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I7 mid-high range system build, need suggestions!

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January 1, 2009 6:15:40 AM

PROCESSOR - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor


MOTHERBOARD - ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard


MEMORY - 2 OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory


VIDEO CARD - SAPPHIRE 100225L Radeon HD 3870 512MB 256-bit GDDR4 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card


POWER SUPPLY - CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply


HARD DRIVE - 3 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3500320AS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


CASE - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


HARD DRIVE RACK - VANTEC MRK-200ST-BK EZ Swap 3.5" SATA Removable Hard drive rack Kit, with LCD display




DVD BURNER - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe




CASE FAN - 3 Antec 761345-75121-6 120mm Case Fan

That should be it about, already have an MX Revolution and a Saitek Eclipse 1st gen.
Screen is a Samsung 25.5" LCD


Processor : Given

Motherboard : Love ASUS, great quality, great manual

Memory : Will get 12 gigs by request, iffy if the speed will be useless @ 1600, need suggestions on this. Do want the 7-7-7 cas though...

Video Card : Best bang for your buck, will need to be able to watch Blueray quality, no real gaming at all

Power Supply : Corsairs quality is amazing, 80 certified

Hard Drive : Will need for this, 1 for OS, 1 for DATA, 1 for backup of OS (Rack). I trust Seagate with quality, 32mb buffer is key

Case : have dealt with the 900 before, was a pleasure, build quality was on par, this build is more conservative

Rack : Backup of OS

DVD Player : 18x read

DVD Burner : 22x write, lightscribe

Thermal Grease : Better than #5

Fans : quality

So tell me, good?
ram will prob need changing, maybe video card, dunno.
System wont be OC'd.
64 bit Vista, of course.

Fun fact, Seagates 250gig sata 32mb buffer HD is 10 bucks more than there 500gig sata 32mb buffer HD...

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January 1, 2009 6:31:12 AM

Pls dump the video card...its a very old gen card and doesnt have direct HDMI port...
TRy any one of these...all have integrated HDMI ...

Best of the lot -

POWERCOLOR AX4850 512MD3-DH Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Next Generation Display Port & HDMI integrated$144.99
($124.99 after $20.00 Mail-In

Next -
POWERCOLOR AX4830 512MD3-H Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
Built-in HDMI with 7.1 surround sound support $119.99
($94.99 after $25.00 Mail-In

Next -
ASUS EAH4670/DI/512M/A Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
HDMI port integrated and HDCP Ready $79.99
($69.99 after $10.00 Mail-In

And i would go with this HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $79.99
Free Shipping

Put 2 of them and am sure they will do the job...
January 2, 2009 12:27:26 AM

I will look into the video cards, graphic processing is not the highest priority, so we'll see

looked into the HDs, the WD seem to have better rep than seagate
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January 2, 2009 12:46:40 AM

the one you posted and the graphic card you link is different. You posted the 3870 but you linked the gtx260
January 2, 2009 1:35:46 AM

opps, i ment the 3870, my bad...


did you play AC?
January 2, 2009 1:40:23 AM

well i suggest 4850 for graphic card since is the best bang for your budget. From experience most best bang for your budget graphic cards are $150.

Whats AC?
January 2, 2009 1:49:34 AM

computer game Asheron's Call, your name sounds familiar.

Thanks for the input, anything on the ram?
January 4, 2009 5:26:45 AM

Anyone can help me on the RAM issue?
January 11, 2009 6:15:18 AM

does it not matter since the i7 has such a huge bus?
February 20, 2009 4:43:28 PM

still looking for an answer
February 20, 2009 6:02:06 PM

If you get Seagate then get the .12 not .11, it's faster.

What resolution is your monitor? You said no real gaming, what games would you play?

More RAM is almost always better than faster RAM. If you need 12GB then get it, DDR3 1066 or 1333 is fine unless you plan to OC.