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First build - i7 920 - cooling/general advice needed

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July 28, 2009 5:17:48 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 5th-17th
BUDGET RANGE: 1200-1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Internet...

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:
intel core i7 920 d0 stepping:
https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?pro...

the rest:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx...

Current Price: $1370.53 (including rebates, shipping, tax)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: SLI in a couple months.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I will be using Windows 7 RC for now.

Also, because I want to get d0 stepping I think I am buying the i7 920 from antaresdigital.

For now, I would like to know if I need more cooling.... extra fans? Other than that... any advice will be helpful! Thanks.
July 28, 2009 5:55:00 AM

I really don't know... I guess I just figured more is better? That is why I am asking for advice.

Under what conditions will 12gb show improvement over 6gb?
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July 28, 2009 5:59:37 AM

^ The list of components are good, but you can save money with these changes, without loosing much of features or performance...

1. Check out this mobo...has sufficient BIOS options for a very good overclock and has good layout...
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. RAM - You can better specs RAM for that price...
OCZ Platinum
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you want easy setup of the RAM settings, then get this RAM with XMP profiles...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. You might require 850W for a GTX 260 SLI...You can drop to Corsair 750TX...It is even suffice for GTX 275 SLI/ HD 4890 Crossfire...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Apart from these the other components you have chosen are very good...

Here is an another good CPU cooler alternative...
Scythe Mugen 2...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And just a suggestion...For the price of that GTX 260, you can get a HD 4890 for about $10 more...But not much of a difference for that resolution though...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And GTX 260 SLI is not a good option to consider as newer Direct 11 cards are coming...So that time, instead of buying another GTX, invest in them...
Hope this helps...
July 28, 2009 6:01:18 AM

And you wont need 12GB of RAM, unless you are into Graphics rendering, video editing/ rendering and such multimedia intense apps...
July 28, 2009 6:03:01 AM

samschu said:
I really don't know... I guess I just figured more is better? That is why I am asking for advice.

Under what conditions will 12gb show improvement over 6gb?



My point is that before you start chosing parts or throwing money away you could read a few of the articles on this web site

Up there is a tab called ARTICLES

click on it and then browse to MEMORY

anything there that might offer some insights into the kind of set up you want to build?
July 28, 2009 6:06:07 AM

Very helpful guys. gkay: I was thinking the evga 132-BL-E758-A1 because of the lifetime warranty. Will look into your RAM/PSU/Cooling suggestions.
July 28, 2009 6:07:19 AM

Outlander_04 said:
My point is that before you start chosing parts or throwing money away you could read a few of the articles on this web site

Up there is a tab called ARTICLES

click on it and then browse to MEMORY

anything there that might offer some insights into the kind of set up you want to build?


Thank you, I will do that.
July 28, 2009 6:57:25 AM

Check out this Combo at NewEgg on your selection of Mobo/Graphic card that will save you an additional $18.00.

1. EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR: $184.99

2. EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1: $294.99

Combo Discount: -$18.00
Combo Price: $461.98
$30.00 Mail-In Rebate
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Since you are going with the Antec 1200 Case you will need this 8-pin Power Extesion cable for Bottom mounted Psu cases. Otherwise you will have to run that cable across the length of mobo.

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...
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