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First time building - i7 gaming rig

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March 14, 2009 10:40:49 PM

Hi all,

I was about to get a quad core system a couple of months ago, and after some friends of mine got their hands on i7 rigs, well i changed my mind and held it off for a while. Did some research and this is what ive come up with.
Gigabyte GA-EX58-DS4 -

i7 920

Sapphire 4870 1GB

DDR3 i7 6GB Kit 1333 G.Skill

PSU 750w Apevia Warlock

Coolermaster Centurion RC-590
Pioneer DVR-216BK

3.5" SATA 750GB 32MB Samsung


What do you guys think? I originally wanted to get 4870x2 but then, its sort of overkill so im just going with the 1. And also, what case should i get? Do you think that RC-590 can fit it all? Was originally going to go with antec 900, but it had a hefty price tag, well sort of

Thanks in advance!
March 14, 2009 10:42:25 PM

Sorry double post
March 14, 2009 10:52:34 PM

If you're looking for an alternate motherboard, I would take a look at the ASUS P6T (non-deluxe). It is an outstanding overclocker and a solid value. -

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

I would consider the coolermaster rc690 if you're worried about space. I used it on my recent build and I love it. It's also highly recommended on these forums -

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

If you plan on overclocking (which I suggest) you should look into an aftermarket CPU cooler. I'll recommend the coolermaster v8 -

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

I'm not sure about the quality of that PSU. I've never heard of it and would go with a more reputable brand. You should NEVER skimp on the PSU. If you don't plan on adding another 4870 in crossfire, you don't need 750w. I would suggest corsair -

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

I would also suggest this RAM as it's faster than the gskill set and is really cheap right now -

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

Samsung has had some problems with their hard drives. You will find that this WD model is the best in the 7200rpm business -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 14, 2009 11:11:49 PM

Thanks for the the suggestions. With the p6t are you referring to the deluxe or the notmal one
March 14, 2009 11:50:39 PM

the normal one. If you can afford it, the deluxe V2 is an outstanding board. I used it in my build.
March 16, 2009 4:40:10 AM

If i was to chuck in 4870x2, and i would also be overclocking the i7, which psu would you guys reccommend?

Thanks in advance
March 16, 2009 4:41:09 AM

Corsair 750tx
March 16, 2009 4:42:52 AM

Thanks mate. 750w definately enough?

Dang, in australia its expensive.
March 16, 2009 4:51:53 AM

700w would be enough, as long as its from a good brand. Look at PC Power & Cooling, Seasonic, Silverstone or antec to see if you can get a better price. The catch is though that the PSU has to have a 6pin and 8pin connector. I rely heavily on jonny's opinion on PSU's:
http://www.jonnyguru.com/
March 18, 2009 9:18:34 AM

Hey, what do you think of this psu
700W Seasonic M12, Would this be sufficient?
March 18, 2009 9:27:26 AM

Bueno. Seasonic is one of the best PSU manufacturers out there.
March 18, 2009 10:10:39 AM

Aren't coolermaster rc590 and coolermaster rc690 the same size? or is 690 bigger, and will 590 fit i7 mobo + 4870x2 in?
March 18, 2009 10:38:29 AM

The CM 690 is much roomier, but both would be able to fit that, the 590 might require a bit of tweaking like moving the HDD's around. The 690 also has better airflow.
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