$1300 i7 920 Gaming Build

Antec Nine Hundred Case
Corsair CMPSU-750TX PSU
EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 (X58) Motherboard
Intel i7 920 2.66GHz
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V
EVGA Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
G.SKILL 8GB DDR3 1600 RAM
HT | OMEGA STRIKER Sound Card
Samsung 1TB HDD
SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner

Yes or no? I'm getting all these parts for pretty cheap on Newegg right now, so it's pretty much between building this rig or waiting for the new round of Intel chips to supposedly come out in a few days. HALP
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  1. I'd wait until ATI releases their new line of GPUs in the next few weeks. If anything, it'll lower the prices on the GPU a few dollars. If that doesn't matter, then buy away. May I also suggest the WD 1TB Black over the Samsung drive. Looks like a great build. I have similar components in my case.
  2. Get a 6GB kit of low latency ram, cas 7 @ 1333MHz or 1600MHz. What resolution are you going to be playing at? And do you have a sound system sufficient for the audio card to be worth it over onboard? Also make sure you get the Samsung F3 1TB not the F1 1TB drive, the F3 has denser platters so it will be faster.
  3. Just for the record, this will be my first build, so please warn me if I have to make any modifications to make everything fit properly or what not. And I haven't decided on a Heatsink/Fan Combo yet. Some options -
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185093
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046
  4. @ hunter315, I was planning on getting the F1, but how long has the F3 been out? There are no reviews on newegg. Also, I was either going to buy a Logitech X540 5.1 system or use the digital optical out on the dedicated sound card to connect it to my 800W Yamaha Home Theater system. I'm going to be playing at 1920x1200 on a 21-24" monitor. Can this rig handle that for the most part?
  5. the f3 been out a few weeks
  6. Only a few days, the only real difference between the F3 and F1 are 500GB platters vs 320GB platters. The 500GB F3 has been out for about a month, there should be reviews of the 1TB F3 soonish, you will find many of us dont pay much attention to newegg reviews so it didnt even phase me that there werent any up yet, none of the drives have had enough time to arrive at their destinations yet.
  7. I also didn't notice the memory. Make sure the memory is less than 1.65V, or you could damage the IMC on the CPU. I would recommend OCZ 3x2GB DDR3 1600 7-7-7-24 RAM. I have it and it works great. Search for it on Newegg, it should be around $100.
  8. one-shot said:
    I also didn't notice the memory. Make sure the memory is less than 1.65V, or you could damage the IMC on the CPU. I would recommend OCZ 3x2GB DDR3 1600 7-7-7-24 RAM. I have it and it works great. Search for it on Newegg, it should be around $100.


    Less than 1.65V, or no more than 1.65V? Because found http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145236&nm_mc=EMC-IGNEFL082809&cm_mmc=EMC-IGNEFL082809-_-DesktopMemory-_-LC3A-_-20145236 and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381, which are both listed as 1.65V. Or can you adjust voltage?
  9. no more then 1.65v
  10. one-shot said:
    I also didn't notice the memory. Make sure the memory is less than 1.65V, or you could damage the IMC on the CPU. I would recommend OCZ 3x2GB DDR3 1600 7-7-7-24 RAM. I have it and it works great. Search for it on Newegg, it should be around $100.
    Get it at Amazon.com and save $32.00.
    OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits $113.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

    Get this Combo instead on Graphic card/Mobo
    1. EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $239.99 Free Shipping*

    2. EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $299.99

    Combo Discount: -$25.00
    Combo Price: $514.98
    $15.00 Mail-In Rebate
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $479.98

    Also get this CPU Cooler/CPU Combo
    1. XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

    2. Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W BX80601920 - Retail $279.99 Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$10.00
    Combo Price: $314.97

    Case
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $104.99 Free Shipping* (Special $15 savings w/ promo code EMCLWNW24, ends 9/3)

    PSU
    CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX $119.99 ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

    HDD
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache $94.99 Free Shipping*

    You will need a Sata DVD Burner instead of the IDE one you have choose.
    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B $32.99

    One Item you forgot is the Thermal Compound.
    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail $7.98

    Subtotal without MIR's being deducted or shipping costs = $1304.88
    MIR's total $45.00
    Total with MIR's deducted from Subtotal and before shipping costs = $1259.88
    *Addition Special saving of $15.00 on Case if order before 9/3/09 brings cost to $1244.88


    Hope this helps you out some.. :wahoo:
  11. I love you.
  12. gtx 275 > gtx 260

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.244896 Combo Discount: -$15.00 Combo Price: 369.98 Free Shipping*
    Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Special $15 savings w/ promo code EMCLWNW24, ends 9/3

    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.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.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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 $94.99 Free Shipping*
    Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188 $31.99
    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=GA-GTX275C $214.99 Free Ground Shipping
    GIGABYTE nVidia GeForce GTX275 OC 896MB DDR3 DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card

    Total: $1,134.40 w/promo code
  13. Hm, another $122.75 in savings for a better graphics card, but different motherboard, power supply and heatsink. Shipping for that RAM on eBay can't be that much, can it? I'd rather pay $5 or $10 extra if it means I don't have to wait another three to five days.
  14. corpnothing said:
    Hm, another $122.75 in savings for a better graphics card, but lower-end motherboard and different power supply and heatsink. I don't know...


    http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1053/5/ <--- Scythe Mugen 2 review

    http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/2736/scythe_mugen_2_cpu_cooler/index6.html <--- Scythe Mugen 2 review

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=pc+power+and+cooling+silencer+750+review&btnG=Search&aq=f&oq=&aqi= <--- PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750w review

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboard,2368-3.html <--- ASRock X58 Extreme review done here at Toms
  15. You make a compelling case. I'm at $1256.98 with Yoosty's configuration after shipping (Amazon and Newegg). The Corsair PSU is actually cheaper than the PC Power & Cooler PSU on newegg after the $10 mail-in rebate. There's a huge price difference between the ASRock X58 Extreme and the EVGA motherboard, but if it's just as good, then I'll consider it.

    I live in Texas, so sales tax is a consideration for any websites that may charge it.

    If someone else can vouch for the ASRock X58 Extreme, I might go for it instead of the EVGA x58.
  16. corpnothing said:
    You make a compelling case. I'm at $1256.98 with Yoosty's configuration after shipping (Amazon and Newegg). The Corsair PSU is actually cheaper than the PC Power & Cooler PSU on newegg after the $10 mail-in rebate. There's a huge price difference between the ASRock X58 Extreme and the EVGA motherboard, but if it's just as good, then I'll consider it.

    I live in Texas, so sales tax is a consideration for any websites that may charge it.

    If someone else can vouch for the ASRock X58 Extreme, I might go for it instead of the EVGA x58.

    It is the Dark Horse of the x58 mobo's and is compatible to the Asus P6T. But it does not stay long in stock at NewEgg, which seems to be the only US site that carries it.
  17. ***, I'm about to order right now, and everything else is pretty much set in stone, but the ASRock X58 Extreme is back on sale. Is it worth paying the extra $100 for the EVGA if I can afford it?
  18. corpnothing said:
    ***, I'm about to order right now, and everything else is pretty much set in stone, but the ASRock X58 Extreme is back on sale. Is it worth paying the extra $100 for the EVGA if I can afford it?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/270715-31-need-help <--- I just posted a build that might have some deals that would interest you. That build is very similar to yours. It's on my post on there (third or fourth post down).
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