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July 1, 2009 2:37:29 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks max

BUDGET RANGE: US $1100-$1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming(RTS/MMO/RPG/FPS)/Media Center for Movies and TV (XBMC)/Software Programming C#/C/C++/Surfing the Web/Other random mostly trivial Computer stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers (I also have a 300 dollar separate budget for a monitor thinking 24")

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, tigerdirect.com or other reputable sites with good track records (Note: a few parts from amazon.com would be nice because I have a gift card for $200)

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920, would prefer to go Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Hopefully although I have never done it before (is their software or certain hardware that would make this easier through the OS instead of BIOS?)

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Hopefully in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Hoping for 1920x1200 but could probably live with 1920x1080 (Monitor must be wall mountable)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a decently quiet PC and well cooled one since it will be placed in a 15" wide cabinet under my desk that has no front door.

Ok this is where it becomes a little different I am a C5 Quadriplegic with little use of my arms and NO use of my hands so although I am confident I would be able to build the computer myself as I am fairly knowledgeable with computers
(although not a guru) I am not physically up to the task. This means that I will be talking someone through the process that doesn't know much about computers. This means that the easier a certain case or motherboard etc would make the
assembly is valuable. I have looked online for tutorial videos but have found only medicore ones at best. Also buttons/USBs near the top of case is preferable(no lower than half the case height as it under my desk and I cannot reach that far).

I also plan to hook up my TV and sound system that are on the other side of the room (for Movies via XBMC) and only have HDMI, VGA, and DVI in the wall and am unsure how I will get sound through the HDMI or VGA. A separate sound card may be neccasary.

Lastly this is my first build and I am over budget so don't be afraid to criticize! I'll try not to take it too personally. =)


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CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail $280
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202
If overclocked probably no higher than 3.6ghz.

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Is this easily enough for SLI?

MBO: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
I'm sure I'll have to cut this for something cheaper just unsure what. I've seen the P6T mentioned but I have a P5B Deluxe and its been quirky since I got it so I'm hesitant. Ive also seen the rampage II mentioned.

CASE: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Seen this mentioned dunno much about cases. Looking for one with Buttons and USBs near the top front that allows easy assembly with a good amount of room and good cooling as it is in a cabinet.

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 $219
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475
Is this enough or should I look into ATI?

HDDs: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284
Was hoping for 2TB as I have a large DVD collection that I want to store onto the media drive so I don't have to mess with discs as they give me some trouble. I don't think its in my budget though.

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381
Seen this used alot.

COOLER: Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $37
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
Not sure if this will fit inside the case.

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $109
For windows 7.

THERMAL PASTE: Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $5

Could use some suggestions on a 24" monitor.

May need to buy a HDMI soundcard to solve my sound dilemma still looking into it.

I think that is everything hope I didn't omit something. The total is around $1360 so I am over budget and need help trimming the fat.

July 1, 2009 3:03:36 AM

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

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... $39.98
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... $219.99 ($199.99 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 Free Shipping*
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

Total: $1,176.91 | $1,116.91 w/mail in rebates

* Cheaper gtx 275

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

* Great deal atm on a monitor.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99 ($259.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
Color Saturation 92% (NTSC)

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.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=... <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that case (CM 922 HAF).

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

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <--- gtx 275 review and benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- gtx 275 SLI > gtx 295
July 1, 2009 3:05:43 AM

Thats a really good build, which makes it hard to trim fat from. You can save some money right off the bat by using the Windows 7 demo and then buy it in like a month. Possibly switch GPU's to the GTX 260:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 169.99
Take that GPU and wait until the new DX 11 graphics cards come out. Drop one of the HDD's for now, that will save you 100. Finally, you can go with 4GB of RAM for now and pick up more down the road.

The monitor will be a problem for your budget since a good 24'' model can run $300 dollars very easily. Not sure of any deals right now, but if you are going to be gaming on it make sure it's response time is below 5ms (5ms at most!).

Other than that, great first build ^_^
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July 1, 2009 3:08:01 AM

shyheim said:
Thats a really good build, which makes it hard to trim fat from. You can save some money right off the bat by using the Windows 7 demo and then buy it in like a month. Possibly switch GPU's to the GTX 260:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... - 169.99
Take that GPU and wait until the new DX 11 graphics cards come out. Drop one of the HDD's for now, that will save you 100. Finally, you can go with 4GB of RAM for now and pick up more down the road.

The monitor will be a problem for your budget since a good 24'' model can run $300 dollars very easily. Not sure of any deals right now, but if you are going to be gaming on it make sure it's response time is below 5ms (5ms at most!).

Other than that, great first build ^_^


That's a nice deal on that gtx 260. :) 

btw the OP has mentioned that he has a separate $300 put away for a monitor.
July 1, 2009 3:10:36 AM


putting them together is going to be about the same difficulty no matter what parts you get. The good news is that it is easy as pie to do :D . The only peice of advice I have is get a case that is a good size and not a lot of obstructions internally.

Get 2 more 120mm fans for the front and you will have great cooling. I have these and they work great. They are quiet too !

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

Also get 2 packages of these dampeners just in case, never hurts to put them in the first time.

I have a cheap asus 22 inch lcd and have been pleased with it, how about a nice 25.5 incher with the webcam or a 26 ? They are good for the price and while they aren't "high end", you get a really good monitor for what you spend.

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

Amd make sure you crack the door when your comp is on. I had a desk like that and my old 5200 athlon system with my 8800gts got super hot with the door closed. Never overheated, but with your high powered setup, better to keep the door cracked I bet.
July 2, 2009 7:30:26 AM

Wow thanks for all the reply's I'm definitely going to look into all this. I really like that cooler!

On another note anyone know the difference between the EVGA x58 SLI and the EVGA x58 SLI LE? Do they both support SLI and Crossfire?
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