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$1000 i7 920 NO OC help please

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August 1, 2009 11:11:22 AM

I need an i7 PC at least $1000




Gaming, Internet, Music, Photoshop

Everything except what's inside the CPU case



Intel core i7 920 - i'm not planning to OC

Ati Radeon HD 4890 - will this fit on ASUS P6T? sorry nub question

ASUS P6T - i'm really havin a hard time on deciding which motherboard to use (I need suggestions on which MB i should buy please note I'm not planning to OC anything)

OVERCLOCKING: Like i said it's a "No"

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I'm planning to use a 1024 768 monitor for a while then probably i'll just buy a new one with higher resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need to use it atleast 10 to 12 hrs a day
i don't think too much cooling is necessary since i'm i'm not into ocing it

More about : 1000 920

August 1, 2009 11:31:29 AM

Tom's did a nice comparison of many x58 (Core i7) motherboards that are under $200 or basically the cheapest ones. You could start there. The ASUS P6 SE motherboard is included in the tests.

ASUS P6 is good and what I may end up going with for my build.

Yes that 4890 card works with the P6, all new cards will.

The 4890 is major overkill for 1024x768 resolution. I'd have a hard time recommending a Core i7, HD 4890 build while using that monitor. Personally, I would spend some of your budget on a monitor.

What are you going to be using this PC for most of the time?
August 1, 2009 11:45:04 AM

Thanks for the fast reply samskeyti!! i'll be using it for gaming - or should i just go AMD phenom II 955 be
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August 1, 2009 12:12:57 PM

Cooler Master Centurion 5 Case $55

WD Caviar Black 640 GB $75

XFX HD 4890 1GB $200

Corsair 650 W PSU $100

Combo deal: Core i7 920, ASUS P6 LGA, OCZ Gold 6 GB RAM $558

Total: Around $1000 shipped

Quick and dirty. There are places where things could be improved and costs cut by combo deals and such, but it's a decent starting build that meets your original component list. I skipped a CPU cooler because you aren't overclocking, but I'd recommend one anyways. You can get pretty nice ones for ~$25-30.

I'm still troubled by your monitor though. :p 
August 1, 2009 12:26:03 PM

OHh many thanks man! still i'm wondering if i should go for amd phenom II x4 so i can save more bucks for an lcd monitor
August 1, 2009 12:33:57 PM

I don't feel comfortable in recommending an AMD processor as I don't have much experience with them and I'm bias towards the i7 for my own purposes. I'm also kind of a monitor snob and go strictly with ISP panel LCDs for desktop uses, which are more expensive than the more common TN panels. A 22" Dell with an ISP panel is around $280 now.

I'm sure other people will be able to offer much better advice about this, so I'll refrain. I would definitely recommend spending some of your budget on a monitor though. I'm not sure what your budget is exactly is as you say you're looking for something 'at least $1000.'
August 1, 2009 12:45:10 PM

i see, many thanks sam