I7 920 Build HELP

Hey all. I'm new to computer building and I'm looking for some advice on just about everything from what mobo to use to the case. If anyone has any advice i need help with mobo, power supply, graphics card, memory, case, heat sink, hard drive, optical drives, ect... Having said that, I'm planning on running windows 7 64 bit and this is going to be primarily a gaming pc but i also plan on using photo shop and a couple other programs like that. I've looked around on newegg and saw a lot of great product but my fear is ordering parts that arent compatible or up to date. thanks for all the help I'm sure I will soon get...
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  1. Go to the home page of Tom's Hardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/us/

    Scroll down the center column until you come to the Build Your Own section. There are three different system marathon game builds at three different price levels. Each build has a complete list of compatible parts.
  2. *Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
    *GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD3R LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - $420 combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.270433
    -- The 860 is just as good as the 720, but will save you money on the Mobo and RAM

    *mushkin HP 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996659 - $90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146873

    *SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - $190 after MIR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841

    *Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    *Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129066

    *Antec BP550 Plus 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016

    *SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - $32
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

    *XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    For the power supply, anything over 500 watts will work and also from Corsair, Thermaltake, OCZ, or PC. And for the dvd+rw, any brand will work for the most part.


    Total: $952 if i added that up correctly
  3. JohnnyLucky said:
    Go to the home page of Tom's Hardware:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/us/

    Scroll down the center column until you come to the Build Your Own section. There are three different system marathon game builds at three different price levels. Each build has a complete list of compatible parts.


    Thanks for the post. I checked out your suggestion and they all look great but none of them had I7 cpu's. Any other ideas.
  4. I like the Rosewill R5601 case over at NewEgg. The ports on top are easy to get to, it has a spring loaded flap for the CD drive, side facing HD slots (with zero screw rails for your drives!), two 120mm fans... and the base has raised mount points so you can screw your ATX motherboard to it without having to use stand-offs (which they provide in case you were to need them)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147038&Tpk=r5601

    At $50 with free ship, don't wait!!!

    Good luck!
  5. No problem!

    Here is a link to the Tom's Hardware Intel Core i7 system builder marathon from last December:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-2-overclock,2113.html

    That web page also has links to additional Core i7 builds that are more expensive!
  6. Dude if you can afford it go for the 920! I did it and it's one of the best purcheses i've ever made!

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/161061
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/151477
    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/158576

    For a graphics card i'd suggest going ATI, maybe a 4870 or 5850.
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