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New i7 Build - My First

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May 6, 2009 8:44:24 PM

Hi all,

First off I would just like to say hi. This is my first post here and I am going to kindly ask your advice on my first proper build. :)  I have made modified other rigs before but not fully from scratch.

As the title said I am interested in building an i7 Rig. I am going to put down most of the information - Sorry if it is too much! This is what I had in mind

Intel Core i7 920, D0(SLBEJ) - S1366 (B), Nehalem, 2.66GHz, 8MB Cache, 20x Multiplier, 130W,

Asus P6T Deluxe V2, Intel X58, SLi/Xfire, Sok 1366, PCI-E 2.0, DDR3 1066/1333/1600(OC), SATAII, ATX

6GB (3x2GB) CorsairXMS3, DDR3 PC3-10666 (1333) 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 9-9-9-24

1GB HiS HD 4890, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), Mem 3600MHz, GDDR5, GPU 900MHz, Cores 800, 2x DL DVI-I/HDTV
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I already have a;

OCZ Game X Stream 700W PSU

I will also sort out a monitor at a later time

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I was basically wondering about the compatibility and quality of the components. The Asus P6T Deluxe V2 has raised some questions with me, as I am sure you are all aware. The reviews on Newegg are not as positive as I would have liked them to be, but hey ho.

I am also under the understanding that all of these components are 'simple' to overclock. I have never overclocked before and I am looking to try it - Not without extensive research first though!

One final thing I would like clarification on is the memory that the board can handle. As you can see it says that it can take 1600(OC) Is this 'easy' to do? and is it worth it? I have also read that it can take upto 2000.

Many thanks for your opinion and advice,

Tom

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May 6, 2009 8:45:50 PM

First off, i would like to say....welcome!
May 6, 2009 9:20:52 PM

Core i7 is a good build. But before i rant, have to ask what you budget limit is?

Now that we got that out the way...the Asus board is actually a good build. People just push the boards too far and kill them in 2 days...complain and complain some more. That board is very easy to overclock...i don't have it but i have seen it.

6GBs of RAM is more than enough for gaming!! You can go up to DDR3 2000 if you want to...which is actually what i plan on doing for major OC's. Of course, i probably won't go over 3.8GHz just to preserve as much life in the CPU.

Graphics cards looks good

700W is plenty of power ^_^

Monitor...if you want a good one get a 22-24" with hdcp, 1920x1080, with HDMI/DVI/VGA 2ms response

Also, you can give Windows 7 RC a try but it will expire March 1 2010...and the licence is void June 1 2010 or so... ^_^
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May 6, 2009 9:47:02 PM

Thanks for the welcome Kill@dor,

I am looking to spend around £1000 on this rig.

One thing that I forgot to add into the previous post was that I am after a Blu Ray player aswell. However I have seen these going pretty cheap.

So people often just run the mobo into the ground then? Seems pointless to then give it a bad review for that!

With regards to the monitor I was looking at a few with HDMI, the graphics card comes with an DVI-I to HDMI adaptor, so thats pretty handy. Full 1080p.

On another point it seems insane that this mobo can handle up to 24Gb of ram. So is it eay to configure the BIOS to accept DDR3 2000? and is there any point?

Tom
May 6, 2009 11:03:29 PM

tom135 said:
Thanks for the welcome Kill@dor,

I am looking to spend around £1000 on this rig.

One thing that I forgot to add into the previous post was that I am after a Blu Ray player aswell. However I have seen these going pretty cheap.

So people often just run the mobo into the ground then? Seems pointless to then give it a bad review for that!

With regards to the monitor I was looking at a few with HDMI, the graphics card comes with an DVI-I to HDMI adaptor, so thats pretty handy. Full 1080p.

On another point it seems insane that this mobo can handle up to 24Gb of ram. So is it eay to configure the BIOS to accept DDR3 2000? and is there any point?

Tom

About the monitor, check out this HP. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
For some reason, I've never had a problem with HP monitors (no light bleeding, no dead pixels, everything works lol). Right now I have a 22'' @ 1680x1050 (the one listed above is 1920 x 1080, so basically 1080p) & is 23 inches big. The response time is pretty good (Anything below 8ms is good for gaming) and the stand is wonderful (I have the same for my monitor). And it comes with HDMI :D .

About the mobo, it doesn't matter how much RAM it can handle, but it should accept DDR3 2000 but you have to change the settings in bios (not that hard read this http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=739006).

I recommended going with DDR3-1600. You can overclock it later, but you probably won't need to.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
It's plenty fast, and you won't need the faster speeds just for gaming.

Are you a visual designer?

Try that, otherwise everything looks fine.
May 7, 2009 10:34:49 AM

Hey,

No i'm not a visual designer, so nothing has to have extreme specs. Thanks for the link regarding the OC' of the mobo by the way. Looks like it should be pretty simple.

Regarding what you were saying about the monitors I have stumbled across this one which seems to look pretty good. Nice contrast ratio and response time.

23.6" Asus VH242H Black Widescreen LCD Monitor, 1920x1080, 20,000:1, 300 cd/m², 5 ms, Speakers, VESA

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/236-Asus-VH242H-Black-Widescreen-LCD-Monitor-1920x1080-200001-300-cd-m-5-ms-Speakers-VESA

Might just add this to the build aswell. What do you think?

Tom
May 7, 2009 11:24:38 AM

Whoops,

Just noticed that that monitor has not got HDCP. :pfff:  Any more suggestions for a full HD black monitor?

Tom
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