Core i7 Basic Build

Hello all,

I'm going to be building a Core i7 system in the near future, but am worried about parts and future paths. I already have most I need, and even though I will be gaming at a high resolution, I will be using a HD4850 until the new DX11 cards come down in price.

The Scythe Mugen2 seemed to get decent reviews, and it is rather quiet, so I was planning on picking that up. I'm planning on going with an OC to around 3.6Ghz, but I want to keep my system cool and quiet, so that OC is flexible.

I would like to keep my audio card also because I like the sound quality, and I will be watching movies with great frequency. Therefore, down the road when I crossfire, I still want to be able to use it and not have my video cards cover up all of the PCI slots.


BUDGET RANGE: $750-$800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video encoding, photo editing, internet, general multimedia

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (LG L246WP), case (Antec 300), power supply (PC&P Silencer 610W), audio card (HT Omega Striker), mouse (Logitech G5), keyboard (Logitech diNovo), optical drive, OS (Win7 RC)


PARTS PREFERENCES: None (so long as there are reliable parts with decent warranties)


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the future)


Other Comments: A quiet computer is VERY important to me.

Should I get a better motherboard, or is the UD3R sufficient? I'm also not very confident in my RAM decision.

Here is what I had in mind for what I need:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem

Scythe MUGEN-2

XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

Total: $741.95

Thanks for the help!
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  1. Best answer
    Lets see if I can help you out some.

    Here is another mobo you should take a look at.
    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $169.99

    Get this Ram from it is over $30.00 cheaper then NewEgg has it.
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

    Here is a way to save another $10.00 when you combine your CPU & CPU Cooler into a Combo Deal purchase.
    1. Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99

    2. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 BX80601920 - Retail $279.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$10.00
    Combo Price: $306.98

    Your Graphic Card choice.
    XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB $109.99

    Subtotal without shipping costs with your Graphic card choice comes to $700.95

    I would suggest you upgrade your graphic card to either one of these two cards and one comes with free shipping.
    XFX HD-485X-ZDFC Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 $119.99

    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 $144.99 Free Shipping*
    (this would be my choice)

    Hope this helped you out some. :)
  2. belial2k:
    I did tons of research on coolers, but the Scythe offered comparable cooling performance (not as good) with lower noise output. I also looked at that passive 4850, but I will be eventually selling that card to a friend when I upgrade to DX11, and I don't think his case has good enough airflow to allow using passive cards in Crossfire.

    I will also look into those case fans. I have been using Scythe S-Flex fans, and have been fairly happy with their noise levels so far. The only thing that bothers me is the weird hum that occurs when my front intake fans pass air over my hard drives.

    Thanks for the link to Amazon for that ram, its a lot cheaper.
    I've done some research, and didn't see any advantages to running the 1GB card over the 512MB card because it's DDR3 and the bus is still a bottleneck.
    Also, I need to stick with the 4850 because I will be sending the card to my friend when I upgrade.

    Keep the ideas coming, I'm getting some great feedback, thank you.
  3. the only thing I would add is the Megahlems really have no noise at all, since they do not come with fans. That is why I suggested the low noise, high flow fans to put on them. They are virtually silent on that cooler
  4. Check this CPU Cooler out, it even keeps up and beats some of the Top rated CPU Coolers'.

    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.)

    If you do get the CoGage True Spirit, I would suggest this Mounting Bracket, instead of the Push-Pin one that come with it.
    Thermalright LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit Retail BOX Bolt-thru Board Mounting kit $9.95

    One of the latest Reviews on 1366 CPU HSF Coolers'.
  5. Thanks for the advice on the CoGage. It is going to be a little louder than I am looking for however.

    I'm still struggling between the ASRock board and the Gigabyte board. I have built with Gigabyte before, and things have gone very smoothly. Is there going to be a huge difference in having 4 ram slots vs 6 ram slots? Also, does it make sense to buy a 6GB kit now (like I'm doing) and then another 6GB kit later?
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