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July 7, 2009 11:14:28 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 Weeks from now

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching hi-res video, gaming, video editing, solving world hunger

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca
www.bestdirect.ca
www.canadacomputers.ca



OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 soon to be higher

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to keep this reasonably quiet without sacrificing too much cooling

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Hey Everyone,

I'm about to do my firts i7 build (well, first build ever :D ), and after a lot of research here's my potential system

http://secure.newegg.ca/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?...

I'm unsure on some of the options, so I'll paste below as well;

Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$319.00

Cooler

Xigmatek THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$74.99

- Or -

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
$84.99

MB

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$339.00

PSU
SILVERSTONE ST75F 750W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Ready Modular
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$179.99

XCLIO GREATPOWER X14S8P4 850W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$174.00

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$139.00

Memory
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 X2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$119 (x2)

GPU

SAPPHIRE 100258-1GHDMI Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - X2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$134.99 x2

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA x2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$99.99 x2

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$102.99

Case
NZXT TEMPEST Crafted Series CS-NT-TEM-B Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$124.99

Inwin Metal Suit Gd ATX Mid Tower Case
http://www.bestdirect.ca/products/154985/INWIN/IW_GD/
$140.80

COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$199.00

XCLIO WTBK ADVANCED Fully Black Finish Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
$179.00

Media Card Reader
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
$11.99




What I'd like feedback on most is Power Supply, Graphics Card and Case, but I'd appreciate input on anything. I really like the i7 nehalem since I'll probably OC it anyway, and the P6T is supposed to be a really good motherboard. I went with the OCZ Ram since it seems the best bang for my buck at the moment and might OC that too later. I went with this Video card since I'll be hooking it up to my TV and having audio and vid via HDMI would be nice. I do however have a VGA port on my TV and a DVI adapter, so if there is a much better Vid card option I'm not sold on this one. I'm potentially interested in doing two GTX 260s in SLI as well.

Power supply should be modular, but other than that I'm not hung up on brand or price so would definitely like some feedback.

Case is a bit iffy. The tempest seems pretty good, I'm a little worried about space though. The XCLIO and COSMOS S seem like good cooling options too, but both are a little big. The Metal Suit just looks great lol. I don't know much about watercooling, but would consider it as long as there is a kit available that has all the necessary parts. I'm confident I could set it up, I just don't really have the time to dedicate the appropriate amount of research into it.



Thanks for your feedback everyone. I'm a bit new to this, so input is always appreciated.



Thanks,

Adam

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July 8, 2009 3:16:15 AM

^+1 on Proximon's comments... change the PSU to Corsair 850HX since you want a modular PSU

I would drop down to just 6GB of ram. You won't really need 12 GB of ram.

Your GPU is fine as well in Crossfire. Running two GTX260's will provide better gaming but not as easy to hook up as HDMI as ATI cards are.

You can't go wrong with either heatsinks you listed so just pick which one you like the best.
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July 8, 2009 3:43:55 AM

Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go with the COSMOS case (sorry but I hate that HAF case lol).

I'm also thinking of going with a
ASUS EAH4890 TOP/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

for the GPU instead. Any feedback? I don't know if it's better to have that one than the two older cards, but I've read really good stuff about the 4890.

Thanks again, I appreciate the tips.
July 8, 2009 6:20:21 AM

I understand about the HAF... I'm not a fan of how it looks either but the case is a great case & would recommend it to anyone (as long as they liked it). The CM Cosmo will be a good case for you too.

At your current resolution, you will only need one 4890 to max out games. Once you upgrade your monitor, I would look to add a second 4890 GPU at that point.
July 8, 2009 7:07:14 AM

Here is another choice of a PSU by Corsair if you do not have the funds for the Corsair 850HX.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W Modular $159.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

You also be better off with this ram fom OCZ.

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $110.99(Before $10.00 USD Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Would also change you HDD selection to the WD 1TB Black. They have a 5yr. warranty.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $109.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Now to your Case, here is another one for you too look at and it has very good airflow.

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case $199.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Good choice on the aftermarket CPU HSF Cooler is the Xigmatek THOR'S HAMMER, it also comes with the bracket.

You will also need some Theraml Compound. Below are a few I would suggest you look at.

Tuniq TX-3 Extreme
OCZ Freeze Extreme
COOLER MASTER RG-TF4-TGU1-GP ThermalFusion 400
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2

Good Luck on your upcoming build.
July 8, 2009 12:22:47 PM

Thanks again guys, one question though - Why go with the OCZ XMP instead of the Platinum? The platinum seems to have better numbers and latency (smaller is better right....?)

I kind of like the samsung drive since it's supposed to be fairly quiet and the COSMOS S has a reputation for being noisy, but I'll look into the WD for sure.
July 8, 2009 1:13:18 PM

FreeKnight said:
Thanks again guys, one question though - Why go with the OCZ XMP instead of the Platinum? The platinum seems to have better numbers and latency (smaller is better right....?)

I kind of like the samsung drive since it's supposed to be fairly quiet and the COSMOS S has a reputation for being noisy, but I'll look into the WD for sure.

One of the reason for going with the OCZ XMP's is that it is specifically designed for the Core i7/X58. Also the XMP cas setings is recognized right off ( almost like the SPD ram type in DDR2), without having to manually adjusting your ram timings in the Bios'.

http://www.ocztechnology.com/products/memory/ocz_ddr3_p...
July 8, 2009 4:41:08 PM

I always recommend the Platinum myself. If having to go into the BIOS and make a few adjustments seems challenging, get over it. Being comfortable in the BIOS goes a long way towards mastering your computer.
November 21, 2009 12:53:06 PM

FreeKnight said:
Thanks guys. I think I'm going to go with the COSMOS case (sorry but I hate that HAF case lol).

Thanks again, I appreciate the tips.


I have the same case, and finding a CPU cooler for the i7 has been a real pain. Particularly since the case limits height to 14.5 cm. What CPU cooler did you use?

Thanks.

!