CPU: Already picked up my i7 920 D0 stepping from Microcenter - $210 (199.99 + TAX)
CASE: Will be reusing my old full tower case with a dozen of extra fans and filters. Thinking about trying to create a positive pressure inside. by having 10 fans blowing in through air filters and 4 out. Will probably sound like a jet engine but I don't care.
Thermal Paste: I already have Arctic Silver 5
OS: Windiws 7 RC 64-bit
Motherboard: I decided I want to get a 6 memory slot MB, even though I'll only have 3 of them occupied at frist. Will add 6Gb RAM next year. Also, personal preference wise I'd like to stay away from ECS brand. So far I'm looking at:
- GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 239.99 - Newegg after MIR
- ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 169.99 - I read very promising reviews about that one from different sites
- Corsair PSU CMPSU-1000HX + EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR Combo for $419.98 after MIR
- EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR 209.99 after MIR
- MSI X58 Pro-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 189.99 Looks good, but seems to be a lot of people having problems with it.
- ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 - 279.99 with promo code, which I can afford but not sure if I need/want to spend this much on the mobo.
I never OC'd an i7 myself, but I read somewhere that slow/bad quality RAM can prevent you from getting to 4GHz.I also read that for real life applications low latencies have greater effect on productivity than higher freq. But, at the same time you need your RAM to be able to work at higher Mhz in order to OC to 4GHz. Not sure how all that works, hopefully someone will put me straight on this. That's my RAM dilema: want something decent without paying a fortune (don't we all? )
As far as CPU cooler I hear these have recommended themselves as great performers:
- Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme - No idea why Newegg discontinued it...
- Prolimatech Megahalems - $59.99 - comes with no fans but no big deal since I have some laying around or can pick some up real cheap
- Thermalright IFX-14 - $60.99 - The "pain in the butt" as I call it. Best performance reviews I've seen but most expensive: no fans, not clear if it comes with that extra little heatsink which costs another $35, not clear if it comes with LGA1366 brackets. So, all together could come in at $120 shipped, which is kinda outrageous. Would be kind of cool if I could get all parts needed for under $80 delivered
Here is some more breakdown on some of the Mobo's you are looking at. Asus P6T Deleuxe v2: very good board that you can do either SLI or Crossfire on but you can OC higher due & more stablitiy with the 16+2 phase capacitors it has. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DDR3 Triple Channel Ram sweet spot seems to be 1600 (PC3 12800), after that you start paying higher for the Ram with the lower Cas Latency.
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): good ram at CAS7 at lower price. http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600...
If you have the money, EVGA Classified motherboard. I don't like the color scheme of the Gigabyte boards. I built a rig for my bother using the ASUS P6T and it turned out pretty good. He's got it overclocked to about 3.8 GHz and he's using the Cooler Master V8. I myself have the Foxconn Bloodrage motherboard with the Mushkin redline ram. I have mine overclocked to about 3.8 GHz and my ram is running at 1800Mhz at 6-7-6-18 timing. If I had the money, I would have gotten the EVGA Classified with Corsair Dominator GT ram. For $700 you're better off investing in a good GPU.