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$800 i7 build - new builder

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May 12, 2009 1:51:57 AM

I'm looking for some opinions on an i7 build that I'm looking to purchase tomorrow.

PRIMARY USAGE: SolidWorks/CAD, Photoshop, Video Editing (home videos), Office Apps (some complex Excel/Crystal Ball sims), no gaming

ALREADY HAVE: DVD-R, Hard Drive (Seagate Barracuda 7200.10) , Speakers (Klipsch), Monitor (22" Dell LCD), flash card reader, keyboard, mouse, etc.

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCE: Intel

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for something that will last a while and is upgradeable, which is why I'm starting with an i7. Not planning to overclock anytime soon. Also, limited on space, so I need the smaller case.

Here's what I've got so far:

1. Case
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply

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

3. Motherboard
ECS BLACK SERIES X58B-A LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard OR
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
(is it really worth the extra $40)

4. Memory
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1333LV6GK

5. Graphics
SAPPHIRE 100277L Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

Approx. $750-780

My DVD-R is an 8X HP (a few years old) so I either need an IDE connection or need to replace with new SATA. I figured I'd eventually do this, but I'm trying to watch my spending now. I'm currently running XP, but I had planned to move to either Vista x64 or Windows 7 RC x64 (which I like a lot better). My current computer just isn't fast enough and rather than upgrading old/failing components, it makes more sense to build new.

Any help or advice you can provide would be appreciated.

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May 12, 2009 3:23:04 AM

yes its worth the extra for a quality mb

nice case imo
May 12, 2009 3:55:26 AM

Your build looks good, I would also avoid the ECS motherboard, the Asus P6T SE is a great board specs-wise, it is one of the cheaper x58 boards out there and supports a full 12gb of ram in triple channel.

If you want other cheapish x58 board options, then you can look at these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <== nice rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you won't do any gaming, then you can get a cheaper GPU like the HD 4670, that should be fine for your uses.
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