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January 24, 2009 6:10:18 PM

Hello, I am new to building my own computer. My primary use will be gaming, programming, music, videos, ect. I'm not to worried about the price. I dont want to go to high, thats why im not going for the 960. I just want to make sure I have everything i need, and i am a little worried about the PSU. I'm new to hardware things.

CoolerMaster HAF 932 Case

Intel i7 940 2.93GHz

ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution

DUAL EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+

Corsair Dominator 6GB DDR3 1600 RAM

300GB Western Digital VelociRaptor Hard drive. 10000RPM

Windows Vista Ultimate


Koutech Card Reader

ABS Tagan BZ 900w PSU


1. Am I forgetting anything?
2. Is this compatible?
3. Should I stay with the 940, or go to the 920?(Overclocking some either way)
4. Custom cooling? Is the stock fan enough for minimal small overclocking?
5. Is the 900W PSU enough? I tried using a PSU calculator, but I didn't know what some of the stuff was, so I figured I wasnt getting an accurate answer.

Any tips or comments are welcome.

Thank for very much.

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January 24, 2009 6:51:42 PM

900 watts will be plenty of power but I have no experience with that brand. Only thing I like about it is that its modular, but it has six 12 volt rails, I prefer a single large 12volt rail. I would suggest this 850tx by Corsair. Its not modular but the case you selected has excellent cable management so that shouldn’t be a problem. The 750tx will also power your needs but for $20 more I would get the 850tx.

As for 940 or the 920, the 940 is better but the 920 is by no means bad. You say money is not an issue but you don’t want to go to high. If you can afford it, go for the 940, but that extra $250 or so could be used towards other parts of your pc. The 920 will easily do 3.8ghz (Need aftermarket cooling). No matter which one you choose you will be happy with both. If it were up to
me I would get the 920 and use the money else where.

I have no experience with the P6t6 WS Revolution but for the price I would just go for the Rampage II Extreme. My friend has
it and its excellent.

I would loose the idea of the Dual 9800 gtx+, the card is old and there are a lot of better options for the price. A single gtx 280 will serve you well for around $330. If you need more power then that you can get the newer gtx 295, I would only suggest the gtx 295 if you get the 920 since you save enough to cover the increased cost.

I would get a cpu cooler. My friend has the Vigor Monsoon III and it works well for him.

Total of your build before shipping and rebates is $2270.90

Total of the build with 920, Rampage II Extreme, gtx 295, and Corsair 850tx + the rest you listed is $2084.91 before shipping and rebates.

The components are compatable and should work fine.

You do have a monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speaker etc? right. What monitor are you running currently? You can downgrade your graphics to a single gtx 280 or gtx 260 core 216 and use the money for a monitor if you need one.

Edit: Get the 64bit version of Vista as the coleman suggests, I overlooked it.
January 24, 2009 6:53:19 PM

Any tips or comments are welcome.

Vista 64 bit OS.
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January 24, 2009 6:58:51 PM

nice build m8, there are a couple of things
1. if you want to utilise all of that ram then you have to get a 64bit os, with a 32 bit you will only get 3 - 3.5gb.

2. im not sure how good that power supply is but if i was going to go xfire or sli then i would get a brand like pc power and cooling or corasir. Im not to sure on what to suggest, but im sure some one will help you out

3. if you are planning on overclocking then you will need an after market cooler, i would recomend this

i cant stand push pins, feel like you are going to brake the mobo.

you will need some thermal past as well,
this is what i use

hope this helps

[edit] posted this at the same time as 1 and 2. . . :) 
January 24, 2009 7:03:59 PM

My system is similar to yours, so here is my 2cents:

The case is ok, if you like it. You don't have much that needs such a large case though. I would look at the Antec 300:
It is $100 cheaper, cools as well, and has washable intake filters.

I think the 940 is not worth the extra $ for just one more multiplier. All I did to my 920 was raise the bclk from 133 to 160 to get the same 3.33 speed as the 965. It is all I wanted, and did not try to go higher.

Are there features that you need on the workstation mobo?
You can get the plain P6T for half the price. If you want a SAS controller, get the P6T deluxe which allows sli in addition to crossfire.

The vga card is fine. With the savings from above, you could look at the stronger GTX260-216 superclocked:

I love the 300gb velociraptor. It is the equal to the 80gb intel x25-m ssd; I have used both.

Don't know about the dvd or reader.

Your parts would run nicely on a PC P&C silencer610; mine do.

To give some more headroom for sli in the future, you could get the 750w unit for not much more:

PC P&C is a tier 1 unit on this list:

The stock cooler will do the job, but if you will overclock, I suggest a good oem cooler.
I used a thermalright ultra 120 extreme with the 1336 backplate kit.
the noctua would also be good.

---good luck---

You can get one
January 24, 2009 7:06:33 PM

cant edit for some reason, i posted my post at the same time as posts 2 and 3 :) 

I have too agree with bum bum on the single gtx 280 or gtx 295. personaly i would go for 280, no point spending money for moneys sake.

If you did do this then you could drop the power supply down to 750w or so. (go with corsair).

buy for your needs, unless you have money to blow :) :) :) 
January 24, 2009 7:21:26 PM

I'm not Going to Lie...

I think you just went to Newegg and Picked up the most expensive and coolest looking parts on there.

That i7 940 is exactly like the 920, just a small increase in Speed, not worth the extra 300$ IMO, plus the ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution looks OK, but as "geofelt" its a workstation motherboard. Its must better if go with the EVGA motherboard since its customer service is great and many people are reporting great OC on stock voltage with decent Air Cooling. The 980GTX+ are great card but with the 325$ that you might save by switching from the 940 to 920, could be put in to GTX 280 which would be a decent upgrade from the 9800gtx+.

As for the Power Supply I personally never had experience with that manufacturer. I would go with CORSAIR 750TX, great reviews for this power supply and enough power for your system.

Here's the List I would Recommend:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem

Mobo: EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard



Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel

GPU: EVGA 01G-P3-1280-AR GeForce GTX 280

Drive: ASUS Black

HDD: Keep the Raptor or go with Raid WD 640gb Drives

As for cooling,

Nothing is better than a TRUE 120
January 24, 2009 7:31:14 PM

I missed the DUAL part of the 9800GTX line.

I would favor a strong single card. Either the GTX285 or the GTX295.
If you want sli, then you need at least the P6T deluxe.
Depending on the vga cards and sli, then a better psu than the 750w unit may be in order.

January 24, 2009 7:35:02 PM

Important! The 1366 socket is larger, so you can't use the old 775 coolers.
Check out any candidate cooler carefully.
Some manufacturers like noctua and thermalright offer 1366 kits which work well.
January 25, 2009 3:20:13 AM

Thank you so much for all the quick and informative responses.
@lockdownx1x, basically you are right. I didn't have much of an idea of what parts I was going to get besides an i7, so I just added what seemed good, and checked some reviews. It was just a cart to start off with.

I tried to compile everyone's advice into a new build. I forgot i had the 32bit instead of 64bit on my list.

So here it is now:

Case: HAF 932

Processor: Intel i7 920 2.66GHz

MB: EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58

CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Black

Other Drive: Card Reader

Cooling: Vigor Monsoon III

Memory: Corsair 6GB

Graphics: GTX 280

This brings me to $1,926.89. I'm pretty happy with that.

Also got the thermal paste.
I've you've got a better brand of card reader or cd/dvd-rom drive feel free to mention it. I just basically picked those with no knowledge of them.
I think I have everything.. If im missing something, or you think i could use something extra, please tell.
I decided to just go with the single gtx 280. I'm not super into best graphics and all, i just want it to look pretty nice. Still open to suggestions though.

@Mrbtumbum. I don't have a good enough monitor to use with this system yet. I'm going to buy one soon. Going to go for a 20-23inch.
possibly this one:
I already have speakers,
And just a standard usb mouse and usb keyboard. Nothing special yet.

Once again thank you. And please give your input for my updated list.
January 25, 2009 4:13:01 AM

If You're Happy then I'm Happy :pt1cable: 

Good look on your new i7 build :sol: 
January 25, 2009 4:30:11 AM

Are you sure you need a 900w? Even for a i7 build that seems over kill!