First Build; Gaming/Animation; $1500-range

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week

BUDGET RANGE: $1,300-1,800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Animation software (3ds Max and etc.-- I am a beginning multimedia computing student, with long-term goals toward video game design), gaming + mods

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES:
An Intel i7 core driven machine, with a high-quality Nvidia graphics card.


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (probably not) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes to SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I already have a potential rig more or less plotted out. I was just curious to know whether I was making any big mistakes, or whether there were any compatibility issues between my parts. This will be my very first rig-- prior to this, I knew essentially nothing about computer hardware (and still know very little).

Also-- am I missing any parts? Will everything fit in the case I chose?

I'm looking for a system that can last me for some years into the future, and that can be easily upgraded.

Noise-level doesn't particularly matter, but I am concerned about the computer overheating.

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Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W
Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro
Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188051

SILVERSTONE DA700 700W ATX 12V 2.2 & EPS 12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC
Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256035

Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower
Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129018

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO
CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007

Patriot Viper 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)
Desktop Memory Model PVT36G1333ELK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220369

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

EVGA 02G-P3-1187-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 2GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported
Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130496

Some version of Windows Vista

EDIT: Will add a decent optical drive.
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  1. EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro

    Why micro ATX? Go with a full ATX Board like this one (COMBO with video card):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231273

    For CPU Cooler + CPU Cooler I would go this route: (Xigmatek DK + i7)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.235111

    Ram and HD Combo (WD Black 1 TB w/ OCZ Plat 1600):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231013

    Case I would go with a Full Tower (Antec 1200):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

    Or if you do not want full tower (Antec 900):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    I am a huge fan of Corsair PS (750W):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Optical Drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136144

    On the video card, personally I would go 2 260 superclocked versions instead of one 285 but that is just me.
  2. The above suggestions are pretty good except for the DVD burner. It's 2009 and IDE should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. I would pick up a SATA DVD burner.

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM $28.99

    Don't forget to get the 64-bit version of Windows.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $109.99
  3. shortstuff_mt said:
    The above suggestions are pretty good except for the DVD burner. It's 2009 and IDE should have been put out to pasture a long time ago. I would pick up a SATA DVD burner.

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM $28.99

    Don't forget to get the 64-bit version of Windows.

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM $109.99


    Wow, thanks for pointing that out. I am placing the second part of the computer order today and had that in there with a mobo that has no IDE's!
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.235877.11-119-137 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $164.98
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $104.99 Free Shipping
    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=N82E16835185093 $36.99
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

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

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127429 $219.99 ($204.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231003 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $187.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate
    OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171 $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

    Total: $1,234.89 $1,174.89 w/rebates

    or...

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/download.aspx <---Save yourself some money until March 2010 and download Windows RC 7 64 bit.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,2298.html <--- gtx 275 SLI > gtx 295
  5. Lets see what I can come up with for in or under your price range.

    Here is a Combo you should check out.
    1. ASUS P6T: $249.99

    2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99

    3. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99

    4. Intel Intel BunnyPeople: $19.99 (free gift)

    Combo Discount: -$81.99
    Combo Price: $567.97
    $10.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216527

    Would suggest this Corsair PSU's.
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

    Change the CPU HSF Cooler to this.
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V $44.98 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    Here is another Graphic Card to check out.
    EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475

    But if you want to stay with the GTX 285, then get this Evga one, it has same clock speed but cost less.
    *EVGA 01G-P3-1182-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit $379.99 ($359.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130483

    HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $94.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    This Case has better airflow and can fit most 1366 CPU Coolers then your choice.
    COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP $89.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

    DVD Burner
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R Burner w/LightScribe $28.99 Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

    Items you will need.
    Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608008

    Tuniq TR-1 High Performance Thermal Material Remover $6.99 ($1.99 after $5.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154006

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812706004

    Total before shipping costs, OS and MIR's
    $1212.87

    $1157.87 After rebates but before shipping costs.

    If you go with the GTX 285 card then price would be $1297.87 after rebates but before shipping costs.

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
    Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677

    Imho just download Windows 7 64-bit RC and use it until March 2010 and then buy the Retail edition of Win7 Pro which will come with both 32/64-bit.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/download.aspx


    Hope this helps you out some.
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