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New i7 rig... im a bit of a novice

hey so im building my first rig and ive been doing a bit of research, might be a little old mind you, but this is what i came up with. As of now, i have no combo deals in the set up because most will probably end before i can actually get it (probably sometime in mid september/early september)
ill be using this for programming, gaming, video/image editing, music, movies, surfing, school.
I also plan on OC'ing it to ~4+/-ghz. ill need a bit of help with that later lol. but for now this is what its looking like. Any suggestions are appreciated, (incompatibilities, too much of this, too little of that, dont ever get that, etc)

here it is

o btw i have the mindset to get a second radeon later on for cf perhaps when prices drop b/c of 5000 series, and also if u know a place where i can get these parts for cheaper let me know thanks.
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    Hi...
    thats a pretty good setup...
    But here are few suggestions to make it better...

    1. CPU Cooler - If you want to overclock high, then you would need something better...
    Xig Dark Knight
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029

    2. This combo would last pretty long
    CASE + 700W PSU
    This PSU is an 80+ Silver certified and 700W is suffice for dual card config...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.231330

    3. If you have a Microcenter store nearby, then you can get the i7 for about $220 with taxes for in-store pick-up only...
  2. A good 1080p montior for less...
    ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051

    And cheaper and better memory from amazon
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p23_t2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0WJ0YD90XD89TAEQADVP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938131&pf_rd_i=507846
  3. ^ Agreed with the top build, I have the 1100w version of the PSU..
    The Dark Knight is quite popular as well!
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119138 $169.99 Free Shipping*
    COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $111.99 Free Shipping
    PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157163 $169.99
    ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $269.99 Free Ground Shipping
    Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093 $36.99
    Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-MX2 $4.49
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150359 $199.99
    XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    Double Lifetime Manufacture Warranty

    http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600MHz-Platinum/dp/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1251453032&sr=1-2 $113.99 Free Shipping
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits

    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10010082 $64.99 Free Shipping
    WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB SATA II 7200 RPM 32MB Buffer Hard Drive Bulk

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030 $29.99 Free Shipping*
    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009167 $219.99 Free Shipping*
    Acer H243Hbmid 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 40000:1 Max (ACM) Built-in Speakers - Retail

    Total: $1,393.39

    * Here's another card to consider. Better drivers imo, and it comes factory over clocked w/free shipping

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $219.99 | $209.99 $10 off with code SUPERSTEAL10 Free Ground Shipping
    GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card
  5. ok i updated my list. i changed my cpu cooler to the dark knight, my monitor to the acer and the memory from amazon.

    heres the updated list
    and the rest of it with combos + total price minus memory



    altogether it would be around $1686.10

    unfortunately the wd blacks that why_me mentioned are out of stock, i signed up for "notify me" and hopefully theyll be around b4 i start buying everything. 10$ less for 280 gbs more is great!

    thanks for the suggestions, any final thoughts?
  6. You also need to check this 23" Monitor out.
    SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000:1 (DC) w/ HDCP Support - Retail $209.99 ($189.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping* $10 off w/ promo code EMCLWNW26, ends 9/3

    One thing I did notice that you did not List and that was the OS. Here is another Combo Deal that you can add with the Case you are ordeing and save another $15.00.
    1. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/free Windows 7 upgrade coupon - OEM $109.99 Free Shipping*

    2. COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $169.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $264.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.235877.11-119-138

    I would suggest the same Thermal Compound as Why_Me did. Unless you want to wait 200 hrs before Arctic Silver 5 finally cures and temps finally stabalize. The ARCTIC COOLING MX-2, cures right away.
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound $4.49
  7. One thing I did notice that you did not List and that was the OS. Here is another Combo Deal that you can add with the Case you are ordeing and save another $15.00.
    1. Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/free Windows 7 upgrade coupon - OEM $109.99 Free Shipping*

    Use your student email to get Vista Ultimate for $64.95. I think this still works but have not tried it. I was able to put Vista in my cart. I'm using this as a backup if my Windows 7RC download doesn't install:
    http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimatesteal-us/default.aspx
  8. gkay09 said:
    A good 1080p montior for less...
    ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236051


    FYI: the faster response time is 1 reason this monitor is better (2ms).
  9. gkay09 said:
    And cheaper and better memory from amazon
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=s9_simz_gw_s0_p23_t2?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0WJ0YD90XD89TAEQADVP&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938131&pf_rd_i=507846


    FYI: cheaper and lower latency = mo' better.
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