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August 31, 2009 10:43:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month or if i find something on sale i will get it asap

BUDGET RANGE: 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet all that fun stuff

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and I do have a microcenter about 30 mins away

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes within 2 months of build

MONITOR RESOLUTION: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is what I have now which is 1280 x 1024. I will get a different monitor at some point but not right away

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I want is something that is easy to OC since its my first time (been reading up on it so its not something that I am completely clueless about)
I am also looking for something that is going to be fast and last me a few years with an upgrade here or there. Ive been lurking on the board for the past month or so and this is what ive come up with so far.

CPU I7 d0 stepping that I got from Micocenter already for 200 :) 

MOBO This is where most of my indecision is. I have looked at reviews on various sites and im not really sure where to go. Newegg user reviews also put the fear in me because of all the DOA boards. (I took them with a grain of salt but still :o  )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 169.00

This is my most recent consideration. Its a decent price and it got good reviews on AnandTech. It might be hard to snag because its out of stock often on newegg. Anyone have this board?

I can get the following boards from Microcenter which I kinda like because I can just take it back and exchange it if its a bad board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 249.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 189.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 279.99

CASE and OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
combo price 264.98
Will give Windows 7 a try when it comes out as I hear its a pretty good OS

GPU I won a 250 card and hope to recive it soon and will buy a second card at some point. A 250 may not have been my first choice but I cant really argue with FREE.

HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM 94.99

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply 139.99

MEMORY http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=s9_simz...
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits 113.99

I went with 6 gigs instead of 12 as i figured that would be overkill for what I am doing. Am I wrong in that assumption?

COOLER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler 36.99

Thanks in advance! :love: 

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August 31, 2009 10:52:15 PM

The p6t quite a popular motherboard, so there are lots of people who can help if you run into any problems.
are you sure you want the 850w? That is too much for say, gts 250 sli, but too little for gtx 295 quad sli. So you might wanna consider something over 1000w.

I'm just putting it out there, I personally think getting Power supplies that are 750-900w are Worthless, they are overkill for average cards but once you upgrade they are too little to be safe anyways.
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August 31, 2009 11:07:14 PM

Newbuilder1 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next month or if i find something on sale i will get it asap

BUDGET RANGE: 1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet all that fun stuff

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg and I do have a microcenter about 30 mins away

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes within 2 months of build

MONITOR RESOLUTION: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... is what I have now which is 1280 x 1024. I will get a different monitor at some point but not right away

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I want is something that is easy to OC since its my first time (been reading up on it so its not something that I am completely clueless about)
I am also looking for something that is going to be fast and last me a few years with an upgrade here or there. Ive been lurking on the board for the past month or so and this is what ive come up with so far.

CPU I7 d0 stepping that I got from Micocenter already for 200 :) 

MOBO This is where most of my indecision is. I have looked at reviews on various sites and im not really sure where to go. Newegg user reviews also put the fear in me because of all the DOA boards. (I took them with a grain of salt but still :o  )

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 169.00

This is my most recent consideration. Its a decent price and it got good reviews on AnandTech. It might be hard to snag because its out of stock often on newegg. Anyone have this board?

I can get the following boards from Microcenter which I kinda like because I can just take it back and exchange it if its a bad board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 249.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 189.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 279.99

CASE and OS http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee
combo price 264.98
Will give Windows 7 a try when it comes out as I hear its a pretty good OS

GPU I won a 250 card and hope to recive it soon and will buy a second card at some point. A 250 may not have been my first choice but I cant really argue with FREE.

HD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM 94.99

PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply 139.99

MEMORY http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001NFZ5PQ/ref=s9_simz...
OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits 113.99

I went with 6 gigs instead of 12 as i figured that would be overkill for what I am doing. Am I wrong in that assumption?

COOLER http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler 36.99

Thanks in advance! :love: 


You have a good build going there. :)  As far as SLI...the Asrock board has a lot more room in between PIC-E slots for SLI. That and you can have the ability to add more memory to it in the future if you ever feel the need unlike the UD3P board which is maxed out at 6 gigs.

The gts 250 has some great numbers for SLI on the few reviews/benchmarks I have seen on it. Also a quality 750w psu like a Corsair or PC Power & Cooling would be a safe bet for later on down the road. Oh...and don't forget to order some quality thermal paste for that build like Arctic Cooling MX-2, Tuniq, OCZ Freeze, etc...

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August 31, 2009 11:12:32 PM

If you live near a Microcenter, I would pick up a HAF 932 for $119 and pick up your OS as a combo with another Newegg item. I second picking up the ASUS P6T from Microcenter.

I understand stevens12 point on PSU but don't totally agree. You are going to pick up a second GTS 250 in a few months which will require a good 650w PSU for SLI. By the time you will want to upgrade in a year or two, a single GTX 300 + will be more powerful then your two GTS 250 and run fine on the 650w PSU. If you were getting a GTX 275 or something and was going to SLI soon, than 1000w PSU might make a little sense but still overkill. I could be wrong but I don't see you buying two GTX 295 or similar $500 cards down the road, which requires that power.

If you are concerned about future power requirements, then stick with the 850w Corsair and you will be good for a while.
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August 31, 2009 11:24:00 PM

I was going to get the 750 but figured I might as well get the 850 and be covered for future purchases. I figured that a 1000w would be overkill and a waste of cash.

Tecmo I considered the HAF 932 when my BF needed a new case. I actually was going to get that one but he wanted the 1200 for all the fans and the screens. We have a couple cats and a dog. So far its worked out pretty good in keeping the hair out of the case. So perhaps on my next trip to Microcenter I will take a look at that 932

I forgot to mention I have some Artic MX-2 :) 

Why_me I think i would get that ASRock board if I could get it from Microcenter because I do like the fact that it has the space between the two. I think it also has some OC for dummies program on there to help us nub OC'ers :) 

Curse Microcenter for not having it in my store!
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August 31, 2009 11:32:01 PM

check out this article:
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/system...

850W would be enough for quad SLi with a pair of 295s..However I would say go with the HX850 from Corsair rather than the TX850..though both are really good PSUs, the HX850 is a class leader in 850W PSUs (although Seasonic just launched its S12D 850W that seems interesting, reviews still pending so dunno) in almost all the perimeters
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September 1, 2009 12:08:42 AM

Thanks for that link i will check it out for sure!
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September 2, 2009 2:10:19 AM

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Of the two boards which is the easiest to OC? Ive read that the ASRock board has the EZOC feature that makes it very easy to OC. This will be my first OC and I have read lots on the subject but that ASRock board sounds like its as easy as picking what I want to OC to and go.

I am looking to go around 3.6

Any ideas?
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September 20, 2009 7:13:14 PM

Bump to this thread, i too wanan know about the asrock x58 extreme vs asus p6t, heard very good things from the asrock.
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September 20, 2009 7:23:24 PM

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Bump to this thread, i too wanan know about the asrock x58 extreme vs asus p6t, heard very good things from the asrock.


why are you stealing someone else's thread. dont revive a dead thread.
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September 21, 2009 3:39:23 AM

Funny that this was brought up today. I just finished putting my build together. Went with

ASRock extreme
4 gigs of Corsair xms 3 1600 (will add more when the price goes down if i think i need it)
i7 d0 920 not OCed as of yet
EVGA GTx 260 cause it was free :)  will add another at some point
Corsair 850 power supply
Antec 1200 case
WD Black 1tb
Vista 64 bit with the upgrade for 7 will get that when I can
A dvd drive from my other computer
and I will get the Prolimatech Megahalem when i get around to OCing it.

Ive had the ASRock board runnin for like 30 mins now and so far its great :)  Lots of reviews said this was a great board for the price, and that it will OC easily. I guess I will have to wait and see :) 

Thanks again for everyones help, I couldnt do it without you guys! :love: 
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September 21, 2009 4:30:30 AM

Newbuilder1 said:
Funny that this was brought up today. I just finished putting my build together. Went with

ASRock extreme
4 gigs of Corsair xms 3 1600 (will add more when the price goes down if i think i need it)
i7 d0 920 not OCed as of yet
EVGA GTx 260 cause it was free :)  will add another at some point
Corsair 850 power supply
Antec 1200 case
WD Black 1tb
Vista 64 bit with the upgrade for 7 will get that when I can
A dvd drive from my other computer
and I will get the Prolimatech Megahalem when i get around to OCing it.

Ive had the ASRock board runnin for like 30 mins now and so far its great :)  Lots of reviews said this was a great board for the price, and that it will OC easily. I guess I will have to wait and see :) 

Thanks again for everyones help, I couldnt do it without you guys! :love: 


Keep us updated on that board please. I'm wanting to get it myself.

btw, nice build! :) 
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September 21, 2009 4:33:56 AM

nice build except for the ram, you are not taking advantage of triple channel memory, when you upgrade make sure you get the same memory model, speed..

do you know what your core temps are at? i guessin no overclock yet?
what fan speed for antec 1200?
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September 21, 2009 2:16:14 PM

Yeah I know about the ram and I am going to add more.

Like I said no OC yet want to get my heatsink first. My temps are around 45C according to HW monitor. I still have some cable management to do with the case so its not closed up. I just wanted to make sure it worked before i started putting ties on cables :) 
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September 22, 2009 6:00:49 AM

Newbuilder1 said:
Yeah I know about the ram and I am going to add more.

Like I said no OC yet want to get my heatsink first. My temps are around 45C according to HW monitor. I still have some cable management to do with the case so its not closed up. I just wanted to make sure it worked before i started putting ties on cables :) 


45C being the core temp or what
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September 23, 2009 11:36:25 PM

yep core temp. Today 47C was my average temp
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October 5, 2009 1:58:45 AM

I have the AsRock x58 Extreme being shipped right now. I saw a youtube video where a commenter from 5 days ago said there are no Windows 7 drivers for the asrock. I also noticed that there is a Windows 7 ready sticker on the box. Any idea what this person might be talking about? Also, any problems so far?
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October 5, 2009 2:48:17 AM

link please to the youtube vid?
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