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Looking for some critique on a corei7 build

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February 2, 2009 8:40:31 PM

I've been piecing together a core i7 build and this is what I came up with. I'd like to be set for a good while so that's why I went for the 4870x2.
I already have a keyboard and mouse

Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V
Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T Deluxe
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 4870 X2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
NZXT TEMPEST
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG 2443BWX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Kingston 6GB 1333MHz DDR3
http://shop.kingston.com/partsinfo.asp?ktcpartno=KVR133...
(I Couldn’t find the RAM on NewEgg but I’ll be ordering all this from Belgium anyway)

This will amount to some 1500€ (1900$) and that's about my limit. I don't have any experience overclocking but I'd like to try eventually with this set. I'll probably need a better cooler than the stock one but I haven't looked into what will fit on this combination.
If you have some advice or critique on this build please speak up. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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February 2, 2009 9:47:50 PM

Ditch that PSU and go with this one -

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

You don't really need 850 watts of power for that system, and this is a high quality PSU for the price.

If you can't stand the red, you can pay a bit more for this -

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

Personally, I would go with a CM690 over the tempest, but they are both excellent cases. Just a personal choice IMO -

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

I've been hearing bad things about the spinpoint's reliability. If you can get away with only 640gb of space, I would HIGHLY recommend the 640gb caviar black from WD -

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

It's the fastest 7200rpm HDD on the market. If you can afford two, they make for a wicked RAID 0 configuration.

The coolermaster V8 is a solid cooler for the i7 chipset, but others may disagree and offer different advice. -

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

I hope some of this helps!
February 2, 2009 11:23:24 PM

If you're looking at coolers, the TRUE seems to be really popular on i7. Just make sure you purchase the proper conversion/retention bracket.
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February 3, 2009 3:09:37 PM

Thanks for your input :) 
February 3, 2009 8:58:22 PM

Also, if you like the 1tb size, the same drive fooly mentioned comes in a tb, and utilizes similar platter density.

320/640/1tb>250/500/750
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