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July 31, 2009 5:14:13 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 months.

Budget: ~1200USD, slightly flexible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Rendering (Maya/mental ray, Photoshop, etc.. CPU-dependent), HD video, Internet, etc, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, mouse, speakers, OS (W7 RC)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg or any other reliable site.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Definitely keeping the i7. ATI graphics preferred. I'm also partial to Cooler Master cases. Everything else open to suggestion.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, CPU.

SLI/CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually. Would prefer a single, more powerful card for now.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 or 1920x1080--wasn't able to check when I saw the monitor I'll be borrowing for the next several months. ~22in LCD.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm not looking for a final build yet, as prices and availability will change between now and when I can buy this system. I might also pick up one of the new 58XX Radeons when they come out. This is more to see if I'm on the right track in choosing parts and don't have any compatibility issues or other stupid decisions.
I'll also be adding to this machine over time--second video card, hdds, possibly water cooling.

Current parts list:

(updated with gkay09's suggestions)

i7 920 - 279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR mobo - 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Xigmatek Dark Knight CPU HSF - 40.09
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB DDR3 - 99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX Radeon 4890 1GB - 199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooler Master Storm Scout + Cooler Master 700W PSU (combo) - 184.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

WD Caviar Black 640GB SATA HDD - 74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON SATA DVD burner - 25.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Backlit Logitech keyboard - 64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,185.89

Opinions? Concerns? Inventive ways to lower the cost?
I'm all ears. :)  and thank you for looking!
July 31, 2009 5:23:55 AM

^ You have chosen very good parts there...

Here are a few suggestions that you can check out...

Mobo - This EVGA board is very good and is cheaper...Though a mATX, it should be very good...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - As you will be sticking mostly with a single powerful card, the 620HX is more than suffice...
But you can check out this combo...Has a high quality 700W PSU, that can handle crossfire...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - Definitely change the RAM for higher speed and better CAS...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 31, 2009 5:53:51 AM

You beat me again gkay09 , +1 on ram. :kaola: 
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July 31, 2009 5:56:27 AM

Thanks for the suggestions :)  updated first post.
July 31, 2009 6:07:26 AM

:o  competing with Yoosty ---> NEVER :p 

And @tortnotes if you have a Microcenter store nearby, you get the i7 920 for about $220 including taxes for instore Pickup...

But in 1-2 months a lot can change...So before actually buying the components, do check back to see if there is anything better...
July 31, 2009 6:13:19 AM

You might want to look at this Combo.

1. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR: $234.99
Free Shipping*
2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$22.00
Combo Price: $492.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And this Combo for HDD/Ram.

1. Western Digital WD6401AALS: $74.99
Free Shipping*
2. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$7.00
Combo Price: $167.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate

The Cost of the 2 Combo's above added along with your other parts and before Shipping Costs and MIR's will be this.

$1181.89
July 31, 2009 6:14:33 AM

gkay09 said:
:o  competing with Yoosty ---> NEVER :p 

And @tortnotes if you have a Microcenter store nearby, you get the i7 920 for about $220 including taxes for instore Pickup...

But in 1-2 months a lot can change...So before actually buying the components, do check back to see if there is anything better...

I know, but we seem to be bumping into each other nightly. :lol: 
July 31, 2009 6:14:36 AM

gkay09, planning on it. I've been lurking here for a while now, and plan to continue at least until the system is built. And unfortunately no Microcenters in the northwest. :( 
Edit: Hmm, nice combos...
July 31, 2009 6:34:55 AM

I would suggest you buy the CPU, mobo, RAM and graphics card the last as they are the ones, that constantly change and getting them last would get you the current best deal...As for the case, PSU, DVD and HDD, there wont be much changes/ difference...
July 31, 2009 6:37:32 AM

avoid the evga mobos, get a gigabyte x58-u3dr
(dont use the windows update lan driver if you do) and you will be fine,

LASO: raid0 on the intel ich10r with says 1TB x2 will make a big windows speed difference,
July 31, 2009 6:59:41 AM

^ Any specific reason to avoid the EVGA boards ??
They generally have good rating and not much of negatives...but if you could explain the reason, it would be good for the OP and others...
August 1, 2009 1:59:27 AM

If I do go with the EVGA mobo, will it work well with my case? Would having all of the components closer together significantly increase temps?
August 3, 2009 4:17:00 AM

@tortnotes I doubt there would be any problems with the temps...
The CM scout is a really very good case and has very good airflow...So the temps inside the case wont hit the alarming level...
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