Advice on a new i7 build

Hi all,

I'm currently looking to build a new current one has an ASUS A8N-E, AMD 3700+ and ATI's a decent unit but it's age is starting to show.

I'd like to go with a good i7 system for now and future...main uses are gaming, some Photoshop and just general everyday use. I'm looking at spending around $1500 or so...I already have a 20" Dell Ultrasharp (1680x1050) for the time being but will be upgrading that later on. Also have an optical drive from my old unit that I will be using in this.

I will probably get most of the stuff either from NCIX or Memory Express (store local to Edmonton, AB). Right now NCIX has free shipping for your entire order if you purchase the WD 1 TB Caviar Black. Memory Express is pretty comparable, but most of the items are cheaper on NCIX.

Here are the parts I have selected so far...

Antec 900 (Memory Express: $119.99)

Intel Core i7 920 (NCIX: $329.98)

eVGA X58 SLI LE (NCIX: $244.99 after rebate)

Video Card:
BFG GTX 275 OC (NCIX: $224.99 after rebate)

Power Supply:
PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W (Memory Express: $149.99)

Mushkin XP3-12800 Xtreme Performance Redline DDR 6GB kit (6-7-6-18) (NCIX: $190.29 after rebate)

WD 1 TB Caviar Black (NCIX: $89.99)

Total comes to about $1500 after tax and the rebates.

There are a few things I'm having a tough time deciding on...namely the mobo, RAM and case...and whether or not I'll need after-market cooling such as the V8 or True Black...I'll probably do some overclocking to get the CPU faster, maybe 3.6, but that's about it...stock should be fine initially.

Some of the other cases I've looked at are the Cooler Master 922 and 932, but both are pricier than the 900. Are there any other options I should consider?

As for the RAM...would it be worth the savings to get the G-SKILL (9-9-9-24) or similar OCZ set for $129.99? The Mushkin have the best CAS I can find right now.

For the mobo, the LE seems to be a good price for what I want to do. The only thing I'm thinking about is future upgrading...if I ever want to go with a second video card for SLI, would I be better off getting the next step up, the standard X58 SLI (non-LE) or the ASUS P6T? The LE, from what I can tell, has only 1 x16 slot whereas the next step up has 2 or more.

I've toyed with the video card too, originally choosing a GTX 260....and then considering a GTX 285 but ultimately decided that the 275 is a good middle ground and fits my budget.

What do you think? Any thoughts, critiques, suggestions are much appreciated!
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  1. I would suggest the Corsair 750TX, its actually $5 cheaper in canada than it is here

    The timings are the biggest impact on performance so stick with the tight timings on the mushkin.

    That board appears to have the standard 3 PCI-E slots that most X58 boards have so it should support 16/16/4 SLI
  2. Your build specs look very solid, here are some suggestions you might wat to look at.

    Either of these CPU Cooler
    Thermalright COGAGE TRUE Spirit CPU Cooler for Socket 1366 w/ 120mm Fan $38.99 CAD
    (will work within a few degrees of the below Cpu cooler)

    Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme 1366RT Heatpipe Cooler LGA1366 $77.48 CAD
    (one of the top of line Cpu coolers')

    Ram option
    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $124.99 CAD

    OCZ 6GB PC3-12800 Gold Edition Low Voltage Triple Channel DDR3 Kit (3 x 2GB) $129.99 CAD

    Case options
    Coolermaster Storm Scout Black ATX Tower $109.68 CAD

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $109.99 CAD

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension cable for any Case that has Bottom Mounted PSU's.
    StarTech EPS 8-Pin Power Extension Cable, 8in $6.99 CAD

    Thermal Compound
    Noctua NT-H1 PRO-GRADE Hybrid Thermal Compound Tim Solution 3 Gram $13.79 CAD
    (no curing time needed on this, compared to at least 48hrs for arctic silver5)

    Check out this PSU
    Corsair TX 750W Power Supply w/ 140mm Fan $134.99 CAD ($123.99 after Mail-in Rebate)

    eVGA X58 SLI LE (NCIX: $244.99 after rebate)
    Very good choice.

    Hope these suggestions' helps you out some, Good Luck on your upcoming Build. :wahoo:
  3. I considered the Corsair TX 750W at the very beginning but I thought perhaps the PC Power & Cooling would be a better quality item just based on history and what I've read.

    What would lead you to choose the Corsair over the PC Power & Cooling one besides price?
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