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November 24, 2008 9:35:02 PM

Im looking to build a new machine (my first build), based around the core i7 920. I would like to keep the budget under 2000, or very close to it, if its above by like 15 or 20 no big deal.

So here are the things i know i want to get for sure.

core i7 920. $299.99
logitech g9 and g15, $89.99 and $74.99

other requirements-

very good for gaming
i would also need a good 24" monitor for gaming so the resolution would be 1920 x 1200

i do not care if its ati or nvidia, sli or crossfire.
just make sure the mobo supports whichever you recommend and the psu supplies enough power. I would also like to have possible upgrades in the future, so keep that in mind
also, i do not need a very large hdd, but i would like a fast one

-case
im thinking between a antec twelve hundred and a xclio windtunnel advanced.

-the windtunnel advance looks like it would be very good for cooling, possibly better than the 1200.

anyways, what are your guy's thoughts on what i should get for this amount.
I plan on building this on december 15, but if there are any extreamly good deals for some prices now, i would like to possibly get them.

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November 24, 2008 9:51:27 PM

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $299.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $298.99

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.00

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-twelve-hundred-ultimate-g... $164.98

Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 -$15.00 MIR

Logitech G9 Black 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser 3200 dpi Gaming Mouse - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99

Acer P243WAid Black-Silver 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with HDCP Support 400 cd/m2 3000:1 ACM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $339.99

PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99 -$35.00 MIR

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $289.99 -$15.00 MIR

Total - $2,035.89 - $65.00 MIR's= $1,970.89

You'll also need a 64-bit OS.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99
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November 24, 2008 10:51:55 PM

With a 24" monitor I would assume you are planning on playing at ~1920x1200, at that resolution THG puts the GTX260 above the 4870/4850 in Crysis/COD4 and that isn't even the newer GTX260 Core 216 model. The GTX260 Core 216 outperforms the 260 used in the benchmarks and is cheaper by ~30$ compared to the 4870 so I would suggest the GTX260 Core 216..prob. the EVGA model because it is 250$ and only 260$ for an overclocked version :)  For the future the GTX260 SLI also outperforms the Radeon 4870 CF in both games. Gl with your build

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...
November 24, 2008 11:19:27 PM

The system posted above looks pretty good. I'm in the same boat and looking at the Asus P6T for a motherboard and just ordered the EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 for VID.

One thing I would say though is to go with the 1600 memory incase you plan on overclocking in the future... rumor has it the 1333 may limit you on the core i7 for OC'ing... if not... save money and go with 1333.

Here's the system I'm looking at putting together:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/258154-31-core-feel-free-tear-apart


Now i've got a question too:

shortstuff_mt said:

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You'll also need a 64-bit OS.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit English for System Builders 1pk DSP OEI DVD - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99


Can anyone use this? I'm in the same boat... wasn't sure how the whole "builders" thing worked.
November 24, 2008 11:25:42 PM

shortstuff gave you a good list. I would change a few things:

1) For hard drive performance, the velociraptor is king. I use one, and it DOES make a difference. 150gb is $174, and 300gb is $230:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you ever need more capacity, just add a second cheap storage drive.
The only thing faster would be the Intel X25-m at $620 for 80gb.

2) You can get an EVGA GTX260-216 superclocked for $260.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It competes with the 4870-1g. There are differences, depending on the game and settings, but all in all, comparable. It is a good buy for several reasons:

EVGA is a good vendor with good support.
The card comes with a free copy of far cry 2.
There is a free 90 day "step-up" program if you should change your mind and want a GTX280 or
one of the new rumored 55nm parts shows up.
The card should run cooler than the 4870.

3) The Antec 1200 is a great case, but it is bigger and more expensive than your needs. I suggest the Antec 300 for $69.95 with free delivery instead. Watch delivery charges. Cases are heavy, and delivery charges are often >$20. The mid-sized case has plenty of room and superb cooling. No "bling" though.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4) The chip runs hot under load. Look for a good air cooler. I used a thermalright ultra 120 extreme with the 1366 conversion kit.

For what it's worth, I just used an ASUS P6T, 6gb of Patriot viper 1600 and i7-920 with very satisfactory results. Overclock to 3.2 was simple, just change the bclk from 133 to 160. Everything else was left as automatic. That's all you need to drive any single vga card. Ram stayed at 1.5 v, vcore at 1.256

---good luck---
November 24, 2008 11:33:12 PM

@209mason: I use home premium-64. No problems.
Shopping tips for Vista:
1) Do you qualify for an academic license?
If so, you can get Vista at a discounted price.
2) Look for an upgrade version of home premium instead of OEM.
Upgrade is a retail version which gives you support from microsoft, unlike OEM(AKA system builder),
and allows a more hassel-free ability to transfer the os to a different pc(motherboard).
For $10, microsoft will send you the 64 bit DVD.
I saw Vista home premium upgrade recently at Costco for $85, amazon for $89.
There is a legitimate two step instalation process to install an upgrade version
You install vista from the cd, but do not initially enter the product code.

Just tell the install which version you bought, and do not activate.
After it installs, you have a fully functional vista for 30 days.
Step 2 is to insert the cd again, while running vista and then do an upgrade.
This time, enter your product code, and activate.
After activation. you may delete the initial version which is named windows.old.

3) Do you possibly need Ultimate? There are very few features that the home user would want.
Check out the differences on the microsoft Vista web site.
If you get a retail or upgrade version, you will still be able to upgrade to ultimate later.
November 24, 2008 11:37:00 PM

geofelt said:
@209mason: I use home premium-64. No problems.
Shopping tips for Vista:
1) Do you qualify for an academic license?
If so, you can get Vista at a discounted price.
2) Look for an upgrade version of home premium instead of OEM.
Upgrade is a retail version which gives you support from microsoft, unlike OEM(AKA system builder),
and allows a more hassel-free ability to transfer the os to a different pc(motherboard).
For $10, microsoft will send you the 64 bit DVD.
I saw Vista home premium upgrade recently at Costco for $85, amazon for $89.
There is a legitimate two step instalation process to install an upgrade version
You install vista from the cd, but do not initially enter the product code.

Just tell the install which version you bought, and do not activate.
After it installs, you have a fully functional vista for 30 days.
Step 2 is to insert the cd again, while running vista and then do an upgrade.
This time, enter your product code, and activate.
After activation. you may delete the initial version which is named windows.old.

3) Do you possibly need Ultimate? There are very few features that the home user would want.
Check out the differences on the microsoft Vista web site.
If you get a retail or upgrade version, you will still be able to upgrade to ultimate later.



Thanks for the info... I definitely don't need ultimate, I just wasn't sure how the system builder thing worked... I'm looking for the cheapest legal way to get Vista 64, lol.
November 25, 2008 12:29:43 AM

Are you a student on campus, or know a student on a campus? Many campuses have bookstores that sell Vista 64bit versions for ~$30 or so. If you know someone who can get one, you could offer to pay them $50 for it or something? The campus I am on ran out of 64bit versions, but has 32bit versions for $20. That is one way to go about getting it for cheap.
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