Intel i7 920 Proposed Rig for Gaming

So to start out I'm a Mac guy and have never owned a PC. However, I have a lot of experience dealing with Windows OS and hardware and have become the go to guy at work for problems (minus tech support).

Anyways instead of putting down 3k on a Mac Pro I figured I'd build myself a computer since it was something I've always wanted to do. I do have experience doing basic upgrades on Macs.

I would like to play Crysis.

This is the Rig I'm contemplating:

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 $279.99

Motherboard: EVGA X56 SLI $279.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4484386&sku=E145-2055

GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Video Card - 896MB GDDR3 $179.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4369730&sku=E145-0262

Ram: Corsair XMS3 Tri Channel 6GB PC12800 DDR3 Memory 1600MHz, 6144MB (3 x 2048) $94.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4307845&CatId=4093

Power Supply: Corsair TX750W 750-Watt Power Supply $104.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3438609&sku=C13-2503

Hard Drive: Hitachi 7K1000.B Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200RPM $89.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4306125&sku=TSD-1000H4

CD/DVD Drive: Sony DRU-V200S/BR DVD $39.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3986421&sku=S167-4520

Case: NZXT Tempest $104.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3911521&sku=A406-1101

CPU Fan: Thermaltake / V1 / Multi-Socket LGA1366 $59.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3071635&CatId=4314

Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX LCD Fan Controller $59.96
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146021&sku=A406-1103

I do plan on doing some overclocking. So How's this setup look? I really don't want to spend any more money. If there's a cheaper way though I'm all for it. (I realize fan controller isn't necessary)

I'm also planning on adding 1 or 2 hard drives in the future as well as with other upgrades.

Finally,I was wondering if there was any way I could get the Windows 7 beta and save money on an OS for now?
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  1. Win 7 rc1 comes out may 5th...
    build looks pretty decent
  2. Great (and drool-inducing) build IMO. If you're looking to cut costs, I suggest you take the time to look through different retail sites for each component. The prices you've listed look pretty low, but you can never be sure.

    Regarding your graphics card, what display do you plan to use your build with? You might be getting a pretty awesome GPU, but your monitor may be too weak to maximize it.

    Regarding Windows 7, I think you can wait for RC1 to come out. Microsoft said it will be "generally available" by May 5.
  3. Well the build is fine but you can make it better...
    I would suggest certain changes though...

    CPU + Mobo combo...ASUS P6T - Very good board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181245

    RAM - If want to save some money...And is as good as the Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    CPU Cooler -
    I would certainly change it to any of these...All are very good...and you save some money there too without compromise in performance...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004

    HDD -
    Change it to the WD Caviar Black 1TB...It is faster than the Hitachi...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    Maybe saving all those money, you could get the GTX275 ;)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475
  4. gkay09 said:
    Well the build is fine but you can make it better...
    I would suggest certain changes though...

    CPU + Mobo combo...ASUS P6T - Very good board
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181245

    RAM - If want to save some money...And is as good as the Corsair
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    CPU Cooler -
    I would certainly change it to any of these...All are very good...and you save some money there too without compromise in performance...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004

    HDD -
    Change it to the WD Caviar Black 1TB...It is faster than the Hitachi...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    Maybe saving all those money, you could get the GTX275 ;)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475


    +1 but why not get the OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

    it has a lower latency than both the corsair and gskill and it is excellent and it's price is excellent too(90 dollars after rebates)
  5. ^+1 Yes...the OCZ Platinum is also a very good buy...
  6. if it's just for gaming wouldn't it make more sense to get a 720 BE with a nice compact water cooler and 4890?
  7. That would do better in Crysis than i7 920+GTX 260, and it would be quieter too. I don't know about the water cooler though - those things are too much trouble fo rmy taste.

    A 650TX PSU should be plenty for a single GTX 260, GTX 275 or HD 4890, and it's cheaper than the 750TX.
  8. well the new compact water coolers can't be taken apart and are pretty cheap.

    they also cool better when using a higher wattage CPU vs a high-end air cooler.

    not forgetting they're a lot quieter.
  9. Update: I decided to go with the OCZ Platinum RAM, WD Caviar Black HD and the XIGMATECH Dark Knight CPU cooler. I'm going to ditch the NXTZ fan controller due to battery issues.

    I'm still up in the air about getting the Asus PT6 vs. the EVGA 58x board. I learned recently my sister's boyfriend works at EVGA and could hook me up for very cheap. However on a purely performance perspective, do you guys think the performance is better on the PT6? I went with the Tom's Hardware review and picked the EVGA.

    Helloworld_98 said:
    if it's just for gaming wouldn't it make more sense to get a 720 BE with a nice compact water cooler and 4890?


    Sorry I'm a noob. What's the 720 BE?
    And I don't really feel comfortable at this point going the water cooling route.
  10. The 720BE is a triple core processor from AMD. It has a lot of overclocking potential. But the i7 is a faster processor overall, and is intel.

    I have recently taken the plunge and got a Domino ALC all in one liquid cooler. I was very afraid of the water cooling hassles but this was very easy to set up and maintenance free. http://www.google.com/products?q=alc+domino&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=tQD2SavTKJSQswP7y7TcCg&sa=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title

    It can be had for under $80 including shipping, just for you information. I'm sure the Xigamtek will be suitable for your purposes.
  11. The 720BE is a triple core CPU made by AMD. Excellent bang for the buck at $140.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    Be careful with that one, it works best on a 790GX board. It won't work on X58 boards.
  12. Yeah I plan to stay with the i7. I'm already set on that.

    Thanks for the info though!
  13. well the only apps that justify the i7 are FSX and apps which use more than 4 threads, which at the moment, the only game which does so is FSX.

    so you might aswell save yourself the cash and get a 720 BE and an uber powerful gfx card.
  14. Helloworld_98 said:
    well the only apps that justify the i7 are FSX and apps which use more than 4 threads, which at the moment, the only game which does so is FSX.

    so you might aswell save yourself the cash and get a 720 BE and an uber powerful gfx card.


    Yeah I realize but I want to go Intel so I can install OSX on it easier. I know its possible on an AMD chip but its more difficult.

    What about the Asus PT6 vs. EVGA x58? I'm still undecided about this.
  15. i7 920/Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Combo $524.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181244

    XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 $179.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150330

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V CPV Cooler $39.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    COOLER MASTER RC-690 $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

    LG Black 22X DVD/48X CD $22.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $74.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


    Newegg total is $1117.90
    free shipping
  16. lol nice try, "you shouldnt get i7 LMFAO, get an amd sh*Tbox 720, HAHHA AS IF
  17. well his reason for the build was *GAMING* and amd p2's perform pretty much equally in games to i7's, so there's little point in him getting i7 when he can save a tonne of cash going with a just as good amd build for the base and then having a more powerful graphics card.

    in the UK, the difference between a P2 720 build and an i7 build is that; if you bought a 4870 1GB in the i7 build, you'd have an X2 in the P2 build.

    Now, which is going to perform better in games?

    I could throw out the E8400 too if he wants OSX easier but it would be upto him if $40 was worth it to lose a core but gain easier OSX compatibility.
  18. We still have to consider the display; a strong graphics setup may be too much. I'd rather he get something with more potential for easy upgrading, rather than go all out for performance and not be able to maximize that on a mid-range monitor.
  19. I have a 1920x1200 native 22inch wide screen monitor.

    The primary use of this computer will be for gaming, however I'd like to be able to do things like video editing and make use of a tuner at a later point. Its going to be an all in one machine for pretty much everything.

    I'm now contemplating going the PT6 route.

    I may also considering implementing some of knotnuts parts to save some money.
  20. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $89.99 Free Shipping*
    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
  21. Here's a thread that you might be interested in,

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/255833-30-asus-evga-e758

    There's a pretty through explanation on the difference between the two motherboards and should help you on deciding which one to get.
  22. v2 has no sas ports thats about it lol
  23. Gigabyte, EVGA, and ASUS all have good motherboards that use the X58 chipset. You can safely pick any one of them.
    The performance differences among them are negligible. Only at dangerous overclock levels may one be better than the other. All are easy to overclock to i7-965 levels safely.

    If gaming is your main purpose, then look at the best vga card you feel comfortable buying. This might be the GTX275.

    The i7-920 is a very capable cpu. I suspect that it will be so longer than other new generation cpu's have been in the past.

    ---good luck---
  24. Agree with geofelt on video card and CPU, dmill2010. The card is especially important, since your main purpose is gaming, and you'll be doing it on a relatively demanding 1920 x 1200 monitor. Let us know what you settle on man. :)
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