I7 COMPUTER BUILD INPUT REQUEST

Hey guys, I'm building and i7 system for my friend and wanted to get some input on some of the hardware I'm considering. Let me know if you have any better recommendations.

Hard Drive
Patriot Torqx Solid State
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220390

Processor
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Motherboard
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131358

Memory
Patriot Viper 3GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220366

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

VIDEO
EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433
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  1. Windows 7. How much Ram would you recommend? What my friend is doing is using Flash and Photoshop with multiple large files open. He wants the system to be super fast when working with these types of files.
  2. 12 GB RAM is affordable, and you can save yourself some money to put towards it by going for a more sensible motherboard - you don't need 3-way SLI if you're just running a single GTX260.

    Try the P6T motherboard as recommended by hefox. You can also save a few bucks by going for slower RAM - many tests from Toms and others show that RAM speed makes little difference on i7 systems, and tighter timings only help synthetic benches (although I have seen very marginal benefits on CS4 products).

    Try something like this:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227401
  3. Ok how about this setup? (This time with a lower processor. He wants to keep the price at no more than $1200.)

    MOBO- ASUS P6T
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    PROCESSOR- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    MEMORY- G.SKILL Trident 6GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231272

    VIDEO- EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

    PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    HD- Crucial CT64M225 2.5" 64GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148318

    Will all these things play well together?
  4. Found this Ram over at Amazon.com that you should take a look at, for $30.00 more you can get a 6gb(3x2gb) kit.
    OCZ OCZ3P1333LV6GK DDR3 PC3-10666 1333 MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1333LV6GK-PC3-10666-Platinum-Channel/dp/B001IT2E42/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_2_2

    Also if you have a Microcenter near you you might want to get the Core i7 920 CPU there, just make sure you get the DO Stepping for around $200. Link for Store Locations below.
    http://www.microcenter.com/at_the_stores/index.html

    Core® i7 920 Processor Boxed, make sure it sows this on box > SLBEJ
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727&utm_source=mcol&utm_medium=leader_bnr&utm_campaign=hmpg_intel_i7920

    Here is a good Combo Deal fo the Mobo you picked and OS.
    1. Microsoft Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit w/free Windows 7 upgrade coupon 66I-03525: $109.99 Free Shipping*

    2. ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution: $349.99

    Combo Discount: -$25.00
    Combo Price: $434.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.234364

    Did not see Case, Monitor, Optical Drive or Operating System mention in your Build Specs plus other items you might be needing.

    Lets start off with the Cases', here are some with very great Airflow that you should check out below.
    Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $169.99 Free Shipping*
    ($10 off with promo code ANTECAUG, limited offer)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $139.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Another Combo Deal with above Case and the PSU you picked.
    1. Corsair Memory CMPSU-750TX: $119.99 Free Shipping*

    2. Cooler Master HAF RC-932-KKN1-GP: $139.99

    Combo Discount: -$10.00
    Combo Price: $249.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.236865

    Next up is Monitors', here are a few at various sizes that you should check out.
    ASUS VH222H Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Widescreen $169.99 ($159.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236053

    SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen $209.99 ($189.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    (Maximum Resolution 2048 x 1152 )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001317

    ASUS VK246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen $219.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236048

    Optical Drive
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $29.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    Get one of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
    CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
    (It is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it.)
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=26022

    If you do get the CoGage True Spirit, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket, instead of the Push-Pin one that come with it.
    Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=173&products_id=24667

    If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
    Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
    http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=450&products_id=24727

    One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/07/23/intel_core_i7_heatsink_roundup_q309/5

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound.
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $7.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004

    *note: Here is an alternate to your Mobo selection that you should look at, plus it has the same ombo Deal with the OS, I suggested above, unless your friend is going with Tri-SLI.
    The ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $289.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.234350

    Another option you should look at is going with the GTX 275, either one of these.
    EVGA 017-P3-1175-AR GeForce GTX 275 1792MB 448-bit $274.99 ($254.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130476

    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475

    Also would consider a Storage/Backup HDD in the 640gb to 1TB range, if you still are goig forward with the SSD.
  5. mbarr69 said:
    Ok how about this setup? (This time with a lower processor. He wants to keep the price at no more than $1200.)

    MOBO- ASUS P6T
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    PROCESSOR- Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    MEMORY- G.SKILL Trident 6GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231272

    VIDEO- EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

    PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    HD- Crucial CT64M225 2.5" 64GB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148318

    Will all these things play well together?


    Everything looks great except I would go with this power supply.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

    It is a little cheaper but has better quality.
    http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story&reid=140
  6. Thanks for your comments. Talking to the guy right now about getting the parts
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