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Near-final i7-920 first build

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August 13, 2009 1:08:19 PM

Hello folks,
I am 15 years old, live in The Netherlands in Europe, and am probably getting a new computer for my birthday (oct 25). So for the last couple of weeks I've been looking up reviews, watching videos on youtube, readings similar threads on Toms Hardware, and kinda came up with this build. Always had kind of 'good enough' PC's, if i may complain :p , so this time, I'd like a PC thats really fast and future-proof. I would like to know if it's any good. Never built a system myself before, but I'm giving it a try on my BD.

Main uses, not in order of importance : Surfing, gaming(including Crysis, Far Cry 2, Fallout 3, you know the deal), storing a little bit of music, not alot bigger than 5/6Gb, using multiple applications at once, etc..

Other: Some overclocking to a stable 3.6-3.8Ghz, MAYBE, really MAYBE crossfire, no need for monitor or speakers

So, IF I'm going to get the computer, it will be at http://www.alternate.nl/, very nice site BTW
Here comes:

Case
Cooler Master HAF 922
5 x, 5 x, ATX, µATX € 99,-

CPU
Intel® Core™ i7 920
4x 2666 MHz, 4x 256 kB, 4800 MT/s, Bloomfield € 249,-

CPU Cooler
Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2000
478, 754, 775, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, 1366, 26,5 dB(A), 126 m³/h € 35,-

Motherboard
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 X58
X58, 6.400 MT/s, 3x PCIe x16 v2.0, SLI, Socket 1366 € 239,-

Memory
Patriot 6 GB DDR3-1600 Tri-Kit
6144 MB, CL9 9-9-24, 3 stuk(s), PC3 12800 € 119,-

Graphics Card
Sapphire HD4890 Vapor-X OC
ATI Radeon HD4890, 1024 MB, 256 Bit, PCIe x16 v2.0 € 199,-

Harddisk
Western Digital WD3000HLFS
300 GB, 4,2 / 16 / 10000, € 0,61*, Serial ATA/300 € 182,-

PSU
OCZ ModXStream Pro 700W
700 Watt, ATX12V 2.2, ATX 2.03, EPS, 6 x, 4 x 1 € 89,-

DVD-Writer
Samsung SH-S223L
22 / 8 / 16 speed, 22 / 6 / 12 speed, Serial ATA/150, 16 / 48 speed € 23,-

Keyboard
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
USB, 7 knoppen, Optisch laser € 39,-

Mouse
Logitech G15 Gaming Keyboard Refresh € 79,-
USB, Kabel, Toetsenbord, 105 Toetsen

WLAN
Asus WL-130N
11 Mbit/s (11b), 54 Mbit/s (11g), 300 Mbit/s (11n), PCI € 45,-

So, any suggestions? Really, any suggestions will be more than welcome.

Later,
mizzl




Subtotal:€ 1.397,-

More about : final 920 build

August 13, 2009 1:10:56 PM

Oh, and my(my dad's) budget is around 1300-1400, but no larger than 1500 is my guess..
August 13, 2009 1:22:08 PM

drop the VRaptor, they have poor performance even compared to some of today's 5400rpm HDD's.

get a samsung F1 or F2, or WDC black instead as they are nearly as fast, cost a lot less, and hold a lot more data.

that motherboard isn't necessary, get a P6T instead and save the 20 euro's.

Just get an XFX 4890 and save 30 euro's, since the cooler only makes a very small difference when it comes to overclocks.
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August 13, 2009 1:32:44 PM

Many thanks for the quick response.

Especially for the comment on the VRaptor, I was thinking about it's limited capacity and its price/performance comparing to the WDC Black, so now I'm going for the WDC Black 1TB.
Also, paying 20 euros extra for deluxe version is not a burden since I'm lowering the price on the HDD.

You sure about the GPU? I heard that typical 4890 make quite a bit of noise and are hot, so I was thinking, reading the reviews, the Vapor-X cooling would drag the temps and the noise down quite a bit, but you say it isn't worth it. What about XFX hd4890 XXX? Worth 10 euros extra or not?
August 13, 2009 1:41:22 PM

^ I doubt it, you'll only get 10 to 20MHz extra out of it.

and high end GPU's can take an awful lot of heat, so you don't really need to worry about that.
August 13, 2009 1:51:04 PM

Actually, the XXX version, according to alternate.nl, gives you 50Mhz more (850->900). Still not worth it?
August 13, 2009 2:02:21 PM

Thanks for your help, but do remember I live in the Netherlands. And what gain exactly does the Seagate Barracuda have compared to the WDC Black? I do understand the Megahalems though, heard all 'bout 'em :p 
August 13, 2009 2:06:45 PM

^ the .12s use 500GB platter's, like the Samsung F2's and F3's, and this makes them faster than using 320GB platter's.
August 13, 2009 2:11:55 PM

Okay thanks. I'll see if I could get one at Alternate.
August 13, 2009 2:13:23 PM

Ah, My bad, I just saw europe and thought of a uk website. Dont know what site your able to go to or are you going to a store.

August 13, 2009 2:20:22 PM

I can get a Seagate 7000.12 1000Gb here for 80 euros. Looks okay. Is it really that much faster than a 320Gb platter?
August 13, 2009 2:27:32 PM

320gb platter vs a 500gb platter single, your getting 180gb more on a single platter.

It shows to be faster than a 640gb wd black aswell. I'll get some benchmarks up, it's also shown to be twice as fast as the 7200.9
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