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July 29, 2009 8:38:20 PM

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: Antec 900

PSU: Corsair 750W

Mobo: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366

Processor: i7 920

Heatsink: Cooler Master Hyper N520


HDD: WD 640GB 7200RPM

Optical Drive: Sony Optiarc SATA

GFX Card: EVGA GTX 275

Mouse: RAZER Copperhead Laser

Keyboard: Saitek PK02

Monitor: 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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July 29, 2009 9:28:38 PM

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 .
July 29, 2009 9:35:56 PM

Ok, IDK why the links won't work but do think I'll ever run out of memory with 640GB?
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July 29, 2009 10:01:48 PM

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 
July 29, 2009 10:11:17 PM

here are some modifications to make it better and cheaper


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

cooler:D on'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

or a better one but not in stock now

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
July 30, 2009 1:02:44 AM

Thanks for the help, I'm looking into everything right now. Isn't 120mm too big?
July 30, 2009 1:05:05 AM

you are welcome,are you talking about the cooler?if so then noooo
July 30, 2009 2:01:26 AM

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?
July 30, 2009 2:07:33 AM

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
July 30, 2009 3:13:22 AM

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

Better CPU Cooler that will not overhang ram slots.
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99 Free Shipping*

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

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

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

Hope this helped you out some more.

July 30, 2009 12:59:38 PM

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?
July 30, 2009 1:09:57 PM

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
July 30, 2009 2:11:02 PM

Yea, I guess I'll stick with the 900.