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June 16, 2009 4:38:09 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow, or the day after. As soon as I work out any issues BUDGET RANGE: $1000-$1600
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Internet, Word processing/general college work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor (Using a 26" LCD TV 720), harddrive (500gb 7200 rpm)


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: Preferably an i7 processor, though if thats dumb let me know. Geforce gtx 200 series.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, in the future. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably not. Looking to avoid it as even one card is HUGE

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1360x768, probably will upgrade to 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please god no bling.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $280

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $300

Graphics Card:
Really not sure. I can afford a GTX 295, but I'm really not sure if its worth it or just dumb. Could probably get a better monitor or something if I did not buy one, but its so tempting.
Is a gtx 285 a reasonable option?

Power Supply

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model $110

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $55

Optical Drive
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model $110

Everything else seems kind of miscellaneous. If that is not true let me know.

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June 16, 2009 4:55:43 AM

i am building almost the identical machine, except i think i am going to use the gtx 275, i dont know if what you get out of the 285 is worth 90$, but i could be wrong, so If i am, please correct me, and i may end up building with the 285

I am also going to take a page from you and build with that optical drive, i might as well get the Blu-Ray and HD DVD for an extra 60 bucks.

as for the case, may want to make sure there will be enough ventilation/fans.

as for the MOBO, i am all over the place on which one i want, im down to about three, basically id like one with high quality sound

im also going with the 750 W Corsair, for 20 bucks more you have the opportunity to add a whole bunch more later
June 16, 2009 5:04:15 AM

EDIT: Dint refresh the page before the post...
^+1 for chronic

@wfayer Nice setup...
But here are a few suggestions that you can consider...

1. The mobo - The EVGA is a very good board but I have seen people complaining about the black heatsink that is near the CPU bracket, which can block certain aftermarket CPU heatsinks. And like you said, it might be a bit overkill...
So you can consider this mobo...
Generally people advice the P6T but Reason to go with this mobo -
If you check this review, you can see that this mobo performs better than the P6T too... and has a complimentary premium onboard sound.

2. CASE - Antec 300 is a very good case...but you can even check this one...It is a very high quality aluminium case
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K7B

3. Saving about $60 from mobo, why not a BD burner? but it is left to you if you require one...

4. Graphics card - The GTX 285 is actually an overkill for that resolution...And for resolutions upto 1080p, the GTX 275, which is about $100 less, would perform very similar to the GTX 285...
You should check out this article before making a decision on the graphics card...

5. CPU Cooler - As you may overclock, get an aftermarket CPU cooler for better performance...

And as you budget allows, get a newer faster harddisk like the WD Black 640GB as the primary drive....
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June 16, 2009 5:07:13 AM

i7 920 w/dual gtx 275's in SLI $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $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 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 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $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 $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 $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $109.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L - Retail

Total: $1,412.91 | $1,347.91 w/mail in rebates <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7,229... <--- gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build <--- That's the G.SKILL RAM that's posted in this build in action. <--- Frosty Tech's review and rating of that Xigmatek h/s used in this build
June 16, 2009 5:21:45 AM

wow thank you Why_Me.... i am pretty sure you just gave me the entire blueprint to my new computer
June 16, 2009 5:42:57 AM

He does that alot.
June 16, 2009 5:49:19 AM


If you have a Micro Center near where you live, I would suggest you buy your CPU from them. They have 75 in stock at $229.99 of the Core® i7 920 Processor DO stepping.

Also would suggest you get this Aftermarket HSF CPU Cooler, the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT CPU Cooler for $74.99.

Below is the Link showing all of Micro Center Store Locations'.

Have fun with your new build.