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May 22, 2009 1:32:17 AM

I'm almost ready to order, just posting here and a few other places to double-check and make sure it's all kosher.

Intel Core i7 920 2.66Ghz Nehalem Processor:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Kit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S8P4 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders – OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


The EVGA mobo sells like hotcakes so I plan to buy soon. Other than that, anything wonky?

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May 22, 2009 6:51:30 AM

The mb is expensive . If you dont plan on using 3 way sli its a waste of money and more than a bit tryhard


The power supply is way too powerful for the rig as you have built it . 550 watts would be enough . An 850 will just be inefficient and waste power .

The case is very ugly . VERY ugly .

And finally if gaming performance is the aim of this pc its possible to get more of that for a lot less

May 22, 2009 7:01:47 AM

if this is for gaming drop the cpu, motherboard, ram, HDD, GPU and Case.

Switch them for,

AMD 955
DFI AM3 790FX motherboard
Some cheap 1600mhz 2x2GB ddr3
Samsung Spinpoint F1
4870 X2
Hiper 1000w so you can add another 4870 X2
Coolermaster 690/HAF 932
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May 22, 2009 7:21:22 AM

Outlander_04 said:
The mb is expensive . If you dont plan on using 3 way sli its a waste of money and more than a bit tryhard


The power supply is way too powerful for the rig as you have built it . 550 watts would be enough . An 850 will just be inefficient and waste power .

The case is very ugly . VERY ugly .

And finally if gaming performance is the aim of this pc its possible to get more of that for a lot less


You read my mind! :)  Ok if this guy is into gaming, then I would think he would want to spend his money where it counts (vid card) without losing out on any performance.





May 22, 2009 3:47:49 PM

i would say for 270 the motherboard isn’t bad. you can save $20 an get a p6t. don’t get that ram a little to expensive get the ocz 1600 xmp there’s a combo deal with that and the evga motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

get a smaller more reliable powesupply the biggest i would get is a 750 watt for upgrades but you should be fine with a 600 watt

DONT GET VISTAjust get the windows 7 64bit rc for now and buy windows 7 when it comes out

you can look at the xigmetek dark knight cpu cooler for $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
i hear it a good performer with the i7
May 22, 2009 3:55:43 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
if this is for gaming drop the cpu, motherboard, ram, HDD, GPU and Case.

Switch them for,

AMD 955
DFI AM3 790FX motherboard
Some cheap 1600mhz 2x2GB ddr3
Samsung Spinpoint F1
4870 X2
Hiper 1000w so you can add another 4870 X2
Coolermaster 690/HAF 932

i dont think the 955 is a a good price for $100 more you can get a i7 mother board, 6 gigs 1600 of ram, and the i7 920. sure the phenom 2 is just as good as the i7 for gaming but what about everything else or in the future when games utillize more of the cpu

May 22, 2009 4:25:05 PM

^ By then AMD will be onto 12 cores which are based on 22nm or below so the AMD will definitely last him.

not forgetting you get double the gfx card so it will last even longer, maybe even quadfire if he gets another.
May 22, 2009 5:29:43 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ By then AMD will be onto 12 cores which are based on 22nm or below so the AMD will definitely last him.

not forgetting you get double the gfx card so it will last even longer, maybe even quadfire if he gets another.


Ya in 2015.
May 22, 2009 5:35:34 PM

^ well 12 cores for an amd server cpu is planned for 2010 and amd's server line is usually just before the equivalent desktop line, sometimes the desktop line is before.

the year after that 16 core's are planned.
May 22, 2009 7:06:57 PM

what about intels 8 core processor that's coming out next year. amd phenom 2 is a very good processor but for the price of a 955 its not a great deal compared to the i7 unless you already have an am2 board
May 22, 2009 7:09:29 PM

^ 6 cores next year, 8 maybe end of next year or sometime in 2011.

and don't forget that AMD still has Bulldozer scheduled for Q2/3 2010 or a 28nm cpu which would be ahead of Intel and have more cores.
May 22, 2009 7:12:17 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ 6 cores next year, 8 maybe end of next year or sometime in 2011.

and don't forget that AMD still has Bulldozer scheduled for Q2/3 2010 or a 28nm cpu which would be ahead of Intel and have more cores.


What's really cool is that Intel has this killer cpu and tripple channel RAM called "i7" and it's available right now. :sol: 
May 22, 2009 7:18:59 PM

^ who said right now was the best time to build a PC?

and learn to spell.
May 22, 2009 7:25:11 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ who said right now was the best time to build a PC?

and learn to spell.


You are correct. People should wait for AMD to come out with a killer cpu. So far they have waited since mid 2005 for AMD to come out with one, so what's a few more years of waiting to build a killer AMD powered PC ?

May 22, 2009 7:29:42 PM

^ that wasn't what I said, I said the best time to build a PC is not now, it happens about every two years.

2005, the athlon 64 brand came out and beat the equivalent intel cpu's.

2007, Core 2 was released and it changed everything.

2010, the next gen AMD cpu's are released and the next gen intel CPU's are released with much more power than previous cpu's.
May 22, 2009 7:32:44 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ that wasn't what I said, I said the best time to build a PC is not now, it happens about every two years.

2005, the athlon 64 brand came out and beat the equivalent intel cpu's.

2007, Core 2 was released and it changed everything.

2010, the next gen AMD cpu's are released and the next gen intel CPU's are released with much more power than previous cpu's.


Actually i7 builds are the cheapest I have seen them. I can put together a very decent i7 build with a nice gpu for right around $1,000...a build that will eat up just about anything thrown at it.
May 22, 2009 8:31:34 PM

^ yeah in the U.S. you can, I think you're forgetting that the majority of the computing market is in Europe and the Far East.

For an example, you can get a fairly decent i7 build for £800, i7 920, Gigabyte UD4P, 6GB of g.skill 1333mhz ram and a 4870. For the same price you can get either a 720 BE based build with dual 4890's and 2x2GB of 1333mhz ddr2(when oc'd) or a 940 BE based build with a 4870 X2 and the same ram.

Now, for a gaming PC which would you choose?
May 22, 2009 8:35:08 PM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ yeah in the U.S. you can, I think you're forgetting that the majority of the computing market is in Europe and the Far East.

For an example, you can get a fairly decent i7 build for £800, i7 920, Gigabyte UD4P, 6GB of g.skill 1333mhz ram and a 4870. For the same price you can get either a 720 BE based build with dual 4890's and 2x2GB of 1333mhz ddr2(when oc'd) or a 940 BE based build with a 4870 X2 and the same ram.

Now, for a gaming PC which would you choose?


I do a few UK builds...usually using "ebuyer" and "overclockers uk" and I noticed the prices there are a lot higher...although I have seen them go down a bit over the past year or so. But what I don't understand is why they charge the Brits more than what's charged in the US for the same product...especially Nvidea cards.
May 22, 2009 9:16:21 PM

From what I understand, and forgive me brits if I'm wrong. It has to more with taxes, then the actual price of the product.
May 23, 2009 7:09:06 AM

Helloworld_98 said:
^ yeah in the U.S. you can, I think you're forgetting that the majority of the computing market is in Europe and the Far East.

For an example, you can get a fairly decent i7 build for £800, i7 920, Gigabyte UD4P, 6GB of g.skill 1333mhz ram and a 4870. For the same price you can get either a 720 BE based build with dual 4890's and 2x2GB of 1333mhz ddr2(when oc'd) or a 940 BE based build with a 4870 X2 and the same ram.

Now, for a gaming PC which would you choose?

only because the 720 is $150 cheaper and you can use a cheap $70 board. sure gaming benchmarks are the same for the i7 and phenom 2. but what about when your not gaming or 3 years down the road how will it work in games. most of the time i find it hard to upgrade an old board with a new CPU. you take a am2 build from 3 years ago

athlon x2 5000
2 gigs ddr2 4200 ram
evga 7800
250 gig hard drive
550 watt power supply
great system then

and you want to put a phenom 2 940 in it. well you would also want to upgrade your faster bigger memory, bigger hard drive, better graphics card, and new power supply.why not just buy a new motherboard then the would run the processor more stable and you'll be able to oc it more. by the time you want to upgrade your cpu you will want to upgrade every thing else in the system
May 23, 2009 8:19:25 AM

@kingnoobe, It doesn't really with me since I have VAT exclusion.

@why_me, actually ex vat most products are cheaper over here, especially the XFX 4890 because avnet is forcing XFX to give them rebates for slashing prices.
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