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Advice for NEW PC

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February 6, 2009 8:26:53 PM

Hey guys i've been considering buying a new PC for a little while now and wanted some advice from a knowledgeable community before i actually buy all parts and put it together. I've asked some friends and posted on other boards but haven't really gotten any good feedback.

I plan on using vista-64bit and i don't plan on buying any peripherals at this time either. I didn't plan on overclocking my machine initially, but after reading a lot of the articles on here i think i'll have to in the future. So here's the list and thanks for any advice you can give me.


Mobo - EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58

VCARD - EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB


CPU - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz

HDD - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM

DVD - Samsung

RAM - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

I initially planned on starting off with 4GB and then bumping it up to 8GB in the future but didn't know if there would be any issue with sticking this into a triple channel mobo. I've considered using the triple channel kit listed below but don't know if it's really necessary.

Thanks again for your advice!

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February 6, 2009 8:41:44 PM

Change out that $190 PSU for a $100 (after rebate) Corsair 750TX
Use the money you saved there to upgrade your video card from 9800GTX to GTX 260 Core 216

If you're considering future overclocking its a good idea to add the aftermarket CPU cooler now so you don't have to take the motherboard out and handle/clean the CPU later. And it will keep your stock i7 920 running nice and cool in the meantime.

February 6, 2009 8:44:28 PM

Yeah i forgot to mention that i'd have to buy an aftermarket CPU cooler. I can't remember which off the top of my head but i believe i saw one listed on one of the articles that was best for the i7.
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February 6, 2009 8:50:56 PM

I knew that they used to have a combo for the PSU and case that ended on 1/31 but i guess they put it up again. Thanks for letting me know :D 
February 6, 2009 9:07:56 PM

Thats a great CPU cooler. It's not always necessary to get the "best" item to get a great piece of hardware.
Not everyone is lining up to the Core i7 965 Extreme for example. ;) 
Here are some other socket 1366 CPU coolers Zalman 9700 & Xigmatek HDT 1283 coolers need the 1366 adapter kits.
February 6, 2009 9:20:21 PM

Yeah after thinking about it and even with the combo deal, I think i'm going to drop that PSU and go with the one that WR2 suggested, the Corsair 750TX
February 6, 2009 10:24:52 PM

A wise decision. The only good Coolermaster PSU's are the Real Power Pro series. I would say that if you are looking at that 750tx and are thinking about GFX upgrades in the future, you should go with the HD 4870 which will run fine if you decide you want two of them on that PSU. The Gtx260 might be pushing it for two of them on that PSU, although still doable.
February 6, 2009 11:21:56 PM

+1 pc power and cooling psu
Also get the western digital black 640gb hdd
look at the Noctua 1366 cooler. Great cooler and the paste that noctua sends is fantastic, so although it costs a few dollars more you save a little from having to get the paste.
dont skimp out on them memory OCZ has an awesome set of ddr3 1600 6gbs for 160.00 shipped
February 7, 2009 12:09:32 AM

I want to thank you all for your input again. I would definitely get the 640GB HDD seeing as how i get more space for less money and I would get the 6gb ocz kit as well. After thinking about it if i'm going to spend money on nicer parts there is no reason trying to skimp on the memory.

I think i would be fine with the Corsair 750TX because i don't plan on running dual vids anytime in the future. I don't play any games that are too intensive and i'd be good with the Geforce GTX260.