I7 Build - First computer since 2004

I have struggled for weeks with this build, and this is the first time I have posted it. Any suggestions and cost savings would be most helpful. I am not sure if I should wait a bit longer or not, what with the new boards being announced that should include SATA 3.0.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, Video Encoding, Watching HD Movies, Internet Surfing, Documents

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference, only stability and reliability.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes - Hope to get to ~3.6Ghz. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, possibly going to 1900x1200

CASE: COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

Video Card: EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI - Retail

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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  1. get the D0 i7 from antares digital just to be sure.

    use OCZ freeze to get a slightly better OC and temps.

    and $5 less will get you an XFX 4890 and it will give about a 15% increase on that cards performance.
  2. Thanks for the suggestions. Making sure I get a D0 stepping is defenitely a plus.

    How is the driver support for by ATI in Windows 7 64-bit compared to Nvidia? That is partly why I was shooting for an Nvidia card. I have historically not been impressed with ATI driver support.
  3. ^ well considering Win7 RC1 is based on Vista SP2, I'd say the driver support would be about the same.
  4. I am not currently running Vista, so I don't know, and my previous card was a 6800GT. Anyone with any experience that could set my mind at ease either way?
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