i7 Build Final - Ready to purchase?

Thanks for all your great help in this thread. Here is the final parts list I have chosen. Any last thoughts before I purchase?

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366
MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366
RAM: OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
GFX: 2x XFX HD-465X-YAFC Radeon HD 4650 512MB 128-bit GDDR2
Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
OS Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
DVD Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

Anti-Static: Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap

$1,627.98 CANADIAN AFTER TAXES AND SHIPPING via Newegg.ca

Original Post:
Quote:
Any suggestion on this build? I'm trying to make it more affordable without too much sacrifice. The reason I have 2 video cards is because I plan to run 3-4 monitors.


CAD Prices from Newegg.ca

$362.49 - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$359.99 - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

$116.99 - G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

$156 x 2 ($312) - EVGA 512-P3-N973-TR GeForce 9800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

$287.49 - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

$129.99 - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

$179.99 - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
39 answers Last reply
More about build final ready purchase
  1. Make sure u check P6T deluxe has the 2 way SLI bridge provided, i'm using P6T and it only provide 3 way SLI bridge and i'm using a 2 way SLI, lucky i was using a P5N-D last time and i have the bridge

    Other than that, the other looks good
  2. xyzionz said:
    Make sure u check P6T deluxe has the 2 way SLI bridge provided, i'm using P6T and it only provide 3 way SLI bridge and i'm using a 2 way SLI, lucky i was using a P5N-D last time and i have the bridge

    Other than that, the other looks good

    Thanks for the tip. Looking at the pictures on newegg it appears that it does come with the 2-way bridge.
  3. Did you want to sometimes SLI?

    2 4850s would be less up front and perform better, both as single cards and in crossfire:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770
  4. Proximon said:
    Did you want to sometimes SLI?

    2 4850s would be less up front and perform better, both as single cards and in crossfire:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770


    SLI isn't a big concern to me, I won't be doing much graphic intensive work. Thanks for that tip, I'll update my shopping list.

    EDIT: My prices are listed in CAD from newegg.ca, so the card I originally picked is actually cheaper.
  5. Aha :) I'm sure that's fine then, although if you really aren't going to game much you might want to look at something that runs a bit cooler.

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35362&vpn=4670PE31GDT&manufacture=Diamond

    However, if you are doing some programs such as CAD or Illustrator, they tend to play better with nVidia I think. A 9600GT would be roughly equivalent.
  6. Proximon said:
    Aha :) I'm sure that's fine then, although if you really aren't going to game much you might want to look at something that runs a bit cooler.

    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=35362&vpn=4670PE31GDT&manufacture=Diamond

    However, if you are doing some programs such as CAD or Illustrator, they tend to play better with nVidia I think. A 9600GT would be roughly equivalent.


    Thanks. How does this one look?

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143161
  7. Very nice. And you'll get that lifetime warranty as well. They will be cooler than the 9800GTs. Although your case is excellent, the less you stress the parts with heat the longer they will last.

    A 9600GT is enough to play any game on medium to high settings, depending on resolution. It will perform just as well in workstation apps as the 9800GT. The only card that might be better would be a true workstation card:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133207
    But cards like that are very much application-specific. You are really paying for drivers not hardware when you buy one.
  8. Proximon said:
    Very nice. And you'll get that lifetime warranty as well. They will be cooler than the 9800GTs. Although your case is excellent, the less you stress the parts with heat the longer they will last.

    A 9600GT is enough to play any game on medium to high settings, depending on resolution. It will perform just as well in workstation apps as the 9800GT. The only card that might be better would be a true workstation card:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133207
    But cards like that are very much application-specific. You are really paying for drivers not hardware when you buy one.


    Your advice is much appreciated!


    Can anyone attest to the speed advantage of using the VelociaRaptor HD for the OS vs a regular 7200rpm drive?
  9. They aren't as fast as they once were.

    A WD Caviar Black will cost quite a bit less and get you fully booted up something like 2 seconds to .5 seconds slower times than the velociraptor.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/3.5-hard-drive-charts/Windows-XP-Startup-Performance,Marque_fbrandx46,673.html
  10. Build looks good. You could get two GTS 250 for sli considering they are almost around the same price range.
  11. Well just a thought about the graphics card...
    You can go with this
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

    Reason is that the 4670 wouldn't require additional power and each card can support 2 monitors as well...But they have only 2 years warranty...but am sure you would upgrade it by then...
  12. gkay09 said:
    Well just a thought about the graphics card...
    You can go with this
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161252

    Reason is that the 4670 wouldn't require additional power and each card can support 2 monitors as well...But they have only 2 years warranty...but am sure you would upgrade it by then...



    How will they perform compared to the 9600 GT? Also what advantage does it give me with them not requiring additional power?
  13. Can anyone recommend a cheaper case? I selected a top rated full-tower case because I wanted plenty of room for expansion and running wires. I probably do not need a full-tower case though. Opinions?


    Also, is the 750W power supply overkill?


    Another question...can someone outline the differences of these two motherboards and if it is worth spending the extra $70 for the deluxe?

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365
    vs
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359
  14. ^^^ bump
  15. antec sonata case will do you good if you can live with a 500w power supply.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129036

    also check out this mobo, could save you $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046
  16. daidalas said:
    antec sonata case will do you good if you can live with a 500w power supply.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129036

    also check out this mobo, could save you $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046


    Good looking out on that mobo. It looks nice and will save me about $40. My prices are listed in CAD from Newegg.ca.


    The case looks nice, but I'm not sure how I'll be limited with a 500w power supply. Can anyone provide some insight?
  17. Check out the HAF 932, loads of space and cable hiding abilities and pretty cheap.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&Tpk=HAF%20932

    PSU is fine. Better to have a little extra, than not enough.
  18. Snuffles said:
    Check out the HAF 932, loads of space and cable hiding abilities and pretty cheap.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&Tpk=HAF%20932

    PSU is fine. Better to have a little extra, than not enough.


    Hey Snuffle, looks like I can't get that case from Newegg.CA -> http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&Tpk=HAF%20932
  19. 4670 would be more than fine for most applications, but as I mentioned before nVidia drivers tend to play better with certain applications. You haven't really defined what you will be doing and what programs you will be using.

    Since your cards need less power than they originally did, you could indeed get by with a smaller PSU.
    Corsair 550VX:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550VX
  20. Proximon said:
    4670 would be more than fine for most applications, but as I mentioned before nVidia drivers tend to play better with certain applications. You haven't really defined what you will be doing and what programs you will be using.

    Since your cards need less power than they originally did, you could indeed get by with a smaller PSU.
    Corsair 550VX:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004&Tpk=550VX


    Thanks. I'm a web programmer, so I mainly use IDE's (java based) and FTP clients, browsers, etc. Now and then I'll do some photoshopping but it's very minor. I don't do anything intensive like 3d rendering, video encoding, CAD, etc.
  21. Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :) 4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.
  22. Proximon said:
    Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :) 4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.



    Excellent. There are a lot of different 4650 cards, can you recommend a manufacturer?

    As far as the power supply, it's only $15 more for the 750w vs 550w. Do you think it's worth it to have the extra power just in case?
  23. Actually no. The 550VX is the better quality PSU, which is more important in this case. If you need 750W, there are not many better PSUs than the 750TX. There are better quality PSUs at other wattages though.

    However, check the 650TX. That is equal quality to the 550VX and would fit both needs.

    If you would like the absolute best PSU you can buy, then the Antec Signature 650W would be the one.


    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005&Tpk=650TX
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371017&Tpk=SG650
  24. Proximon said:
    Bah, you don't even need a 4670 then. :) 4650 would do just fine. Your processor and RAM will determine the bulk of your performance.


    I noticed the 4650's are all DDR2, the 4670 is DDR3 like the rest of my stuff. Does that make a difference?
  25. Only in 3D applications. Otherwise scrolling pages of code is all going to be instant anyway. :p
  26. Proximon said:
    Only in 3D applications. Otherwise scrolling pages of code is all going to be instant anyway. :p


    Okay :). As far as motherboards go...

    What are the differences in the P6T vs P6T Deluxe vs GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P
  27. Proximon said:

    So now the only places I think I could save some money without losing too much would be my motherboard and case:

    Antec Twelve Hundred

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2

    Any suggestions or opinions?
  28. I think the MB is a good choice.

    The case could be trimmed down if you like. It's a more aesthetic item though.

    Have a look through the parts list linked in my signature. There are good quality cases of all price ranges there.
  29. bump for final.

    see original post.
  30. Rosewill RTK-090 90 Piece Professional Computer Tool Kit

    You need maybe a Phillips screw driver and something to snip your cable ties :p Toenail cutters work great.
  31. Proximon said:
    Rosewill RTK-090 90 Piece Professional Computer Tool Kit

    You need maybe a Phillips screw driver and something to snip your cable ties :p Toenail cutters work great.


    You're right. Instead I added the anti-static wrist strap separately.

    Originally I wanted the kit for the soldering iron, but after reading the reviews the iron isn't very good anyways.


    Updated original post.
  32. I had to update my original post. It appears newegg.ca deactivated the G.Skill RAM I had.

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    Timing: 9-9-9-24

    What's the next best RAM?
  33. This RAM has slightly different timing but other than that it seems the same. Is it worth or better than the other RAM? (it costs like $2 more)

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    Timing: 8-8-8-21
  34. They're probably very similar. The second kit has better timings but requires more volts. 1.65v is normal though.
  35. bmuell said:
    They're probably very similar. The second kit has better timings but requires more volts. 1.65v is normal though.


    Will that voltage be too much for the i7? Will it limit my overclocking?

    Is there a better RAM choice?
  36. bump!
  37. You'll be fine with that. You aren't going to find anything without spending a lot more:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231248
  38. Proximon said:
    You'll be fine with that. You aren't going to find anything without spending a lot more:

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231248


    PURCHASED!

    Thanks for all your help throughout this process!
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Intel i7 Systems Product