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July 10, 2009 3:40:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime in august
BUDGET RANGE:2000 or less SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming,possible engineering work I'm seeking a degree in it, surfing the internet, watching movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: whichever you reccomend that's reputable PARTS PREFERENCES: quality brand name but nothing over the top
OVERCLOCKING: sometime in the future as I learn
SLI OR CROSSFIRE:in the future
MONITOR RESOLUTION:Not sure ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:This is my first build. Ill post my question from yahoo answers because I have parts listed that I had in mind and was seeking advice on them. I'm posting from a blackberry so bear with me, this is my only computer.

Ok this is my very first build aside from gpu and ram upgrades to previous computers. The following includes everything but monitor keyboard and mouse. If I forget anything please let me know. I'm not sure about my mobo or ram. If you have any better suggestions please share.
CPU 280
Intel core i7 nehalem 2.66Ghz LGA 1366 130w quad core processor.
Mo-Bo 290
Asus p6t deluxe v2 lga 1366 Intel x58 atx intel motherboard
GPU 330
Xfx gx285x2wff geforce gtx 285 1 GB 512-bit DDR3 Sli rdy
Case 147
Cooler master HAF 932 rc-932-kkn1-gp black steel atx full tower
Ram 104
(119)Ocz platinum 6gb (3x2gb) 240 pin DDR3 1600 (pc12800) low voltage desktop memory model ocz3p1600lv6gk
HDD 90
Seagate barracuda 7200.1eSt31000528as 1TB 7200 RPM sata 3.0 GB/s 3.5" internal hard drive
Optical drive 160
Lg black 6x blu-ray disc burner & hd dvd rom drive sata model ggw-hzol
Psu 240
Corsair cmpsu-1000hx 1000w atx 12v 2.2/eps126 2.91 sli ready
OS
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I'm also wondering if that blue ray drive is overkill and are there any parts I'm taking for granted ie screws or bays to mount my drives in? My total comes to 1637 with rebate on ram. Prices are next to item. Thanks for your help!

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July 10, 2009 9:58:43 AM

Cases usually come with enough mounting screws for your drives and stuff. And yeah, I wouldn't get a Blu-Ray drive for at least a year or two, but at least you've picked a good brand.

Your power supply is overkill. Consider a 650W or even a 550W one.

Just to be clear, you're planning on getting two GTX 285s? Unless you're powering a 30" monitor, this setup is also overkill in most cases.

Lastly, do you really need 6GB of RAM? Remember 32-bit OSes only support a max of 3.25.
July 10, 2009 1:00:28 PM

The 1000W PSU is not over kill if he has future plans that will utilize it, and if he has a display with 1920x1980 and above, two 285's aren't over kill either.
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July 10, 2009 2:21:21 PM

Here are some prices and where to go to get the parts of your build below.

Go with the Combo Deal NewEgg for $529.98 free shipping and will save you $40.
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
213701ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Would pick this Graphic card over what you have, mainly on the reviews.
2x XFX GX285XZWBF GeForce GTX 285 1GB Black Edition $349.99 x 2 = 699.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP $144.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also would suggest this ram over you choice.
OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) OCZ3X1600LV6GK $100.99 ($90.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD is good choice, but also look @ the WD Black edition (5yr warranty)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $89.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB $99.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to go BluRay, I would go with this one instead.
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L $109.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise go with a DVD Burner. Seems NewEgg is out of Stock on most of there Best DVD Burners.
SAMSUNG SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive $31.90 Free Shipping
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

The PSU you have picked is a great one, but you could also go with Corsair new HX750w modular and still run SLi.
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $164.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Below are a few other Items you will need.

Since you PSU is mounted at the bottom of your case, you will need this extension for the 8pin power connection from PSU to motherboard, specially if you are going to hide the cables.
1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin/P4+P4-pin EPS female converted from molex 4-pin male Cable Model CB-4M-8F $7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I suggest this for your Thermal Compound, it is rated one of the best in latest reviews.
Tuniq TX-3 $10.99 ($5.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also would suggest one of these CPU HSF Coolers, instead of Intel stock cooler.
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $36.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $39.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS, would downlaod Windows7 RC1 and use it until Microsoft comes out with it in Oct. and then get the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (which comes with both 3 bit and 6 bit) $199.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or get this now and have Windows 7 Premium sent to you when it comes out.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon $109.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you do not already have one or more, I would suggest you get a few 4gn or 8gn USB Flash Drives. They do come in handy, specially when updating Bios' or moving programs that you had from old computer to new one.

Costs come to $1380.93, minus OS, Optical Drive, aftermarket cpu hsf cooler, extension cable and thermal compound or 2nd graphic card. Also remember that by the time you order the parts for your build, prices will change and there will be some new Graphic cards out at end of July.

Good luck on your build.
July 10, 2009 3:07:36 PM

Yoosty said:
Here are some prices and where to go to get the parts of your build below.

Go with the Combo Deal NewEgg for $529.98 free shipping and will save you $40.
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
213701ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Would pick this Graphic card over what you have, mainly on the reviews.
2x XFX GX285XZWBF GeForce GTX 285 1GB Black Edition $349.99 x 2 = 699.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP $144.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also would suggest this ram over you choice.
OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) OCZ3X1600LV6GK $100.99 ($90.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD is good choice, but also look @ the WD Black edition (5yr warranty)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $89.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB $99.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want to go BluRay, I would go with this one instead.
LG Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner Model GGC-H20L $109.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Otherwise go with a DVD Burner. Seems NewEgg is out of Stock on most of there Best DVD Burners.
SAMSUNG SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive $31.90 Free Shipping
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

The PSU you have picked is a great one, but you could also go with Corsair new HX750w modular and still run SLi.
CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply $164.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Below are a few other Items you will need.

Since you PSU is mounted at the bottom of your case, you will need this extension for the 8pin power connection from PSU to motherboard, specially if you are going to hide the cables.
1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin/P4+P4-pin EPS female converted from molex 4-pin male Cable Model CB-4M-8F $7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I suggest this for your Thermal Compound, it is rated one of the best in latest reviews.
Tuniq TX-3 $10.99 ($5.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also would suggest one of these CPU HSF Coolers, instead of Intel stock cooler.
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $36.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $39.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS, would downlaod Windows7 RC1 and use it until Microsoft comes out with it in Oct. and then get the Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full (which comes with both 3 bit and 6 bit) $199.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or get this now and have Windows 7 Premium sent to you when it comes out.
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon $109.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you do not already have one or more, I would suggest you get a few 4gn or 8gn USB Flash Drives. They do come in handy, specially when updating Bios' or moving programs that you had from old computer to new one.

Costs come to $1380.93, minus OS, Optical Drive, aftermarket cpu hsf cooler, extension cable and thermal compound or 2nd graphic card. Also remember that by the time you order the parts for your build, prices will change and there will be some new Graphic cards out at end of July.

Good luck on your build.



+1! but if dust is an issue i would get the Antec 1200 over the HAF 923 if sut is an issue because the HAF 932 doesn't contain dust filters unlike the Antec 1200,anyway dust filters makes the air flow less so i would just getting the HAF 932 and cleaning dust once a week,also i would get the western digital 1tb because it is more stable than the seagate.i would change the Tuniq for the ocz freeze slightly better and easier to apply,also the scythe mugen is slightly better than the Xigmatek and cheaper,the psu will be more than ok for 2 gtx 285 in sli.

@TonCharr28 for 1920x1200 one gtx 285 won't handle all the games with high FPS so 2 won't be an overkill
July 10, 2009 4:32:24 PM

Thanks so much for the reccomendations. Got a few questions though. I found a combo deal for the mobo cpu and corsair dominator ddr3 memory. Is it worth the price tag. Also, I plan on oc'ing sometime in the future and I learn more. I'm having trouble understanding what's speed to get. From what I have read the cpu will only run it at 1066 mhz. There's a lot I don't know about computers so bear with me. Is my motherboard sufficient? I chose my gpu and psu because I might end up doing some autocad on this computer when the time comes as well as trying to run game serves, playing games, watching videos. Thanks so much!
July 10, 2009 4:33:35 PM

don't forget to get a 64bit OS.

and dual 4850's will max most games and come close to the GTX 285's performance for only $200 so they might be worth looking into. also dual card setups look better than single card setups.
July 12, 2009 8:36:18 PM

Bump. Looking for feedback on dominator ram and also what speed I should get if I oc in the future. Does the mobo look good. How current will this tech be? If I get my system in august should I wait for tech then? Or will everything be pretty relevent assuming i7 will be around for some time.
July 13, 2009 2:47:41 PM

I've been doin some thinking. I don't do too many graphics instensive programs besides games. Ill be doing cad a few years down the road. Is amd better for straight up gaming, and would it save enough to downgrade to the deneb 955 ph2. Thanks a bunch!
July 13, 2009 3:01:46 PM

CAD prefers i7 so you will lose a lot of performance there by dropping down to the 955.

also when are you thinking of buying this PC? because the DX11 cards from ATi come out in September and will equal the 4870 X2 in performance for $250 or there abouts.
July 13, 2009 3:21:54 PM

Honestly this computer is coming a little out of pocket and mostly left over student loans. I got a 1500 scholarship so that should help. This will be my first year.
July 13, 2009 3:22:33 PM

Gtokie said:
Bump. Looking for feedback on dominator ram and also what speed I should get if I oc in the future. Does the mobo look good. How current will this tech be? If I get my system in august should I wait for tech then? Or will everything be pretty relevent assuming i7 will be around for some time.

I currently am running Corsair Dominators 1600 @ said speed with my P6T Deluxe core i7 and they are asy to clock to said speed
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