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August 31, 2009 4:20:46 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 9/1/09 to 9/9/09

BUDGET RANGE: $1300(USD)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies and all the fun things being a college brings with it. (Yea...my priorities are in order :na:  )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, microcenter.com, tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: I was originally going to go with an intel2quad system when a few of my friends suggested I try the new i7-920CPU

In "choosing parts" you suggest the intelx58 chipset to go alongside the i7 so I'm assuming that is the best route to take.

I know that ATI is a reliable card so I would prefer it over nvidia.

I wanted to go with a water-cooling unit but am not certain if I should.

A full-tower casing is what I assume I need?

OVERCLOCKING: yes

CROSSFIRE: maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like it to run quietly
August 31, 2009 4:24:29 PM

well right off the top a good water cooling system will cost you $400, mid towers and full towers aren't that much different these days
August 31, 2009 4:27:33 PM

Ack...well I can add only another $200 onto that..new this wouldn't be cheap..dag..400?
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August 31, 2009 4:29:42 PM

400 for a decent system that would out perform a good air cooled system the best i7 cooler atm is only like $72
August 31, 2009 4:34:43 PM

what parts dont you require
August 31, 2009 4:43:01 PM

I have nothing with the exception of an external hd with back-up data consisting of word docs and music files...wasn't able to save the OS from the old computer.
August 31, 2009 5:00:14 PM

$1442 before shipping but still without a keyboard and mouse but a good amd build with similar performance would be less


•CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•RAM:mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998677 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•GPU:XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

extension cable

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 31, 2009 5:23:33 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: $164.98 Free Shipping*
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $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=N82E168... $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.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3P1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-1600... $113.99 Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $144.99 Free Shipping*
XFX HD-487A-ZHFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $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=N82E168... $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

Total: $1,112.39

* Some hardware worth taking a look at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $189.99 ($179.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
HIS H489F1GP Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 Free Shipping*
Hanns·G Hi-221DPB Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 Built in Speakers - Retail
August 31, 2009 6:06:51 PM

obsidian86 said:
400 for a decent system that would out perform a good air cooled system the best i7 cooler atm is only like $72

Not even. A good air cooler like the Core Contact Freezer and the S1283 are under $40.
August 31, 2009 6:08:38 PM

obsidian86 said:
$1442 before shipping but still without a keyboard and mouse but a good amd build with similar performance would be less


•CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•RAM:mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998677 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•GPU:XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

extension cable

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1. It's a good build.
August 31, 2009 7:03:12 PM

Thank you for all of your help. The mouse and keyboard I can always find at a local store
August 31, 2009 7:22:50 PM

^If budget allows, take a look in to the G5 and G11/G15.
August 31, 2009 8:03:03 PM

well if you dont need the absolute best here is a second opition for $1,389.88 for everything

•CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor Model HDZ965FBGIBOX - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

•MOBO: ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•RAM:p atriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HSF: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•GPU: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•DVD: SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

•Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

extension cable

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

forgot the os first build http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


mouse: RAZER DeathAdder RZ01

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

key board :Microsoft Natural Ergonomic

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 1, 2009 3:49:53 AM

O_O so glad I came here...I notice that you suggested the 64-bit when at 4gbs of ram or a bit more, is it much wiser to do that or would a 32 still suffice?

For now I am focusing solely on the build for right now, just that someone was nagging me about having an OS
September 1, 2009 3:52:10 AM

zinger3 said:
O_O so glad I came here...I notice that you suggested the 64-bit when at 4gbs of ram or a bit more, is it much wiser to do that or would a 32 still suffice?

For now I am focusing solely on the build for right now, just that someone was nagging me about having an OS


A 32 bit o/s only read 3 gigs of memory.
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