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July 30, 2009 3:27:37 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as possible

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: monitor, keyboard, mouse

PARTS PREFERENCES: What I've come up with is

Mobo: ASUS Rampage II Extreme

graphics: XFX ATI Radeon 4870 1GB DDR5

Processor: Intel CPU Core i7-920 2.66GHz

Hard drives: Intel X-25 M 80GB (OS and apps)

Samsung 1TB 1000GB Spinpoint F1 (data)

Memory: OCZ 6GB DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM Intel i7 Triple Channel kit (3x2GB)

PSU: Corsair PSU 1000W CMPSU-1000HX ATX 12V v2.2

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred

CPU cooling: Scythe Mugen 2

Optical drive: Sony Blu-Ray BD-ROM SATA Internal Black Retail Kit BDU-X10S

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This'll be my first build and i'm mainly just posting to check that I haven't screwed up somewhere and chosen something that's incompatible. Although, if there's anything that would be better for around the same price or cheaper It'd be nice to hear it.

I thought i'd miss the HD4890 seeing as i'll probably have to upgrade to a DX11 graphics card. Also I'll be waiting until the the G2 intel drives are available at their RRP, I'll make do with the other drive until then.

I know that the PSU is overkill but I heard that PSUs work best at around half their maximum load.
July 30, 2009 4:32:44 PM

Your PSU is way overkill. I would drop down to a 750w PSU... Here are the two I would recommend:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS750QBL 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power ... - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

Here are two equally as good or better MOBO's for less...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

I would recommend going with a DVD burner over a Blu-Ray player, unless you already have a burner and just wanted to add a Blu-Ray to your system.

If you leave near a MicroCenter, they have the i7 920 for $200, which will allow you to spend a little extra to make the jump to the HD4890 on the build. You will see an improvement with it. If you are buying for Newegg, make sure you check out the combos for each component, you may be able to save a good amount of money by going with one or two of them.
July 30, 2009 4:38:21 PM

I agree on the power supply - I have a 750W Corsair and love it.
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July 30, 2009 10:05:47 PM

thanks for the info on the other mobos. I'll probably get the P6T instead, It's quite a bit cheaper. I might go halfway and get the 850 watt corsair, it'll still give me some flexibility if i feel like going crossfire or building a RAID array in the future.
July 31, 2009 1:56:17 AM

Agreed - 1000w would be a total waste. 750 may be on the high side, but still a much better fit.

The rest looks good.
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