First homebuilt system in many years

Hi all, I've been lurking for a while and now i've decided that i have enough info to post, so here goes:

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Mid sept 2009


BUDGET RANGE: SGD$ 2000-2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Lightroom2, Photoshop CS4, encoding DVDs, games, normal emailing and surfing


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, wireless network card.


PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NA - I buy everything from a local shop opposite my office


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 is my pre-req

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, dual screen with a 19"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want windows 7 but should I get 32 or 64 bit?

on to the parts:

CPU/mobo: intel i7, Giga EX58 ed4P $865

RAM: OCZ platinum 1333 3x2gig (6gigs) $248

DVD-R: Samsung, LG, Asus, or something similar. Dont use this often so no biggy $34

GPU: MSI HD4890 OC 1GB $359
OR
Sapphire HD4890 Toxic $405


PSU: ModXstream 600W $149
OR
Corsaire 750TX

CASE: HAF 932 ($239)
OR
Antec 1200 ($339)

HD: velociraptor 150 gig $202)
OR
WD black 640gig ($118)

total price: $2098-2176

thanks everyone for reading this
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  1. You'll want 64 bit and as much ram as possible. For your needs you don't need a gaming card. A 4670 or 4850 are more than enough for you. Don't get the velociraptors, not worth the price premium. Get two WD black drives and raid 0 them. You also need to get a slightly cheaper case and spend that money on a good cooler for the cpu so you can overclock your 920 up to 4.0
  2. belial2k said:
    You'll want 64 bit and as much ram as possible. For your needs you don't need a gaming card. A 4670 or 4850 are more than enough for you. Don't get the velociraptors, not worth the price premium. Get two WD black drives and raid 0 them. You also need to get a slightly cheaper case and spend that money on a good cooler for the cpu so you can overclock your 920 up to 4.0



    Thanks for the reply.

    I do play the occasional game, and I have Crysis + hellgate just shouting at me from their boxes, waiting to be tested on my new system. I don't mind paying a little more for the GPU, esp when Diablo3 and SC2 are looming in the horizon.

    Is my giga UD4P capable of RAID 0? I didn't find that info.

    Overclocking: I am a newbie and have no clue how to overclock. I've read the overclocking guide, and my thoughts are I probably won't OC my system simply because I won't know what i'm doing.
  3. Sorry, I missed gaming in your uses list. Yes, your MB can do raid 0. Overclocking is easy, basically just need to adjust 3 bios settings...the bclk, multiplier, and core voltage. bclk 200, mulitplier 20, and voltage to about 1.32...the only one you need to experiment with will be the voltage, but 1.32 should be enough for the OC to be stable.
  4. belial2k said:
    Sorry, I missed gaming in your uses list. Yes, your MB can do raid 0. Overclocking is easy, basically just need to adjust 3 bios settings...the bclk, multiplier, and core voltage. bclk 200, mulitplier 20, and voltage to about 1.32...the only one you need to experiment with will be the voltage, but 1.32 should be enough for the OC to be stable.



    thanks. i'm sure i'll be able to figure out overclocking once I read about it in-depth. You're saying my i7 920 can go up to 4.0 GHz?

    What cooler do you recommend?
  5. i would love any additional comments on the GPU, PSU and case please. Thanks
  6. yes, almost all 920s can go up to 4.0 on good air cooling. This is the best i7 cooler on the market right now. You need to get one or two fans for it, also.
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html?tl=g48c369s757
  7. belial2k said:
    yes, almost all 920s can go up to 4.0 on good air cooling. This is the best i7 cooler on the market right now. You need to get one or two fans for it, also.
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3.html?tl=g48c369s757



    wow thats one monstrous heat sink!

    I can't find that sold here. What about:
    - OCZ Vendetta-2
    - Thermalright ultra 120 extreme

    they also carry cooler master, zalman, xigmatek and asus coolers

    what about thermal paste?
  8. Since ure buying toward the end of september you should consider the new ATI 5xxx
    series of cards it will be around the same price as the ones ure are planning on buying now

    and for the psu go with the corsair one
  9. The shop guy insisted that I should go with a 1000W PSU....Do I really need to get such a huge power box?

    can my 700-800W psu handle ATI 4890 x-fire?
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