instant




SILVERSTONE TJ09-S Silver Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Model #:TJ09-S

Item #:N82E16811163074

Mail in Rebate

$289.99 -$10.00 Instant



Hard Drive x3

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Model #:HD103UJ

Item #:N82E16822152102

$89.99 -$5.00 Instant = 84.99/each

total for 3: $254.97





Thumb Drive for Install

Team Fusion Plus 16GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive (Red) Model TG016GF102LR



Power Conditioner

powercom KIN-1500AP 1500VA 900 Watts UPS - Retail

Model #:KIN-1500AP

Item #:N82E16842106115

$149.99 -$15.00 Instant



Subtotal For EVERYTHING: $1,700




If all goes well, I'll be pulling the trigger on this build in the next 48 hours or so.

And of course I'll be documenting the build as I put it together and do the install.


Thanks in advance everyone, the amazing help in this community is the only reason stuff like this is possible!

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As if there weren't enough questions in 1-9,

I've now been convinced by this thread:


that I should at least wait to find out if the new Lynnfield processors will run snow leopard easily.


If so, I will be switching my MOBO to:

Gigabyte Motherboard GA-P55M-UD2 ($100)

and my CPU to:

Core i7 860 is 2.80GHz 4 cores 8 threads. ($284)


This will actually save me about $30, and my CPU will end up being a little faster and will run on 45w less power... maybe I really should rethink my power brick.

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ok, I rearranged the text of the post so that my questions would be front and center.


I would be really super incredibly amazingly appreciative if someone who has at least done one or two vanilla installs could give me some feedback.


I've done a lot of research on my own, but I'm understandably a little scared to spend nearly $2000 without having at least one experienced person sign off on the build.



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