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First time builder + Core i7 rig. Can you help me?

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May 16, 2009 3:47:48 PM

Here's specs. All of them are from www.Aria.co.uk I trusted them after I brought 500Mb RAM DDR 200...

No other websites please.

... Here as we go.

Intel Core i7-920 Socket 1366 CPU D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) £241.44 inc. VAT

Asus P6T Deluxe V2 Intel X58 Socket 1366 Motherboard £229.83 inc. VAT

OCZ 6GB PC3-10666 DDR3 Platinum Low-Voltage Triple Channel (3x2GB) £72.39 inc. VAT

1TB Western Digital Caviar - Green Power - SATA2 - 8MB £80.44 inc. VAT

XFX Radeon HD4890 1GB PCI-E 2.0 + TOM CLANCY’s Free Game £206.94 inc. VAT

Nexus LOW-7000 Low Profile Fan (Socket LGA775, LGA1366) £40.19 inc. VAT
*I had to choose this*

Thermaltake TTM5 Midi Case £41.07 inc. VAT

HP dvd1060i 20x DVDRW/RAM Black SATA £22.94 inc. VAT

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Phew, I put efforts into this list. Is it any good? I couldn't find a PSU that suits to them. Find it please and it will be come from www.aria.co.uk please. OS is Windows 7. Which I will be buying if it comes out summer. Monitor, mouse, keyboard are from old computer and considered as temperary.
Total of cost items: 933.05. If you find any parts are good enough and cheaper, tell me please.

Thanks for any advance.

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May 16, 2009 3:57:03 PM

core i7 ownage said:
Nexus LOW-7000 Low Profile Fan (Socket LGA775, LGA1366) £40.19 inc. VAT
*I had to choose this*
Can you explain this more? I'm wondering why you just don't go with the stock Intel cooler.
May 16, 2009 3:58:13 PM

I wanted to overclock it to 3.0GHZ to match my old computer single core, so single core programs can run better.
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May 16, 2009 3:59:06 PM

Sorry for double post, there's no other options to choose. It is only LGA1366 cooler I could find.
May 16, 2009 4:16:11 PM

^ you do realise that the i7 handles more instructions per clock than you single core, it handles about 4 IPC where as a P4 handles 1.5 IPC, so you'd need an 8ghz P4 to equal a 3ghz i7 in single threaded apps.

also try the akasa nero for a cooler, and use scan or overclockers.

edit: and what PSU are you using?

infact, don't bother with i7, you aren't giving yourself enough breathing space for luxuries and a nice PSU.

since you have a £950 budget you'd be looking at a 955 AM2+ build with a couple of XFX 4890's.
May 16, 2009 4:21:35 PM

Well Poo on

Seriously, I would not pay £34.95 for something the stock Intel Core i7 cooler can do for free. Anytime I see a cooler that says "Real Silent Fan, Perfect for HTPC" I'm pretty sure its not the cooler for an OC'd gaming system.
Anyway @ stock the i7 920 will be much faster than any older single core CPU - no matter what Ghz it was running at.
May 16, 2009 5:08:06 PM

parts are so expensive in your country.
May 16, 2009 6:04:30 PM

^ unless you have vat exclusion, then most of the time it's cheaper than in the US.
May 16, 2009 7:35:18 PM

Excluding Coolers, Which PSU should I choose?
May 16, 2009 7:36:48 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ unless you have vat exclusion, then most of the time it's cheaper than in the US.



i can get all of the parts cheaper here in the US including vat.
May 16, 2009 8:20:12 PM

^ Oh really? last time I checked a £400/$600 build ex VAT, the £400 build from a UK supplier came out on top against the $600 build from newegg.
May 16, 2009 8:41:00 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ Oh really? last time I checked a £400/$600 build ex VAT, the £400 build from a UK supplier came out on top against the $600 build from newegg.



why don't you check out newegg.com

then you will see the difference.
May 16, 2009 8:55:14 PM

^ I tried, I made up a build before on a £450 budget and it came out to £448 which is just under $679, I then made a build as close to it as I could on newegg and it came out at about $722.
May 17, 2009 2:22:10 PM

Alright, excluding coolers, cost of items cost about 893 GBP. I decided to keep it low as under 900. Any ideas and suggestions? You can change some of parts with cheaper and can perform about same as expensiver ones. Also add a PSU please.
May 17, 2009 8:21:14 PM

^ £900 should get you an i7 build with a 4870 X2 if you choose your parts right.

and one of those parts would be having a P6T SE mobo instead of a deluxe V2 since you don't need SLI.
June 29, 2009 1:21:35 PM

the Corsair PSU's are great, get the HX range though (modular and have better inturnal support).

The 750 should do you but look at the HX850 just to be safe, the 850 is what im going to buy for my i7 and mine has a more stuff to power and higher overclocks.

i saw someone said use scan and overclockers, overclockers are good but can be a little messy, id trust scan more than any though, dont limit yourself to one company go to www.scan.co.uk and have fun.... i use scan, overclockers, aria, novatech, microdirect they seem to be the best (i sometimes use amazon for little things) just see whats cheaper.

nevertheless...
http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Power+Supplie...

thats the link to corsair PSU's on aria

hope all goes well

mellor x

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