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$1350, firsttime build

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July 19, 2009 1:23:20 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Approximately 17 hours from posting

BUDGET RANGE: USD ~$1350

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General multitasking, gaming, watching videos,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, headset

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Sure, not initially possibly but eventually

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not initially but down the road it's pretty likely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I don't really want a lot of leds, but some are okay. Also, quiet at idle would be nice, would like to leave it on instead of turning it off every night.

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SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$25.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$79.99

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$179.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$109.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$124.99

LOGISYS Computer Hollywood II 32W RMS 4.1 Amplified Speaker System - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$26.99

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

Combo Deals:
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Nippon Labs 6 ft. HDMI TO HDMI A/V Gold Plated Cable Model HDMI1.3-6 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$13.93

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$282.98

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$479.04

$1271.83 (Under budget!)
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I went through the different combo deals for the items I picked out. Either way, I saved $47 so that was interesting.
This is my first build, so while I've tried to put compatible items together it's quite possible I made a mistake. Also, I suppose everything would fit together but dimensions of everything are both hard to find and difficult to visualize, so hopefully you guys can shed some light on that!

I have a few questions as well, hopefully they're not too off the wall or personal preference, but I can't make promises.
1) Are internal bluray drives for computers doing well? I want to say I read something that stated otherwise, but I can't remember what at all. It may have just been a post for all I can recollect at this point.
2) The case I chose has eSATA as a front port, but the motherboard does not. Does this mean it won't work?
3) Will 750W be enough for Crossfire, 2 optical drives, 3 HDDs, CPU cooler, additional case fans, and overclocking? I'm not sure I'll have all of these, but it is possible and I'd like to know now rather than later.
3a) Corsair has the 850TX for cheaper than the 750TX (with MIR), the only reason I'm not changing is the 750TX has "Compatible with Core i7". Is this something important or just some extra action words to spice up the 750TX?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) Those speakers seem kind of small, but I'd like some good speakers for about $40, no more than $50. Preferably ones that can handle games, movies, and music fairly well. I've never heard of the company, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
5) The CPU cooler seems pretty solid, but is there a better one? Is thermal compound difficult to apply?
6) Many thread here recommend the ASUS P6T and the P6T Deluxe, is that any better/worse than the UD4P? Work better, more likely to work correctly, etc?
7) I'm planning on using Windows 7 RC. I missed the preorder unfortunately. There doesn't happen to be another one coming up right?
Just wistful thinking I guess.

I think that's it. Hopefully I've included all relevant data. Any help is always appreciated!

EDIT: Changed title, and switched PSU to 850TX because why not?

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July 19, 2009 1:51:35 PM

1. I have a LG BlueRay drive and it works great. If you plan on looking at a lot of blueray content then it might be worth it if your monitor is better than your tv for instance.
2. Your eSata port has to have a motherboard header connection for eSata or it will be a dead port.
3. Probably - the 850 is what I have for my SLI rig
4. Sorry - not sure on the speakers
5. There are some good i7 cooler reviews floating around - search and find one. I use the Coolermaster v8 myself. As for applying the thermal compound remember that you want to use as little as possible to get the job done. Your thermal compound and cooler will both come with instructions follow them as best as possible.
8. There is a European pre-order coming up - otherwise no. There are options though - just use the RC now and then buy an OEM copy later. If you have multiple PCs, laptops, etc in your house to upgrade take a look at a Technet subscription.

July 20, 2009 5:57:48 AM

So since my motherboard doesn't have that eSata header, I won't be able to use it? Are there any good motherboards that have one? I never considered that. :( 

As for the coolers, I will look around some more as well.

I suppose I'll just wait to get windows 7 later, though I'll probably have to buy it retail instead of OEM right?

Thanks for the info.
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July 20, 2009 7:22:06 PM

For eSATA, you just need a SATA connector on the motherboard, and you have plenty.
For the CPU cooler, I would recommend the Dark Knight it's one of the best HSF at the moment, costing about 45$ with free shipping.
As for speakers; I would not recommend a 4.1 system, also take a known brand, for speakers it's worth it. I would recommend a 5.1 system or a 2.1, 150$ or 70$. The G51 is a solid system and I've heard it and sounds great! The other one (the Z-4 is a good alternative but I would recommend it if you can't fit a surround sound system in the room.
Solid system by the way :) 
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