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A couple of questions on a $1500 newbie build...advice welcome

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June 5, 2009 10:23:02 PM

Hi all, Im building a gaming computer and I just have a couple of questions.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next month or two

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming but also internet and HD vids

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse and HDD (got a couple of SATA ones at home)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and I have a local Microcenter so I can get some parts there

PARTS PREFERENCES: I prefer Nvidia and Intel but that can change if needed

OVERCLOCKING: Yes everything except RAM

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 by 1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: doesn't need to be extremely quiet but i don't want it too loud. I am also buying one of my graphics card with my own money and the 1500 dollars is coming from my dad and tax is being paid for a B-day present.

Questions
1) Should I get the Core i7 920 or Core 2 Quad Q9550 for gaming? Im leaning toward the Q9550 cause its cheaper but I don't know.

2) Should I get GTX 285 SLI or GTX 275 SLI? Im leaning toward the GTX 275 SLI but that is still under debate...

3) Is my case okay or should I get a different one (I don't mind the looks btw)?

4) Should I download windows 7 RC and use that or should I partition my HDD so that I can dual boot Windows 7 and XP?


Im thinking of these following parts.

Case - Cooler Master HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower - $139.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

CPU - Intel Corporation Core® i7 920 Processor Boxed - 229.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
or
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz 12MB L2 Cache LGA 775 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail 264.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard - Asus Computer International P6T Deluxe V2 1366 ATX Motherboard - 289.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
or
EVGA 132-YW-E178-A1 LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 780i SLI FTW ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Corsair Memory XMS3 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL9 Memory Kit (Three 2GB Memory Modules) - 99.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
or
Corsair Memory Dominator 4GB DDR2-1066 (PC-8500) CL5 Memory Kit (Two 2GB Memory Modules) - 99.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

Graphics Card - EVGA GeForce GTX 285 Superclocked 1024MB GDDR3 PCIe Graphics Card - 369.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
or
EVGA e-GeForce GTX 275 896MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card - 259.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
(the other one for SLI is bought with my own money)

Power Supply - Corsair Memory TX750W 750 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply - 149.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

CPU Cooler - Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V Heat-Pipe Direct Touch Air Cooling System - 59.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...

DVD Drive - Samsung Super-WriteMaster Dual/Double Layer 22x DVD±RW Burner - 34.99
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
(I don't need Bluray if anyone is wondering...)

Thanks beforehand.
June 5, 2009 10:54:13 PM

http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro... $139.99
HAF932 High Air Flow Full Tower

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 ($99.99 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 - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?pro..." $ 280.00
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Socket 8MB Cache CPU D0 Stepping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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=N82E168... $24.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X 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 Burner - OEM

Total: $1,154.92 | $1,104.92 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build

http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=584 <---short review on that D0 stepping i7. It runs cooler than the older C0 stepping i7's

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta... <--- that's one way you can tell if you have a D0 stepping cpu or not
June 6, 2009 2:37:07 AM

mastapie said:
Hi all, Im building a gaming computer and I just have a couple of questions.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in the next month or two

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly gaming but also internet and HD vids

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse and HDD (got a couple of SATA ones at home)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com and I have a local Microcenter so I can get some parts there

Thanks beforehand.


http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.asp?m=100580608&mpage=3&k...


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June 14, 2009 10:11:50 PM

Well I have decided to get the Q9550 because I believe that it is better for what I do (mostly gaming) and doesn't have enough of a performance increase that justifies its higher price.

I also have decided to get the GTX 275 SLI because its cheaper with better performance.

Thanks that is gonna probably be my final decision so thx
June 14, 2009 10:17:20 PM

mastapie said:
Well I have decided to get the Q9550 because I believe that it is better for what I do (mostly gaming) and doesn't have enough of a performance increase that justifies its higher price.

I also have decided to get the GTX 275 SLI because its cheaper with better performance.

Thanks that is gonna probably be my final decision so thx


Getting an Nvdea chipset board then eh? Just out of curiosity what was the total cost of that q9550 build with the gtx 275 in SLI ? I know the q9550 cost around the same as the i7 920 cpu.
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