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July 29, 2009 5:39:50 AM

Hi. I've used PCs from Hp and Dell but this time I decided to make a custom PC of my own. If you have any suggestions or comments, feel free to throw them at me :) 

-i7 920 $200 + tax20 = 220 microcenter

-2 x XFK HD4890 1GB $200X2=$400 compusa.com

-Cooler Master RC-932-KKN1-GP case $120 + tax10 = 130 microcenter

-CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W $111 amazon.com

-OCZ DDR3 1333mhz 2X3 RAM $75 amazon.com

-OCZ summit ssd 60GB new factorysealed $190 ebay.com

-Western digital caviar black 1TB $95 amazon.com

-Asus P6TSE Motherboard $207 amazon.com

-Samsung SH-S223B 22X DVDRW Drive $30 compusa.com

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$1458


-LG 2353V-PF LCD monitor $210+ tax20 = $230 newegg.com

-creative inspire T3100 2.1CH speaker $42 amazon.com

-Logitech 967740-0403 Black 104 keyboard $17 amazon.com

-Logitech laser mouse mine
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$1747 (tax,shipping incl)

I am pretty much ready to order them, unless you have some better suggestions for me.

And I do have some last-minute questions.

-Do you think the 850W power supply would be enough? This concerns me a bit, because I am will be using two GPUs.
Looks like i will have to pay almost double if I wanna go beyond 1000W.

-Would 1333mhz RAMs be a better choice than 2000mhz? 1333mhz RAMs cost about half.

-Is there any mobo you would recommend more than ASUS P6T SE?

-Do you think there is any potential compatibility issues?

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July 29, 2009 5:49:01 PM

Ok, let’s see if we can shave some $$$ off on what you have listed or offer some other tidbits for you to look at for this build.

CPU from Microcenter is good choice, is that the DO stepping.

Check out this Graphic card from NewEgg, might save you a couple of dollars.
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $194.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Good price on case from Microcenter and good choice.

Same goes for PSU from Amazon.

Would suggest you get one of these two OCZ kits, even though they will be a bit higher in price.
OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 OCZ3X1600LV6GK $109.99
($99.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 OCZ3G1600LV6GK $99.99 ($89.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Summit price looks good, but would also suggest you take a look at this one from OCZ.
OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) – Retail $229.00 ($199.00 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price for WD 1TB Caviar Black is comparable to NewEgg and very good choice.

Again price at Amazon beats NewEgg, this time on your Mobo selection, but here is where I can save you some money by using NewEgg Combo’s.

Combo Option #1
1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3X1600LV6GK: $109.99
2. ASUS P6T SE: $209.99
Combo Discount: -$22.00

Combo Price: $297.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate
$15.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo Option #2
1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
2. ASUS P6T SE: $209.99
Combo Discount: -$22.00

Combo Price: $287.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate
$15.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Now there are some other Items you will need for this Build, I will list them below.

You will need this Power extension cable when using bottom mounted PSU case, unless you rather have 8-pin power cable running across the length of Mobo.

1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F – Retail $7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Next up is Thermal Compound and Thermal Compound Cleaner.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tuniq TR-1 High Performance Thermal Material Remover – Retail $6.99 ($1.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now you could stay with the stock Intel CPU HSF Cooler, if you will not be Overclocking. But if you do want to OC, then I would suggest this CPU Cooler.

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler – Retail $36.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here is link of one of the latest Review on Core i7 (1366 chipset) that shows how good this CPU Cooler is.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i...

Subtotal for Combo Option #1, along with using the selection for Graphic card, OCZ Vertex SSD I suggested.
$1442.96 before shipping costs and MIRs' deductions.
MIRs' total = $55.00
This is also before adding the extra Items (8-pin Power Extension, Thermal Compound items and CPU Cooler)

Subtotal for Combo Option #2, along with using the selection for Graphic card, OCZ Vertex SSD I suggested.
$1432.96 before shipping costs and MIRs' deductions.
MIRs' total = $55.00
This is also before adding the extra Items (8-pin Power Extension, Thermal Compound items and CPU Cooler)

I hope this helps you out some, good luck on your upcoming build.



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July 29, 2009 5:55:25 PM

If I would go for ssd I would skip summit and go for Vertex or even better for the new intel X25-M G2 80gb
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July 29, 2009 9:34:29 PM

Yoosty, thanks for the detailed reply. It helped alot.
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