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Sub $1500 Core i7 Gaming Rig

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August 6, 2009 2:40:56 PM

Hi guys I am a first time system builder and I wanted to get some input before I go spending a lot of money on my new system. It will be primarily for gaming at 1680x1050. I plan to play mostly mmos (Aion and SWTOR) maybe some fps too. I know my system might be a little overkill for this resolution but I would like to future proof as much as possible. Any tweaks or suggestions would be great.

Antec 902
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

Noctua Thermal Paste
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus P6T
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 6G 1600 DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x HIS ICEQ4+ 4870 in CrossfireX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital 1TB HD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Corsair 750w PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gonna get Vista 64bit just to get the Windows 7 coupon and probably just run Windows 7RC until I can get the full version. I plan to purchase on Monday 8/17/09.

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August 6, 2009 3:05:42 PM

If you drop the board to a P6T SE, you'll lose SLI support, (which you don't need what with the ATI video card and all) but you'll save yourself a little bit of money.

Other than that, everything looks pretty solid. Good build :) 
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August 6, 2009 5:38:10 PM

Do I need a special bracket to mount the aftermarket cooler?
August 6, 2009 5:40:45 PM

get a single 4890 instead of the dual 4870's, believe me, for mmo's you don't need that much graphics power.
August 6, 2009 6:41:44 PM

njudson said:
Do I need a special bracket to mount the aftermarket cooler?

Nope.
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August 7, 2009 4:28:17 AM

i7 920 w/dual 4890's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $488.98 | $473.98 after rebate Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
$20 off with Code MINIPICO20 Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $36.99
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-489V_1G $199.99 Free Ground Shipping
Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD4890 1GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card, Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=AT-489V_1G $199.99 Free Ground Shipping
Sapphire Radeon Vapor-X HD4890 1GB DDR5 VGA/DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort PCI-Express Video Card, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $202.98
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

Total: $1,338.90 $1,303.90 w/rebates

* I didn't see a burner in your build ?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM
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