If you have a local microcenter and they still have 920's in stock, you can get it for $199 in store. (Just checked the Kansas City one and they still have some). For HD, I'd consider bumping up to a caviar black, price difference isn't huge, and you'll get better performance. Seems like the latest news hints at September 6 being when the new i7s/i5s hit market, as well as newer mainstream boards. If they aren't better in terms of performance, it should at least lead to a price drop for current i7 parts.
they'll do fine for now, but as others are suggesting, you're better off getting something newer when you can afford it. They run hot, and use a lot of power. Even a single GTX 275 would be a much better option
Just to add, I've built with OCZ RAM for the last three or so builds...I'll probably stick with them for awhile, unless the quality goes downhill or something I have the platinum with my i7 right now, so far so good. As far as a cooler, I bought the Scythe Mugen 2 I think for 30 or 40 bucks and it works great. Good cooler for the money. As far as the cards, you can't beat free They will do great for now and when you get more cash upgrade! As for PSU, you can't beat the price of that OCZ, I watched newegg and got the Corsair TX750 for 80 or so. Since you are already going SLI it would be worth the extra money imo. I have the Antec 900 as well and I dig it. Tons of airflow and lots of room. If you go with the Scythe cooler you'll have to shave one of the tabs on the side fan bracket but it's simple. Good luck man! Using most of those components I'm running @ 3.7 and the ram is @ 1440, idles at around 40 degrees and under load never went much above 70.
Get a CPU cooler so you can OC the i7. Other than that it looks pretty good.
+1 Agree with that
-For the OP:
-What are you going to be using your Computer for specifically???, please say becuase it will highly influence what parts you might want change up.
August 17, 2009 5:25:21 PM
The games I play now are not graphically intensive by any means, however I wish to play some new 1st person shooters like COD with this new PC. Currently my old comp can really only play WoW, and hl2 mods with decent FPS (~50-75 WoW w/ no shaders, ~75 FPS cs source in gunfire). These games are old as crap, i wanna be able to play epic new games : D
CoD will run just fine on a single 9600. It's not really worth it in multiplayer to play that game with high settings. Everyone that I know usually plays on med. to low because theres not much difference.
You should be able to play any game out so far with the new setup. cheers
August 17, 2009 6:16:39 PM
so i took all of your advice and now the pc only costs $909 and it will probably perform better.