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Check me for compatibility on i7 920 Asrock x58 Extreme system

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August 19, 2009 12:38:00 AM

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: On order.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Pinnacle Studio 11, Illustrator, InDesign,

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitors, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Ordered from Newegg already

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600 or less

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Need dual monitor support. HP LP2065 and Samsung SuncMaster 226cw
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Here's what's on order:

($279.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 920 2.66G 45N R - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($56.35) ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED 110mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail (with 1366 clip support kit)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($169.99) MB ASROCK X58 EXTREME 1366 RT - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($124.99) MEM 2Gx3|OCZ OCZ3G1600LV6GK R - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($104.99) CASE ANTEC|NINE HUNDRED BK RT - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($229.99) HD 300G|WEST DIGITAL WD3000HLFS % - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($99.99) PSU CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W RT - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

($49.99) DVD BURNER PLEXTOR | PX-880SA SW R - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$64.99) EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and a few 18" to 25" SATA II cables.
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Am I missing anything? Any problems with the above? I'd rather find out before I start opening boxes. Thanks!

August 19, 2009 1:26:33 AM

Did you order thermal compound? This is the only thing I see missing.

I wish you hadn't ordered the parts already. I could've saved you close to $200

WD Black 640GB instead of VRaptor ($150+ savings) for close to the same speeds
Samsung DVD Burner instead of Plaxtor ($20 savings)
Xigmatek Dark Knight instead of CPNS9700 ($10 savings) for better cooling

You could've went with a 550w PSU but I'm okay with the 650w PSU in your system.
August 19, 2009 3:07:57 AM

Yes, thermal compound comes with the cpu cooler.

WD Black instead of VRaptor? $150? I might have to return one for the other.

And I looked for the Xigmtek Dark Knight, but didn't find in at Egghead where I got all the rest of my stuff.

Great feedback, thanks! This is only my 2nd build, so I'm not quite so confident of myself yet.
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August 19, 2009 3:22:30 AM

scott_see said:
Yes, thermal compound comes with the cpu cooler.

WD Black instead of VRaptor? $150? I might have to return one for the other.

And I looked for the Xigmtek Dark Knight, but didn't find in at Egghead where I got all the rest of my stuff.

Great feedback, thanks! This is only my 2nd build, so I'm not quite so confident of myself yet.

Here are the Newegg links to my recommendations. I forgot to include them in my original reply...
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $74.99 As you see, you payed $230 for a HDD, when you can get one for $75 that performs almost as good as the VRaptor
August 19, 2009 2:34:02 PM

Got it. Just ordered the Caviar Black and the Xigmatek. I'll still be ahead of the game even after a 15% restocking fee.
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