$1200 I7 System

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Tomorrow BUDGET RANGE: $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: SQL Server, Excel w/ large datasets, Gaming @ 1900x1200, web surfing, graphic editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use a Core I7 CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Possible but not required, I want a powerful but stable system SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not right now, I could consider it later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1900x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is my first build ever, though I have some experience swapping RAM, processors and a couple other parts. I've wanted to build for the past 5-6 years and I've finally gotten the money together. I need for this system to last me a few years. I am building this system to use it in class, I start SQL Developer training in a couple of weeks.

I would like to dual boot on this system with Windows 7 - 64 bit and Windows Server 2008.

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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=N82E16819115202

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

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=N82E16820227365

MSI R4890-T2D1G OC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - OC Edition - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127427

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025

COOLER MASTER Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103057

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100008

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152102

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view
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  1. Just in case it wasn't clear, I'd really love some feedback on my part selection :-D :)
  2. hi. id say ur entire build is very solid, but since ur gaming at 1920*1200, u might consider eventually adding another 4890, so i would reccommend getting at least a 850w psu rather than the 750w. If u want great value and performance in your psu and u dont need it to be modular, than i would suggest corsair's tx850w

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=850tx

    hope this helps man
  3. My Recommendations:
    RAM: OCZ Platinum 1600 over the Gold. The Platinum has better timings
    HDD: Western Digital 640GB Black or 1TB Black over the Samsung.
    HSF: Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V cooler (I'm a fanboy on this one... :D)

    I would get a 8-pin extension cord for your PSU. It will help with your cable management.

    edit ^+1 alberthynek on changing PSU to Corsair TX850
  4. alberthynek said:
    hi. id say ur entire build is very solid, but since ur gaming at 1920*1200, u might consider eventually adding another 4890, so i would reccommend getting at least a 850w psu rather than the 750w. If u want great value and performance in your psu and u dont need it to be modular, than i would suggest corsair's tx850w

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009&Tpk=850tx

    hope this helps man


    Thanks! After all is said and done, it'll be an extra $20 to pick up the 850w PSU. I think that's a reasonable tradeoff for the ability to go SLI in the future.
  5. tecmo34 said:
    My Recommendations:
    RAM: OCZ Platinum 1600 over the Gold. The Platinum has better timings
    HDD: Western Digital 640GB Black or 1TB Black over the Samsung.
    HSF: Xigmatek Dark Knight S1283V cooler (I'm a fanboy on this one... :D)

    I would get a 8-pin extension cord for your PSU. It will help with your cable management.

    edit ^+1 alberthynek on changing PSU to Corsair TX850


    HDD: Great thanks!
    HSF: Great thanks!

    RAM: The Gold ram is part of a combo if I go with the Platinum I have the option of swapping my card to one of the following options. Are any of them worth the price increase or cost savings? I couldn't find the 4850x2 on the graphics charts but all of that memory seems very attractive. It also makes me think I can postpone or even drop SLI. I also have the option of dropping the MSI 4890 for one of the two listed below:

    SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail + $55 ($20 cash and I give up a $30 mail in rebate)

    or

    HIS H489FT1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Turbo OC Edition - Retail + $15

    or

    SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail +$10
  6. Here are the charts... http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2362-6.html

    The 4850x2 is the second most powerful ATI card. If you can afford it.. get at. If not just stick with your listed GPU
  7. Thanks!
  8. tecmo34 said:
    I would get a 8-pin extension cord for your PSU. It will help with your cable management.

    +1 for Temco34 on 8-pin extension for PSU. You will need it for most bottom mounted PSU cases'. Here is the one you should get from NewEgg.

    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F $7.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004
  9. Yoosty said:
    +1 for Temco34 on 8-pin extension for PSU. You will need it for most bottom mounted PSU cases'. Here is the one you should get from NewEgg.

    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F $7.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004


    Thanks alot man! It's in my shopping cart.

    I'm really excited about this system.

    Anyone else have some advice or recommended changes for me?
  10. stick with the 4890, since 2x 4890 > 4x 4850's (same as 2x 4850 X2's)
  11. I just took the $1306.42 plunge. Thanks for the help everyone! I'm really looking forward to having all of those packages arrive on my doorstep.
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