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New i7 build 1400-1700

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May 14, 2009 5:16:35 PM

definitely doing it on new egg.

i already have the case, HAF 932 got it for cheap $125

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI $270

evga GTX 285 2GB $409

corsair 1000w HX $240

wd 1TB caviar black $100

ok heres where im not sure

i7 920, or i7 950? $280/$560

for mem im thinking OCZ Reaper HPC 6GB which is $108

with the 920 its $1591
and with the 950 its $1871

im also doing water cooling, but at a later time. so dont include that, i made a set up for about 450 ish

any suggestions?

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May 14, 2009 5:21:52 PM

No on the ASRock. I would go with the Asus P6T Deluxe V2.

Get the 920, it should be fine for you unless you really want the 950. I am willing to bet they will overclock the same, or very nearly the same.

What resolution of monitor are you using and what video card?
May 14, 2009 5:27:17 PM

Looks good.

+1 for the P6T Deluxe v2

I'd get a single GTX 285 instead of two GTX 260. Add another GTX 285 later if needed. Maybe even a third :) 


Edit: between (i7 950 + two GTX 260) and (i7 920 + two GTX 285), the second is better. I think the total price is about the same.
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May 14, 2009 5:28:42 PM

im leaning to the 950, i have a 32" philips tv 1080 by 720 res

i was really thinking the asrock though....
also the asrock has 16 16 8 8 pci slots, and the Asus P6T Deluxe V2 only has 16 8 8,
i plan to one day do 3 way sli
May 14, 2009 5:31:15 PM

creecher said:
im leaning to the 950, i have a 32" philips tv 1080 by 720 res

Those two statements don't go together. That is a small resolution, and you wouldn't need a more powerful CPU. If you are getting water cooling you will negate any difference in clock speeds between the two chips by overclocking.

Any in no world would you ever need to do 3 way SLI on that resolution either. You would be able to max out any game using a GTX 260 or probably a 4850. 1080x720 is tiny and doesn't require much graphics power. If you were considering upgrading to a 30" Monitor, then you might have a good reason for 3 way SLI, in which case I would suggest the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5.
May 14, 2009 5:33:52 PM

Tri-SLI makes no sense at resolutions less than 1920x1080. Don't bother with a second and third card until you get a new 1080p TV or a new 24" (or larger) monitor.

Trust us , the P6T Deluxe V2 is one of the best boards for Tri-SLI.

That AsRock has 4 slots, but they will not run well with 4 cards. There will be bottlenecks, because the total number of PCI-E lanes shared between the slots is the same.
May 14, 2009 5:37:43 PM

Absolutely.
May 14, 2009 5:40:01 PM

k, ill go with the mobo, but im not getting a new tv until this one dies. ( i just got it in December)

what about memory, is what i have any good?
and am i waaaayyyy overkilling with the 1000 w ps?
May 14, 2009 5:42:14 PM

ive heard that XFX's customer support sucks though,
should i just go back to one 260 then?
May 14, 2009 5:43:06 PM

aevm said:

Trust us , the P6T Deluxe V2 is one of the best boards for Tri-SLI.

Are you sure about that aevm? The last PCIe Slot has no space between it and the second PCIe slot, so if you had a dual slot card it would be covered. You'd need a watercooled card in the second slot, modded so that the rear exhaust vent didn't block the third GPU I believe. Or I suppose you could do 3 way crossfire with 3 single slot 4830's...but that just seems like a massive waste to me. They don't make anything more powerful than the 4830 in a single slot design I don't think, unless its watercooled.

I think its the best board for SLI or crossfire, or quad-sli or quadfire, but not 3 way.
May 14, 2009 5:44:50 PM

creecher said:
ive heard that XFX's customer support sucks though,
should i just go back to one 260 then?

I have had wonderful experiences with XFX customer support...I don't know who told you it sucked...

Yeah a GTX 260 would be fine, more than you need really for your setup.
May 14, 2009 5:50:05 PM

oh snap. i forgot that ill need the double wide slots.
but i cant find a board that has that, unless its asrock.
May 14, 2009 5:52:51 PM

creecher said:
oh snap. i forgot that ill need the double wide slots.
but i cant find a board that has that, unless its asrock.

What do you mean?

Almost all x58 motherboards have 1 space between at least 2 of their PCIex16 slots, so any two graphics cards will fit. The Asus P6T Deluxe has two slots between the PCIex16 slots, which makes it much better for cooling. It just doesn't have space between the second and third PCIe slot.
May 14, 2009 6:08:50 PM

nice find! thats exactly what im looking for. except that it doesnt do 2000 memory, or can you over clock it to 2000?
May 14, 2009 6:16:44 PM

No idea, sorry. From Newegg reviews, it looks like a good overclocker though.
May 14, 2009 7:00:10 PM

Would you seriously buy 2000mhz ram? That is a gratuitous waste of money IMO. There would be no performance gain apparent from it, your hard drives and other components would be bottlenecks. I wouldn't mess with anything over 1600mhz.
May 14, 2009 7:05:50 PM

could i over clock those ocz sticks to 2000 though?
May 14, 2009 7:07:46 PM

creecher said:
could i over clock those ocz sticks to 2000 though?

you haven't said what sticks you will use, so i cannot say. I wouldn't count on 2000mhz though.
May 14, 2009 7:10:25 PM

theKid --

why the gigabyte board? Newegg seems to like the EVGA better (higher score) and won the 'board of the month' for Intel. Plus Tom's forums has several discussions going about issues with the Gigabyte boards, especially the recently received ones.
May 14, 2009 7:14:28 PM

OCZ Reaper HPC 6GB
May 14, 2009 7:16:01 PM

No good reason I guess, I just haven't been impressed with EVGA boards in the past. I am not aware that there were any more issues with the gigabyte boards than any of the other offerings. X58 boards as a whole have some issues, particularly with sleep mode ect. Gigabyte has been pretty good to me, EVGA has been less so.
May 14, 2009 7:17:24 PM

creecher said:
OCZ Reaper HPC 6GB

That doesn't help that much. they make 1333mhz, 1600mhz, 1800mhz, 1866mhz and 2000mhz ram in the OCZ reaper models.

Best way to tell if ram will overclock is to look at the timings and voltage of the ram. If the timings and voltage are low then there is a good chance it will overclock. If it has CAS9 timings and 1.65v, then its not likely to go much further.
May 14, 2009 7:21:05 PM

That ram might OC a little, but I wouldn't count on 2000mhz. Honestly though, you wouldn't notice the difference between 2000mhz and 1800mhz.
May 14, 2009 7:22:24 PM

k, what about over clocking the cas? can you even do that?
May 14, 2009 9:03:28 PM

I would oc the timings first, and I think you may be able to a little. Only way to find out though is to actually do it. I don't have any experience with the reapers. My OCZ Platinums could OC the timings a little though on their rated voltage.
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