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December 17, 2008 11:39:32 PM

Hey guys, building a new computer here. I've picked out the CPU and GPU

i7 940 Nehalem
Radeon HD 4870 X2

but not sure about everything else. Anyone got any suggestions? I hear that the i7 940 runs really hot, do I need extra cooling? Any help would be appreciated


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December 17, 2008 11:47:54 PM

Why not get the Core i7 920? You can save a lot of cash, and you can overclock it for better performance than the i7 940. You could get a sweet cooler for your LGA 1366 and still have money for a good set of RAM. The money you save also help fund a X58 motherboard purchase. In other words, Core i7 920 is the sweet spot.
a c 203 à CPUs
December 17, 2008 11:48:42 PM

Have an idea on what your total budget is? Hard core gaming machine or general purpose computer system?
Anything carried over from your old system?
Need suggestion on keyboard/mouse, monitor and speakers?
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December 18, 2008 12:04:26 AM

What about OS? Need an OS? You should look for a 64-bit to get most out of 6GB and even 3GB. The max RAM a 32-bit OS could use with a 2GB frame buffer (on 4870X2) would be 2GB. It's an OS limitation, so go 64-bit to alleviate that problem all together.
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December 18, 2008 12:26:51 AM

+1 for above posters on their questions. Also what is your current LCD?
December 18, 2008 12:44:09 PM

yea, def getting a 64 OS. THe system is going to be a gaming rig / graphics rig for 3d animations and video editing. My overall budget is 3K but I need everything, motherboards, case, power supply, ram, HD, monitor. I'm basically buying a new computer to replace my laptop, which is about 2 yrs old.
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December 18, 2008 4:16:38 PM
December 18, 2008 4:38:25 PM

Do you plan on doing crossfire? Or plan on it in the future?
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December 18, 2008 4:46:05 PM

It looks like the Zalman ZM-CS4A socket 1366 adapter brackets aren't available in the US just yet.
So think about this CPU cooler: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 (Socket LGA 1366) HSF $70

There is quite a bit of wiggle room to take the total cost lower. For example you could easily get by with a 750W PSU and less expensive case. Maybe a 1TB HDD instead of 2x 750HDDs.
Corsair 750TX 750w PSU $120 ($20 rebate)
NZXT TEMPEST Mid Tower Case $110 ($30 rebate)
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 32MB Cache SATA3 HDD $130

Just those changes would save $330 up front.
December 18, 2008 5:00:53 PM

I'd try shooting for one of the big boy monitors. the 30" 25x16 resolution. with a 4870x2 card anything less might not do the card true justice. I think with this budget it should be considerd. Otherwise like WR2 noted there are a lot of areas that the current setup suggests could be more cost effective. By allowing this it'd drop your price range down a lot.

Need a blue ray burner? Or is a dvd burner good enough?