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New i7 Gaming Comp - Final check

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June 14, 2009 10:01:15 PM

I've been reading lots of other posts here and I think I've worked out a final list of parts I'm going to buy for my new machine. Thanks for all the great advice you've given others, it has been a big help. Please take a look and let me know if I'm missing anything obvious. It has been a number of years since I build my last system!


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: < $3000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, gaming, gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg only

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel proc, don't care otherwise

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Either one

MONITOR RESOLUTION: dunno

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I think I'm done except for monitor(s), I really don't have a clue what I'm looking for since I'm still using a 19-inch CRT. The return policy on monitors puts me off so I might buy it at a local store so I can bring it back more easily if there is a problem

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CASE: LIAN LI ARMORSUIT PC-P50 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

GPU (x2): EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD (x2): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
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 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GOO: OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price: $1,799.88

I know that the Noctua doesn't have room for both optional fans with the EVGA mobo...think that is a big enough deal to warrant another unit instead? It still seemed to have great reviews and I have been impressed by everything I've heard about Noctua. I wasn't too impressed by the looks of the Dark Knight.

I still need an optical drive (DVD not Blu-Ray) and monitor, anyone have good recommendations? Beyond that I'd really like to hear ideas/better options/etc. Thanks a lot!
June 15, 2009 2:37:42 AM

There's a nice combo deal with that case and PSU, I think that's why you chose it, but just an FYI.
Also, I'd recommend either changing the motherboard to an Asus P6T Deluxe V2, or change the heatsink to a Xigmatek Dark Knight if you want the best performance and you have to get rid of one of the items.

Everything else looks fine, but just in case, try and get the i7 @ Antares Digital, that way you can guarantee an i7 920 D0.

DVD drive- LG is fine, just never spend too much. 22x is plenty:

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

My monitor:

http://www.amazon.com/W2207H-22-inch-Widescreen-LCD-Mon...

I like HP monitors for some reason, no light bleeding, no dead pixels, excellent clarity and a nice menu. If you don't like it, LG makes nice monitors, also HP makes a 24'' of the same model, I'd recommend that for SLI GTX 275s.
June 15, 2009 2:37:50 AM

Dammit, double post, sorry. I'm beta testing Mozilla 3.5 so that might be the issue lol XD
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