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February 7, 2009 12:22:58 PM

Good Morning -

I've been lurking this forum and Im about to pull the trigger on something. Im finally going to get the i7 build. Can you check it over to make sure everything looks solid?

i7 build:

Processor Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor 504.98 (combo with vid card)

Motherboard ASUS P6T Intel X58 ATX 239.99

Videocard SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express

Ram G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) 139.99

Harddrive Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 79.99

Case Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm 129.99

Monitor SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 399.99

OS Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders 99.99

DVD LG Black 20X DVD+R 20.99

Wireless ENCORE ENLWI-N PCI 2.3 Wireless Adapter 24.99

Power PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W Red [...] 6817341011 99.99

That puts me at about $1780 with shipping but before rebates.

Also I have no idea about overclocking, but after putting this together perhaps I'd explore that option. Also are all my parts compatible (or even good choices)? And do I need a CPU cooler? If so, suggestions? Im not really comfortable spending more than $1800 (unless it REALLY makes sense). All in all, the less money the better!

Thanks to all in advance for your help!

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February 7, 2009 12:41:36 PM

Yes, it's worth the premium (in my opinion) a 10% increase in cost for a more then 10% increase in performance. Looks like good builds.
February 7, 2009 2:27:34 PM

Thanks for your help dirt -

Are there any recommendations as far as improving my hardware choices, etc?

Also if anyone can recommend a good guide for building a first comp / working in bios it would be very helpful

thanks again!
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February 7, 2009 2:56:58 PM

I would go i7 with that budget.

I would get the red version of that powersupply, same specs just red and only $99.99

with the money saved there I would get the Asus p6t has more features like 6 Dimm slots and more pciexpress slots + some other stuff. for only $34.99 more

However, you can still spend way less then that and get older hardware like the Old quads and a good p45 board, upgrade graphics to a higher level and you will have higher gaming performance, you need to decide whats more important to you now.
February 7, 2009 3:02:23 PM

You might go for a different Samsung 24" monitor at $269 after rebate with free shipping. That one move alone would save you almost the difference in the builds. The best advice i can give about first time builds is to read/study/understand your motherboard manual. Know what goes where, what you aren't going to use, what you will use. Put your motherboard on top of it's anti-static bag and learn all the connectors. Any unfamiliar terminology look up on the net. Read your case instructions and know what connections go where. Static is NOT your friend.
February 8, 2009 3:53:51 PM

Thanks for the input all -

I will indeed make the changes to the red power supply and get the better motherboard. any other recommendations? I would like to order all of the parts today but I want to make sure I have all my bases covered! Oh and I am getting the i7!
February 8, 2009 4:15:49 PM

Cld get a cpu cooler. Coolermaster v-8 is nice but out of stock right now w/ newegg