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First Build, i7 920 Gaming Rig

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June 26, 2009 1:36:07 PM

Thanks in advance for taking a look at this build! ;) 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Before the end of July 09

BUDGET RANGE: US $2,000-$3,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (Acer B273HU BMIDHZ 27"), Speakers (Klipsch 5.1 Ultra), OS (Windows Vista Pro 64-bit or Windows 7 64-bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com, www.cdw.com, www.frys.com (CDW and Frys both have retail outlets near where I live so I can always pick things up.)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for a i7 920 build with a ASUS motherboard, full tower case, and 4870x2 graphics card.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (First attempt at overclocking, would like to get it to 3.0 GHz or more on air cooling)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, I am planning on having Quadfire in the future when card prices drop or there is a need. Need beefy power supply and compatible motherboard.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2048 x 1152 One of the main reasons why I am leaning towards the 4870x2, I want to play all games in native resolution.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am looking to use this for a while. Current computer(Dell XPS Gen 3) is 5 years old and still going strong. This will be my first complete scratch system build. I have tinkered around a lot with Dells and HPs finally making the step up to custom.


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This is a build that I might consider...

Processor: i7 920

Heat sink: Zalman

Thermal Paste: Artic Silver

Motherboard: ASUS P6T

Ram: Corsair Dominator

Video Card: ATI 4870x2

Power Supply: Corsair 1000w or T12W

OS/Primary Hard Drive: WD Velociraptor 10k RPM

Storage/Secondary Drive: WD Caviar Black

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc

Secondary Optical Drive (Optional): Pioneer Blu-Ray Burner

Case: Antec 1200

Keyboard (Optional): G19 (Not sure if this is worth it yet)

Mouse: Logitech G5

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June 30, 2009 11:42:58 AM

Why not just get one card to keep the heat down? What do you think of the GTX 280? It should be powerful enough to power your 27" display.
June 30, 2009 1:03:27 PM

Thats a pretty powerful build, might be able to tell us what games ur gonna play so ur not wasting ur money? HAF922 is a better case than that.

get the xigmatek dark night cooler.
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June 30, 2009 2:15:42 PM

r_manic said:
Why not just get one card to keep the heat down? What do you think of the GTX 280? It should be powerful enough to power your 27" display.


I have a similar build to what the original poster is trying to put together and I have a 28" monitor 1 gtx280 can not do the job on the most demanding games NOW, in 6 months it would be really struggling. I went with 2 260's in sli and am very happy with my setup. If any system can take the most advantage of crossfire / sli it's an i7. Though I think 2 x 4870x2's might be pushing it due to deminished returns of 3 way or 4 way crossfire / sli, a 4870x2 is perfect.

June 30, 2009 2:48:22 PM

This is a build that I might consider...

Processor: i7 920

Heat sink: Zalman

Thermal Paste: Artic Silver

Motherboard: ASUS P6T V2

Ram: OCZ 6GB DDR3 1333 (One of the trusted ram selections for the ASUS P6T V2)

Video Card: 2x Sapphire HD 4890 Toxic in crossfire

Power Supply: Corsair 1000w

OS/Primary Hard Drive: Intel X25-M (If I find $300 extra I would do raid 0)

Storage/Secondary Drive: WD Caviar Black

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc

Case: Antec 1200

Currently its around $2,200.00 with some case fans, mouse and cable extensions.

First game I will be playing is ARMA II.
June 30, 2009 6:06:53 PM

Change Heatsink to TRUE, V8, or Noctua. Swap Antec 1200 for CM HAF932 (MUCH MUCH MUCH BETTER). And I'd swap the ram for something faster for a build this caliber. Maybe DDR3 1866 or something, shouldn't cost too much more.
June 30, 2009 8:07:26 PM

-I am not sure how good Intel SSD are but western digital and Samsung make good ones, just a side note.

-IMO a system with a budget of 3000 should have something more then a p6t. I would get a <(GIGABYTE GA-EX58-EXTREME LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard)>

-Get 2000mhz Tri-Channel 6GB! Your motherboard supports it i am pretty sure so you might as well get that.

-1000w PSU is overkill for now, but if you plan on getting 2 GPU's and multiple drives i guess its okay

-Otherwise good build :) 
June 30, 2009 8:19:10 PM

Intel SSD's are the best but you can save a few $ and get an OCZ agility instead as they have higher write rates but only 15MB/s slower read rates.

a $3000 budget is pointless, best way to go at the moment is a ~$1000 with a 4850/70 and then put the rest of the money you were going to put towards the base of the build, towards a 5870 /X2.

2Ghz ram is pointless unless you want to overclock to very high levels, even for 4Ghz you only need 1600mhz, so maybe 1800mhz if he wants 4.2Ghz.
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