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December 26, 2008 3:55:46 PM

Hey everyone, it's my first time ever building a pc.

I'm going to game (try out the new games on PC I could never play before, Crysis and stuff) and encode and burn and stuff.

Here's what I have so far:

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Processor: Intel Core i7 920

http://www.hardware.info/nl-NL/productdb/bGZka5iYmJTKaM...

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Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EX58-Extreme

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGZkbZibmJfKZc...

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Videocard: ATI Radeon HD 4870

http://www.hardware.info/nl-NL/productdb/bGRkapiamJbKZs...

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Memory: OCZ Gold XTC 4GB DDR3-1066 CL7 kit

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGRkZJiVmJHKZ8...

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CPU-Cooler: Scythe Mugen

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGNkbJiZmJnK/v...

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Harddrive: Samsung Spinpoint F1 640GB SATA2

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGNkbJiTmJHKY8...

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PC Case : Antec Twelve hundred

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGVkaZiUmJnKYs...

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PC Feed: Cooler Master Real Power M850

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGRkaZiTmJXK/v...

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Sound: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

http://www.hardware.info/en-UK/productdb/bGZkZZiUmJfKY8...

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It will cost a total of 1212 euro's minimum. And yea, this is as much as I will give out...

What I want to know if this is a good build and if the stuff will cooperate with each other.

Suggestions and stuff is welcome.

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December 26, 2008 8:22:46 PM

I am not convinced that the Scythe Infinity works on LGA1366 motherboards. Just don't buy a cooler yet, use the stock one.

Get 3 GB of RAM, not 4 GB.

Skip the sound card and save money.

Try getting a better PSU, for example a PC Power & Cooling 750W or a Corsair 750TX.

Get a HD 4870 X2 instead of the HD 4870.

Anonymous
December 26, 2008 8:50:18 PM

Thanks for your reply, I scrapped the cooler of the list. Why is it that I have to get 3 GB ram? Nowadays they recommend 4 GB.

The reason I thought I'd need a soundcard was cause I thought onboard sound wasent that good.

And I've upgraded the PSU to the Corsair one.

The videocard might be too expensive, 414 euros!
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December 26, 2008 9:05:47 PM

I mentioned 3 GB because the X58 motherboards work best with 3 RAM chips. That is, people usually combine them with 3x1 GB or 3x2 GB.

Try the onboard sound first. You can always add a sound card if you're not happy.

Yeah, that 4870 X2 card is the best available these days, no wonder it's expensive. You guys have some nasty prices in Europe too. I was hoping that the savings from cooler and sound card can make up for it. OK, the HD 4870 1GB you picked originally is good enough for a normal 22" monitor (1680x1050). You could get one of those and just add another one later if/when needed.
December 26, 2008 10:56:14 PM

Nah, it's called Triple3X 3GB, it only looks like "3X 3GB". It's 3 sticks of 1 GB each.

For games, 3 GB is good enough IMO.

Here's an article comparing 2GB/4GB/8GB. I don't have one comparing 3GB/6GB, but you can get some idea from it anyway. Basically, the jump from 4 GB to 8 GB is not paying off. I'm guessing the jump from 3 GB to 6 GB won't make a huge difference either.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2008/07/08/is-more-memory-better/1



Anonymous
December 27, 2008 2:59:15 PM

Thanks for the reply,

The site really helped me what the RAM really does.
But I still want 4 GB of RAM, can someone recommend me one?
January 1, 2009 3:08:26 AM

Before buying a CPU cooler (heatsink and fan), make sure it fits in your case-check the overall dimensions (usually on manufacturer website or can be found online when you google the cooler). Some of the coolers are HUGE, so you don't want something that doesn't fit in your case. I'm not sure what's good for i7, but check out CPU coolers on newegg.com, and you should look at the latest reviews...see what they say about them and i7. Just google "best core i7 coolers," and then research the coolers you find.
Onboard sound these days is actually quite good, so try the computer out w/o a sound card to see what you think of sound before dishing out potentially wasteful money.
Also look on the motherboard at components around the CPU. How much clearance do you have with regards to L, W, and H? That must be taken into consideration also. The cooler should be at least 1 cm from the other side of the case. Also make sure to check how much weight can be put on the mobo socket since coolers can get quite heavy, and you wouldn't want to destroy your CPU. You should be all right for most coolers that work well/designed for Core i7, though.
January 1, 2009 4:39:48 AM


Onboard sound these days is actually quite good, so try the computer out w/o a sound card to see what you think of sound before dishing out potentially wasteful money.
Also look on the motherboard at components around the CPU. How much clearance do you have with regards to L, W, and H? That must be taken into consideration also. The cooler should be at least 1 cm from the other side of the case. Also make sure to check how much weight can be put on the mobo socket since coolers can get quite heavy, and you wouldn't want to destroy your CPU. You should be all right for most coolers that work well/designed for Core i7, though.
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