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New i7 system...gaming , futureproof

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January 8, 2009 7:46:32 PM

Hello, after 5 years of the amd xp3000 i think it's time for an upgrade !!


I decided to go with an i7 system, for gaming and to be somewhat futureproof. Seeing as i've been out of the loop as far as technology is concerned, i'd appreciate any help or suggestions. Want to stay around $1500. Thanks!

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.as...

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply $124.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail $294.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail $232.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Socket 1366 Ready - Retail $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


subtotal: $1,486.92 with one or two rebates I believe
January 8, 2009 8:09:32 PM

Just to be safe, you may want to bump up to the 1200w power supply in case you decide to venture into watercooling, and the possibilities of sli. I had a similar setup with 2 watercooled 280gtx's and ran into problems with a 1000w power supply, all problems went away when I bumped up to 1200w. Have fun runnin up yer electric bill! Good luck!
January 9, 2009 4:10:18 AM

hmmm alright so possibly upgrade my PSU. Thanks.

Any other suggestions?
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January 9, 2009 4:18:36 AM

No from what ive seen this is a very good build i am practically getting the same thins in a different case, and with the gtx 260 Black edition card, but i do think if u want to futureproof definately a bigger power supply, cos if that fails ur system dies, i think 850w might be ok but ur better of with a 1000w if u want it to last longer. Look at my thread and see what ive got its nearly identical, but in aus stuff is alot more expensive.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259793-31-2500-core-b...
January 9, 2009 9:25:30 AM

A few improvements:

1. Get this eVGA Core 216 video card instead, with the newer 55 nm GPU for $10 less.

2. Substitute this PC P&C 750W PSU if you can stand the red color through your clear side panel (at $80, it's hard to beat). Since PSUs of 1000W and above are quite expensive, don't go there until you decide on and carefully plan out an extreme graphics solution. 750W can power a single 4870x2 or GTX 295, so you're good for any single graphics card for a while. This is not a great future proof suggestion, but I'd rather not fork out big coin for a massive PSU just yet, and what I've recommended is extremely good value. I'm sure someone else would be willing to buy it from you in the future because it is of such high quality (as long as they have a solid side panel)... ;) 

3. This G.Skill Pi Black DDR3 has slightly better latency for about the same price.

4. This Mushkin DDR3 has better latency for $23 more.

5. Get the Caviar Black 640GB (the AALS version)--it's faster than the AAKS for $10 more: link.

6. This Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366RT is a better cooler for $13 more.
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