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November 30, 2008 2:07:40 PM

Here is my shopping list for a new i7 box. Can you guys please look over it and see if any changes/substitutions need to be made or if I missed anything. I wasn't sure about an aftermarket cooler. If you know of one please let me know.

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139007

$279.99

2 Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136260

$459.98

1 Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940
Item #: N82E16819115201

$569.99

1 Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
Item #: N82E16822136313

$179.99

1 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
Item #: N82E16820145224

$309.00

1 ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131346

$299.99

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD for System Builders
Item #: N82E16832116493

$179.99

1 XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150330

$329.99

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
Item #: N82E16835100007

$5.99

1 Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129025

$169.99

1 LG Black Super Multi Blu-ray Disc Burner & HD DVD-ROM Drive SATA Model GGW-H20L
Item #: N82E16827136137

$244.99

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November 30, 2008 2:30:45 PM

i think he/she is planing on 2 velociraptors hence the higher price. Me sees a raid 0 in the future.
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November 30, 2008 2:36:50 PM

crystal_tech is correct. The prices are from newegg, that price listed is for 2 drives. I will check out the card as well.

My goal is to make a system last 3 years or so. It is used for video, graphic design, some gaming, etc.

Thanks for the suggestions so far, any others??
November 30, 2008 2:48:19 PM

Oh! lol... completely missed that. Sorry.

Otherwise everything looks pretty darn good.
November 30, 2008 3:13:17 PM

Not a bad rig at all but you could save 100s of dollars on that sucker.

You dont need that much PSU, a name brand in the 850 watt would be plenty.

i7 940? Sure if you like to waste $200+
Why not get the i7 920 and OC it. The motherboard you picked will overclock the 920 past 940 speeds by bumping bclck to 150-160 everything else on auto.

you could save $100 with gskill ddr3 1333 and OC it to 1600

With the money saved id spend $50 more and get the 4850x2.

Blu-ray burner? To bad the blanks cost alot and you cant even get them big enough to fit the good movies on. A reader might be worth it but not a burner, unless you are gonna back up stuff on blu-ray.
November 30, 2008 3:17:44 PM

I would also get 2 -4 ssd drives over the velociraptors, especially if the intention is os and apps only in a raid 0 config.
November 30, 2008 3:22:39 PM

Quote:
Here is my shopping list for a new i7 box. Can you guys please look over it and see if any changes/substitutions need to be made or if I missed anything. I wasn't sure about an aftermarket cooler. If you know of one please let me know.

You can get an Intel LGA1366 Nehalem cpu aftermarket CPU HSF Cooler at site below, they have 22 different one's in stock.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

I would suggest this one, comes with fan and back support bracket for 1366 cpu.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Also if you have not order the case yet, I would wait until Monday. NewEgg is having its CyberMonday sale and the Antec 1200 will be on sale for 119.99 plus free shipping.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/429317.aspx

On the CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB), they are in high demand and have a waiting list for them. So you could go with G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $269.99 with Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or with these Mushkin XP Series DDR3 Triple Channel XP3-12800 for $270.00 direct from there site.
http://www.mushkin.com/doc/products/memory_detail.asp?i...

There is a newer verison of the Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM ,but NewEgg does not carry it yet. Found it on Mwave, WD changed the backplane sata connections(so it could be capatible with Hot Swap enclosures) and updated the Firmware on it.

WD 300GB WD3000HLFS 10000RPM VELOCIRAPTOR, but it cost more. $289.61
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/ViewProduct.asp?CartID=MWV@Y...

Good Luck on your Core i7 Build.
November 30, 2008 4:37:30 PM

roadrunner197069 said:
Not a bad rig at all but you could save 100s of dollars on that sucker.

You dont need that much PSU, a name brand in the 850 watt would be plenty.

i7 940? Sure if you like to waste $200+
Why not get the i7 920 and OC it. The motherboard you picked will overclock the 920 past 940 speeds by bumping bclck to 150-160 everything else on auto.

you could save $100 with gskill ddr3 1333 and OC it to 1600

With the money saved id spend $50 more and get the 4850x2.

Blu-ray burner? To bad the blanks cost alot and you cant even get them big enough to fit the good movies on. A reader might be worth it but not a burner, unless you are gonna back up stuff on blu-ray.



Let me start with a little info. I have been out of the "scene" for a few years. Technology has changed so this system is basically spec'd from info I found reading reviews, forum posts, etc.



The 1000 watt was recommended to me so that is what I went with. I was told that corsair is a great PSU so I went with it. I will do a bit more research on PSU's.

My thoughts behind the i7 940 was that if I can get the 920 OC'd to the 940 what will the 940 OC to?? Maybe you are right, it might be a place to save some $$$.

The dominator is the highest rated memory I could find based on speed and reviews. I don't really want to save money there.

I have always used geforce video cards. Is the ATI better??? I really don't know to be honest with you. I will also do some more research on this.

The Blu-ray burner came up because I am using a full 1080p HD camcorder and I thought it would be nice to put the movies from it on Blu-ray. Am I wrong here??

I have read reviews that said solid state drives start out great but degrade rapidly. Again, just info I read, fact or not I'm not really sure. I don't want a PC that starts fast but sucks after a while because of the SSD's. A nice HD in raid 0 seems to maintain performance well in my experience. What are your thoughts??


I would like to say thanks!!! This is the exact info and input that I am looking for!!
November 30, 2008 4:42:34 PM

Yoosty said:
Quote:
Here is my shopping list for a new i7 box. Can you guys please look over it and see if any changes/substitutions need to be made or if I missed anything. I wasn't sure about an aftermarket cooler. If you know of one please let me know.

You can get an Intel LGA1366 Nehalem cpu aftermarket CPU HSF Cooler at site below, they have 22 different one's in stock.
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

I would suggest this one, comes with fan and back support bracket for 1366 cpu.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Also if you have not order the case yet, I would wait until Monday. NewEgg is having its CyberMonday sale and the Antec 1200 will be on sale for 119.99 plus free shipping.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/429317.aspx

On the CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB), they are in high demand and have a waiting list for them. So you could go with G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $269.99 with Free Shipping.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or with these Mushkin XP Series DDR3 Triple Channel XP3-12800 for $270.00 direct from there site.
http://www.mushkin.com/doc/products/memory_detail.asp?i...

There is a newer verison of the Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000GLFS 300GB 10000 RPM ,but NewEgg does not carry it yet. Found it on Mwave, WD changed the backplane sata connections(so it could be capatible with Hot Swap enclosures) and updated the Firmware on it.

WD 300GB WD3000HLFS 10000RPM VELOCIRAPTOR, but it cost more. $289.61
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/ViewProduct.asp?CartID=MWV@Y...

Good Luck on your Core i7 Build.



Thanks for the info on the cooler and the new velociraptor!! I will check em out. I really want to use the dominator based on the reviews that I have read. Thanks for the suggestions though. I appreciate it!!

I haven't purchased anything yet as I was coming here looking for any input or advise that you guys may have. Thanks for the sale info!!!

December 1, 2008 1:40:04 AM

Ok changed to the Corsair 750watt PSU. I think I'm going to stay with the 940 and overclock it, I think the cooling system that yoosty suggested will provide adequate cooling to push it beyond what the 920 is capable of. If anyone else has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate it. If not I'm ordering stuff tomorrow.

Thanks for the help and suggestions.

J
December 1, 2008 11:01:42 PM

When you guys say the i7 940 is a waste, is it because the i7 can be overclocked to a such a high speed that there is no need to go higher? Or could the i7 940 be over clocked to an even higher speed than a 920 over clocked (and could you still notice the improvement)?
December 1, 2008 11:30:48 PM

That is my exact thought, I would like to hear some opinions though. I haven't ordered a processor yet, hoping to get some feedback.
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