New i7 Build - Review needed

Hello everybody,

I'm finally planning to change my 4+ year old Pentium 4 rig to an i7.

I am looking to get some feedback on my current choices for this new i7 system.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~ 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: $1100
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo and Video editing, Running virtual machines, etc.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, DVD Drives, Operating System (I've Vista Ultimate 32-bit and 64-bit)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
CF/SLI: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: Buying a new monitor

Below are the parts I'm planning to buy:

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021 $99.99

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Socket 8MB Cache CPU D0 Stepping
https://www.antaresdigital.com/cust [...] ge=1" $280.00

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029 $39.99

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835154003 $4.99

Memory: OCZ Platinum 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=N82E16820227381 $99.99 ($20.00 mail-in rebate)

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous @ 40°C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703005 $94.99 ($25.00 mail-in rebate)

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $74.99

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801 $179.99 ($15.00 mail-in rebate)

Monitor: ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236049 $229.00

(Let me know if any other good monitor deals are out there)


I'm confused about the Mobo between the following two:

Mobo 1: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386 $209.99 ($15.00 mail-in rebate)

Mobo 2: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128375 $199.99 ($15.00 mail-in rebate)

It is a bit overbudget, but i'll manage ~$1,200

Thank you all in advance. Your feedback is very much appreciated.
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  1. By the looks of your case and psu I take it you don't have any plans for Crossfire (dual vid cards). Nothing wrong with that. So with that in mind, I can see where the price can be cut down on this build without losing any performance / quality. Google "ewiz coupons" and take some more money off that mobo down below.

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $178.99 | $163.99 after rebate | Free Ground Shipping
    GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341022 $79.99 ($54.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

    *same psu as above but cheaper and free ground shipping @ zipzoomfly

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10009795 $74.99 ($49.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
    OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active Power Supply Retail
  2. Why_me - You are right, I'm not planning to do Crossfire or SLI. I'll check out these updates.

    One another questions, do you think ATI GPU is fine or should i go with GTX 260 core 216, something like:

    EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

    Also, any feedback on the monitor.

    Many thanks for your response.
  3. alishaan said:
    Why_me - You are right, I'm not planning to do Crossfire or SLI. I'll check out these updates.

    One another questions, do you think ATI GPU is fine or should i go with GTX 260 core 216, something like:

    EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433

    Also, any feedback on the monitor.

    Many thanks for your response.


    That's a tough one. The difference between the 4870 and the 260 are like six one way, and half a dozen the other. The only thing I can say is check out a few benchmarks...this site has some good ones and see how those cards do in regards to the games you play more often.


    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,2266.html <---here's some recent charts when they reviewed the 275. It includes the 260 and the 4870
  4. That's another card worth looking at also. It matches up good with your monitor's resolution. Also the 4890 had some nice benchmarks.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $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
  5. Why_Me - Thanks for the benchmark links, after reading I decided to stay with HD 4870.

    A question regarding PSU, do you think 550 W should be enough as I'll add three additional HDDs.

    Also, do you think the Mobo is fine, i read in some forums and UD4P is recommended. Please advice.

    Thanks for your responses.
  6. alishaan said:
    Why_Me - Thanks for the benchmark links, after reading I decided to stay with HD 4870.

    A question regarding PSU, do you think 550 W should be enough as I'll add three additional HDDs.

    Also, do you think the Mobo is fine, i read in some forums and UD4P is recommended. Please advice.

    Thanks for your responses.


    The UD4P is no doubt a better board imo. If you can fit it in your budget I say go for it.

    With those extra HD's I'm going to go out on a limb here and recommend that 620 Corsair you had, or any 600w - 650w psu of a decent brand like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Silverstone, a few of the Antecs, etc...
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