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$1200 i7 Gaming Rig Advice

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July 4, 2009 6:41:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 2 weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photography, Some Video Editing, Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is fine with me. I’ll buy elsewhere if there’s a better deal and it’s a reputable company.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, Asus, Nvidia

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not sure if I should run Vista or Windows 7 RC 1. Would like the computer to be very quiet. My old one sounds like a jet engine. Any and all advice welcome. I haven't built a new system since 05 so I'm a little outdated on the latest and greatest.

CPU COOLER
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler – Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

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=N82E16811119197

MOTHERBOARD
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131386

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=N82E16819115202

GRAPHICS CARD
EVGA 01G-P3-1280-TR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130492

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W 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=N82E16817139005

MEMORY
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145222

HARD DRIVE
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

OPTICAL DRIVE
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

THERMAL PASTE
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007

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July 4, 2009 7:25:29 PM

If you don't mind ordering from a diff site, you can pick up the 850TX for $10 cheaper than on Newegg at zipzoomfly.com, and after MIR it is the same price as the 750TX after MIR from Newegg.
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July 4, 2009 7:50:07 PM

Good advice and great deals. Thanks guys! :)  Any opinions on Vista vs Win 7?

Also I'm not totally sold on the case. If anyone has any suggestions to something better or cheaper or whatever I'm interested. A friend recommended that case to me but it seems to be a tad pricey than what I'm used to.
July 4, 2009 8:08:44 PM

elzekk said:
Good advice and great deals. Thanks guys! :)  Any opinions on Vista vs Win 7?

Also I'm not totally sold on the case. If anyone has any suggestions to something better or cheaper or whatever I'm interested. A friend recommended that case to me but it seems to be a tad pricey than what I'm used to.


Windows 7 is stable, and you can save a few dollars by downloading the freebie version until March, 2010
July 4, 2009 8:30:47 PM

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $477.99 after rebate 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.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $109.99 Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $167.98 $15.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
July 4, 2009 8:44:17 PM

elzekk said:
Just curious as to why you recommend the GTX 275 over the GTX 280?


That's an easy one to answer. The gtx 280 is an old card based on older Nvidea architechture not to mention it's a power hog and generates more heat than the newer cards sans the reason Nvidea is phazing out the gtx 280. Look on newegg and let us know how many gtx 280's are listed on there....try like 4 tops. It's a cooked card past it's time.
July 4, 2009 8:59:12 PM

Is there a way to know if NewEgg ships the D0 stepping?
July 4, 2009 9:04:35 PM

At this point, I don't think they do yet, but I might be wrong.
July 4, 2009 9:11:57 PM

elzekk said:
Is there a way to know if NewEgg ships the D0 stepping?


With newegg it's the luck of the draw. For right now the only way to be sure your getting an D0 stepping i7 is from these links below.

http://www.ncixus.com/products/38881/BX80601920%20-%20D...

http://www.tankguys.com/intel-core-i7-920-d0.html

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m38.l1311...

http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=mic... <--- if your near one of these stores you can ask them if they have it on hand.

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta... <--- one way to make sure you have a d0 stepping i7
July 4, 2009 11:12:37 PM

Why_Me said:
That's an easy one to answer. The gtx 280 is an old card based on older Nvidea architechture not to mention it's a power hog and generates more heat than the newer cards sans the reason Nvidea is phazing out the gtx 280. Look on newegg and let us know how many gtx 280's are listed on there....try like 4 tops. It's a cooked card past it's time.


And yet even now it's still overpriced. The only reason to buy one is to match the one you already bought, and that's why they are still up.
July 4, 2009 11:33:18 PM

I'm getting pretty close to a perfect set up now thanks to help from you guys. A few final things. I was looking at modular PSU's on newegg and found

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

Any ideas on that? Would it be powerful enough to run everything in my rig? The modular set up looks pretty nice for keeping the clutter down and its similar in price to the PCP and Cooling PSU that was linked but less powerful.

Also someone recommended the Radeon 4890 as a good competitor to the GTX 275. I'd prefer to stick with Nvidia but if the performance difference is significant and the price is similar I'd be willing to bend. Thoughts and ideas?

Thanks for all the help here. Learning a great deal!

July 4, 2009 11:46:32 PM

elzekk said:
Is there a way to know if NewEgg ships the D0 stepping?


Are you near a brick & mortar MicroCenter by any chance? Supposedly they're selling the 720i for $200 even plus sales tax. The one in Santa Clara CA is said to have a fresh supply of the DO version at that price, but doesn't ship apparently. There are close to 20 stores spread out around the US.

I'm probably not going to build my new PC until about the end of the year but am tempted to scoop one up and sit on it for 6 months or so.
July 4, 2009 11:57:59 PM

I'm about 1.5 hours away from a brick and mortar Micro Center. But they're selling the Nehalems for 200?
July 5, 2009 12:02:22 AM

elzekk said:
I'm about 1.5 hours away from a brick and mortar Micro Center. But they're selling the Nehalems for 200?


Yep. $199.99 to be exact.
July 5, 2009 12:07:18 AM

Wow what a deal. Looks like I have to make a drive up to a Micro Center tomorrow. Any thoughts on the modular PSU?
July 5, 2009 12:38:27 AM

How can you tell the 720s from Micro Center are D0 stepping? Does it say as part of the specs or just making a phone call?
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