$1,700 Budget. Need advice.

Hi everyone,

I'm new to this forum and I'm new to computer building, but I know a little. I want to build an i7 computer.

This is what I've picked out:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129021 Antec 900

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139010 Corsair 750W

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188049 EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202 i7 920

Heatsink: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103057 Cooler Master Hyper N520

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227365 OCZ Gold 6GB

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319 WD 640GB 7200RPM

Optical Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827118032 Sony Optiarc SATA

GFX Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130475 EVGA GTX 275

Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16826153003 RAZER Copperhead Laser

Keyboard:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823175001 Saitek PK02

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001317 Samsung 23"

I would like to know if everything is good and if I should change anything.

My budget is $1,700 including S&H.

I'm only 17, senior now. I will use my comp for basic school needs and gaming when I have time. But I plan on majoring in engineering so I will need to have some engineering programs on this build in the future since I plan on using this in college.
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  1. Yeah.......... your links don't work. Anyway you should be fine using engineering programs on that build. I mean you get some simulators and CAD software, but I can't imagine those really taxing that system too much. Generally you have a lab for anything that isn't meant for a relatively high powered home computer to run.

    Anyway for the Hard Drive I say go with a 1TB WD Black. On the GPU end of things Two 4850s would generally be a better option (they are just so cheap now), so long as you're not worried about heat or the power bill anyway :D.
  2. Ok, IDK why the links won't work but do think I'll ever run out of memory with 640GB?
  3. trick said:
    Ok, IDK why the links won't work but do think I'll ever run out of memory with 640GB?

    640GB! Really, where!?

    Edit: Just making sure everyone knows i'm joking :p
  4. here are some modifications to make it better and cheaper

    antec900
    corsair750tx

    here is a combo on intel core i7 and asus p6t and ocz gold 1600 6gb that will save you 80$ and the mobo is better and with combo cheaper

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216527

    cooler:don't recommend the cooler you picked,if you are going to overclock not too much then get XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

    if you are going to overclock much then get Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail

    you will need a good thermal paste get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020

    or a better one but not in stock now http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006&Tpk=ocz%20freeze

    640 caviar black

    sony optiarc

    evga gtx 275

    i don't like the mouse i would get the Logitech G5 7 Buttons Tilt Wheel USB Wired Laser Mouse - Retail if you can pay the extra money get the g9

    saitek PK02

    get a good 24" i choose you an excellent one SAMSUNG T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor - Retail

    Total:with noctuca cooler 1612$
    with xigmatek cooler 1577$

    if you don't mind spending all the cash i would like to suggest to get a 2nd drive and run them in raid 0 especially that you will work in engineering so you will need faster hardrives and more space

    edit: i am too slow in writing a post so i was posting writing before any post so i didn't see the other posts so i would like to tell you first that 640 gb isn't called 640 gb of memory it is called 640 gb of space anyway if you are a gamer you will probably need alot of space also if you are going to do enigineering
  5. computersss said:
    if you are going to overclock not too much then get XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

    That cooler doesn't come with the back plate for the LGA 1366 boards. You'll want this one if you're considering Xigmatek.

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
  6. shortstuff_mt said:
    That cooler doesn't come with the back plate for the LGA 1366 boards. You'll want this one if you're considering Xigmatek.

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    ooooooooops sry :( i know that but i was trying to be fast so i didn't notice that i copied the normal one not the dark knight
  7. Thanks for the help, I'm looking into everything right now. Isn't 120mm too big?
  8. you are welcome,are you talking about the cooler?if so then noooo
  9. Yea, I'm talking about the cooler. Would I be able to get a 92mm that is good? In the reviews for the fan I want, everyone says they overclocked their i7 to 3.4 etc with no problem. I don't plan on overclocking higher than 3.0 which I'll probably do a couple months after having my computer.

    Also, for the mobo. What is better? The one from my OP, or the one computersss recommended?
  10. i can't find anywhere any 92mm cooler that support LGA 1366,anyway i still don't know why do you want to get a 92mm?120mm is the standard for i7 and the xigmatek will suit you and it isn't expensive,also the mobo you chose is good but asus and gigabyte are simply the best
  11. There is one from Scythe, the "KATANA3. But it is not efficient as the Scythe MUGEN-2 or Xigmatek Dark Knight and it is only .25 inches shorter.

    Scythe SCKTN-3000 92mm Sleeve "KATANA3" 3Heat Pipes CPU Cooler $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185096

    Better CPU Cooler that will not overhang ram slots.
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    Also here are some Combo's that NewEgg has on the parts you picked that will save you some more money.

    Combo of Graphic card and CPU
    1. EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR: $239.99
    2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99

    Combo Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $499.98
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.211232


    Combo of Mobo and Ram
    1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
    2. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR: $234.99

    Combo Discount: -$22.00
    Combo Price: $312.98
    $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.207824

    Hope this helped you out some more.
  12. Thanks for all the help. I guess I'll get the Dark Knight cooler. Also thanks for the combo deals. What case do you think is better. Antec 900 or 902?
  13. well both are great but if you are going to spend the amount on the antec 902(170$) then get a full tower recommended:HAF 932(150$) or antec 1200(170$) i don't think that the antec 902 worth the money
  14. Yea, I guess I'll stick with the 900.
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