I7 system - opinion please

Hello,

This is my first post, hope I'm not out of line here.

I'm looking to build a new system and wanted to make sure I wasn't making any bad choices before I spend the $$, as I haven't built a system in nearly 4 years.

CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred

MOBO: Asus P6T Deluxe V2

CPU: Core i7 920 2.66 GHZ LGA 1366 130W Quad Core
FAN: ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

PS: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power (Is this big enough or should I go 1000 Watt???)

VID: EVGA 017-P3-1294-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

DVD: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L

Priced through New Egg around $1975+shipping

Any comments/suggestions on changes would be greatly appreciated, especially in regard to power, I'm not sure if the750W PS is enough or if I should opt for 1KW model.

Primary application is obviously gaming: WoW, Crysis, The Witcher, Far Cry, BioShock are my current titles.
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  1. I would go with this MB instead, I have it and have my core I7 920 running stable at 3.8 :) everything else looks good!

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
  2. IIRC the june gfx buying guide was saying 2x GTX275s are cheaper than a single GTX295 for almost identical performance. You could probably save a bit of money by switching to two 4870s or two gtx 260s. If it's worth doing that would depend on the resolution of your monitor and how long you hope to keep the system for.

    750w is enough.
  3. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice <--- that would give us a lot better clue. :)
  4. OK, I appologize for the incomplete format. I did read some of the guides and somehow glazed over that one. I guess anticipation of the new system rushed me, so here is my revised information:

    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Would like to place the order as soon as I am sure of the items. Saturday/sunday would be good so delivery will be mid week after the monday rush but before the weekend.

    BUDGET RANGE: $2000ish

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: World of Warcraft, other gaming including FPS, RTS and RPG, future MMO if wow ever bores me. I like to run my games with high detail, but don't necessarily need it dialed up to very top as long as things look really nice and smooth.

    Adobe CS3, Movie Maker, DVD/CD Burning, watch and rip movies, web surfing, etc.


    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Already have
    Keyboard - Saitek Eclipse (USB)
    Mouse - Razer Copperhead (USB)
    Speakers - Creative 5.1
    Monitor - Viewsonic VX922 (19" 2ms LCD Monitor 270 cd/m2 650:1)

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg is preferred vendor but will use other reputable companies. Prefer one stop shopping rather than order piecemeal.

    PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Asus, MSI, eVga, Western Digital, nVidia are brands I've used and trusted, but again, I'm open minded, quality/performance/price are considerations.

    OVERCLOCKING: I think so, but not sure exactly how OC works.

    SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Wasn't considering it, but per the above recommendation, sounds like a better option.

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be a long term (3 year+ target) system.

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    CASE:
    Antec Twelve Hundred Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    MOBO:
    Asus P6T Deluxe V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

    CPU: Core i7 920 2.66 GHZ LGA 1366 130W Quad Core
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    FAN: ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046

    RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

    PS: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power (Is this big enough or should I go 1000 Watt???)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    VID: EVGA 017-P3-1294-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130473

    HDD: Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322

    DVD: LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136133
  5. One last question before I post a build on here; how attached to your monitor are you ? What I mean is that I can post you a nice i7 build on here with that blue ray and I can also fit in a nice high resolution 24" monitor all for under $2,000.
  6. For $2000, you can build an incredibly fast machine, which should definitely last your 3 year goal. However, if you're planning on using your 19" monitor, you're going to be wasting a lot of that power for at least a year of it.

    Personally, if I had a $2k budget, I'd get a 22"+ monitor to go along with it. I'll list out some components you should look at if you're planning on keeping with the 19"

    Also: Note that wow doesn't support SLI/CF. If you want the graphics maxed to the teeth, then one fast card is definitely better than two, but most graphics cards higher than a 9800gt can handle wow with 90% of the settings up. Thats a choice you need to make. I'll list components for a single card.

    i7 920
    12GB DDR3 (I realize 6gb is the suggested right now, but in 2.5 years, 6gb won't be worth jack - and 12gb will easily fit in your budget)
    GTX 285
    Blu-Ray Burner (this is optional, but again I'm looking to your 3 year goal.)
    SLI capable mobo, that has enough space for two double space cards and a free pci or pci-e slot (for a second gtx285 later, and the free slot for upgrades that may happen, USB3.0 or crap like that)
    obviously a large enough case to keep two gtx 285s and a core i7 cool
    ~750w high efficiency PSU (no reason not to with this budget)

    I wouldn't suggest going balls to the wall with HDD space, since that will be MUCH cheaper to upgrade in the future when you need it.

    If you don't plan on doing any excessive OCs, you wont need an aftermarket cooler. You may also want to think about going higher than an i7 920 if you aren't willing to learn how to overclock it (obviously overclocking is MUCH cheaper)

    I'll update this post with actual links to items when I get a chance

    Edit:

    Antec Three Hundred - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
    300gb velociraptor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136322
    500gb 5400rpm drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152137
    GTX285 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133256
    750w 80plus psu - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009
    12gb ddr3 1600 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145235
    MSI SLI capable mobo (with the stuff i mentioned before) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130220
    i7 920 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
    Blu-ray burner - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136155

    Total - $1,656.88
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