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First Post! Looking for TH approval on i7 build

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May 6, 2009 11:05:26 PM

Alright ladies and gentleman... It's been about 5 years but I'm interested in building another computer :) 

This computer is mostly going to be used for audio/video work, photoshop/flash/illustrator, and web browsing/email. It's safe to say this is not a 'gaming build'... Although I do play counter strike and team fortress 2 once in a blue moon.

The parts....


Motherboard
EVGA E758-A1

Processor
Core i7 920

Video Card
Sapphire HD 4830

RAM
G.Skill 3 x 2gb

Hard Drive (will get 2)
WD Caviar Black 640gb

Optical Drive
LG DVD Burner

Case
Antec 300

Power Supply
Corsair 520HX

Fans (will get 2)
Silverstone 120mm Case Fans

...I hope I'm not forgetting anything. By the way, this computer is going to be purchased within the next 2 weeks and will run the Windows 7 RC until I am able to pick up the retail later this year.

Keep in mind this is already at the top of my budget, but if anybody has any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Thanks in advance!

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May 6, 2009 11:37:54 PM

What is your budget?
May 6, 2009 11:47:08 PM

you are slacking big time on gpu, i would trade at least one of those fans for a better gpu

according to your budget choose here and i highly recommend a gtx 260:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would also put one of those HDDs on hold for now since in the not so far future you will be able to get a decent SSD for some real performance.
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May 7, 2009 12:05:19 AM

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Thank you for the suggestions! I know I'm still going pretty weak - but I will remove 1 case fan and upgrade to the Sapphire 4830. Being someone who doesn't really play games on the computer anymore, I'm scared to put too much money into that department. But I totally see what you're saying.


sassan
I actually did not throw up the speakers I'm planning on buying. They're the Logitech z-4's and cost about 70 bucks. The absolute maximum I want to spend, with the speakers (and shipping) included, is $1300
May 9, 2009 6:04:49 AM

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

* 192477OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
* 192477Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

# Combo Price: $367.98

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

$54.95

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM

$24.99

ZOTAC ZT-X26E3KD-FSP GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

$169.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

$74.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

$199.99


CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power

$119.99

Total: 1012.88

For fans I recommend Noctua NF-P12-1300 120mm Case Fan - Retail

Also I think you should OC the i7. I also recommend the Noctua Se1366 for that.
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