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My i7 build. Almost finalized!

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January 15, 2009 9:33:23 PM

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

In a week I'll have my funds ready to purchase this beast. After constant deal seeking, I have found these sites with the best deals. Of course, on the day I make the purchase, I will check all the newegg combos one last time to see if anything can be combined, as some can still be combined for that RAM + the i7.

Despite the better price to be obtained by getting my monitor online, I prefer to go brick and mortar shopping on monitors/televisions, because of dead pixel policies and such with online stores. Though it may cost an extra ~$50, I won't be worrying about any dead pixels or anything else that may go wrong. I've had trouble in that area before...

Anyways,

CPU - i7 920 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $295

Case - Antec Twelve Hundred - http://www.buy.com/prod/antec-twelve-hundred-ultimate-g... - $174

PSU - Corsair 750TX - http://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-750w-Certified-Power-Supp... - $105

RAM - OCZ Platinum 6gb 1600 7-7-7-24 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $180

MOBO - EVGA x58 132-BL-E758-A1 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $300

GPU - BFG GTX 295 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $500

Monitor - Samsung T240 1920x1200 - Will probably go to BestBuy - http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8909942&t... - $400

HDD - WD Caviar Black 640GB - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $80

Mouse - Logitech G9 - http://www.buy.com/prod/logitech-g9-laser-gaming-mouse-... - $77

Cooler - TRUE 1366RT - http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p... - $85

Optical Drive - LITE-ON 20X DVD±R iHAS120-04 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - $24

Total - $1820 without monitor. ~$2220, with monitor.

I am also currently watching a few other possible great catches, such as that mobo for $250, and that PSU for $90, and the like. I already have Vista Premium 64-bit, and a Saitek II keyboard. I am not expecting to upgrade anything in this build for a while. Depending on how prices change, I may end up changing RAM on the day I buy. I am still considering the G.Skill PI Black or Mushkin. I will most likely be getting this computer desk for it, based on my available space, and placement of the mouse.

http://www.furniturebuzz.com/detail.asp?model=ML946-A - $90

However, this is also still being researched. I am still looking for something a bit more aesthetically pleasing. Anyways, all criticism welcome!

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January 15, 2009 10:35:51 PM

Looks really good to me.

The only potential snag i see is w/ the mobo. I've read some people have problems fitting their aftermarket coolers due to the oversized heatsinks on the evga board. Not sure if you've researched it, but it might be something you want to double check.
January 15, 2009 10:39:01 PM

Yeah, I read that already. They end up just having to sand down one of the corners and then they fit snug. It is like a 5 minute job at most. From the similar builds I've seen so far, people have gotten it to work in the end. Thanks for the response!
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January 15, 2009 10:45:55 PM

just as a heads up, the evga board and the i7 currently have a combo deal at newegg.

Monitor you might want to look into (i'm sure you've already seen it however): This compairs up to the sony...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I've also been keeping an eye on that ram and it hasn't been in stock in some time unfortinally...
January 15, 2009 11:00:33 PM

Yeah, I've spent a number of weeks just looking at reviews of monitors and it really came down to the 2443bw, t240, acer P243WAid, and a few others. I think 24" is my sweet spot, considering how close I'll be sitting and how stable it will be on its stand (won't be wall mounting). Thanks for the heads up on the combo. Unfortunately you can't add combos to wishlists, so it'll have to be whatever combos I can take advantage of right at that moment when I am deciding to buy all the components.

As far as the RAM goes, it was mostly because of the all-around good timings, good reviews, wonderful OCability, and awesome price point. Intel said there would be some price cuts on duos and quads within about 2 weeks, and I am wondering if there MIGHT be some sort of price change in other components in this same time frame? Regardless, if the OCZ Platinum isn't back in stock in time, I'll check if more people have reviewed and benched those mushkins by the time I'm ready to buy.

Thanks for response, kubes. Your insight is always welcome :) 
January 15, 2009 11:06:47 PM

Ya i'm picking up the mushkins instead of the G.Skill. I have a small bias towards them (plus cheaper with rebate). very good heat spreaders and ussualy very good timings. I am actually ordering my system tonight or tommorow. I put my rig on hold just for that darn memory but i'm done waiting lol.

PS: Solid Build. Like you noted on my list, its about the same thing. Atleast were on the same page.
January 15, 2009 11:48:35 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing some of your pics, then. I'll be sure to post mine as well once everything arrives. Good luck on your build too :) 

BTW, is that 28" the monitor you are going with, or do you have something else in mind for your build?
January 16, 2009 12:21:58 AM

I already have it from a previous build. Use my ps3 to hook up with it as well. Kind of nice to get dual purpose out of it. Its extremely bright so not the best for movies, but I love it for games.
January 16, 2009 12:41:12 AM

Hmm. Looks like a great price for such great specs. My build is going to be in the same room as my 40" Sony KDL-40XBR4, which is my game console/cable TV. Of course, when I start playing some of those newer games (Starcraft II, Diablo 3, perhaps Crysis), I'll probably end up switching to the 40" as my monitor, and use the 24" as my usual monitor.

Great looking monitor, though. Would have liked to see it up close.
January 16, 2009 1:52:52 AM

you can get the t240 at ncixus.com for 253 plus shipping, that's what i did, awesome monitor :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable:  :pt1cable: 
January 16, 2009 3:27:03 AM

Nice find RocPile. It'd require me to get the monitor by the 20th though. I don't think I'll be completely ready by then; I also feel better just getting it from somewhere like BestBuy, and just be able to bring it back for an exchange with no questions asked if there's a problem. Thanks for the recommendation though :) 
January 16, 2009 5:44:36 AM

Yeah, those are the mushkins that kubes and I were talking about. Those and the G.Skill PI are the other RAM I am looking at. I am wanting to see some more reviews on them during the next week or so, since I'll be making my purchases then.
January 16, 2009 6:49:55 AM

The black PCP&C Silencer 750 is currently going for $95 at Newegg, if you're looking for better value. However, I think that the Corsair 750TX has slightly longer power cables for your full tower Antec 1200.

If you haven't already done so, you might also want to look at the Gigabyte EX58-UD4P mobo at $240, if you're not planning on running tri-SLI on the eVGA board.

Intel's price cut is slated for the beginning of next week, if that helps.
January 16, 2009 6:55:48 AM

Well, I saw the red version of that PCP&C Silencer 750 going for $65 (after rebate) on amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VVVNNQ/sr=8-9/qid=...


However, I have seen people having fewer problems with the Corsair 750W vs the PCP&C 750W Silencer PSUs.

Hadn't really given that mobo much thought since I haven't heard much about it, but I'll give it a look.

Thanks for the recommendations! :) 

PS: Didn't realize the cut was happening next week. Awesome!
January 16, 2009 9:21:42 AM

That red Silencer 750 is the best deal on right now, although it would probably clash with your blue LED fans... hence I suggested the regular black one! :lol: 
January 16, 2009 3:44:09 PM

Indeed. That was the main reason I passed it up! Also, Corsair has always been a big fan favorite. Thanks for looking out for me ;) 
January 16, 2009 5:30:43 PM

Another thing to take a look at: combo deal for evga board and evga gtx 295. Easy 45 bucks off. Little bit better combo than the evga board and i7 which is only 25 bucks.

Kinda sucks because I orderd my pc last night and this morning i found that deal lol...ohh well
January 16, 2009 6:31:22 PM

Wow, nice catch man. I hope that combo is still there in a week. Always nice to save $50
January 17, 2009 8:03:51 AM

Lurker87 said:
Indeed. That was the main reason I passed it up! Also, Corsair has always been a big fan favorite. Thanks for looking out for me ;) 

Anytime!
January 17, 2009 8:06:00 AM

kubes said:
Another thing to take a look at: combo deal for evga board and evga gtx 295. Easy 45 bucks off. Little bit better combo than the evga board and i7 which is only 25 bucks.

Too bad the GTX 295 can't run tri-SLI, because if it could, then that would be an even better deal!
January 17, 2009 2:29:25 PM

4 cores isn't enough for ya eh? Tomshardware did a review on quad core vs tripple sli (3 gtx 280's) and lets just say the 2 gtx 295's smoked everything. Nothing came even close. Don't really need another card for anything. Mise as get a physics card you were planning on tripple sli with the gtx 295's (if you could). That would complete the over kill quite nicely.

I'm interrested however to see how hot these cards are going to run. (mine should be here either today (saturday) or monday. Benchmark reviews are saying it will run cooler than the gtx 280. I'll be surprised if that's the case. Figure it'd be like the gtx 9800x2 where heating was an issue. We'll see, We'll see.
January 17, 2009 7:49:26 PM

kubes said:
4 cores isn't enough for ya eh? Tomshardware did a review on quad core vs tripple sli (3 gtx 280's) and lets just say the 2 gtx 295's smoked everything. Nothing came even close. Don't really need another card for anything. Mise as get a physics card you were planning on tripple sli with the gtx 295's (if you could). That would complete the over kill quite nicely.

It's nice to dream about overkill, eh? :D 
January 18, 2009 1:55:57 AM

Lurker87 said:
Nice find RocPile. It'd require me to get the monitor by the 20th though. I don't think I'll be completely ready by then; I also feel better just getting it from somewhere like BestBuy, and just be able to bring it back for an exchange with no questions asked if there's a problem. Thanks for the recommendation though :) 


its always usually that low for some reason, i sometimes jumps to 334$, i was skeptical about ncixus at first too, but they have a zero dead pixel insurance plan and they're pretty reliable
January 18, 2009 3:24:41 AM

rocpile said:
its always usually that low for some reason, i sometimes jumps to 334$, i was skeptical about ncixus at first too, but they have a zero dead pixel insurance plan and they're pretty reliable


Hmm. Didn't know about their dead pixel insurance offer. Only $12, and I'm still coming out over $100 ahead! Guess I'll go with them! Thanks so much for the awesome advice :D 

edit: Just made the purchase! Got it for $303 after shipping and express coverage. Considering that I was ready to pay $400 + tax at BestBuy, I have to thank you, rocpile! Thanks so much man! You saved me at least $130! I really appreciate it :) 

Also just bought my Antec Twelve Hundred from newegg since they have it for sale at $155.
January 25, 2009 2:12:21 AM

Well, everything has been sent for. I've received the tower, monitor, keyboard, and OS so far. Throughout the next week, I'll be getting the rest of the stuff. I'll be posting my pics most likely within a week to a week and a half. Be sure to watch for them :) 

The only things I ended up changing, was I got a Cooler Master v8 cooler, 300gb WD Velociraptor, EVGA gtx 295 instead of BFG, and the 6gb Mushkin ddr3 1600 RAM.
February 24, 2009 2:58:52 AM

Lurker87 said:
Well, everything has been sent for. I've received the tower, monitor, keyboard, and OS so far. Throughout the next week, I'll be getting the rest of the stuff. I'll be posting my pics most likely within a week to a week and a half. Be sure to watch for them :) 

The only things I ended up changing, was I got a Cooler Master v8 cooler, 300gb WD Velociraptor, EVGA gtx 295 instead of BFG, and the 6gb Mushkin ddr3 1600 RAM.


no problem, gonna be building my i7 this summer, will probably be looking for advice, btw why the antec 1200 over the antec 900?
February 24, 2009 3:05:49 AM

Really, I just wanted the extra room for good airflow and I got it at a drastically reduced price, so it made sense to get it over the 900 at the time. I'm extremely happy with it. Check my pics in my other thread to see how it all came together. This thing is a dream!
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