Another i7 build, $1000 to $1200 budget


BUDGET RANGE: None really, but no reason to spend on upgrades I don't need

Gaming (Mainly strategy/wargaming, WoW and LOTRO). Work at home often so need something that I can goof off and run large spreadsheets/databases at the same time in background.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor with 1920 x 1080 resolution, keyboard, mouse, OS.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Would like it to last a while (hence the i7).

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but only a moderate OC.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not.


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Would like it as quiet as possible. Needs to be reliable as I use this for work as well.


Memory: OCZ Gold 6mb (3x2gb): $87
With timings of 8-8-8-24 and a price of $87 why does everyone love the Corsair Dominator so much that they spend 2x as much? Heatsinks?

MB: EVGAE758: $269 - $25 for combo deal with OCZ
It's a litte more $, but so many of the Newegg comments mention how idiot proof it is. Can't imagine using the 3way SLI.

Case: CM RC690: $75
Fairly normal looking. Lots of room. Decent cooling. Only concern is the noise

Power Supply: CM 700W $120 - $20 for combo with CM case
700W on a single rail. Modular. Claims to be quiet.

CPU: Core i7 920: $280 - $20 for combo

Video Card: EVGA GeForce G260 Core 216: $175
I'm up in the air on this versus ATI, but it seems everyone is. Can always drop in a second one if needed.

Hard Drive: WD Black 640: $75
Everyone seems to love this and I don't have a strong opinion. Needs a SATA cable since it's OEM?

Sata Cable: Free after combo

Optical: Samsumg 22x: $25
Popular and I don't have a strong opinion.

CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK Dark Knight: $40
Have little experience with these. Comes recommended.

Final Price $1,080

Some questions: Do I really need thermal compound? Will I need any power extenders? Will the 700W be sufficent if I decide to drop in another G260? Should

I replace the case fans before putting this together if noise is a concern?

Any comments would be appreciated. I have a little $ left in my budget but not sure spending it would benefit me.
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  2. haasen said:
    Will the 700W be sufficent if I decide to drop in another G260?

    The power is sufficient but it only has 2 PCIe connectors, so you would need to use an adapter.
  3. theAnimal --

    Thanks, I had missed that.

    Why_Me --

    I had seen your build on another thread. I really don't do any heavy HPS gaming, so I thought your card was a bit of an overkill. If I get into that, my thinking was that a second G260 would be able to run games at fairly high settings.

    I like your PSU. Same price, has the extra PCIe and the reviews mention how quiet it is as well.

    Have you set up your system yet or is that your wish list? Did your cooler fit without getting in the way of anything? Someone mentioned that the Dark Knight blocks one of the fans on the CM RC690 case.

    Thanks in advance!
  4. Why_me's will be a stock answer to people asking about an i7 rig. (Not to say it isn't a good one!)

    If you need data security for work you could add an extra hard disk (+$75) and work in RAID 1 (stripe across two disks). Just means should one disk fail you'd have a second copy of everything - depends if you already backup.

    There is probably some more work you could do to quieten that system down:
    - Antec P182 case uses damping in the panels
    - Enermax Modu 625W (for example) is quieter than a Corsair (less power and more money mind). Does have modular cables though.
    - Alternate case fans - see for more information than you could ever want to know.

  5. jpdykes,

    I checked out silentpcreview and the CM700 was quieter than the corsair, so I'm giving up 50w for a a few Dbs. Hope I won't miss the power!
  6. well it's not just 50w it's also quality and maybe amps which will be important for OC'ing or upgrading the CPU/GPU.
  7. Agree with the above, check the spec's - maybe post them on here.

    You might not notice a few dB's. Look for the noisiest components (Case fans, GPU fan, Processor cooler - just examples) and see where you can cut the noise.

    Also apply common sense, if it is isolated in the bottom of the case (as the PSU is in an Antec P182) it is likely to be less noticable that a case fan stuck at the top.

  8. OK, have been doing some more reading and have a few more questions...

    Power Supplies -

    Everyone seems to like the Corsair 750w for $100.

    Egghead has a combo deal with the CoolerMaster Case I'm getting (RC690) so that this PSU is the same price:

    Seems quiter, got a great review on Jonnyguru, don't have to deal with the $20 rebate on the Corsair but I'm losing 50w. What would you chose?


    Dark Knight or Scythe Mugen?

    Will the Gigabyte MB be able to run two EVGA G260 in SLI? I've read that the boards are a bit cramped.

    Thanks in advance! Finally getting ready to pull the trigger
  9. Either PSU will do.

    The Scythe cooler is quieter.
  10. ok, got all my parts...was going through the list and my first dissapointment was that the i7 was the C0 stepping!?!?

    I figured from Newegg these would all be gone by now.

    Before I proceed, should I return it and hope for a D0? Others from Newegg are getting them so it seems I got unlucky.
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