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August 14, 2009 9:55:39 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors (I'm getting a pair of 22" Acers), processor (getting that at the local microcenter)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future, perhaps.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none

Here is what I have:

Case: Antec 902

HDD: WD Caviar Black 640 GB

GPU: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100269VXLE Radeon HD 4890 1GB

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model

MB: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Cooler: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler


I was wondering if there are any parts that would have roughly equivalent performance for cheaper, such as going down a grade in RAM speed or something, and whether this would all work together nicely?

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August 14, 2009 10:42:25 PM

Machine looks real nice.

I would choose a different brand vid card, im not a fan off SAPPHIRE.

Which i7 you choosing?
August 14, 2009 10:58:24 PM

grieve said:
Machine looks real nice.

I would choose a different brand vid card, im not a fan off SAPPHIRE.

Which i7 you choosing?



The 920, of course. What brand would you recommend?
August 14, 2009 11:56:22 PM

Quote:
Mierin wrote :

I was wondering if there are any parts that would have roughly equivalent performance for cheaper, such as going down a grade in RAM speed or something, and whether this would all work together nicely?

Since you mention that you might OC, then get either of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

Thermalright CoGage True Spirit 4-Heatpipe Core i7 CPU Cooler $39.95
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9403/cpu-tri-62/Therm...

One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2009/07/23/intel_core_i7...

Items you will need.
Thermal Compound and Thermal Cleaner.
Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download the Free Windows 7 RC 64-bit and then buy the full version when it comes out.

Download Link for Windows 7 RC
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/download...

Hope this helps you out some.




August 15, 2009 2:04:47 AM

yay for Yoosty... finally someone on Tom's recommending the Scythe Mugen 2 ....its cheaper, and still lets u OC it massively

and XFX for GPU..life-time warranty... most people think they're pretty good
August 15, 2009 4:16:18 AM

I have the Antec 902 case and the corsair 750TX. You won't need the 8-pin extender. The 8 pin cable runs perfectly up the back up the case and around the fan. That's the way I have it, and it's not blocking air flow, and can't be seen at all.

Also, I'm running the Dark Knight S1283 heatsink. It giving me some good temperatures, but I had a stupid hard time installing the HS because of the HDT (exposed pipes). Read about how to seat the HS before you try on your own.
August 15, 2009 6:24:42 AM

jrhilsch said:
I have the Antec 902 case and the corsair 750TX. You won't need the 8-pin extender. The 8 pin cable runs perfectly up the back up the case and around the fan. That's the way I have it, and it's not blocking air flow, and can't be seen at all.

Also, I'm running the Dark Knight S1283 heatsink. It giving me some good temperatures, but I had a stupid hard time installing the HS because of the HDT (exposed pipes). Read about how to seat the HS before you try on your own.



Thanks for the advice, I'll look into that. So is everything else looking good? I switched the hdd/ram to a combo as suggested and the XFX 4890.
August 15, 2009 5:05:41 PM

Quote:
Mierin wrote :

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future, perhaps.

MB: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
The mobo you choose will only do Crossfire, I would suggest one of these for your build.
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 $259.99 ($239.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is also a nice Ram/Mobo Combo for above mobo.
1. OCZ Technology OCZ3P1600LV6GK: $114.99 Free Shipping*

2. GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P: $259.99

Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $354.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 $249.99
(Xtreme Phase, 3-Way SLI & Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is decent Combo for this mobo.
1. Corsair (XMS Series) TR3X6G1600C8 G: $149.99 Free Shipping*

2. ASUS P6T: $249.99

Combo Discount: -$35.00
Combo Price: $364.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

One item I did not see in your Build is an DVD Burner, here are few for you to look at.
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $25.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

920 processor (getting that at the local microcenter)Get the DO stepping one when @ Microcenter.





August 15, 2009 7:09:19 PM

I'm actually okay with it only having crossfire capabilities, and apparently the UD3R can be flashed to support SLI. I did grab a sata DVD burner; I just hadn't included it here as I only put down parts that might need changing/suggestions. Since I do have that, the build right now is as in the OP except for:

MB: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)

and of course the thermal compound (Arctic Silver 5) and DVD burner that I neglected to mention.
August 15, 2009 7:32:46 PM

I also bought my i7 920 at microcenter (stupid good deal!). The only problem is you won't be able to get the D0 stepping, they only have C0. This is probably why they are $200. If you want to overclock, the D0 stepping processor will have better temperatures, but that's not saying the C0 is bad. I overclock my C0 with zero issues, and my temps are ok. If you really want a D0 stepping processor for around the same price, try to find an OEM on ebay... just my suggestion... I wish I had...
August 15, 2009 7:38:05 PM

Wow, now that I've done my research, I see that they do have D0 steppings. When I asked for on at microcenter they looked at me like I had just asked for a free jelly donut with my processor... I wish I had know how to ask for it. I did buy mine about 5 months ago when they were on sale for $230, I wonder if they just hadn't gotten them in yet.
August 15, 2009 7:39:09 PM

Ah, they may not have, they should have them in stock by now as intel is only making d0 stepping i7 920s
August 15, 2009 7:40:12 PM

Yeah, I read about that a while back and do intend to make sure it's d0 stepping.
August 15, 2009 8:23:27 PM

Yoosty said:
Quote:
Mierin wrote :

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future, perhaps.

MB: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
The mobo you choose will only do Crossfire, I would suggest one of these for your build.
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 $259.99 ($239.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is also a nice Ram/Mobo Combo for above mobo.
1. OCZ Technology OCZ3P1600LV6GK: $114.99 Free Shipping*

2. GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P: $259.99

Combo Discount: -$20.00
Combo Price: $354.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 $249.99
(Xtreme Phase, 3-Way SLI & Quad-GPU CrossFireX Support)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

There is decent Combo for this mobo.
1. Corsair (XMS Series) TR3X6G1600C8 G: $149.99 Free Shipping*

2. ASUS P6T: $249.99

Combo Discount: -$35.00
Combo Price: $364.98
$10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

One item I did not see in your Build is an DVD Burner, here are few for you to look at.
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $25.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 LightScribe Support - OEM $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

920 processor (getting that at the local microcenter)Get the DO stepping one when @ Microcenter.



hate to break the bad news to ya, but the ud3r does both sli and cf
August 15, 2009 10:25:20 PM

kg4icg said:
hate to break the bad news to ya, but the ud3r does both sli and cf

kg4icg, look at OP original post and what mobo he was going to get.

Quote:
MB: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard


That was the mobo I was talking about.
August 24, 2009 3:04:44 AM

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! After setting everything up, I'm up and running with a ~3.8 GHz overclock and loving it very much, way better than the laptop I was using :) 
August 24, 2009 3:39:31 PM

Mierin said:
Thanks everyone for the suggestions! After setting everything up, I'm up and running with a ~3.8 GHz overclock and loving it very much, way better than the laptop I was using :) 


What was your final build/price? I can't seem to get a decent i7 920 build under $1,200.
August 26, 2009 6:39:18 AM

Final build was:

CPU: i7 920 (from microcenter) $200

RAM: OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $115 when i bought it, 145 now :o 

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB $55 (combo'd with RAM at the time)

MB: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R $185

HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $45

GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB $200

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W $120

Paste: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $8

DVD burner: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive $25

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90


So it totaled to around $1050, with shipping.
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