New I7 build help

This is my 1st ever build and 1st ever forum post. I'm looking to build a system that is somewhat future proof for the next 2-3 years, is wireless and does just about everything for a reasonable price. I want to be able to play the top games well, stream video etc. through xbox 360, direct tv, and Fios internet, and eventually set up a moderate music studio. I want to be able to do graphic arts, computer progamming (including writing games), and creation of sophisticated databases (using Access 2007).

Tell me what if what I have chosen is okay. Which case is better, Antec 1200 or Cosmos S 1100? I'm concerned about the CM V8 not being able to fit into the Cosmos and I'm afraid the side fan may break. I like the fact that it has handles though.

Which Motherboard is better the UD5 or P6T Deluxe? Is wanting 3way SLI capability enough of a reason to select the UD5?

Can I do a Raid with the 2 WD's? If I do a Raid which one should I do, 0, 1, or 5? Do I need a 3rd HD? With my lack of knowledge is OEM going to be a problem?

Have I selected enough power at 750W if I plan to do 3way SLI?

I couldn't find any consistent information on the best ways to make my desktop wireless and what equipment is best for gaming. Does anyone have any info about this?

Opinions on the the other items and monitor and peripherals would be helpful.

Thanks.

Here is what I have come up with so far:

Twelve Hundred ATX Gaming Case - $189.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0288150

or

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case – Retail $219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119150

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor – Retail – $294.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
2 oz cxopper PCB & support 3 SLI/ 3 ATI crossfire - $298.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128362&Tpk=gigabyte%20x58%20ud5

The only reason I chose this rather than the Asus P6T Deluxe is for its 3-way SLI capabilities.

Corsair Memory
TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power - $139.99 ($40 rebate)
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0273362

EVGA 896-P3-1258-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 SSC Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Far Cry 2 - Retail - $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130441

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive – OEM – (2 @ $79.99) $159.98 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Cooler Master V8 Nickel Plated Copper Base Aluminum Fins 8 Heatpipes CPU Cooler - (RR-UV8-XBU1-GP) - $57.77 (9.95 shipping)
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-V8-Aluminum-Heatpipes/dp/B001KUV2KQ/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1231721101&sr=8-1

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q – OEM
Verbatim 4.7GB 16X DVD+R LightScribe 30 Packs Disc - Retail Combo - $42.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

Diamond TV Wonder HD 650 PCI Tuner Card - PCI, Digital/Analog Tuner, FM Radio, Video Encoder, PVR, EPG, Vista Certified – price $104.95
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3584102&SRCCODE=PRICEGRABBER&cm_mmc_o=2mHCjCVybgwTyz__wyCjCVqHCjCdwwp

Would a Hauppage or Avertvmedia be better?

Koutech IO-FPM220 3.5" Floppy Drive & Multi Card Reader Front Panel – Retail - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813998514

The D-Link Xtreme N PCI Express Desktop Adapter (DWA-556) price $56.75 (shipping 6.20)
http://nowdirect.com/exec/partInfo/part_detail.tsb?prcpart=DLCDWA-556&categoryid=&D=d+link+556&Ntt=d+link+556&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Main&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&N=310&Nty=1#top

Would this be good for Xbox 360?

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $5.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

Samsung Touch of Color T240HD 24" LCD HDTV - 1000:1, 1920 x 1200, 1080p, 5 ms, ATSC, HDMI, DVI, Rose/Black $389.99 (4.99 shipping)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=3977547&sku=S203-2420&srkey=samsung%20t240hd

Are there any better 24inch monitors than this?

This is about $1,650 with the Antec 1200 case (w/o monitor) and $30 more for the Cosmos S case.

Peripherals:

Logitech G15 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys 29 Function Keys USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard – Retail - $89.99 (new version)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126034&Tpk=Logitech%20G15

Logitech MX Revolution Rechargeable Cordless Laser Mouse
Catalog #: LTMXREVOLUTION MFG Part #: 931689-0403 $77.95 (shipping 4.95)
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=LTMXREVOLUTION

Logitech QuickCam Pro 9000 Webcam
Catalog #: LTQCAMPRO9000 MFG Part #: 960-000048 $79.95 (shipping 3.95)
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=LTQCAMPRO9000

Logitech - G9 - Laser Gaming Mouse price - $54.99 (shipping 7.99)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3255869&CatId=2390

LINKSYS WGA600N IEEE 802.11a/b/g, IEEE802.11n Draft Ethernet Port Dual-Band Wireless-N Gaming Adapter Security features: WEP, WPA WPA2 with TKIP OR AES, WPS Security key bits: 256 bits - Retail - $89.99 (Good Amazon.com reviews)
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0280821

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
$50 gift card by mail-in rebate w/ select components, ends 1/31 - $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116493

Thanks.
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  1. Wow, you get a prize for the longest post ever.

    The CoolerMaster is way larger than the Antec 1200.
    24.7" x 10.5" x 23.5" (D x W x H) vs 22.9" x 8.4" x 20.2"
    If in doubt, get the CoolerMaster.

    I personally prefer Gigabyte to Asus, but others prefer Asus. Both are good boards.
  2. RAID: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

    Yes you can do RAID 0 with 2 or 3 drives. Good choice, WD6401AALS. OEM means no SATA cables. You get some cables with the MB, and you may need to buy some more if you get many disk drives.
  3. Moskilz said:

    Which Motherboard is better the UD5 or P6T Deluxe? Is wanting 3way SLI capability enough of a reason to select the UD5?


    Have I selected enough power at 750W if I plan to do 3way SLI?

    The only reason I chose this rather than the Asus P6T Deluxe is for its 3-way SLI capabilities.

    Corsair Memory
    TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power - $139.99 ($40 rebate)
    http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0273362

    EVGA 896-P3-1258-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 SSC Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card – Far Cry 2 - Retail - $289.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130441



    No. The Corsair 750TX will not support three GTX 260 cards. Get a Corsair 1000HX instead.
  4. LOL! It was a rather long post. Sorry, I was a little excited.

    Thanks for the tip on the Case dimensions.

    Since this post I have been given advice to not go with a 3way SLI. So I will probably opt for the Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard because of the good reviews I have heard about their stability and BIOS.

    Thanks for the link about RAID. It looks like Raid 5 would be the best for data storage security. I guess I would need a 3rd drive. Any advice on what to get for the 3rd drive?

    Any thoughts on the monitor and peripherals, or what wireless card to get?

    Thanks for your help.
  5. Get a third WD6401AALS. It's one of the best drives available, and besides if you do RAID it's very smart to have all identical drives.

    Samsung makes excellent monitors, in general. That T240 is good. There's also an Acer 24" at Newegg for $340, their best-selling 24" monitor. Either of those should be good.

    If you want a gaming mouse you're better off with a corded one rather than cordless. There's less lag, and you don't risk running out of batteries at the worst possible moment in the game.

    No idea about wireless, sorry.
  6. I would be using the wireless mouse for work and the corded mouse for gaming.

    I don't want to spend more than $400 on a monitor, and haven't heard anything bad about the T240HD accept that it is a TN monitor. So far I think that monitor is a winner.

    I have Verizon FIOS Internet and talked to them today. The tech suggested getting a 2.0 USB adapter and said they have gotten just as fast as the PCI wireless cards. He said the Verizon FIOS routers currently are only a/b/and g cabable and that any manufacturer should work with the router without many problems.

    Do you know anything about the optical drives I chose? How about the tuner?

    With my set-up will I be able to do graphic art/design, game publishing, and database management?
  7. The SH-S223Q is very good.

    I've never seen the Diamond Theater 650, but my Dad has an ATI version of it and he's happy with it. You'll probably want some smart software for it, like BeyondTV for example.

    Yes that setup will do anything you want, if you have the appropriate software.

    BTW, it will work a lot better if you also buy some RAM. Without RAM, it won't do much, you know.

    For this kind of platform, the usual choices are 3x1GB DDR3 and 3x2GB DDR3. Not all DDR3 types work with x58/i7. Since this PC is for work, and your budget is good, I'd say 6 GB is worth it.
  8. Here's an example:

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail $145
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231223

    or this one, if you're considering overclocking:

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail $175
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225
  9. As aevm suggested, that Acer 24" is also a great choice. That's what I'm going with on my i7 build.
  10. Thanks for the advice. I accidentally left off the RAM. My list should have had the G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail $175
  11. I bought this RAM

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    for $232.00

    Should I have bought
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail $175
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231225 ?

    What is the difference other then the Price?

    My CPU is i7 920.
  12. I would think that the Corsiar ram has better quality of memory chips, ie only the highest performing chips get used. That allows greater and more stable overclocking.

    There is also a difference in timinga at their rates speeds:

    Corsiar @ 1600 8-8-8-24

    G.Skill @ 1600 9-9-9-24
  13. Damn this crap where you cant edit posts grrrrrr.

    anyway I meant to add:

    There is alot of choice regarding ram for i7 builds, 1066, 1333, 1600, and beyond. I personally went for 1333mhz ram and use tighter timings.


    Regarding wireless gaming mice, I have used the Logitech MX1000 laser mouse for the last 4-5 years with no complaints. The batteries last for ages (im talking a week maybe under normal gaming). True latency is longer but TBH I have never noticed any problems.
  14. So I paid $57.00 more for better latency.......

    And that I can say I have the Dominator.......lol
  15. I guess I'll start pulling the trigger on some of this stuff. I'll keep you posted on how things go.
  16. Good luck with the build!


    You do know about electrostatic discharges, right?
  17. I have a couple of resources that talk about how to ground yourself and keep the components safe. I'll also be testing components throughout the build. If I get up enought nerve and everything goes okay I may put the build on Utu
  18. Thanks. I have a couple of resources that talk about how to ground yourself and keep the components safe. I'll also be testing components throughout the build. If I get up enough nerve and everything goes okay I may put the build on utube to help others go through the process.
  19. aevm said:
    Good luck with the build!


    You do know about electrostatic discharges, right?


    Could you tell me a little about grounding?

    Thanks

    Mark
  20. aevm said:



    Good stuff thanks
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