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I7 build medium budget, can't decide on a few parts

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January 21, 2009 8:02:38 PM

This machine will be for gaming mostly. Haven't build a rig in a long time so any comment is welcome.

Cpu: I7 920 ,I do plan to OC the cpu (just a little bit)
Case: antec 1200
PSU: corsair 750W
HD:Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Video card: either a EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition
or a EVGA 01G-P3-1282-AR GeForce GTX 280 SuperClocked Edition
Even though the price difference is not that high I have the feeling the gtx 280 would be overkill (not using a huge screen and not playing crysis)
MB: that's the tough one ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX to limit the cost
or wait for the ASUS P6T Deluxe II LGA 1366 Intel X58?
Don't really feel like buying the more expensive asus revolution or rampage II

So what need to be changed in there?





January 21, 2009 8:15:53 PM

the only thing I would do is upgrade to 6 gigs of RAM unless you plan on running a 32-bit OS. Everything else looks good. Also, I would suggest an aftermarket cooler, even for light overclocking. Some suggestions:

RAM:

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

Cooler:

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

Also, if you can afford it, buy the best GPU you can. Even if you're only playing on a 19" monitor it is good for some future-proofing if you are a gamer.
January 22, 2009 8:09:23 AM

Look at the CoolerMaster 690 case. Its just as wide as the 1200, so it will fit a good cooler, pretty good ventilation, and about $100 less. Its about the best value for a midtower out IMO. You should also get more ram.

What kinda budget you working with?

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January 22, 2009 10:16:02 AM

If you feel you need to cut further costs you can get away with a smaller PSU.

My CoolerMaster 650W is more than enough for my i7, 6GB ram, 280GTX
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