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Decided on this folks...i7 build...no mercy on critique

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February 6, 2009 3:47:22 PM

This is what I have decided on after 4 months of research and asking around. Critique it with no mercy folks...First build and not the last.



Psu - ABS Tagan BZ Series 1100 watt http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Wanted it for the power for future upgrades and OC and the 2x 6+2 pin/ 2x 6 pin PCIe connectors. Plus, the +12 volt rail(6) @80A. Stability plus a good amount of power.


Case - Cooler Master HAF 932 Black Steel Full Atx Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Great air flow and plenty of fans for cooling. Plus if I decide to go water cooling later it supports it. Plenty of expansion slots for my cards and nice amount of drives.


Motherboard - Asus P6t deluxe LGA 1336 Intel x58 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



CPU - Intel i-7 920 2.66Ghz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Super fast and great OC ability


Memory - Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 1333 Mhz (PC3 10666) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good memory. Good OC ability from what I have read up on.


Graphics Card - HIS Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Great Gpu and one of the best right now.


HDD - Western Digital Caviar GP 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Energy saver and fast enough for gaming plus cheap. Fan of WD.


Monitor - ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Full Hd plus HDMI for HD movies and such. Good resolution. Pretty 2.


DVD - LG Black 22x DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good play speed and write speeds.


OS - Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit SP1- Retail version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good OS plus back up utilities.


CPU Cooler - COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Going to get Fallout 3 Collectors edition as a starter game. Going to buy Crysis and farcry 2 later.

Think thats it besides the keyboard and mouse. Havent decided on those yet.




February 6, 2009 3:51:40 PM

looks pretty good, but that PSU is WAY overkill. Even if you wanted to crossfire the 4870 and add more HDDs, you will be ok with a 1000w from corsair or their 850w model even. That will save you like $150.

1000w -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

850w -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would swap the memory out for this faster set with better timings -

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

it will give you more headroom when overclocking.

I would also swap the hdd for the faster caviar black 640gb -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 6, 2009 4:10:38 PM

LOL, $300 PSU and $300 MB, but you only get a HD 4870 1GB for 1920x1080. Sorry man, your priorities are all messed up.

This $80 PSU would be enough.
PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011&Tpk=S75CF

This MB is enough too, $185
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375&Tpk=GA-EX58-UD3R

Now upgrade to HD 4870 X2, $400 (with free Stalker game)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102768

That is, save $220 from the PSU and $115 from the MB, spend $190 more on the graphics, and your system will be way better.


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February 6, 2009 4:17:41 PM

+1 with foolycooly's and Avem's comments. (it's about time newegg got that ram back in stock)

Heck if you really wanted to you could go with the newiest gtx 295 $500 with the extra savings.

Your hdd would be the bottleneck in your system. Like foolycooly commented that 640gb wd black is a great hard drive. Grab that instead. It'd be neck and neck i think with the 150gb raptor.
February 6, 2009 4:30:10 PM

Don't get the UD3R, Get the UD4P at least, or Asus P6T. UD3R is short on features.
+1 Ram
+1 PSU
+1 GFX card
February 6, 2009 5:03:00 PM

Thanks for the quick replies guys...Thanks for the money saving tips Yoda...Really helps w/ the graphics upgrade...Going to probably go w/ the 1000 watt cause of the hook ups and +12 volt Amps...Plus it wld be great for further crossfire and if I decide for the water cooling...Going for the upgraded HDD at 640 Gb...thanks Foolcooly...Probably going to try for 2 HD 4870 for less then the x2...Just crossfire them and it wld save me...You guys know of any good mice and keyboards w/ fast response?
February 6, 2009 5:04:50 PM

Thanks for the further comments and amendments xthekidx...Looked at the UD3R and it is short on features as you have said
February 6, 2009 5:05:49 PM

Logitech MX518 or G5 are good mice
February 6, 2009 6:03:39 PM

Some people like the G7 >.>
February 6, 2009 6:12:18 PM

Or even the G9, but I think its silly to spend $90 on a mouse. Although the G9 is pretty cool.
February 6, 2009 11:37:17 PM

Yeah man unless I had a limitless wallet I wldn't spend that much... you guys know of a good keyboard for cheap...So many to point your eyes at that it makes my head spin
February 7, 2009 2:03:43 AM

*pats his G7 affectionately*

I only got one because a friend had it...lots of people were doing it at the time...they insisted...
February 7, 2009 1:27:25 PM

Whats so *Neat* about it? No Sarcasm
February 7, 2009 4:38:23 PM

darkside_gamer7 said:
Whats so *Neat* about it? No Sarcasm



its cordless, batteries are easy to swap out... takes literally seconds. they give you 2 packs to start with and i've owned mine for what... 2 years at least and never had to worry about one of the battery packs going out.

the mouse is super sensitive and can be fine tuned with the software. the G7 always gets compliments.
February 7, 2009 4:40:58 PM

plus why would you shell out $$ for a 1 kw PSU that degrades in quality over time and not a good mouse that has better bang for your buck than that psu will.
February 7, 2009 5:16:56 PM

You got a better idea for a psu my friend?
February 7, 2009 5:42:01 PM

stick with a single rail 800/850w psu imo. silverstone makes some good ones.
February 7, 2009 6:30:25 PM

ozarkamax said:
stick with a single rail 800/850w psu imo. silverstone makes some good ones.


any PSU suggested on this forum will be a quality single rail model. The ones mentioned earlier are some of the best made and are all single rail.
February 7, 2009 6:54:46 PM

Will a 800/850 support quad crossfire and such???
February 7, 2009 6:56:50 PM

Its cool to only have one monitor for a Crossfire configuration right? So many ports and nothing to fill seems strange.
February 7, 2009 7:03:50 PM

foolycooly said:
any PSU suggested on this forum will be a quality single rail model. The ones mentioned earlier are some of the best made and are all single rail.


That is what i have seen and agree with your statement. I felt i should answer his question since he replied directly to my post so i posted a quick reply with my input.
February 7, 2009 7:14:28 PM

I'm liking the corsair 850 watt. Nice connectors and single rail.
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