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1400-1600 All in One i7 Build

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August 6, 2009 7:22:22 AM

Hey guys, I really would like some input on a new i7 build I'm putting together.

Purpose
I want this computer to be my all around computer. The three main things are gaming, video trans-coding, and HTPC machine.

Type of PC
1. I am planning to get the i7 to overclock it. I want my oc to be around 3.4-3.6. My main goal in the oc is to go as high as possible without changing the CPU voltage or at the very least a very minimal increase.
2. Silent PC. Some noise during gaming is fine, but I would still like a very quiet computer.
2. I want moderately the temperatures low/medium, mainly so I can get a good oc out of it.

Price Range/Purchase Date
Date: Sometime in September, I know that a month away, but I like to be prepared when I'm going to spend $1500+ on a new computer.
Price: 1400-1600 before taxes and shipping. I would prefer to be on the lower end of that, but its really what ever it takes to meet my goals.

System Usage
As I mentioned I want to have it all. If I had to make an order of importance, it would be Gaming (WoW Full Graphics 30+ Frames in Raids, COD:MW 2, and future games as well). I would also like to play around with a Hackintosh, seeing as my current computer hates Hackintosh to hell.

Parts Not Needed
OS, Ill just run Win 7 7600 until I decided to buy Windows 7 RTM. I'm not looking for a monitor now, (Mine is 20 inches, 1680x1050) but I am looking to get between 20-25 inch 1080p 120 hertz monitor in the future, for Nvidia 3D. I will probably be using my current CD Burner as well.

Preferred Website
Newegg.com I would prefer all parts from here, unless there is a 30-40 difference from another website.

Parts
Now this is a bit tricky, because I have a somewhat of a strict price and prices can change after a month. The more controversial parts are the latter ones.

CPU -$300
I believe the prices for these are dropping in September, and this is moving down to i5, but not 100% sure. I am however going to be spending $300 on the processor, whether or not the i7 prices are going down.
Intel Core i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram -$115
So far I believe these are probably the best bang for your buck ram in an OC environment.

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - $95
The only problem I can see myself having with these is the sound. Are the Green drives quieter by a lot? Will I see that big of a lag between Black/Green when I'm dealing with HD/Gaming on my computer?

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU-120
It's either the Corsair 750 that everyone loves, or a Ultra Quiet Silverstone at 19 dbA

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

SILVERSTONE ELEMENT ST75EF 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard -$260, but I would like to spend around $200
3-Way Sli is a must in a motherboard. I am planing to use 2 PCI Express 2.0 slots for my Sli configuration, and the remaining for an internal TV Tuner.
I am eyeballing the
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

But I really don't want to spend that much money on a motherboard. I just want one that can OC to 3.6 in a stable environment with a voltage change minimal voltage change. Does anyone know a 3-Way Sli support motherboard that is good with overclocking and is less expensive, that would be appreciated.

Graphics Card - $440 (The MSI GTX 275's prices have changed twice within the last 2 days, from 250 to 200 to 250 to 220 currently)
Nvidia is a must, seeing as I will probably be getting Nvidia 3D.

2x MSI N275GTX TwinFrozr OC GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case - $250, spending a lot on the case for good air flow and a silent PC.
Well this is probably what it comes down to when I want to make my computer silent.
I was thinking the Raven 01 because I saw reviews that said if you put stuff in the case it will automatically drop 4-7 degrees C. Also it is large and thick which may make it a good sound dampener, but I haven't read this from owners, just a random prediction. The 90 degree motherboard is nice for bragging rights.

SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV01-BW Black Steel / Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If I can't achieve a Silent PC with this case, does anyone have any good cases in mind? Or any tips to try and make this case a silent PC.

TV Tuner - $80
I don't have to a much research done for which TV Tuner is good/great, but I picked one that was an a popular tech site. I would really like input on this.

ASUS My Cinema-PHC3-100/NAQ/FM/AV/RC TV Tuner Card PCI Interface - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heatsink - $55
The hardest choice I am seeing myself making is picking out a good heatsink. I want something quiet yet powerful, and one that has an intake and outtake. I will probably be replacing the fans I get with the heatsink, with quiet ones, if they are not quite already. This is the one I ended up choosing. If anyone else any good ones please put them up. With Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan CPU Cooler Socket 1366 Ready - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Speakers - Max $75
This is a department where I have no clue in, all I really want is a decent set of 4.1 or 5.1 surround sound set

Overclocking: Yes SLI: Yes

Final Thoughts
I really want this computer to be super silent. If that means I have to switch to fanless GPU heatsink, I probably will go that far.

More about : 1400 1600 build

August 6, 2009 9:39:37 AM

^ Nice components you have there...
1. CPU - Till September expect even a newer i7 for sub $300...So keep your options open...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2. Good RAM selection...

3. HDD - Having a single drive, may not pose noise issues...But if you are planning for multiple drives, then it can be an issue...

4. PSU - Both are very high quality ones...Go with either...

5. Another good mobo with the features you require, for less...
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. GTX 275s are the best for that resolution...
But as you are going with SLI, I would suggest you save some money going with 2x GTX 260 Core 216...They are suffice for that resolution and would easily max out...But its you call...

7. That Raven is a very cool case...But read the reviews before buying...
Here are other very good case options...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8. Not much idea about the TV tuner...But seeing its reviews, it seems to be good...

9. That is a very good CPU cooler...But I have heard that the Noctua have very high qualitly fans and are very silent and have very good performance too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. Speakers - Check these out...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Hope these help...
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August 6, 2009 6:44:06 PM

Another good heatsink, Core Contact Freezer. You need the LGA-1366 mounting bracket with it sold separately.
Or Xigmatek Dark Knight.
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