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June 26, 2009 1:00:35 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1000-1250

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have a 500g internal but might throw in a WD 640g Caviar

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe down the road

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Last computer I built was five years ago, an AMD 64 rig. Ended up dying about two years ago and I’ve been using my school laptop ever since. This thing is a piece of junk but I haven’t had the time to play games or anything so I lived with it. However, I’m done with school now and looking to build a computer so that I can game again and watch HD movies and what not. I’ve done a little research but I’m not exactly sure if my build is adequate or if there are better or cheaper parts out there. If anyone has any suggestions on items that can help push the price down without sacrificing quality or performance then they would be greatly appreciated. Not taking into MIRs or bundles, the price stands at $1234.90 right now.

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 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...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Ram : OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Keyboard: Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD - HP Black 22X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM SATA 22X Multiformal DVD Writer - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks in advance.

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June 26, 2009 1:23:07 AM

I would add a WD 640GB Black HDD & use your old 500 as a seconady drive or use in an external encloser. Everything else looks good to me.
June 26, 2009 1:44:38 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply 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... $229.99 ($209.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $162.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Comfort Curve Keyboard 2000 - Retail

Total: $1,186.92 | $1,116.92 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 RC 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu
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June 26, 2009 6:59:32 AM

Original list is fine, don't forget an OS though.

Vista 64 OEM from newegg

OR

Windows 7 RC (free) from Microsoft, just gotta buy a real copy before next March.
June 26, 2009 4:26:06 PM

You couldn't have made the best choice for gaming with an Intel Core i7 920 build.

But just to expand your choice, you can also build an Intel Core 2 Quad or AMD Phemon II X4 setup that can complete with an Intel Core i7 machine.
June 26, 2009 4:48:18 PM

For $129 you could get a much better case... With such nice hardware does it really make sense to settle with a mediocre case?
June 26, 2009 5:18:28 PM

^ ? the HAF 922 is a great case.

@ndositwe, i7 builds are the best for his budget since CF and SLI builds are pointless at the current time.
June 26, 2009 8:29:21 PM

having owned several coolermaster cases my self, i strongly disagree...
June 27, 2009 3:30:20 AM

Hey guys, thanks for all the great feedback. It's very much appreciated. I should have mentioned that I intend to go with the Win 7 beta to save money. I've got a few more questions that I could use help with, though.

My brother has gone through a few EVGA boards in his comp right now so I was leaning towards staying away from them with my build but I'm not against going with them. I'll be honest. Of all the items I'm out of date on, mobos are probably at the top of that list.

So in that regards, how would you guys compare the mobo suggested by Why_Me and the regular Asus p6t?

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P

vs

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for Asus boards

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... vs the others.

Is the price increase on the p6t deluxe v2 worth it?

And my last question involves the case? Would you guys recommend going with an

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

instead of the CM HAF 922? I'm pretty indifferent between the cases and just looking for a solid one with good cooling ability.

Thanks again.
June 27, 2009 4:27:04 AM

Edgeraid said:
Hey guys, thanks for all the great feedback. It's very much appreciated. I should have mentioned that I intend to go with the Win 7 beta to save money. I've got a few more questions that I could use help with, though.

My brother has gone through a few EVGA boards in his comp right now so I was leaning towards staying away from them with my build but I'm not against going with them. I'll be honest. Of all the items I'm out of date on, mobos are probably at the top of that list.

So in that regards, how would you guys compare the mobo suggested by Why_Me and the regular Asus p6t?

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P

vs

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for Asus boards

ASUS RAMPAGE FORMULA LGA 775 Intel X48 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... vs the others.

Is the price increase on the p6t deluxe v2 worth it?

And my last question involves the case? Would you guys recommend going with an

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

instead of the CM HAF 922? I'm pretty indifferent between the cases and just looking for a solid one with good cooling ability.

Thanks again.


That Asus board you have listed is good for Crossfire only. The Gigabyte is Crossfire and SLI. As far as cases go, the Cooler Master has much more room to work with as far as cable management, room for a decent heat sink, and dual vid cards.
June 27, 2009 4:30:55 AM

you could switch out the 275 for a 4890, greater performance at all resolutions, unlike the GTX's that lack a bit at higher res's
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