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First ever build. Opinions and feedback please.

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June 14, 2009 5:59:46 PM

Well, I finally have my first build ready to go, and just wanted to obtain some feedback and opinions on it if anyone would be willing to do so. Here it is:

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM:
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card:
SAPPHIRE100259-1GLRadeon HD4870 1GB 256-bitGDDR5PCIExpress 2.0x16
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive:
HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CD/DVD Drive:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That's about it. Any feedback or opinions are GREATLY appreciated and always welcome. I appreciate that assistance of everyone here. A lot of help has come my way from these forums.

June 14, 2009 6:05:54 PM

An after market cooler is coming Friday, after my paycheck. ;) 

I will have to look into the 4870x2. I just cost a lot of money for that.
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June 14, 2009 6:07:43 PM

What's your budget and what's your monitor's resolution ?
June 14, 2009 6:15:11 PM

Well my budget was $1000. I moved that to 1300, then to 1400. I have PLENTY of money to spend. I am just very frugal. My monitors resolution will depend. My cousin has A LOT of monitors, all can support very high resolutions, and so I might just get one from him, or use my Sharp Aquos television. I am also looking at the 4890, how about that?
June 14, 2009 6:24:30 PM

I didn't put a case in this build for the fact the 900 isn't a good choice for dual vid cards of large size. Anyways here's one to take a look at. This build is set up to over clock and for SLI/Crossfire.

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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 Free Shipping*
XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty

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: $1,042.62 | $1,012.62 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
June 14, 2009 6:35:05 PM

I like that build. Unfortunately, I have already ordered most of the stuff I posted. I should probably get a bigger case. If I went with two video cards down the road, what issues will I run into with the Antec 900? Also, the XFX 4890 looks nice, I think I will return the 4870 and go with the 4890.
June 14, 2009 6:54:17 PM

brightfutureahead said:
I like that build. Unfortunately, I have already ordered most of the stuff I posted. I should probably get a bigger case. If I went with two video cards down the road, what issues will I run into with the Antec 900? Also, the XFX 4890 looks nice, I think I will return the 4870 and go with the 4890.


Size with the 900 as far as two large cards and a 120mm h/s.
June 14, 2009 7:03:19 PM

Why_Me said:
Size with the 900 as far as two large cards and a 120mm h/s.


I am really sorry, but I do not understand what it is you just said. (My computer lingo vocabulary is still in it's infancy haha)
June 14, 2009 7:38:12 PM

The time to ask for advice is BEFORE you order, not after.

That said, The parts look good.

For a first build, I would stick with a single good vga card instead of dual cards. It's simpler.
VGA cards in the GTX275 or 4890 class are a good value and appropriate to the i7-920.

For better performance look at the WD caviar black 1tb drive. You might not use all the space, but the outer parts are quite fast.

I would install an oem cooler up front. You have to do this with the motherboard outside of the case. I hate to dismantle a good running system to do this later.

June 14, 2009 8:08:15 PM

Haha sorry I forgot to mention I have been asking for advice for months, and for the past few days here. Finally made the purchase, and then wanted to ask again, just for options in the future. No one ever expressed issues with the case though, which I am worried about.
June 14, 2009 8:19:27 PM

So I should NOT trust the stock CPU fan?
June 14, 2009 9:00:22 PM

brightfutureahead said:
I am really sorry, but I do not understand what it is you just said. (My computer lingo vocabulary is still in it's infancy haha)

There won't be a problem with the cards or heatsink fitting (the video card may interfere with the HDD, but then again you can just move up the hard drive cage). As for the heatsink, I've been able to install a Sunbeam CCTF 120mm heatsink in an Antec 900 easily, but I was not able to install the optional side fan as it interfered with it.

The Antec 900 has 3 speed switch fans. I noticed that on medium or high the fans are audible, but on low its almost silent. However, it is very difficult to overclock on the low setting as the fans can't exhaust the hot air fast enough.

Also keep in mind that the 900 doesn't have fan filters; if your going to put this case on a carpet expect to clean out the dust every 1-2 weeks (and trust me, there will be ALOT of dust). I've found that keeping the case on top of a desk/platform greatly reduces the amount of dust that accumulates in the case.
June 14, 2009 9:01:38 PM

double post
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