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May 14, 2009 5:06:50 AM

Hello! Awesome forum you got here! Well here we go. I am looking to build my 1st PC ( i built one about 8 years ago and since then technology has changed! )

Anyways, I am clueless as to what parts i should go with. I will start off with the template ( thanks to the sticky )

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP as i am using a POS compaq my friend let me borrow)

BUDGET RANGE: 2,000.00 U.S. ( i am in Chicago if that helps? )

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Like to connect my 46" 1080p LCD HD tv and play 1080p mkv movies via HDMI connection, Stream 1080p videos via PS3, I would like a system that can handle the newest games and upcoming games at max settings without any problems ( possible SLI setup in future so i would like to have the option, Basic PC use such as internet, MP3 playing, etc, etc. Heavy photoshop shop use also.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need the entire rig! Well besides the keys, mouse and monitor.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg because i have NOT had one issue with them, but my ears are open for suggestions.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking to go with a i7 940 ( yes i know the 920 is half the price but i have NO clue how to overclock ) Read below for more info! maybe you can help? Looking for Top of the Line parts pretty much. I would like this rig to last along time and i have been saving up for AWHILE! so i want to go all out!

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe..I am a NOOB at OC but looking to explore

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI yes in the future i would like to add a 2nd card

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like flashy cases but i honestly have seen MANY cases and they look VERY tacky with HUGE fans up front, on sides, weird shapes and just very CHEAP? Dont laugh when i say this but i am VERY VERY much in love with the DELL XPS 730x case. SHARP! very nice! I like fans, dont get me wrong, but when the system has 100 fans and is just one BIG vent, its cheesy looking!

Ok on with my other......

I am looking to build a i7 940, I know the 920 can OC easily to 940 specs and save me a ton of cash, but honestly i have the slightest clue on OC. I DO want to explore it so with that said, I think i might want options ( motherboard, ram, etc, etc ) that will allow me to OC in the future. BUT i DO NOT want something that relies on OC'ing because if i MIGHT or MIGHT NOT try it out, depending on how much time, work, reading, etc, etc, is involved ( sorry but i have a 1yr son who takes up 22 hours of my day, lol ) If i could just touch the waters with a simple flip on a BIOS option and a switch, then count me in. I do not want to experiment with HEAVY OC'ing

anyways, since i haven't built a system in 6-8 yrs i dont know where technology is right now, so pretty much all i am doing is going on newegg, selecting the parts i need and selecting ONLY parts that have the HIGHEST and MOST REVIEWED rating, which i know really isnt a good idea but i dont know much so excuse the stupidity on my part!

So any help would be great. I am working with 2,000 so i am certain i can have something that is pretty much top of the line.

thanks!!!
May 14, 2009 5:34:28 AM

DONT GET THE 940!
buy the evga x58 mobo and they have a dumy oc (meening you press a button in bios and the mobo oc's for you no knowlege required!) to 3.4 faster then the 960!
not worth it at all, the 920 and 940 are the same cpu's just one is clocked faster, spend your money on the gpu not the cpu in this case as the 920 will do it for you. for the gpu look into a gtx 295 for the games but that will set you back a pritty penny at 500 but thats a dual gpu solution so hey why not drop 500. for photoshop get some nice ram to help out your 920 (dont get the 940!). look in to corsair maybe even dominator with 2 grand why not but get 6 gig's. as for the case id go for the antec 1200 and a 1kilowat psu, try corsair for reliability but thurmaltake is also good. for the psu go for modular it will make the build tuns nicer and less difficult! hard drive is your call id say go 1tb, wester digital caviar black is great or a raptor drive for fast startup but thos are small in size maybe get two hdd. dont get the 940 get the 920 with the evga x58 it has a dummy oc that requires absolutly no knowledge of oc'ing. a great mobo also if you do want to do your own oc'ing in the future but 3.4 dummy oc is great!
May 14, 2009 7:59:38 AM

here is a build for $1,969.88

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail(one of the best cases and it looks beautiful)

2xWestern Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM(fast!fast! put them in raid 0)

2xEVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail(these will allow you to run all games at high settings)

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail (this is more than enough for you)

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail(these is also one of the best memory because they have a very low latency and they will be enough for your photoshop)

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail(this is the ideal motherboard for sli as it has a wide space between 2 slots but you won't be able to tri sli with it only sli and you don't need o get the evga to overlock it is very easy and you will fin many tutorials to learn it)

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail(overclock it to 3.5 or something like that and you it will be better than a 940)

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail (one of the best coolers and it will do an excellent job in cooling your overclocked processor)

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail(this is the best thermal paste and it will make the job easier on the cooler)


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May 14, 2009 8:05:22 AM

The LED lighted fans in the case have a outside controller to turn them off so you don't have so much "bling". This case has great cooling...which is going to be a very big plus if you decide to go with two of these cards later on in SLI. I didn't add a blue ray drive for the fact you never mentioned it, but they have some good ones in the $160 price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 ($139.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144.99 ($119.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $509.98
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 Free Shipping
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $7.99 Free Shipping*
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $179.98
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,492.89 | $1,417.89 w/mail in rebates
May 14, 2009 9:15:29 AM

Why_Me said:
The LED lighted fans in the case have a outside controller to turn them off so you don't have so much "bling". This case has great cooling...which is going to be a very big plus if you decide to go with two of these cards later on in SLI. I didn't add a blue ray drive for the fact you never mentioned it, but they have some good ones in the $160 price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $159.99 ($139.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144.99 ($119.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $509.98
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 Free Shipping
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $7.99 Free Shipping*
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$20.00 Combo Price: $179.98
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

Total: $1,492.89 | $1,417.89 w/mail in rebates


+1 but i would get the noctuca and asus p6t v2 and the ocz platinum
May 14, 2009 12:57:05 PM

+1 for the OCZ Platinum...
There is not much of performance difference between the P6T and the Deluxe...If you have the extra cash, then get the Deluxe else stick with the P6T...
May 14, 2009 12:59:16 PM

I guess WHY_Me should change his template and replace that GSkillz with the OCZ Platinum...:p 
May 14, 2009 3:52:55 PM

Ok here is what i came up with so far via the Egg. I am VERY interested in the EVGA motherboard because of the dummy proof overclock option i hear about ( select a setting and your done! )

My only MAIN concern is selecting a Heatsink/Fan for the CPU. I do not have any experience putting these massive things on and i never applied thermal paste. I have watched a few videos and it seems easy, but it also seems like you need to do it right, or else!

Here is what i came up with, let me know what everyone thinks. I am going thru the other suggestions you guys posted and checking them out. I think i MIGHT stick with 1 video card right now and go SLI in the future if needed.



Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:Twelve Hundred
$179.99
.

.


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
$299.99 -$10.00 Instant $289.99
.

.


EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$354.99
.



CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$119.99
.

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

$279.99
.

.
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

$166.00 $166.00
.



Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives

$99.99
.

.


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F


$24.99 $24.99


Subtotal: $1,515.93

If anyone can comment or suggest to change something ( and give a reason why ) that would be great.

I really need help on the Heatsink and fan. I was looking at the V8 which seems nice. Really all the heat sinks fans for the i7 are HUGE and i am just worried about installing them as i never have done before, along with the thermal paste.

Any help on this would be awesome! great!

As for a Bluray player, I really have no interest in one at the moment.
May 14, 2009 4:06:28 PM

that......

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029 $39.99 Free Shipping
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

seems perfect!!!! It is large but not off the wall large and seems a bit easier on the install. Plus it is a bit cheaper. I might do with that cooler!
May 14, 2009 4:19:58 PM

maf2k8 said:
Ok here is what i came up with so far via the Egg. I am VERY interested in the EVGA motherboard because of the dummy proof overclock option i hear about ( select a setting and your done! )

My only MAIN concern is selecting a Heatsink/Fan for the CPU. I do not have any experience putting these massive things on and i never applied thermal paste. I have watched a few videos and it seems easy, but it also seems like you need to do it right, or else!

Here is what i came up with, let me know what everyone thinks. I am going thru the other suggestions you guys posted and checking them out. I think i MIGHT stick with 1 video card right now and go SLI in the future if needed.



Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:Twelve Hundred
$179.99
.

.


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
$299.99 -$10.00 Instant $289.99
.

.


EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$354.99
.



CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
$119.99
.

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

$279.99
.

.
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

$166.00 $166.00
.



Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives

$99.99
.

.


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F


$24.99 $24.99


Subtotal: $1,515.93

If anyone can comment or suggest to change something ( and give a reason why ) that would be great.

I really need help on the Heatsink and fan. I was looking at the V8 which seems nice. Really all the heat sinks fans for the i7 are HUGE and i am just worried about installing them as i never have done before, along with the thermal paste.

Any help on this would be awesome! great!

As for a Bluray player, I really have no interest in one at the moment.


I would switch out the RAM to the G.Skill.....your not going to notice any difference with the Corsair, and I would take the money saved from doing that, and get a 850w Corsair psu.

And for those recommending the OCZ over the. G.Skill....why ? Also +1 for the Xigmatek HS.
May 14, 2009 4:41:34 PM

Why_Me said:
And for those recommending the OCZ over the. G.Skill....why ?

Because the OCZ RAM has 7-7-7-24 timings and the G.Skill RAM has 8-8-8-21 timings. The OCZ RAM is also the same price ($20 cheaper if you take the MIR into account).

Edit: The OCZ kit even comes with a free 8GB flash drive at the moment. :) 
May 14, 2009 4:49:54 PM

The thermal paste is easy. Just use about a grain of rice sized amount. It will spread itself, but you can help it if it makes you feel better.

The coolers can be difficult. It takes patience and a little time. Remember to get it on before mounting the mobo, it will make your life much easier.
May 14, 2009 6:00:33 PM

maf2k8 said:
My only MAIN concern is selecting a Heatsink/Fan for the CPU. I do not have any experience putting these massive things on and i never applied thermal paste. I have watched a few videos and it seems easy, but it also seems like you need to do it right, or else!

The thermal paste application will depend on the cooler you get. Here is an excellent article that compares several different methods of paste application on different heatsinks:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

May 14, 2009 6:19:16 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
Because the OCZ RAM has 7-7-7-24 timings and the G.Skill RAM has 8-8-8-21 timings. The OCZ RAM is also the same price ($20 cheaper if you take the MIR into account).

Edit: The OCZ kit even comes with a free 8GB flash drive at the moment. :) 

:D  :D  :D  :D  you said the same i was going to say and IMO the ocz generally is better
May 14, 2009 6:23:11 PM

computersss said:
:D  :D  :D  :D  you said the same i was going to say and IMO the ocz generally is better


OCZ memory is generally better than G.SKill eh? Not hardly. In fact it's hard to find better quality memory than G.Skill and/or Mushkin. It's a rare day you get bad sticks of RAM from either of those company's.
May 14, 2009 7:03:44 PM

O boy, lets not start getting into a pissing contest. There really isn't a clear cut winner there anyway. All of the manufacturers mentioned by why_me are good brands. I would put OCZ right there with g.skill. They make reliable RAM with good timings, and generally at better prices than the other manufacturers mentioned.
May 14, 2009 8:56:16 PM

OK i believe this is my FINAL build right here. If i could get some help on the 2 cooling options that would be great! ( i have 2 listed and need to remove 1 of them, but not sure which one )

The case IS a bit on the high priced side, but i have found this case to be actually what i want! not to cheesy looking and still has a few fans here and there and also seems like a nice build. One thing though, should i be concerned about the case having NO cooling fans on the Side panels or Top? Keep in mind i will be ONLY overclocking using the EVGA motherboards OC dummy tool, I will NOT be getting into HARDCORE OC'ing. a 3.0-3.2ghz speed will be fine with me.

Also, As for the RAM, Many have suggested OCZ, Which OCZ kit are you referring to? or should i stick with what i have listed below?

Will the 750watt PSU be enough if i plan on going SLI in the future?

Please let me know what you think on this final order before i place it and WHAT i should change and why.



Thanks so much for all your help!

Lets hear your feedback and comments!



LIAN LI PC-P80 Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$379.99
.

.


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

$289.99
.

.


EVGA 01G-P3-1285-AR GeForce GTX 285 SC Edition 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

$354.99
.

.


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

$119.99
.

.


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

$279.99
.

.


CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D

$166.00
.

.


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives

$99.99
.

.


SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223F

$24.99
.

.


XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler

$39.99
.

.

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler

$79.99




Subtotal: $1,835.91
May 14, 2009 9:00:43 PM

I would go with the Xigmatek cooler since you don't want an extreme overclock. The Noctua cooler isn't worth twice the price IMO.

This is the OCZ kit suggested:

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99

That kit has faster timings than the Corsair kit you picked and saves a lot of money.
May 15, 2009 1:59:31 AM

agreed get the 850tx and the xigmatek cooler suggested however i have never been keen on ocz ram (had sticks dead from factory before) where as my patriot and crucial (expecially crucial cause they rock at overclocking) have not failed me in 2+ years overvolted

patriot ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
crucial ram
nvm to pricey 200+ for 6 gb
May 15, 2009 4:24:38 AM

^ Well nearly all product have the DOA problem...So if you had got a dead stick, that doesn't mean that the company's product on a whole is bad...
OCZs are well known RAM manufacturers...
As the OP is not going to overclock much, the RAM with low timings is a very good option...And those OCZs also have Lifetime Limited warranty...
But I would agree with the Crucial RAMs though ;)  They are rock stable...
May 15, 2009 4:35:58 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Well nearly all product have the DOA problem...So if you had got a dead stick, that doesn't mean that the company's product on a whole is bad...
OCZs are well known RAM manufacturers...
As the OP is not going to overclock much, the RAM with low timings is a very good option...And those OCZs also have Lifetime Limited warranty...
But I would agree with the Crucial RAMs though ;)  They are rock stable...


Iv'e posted that same OCZ in some of my builds on here for the fact the heatspreaders don't get in the way of certain HS when used with particular mobo's. Also I don't believe this DDR3 OCZ RAM is like the DDR2. OCZ DDR2 had to be volted high just to get it's rated timings...unlike the low voltage Mushkin and G.Skill...where when they posted 1.8v for rated timings...they actually meant it, and not 2.1v.
May 15, 2009 4:41:26 AM

^ Well I do agree...but these RAMs are built for the i7 and they wouldn't take chances with the voltage as in DDR2... they would stick with the 1.65V stated by intel...
May 15, 2009 5:06:06 AM

Being in Chicago I would look into Microcenter for the i7 920. Seen em as low as 220 bucks but they are in store only purchases.
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