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Final Build - i7, check please

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August 23, 2009 5:26:28 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 Week
BUDGET RANGE: 2k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Is the power supply good for 2 gtx 275? will everything fit good with this MB? Decent CPU heatsink or other recommendations?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...(x16%2fx16%2fx8)%20LGA%201366
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

(2x)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
EVGA 896-P3-1173-AR GeForce GTX 275 FTW Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

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August 23, 2009 5:28:01 PM

Looks good, the power supply will handle 2 GTX275s fine, but at 1920x1200 a single one should do fine so you could save quite a bit for now and just add it in down the line.
August 23, 2009 5:29:43 PM

oh and it's $1578

I plan to mostly use it for MS Flight sim X. Will 1 gtx 275 run this max settings?
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August 23, 2009 5:35:27 PM

Dont ge the RE drives, the only difference between them and the caviar black drives is that they automatically pass error recovery to the raid controller after a short amount of time, that is the only difference, just get a Caviar black 1TB.
August 23, 2009 7:22:40 PM

Ok, I can't decide between my current case in the build, and this one below. Some reviews say the cooler master is a little too insulated and can get hot, and some reviews say the XCLIO is a little cheaply made, but still works good. Will the cooler master above be good for my 2 gtx 275's? those side fans on the XCLIO are supposed to be good for dual cards.
what should I get? (im open to other case suggestions as well)

XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 23, 2009 7:52:51 PM

Lets see if I can shave some more money off your Build.

Get this Mobo/Case Combo, will save you $30.00.
1. EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58: $299.99

2. Cooler Master RC-1000-KSN1-GP: $169.99 Free Shipping*

Combo Discount: -$30.00
Combo Price: $439.98
$20.00 Mail-In Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

You can get the Ram below cheaper at Amazon.com then what it is now at NewEgg by over $30.00
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600...

Get one of these CPU HSF Coolers' if you plan on OC'ing.
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
(it is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

If you go with the CoGage, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket over the Push-Pin one that comes with the Cooler.
Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/catalog/index.php?main_p...

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

Did not see an Opitcal Drive in you Build Specs, so added these for you to look at.
DVD Burner
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BLU-Ray
LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail $124.99 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Items you will need.
Thermal Compound.
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $4.99
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...

Hope this helps you out some.. :wahoo: 
August 23, 2009 8:01:02 PM

FSX is CPU dependant, not GPU dependant.

and yes it will be fine, and don't be scared if you get like 15fps in NY, it's normal and still playable.
August 23, 2009 8:39:40 PM

So you're saying there will be almost no difference in FSX between 1 or 2 GTX's? And if that's the case should I drop a GTX and get a better CPU?or is the 920 plenty, or should I say is the difference in the better CPU's too little for the cost?

Yoosty, Thanks a ton, made those changes you suggested. going with the thermalright ultra.

Hunter - thanks for your advice, went with your HD suggestion.
August 23, 2009 9:13:50 PM

You can easily overclock a 920 to the level of the 950 with a $50 heatsink it isnt worth the extra couple hundred for the higher stock speed. The i7 920 is the best you should get unless you have a gold plated toilet, FSX will appreciate the hyper threading it has because the latest version of it can support up to 128 threads which isnt do able yet but should be in a few more years.
August 23, 2009 9:26:27 PM

Thats what i figured...
Thanks everyone..
Parts have been purchased! yay! lol... now the wait =\
August 23, 2009 11:52:59 PM

Akkah said:
oh and it's $1578

I plan to mostly use it for MS Flight sim X. Will 1 gtx 275 run this max settings?

FSX is mostly CPU bound not GPU bound. 1x GTX275 will be fine.
August 23, 2009 11:54:15 PM

Quote:

Get one of these CPU HSF Coolers' if you plan on OC'ing.
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233029

Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835185093

CoGage True Spirit Heatpipe CPU Cooler with 120mm PWM Silent Fan for Intel LGA1366 $37.95
(it is similar to the ThermalRight and cools within 1 or 2 degrees' of it)
http://www.performance-pcs.com/cat [...] s_id=26022

If you go with the CoGage, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket over the Push-Pin one that comes with the Cooler.
Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/cat [...] s_id=24667

If you want one of the Best CPU HSF Cooler for the Core i7 then I would suggest this one, but it is more expensive.
Thermalright Ultra120 eXtreme-1366 RT Premium Heatpipe Cooler for Intel LGA1366 $74.95
http://www.performance-pcs.com/cat [...] s_id=24727

One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
http://www.hardocp.com/article/200 [...] dup_q309/5

Add to that Core Contact Freezer.
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