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July 9, 2009 4:42:28 PM



Hi Guys,

You might remember you all helped me tremendously back in Feb/March with my new modest gaming build. It has been fantastic and I have you all to thank for your helpful suggestions and hand holding. Well, we are ready to build again and this will be my i7 build primarily for my daughter to use for about 4 years. I want to get all higher quality parts ( no off brand stuff with poor customer service) and I would most importantly like to have a good CPU/Mobo/memory combo that has no issues. In other words, I want something proven for stability. All of my research for my last build was for the Q9550 set up so I know very little about the x-58 boards and the DDR3 memory. We absolutely love the Sniper case but want to go with something a bit smaller this time as we would prefer the case to fit into one of those desk cubbies that sits on the floor. Cooling will of course be of paramount importance for both the case and cpu cooler selections. The vid card should be moderate but if a deal is found, I will go for it. She likes to play Oblivion and our Sapphire HD 4870 1GB toxic editon has nicely filled the bill but as I am wanting a smaller case I may have to downsize the vid card as well. I know everyone hates modular PSU, but the Corsair HX 620 was a breeze to work with, so I may want to stick with that model for this build as well. I am open to all suggestions!!!

Budget: up to 1,000


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: learning Microsoft office for an IT class then Web design, internet, gaming ( Oblivion)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, speakers, LCD monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, any other reputable

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Gigabyte MOBO, best rated PSU such as Corsair

OVERCLOCKING :No

Crossfire: No Want a single video card

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current Dell 2007 WFP but will upgrade to Samsung 24 in the future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be my daughter's desktop. She will help to put this system together and I want it to be a good experience so she will come back for more!!


Thanks so much for your help! :wahoo: 

Lizzie

More about : girl part

July 9, 2009 5:02:51 PM

This build comes in just over the budget, but I don't know what other corners I can cut to get the price down. I also don't know if the Antec 300 is small enough.

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=N82E168... $279.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $278.98 - $25.00 MIR (motherboard + RAM combo)

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99 - $20.00 MIR

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $31.99

Total - $1,019.87 - $45 MIR's
July 9, 2009 7:21:06 PM

^ very nice build, i'm surprised you came as close to the budget as you did. I was thinking more like $1,200 for such a solid i7 system.
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July 9, 2009 7:34:32 PM

Solid build but the only thing I might change is the hard drive. Look around, I've seen 500gb drives recently for $50.
July 9, 2009 7:47:19 PM

The 320GB drive is actually faster than the 500GB models. The 500GB models use 2 250GB platters while the 320GB and 640GB models use 320GB platters. The higher the data density, the faster the drive. Current 1TB models use 333GB platters. I usually suggest Western Digital 640GB drives, but that just pushes it that much more over budget. I've used the WD3200AAKS drives before and they are very fast, solid drives.
July 9, 2009 7:53:32 PM

Unless you really want the modularity of the 520HX, I would either go for a 550VX or a bit more power for the same price with the 650TX.

Not that the 520HX isn't good, but I own one and love it, but I find it might be limiting my upgrades in the near future. For example, I'm not sure I could run an OCed Q9550 + 8GB RAM + 4850x2 card with my my 2HD and 4 fans...
July 9, 2009 8:51:19 PM

I like the Build that has been Suggested. The 500GB HDD is a good Idea though, they are quite cheap. Although I bet 320GB is more than enough. The OCZ 6GB DDR3 is all that would be needed for quite a long time.
July 9, 2009 9:03:15 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
This build comes in just over the budget, but I don't know what other corners I can cut to get the price down. I also don't know if the Antec 300 is small enough.

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=N82E168... $279.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $278.98 - $25.00 MIR (motherboard + RAM combo)

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99 - $20.00 MIR

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $31.99

Total - $1,019.87 - $45 MIR's

+1.

Just a note: OP could get Windows 7 RC1 and pre order a Win 7 Home Premium Copy for $50 @Newegg.

Also I'm assuming this will be upgraded (ie better GPU, bigger HDD,etc) whith in the 4 years? Also if you can wait, Core i5 will be out soon which would drop i7 prices a bit and should be cheaper than i7.
July 9, 2009 9:07:49 PM

I also like shortstuff's build, but do have some suggestions.
You can cut it down by using the Windows 7 RC, but you'll need to buy it later.
Check out this alternative PSU. It uses a semi-modular design, where the main cables are not modular, but extra peripheral ones are:
Antec TruePower New TP-550 550W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply - $90 and no rebate games
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Since the XFX video card he linked exhausts its heat, you may find one of the cheaper Rosewill cases acceptable. I've used a number of them (whichever was cheapest at the time) and had no trouble from any of them. For a non-overclocked system, they should be fine, although I won't argue that the Antec case doesn't look a lot better.
July 10, 2009 12:00:41 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
The 320GB drive is actually faster than the 500GB models. The 500GB models use 2 250GB platters while the 320GB and 640GB models use 320GB platters. The higher the data density, the faster the drive. Current 1TB models use 333GB platters. I usually suggest Western Digital 640GB drives, but that just pushes it that much more over budget. I've used the WD3200AAKS drives before and they are very fast, solid drives.

It depends on the model, a few of the newer drives use a single 500gb platter and are quite a bit faster than the 320gb. Also some of the newer 1tb drives use 2 500gb platters. WD's 2tb drive uses 4 500gb platters. I'm not saying the AAKS is a bad drive, just that since their release there have been some advances in storage and there are bigger, faster drives for about the same amount of money.
July 10, 2009 12:40:37 AM

NZXT Beta - $49.99
Corsair 620HX / Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 - $239.98
Core i7 920 / Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R - $459.98
EVGA 9800 GTX+ - $129.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb - $74.99

Current total: $954.93 | After rebates: $874.93

With the $80 rebates buy two after market fans (~$30). Spend the remaining $50 on an after market cooler. Or additionally you could upgrade to a GTX 260 if your daughter wants higher frame rates in her game(s).

Also dont forget $30 for an optical drive.
July 10, 2009 2:08:15 AM

Shadow703793 said:
+1.

Just a note: OP could get Windows 7 RC1 and pre order a Win 7 Home Premium Copy for $50 @Newegg.

Also I'm assuming this will be upgraded (ie better GPU, bigger HDD,etc) whith in the 4 years? Also if you can wait, Core i5 will be out soon which would drop i7 prices a bit and should be cheaper than i7.



What is Windows 7 RC1 ? I thought if I ordered Vista Home Premium I would get a coupon for the upgrade to Windows 7?
July 10, 2009 2:11:36 AM

Elizabeth_B said:
What is Windows 7 RC1 ?


RC1 = Release Candidate 1
July 10, 2009 2:34:44 AM

Elizabeth_B said:
What is Windows 7 RC1 ? I thought if I ordered Vista Home Premium I would get a coupon for the upgrade to Windows 7?

I'm not sure on this, but I would guess you will get a "free"(?) upgrade when Win 7 comes up. You can just pay $50 for the pre order and run the Win 7 RC1
Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.asp...
July 10, 2009 10:12:14 AM

not moose said:
NZXT Beta - $49.99
Corsair 620HX / Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 1600 - $239.98
Core i7 920 / Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R - $459.98
EVGA 9800 GTX+ - $129.99
Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb - $74.99

Current total: $954.93 | After rebates: $874.93

With the $80 rebates buy two after market fans (~$30). Spend the remaining $50 on an after market cooler. Or additionally you could upgrade to a GTX 260 if your daughter wants higher frame rates in her game(s).

Also dont forget $30 for an optical drive.

The 4850 is just as fast as the 9800+ and about $30-$40 cheaper. That difference in price would pay for another part.
July 10, 2009 12:19:22 PM

I guess I'll ask.

Why an i7 build?

You could save money, especially with the needs of your daughter, oblivion and microsoft office aren't going to tax a cpu to warrant an i7 build.

You could save money by going with a core2 build or an pII build. (build is becoming prominent in this reply)

That opens up more money for a better graphics card, better cooling, better hard drive (wd 640 black for the win) and a slew of other things.

I don't know. I just think for the budget you could do something better in terms of overall.

It's like me making a post wanting the most uber awesome pc to play starcraft, it just doesn't make sense.

Edit: I second or third or whatever a 650tx. I use em and love em. With the right case, extra cables won't matter.
July 10, 2009 2:23:31 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions thus far!

I wanted to go with an i7 build because this system will be mine after daughter gets a laptop in high school ( in 3 years) I will then upgrade the vid card or simply leave it as is. At that point , we want flexibility and am assuming games will be even more demanding 3 years from now. She may also be dabbling in video editing and such so I believe the i7 would be the better choice all around.

I agree with the HD 4850 over the Nvidia card and am still trying to do more research on the case and power supply.

In as far as the MOBO goes, I mentioned Gigabyte as we had such an easy time with our first build using the UD3P paired with the Q9550. If there is an alternative Mobo suggestion that has good reliability, I would certainly consider it.

I am assuming I will require an aftermarket heatsink/ cooler. Again, I am trying to find a fairly "proven" combination where I will not have to do a lot of tweaking because parts are too big or don't play well together.



Thanks guys!
July 10, 2009 2:27:03 PM

Im not normally one to nitpick but we all know 3 years is a long time for computer life.

I assume by then an i7 build will cost as much as today's c2d build but still, I can't really fathom that it's worth it to pay more now and have less later. In three years we'll probably all be saying the gtx295 was crap and the i7 is old, which it will be.

As for the video editing, paying the premium for hardware now may mean a good...30 seconds saved. I'm being dramatic but I'm really on the outs about the uses and needs of the pc.

As for the laptop...I'm a firm believer in Sager.

Also, on the case: Just pick something that looks good to you and has the potential for decent airflow.
July 10, 2009 3:22:50 PM

We actually keep our computers for a long time. As some guys from this forum may recall, my March build replaced my Dell Dimension XPS 866 with Rambus memory. I will certainly entertain the idea but I don't think I would save that much money going with an older core 2 chip.
Decent airflow is a must, though. How cool are the i7 set ups running, anyhow??
July 10, 2009 3:45:07 PM

Elizabeth_B said:
We actually keep our computers for a long time. As some guys from this forum may recall, my March build replaced my Dell Dimension XPS 866 with Rambus memory. I will certainly entertain the idea but I don't think I would save that much money going with an older core 2 chip.
Decent airflow is a must, though. How cool are the i7 set ups running, anyhow??


A few hundred dollars goes a long way towards other upgrades. As for the i7 temps I have no clue about how they are.

Regardless! We want pics when you get it all done.
July 10, 2009 4:10:20 PM

Ahh, my next purchase- a digital camera for under $300.00!!!
July 10, 2009 6:10:37 PM

Elizabeth_B said:
Ahh, my next purchase- a digital camera for under $300.00!!!

It's doable :D 
July 11, 2009 6:48:06 PM

Quote:
How cool are the i7 set ups running, anyhow??

Question should read "how HOT" are the i7s. The i7s run quite a bit hotter than the C2D/C2Q. A good HSF like a TRUE 120, S1283, CoreContact,etc will be good
July 12, 2009 1:14:28 AM

Thanks Shadow! So I need to work on a good case and cooler combination which will fit nicely on the Gigabyte board.

Hmmmm...
July 12, 2009 1:50:12 AM

This is a good case that gets recomened alot
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your not going to OC just use the stock Cooler ?

I have a office desk at home and my PC is in the little room in the desk :)  had to take the door off tho

Maybe also look into the panzerbox its small and wide and would fit but its 130 :(  gl
July 12, 2009 2:12:30 AM

Niklas_13 said:
This is a good case that gets recomened alot
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail 69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If your not going to OC just use the stock Cooler ?

I have a office desk at home and my PC is in the little room in the desk :)  had to take the door off tho

Maybe also look into the panzerbox its small and wide and would fit but its 130 :(  gl


That is a great case, I've suggested it a lot. A buddy of mine just built a system using it and he loves it but he got it with a rebate and free shipping. That's the thing because shipping on cases adds about $20 to the price so if when your ready to buy you can find a deal where you get free shipping you can basically get a better case for no extra cost. The price on that case is $90 with shipping so look around and try and find the best deal when your ready to buy. Something like this. It's still on the small side but has very good ventilation and is a good case at a great price, $30 after rebate w/ free shipping.

This is the product page
http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id...
July 12, 2009 9:40:44 PM

Hello again,

Now I'm getting cold feet about the Core i7. Thought it over too much and pondered what AlphaOmegaX posted. I could just build another q9550 system with another ud3p board and Gskill memory and just cut corners on the case and vid card. Can anyone give me pros for moving over to the i7? Recall, this system will be my daughters for about 4 years, then go to me and she will get a laptop for the rest of high school and college. I want to put this together and purchase by this weekend so we have time to build it before school starts again. I checked the "cubby" for the computer in the desk, it measures 23.5" high x 14.25" wide x 20" deep so a case like my Sniper ( which i love!) would be too big .

Thanks again and sorry for being an indecisive, I just hate making expensive mistakes!
July 12, 2009 11:07:47 PM

LGA775 is EOL(End of Life), meaning no new CPU upgrades for that socket. Instead, if you wish to go cheaper, I would highly recommend an AM3 build, which can be done cheaper than an i7. OR if you can wait until the i5's come out.

Note about upgrades,esp. on LGA775:

As time moves on, when you find that it's time to upgrade, you are going to be better off with a new build. Also realize, that when LGA775 chips get a stop production order from Intel, there will be a limited number of LGA775 chips, and when upgrade time comes prices will be high (due to the fact that it's no longer produced) and these chips will be harder to find (ie. newegg won't carry them after stock run out).

For example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The Q6600 is $200 now! And it used to be about $160-180 during January. Heck, you can't even find the original "Conroe" CPUs (E6xxx/E4xxx). For that matter, E4400 costs $238, new. (see: http://bit.ly/u0HQk ; sorry, I had to use a shorter cause the link won't work right on BB)

Also, S939 CPUs weren't being sold on Newegg a few months after Socket AM was released.
July 13, 2009 12:07:09 AM

Shadow703793 said:
LGA775 is EOL(End of Life), meaning no new CPU upgrades for that socket. Instead, if you wish to go cheaper, I would highly recommend an AM3 build, which can be done cheaper than an i7. OR if you can wait until the i5's come out.

Note about upgrades,esp. on LGA775:

As time moves on, when you find that it's time to upgrade, you are going to be better off with a new build. Also realize, that when LGA775 chips get a stop production order from Intel, there will be a limited number of LGA775 chips, and when upgrade time comes prices will be high (due to the fact that it's no longer produced) and these chips will be harder to find (ie. newegg won't carry them after stock run out).

For example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
The Q6600 is $200 now! And it used to be about $160-180 during January. Heck, you can't even find the original "Conroe" CPUs (E6xxx/E4xxx). For that matter, E4400 costs $238, new. (see: http://bit.ly/u0HQk ; sorry, I had to use a shorter cause the link won't work right on BB)

Also, S939 CPUs weren't being sold on Newegg a few months after Socket AM was released.
+1 on the above socket/availability/price considerations. I would also like to add that socket compatibility isn't everything; if you go LGA1366 (i7), there is no guarantee that the MB will support newer LGA1366 processors. LGA775 date back to the P4 and not all those boards supported the new C2D/C2Q.
July 13, 2009 1:54:30 AM

LIAN LI PC-7F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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

AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Black Processor Model HDZ720WFGIBOX - Retail

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

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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

OCZ Gold AMD Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LVAM4GK - Retail

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

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006

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

LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136167

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

Comes out to about 864 with 45 in MIR + tax and shipping

With this setup you will be able to upgrade the CPU add a 2nd GPU for xfire add a CPU cooler and OC it and run all the dx10 games at high to very high setting @ 1900X1200 AND IT SHOULD FIT IN THE CUBBY LOL (MIGHT NEED TO CUT THE BACK OFF THO FOR GOOD AIR FLOW gl

PS you could also add a 2nd HDD for a raid 0
The case has the PSU at the bottom you can tuck the left over wires under the HDD trays just remove one, If you are not going to xfire latter the 620HX is a grate PSU you could get away with a 550W name brand tho but a little more wont hurt.
July 13, 2009 2:56:47 AM

Just my 2 cents why not give your kid your PC and build you a PC that will last you 4 years ?


IF we can find you a case you like to put in the desk you can swap some parts and get hers to do what she needs and add stuff to the new build to make it last 4 yesrs
July 13, 2009 3:25:22 PM

Quote:
Just my 2 cents why not give your kid your PC and build you a PC that will last you 4 years ?

Good point.
July 13, 2009 4:23:31 PM

I'll run it by my husband! Good idea!
I like the Lian-li case you suggested and I think it should work with my current system parts. We were not wanting to spend a fortune yet, though. Is the HD 4890 worth the $$?
July 13, 2009 7:15:32 PM

^imo, no. It (4890) dosen't have a good bang for buck.
July 13, 2009 8:12:33 PM

Shadow703793 said:
^imo, no. It (4890) dosen't have a good bang for buck.

I somewhat disagree. Here is a factory overclocked model for $170 which I think is well worth it. Most of them are still in the $190-$200 range and that I don't think is worth it. I have seen them on sale within the last month though at $150-$160 and at that price I think it would be a good choice.
July 13, 2009 11:20:58 PM

^What??$170!! Lucky you. At that price, yes, it's reasonable.
July 14, 2009 1:00:39 AM

+1 for the MSI 4890 good find
July 16, 2009 1:57:37 AM

I still say go xfx or evga when it comes to gpu's.

That lifetime warranty comes in handy when some companies give you trouble.
July 16, 2009 9:23:50 AM

shortstuff_mt said:
This build comes in just over the budget, but I don't know what other corners I can cut to get the price down. I also don't know if the Antec 300 is small enough.

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=N82E168... $279.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $278.98 - $25.00 MIR (motherboard + RAM combo)

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $54.95

CORSAIR CMPSU-520HX 520W ATX12V v2.2 and EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $108.99 - $20.00 MIR

LG GH22NS40 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $31.99

Total - $1,019.87 - $45 MIR's

I think that CPU is a little expensive and its putting her over the budget. I think there are alot of great CPU's out there alot cheaper than that. Sorry! Just trying to help.
July 16, 2009 9:27:06 AM

Niklas_13 said:
LIAN LI PC-7F Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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GIGABYTE GA-MA790XT-UD4P AM3 DDR3AMD 790X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

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OCZ Gold AMD Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LVAM4GK - Retail

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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
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LG DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS50 - OEM
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Comes out to about 864 with 45 in MIR + tax and shipping

With this setup you will be able to upgrade the CPU add a 2nd GPU for xfire add a CPU cooler and OC it and run all the dx10 games at high to very high setting @ 1900X1200 AND IT SHOULD FIT IN THE CUBBY LOL (MIGHT NEED TO CUT THE BACK OFF THO FOR GOOD AIR FLOW gl

PS you could also add a 2nd HDD for a raid 0
The case has the PSU at the bottom you can tuck the left over wires under the HDD trays just remove one, If you are not going to xfire latter the 620HX is a grate PSU you could get away with a 550W name brand tho but a little more wont hurt.

This AMD Phenom II is a way better deal for $119 dollars i would go with that instead.
July 16, 2009 9:36:29 AM

1960042,27,70062 said:
That is a great case, I've suggested it a lot. A buddy of mine just built a system using it and he loves it but he got it with a rebate and free shipping. That's the thing because shipping on cases adds about $20 to the price so if when your ready to buy you can find a deal where you get free shipping you can basically get a better case for no extra cost. The price on that case is $90 with shipping so look around and try and find the best deal when your ready to buy. Something like this. It's still on the small side but has very good ventilation and is a good case at a great price, $30 after rebate w/ free shipping.

This is the product page
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That is a cool case, after just looking at it for the price i wouldn't mind using it for my next build i have coming up.
July 16, 2009 9:50:25 AM

inspector71 said:
I think that CPU is a little expensive and its putting her over the budget. I think there are alot of great CPU's out there alot cheaper than that. Sorry! Just trying to help.

The OP said she wanted to spend up to $1000 so we try and build the best system that will fit in right under that budget. As of my writing this the price for the i7 system listed is currently $969.87, after rebates, plus shipping. That AMD system is good and if someone asked for a system for $800-$900 I might suggest something like that but considering the OP plans on keeping the system for some time and the i7 will walk all over that X3, the i7 is a much better choice.
July 16, 2009 1:29:45 PM

inspector71 said:
I think that CPU is a little expensive and its putting her over the budget. I think there are alot of great CPU's out there alot cheaper than that. Sorry! Just trying to help.


I was just suggesting the best build that I could for the specific hardware and budget the OP requested.

Elizabeth_B said:
Well, we are ready to build again and this will be my i7 build primarily for my daughter to use for about 4 years.

Budget: up to 1,000

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, Gigabyte MOBO, best rated PSU such as Corsair

July 16, 2009 1:39:18 PM

Well, the debate is over: Hubby wants Intel and we are now mainly comparing i7 to another q9550. i7 is winning thus far. Will probably go with more of a budget GPU, then upgrade later. I do like the Lian Li case suggested earlier and seems like the cooling might be superior compared to the Antec 300. I know, over budget.....
July 16, 2009 2:36:28 PM

(Just a note!) If you go with the Lian Li case and Corsair 620 HX you will need a 8 pin to 8 pin cable to tuck the wires out of view the 620HX 8 pin cable falls a tad short for cable manament, and the screws that are in the bag with the stand offs might not be for the stand offs. Alot of people bitched about the screws not fitting!!! They are there just match them before hand. EOW make sure the screws max out in the stand offs.
July 16, 2009 2:58:07 PM

If your after a i7 build again :)  this come close but still over budget a bit:(  (I am sure the others can cut cost a bit) GL with the build!!!


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