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March 30, 2009 9:15:03 AM

Im planing to built a new computer , actually im asking my cousin to help me built it.

Here's the specifications

Intel Core i7 920
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series
Intel DX58SO Extreme Series X58 ATX DDR3 1333 2xPCIe 2.0x16 Intel QPI LGA1366 Desktop Board
8GB RAM 2GB DDR3 x4

Im not too sure which PSU , Casing , Monitor, Speakers to get.Oh yes im looking for an at least 21"LCD Monitor

My Budget is around $2600 SGD ( Singapore Dollars )

Could you guys help me out >_> , im kinda computer idiot.
Thanks

Cheers,
Tensha

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March 30, 2009 9:23:19 AM

Ci7 motherboards usually use triple channel RAM .

I'd buy any motherboard EXCEPT one made by intel . Chances are they dont give you BIOS options

Gigabyte and ASUS instead , and 3 x 2 gb triple channel memory
March 30, 2009 9:27:22 AM

What do you mean by they dont give you BIOS options?
And i don't really understand the 3 x 2 gb triple channel memory.

Sorry , could you explain?
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March 30, 2009 10:52:03 AM

Triple chanel memory on the i7's needs 3 sticks of ram to work, so either 3x1gb or 3x2gb is what you should go for to get optimal memory bandwidth. Intel mobo's do not give you the overclocking bios options that make the i7 so good (usually, the upper echelon Intel ones might, but the features on those mobo's come standard on much cheaper ones from a third party manufacturer). Get an ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 (or P6T / GA-EX58-UD4P if you can't afford those other ones).

Don't get a sound card until you try out onboard sound, chances are you won't need the sound card since most onboard sound is pretty decent these days.

The GPU/Monitor are closely related things. If you get a higher resolution monitor, then you need a more powerful GPU. If you want to get a GTX 285, then you need to get at least a 1650x1080 res monitor otherwise you will be wasting your money on that GPU.

PSU: Corsair 850tx if you plan to SLI later with 2 GTX 285's, otherwise a Corsair 650tx for just one GPU

Case: This depends on what you like more than anything. Do you want lots of lights and windows to look inside? Do you want it to be quiet? Do you want a simple, sleek, refined look or a flashy look? Here are some good cases to look at, these all have my personal seal of approval for room and excellent cooling:
Antec 1200
Antec 900
Antec P182
CoolerMaster Cosmos series
CoolerMaster Haf 932
CoolerMaster 830 Stacker
CoolerMaster Storm Sniper
CoolerMaster RC-690
Thermaltake Amour+
Thermaltake V9
Thermaltake Speedo
Thermaltake ElementS

Logitech always gets my business when it comes to speakers. I have no idea what you want out of them so cannot give a recommendation without more info.

I have no idea what the conversion rate of SGD to USD is so that $2600 figure is useless to me, as well to most of the other users here on the forum I think unless you give us a site to look at to purchase from or a conversion rate to work off of.

Also what exactly is this PC for? Primarily gaming? Video editing? or just an all-around PC?
March 30, 2009 12:16:56 PM

2600 SGD = 1710.80 USD, if you use a 32 bit os use only 3x1gb ram stick, if 64 bit you can go with 3x2gb if you want.
March 30, 2009 12:18:38 PM

Something also to keep as a note is that you should not use ram sticks that have voltages higher than 1.65v. So a lot of dual channel ddr3 modules are unsafe for x58 boards and i7's.
March 30, 2009 12:19:43 PM

Excellent suggestions from thekid. Yep, it's definitely Triple Channel on the new boards.

If it were me, I'd ditch the sound card until you are absolutely sure you don't like the onboard sound. If you need it later, it's an easy purchase/install.
March 30, 2009 12:21:33 PM

@motaku's comments,

I would say just go with a 64 bit OS. If you picked up a gtx 285 and had 3gbs of ram then you'd go over what your 32 bit OS could handle already. I'd scratch the 32 bit OS from the start on this one.
March 30, 2009 12:32:02 PM

If going i7, then 64bit OS FTW. A 32bit OS is a waste on an i7 IMO.
March 30, 2009 1:51:07 PM

Do you guys think i have enough o.o?Anyway here's my latest update.
My budget now is $3.5k SGD

Intel Core i7 920 - $432
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 - $544
Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Champion Series - $299
Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 RAM - Tri Channel, 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048MB), DHX - $267
ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA1366 Intel X58 DDR3-1600 ATX Motherboard - $551
Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB Bulk/OEM Hard Drive 3.5 Inch, 32 MB Cache, 7200 RPM SATA II WD1001FALS - $180
SAMSUNG 2233SW 21.5 FULL HD LCD Monitor - $248
Corsair HX620 - $230
Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT - $264
Creative Inspire T6200 - $149 ( Still Considering )
Antec Twelve Hundred ATX 12 Drive Bays 2xUSB 2.0 eSATA Audio Mid Tower Case - $274
Razer Keyboard Arctosa Silver Edition - $80
Razer Destructor - White - $64
Razer Lachesis - $128
Might want to consider eVGA 260GTX SC

TOTAL: $3556

I just got the price from amazon.com only.
March 30, 2009 1:57:04 PM

Try onboard sound first, really its quite sufficient unless you have a very fancy pair of surround-sound speakers and finely tuned ears

Get The Asus P6T Deluxe V2

Do you really want a modular PSU? That really hikes up the price on those badboys...a 650tx would be cheaper and better.
April 1, 2009 8:18:21 AM

why get the P6T Deluxe V2 o.o? its better?
April 1, 2009 8:24:20 AM

Its a newer version of that mobo. I don't know if there was an underlying problem with the original or not, but Asus released it fairly soon after they had released the original which makes me think that something on the V1 needed a revision. I honestly can't say I have heard anything about the V2 that is better than the V1, but as this is a long term investment I would want the best possible option. The only physical difference between the two is the removal of SAS ports, which you don't need anyways. The V2 is generally a few bucks cheaper too, so its a better option any way you look at it IMO.
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