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March 24, 2009 12:27:16 AM

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Hey everyone. First post, first build.

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BUDGET RANGE: $800-$1000

SYSTEM USAGE: Gamin', possible amateur video work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers. Possibly disc drive (see additional details).

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
CROSSFIRE: Eventually

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I've been browsing Newegg for the last two weeks, just checking out components and Googlin' around to find out which specs are important. However, this is my first time building, and I'm afraid I'm not terribly knowledgeable about computers (although more so than the average person).

When I first decided to get a new system, I thought I would spend no more than six or eight hundred dollars. But I've become overly-ambitious!

Anyway, I have a few lingering questions that I'd like to ask; not only to get answers, but also for the knowledge that even though I'm inexperienced, I can ask good questions.

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1. I'm not going to start getting into overclocking or anything too intense for a while. Do I need to replace the CPU's stock cooler until then?

2. I was planning on re-usin' an old DVD/CD-R drive or using an external DVD-R that I already have, so I just have a cheapy on the wishlist. Will I need an internal drive to install the OS?

3. On the wishlist, I have 2x2GB worth of DDR3 RAM. Can I get by with just one stick of 2GB, 1GB, or even no RAM at all (For the moment, I'm just planning on playing titles like Left 4 Dead and Bioshock that barely work on my current system)? I also read somewhere that x58 mothers needin' RAM in groups of three, but that doesn't sound right [EDIT: I Googled it; yay me. I'll probably go with a 3x1GB kit].

4. When looking for the motherboard, I basically chose the cheapest one that people didn't bad mouth. As such, I feel a bit insecure about my choice, although the reviews I've seen are pretty positive.

5. I've chosen a 512MB Radeon 4850. Should I spring for the 1GB, or does it not make much of a difference? If I stick with the 512MB, can I Crossfire it with a 1GB later on?

6. As far as the OS goes, should I get Vista 32- or 64-bit? Maybe stick with XP? If I plan on upgrading to Windows 7, will there be anything I should watch out for? Should I even bothering upgrading to Windows 7?

And for a really quick, general question, where can I find some good resources for a first time builder? I only have a sort of makeshift knowledge gained from Wikipedia and the (somewhat dated) guide here at Tom's.

Thanks for your time; I appreciate it! I would ask my friends, but the few that I trust don't know much about hardware.


UPDATE 9/2011

I just remembered this thread that I created years ago. In the off-chance that any participant reads this, I'd like to thank them for giving me advice and for helping me learn a bit more about computer hardware. I eventually went with a build very similar to one listed here (although I won't say which as I think you should all get warm, fuzzy feelings for your suggestions), and I am still amazed at how well it's held up.
Thank you.

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March 24, 2009 12:32:03 AM

How about a monitor.

Well first off, your not going to benefit much getting a i7 core computer with low end things like the 4850..

the case you chose is pretty small, not sure if that cooler will fit.

If your going to game mostly, get a mid-range AMD x3 720BE cpu rig.


+ x58 motherboards are triple channel memory kit.
March 24, 2009 12:32:30 AM

Wow. Wall of text.

tl;dr I just want something with potential that can play pre-2009 games right off the bat. I don't want to purchase something I won't have need of until I get a bit more gutsy.
March 24, 2009 12:38:21 AM

I know the i7 seems like a nice thing to get these days but, if your going to want a i7 right, you might as well put $1300+ down for a descent setup. If not,

AMD x3 720BE is the triple core cpu that could compare to a dualcore E8500.

AMD x4 940BE is the quad core that is more "futureproof and can be used as a gaming device aswell/multitasking usage.

You can get either of these AM3 cpu's and be able to use AM2+ motherboards, tightened timed ddr2 800mhz ram thats cheap, such as the recommended g.skills PI Black.


Doing this will be able to benefit your gaming needs then, once you want to upgrade to a full potential am3 rig, you already have the cpu, all you need is the am3 motherboard and ddr3 memory. Then once you find a new cpu, you have the motherboard+ddr3 memory, you get the new cpu. It's just an on going process and AMD has made it to where you can use new products with older components so it's easier on the buyer.

Intel made a fully different socket so you need to upgrade everything. Now i am not putting the i7 down, i would love to have the i7. It's just if your a budget builder, make it worth the build.
March 24, 2009 2:50:55 AM

Hello FullMetall, and thanks for your posts. You bring up some interesting points. I do realize that my desire for an i7 is probably a bit misguided, but for some reason, I just sort of set my mind on it. I previously made two builds, one i7 and one an Intel Core 2 Quad, but I just wasn't satisfied with my "cheaper" build (it was only cheaper by $200, but this is probably because I was just getting started and wasn't looking hard enough for appropriate parts).

So in regards to your suggestion of an AMD processor (particularly the Phenom 940), I must admit that I haven't looked into the idea as much as I should have. An AMD build will most likely be my project for tonight. However, I would probably rather invest more money now in an AM3 motherboard than have to completely replace an AM2 later on down the line.

Also, going back to the i7 build (I am still holding on to my fever dream), if a 4850 doesn't cut the mustard, would the Radeon HD 4870 be a good GPU in its stead? To my embarrassment, I've actually found a nice 4870 for cheap ($5 cheaper than the GPU I chose if its mail-in rebate goes through).

Again, thanks for the advice! And again, I apologize for the amounts of text!
March 24, 2009 3:09:22 AM

for $1000 just go with a x4 940 build. the 4850 or even a 4870 would just bottleneck the i7
March 24, 2009 3:13:18 AM

But trying to go for an i7 and skimping on the other parts is not gud...
Better off building a P II 940 with some of the best parts is a better option...
If u r ok with it, then we will be able to post a gud config with the P II...
March 24, 2009 3:41:03 AM

But if you are willing to spend $1100, then here is a reworked i7 config...

CPU + MOBO
Combo Discount: -$15.00
Combo Price: $464.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM $89.00
($69.00 after $20.00 Mail-In
Rebate )
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Same $119.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermal compound $8.99
Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Same
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One of the best combo - CM 690 + Corsair 850 (Yes 850 is an overkill but u get it for the same price of the 750 in this combo)
1. Corsair Memory, Inc. CMPSU-850TX: $129.99

2. Cooler Master RC-690-KKN1-GP: $79.99

Combo Discount: -$30.00
Combo Price: $179.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GFX Card - No Skimping here - 4870 1GB...$189.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

No CD Drive included(Will actually add $20 more to budget)...

Total - $1104 before rebates...So after rebates, will come near $1k...
March 24, 2009 3:46:00 AM

To jjbtexas:

So what GPUs would be acceptable for an i7? Would an HD 4850x2 work? When you say "bottleneck," you basically mean that the power on an i7 would be wasted on a lower-tier card, right? What if I bought a 4870 now and Crossfired it with another in the future, or would that be impractical? I'm not really interested in having a monster system right now- right now I just want to play TF2 and Left 4 Dead- but I want room for improvement. Maybe I'm just trying way too hard to future proof.

And thanks for the link, gkay09.
March 24, 2009 3:48:34 AM

Yeah, I'm not too rigid with the price range. I set the $800 limit a while ago, but I can always borrow a few hundred and also piddle away my tax returns. WE ARE IN A RECESSION; I MUST DO MY PART TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.

And big thanks for the i7 rebuild, gkay!
March 24, 2009 3:57:55 AM

Well the 4870 is no way a bottleneck for the i7...Get the 4870 1GB now and later add another in crossfire...
The 4870 1GB can handle upto 1920X1200 resolutions easy...beyond that you would need another in crossfire to get gud FPS...
March 24, 2009 3:58:25 AM

yes, thats what i mean. doing one 4870 now and crossfire later is a great idea

i manage mass effect and TF2 on full resolution on a 4850 with a AMD 7750 at 1600x1050 so i guess what i'm saying is going Phenom II 940 with a 4870 will be more than plenty. i'm not sure about L4D though

i would start with this as a reference build http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...
March 24, 2009 4:01:01 AM

one last thought if you want to upgrade to 2 4870 u might need a 750TX
March 24, 2009 11:12:51 AM

AM2+ boards are just as good or, can get better than the am3 builds made now.

Reason why i said this is, you got 1k. You build a nice am2+/am3 cpu/ddr2 rig.

Later on down the road, motherprices drop, better adjusted/stability am3 boards come out and ddr3 stability is better and prices drop, then you get that. You dont have to upgrade everything, just those 2 components.

Ill build a x4 and a x3 amd system up here in a bit.
March 24, 2009 11:57:15 AM

x3 720 + UD4H gigabyte Combo $240.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.skills PI Black

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Antec 650w.

Reason behind picking this is the number of amps on each rail and Antec as always been sufficient. Now, you could pickup a 750tx or a 4 rail/6 rail 850w instead and another 4870 and xfire.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Sapphire 1gb.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
wd hdd black 640gb

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
rc-690

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
darkknight s1283v

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
arctic cooling mx-2

that comes out to only $880.

I would change the x3 to an x4 and the sapphire 1gb 4870 to a 1gb 4870"toxic"

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
x4 940 + UD4H Gigabyte Combo.

This comes out to $880 with the x3 720.
This comes out to $955 with the x4 940.

March 24, 2009 12:25:14 PM

Now, add on this card instead of the sapphire 1gb.

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

Brings you in at $960 and a $20 m-i-r on a combo. Use the extra money to get a new mouse or keyboard if you'd like or a nice cool case of beer and ship me one so we can cheers :) 
March 24, 2009 1:00:06 PM

http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?pr... $45.99
CM 690 Black SECC/ATX Mid Tower, W/O window, W/O PSU - Refurbished

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-... $100.24 Price After Rebate(s): $80.24 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 ($169.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail / Heatpipes Cooling Design

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,144.14 *(not including shipping and rebates)
March 24, 2009 1:09:35 PM

I bet not even a month ago, that cost around $1300.
March 24, 2009 1:27:33 PM

Eventhough you guys mention bottleneck, he can simply fix that with Crossfire down the road. Maybe during Christmas or something. And if you are really worried about cash, go with the stock cooler until you save up enough for a decent cooler, although i highly recommend the Xigmatek Dark Knight ^ +1.
March 24, 2009 3:15:05 PM

Shipping on that i7 build will include another $40-$45. So your looking at $1200 for that build and under 1k for the x4 940 build. You know, I always forget about that little thing that sits in the front of the case, the optical drive :) .

Theres a nice $22 LG out there some where, customers award winnder. Still put you under 1K.
March 24, 2009 10:45:04 PM

Thanks for the input everyone! I think I'm close to making up my mind. I hope that someday I'll be knowledgeable enough to help someone else out in a similar fashion!
March 24, 2009 10:54:31 PM

Cheese-kun said:
Eventhough you guys mention bottleneck, he can simply fix that with Crossfire down the road

thats exactly what i said he could do, its a great idea though especially with the way prices have been dropping.

Cheese-kun said:
Well the 4870 is no way a bottleneck for the i7...

i simply meant your going to get just as good gaming performance out of a 4870 with a i7 as you will with a PII 940. all in all i would definitely go Saphire 1 gb now and xfire later

also as a crazy mix you could do a 4870 now and a 4870x2 (when prices drop) in tri-xfire but you would definitely need a good psu for that

March 25, 2009 12:50:19 AM

Some decent suggestions here regarding pricing and builds. One thing you will need to keep in mind is of course upgradability and overclocking - 2 factors that have been mentioned but from what I have read not fully considered for your sake EABlair. Here is thing about value - some parts on your pc you probably will not have to upgrade in a long time and others quickly be surpassed - I'm sure you know this already. You really should consider how often you want to upgrade and what you're system requirements are - here are just some examples to put the "real" long-term in perspective:

Lets assume that your system requirements (or wants) is to always be able to play the newest games out there, preferably at the max details, but not necessarily:
If you buy a good case, cooler and PSU, you probably won't have to replace them often to increase performance - so lets look solely at what you do need to replace often if you want to increase performance: CPU, MOBO, RAM and GFX

In March 2007 you could have bought:

$331
CPU AMD Athlon X2 3800+ AM2 $82
Motherboard MSI K9N4 Ultra-F $59
RAM Wintec AMPO PC2-6400 1 GB $70
Graphics XFX GeForce 7600 GT $120

=Playable at max settings most games 2007 (1024x768)

$805
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 $230
Motherboard MSI P965 Platinum $135
RAM Patriot eXtreme Performance PDC22G6400LLK $160
Graphics EVGA GeForce 8800GTS PN: 320-P2-N811-AR $280

= Playable all games 2007 (1600x1200)

$2655
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 $970
Motherboard Asus Striker Extreme $330
RAM Crucial Ballistix DDR2 1000 PC2-8000 $235
Graphics 2x GeForce 8800GTX 768 MB ($560) $1120

= Playable all games 2007 (2560x1600)

In March 2008 you could have bought:

$563
CPU AMD Quad Core Phenom 9500 $190.00
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H $100.00
RAM Wintec Ampo DDR2 PC2-6400 - 2 GB $43.00
Graphics HIS Radeon 3870 ICEQ Turbo $230.00


$1333
CPU Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 $540
Motherboard Asus P5N-T Deluxe $250
RAM Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 PC2-6400 - 4 GB $128
Graphics EVGA GeForce 8800GTX, 768 MB $415

$2320
CPU Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 $1060
Motherboard Asus Striker II Formula $320
RAM Crucial Ballistix DDR2 800 PC2-6400 - 4 GB $100
Graphics 2x Gigabyte GeForce 8800GTX - GV-NX88X768H-RH $840


In March 2009 you could buy:

$420
Intel core 2 duo E7400: $120
Gigabyte EP45-DS3: $100
2 x ATI Radeon 4830 : $150
G Skill 2x2GB PC8500 DDR2: $50

$645
AMD Phenom II 940: $215
ATI Radeon 4870 1 GB $190
Gigabyte 790 UD4H: $140
G Skill DDR3 6GB: $100

$860
Core i7 920: $280
ATI Radeon 4850 X2 $280
Gigabyte X58 UD3 $200
G skill DDR3 $100

Now whats important to take from this is that if you bought the cheapest of these systems and (important!) overclocked each of them you would see funny things:

2007 bargain system plays all 2007 games, 2008 system bargain plays all 2008 games, 2009 bargain system plays all 2009 games.
So you have to buy 1 bargain system each year: $331 + $563 + $420 = $1314
So in three years you spent a total of $1314

If however you had bought the most expensive system in 2007 it would cost you $2655, hehe and guess what .... It gets trashed like a pikey up against the overclocked bargain 2009 system. lol lol lol - so you would have wasted a lot of money there, in fact it only beats the bargain 2008 system so you lose 2655- 331-563= $1761 - ouch!

What if you bought the medium range systems? Well the 2007 medium system gets trounced on by the 2008 bargain system, so that doesn't give you much value. The 2009 bargain system also beats the 2008 medium range system.

So in the end your guess is as good as mine - will the 2010 bargain system trounce the 2009 medium range option? I don't know actually because the processor price isn't as divergent in the choices you guys made. I just did this comparison to make a point that you actually save crap loads of money if you can be assed to upgrade your system every year and not spend much more than 500 bucks on CPUs, MOBOs, GFX and RAM.

A point well worth mentioning is that even though the Phenom II 940 is a brilliant comeback by AMD, it is pretty obvious that in the long run the X58 platform will upgrade much better than the AM2+ platforms and eventually it will get that killer 6 core i7 with 32nm architecture.
All in all I have to say that what ever you chose from the below proposals looks good to me, just remember to buy a killer case, cooler and PSU so you don't have to buy those for another 5 years at least - you'll be happy
March 25, 2009 12:50:37 AM

Do what you want, i gave you top of the line single gpu setup and nice combo's on a x4 940 build, under $1k against a low end i7 core build.

So almost a high-end 940 vs a i7 core low end.

Btw you got the ram mixed up on your 940 and i7 core there nerrawg :) .
March 25, 2009 12:57:33 AM

nerrawg said:
A point well worth mentioning is that even though the Phenom II 940 is a brilliant comeback by AMD, it is pretty obvious that in the long run the X58 platform will upgrade much better than the AM2+ platforms and eventually it will get that killer 6 core i7 with 32nm architecture.
All in all I have to say that what ever you chose from the below proposals looks good to me, just remember to buy a killer case, cooler and PSU so you don't have to buy those for another 5 years at least - you'll be happy


So what your saying is Intel > AMD. Of course I already knew that. :) 
March 25, 2009 1:08:42 AM

fullmetall said:
Do what you want, i gave you top of the line single gpu setup and nice combo's on a x4 940 build, under $1k against a low end i7 core build.

So almost a high-end 940 vs a i7 core low end.

Btw you got the ram mixed up on your 940 and i7 core there nerrawg :) .


Actually if you add the O/S to your build (my build includes the O/S), it comes out to $1,055 which makes your build only $90 less than my i7 build. :p 

i7....another Intel nail in AMD's coffin.... :bounce: 

<3
March 25, 2009 10:58:11 AM

Well, im not going against Intel, just, i was giving him something in his budget, the sapphire toxic can be lowered to the regular sapphire and the motherboard bonus can be changed to biostar to bring it under 1K. I truly would love i7 over AMD, im just trying to hit him under 1k.
March 29, 2009 3:08:16 PM

Why_Me said:
http://cmstore.coolermaster-usa.com/product_info.php?pr... $45.99
CM 690 Black SECC/ATX Mid Tower, W/O window, W/O PSU - Refurbished

http://www.buy.com/prod/corsair-750w-tx-series-80-plus-... $100.24 Price After Rebate(s): $80.24 Shipping: FREE
Corsair TX CMPSU-750TX ATX12V & EPS12V Power Supply

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 ($169.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99
SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail / Heatpipes Cooling Design

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,144.14 *(not including shipping and rebates)


Awesome set up. I've been debating between an AMD or I7 build. With a little tweaking with newegg combo deals I can get a little more with only adding a bit of money. This is well within my budget once I get my tax refund.

Instead of the refurbished Case (comes to 72 bucks with shipping) and the Corsair 750tx Newegg has a combo for the 850 tx and the same case.

CM 690 and 850tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
79.99 + 129.99 - 30 combo deal =179.98

And instead of the 4870 and the Western 640GB I'm going with a GTX 280 and a Seagate 1TB HD

BFG GTX 280 1GB and Seagate 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
289.99 + 79.99 - 40 combo deal =329.98

Plus I'm getting a coolmaster case fan set for the 690

Coolmaster x4 120mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
12.99

The total with the tweaks comes to 1242.88 before shipping. 1288.89 after shipping. And finally 1248.89 after rebates.

So for less than 100 bucks more you get 100 extra watts PSU, 560gb more HD space, 4 extra case fans, and a GTX 280.

I'm strongly leaning towards this set up once I get my refund. I might need to do some research on the board though. But that looks like a great deal for an I7. Who knows maybe I'll add another 6GB of Memory or splurge for a Samsung 24" monitor I've had my eye on. Or some games maybe.

FYI for those that want to stick with the 4870 Newegg has a great combo running with the Seagate brand HD at the same settings as the Western brand.

Sapphire 4870 1Gb and Seagate 640Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
59.99 + 189.99 -45 combo deal =204.98

That's a 65 dollar savings total with Whyme's original configuration.
March 29, 2009 3:14:44 PM

Patfett said:
Awesome set up. I've been debating between an AMD or I7 build. With a little tweaking with newegg combo deals I can get a little more with only adding a bit of money. This is well within my budget once I get my tax refund.

Instead of the refurbished Case (comes to 72 bucks with shipping) and the Corsair 750tx Newegg has a combo for the 850 tx and the same case.

CM 690 and 850tx
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
79.99 + 129.99 - 30 combo deal =179.98

And instead of the 7870 and the Western 640GB I'm going with a GTX 280 and a Seagate 1TB HD

BFG GTX 280 1GB and Seagate 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
289.99 + 79.99 - 40 combo deal =329.98

Plus I'm getting a coolmaster case fan set for the 690

Coolmaster x4 120mm fans
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
12.99

The total with the tweaks comes to 1242.88 before shipping. 1288.89 after shipping. And finally 1248.89 after rebates.

So for less than 100 bucks more you get 100 extra watts PSU, 560gb more HD space, 4 extra case fans, and a GTX 280.

I'm strongly leaning towards this set up once I get my refund. I might need to do some research on the board though. But that looks like a great deal for an I7. Who knows maybe I'll add another 6GB of Memory or splurge for a Samsung 24" monitor I've had my eye on. Or some games maybe.

FYI for those that want to stick with the 7870 Newegg has a great combo running with the Seagate brand HD at the same settings as the Western brand.

Sapphire 4870 1Gb and Seagate 640Gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
59.99 + 189.99 -45 combo deal =204.98

That's a 65 dollar savings total with Whyme's original configuration.


If you go with the Nvidea...better card than that 4870 I had....love Nvidea cards :) ...anyways you want to go with this mobo down below for the fact that MSI board I put in that build is set up for Crossfire only, but not SLI. This Gigabyte board down below runs SLI and Crossfire. This way you have options with that Nvidea card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.gigabyte.com.tw/Products/Motherboard/Product... <---specs on that Gigabyte board.
March 29, 2009 4:02:22 PM

Thanks Why. The SLI option is a def plus if I ever decide to go that route. The reviews about the sound is troubling, but if worse came to worse I have an Audigy 4 I can pop into the PCI slot. Also with only four memory slots I'm limited in upgrading memory. But if I really need the extra memory I'll just go with a new board somewhere down the road when these L1366 boards start to come down in price.

Anyways thanks again you have been a great help. :) 
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