Fine-tuning My i7 Build.

Hey, guys. About 6 weeks ago I posted a thread about my future i7 build. I'm back because I need some final advice about possible tweaks to the hardware. It seems like I just might be able to purchase everything very soon.

If you think I'd be better off with a different part, please say so. The more help I can get, the better! :D

There's so many different GTX 275's that I can't even tell the difference, so if the ones I picked could be better, let me know.

Also, I read the following article which claims that the Thermalright IFX-14 is the best cooler for the i7.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/core-i7-coolers-roundup_21.html#sect0
But then I've also hear the Scythe Mugen II is pretty awesome...

PPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Couple of weeks.

BUDGET RANGE: Approx. $1800-2000.

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, possible 3D rendering...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Anywhere, but newegg.com is preferable.

PARTS PREFERENCES: None.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Minimum of 1920x1200, perhaps higher.

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CPU: Intel Core i7 920 D0-stepping Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core $278.00
http://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=0&page=1

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $44.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

Thermal Compound: Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound $4.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX $239.99 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374&Tpk=GIGABYTE%20GA-EX58-UD4P

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

Graphics Card (1): PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $194.99 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133268

Graphics Card (2): PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $194.99 After Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133268

Hard Drive(s): Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Case: Antec P182 Gun Metal Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Out of stock at Newegg. Perhaps it'll come back soon. I think it was around $150.

Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009

Keyboard/Mouse: Logitech Cordless Desktop EX 100 Black 102 Normal Keys USB RF Wireless Standard Keyboard and Mouse $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126041

Operating System: Windows 7 $0.00

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Thanks for taking the time. Part of me thinks this build will be fine, but I'm always overly-cautious.

TBC
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  1. Looks like a great build!
  2. jbakerlent said:
    Looks like a great build!


    Thanks goes out to everyone here at the forums for all their help! I think the only thing I picked out myself was the keyboard and mouse. :P
  3. My only advice is not to buy a dual GPU setup with ATI's DX11 cards being out in two months that will provide better performance at equal cost. You would be better suited to just purchase one XFX HD4890 and upgrade to the 5xxx cards when they come out.

    If you are a Nvidia fan (as I'm) and want to stick with them, I recommend the EVGA's GTX 275, plus with them you might get lucky and can use their step up program if their DX11 cards come out within 90 days of your purchase.

    edit I forgot to mention... Your build is a very solid and looks good! :D My recommendation is to help save money now when a few months from now newer & better cards will be out. You will not be going wrong with your build and should be very happy with it.
  4. tecmo34 said:
    My only advice is not to buy a dual GPU setup with ATI's DX11 cards being out in two months that will provide better performance at equal cost. You would be better suited to just purchase one XFX HD4890 and upgrade to the 5xxx cards when they come out.

    If you are a Nvidia fan (as I'm) and want to stick with them, I recommend the EVGA's GTX 275, plus with them you might get lucky and can use their step up program if their DX11 cards come out within 90 days of your purchase.


    Hmmm... Certainly food for thought... I'm just so eager to get a computer that this news (to me, anyways), takes all the air out of me. I would hate to build a new PC and then have the GPU's be out-dated a month later...

    I used to be an AMD and ATI fan, back in the day, but since then I've heard that Nvidia and Intel have a pretty decent edge, when before I remember it being neck and neck.

    Oh, technology. How I love/hate thee.
  5. tecmo34 said:
    edit I forgot to mention... Your build is a very solid and looks good! :D My recommendation is to help save money now when a few months from now newer & better cards will be out. You will not be going wrong with your build and should be very happy with it.


    Thanks.

    Yeah, I mean, I can wait until the new cards come out so that I can be top of the line, but then that also means I'll pay more for them, so it's a tough decision for me.

    How much would the next cards be expected to run? I'd be willing to pay a bit more so long as they're coming soon and the performance boost would be decent.
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  6. thebluecasket said:
    Thanks.

    Yeah, I mean, I can wait until the new cards come out so that I can be top of the line, but then that also means I'll pay more for them, so it's a tough decision for me.

    How much would the next cards be expected to run? I'd be willing to pay a bit more so long as they're coming soon and the performance boost would be decent.
    '

    From what I've seen posted places and talked about, one of the new ATI 5xxx's should be coming out around $250 and should be similar to the 4870x2 in performance. I'm not 100% sure of this information but as I said... it's what I've seen posted places and talked about. As to the performance boost, if it is equal to the 4870x2, then it will be a pretty good performance boost over the GTX275.
  7. tecmo34 said:
    From what I've seen posted places and talked about, one of the new ATI 5xxx's should be coming out around $250 and should be similar to the 4870x2 in performance. I'm not 100% sure of this information but as I said... it's what I've seen posted places and talked about. As to the performance boost, if it is equal to the 4870x2, then it will be a pretty good performance boost over the GTX275.


    What about on the Nvidia side of things? Any new cards to be release in the next few months?

    Also, I'm still pretty stuck on what monitor I should get. There's so many different options. I was looking into something around 23-24" with a hi-res display, preferably something slightly over HD res. Samsung makes some sexy stuff. Asus seems to be making some pretty cheap LCD displays, but their design seems clunky to me, and I'm worried that if I pay low price, I'll get low quality. :(
  8. thebluecasket said:
    What about on the Nvidia side of things? Any new cards to be release in the next few months?

    Also, I'm still pretty stuck on what monitor I should get. There's so many different options. I was looking into something around 23-24" with a hi-res display, preferably something slightly over HD res. Samsung makes some sexy stuff. Asus seems to be making some pretty cheap LCD displays, but their design seems clunky to me, and I'm worried that if I pay low price, I'll get low quality. :(

    I did some Google'ing and the best I've been able to come up with is Q4 of 09, which is Oct, Nov or Dec. I haven't found anything as close to a release date as we are seeing on the ATI 5xxx series cards. I would imagine Nvidia will be right behind them by no more than a few weeks, that way they can adjust to make sure they are the "TOP DOGS!!" :D
  9. tecmo34 said:
    I did some Google'ing and the best I've been able to come up with is Q4 of 09, which is Oct, Nov or Dec. I haven't found anything as close to a release date as we are seeing on the ATI 5xxx series cards. I would imagine Nvidia will be right behind them by no more than a few weeks, that way they can adjust to make sure they are the "TOP DOGS!!" :D


    Sucks. Unless they somehow come out earlier than expected, I'm gonna have to stick with the dual 275's, I think. It just seems too far away to wait, and to pay at least an additional $100 for both cards. Suppose it's a bad time for me to be building a computer.
  10. 5870 comes at the end of September at around $250. so maybe get one GTX 275
    now and a 5870 later?

    and the GT300 core is rumoured to come out anywhere between Q4 09 and Q3 10.
  11. Helloworld_98 said:
    5870 comes at the end of September at around $250. so maybe get one GTX 275
    now and a 5870 later?

    and the GT300 core is rumoured to come out anywhere between Q4 09 and Q3 10.

    Links for the 5870 release date? (The Inquirer doesn't count).
  12. Try the Noctua NH-U129. Sounds like you have done your research with 920 and the DO stepping you should be able to run at 3.6 easily. Check the stepping in the 920, earlier versions are using a CO step. Have fun with your new baby. :bounce:
  13. YOU MUST LOSE THE GTX @ &% GET ONE ATI 5870 you will future proof your system and wont regret it the card is a beast!
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