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July 14, 2009 9:27:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully today

BUDGET RANGE: No more than $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, dvd burning (not a priority however), various programs

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg alone would be great to reduce shipping costs, but I would accept another site if it was significantly cheaper

PARTS PREFERENCES: don't care, I just want it to have the best performance possible without breaking my budget

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 currently, I'll probably upgrade to 1920x1080 sometime within the next year


Here's what I came up with after many hours of wanting to kill myself


Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$107.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
$279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was originally going to go for a Phenom II 940 or 955, but I'm already way past budget peformance

Motherboard - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seems like a good overall mobo. Also has support for SLI and Crossfire.

Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$379.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would have gotten a GTX 295, but I'm already pushing my budget pretty far.

PSU - PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
$31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
$39.61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$8.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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1455.43 shipped


I'm just wondering, is this near the best I can get for the money? I also don't want to just get a crappy cooler or whatever for cheap. It's nice to be well rounded so that everything works well. Let me know however if I'm spending way too much on unnecessary stuff
July 14, 2009 9:43:48 PM

Looks like a sweet built to me, only thing I would do is make sure you get the P6T Deluxe and RAM in a combo so you save some money.... At the moment I am at work. Once I get home I will try to come up with something that might help.....





July 14, 2009 9:51:02 PM

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Memory - CORSAIR XMS3 DHX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1600C9DHX - Retail
$104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145200

You need DDR3 Triple Channel memory for X58 mobo. Here are some I suggest you look at below.

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model TR3X6G1600C8 G $124.99
($114.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK $104.99 ($94.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also get this Power Cable Extension below, real handy when runing power cable from botom PSU with Case Cable management system.

1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F $7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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July 14, 2009 9:57:46 PM

wanderer said:
I was originally going to go for a Phenom II 940 or 955, but I'm already way past budget peformance



Don't think I quite understand what you're saying here. Way past budget? The 940 will cost less money, probably the 955 as well.
July 15, 2009 12:55:57 PM

Yeah I worded that wrong. I meant that since I'm already paying around $1400-1500 I might as well just go for the i7. If my budget was more around $1000-1100 I would have went AMD. Not trying to get into an Intel vs AMD war or anything.

Anyways I revised this earlier, tell me what you guys think


Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
$372.48 (in combo with CPU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$362.98 (in combo with memory) (and $15.00 Mail-in Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$379.99 - $30 for promo code (and $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$139.99 (and $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
$84.99 - $5 for promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
$31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
$39.61 (and $10.00 Mail-in Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$8.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$1,392.98 shipped (1327.98 with rebates, although I hear that they barely ever send them back)

The only thing I can't really decide on is the graphics card. However the 4870x2 has a promo code to save $30, and its just seems like for right now it can play anything easily. Then later on I can get another one to Crossfire or whatever, instead of spending way too much on the GTX 295.
July 15, 2009 2:20:05 PM

The GTX 295 might be overkill for you at the moment anyway.... By looking at what you have on your updated list, I would say go ahead and order.

On side note, I would go with this hard drive instead :

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

other than that its a sweet build......
July 15, 2009 3:14:59 PM

Quote:
CPU Cooler - XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
$39.61 (and $10.00 Mail-in Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233003

You CPU HSF Cooler is not one that is made for the Core i7 processor and you would have to order te extra mounting bracket for $9.98.

I would suggest either of these two below.

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 $44.98 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

July 15, 2009 4:42:02 PM

Just posting this here to sort everything, will probably be the final build

Case - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
$427.98 (in combo with CPU)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Motherboard - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
$362.98 (in combo with memory) (+$15.00 Mail-in Rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
$379.99 - $30 for promo code (+$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
$139.99 (+$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
$99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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
$31.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU Cooler - Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
$36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound
$8.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail
$7.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$1,474.90 shipped (1419.90 with rebates)


Thanks for all the help. I'll tell you how it turned out in case anyone was wondering whether or not to buy some of these
July 15, 2009 8:16:14 PM

Will that card have any issues fitting in the 900? I would get the Antec 902 just because cable management seems to be a lot easier.
July 15, 2009 8:38:33 PM

Um..IMO both cases are the same as far as cable management goes. You just need to take time routing, hiding all the cables. The only difference here is that the mobo tray has been moved up for more expansion space and you get a black interior. On top of that it looks like a mini 1200 in my opinion. I have the 902 and I love it, the 900 is not bad at all but the gray interior does not amuse me....And I am not into taking the whole case apart, buying paint, etc....
July 17, 2009 5:39:05 PM

Yup, I agree. I don't see myself modding a case like some people do on the 900. But I guess some peeps do it as a hobby.
July 17, 2009 6:57:45 PM

Don't get me wrong, I do mod's on all my cases... But as far as paint goes.... If it is available with an all black interior then I will shell out the extra 20 bucks and save myself the trouble... Now as far as the windows go this is what I do :

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7122/win-131/Antec_Ni...

And other minor touches like sleeving, cathodes, etc.....Just to keep me busy when I have time to burn....
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