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My new build- ordering everything tomorrow. Suggestions welcome!

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June 14, 2009 4:49:28 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully by monday!

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet browsing, occasional video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drives

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to go with the Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920. I'm pretty flexible on everything else.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe. I've never overclocked before, but I'm not opposed to it.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC...

Here's what I've got slapped together so far. This is the first PC I've build and frankly, I've put almost this whole thing together from Priximon's parts list.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE:
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

GPU x2: 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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER: COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The total comes to $1,610 on Newegg ($1,550 with mail-in-rebates).

I thought I'd put this build up before I make my order tomorrow. Let me know if there's anything that should be changed that's within the same price range for any other these items.

Any suggestions are much appreciated!







June 14, 2009 5:04:56 AM

I would suggest the combo deal from newegg:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
201647ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
201647OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

All for 619.97 - This would save you about $70.00 which you could put towards getting GTX 275 cards instead. Just a suggestion. I also prefer the Coolermaster 932 HAF case to your selection but that's just preference as they are both solid cases.
June 14, 2009 5:07:10 AM

To save a couple bucks, I'd suggest this as an alternative to your GPU:

2 x MSI GTX 260 Core 216
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I use one of these cards and it rocks. :)  Each card is $175 before rebate. Keep in mind you can only get 1 rebate (can't do rebate on two cards) so far as I know. Plus the MSI cards have a higher Factory OC on the core clock.

Though honestly, I play pretty much everything but Crysis on their higher/highest settings with a single GTX 260 @ 1920x1080 resolution. So You don't necessarily have to go SLI to enjoy that system either.
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June 14, 2009 5:40:50 AM

If you want a quiet computer, the Antec P182 is the perfect case for you. Not only is it cheaper than the Antec 1200, it has free shipping which saves you alot of money on shipping costs.

Antec P182 - $144.99
CORSAIR 850TX - $139.99
Core i7 D0 Stepping - $280
ASUS P6T Deluxe v2 / OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 - $364.98
XIGMATEK Dark Knight - $39.99
Tuniq TX-2 - $4.99
Western Digital Caviar Black - $74.99

Current total: $1049.94| After rebates: $999.94

Now I realize there isn't a video card there, and thats because you have to options. You can either get two GTX 275 (SC Edition is cheapest right now) or one GTX 285. With the two GTX 275s you can downgrade to a 750TX which prevents you from going over budget (Without rebates) or go with a single GTX 285, keeping the 850TX and having the option for sli when you feel the need to. I assume you're going to upgrade your monitor eventually so its really upto you - sli now, or sli later.

If you want an explanation for everything, just tell me and I can post one.
June 14, 2009 7:16:12 AM

Bullheaded67 said:
I would suggest the combo deal from newegg:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
201647ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
201647OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail

All for 619.97 - This would save you about $70.00 which you could put towards getting GTX 275 cards instead. Just a suggestion. I also prefer the Coolermaster 932 HAF case to your selection but that's just preference as they are both solid cases.


I like this suggestion. I was actually planning on going for this ASUS mobo but went for the EVGA because it was cheaper. With the combo I can go back to the ASUS...

I'm still not sure on the GPU...
June 14, 2009 9:01:55 AM

shukorb said:
I like this suggestion. I was actually planning on going for this ASUS mobo but went for the EVGA because it was cheaper. With the combo I can go back to the ASUS...

I'm still not sure on the GPU...


A decent 750w psu (Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, etc..) will easily run those gtx 275's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 ($79.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

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.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $239.59 ($219.59 after MIR) Free Shipping
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $239.59 ($219.59 after MIR) Free Shipping
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 (2.0v) Video Card Retail

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... $74.99 Free Shipping*
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=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: $1,327.91 | $1,277.91 w/mail in rebates

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.gskill.us/forum/showthread.php?t=532 <---That G.SKILL memory in action

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
June 14, 2009 7:27:22 PM

I'd like to make a suggestion on a video card. There's a GTX275 with 1792 memory. Either that or a GTX285 with 2gig memory.

My irrationality behind it................ Coming from an over clocked GTX260... 640.2300/192 and going to an MSI Lightning..... and finally getting that piece of junk to over clock using Riva Tuner....
The extra video memory really helps ALL gaming out by allowing you to turn on the goodies without taking a hit.
Taking Crysis for example..... the scene after you get above the falls...... always had a tough time there with the other card and had to cut back on some settings. Now I can run through it with almost the highest AA ( Q16 was just a little choppy ) @16x10 without any problems. The extra memory justified paying extra for the card..... ( don't buy the Lightning it's garbage ) not to mention how much nicer the game looks with AA cranked.

You also have to look at the future and how demanding the new games will be. IMO 1gig of memory won't be enough..... not at 1600 res. ( "fastest with the mostest " )
June 14, 2009 7:32:08 PM

So I just placed this order:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

2x - 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

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

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Total: $1,623

This went over my budget, but not by too much. I went with two GTX 260's because I want to be ready to run Diablo III at a high resolution. I considered waiting on the OS but I didn't want to mess with it and Vista was only $99. I'm told Microsoft is planning on doing an upgrade program to Windows 7 for $50. I really don't feel like running a beta OS on a system I'm already spending so much money on

Thanks for all the help!
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