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~ $1500 i7 System Build - Input Wanted!

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January 2, 2009 1:04:49 PM

Hi there,

Just setting up a new system for myself and was hoping I could get a second (or third) pair of eyes to look it over. This is not my first system build, but it can't hurt to have a second opinion.

I am going to use this computer mainly for gaming and general computing tasks. I do have a 42 inch 1080p lcd tv that I am planning to use as a "second monitor" (I already have the cable) for when I want to watch/play something on the big screen. My main monitor runs at 1680x1050. Gaming with every setting at the max and 4x aa isn't a big deal to me (although I suspect this will be able to for alot of games).

I feel like I am being a little conservative with the 4870, but I don't really want to get a dual card setup and I don't think $400 on the gtx280 seems reasonable. The plan is to upgrade in about 2 years - a new video card, a new processor, and probably more ram. That is a large part of why I chose i7 over the core2quads.

I have never overclocked before, but I have been reading alot about it and am planning to give it a try.


EVGA LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR 650W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 22X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital 1TB 7200 32MB Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake V1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $1,407.91


Thanks for the input!


edit: updated with different power supply
January 2, 2009 1:13:19 PM

The build looks good. I'd get a bigger PSU so it'll be ready for your planned upgrades later. Newegg has an awesome deal on this 750W PC Power & Cooling PSU if you can get past the red color:

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 - $40 MIR

A 750W PSU will also power a second 4870 if you decide you need it.
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January 2, 2009 1:40:48 PM

Yeah you guys are probably right. Also who knows what power reqs will be in the future if I wish to upgrade. Updated post.
January 3, 2009 9:47:53 PM

one more bump before I order..
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