Many Hardware Questions for i7 Build

Hey guys, I'm having a super hard time figuring out if this RAM will be good enough. I've seen the same (I think) RAM for $400 more, so is this cheap stuff? Also, how is the motherboard? Is a 1680x1050 resolution little in comparison with such a graphics card? Are there any other brands in GPU's I should look at besides BFG? Finally, will this all fit into the case I've picked out and still have good air flow?

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This month

BUDGET RANGE: CND$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, watching movies, homework

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers - hopefully case and PSU too, if I can find my old compy

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ncix.com (live in Ontario)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Going with the i7, other than that no preference.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (if I need more power, or if I don't end up going with the new DX11 chips right away)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680 x 1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hopefully I can find the PSU and old case, but I'm assuming I won't.

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CPU: Intel i7 920 Nehalem 2.66 GHz 1366

Mobo: EVGA Intel Motherboard E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58

GPU: BFG Geforce 260 core 216

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

PSU: Corsair CMPSU 750W ATX12V / EPS12V

Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout Mid tower

DVD: Samsung DVD+RW

Cooler: Xigmatic Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm

Paste: Arctic Silver or anything like it.
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  1. Imo, you're putting too much money into your CPU + MOBO.
  2. Just my two cents, but id investigate a cheaper i7/mobo combo on ewiz.com. Maybe a board from Asus or Gigabyte, then put the money towards a gtx275.
  3. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186169

    Cheaper alternative to the EVGA board, more PCI slots and good reviews in terms of overclocking. Not to mention that EVGA has been slacking on their mobos lately.
  4. The components you have chosen are pretty good...And the graphics card would be apt for that resolution...
    And no problems with the RAM...The costlier ones are generally for the enthusiast crowd, who would want to push their h/w to the limit...
    And the RAM that you have chosen are very good mainstream products...
    Another good alternative...
    G.SKILL F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI PC3-12800 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL8-8-8-21
    http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=36168&vpn=F3%2D12800CL8T%2D6GBPI&manufacture=G%2ESkill
  5. The pice for your CPU Selection is cheaper at NewEgg.ca

    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz $319.99 CAD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    Below is some other motherboards you should look at.

    BIOSTAR TpowerX58 LGA 1366 Intel X58 $284.99 CAD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138135

    ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN $290.08 CAD
    http://www.nxsource.com/products/323334/ASUS/P6T/

    Now some other Ram brands you should look at.

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit $108.99 CAD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit $109.99 CAD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $144.00 CAD
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145242

    Hope this helped you out some, good luck on your upcoming build.
  6. you ca also go with the evga e758tr it $50 cheaper and the only thing that's different is the warranty. the a1 has a lifetime warranty and the tr has a 2 year. i personally have the evga e758tr motherboard and it's great. very easy to overclock and great support from evga.
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