$1000 Core i7 rig

Sup everyone. here to get some tips on my build. good upgrade/bad upgrade and good components or not

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: When my friend buys my current PC for $400 (hopefully in 2 days.

BUDGET RANGE: About $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playing games (WoW, Halo 2, newer games), burning movies and stuff, surfing net, playing music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All the Essentials such as KB/Mouse/Speakers, and i also have HDD

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or anywhere that ships in 3 days to VA.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Nvidia (evga), Corsair, OCZ.

OVERCLOCKING: Possibly SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future maybe

here is what i have so far and some things to consider. i copied this from another website where i posted this.

What I currently own:
Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 2.33GHz
GIGABYTE GA-P35 S3L
2GB Corsair RAM
EVGA 8800GTS 320MB
Corsair 520HX PSU
Cooler Master Centuron 5
500GB WD Drive and 160GB Seagate


*Note: The system listed above is going to be sold to my friend at about $400-$500 (Good deal?) and that money will be used to buy the new system along with some more money that i have from my birthday. I am going to be taking out the 500GB HDD to use for myself and am going to leave the 160GB one in there for my friend to have.

What I'm planning on buying:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202 Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129025 Antec P182 Gun Metal Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130464 EVGA GTX 260 896MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018 OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128386 GIGABYTE GA-EX58 MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365 OCZ 6GB(3 x 2GB) Gold DDR3 RAM


All together this comes to just a little over $1000, i would love to go lower in terms of price if you guys think of any good deals that you've seen i would really appreciate any help.

Just wondering if you guys thought this was a good build and a good upgrade or if there is anything i can replace (whilst keeping the price down of course). Everything compatible?

Thanks for any help guys!
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  1. What's the current resolution on your monitor...this gives us an idea for what vid card to consider for your build. btw your links aren't working.
  2. hmm weird just took out the tags, thats the only way it would work

    running at 1680x1050
  3. I just finished a similar system using the Gigabyte GA-X58 UD4P (your choice was the UD3R). Your board has good reviews, but if you have $50 to spare, get the UD4P. It's an awesome board with an overclock monitor (LEDS) on the PCB, and overtemp lights, and dual BIOS and other xtras. Really worth the extra $50.

    I installed Windows 7, and it runs phenomenally with the i7, which BTW is hard to slow down. I have SETI@home, GPUgrind, and I'm calculating pi to 10 million places, and posting this reply---all at once. She has barely slowed....I will say you're going in the right direction, but if you don't have the extra $50, you should try and mow a lawn or two. You won't regret it!
  4. This build includes a factory over clocked gtx 260 with the ability to add another in the future for SLI if you so choose. It also includes a decent h/s and thermal compound not to mention this case has plenty of room for SLI and great airflow/ventilation/cooling which is exactly what you want with a gaming rig....especially if you plan on running SLI later on.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $74.99
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $114.39 ($104.39 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retai

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $41.99 Free Shipping*
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
    Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127430 $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365 $91.99 ($71.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    OCZ Gold 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=N82E16827136152 $23.99 Free Shipping*
    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

    Total: $966.91 | $903.91 w/mail in rebates

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Enable SLI On X58 Boards

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <---Save yourself some money and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7
  5. mr_tuel said:
    I just finished a similar system using the Gigabyte GA-X58 UD4P (your choice was the UD3R). Your board has good reviews, but if you have $50 to spare, get the UD4P. It's an awesome board with an overclock monitor (LEDS) on the PCB, and overtemp lights, and dual BIOS and other xtras. Really worth the extra $50.

    I installed Windows 7, and it runs phenomenally with the i7, which BTW is hard to slow down. I have SETI@home, GPUgrind, and I'm calculating pi to 10 million places, and posting this reply---all at once. She has barely slowed....I will say you're going in the right direction, but if you don't have the extra $50, you should try and mow a lawn or two. You won't regret it!


    They have that board (UD4P) on sale right now at ewiz.

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate Free Ground Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
  6. Hey Why_Me. I noticed you recommended that board on another thread, and I took a liking to it. I'm not as familiar wtih "ewiz" how do they compare w/ Newegg for instance?
  7. sirgrotius said:
    Hey Why_Me. I noticed you recommended that board on another thread, and I took a liking to it. I'm not as familiar wtih "ewiz" how do they compare w/ Newegg for instance?


    There decent. They have good customer support, and they have like a 98% + rating as far as customer reviews go. I made the mistake of ordering UPS ground...it was part of the free delivery and it took almost three weeks to arrive. But then again I live in Alaska, and it's like that with anyone when I order the UPS ground.
  8. wow

    why_me...thanks so much man thats really nice. now i can get myself a CD/DVD burner and maybe even upgrade the GPU a bit to the 1GB version. You say its factory overclocked so maybe i dont even have to do that!

    im pretty sure im gonna go with what you have suggested. thanks a lot man. i appreciate you taking the time to look it up and giving me links to useful help. oh and btw i have downloaded the windows 7 RC. thanks for that too. cheaper and just as good with some extra cooling.
  9. elchuchopisado said:
    wow

    why_me...thanks so much man thats really nice. now i can get myself a CD/DVD burner and maybe even upgrade the GPU a bit to the 1GB version. You say its factory overclocked so maybe i dont even have to do that!

    im pretty sure im gonna go with what you have suggested. thanks a lot man. i appreciate you taking the time to look it up and giving me links to useful help. oh and btw i have downloaded the windows 7 RC. thanks for that too. cheaper and just as good with some extra cooling.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $23.99 Free Shipping*
    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
  10. its not in stock at the moment but good suggestion. if it comes back soon i will probably get that one
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