i7 Build [many thanks] :)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this Friday or next

BUDGET RANGE: $1150

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet...

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920 and ASUS/Gigabyte/EVGA Motherboard

OVERCLOCKING: Yes i wish to OC the i7 920 to about 3.8 GHz

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: yes about a month down the road.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: atm I'm at 1440x900 but will probly be buying a monitor that supports 1920 x 1080 in a couple months.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This build will be for gaming Bioshock, Fallout 3, Valve Games, etc...


Parts:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=8911794 (might just take the CD/DVD drive outa this computer)

Combo's I found:

Mobo+CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216036

RAM+HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204633

Case+PSU: (Credit to Gkay09): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208702

TOTAL: $1,120.85 (including combo's and shipping)


well I have finally come up with the cash for my i7 build worked all summer, minimum wage :o for this cash haha

Let me know what you think of the build I've come up and if it could be improved. :D
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More about build many thanks
  1. Based on frostytech the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer is better than the Xigmatek.
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207005

    oh and you made it alot harder for me to help, you actually found the combos before posting, im impressed as few do, other than the cooler it is a very solid build but you might want to consider a 4890 as it will handle the 1080p better than the 4870 and push off the time when you need to upgrade a bit longer.
  2. hunter315 said:
    Based on frostytech the Sunbeam Core Contact Freezer is better than the Xigmatek.
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207004
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835207005

    oh and you made it alot harder for me to help, you actually found the combos before posting, im impressed as few do, other than the cooler it is a very solid build but you might want to consider a 4890 as it will handle the 1080p better than the 4870 and push off the time when you need to upgrade a bit longer.



    Thanks for the post, about the CCF I Have done some research on the two and temp's are about the same and i like the look of the Xiggy Better haha :D
  3. Hmm... the ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 with the i7 920 easy OC stable at 3.8 GHZ? :D
  4. 3.8GHz is doable for most i7 920 chips, but is at the upper end of what you can safely do on air.
  5. shortstuff_mt said:
    3.8GHz is doable for most i7 920 chips, but is at the upper end of what you can safely do on air.



    Mmk, that sounds good I read that there's no real gain of performance over 3.8 GHz for the i7 920 in games. I guess you could go higher if you were running some benchmarks, but not for 24/7 use.
  6. You have a solid build there...

    As for the CPU cooler, this article would clear things...
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i7-coolers-roundup.html/

    And out of the list, the cheapest and one of the best is the Scythe Mugen 2...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    And as for the power supply, the Corsair is no doubt one of the best...but this PSU with the case combo is a very good deal and unlike other CM PSUs, this one is a very high quality, 80+ Silver certified one...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208702
  7. gkay09 said:
    You have a solid build there...

    As for the CPU cooler, this article would clear things...
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i7-coolers-roundup.html/

    And out of the list, the cheapest and one of the best is the Scythe Mugen 2...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    And as for the power supply, the Corsair is no doubt one of the best...but this PSU with the case combo is a very good deal and unlike other CM PSUs, this one is a very high quality, 80+ Silver certified one...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208702



    Thanks for the post, so id be better off getting the Sythe Mugen 2 than the Xiggy?, and nice find on the Case+PSU and would that be enough juice for crossfire in the future and more case fans etc...? :D
  8. About the Sythe Cooler I reading some reviews on the Egg about it and alot of people are saying its rather large (the xiggy is too) but the sythe is wider and the xiggy is more slender but hey if I went with the sythe and the combogkay09 mentioned I might go ahead and get a HD 4890
  9. As for the CPU cooler, Yes...the Scythe Mugen 2 would be a better buy(Lower Price, very good performance)

    And as for the PSU,
    CM 700W -> HD 4870 Crossfire
    Corsair 750TX -> HD4890 xfire/ GTX 275 SLI...
    So you decide...
  10. The reason why I suggested the 750W for the HD4890 is because the overclocked i7 + HD4890 crossfire with say 8 120MM fans + 3HDD would be cutting close for a 700W PSU( though am sure would handle it with no problems...but some headroom is always better)

    But if you check an article from TOMs about a Cyberpower Dragon PC, which has a overclocked X4 955 CPU to 3.8GHz + 2 HD 4890s in crossfire, all powered by a Corsair 650TX and it had no problems in the power dept during the testing...
    So the 700W should be able to power the setup but like I said having some headroom is always better...
  11. gkay09 said:
    The reason why I suggested the 750W for the HD4890 is because the overclocked i7 + HD4890 crossfire with say 8 120MM fans + 3HDD would be cutting close for a 700W PSU( though am sure would handle it with no problems...but some headroom is always better)

    But if you check an article from TOMs about a Cyberpower Dragon PC, which has a overclocked X4 955 CPU to 3.8GHz + 2 HD 4890s in crossfire, all powered by a Corsair 650TX and it had no problems in the power dept during the testing...
    So the 700W should be able to power the setup but like I said having some headroom is always better...



    True, I think ill stick with the xiggy and the hd 4870 guess ill go with the cm psu tho. :D
  12. ^ Hey why not try out these combos...

    i7 + HD 4890
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.207870

    ASUS Rampage Gene + OCZ Platinum
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209920

    CASE - Same

    HDD - Same

    CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    Total - $1110 | $1100 Including rebates...
    And except the graphics card and mobo, all the other items have free shipping...

    Another very good mobo
    EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188051

    So if you choose this mobo instead of the ASUS, price would come down + this mobo has free shipping...
  13. gkay09 said:
    ^ Hey why not try out these combos...

    i7 + HD 4890
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.207870

    ASUS Rampage Gene + OCZ Platinum
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.209920

    CASE - Same

    HDD - Same

    CPU Cooler - Scythe Mugen 2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093

    Total - $1110 | $1100 Including rebates...
    And except the graphics card and mobo, all the other items have free shipping...

    Another very good mobo
    EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188051

    So if you choose this mobo instead of the ASUS, price would come down + this mobo has free shipping...



    Nice Combo's you have found there Im deff sticking with the Asus p6t V2 save $40.00
    with i7 combo and I guess the psu you showed me. I think ima get the dark knight because the performance isn't that much a difference 1-2 degree's C, the xiggy looks better, heard its easier to put on mobo than the sythe mugen, takes up less space, idk lol . If Iwent with the mugen i could get a hd 4890 then id have to upgrade psu if i wanted to xfire... :o
  14. Funny you should ask...
    After much deliberation and posts I have decided on this build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216037

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208700

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204625

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

    SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841

    And the total comes to $1123.92 after everything is applied including this coupon for the 4890: emclvnp46.
  15. EDIT:
    Seems you have changed the mobo...
    And now I would definetly suggest the Rampage over the P6T...
    Reason - http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/rampage-gene-lanparty,2302.html
    The Rampage performs better than the P6T...

    The Rampage Gene is a ROG board and overclocks very well...And has premium onboard sound too...

    As for the CPU cooler, even I would agree with you...The Dark Knight definitely looks better ;)
  16. Bert R said:
    Funny you should ask...
    After much deliberation and posts I have decided on this build:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216037

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.208700

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.204625

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

    SAPPHIRE VAPOR-X 100269VXL Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841

    And the total comes to $1123.92 after everything is applied.



    Nice build, I would be going with the p6t regular version if i liked the layout of the board. plus the deluxe v2 has a few more features than that board. :D
  17. gkay09 said:
    Any specific reason going with the V2???

    The Rampage Gene is a ROG board and overclocks very well...And has premium onboard sound too...

    As for the CPU cooler, even I would agree with you...The Dark Knight definitely looks better ;)



    I just don't wanna get a micro ATX board, for gfx card size reason's and if mounting problems were to come up.

    The V2 is supposedly a more stable overclocker, has more capacitors i like the spacing between the first two pcie x16 slots


    EDIT: didn't change over to the Asus P6T just was saying that I have thought of getting that board in the past. :D
  18. ^ :P Edited my post by mistake...Thought the OP had posted his build...
  19. Well ima get some sleep, thx for you're help gkay09 i really appreciate it. :D

    Still up for suggestions
  20. Build edited, check it out... :D
  21. Bump

    Anymore suggestion's on my build?
  22. thorox said:
    Bump

    Anymore suggestion's on my build?

    I just checked your wish list... http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=8911794 , so I'm hoping this is the most current build. A little late but here are my two recommendations

    1) Go with this combo Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail and ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail IMO... the deluxe version isn't worth the extra bit of money.
    2) With the money saved, go with this GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail IMO... you will see better performance over the 4870.

    I like the rest of your build!! [:thegreatgrapeape]
  23. tecmo34 said:
    I just checked your wish list... http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=8911794 , so I'm hoping this is the most current build. A little late but here are my two recommendations

    1) Go with this combo Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail and ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail IMO... the deluxe version isn't worth the extra bit of money.
    2) With the money saved, go with this GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail IMO... you will see better performance over the 4870.

    I like the rest of your build!! [:thegreatgrapeape]



    Hmm I might just do that, I have heard that the Asus p6t deluxe v2 is more stable for overclocking and better bios settings. would there be enough room between the 2 pcie x16 slots on the p6t for 4890 xfire?


    Im ordering the parts tomorrow :D
  24. after some reading it seems the deluxe v2 has better power capacitors (16 instead of 8 on the p6t) so it should be more stable

    I might stick with the v2, the HD 4890 isn't that much better than the 4870. It would be cheaper in the long run for the added card for crossfire if I went with the 4870.
  25. I do not think you will need that. Only on huge cases like the antec 1200 and the coolermaster 932 will that extension be needed.

    Also +1 to the 4870. DX11 cards are right around the corner so why not save some dough on soon to be old tech.
  26. waynec121 said:
    I do not think you will need that. Only on huge cases like the antec 1200 and the coolermaster 932 will that extension be needed.

    Also +1 to the 4870. DX11 cards are right around the corner so why not save some dough on soon to be old tech.



    Mmk, what do you think of the ASUS p6t v2 mobo?
  27. It is a great mobo but is pretty pricey. If it fits in the budget then I'd say go for it. But if you need to shave a few bucks off ($30 to 40) then I would go with the Asus Ramage II GENE as an alternative. Honestly you can't go wrong with either board IMO.
  28. waynec121 said:
    It is a great mobo but is pretty pricey. If it fits in the budget then I'd say go for it. But if you need to shave a few bucks off ($30 to 40) then I would go with the Asus Ramage II GENE as an alternative. Honestly you can't go wrong with either board IMO.



    ok, I'm confident with my build will be ordering parts tomorrow after noon. :D


    Anymore comments are still welcome :o
  29. http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    isn't the i920 other socket or I'm being a noob again?
  30. freejim said:
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    isn't the i920 other socket or I'm being a noob again?



    The i7 920 is Socket 1366 and the Xiggy im buying comes with the LGA 775 and 1366 brackets :D
  31. getting ready to purchase here in a few minutes anymore suggestions?

    should i buy some 120 mm fans for the cm 690 case?
  32. thorox said:
    getting ready to purchase here in a few minutes anymore suggestions?

    should i buy some 120 mm fans for the cm 690 case?

    I would wait to see how your temperatures are. You can always add them later if you feel you are running too hot. No need to spend extra money on something you might not require... IMO
  33. tecmo34 said:
    I would wait to see how your temperatures are. You can always add them later if you feel you are running too hot. No need to spend extra money on something you might not require... IMO



    Mmk, ill let you guys know how the build goes. :D
  34. Do you have a Microcenter in the area? They have the Intel i7 920 on sale for only $199.99 – but it is in-store pickup only.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727&utm_source=mcol&utm_medium=leader_bnr&utm_campaign=hmpg_intel_i7920
  35. Hey get some Yate loon fans from Xoxide.com other than that it will be a quality i7 build good luck.
  36. rockyjohn said:
    Do you have a Microcenter in the area? They have the Intel i7 920 on sale for only $199.99 – but it is in-store pickup only.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0302727&utm_source=mcol&utm_medium=leader_bnr&utm_campaign=hmpg_intel_i7920



    Nope :( like 300 miles away lol
  37. xtc28 said:
    Hey get some Yate loon fans from Xoxide.com other than that it will be a quality i7 build good luck.



    After parts come in and i assemble the comp, I will OC the i7 and then see the temps and if I need more case fans ill surely take you're advice. :D


    Can't wait until the parts arrive! :D ordered Friday, they probably wont ship until Monday, and get everything by Thurs-Fri
  38. Opps, will post pictures here in a minute didnt mean to post :)
  39. I finally got all the parts and build it last night. :D I got lucky and recived a i7 920 d0 i have it @3.66GHz prime95 overnight stable 40-50c idle, 68c MAX I'm happy with that.

    I just wanted to thank all the people that helped me out on parts/info, I really appreciate it, you guys rock! [:lectrocrew:5] also thought i would post some pics of my build, tell me what you think



    I think it looks good for a noobie :D




    Its messy, but hey its my first time doing it, cable management is a pain... :o




    Agian ;)
  40. oh yea i forgot to mention that I ordered these case fans from newegg
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103052

    they were cheap, there the same ones that come with the Coolermaster MC 690 case I have.
  41. thorox said:
    I finally got all the parts and build it last night. :D I got lucky and recived a i7 920 d0 i have it @3.66GHz prime95 overnight stable 40-50c idle, 68c MAX I'm happy with that.

    I just wanted to thank all the people that helped me out on parts/info, I really appreciate it, you guys rock! [:lectrocrew:5] also thought i would post some pics of my build, tell me what you think

    http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae135/Kickinwing007/i7%20Build/momscamera014.jpg

    I think it looks good for a noobie :D


    http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae135/Kickinwing007/i7%20Build/momscamera003.jpg

    Its messy, but hey its my first time doing it, cable management is a pain... :o


    http://i965.photobucket.com/albums/ae135/Kickinwing007/i7%20Build/momscamera009.jpg

    Agian ;)

    Very clean looking build!!... Good job!! :D

    Don't worry about the mess of the back side of the motherboard, that is why it is hidden from site. It doesn't matter how that looks... IMO.

    Here is a pick of my system and yours looks a little cleaner than mine, so good job!!
  42. tecmo34 said:
    Very clean looking build!!... Good job!! :D

    Don't worry about the mess of the back side of the motherboard, that is why it is hidden from site. It doesn't matter how that looks... IMO.

    Here is a pick of my system and yours looks a little cleaner than mine, so good job!!
    http://i964.photobucket.com/albums/ae127/Tecmo34/ComputerPic4.jpg



    Thanks alot! :D I ran the huge 24 pin cable and the 8 pin out the side of the case beside the power supply which saves a little more space then zip tide all the cables to back the best i could, its still a pain to put back to case on when messing with something.

    Now i could use a little help on Overclocking this bad boy, I'll make another thread for that though. I have it @ 3.66 (sweet spot i was told) 68c Max (using Real Temp, Speedfan says like -10c cooler) Prime 95 6 hrs pass and will do a few hours OCCT. :D anyways, thanks again for you're help! [:thegreatgrapeape]
  43. you bet
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