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Revised i7 920 gaming build

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August 17, 2009 8:35:52 AM

PC Specs:
  • Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
  • PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
  • CPU Cooling: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
  • Motherboard: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
  • Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 PC3 12800 (I got a -$60 deal on this, why im choosing over OCZ)
  • GPU: SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
  • HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
  • Monitor: ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor
    *Vista64 Ultimate until Windows 7 drops.


    Questions:
  • I should be able to OC to 3.8 no problems?
  • After I OC + the 4870 Crysis should be a breeze for this machine correct?
  • If you see any upgrades I should do let me know, I have a few hundred bucks left to spend on my budget. Hoping this machine will last at least 5 years or so.

    Thanks
    August 17, 2009 8:47:04 AM

    ipix said:

  • After I OC + the 4870 Crysis should be a breeze for this machine correct?

  • No.
    August 17, 2009 9:10:15 AM

    Questions:

    * I should be able to OC to 3.8 no problems?

    yes
    * After I OC + the 4870 Crysis should be a breeze for this machine correct?

    no

    * If you see any upgrades I should do let me know, I have a few hundred bucks left to spend on my budget. Hoping this machine will last at least 5 years or so.

    2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    or
    2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    or
    2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    depending on your budget. For now if you are playing at 16x10 anything more than the 4850s is overkill, but if you want it to last for 5 years the 4890s are a better choice.
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    August 17, 2009 9:16:14 AM

    belial2k said:
    Questions:

    2x http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    depending on your budget. For now if you are playing at 16x10 anything more than the 4850s is overkill, but if you want it to last for 5 years the 4890s are a better choice.


    I'll be playing at 1680x1050 (is that what you mean by 16x10?) on the lcd listed above. Do you think that merits a 4890?

    I also checked out that 4890 you listed and it appears it has a consistent issue with hard-boots for people. A 55% approval customer review rating is pretty terrible. I know sapphire is a good company, what happened lol?
    August 17, 2009 9:20:58 AM

    ^ Hehehe, who would want the same PC for 5 years in a row and not make any upgrades.

    Even if someone like me who uses their PC mainly for Music and Movies, there are still better Speakers and Soundcards to buy hehe! I buy my music because it sounds so much better and I like having piles of CD's, I also have 400+ Purchased songs and over 40 movies on itunes =]

    Back to the topic - If you have a few hundred bucks left, and you are a hardcore gamer. I suggest you drop the 4870 and go with 2 4890's, to be more futureproof I guess. ( like the guy above me mentioned ) , However if you Love music ( like me ) then i am going to recommend the Asus Xonar Dx soundcard with your extra money lol!

    And also a good pair of headphones, I currently use the Denon Ah-D1001 ( very portable ), however if your more of a home listener I would recommend the Ah-D2000's, double the price of the 1001 but very well worth it =]

    Denon ah-d1001 - 159$ US, d2000 - 359$ US ( from the site )
    August 17, 2009 9:23:58 AM

    Haha so true. I will probably upgrade eventually like you say, but I am one of those guys who just likes to plug in and forget lol.
    August 17, 2009 3:26:03 PM

    5 years works for me, I NEVER upgrade parts. I build a solid computer from scratch about every 3 years and then hand the old one down to family members, NAS, back-up workstation etc.

    I see no point in upgrading "parts", I think it's just a waste of money and time. All the parts and speeds are somewhat in sync if you buy all at once. Otherwise, throwing new parts in an old system get bottleknecked and you don't realize the true benefits.
    !