$1500 i7 Gaming/Work Computer

Hey,
Could you guys take a look at this build that a friend and I have come up with. If there is any way to reduce the cost or even significantly improve the performance please tell us- I think we checked for compatibility, though we could have made a mistake on some parts.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Sept. 1st, 09

BUDGET RANGE: (target) $1,500 CAD after taxes. (Maximum flexibility) $1,600 CAD after taxes. (tax: 13%)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming | Work, Photoshop, Movies, Music, Compiling

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, CD-Drive, Floppy (?), Operating System

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any Canadian Site. Preferably, newegg.ca or tigerdirect.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: See Build. i7 Build

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (More so CPU than RAM, RAM not necessary)

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes if our choice of Video Cards are good

PC Build we have come up with:
- (CPU) Intel Core i7 920 (D0) Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4240166&sku=CP1-I7-920

- (RAM) G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

- (VGA) 2 x ATI Radeon HD 4770 (CROSSFIRE)
For some odd reason, this card has vanished from newegg or tigerdirect

- (MOBO) ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38371&vpn=AMD-ATI-RADEON-4770-512MB&manufacture=NCIXPC

- (CASE) Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146085&CatId=1510

- (HDD) Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

- (PSU) OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

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Do you think the motherboard is a good choice for what we want? Do we need to spend that much on a mother board?

Are the 2x4770 VGA's a good choice for the price and performance?

Is the RAM any good? We aren't really looking to clock the RAM in the future.

Is the PSU any good and is the power enough for the build above?

I tried to research as much as I could about all these parts and comparing the price as well as performance (and not trying to sacrifice too much of the performance) this is what I have come up with.

Any suggestions &/ advice would be great!
Thanks
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  1. AaronDM said:
    Hey,
    Could you guys take a look at this build that a friend and I have come up with. If there is any way to reduce the cost or even significantly improve the performance please tell us- I think we checked for compatibility, though we could have made a mistake on some parts.

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before Sept. 1st, 09

    BUDGET RANGE: (target) $1,500 CAD after taxes. (Maximum flexibility) $1,600 CAD after taxes. (tax: 13%)

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming | Work, Photoshop, Movies, Music, Compiling

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, CD-Drive, Floppy (?), Operating System

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Any Canadian Site. Preferably, newegg.ca or tigerdirect.ca

    PARTS PREFERENCES: See Build. i7 Build

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes (More so CPU than RAM, RAM not necessary)

    SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes if our choice of Video Cards are good

    PC Build we have come up with:
    - (CPU) Intel Core i7 920 (D0) Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4240166&sku=CP1-I7-920

    - (RAM) G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

    - (VGA) 2 x ATI Radeon HD 4770 (CROSSFIRE)
    For some odd reason, this card has vanished from newegg or tigerdirect

    - (MOBO) ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=38371&vpn=AMD-ATI-RADEON-4770-512MB&manufacture=NCIXPC

    - (CASE) Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4146085&CatId=1510

    - (HDD) Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    - (PSU) OCZ StealthXStream OCZ600SXS 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010

    -------------------------
    Do you think the motherboard is a good choice for what we want? Do we need to spend that much on a mother board?

    Are the 2x4770 VGA's a good choice for the price and performance?

    Is the RAM any good? We aren't really looking to clock the RAM in the future.

    Is the PSU any good and is the power enough for the build above?

    I tried to research as much as I could about all these parts and comparing the price as well as performance (and not trying to sacrifice too much of the performance) this is what I have come up with.

    Any suggestions &/ advice would be great!
    Thanks


    You have a good solid build there. I can't pick a hole in it.
  2. That is a very nice build. You must have read the Graphics Card Roundup here on Tom's Hardware. The 4770 in CF are one of the best performing setups in that price range.

    Everything else is good too. I don't know too much about PSU's but if I am not mistake OCZ is a very good brand.*

    *Not positive though

    This may change in time though especially since you said Sept. 1. That is a while from now prices may change and better stuff may come out or go down in price. But for rite now that is a solid build, nice, productive research you must have done!
  3. With the exeption of the 2x4770s, your build is very good.
    Although toms says two 4770s are a killer bang4buck choice, you should think "Future proof".
    Instead of spending 230-240$ on 2 4770s, go the extra mile and get a single more powerful card (4870-4890)
    That leaves room for future crossfire upgrade, otherwise upgrading 2 4770 VGAs requires replacing them both
    Replacing the PSU is mandatory in order to feed 2 of these power hungry VGAs and this ANTEC 750W has all the necessary PCI-X power connectors, (2x6pin+ 2x6+2pin) thought it comes at a high price
    (also i've changed the RAM modules, couldn't resist, +10$ but way better in my opinion)

    the following prices are from newegg.ca

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $199.99 -$20.00 Instant $179.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $319.99 -$12.00 Instant $307.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

    DIAMOND 4890PE51GSB Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $299.49 -$34.00 Instant $265.49
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103075

    Seagate ST3640323AS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $89.99 -$10.00 Instant $79.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148335

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 $349.99 -$10.00 Instant $339.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model TR3X6G1600C8 G $132.49 -$11.00 Instant $121.49
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 $169.99 -$25.00 Instant $144.99
    SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

    Subtotal: $1,439.93

    a good case alternative is Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case $174.99 -$40.00 Instant $134.99
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    saves U like $40+, if you don't need the front e-SATA port
  4. You said that mite want to OC the CPU stock cooler mite not do it for you.
  5. Thanks for the advise.

    Couple of questions.

    @billroidis: For the PSU, are you saying a new 750w PSU is needed for the 2x4770 or just for the 4870-4890?

    @HoustonSerenity: I was thinking of that, but I don't know any cheap but good cooler (for overclocking purposes). Unless any other non-stock cpu cooler will do.

    This is a bit pricey I think, but check it out:
    http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4197086&pagenumber=1&RSort=1&csid=ITD&recordsPerPage=5&body=#ReviewStart
  6. hi
    Look for Akasa I7 coolers and I think it would be wiser to spend more on graphics cards and Antec case maybe??? I think that you should go with geforce 275 GTX its better than 4890 and same price. CPU is ok and motherboard is ok but if you truly are an overcocker I would suggest Rampage 2 extreme.(Only if u are overclocker).
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