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September 8, 2009 4:19:27 AM

I'm currently in the process of buying the parts for my new PC FINALLY. Today I bought the Intel Core i7 920 from Micro Center. I ended up only paying 199.99 just like they advertised. So I'm pretty happy I was able to get a hold of a i7 920 at that price. Seeing as how they are 270+ on pretty much any internet company's websites.

I plan on posting updates in this thread as I buy each part, piece by piece to keep everyone updated on how my build is coming along. I also am going to post pictures of the parts I buy after I buy them. I'll also post a picture of my PC once I'm finished with building it.


Here's a list of parts I have already bought for this build

CPU - Intel Core i7 920

Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC

(PSU) - COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply

MOBO - ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 169.99

RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model - 139.99


Currently I have spent a total of $829.04

The total amount of money I have spent includes shipping and everything as well.

Here's a list of the stuff I still need to buy
A new HD
A new OS
A HSF
A new GPU


At this point I will most likely have my system up and running within the next 2 weeks basically right after I'm back from vacation. It really depends on if my current HD will end up being able to just work after I hook it up in my new system after taking it out of my old computer. My current HD has Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit on it. So I think it SHOULD technically work, but I'll just keep my fingers crossed.

More about : intel core 920 build

September 8, 2009 4:32:57 AM

Are you going to overclock?
September 8, 2009 4:41:20 AM

Yes, what clock speed would I be able to overclock my i7 920 too running just on air. Also what clock speed would I be able to get it to using liquid cooling. Although I'll most likely end up just using air. Keep in mind though that I don't really want to overclock it loads though cause I want my system to still be stable.
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September 8, 2009 4:47:48 AM

Some parts i would think about getting

Nice link for some more info http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum2.php?config=tom...

A grate way to ask for help so the guys can better help you http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic...


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September 8, 2009 4:55:40 AM

IMO, the case with very good air flow is the Antec 1200. It keeps every component cool, even the hard drives and it does it quietly.

Over clocking depends on the CPU, HSF, the surrounding temperature outside of the case and the quality of the computer case. If the case has and will maintain a good air flow, you will be able to achieve a higher clock speeds.
September 8, 2009 4:58:59 AM

I'd buy the case and psu next Maybe hard drive too


these need to be assembled b4 you can add the mb/cpu/ram
September 11, 2009 4:37:38 AM

Update Everyone !!!

Tonight at about 9pm central time I ordered my new case, along with a power supply unit (PSU) below I will list the new parts I ordered tonight.

Computer Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC

Power Supply Unit (PSU) - COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply

I ordered them from Newegg and I got them as a combo deal so I saved 30 bucks. So I ended up paying 260USD plus some change for my case and PSU. Also just so everyone knows I don't plan to overclock my i7 until after I've had it for awhile and by then I'll already have been able to buy a much nicer PSU.

Anyways though guys what type of HDD do you think I should pick out? I want one thats 100 gigs (Roughly) and is also a decent quality HDD I want it to be a fast one obviously. :) 

Also if anyone has any Motherboard suggestions please feel free to share :) 
September 11, 2009 4:50:57 AM

Thank you for the suggestions
September 11, 2009 4:58:29 AM

Quote :

"Also just so everyone knows I don't plan to overclock my i7 until after I've had it for awhile and by then I'll already have been able to buy a much nicer PSU. "

That's plain stupid to not overclock the i7 920. You probably new to this and doesn't know much about overclocking I assume.

Are you scared your chip won't last long that's why no overclocking for a while?

Also, what size is your monitor? What resolution? Do you play games? Answer these questions to obtain a recommendation for video card.

When you overclock, you need an aftermarket heatsink. Look into the core contact freezer + additional charge for 1366 bracket. For total of 35 dollars after rebate. One of the best coolers right now.

The ASrock motherboard suggested above is not that good, some people had problems with it, read some articles.
September 11, 2009 5:18:16 AM

The ASRock x58 Extreme is the cheapest good x58 motherboard available. It got a good review here.
There are two other ASRock models (x58 Deluxe and x58 Supercomputer) that got less good reviews so be careful.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For $30 this Coolermaster Hyper 212 is a good CPU cooler.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Samsung F3 is the best deal in HDDs right now
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 11, 2009 6:31:11 AM

overshocks said:


That's plain stupid to not overclock the i7 920.



I could not agree with you less

If a cpu's performance fits your needs at stock then OCing is just stupid tryhard and voids the warranty for no good reason
September 11, 2009 8:08:01 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I could not agree with you less

If a cpu's performance fits your needs at stock then OCing is just stupid tryhard and voids the warranty for no good reason


That is why I asked for his monitor size, resolution. See if he needs to overclock for his video card.

You said "If a cpu's performance fits your needs", so that's a "If". He never said clearly it will fit his needs, he just said he might not overclock it until he used it a while, and depending on his other system parts like video card, that will decide to overclock or not because CPU might bottleneck. Also, if he is gaming or not.

Sadly your statement is a waste of time when you didn't read my post above entirely.
September 11, 2009 8:45:22 PM

I think Outlander was more referring to the fact that you called him stupid for not overclocking rather than commenting on whether or not he should overclock.
September 11, 2009 9:19:04 PM

overshocks said:


Sadly your statement is a waste of time when you didn't read my post above entirely.


I read your post in detail and understood it well enough .
I just happened to think you are wrong

Now I think you are wrong and ignorant
September 11, 2009 9:25:37 PM

Actually the reason I don't plan on overclocking it for awhile is simply because the CPU is plenty good enough at stock speeds for what I am going to be using it for. I'm fully aware you can overclock these chips as high as 3.8Ghz on just air alone because I've seen plenty of other people do it. But basically I have no intrest in stressing the CPU any extra beyond what I need it for, until I feel its time too. Because basically I plan on keeping this CPU for around a year and a half so I'll probably end up overclocking it when other CPU'S start becoming faster.

Also thank you to everyone else for their suggestions.
September 11, 2009 9:51:07 PM

Its still may be worth installing an aftermarket cpu cooler if it fits your budget .

The stock cooler works fine , but a larger cooler can be quieter because of the larger fan. One of the best updates i ever did on my pc was getting a scythe Ninja . Its huge but the fan hardly ever even spins up to a level where you can hear it with my OC'ed C2D

I think they Stopped making the Ninja because it was designed for really hot P4's so its actually a bit too big , but the Mugen is similar. Not sure if theres an LGA 1366 mount though
Also have a look at http://www.silentpcreview.com/ for hardware reviews on low noise components
September 11, 2009 9:57:44 PM

Yeah I'll be able to one within the next week roughly. Next Friday I get my next pay check so I'll be ordering my MOBO and my RAM and most likely I'll go ahead and get a aftermarket CPU cooler. For the time being I plan on using my current GPU and HDD in my new build. Simply because I don't want to buy a new GPU until I get about 300 bucks or so to blow on one. Plus my current CPU isn't totally horrible but its also not good by any means lol....

My current GPU is a Geforce 8800 GT, and thats also one of the other big reasons I don't have any interest in overclocking my CPU until I can afford a better PSU and GPU.
September 11, 2009 10:00:42 PM

was the name computernewbie unavailable? lol
September 11, 2009 10:27:09 PM

Outlander_04 said:
I read your post in detail and understood it well enough .
I just happened to think you are wrong

Now I think you are wrong and ignorant


Aww how sad you think I'm ignorant, big deal. Why you didn't reply to my comments, here it is again. I'm wrong? Try again it's you that's wrong

That is why I asked for his monitor size, resolution. See if he needs to overclock for his video card.

You said "If a cpu's performance fits your needs", so that's a "If". He never said clearly it will fit his needs, he just said he might not overclock it until he used it a while, and depending on his other system parts like video card, that will decide to overclock or not because CPU might bottleneck. Also, if he is gaming or not.

Sadly your statement is a waste of time when you didn't read my post above entirely.


Also to original poster, you didn't answer my questions. Said it twice this third time. Posts from above.

Also, what size is your monitor? What resolution? Do you play games? Answer these questions to obtain a recommendation for video card.


When you overclock, you need an aftermarket heatsink. Look into the core contact freezer + additional charge for 1366 bracket. For total of 35 dollars after rebate. One of the best coolers right now.


The ASrock motherboard suggested above is not that good, some people had problems with it, read some articles.


New question: why did you get the 932 RC case, when you are not overclocking? Just for good looking? Don't you think that's wasting money, you could get a better GPU and got an antec 900 case or so.
September 11, 2009 10:30:52 PM

overshocks said:


The ASrock motherboard suggested above is not that good, some people had problems with it, read some articles.
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What problems has that AsRock had? Iv'e read a few reviews on that board...one even done here at tomshardware, and that board got good reviews. I don't usually go by the reviews on newegg, but even there people had good things to say about that board.
September 11, 2009 10:34:47 PM

The AsRock had a problem on Tom's review on overclocking, if I remember correctly it just broke down. (It was a review with many other boards, I believe i remember correctly) Also, it was just a heads up, and I would suggest go with a more reliable company don't just go with the cheapest stuff. Asus or gigabyte is quite good, again just a suggestion.

It's really luck, because you can always get a bad board regardless of brand/company ...
edit: remember to read my post above original poster have a few questions also im surprised you got the i7 920 for just 199!! do you know what stepping it is?
September 11, 2009 10:35:17 PM

Why_Me said:
What problems has that AsRock had? Iv'e read a few reviews on that board...one even done here at tomshardware, and that board got good reviews. I don't usually go by the reviews on newegg, but even there people had good things to say about that board.

I think you missed my post.
dndhatcher said:
The ASRock x58 Extreme is the cheapest good x58 motherboard available. It got a good review here.
There are two other ASRock models (x58 Deluxe and x58 Supercomputer) that got less good reviews so be careful.

There were no problems with the x58 extreme:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

Its the x58 supercomputer that failed overclocking:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/x58-motherboard-i7,...

Scarily that mimics the newegg reviews.
September 11, 2009 10:45:33 PM

overshocks said:

When you overclock, you need an aftermarket heatsink. Look into the core contact freezer + additional charge for 1366 bracket. For total of 35 dollars after rebate. One of the best coolers right now.

Coolermaster Hyper 212 $30 no MIR, no additional bracket.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Also that Asrock supercomputer overclockig problem was resolved in newer revisions of the board, or some bios voltage tweeks on the older model.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-x58-supercom...
September 12, 2009 12:05:03 AM

overshocks said:
Aww how sad you think I'm ignorant, big deal. Why you didn't reply to my comments, here it is again. I'm wrong? Try again it's you that's wrong

That is why I asked for his monitor size, resolution. See if he needs to overclock for his video card.

You said "If a cpu's performance fits your needs", so that's a "If". He never said clearly it will fit his needs, he just said he might not overclock it until he used it a while, and depending on his other system parts like video card, that will decide to overclock or not because CPU might bottleneck. Also, if he is gaming or not.

Sadly your statement is a waste of time when you didn't read my post above entirely.


Also to original poster, you didn't answer my questions. Said it twice this third time. Posts from above.

Also, what size is your monitor? What resolution? Do you play games? Answer these questions to obtain a recommendation for video card.


When you overclock, you need an aftermarket heatsink. Look into the core contact freezer + additional charge for 1366 bracket. For total of 35 dollars after rebate. One of the best coolers right now.


The ASrock motherboard suggested above is not that good, some people had problems with it, read some articles.


New question: why did you get the 932 RC case, when you are not overclocking? Just for good looking? Don't you think that's wasting money, you could get a better GPU and got an antec 900 case or so.

I got the case because I eventually plan to run two GPUS and I also plan on overclocking after I've had the processor for awhile. I explained why I didn't want to overclock right away in a post earlier in the thread. Also as I have stated in this thread a few other times I'm buying parts for this computer as I get paid. Therefore I am planning on buying only the parts I NEED for a new build at first just so I can get my new system up and running ASAP. Thats why I'm not buying a new GPU right away because technically I'll be able to deal with the current one I own even though its not that good.

Also as I stated earlier I currently own a Geforce 8800 GT which is a OKAY card but isn't anything great by any means seeing as I bought it quite awhile back. I have a 22inch wide screen monitor that's by AOC I bought my monitor from a computer store on sale for 150 USD about a year or so ago. My current screen settings are 1680 x 1050 .

I appreciate you wanting to help but to be honest I don't appreciate the way you jump to conclusions about me possibly not knowing anything about computers or being "scared" or "stupid" simply because I don't plan on overclocking my i7 920 until after I get my new GPU and new PSU, which the truth is that I won't have any need to overclock until I get a new graphics card anyways, I stated this earlier. Although I'm very open to suggestions on what CPU cooler to pick out because I do plan to overclock at some point in the future. Although It won't be until I get a new graphics card and PSU.

Also to answer your other question the games I play are GTA4 and COD and a few others. I am thinking about chosing the Radeon HD 4870 1GB or possibly the GeForce GTX 275 896MB. But to be honest I haven't been keeping up with what graphics cards are the best these days, so if you have any suggestions that are in the 150-300 USD price range please feel free to share them with me. I kinda want to run two graphics cards but to be honest I'm not very sure which type of card to pick because I haven't ever done that before cause I haven't built a system since about 2 years ago (roughly) ...

Also the reason I picked the case I picked is because I want this system I'm building to have plenty of room for upgrades. Thus the reason I chose to buy the i7 920 so that way I'd have the 1366 socket MOBO etc... I also read that the case has great stock cooling ability's which is good seeing as I want to overclock down the road once other CPU'S start to become faster and my i7 920 will need to be made faster also it is a big case so I'll have plenty of room to use two GPU'S and have plenty of room for extra HD's

Also I bought my i7 920 CPU from micro center at the Madison Heights Michigan location. They where having a walk-in only special deal and I read about it on this forum and since my Uncle and Aunt live in Madison Heights I had them go there and pick it up for me. So I was pretty happy I ended up by chance finding that deal myself. :) 

Here is the link although in there Michigan locations they are now out of stock.

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
September 12, 2009 12:14:42 AM

Have you been checking out the threads on the new 5870 and 5850 that will be out at the end of september?
September 12, 2009 12:19:33 AM

dndhatcher said:
Have you been checking out the threads on the new 5870 and 5850 that will be out at the end of september?

No actually I haven't been although i do however remember reading a article on here the other night that mentioned something about rumors that graphic card prices would probably be dropping very soon because of new cards getting ready to be released or something. If you could post a link that would be cool.
September 12, 2009 5:03:13 AM

"I appreciate you wanting to help but to be honest I don't appreciate the way you jump to conclusions about me possibly not knowing anything about computers or being "scared" or "stupid" simply because I don't plan on overclocking my i7 920 until after I get my new GPU"

I apologize if I was too quick to "jump" into that statement before, and used some less mannered words.

Okay, on to business. You said "My current screen settings are 1680 x 1050 . "
I tell you this, there's no point on using SLI or Crossfire for 1680x1050 to be honest, it's a waste of money. Now which will I recommend at THIS moment, the 4870 1GB will be a wise choice from XFX or Sapphire. Another recommendation will be buy everything else first (hardware parts), lastly buy GPU and mobo because we'll see some price changes in the near future (just a little drop depending how nvidia will react to ati's 5000 series) and since i5 mobos came out.. i7 might drop a little

Also, you didn't mention if you are planning to upgrade monitor or not, but if you do get a higher resolution 1900 x 1200, gaming is nice here ..but if you don't then don't even think about crossfire/sli.

i suggest you getting dvd or/and hard drives next when you get paycheck because these prices won't change much unlike mobo, gpu, ram, heatsink
September 12, 2009 5:15:52 AM

overshocks said:
"I appreciate you wanting to help but to be honest I don't appreciate the way you jump to conclusions about me possibly not knowing anything about computers or being "scared" or "stupid" simply because I don't plan on overclocking my i7 920 until after I get my new GPU"

I apologize if I was too quick to "jump" into that statement before, and used some less mannered words.

Okay, on to business. You said "My current screen settings are 1680 x 1050 . "
I tell you this, there's no point on using SLI or Crossfire for 1680x1050 to be honest, it's a waste of money. Now which will I recommend at THIS moment, the 4870 1GB will be a wise choice from XFX or Sapphire. Another recommendation will be buy everything else first (hardware parts), lastly buy GPU and mobo because we'll see some price changes in the near future (just a little drop depending how nvidia will react to ati's 5000 series) and since i5 mobos came out.. i7 might drop a little

Also, you didn't mention if you are planning to upgrade monitor or not, but if you do get a higher resolution 1900 x 1200, gaming is nice here ..but if you don't then don't even think about crossfire/sli.

i suggest you getting dvd or/and hard drives next when you get paycheck because these prices won't change much unlike mobo, gpu, ram, heatsink

Yeah that sounds about right, and I plan on buying the 28-inch Hanns-G monitor from newegg because of the fact the price is so low and a few other people on these forums say its a good deal and also a good monitor. But since I have a decent monitor right now I won't be buying the new one until my new build is basically done. Also if you know of any good quality monitors let me know.

Also I forgot to mention I already have two ASUS dvd/cd burners on my current PC that I plan on using in my new one considering I just bought them about 6 months ago. Sorry I forgot to tell everyone that lol
September 12, 2009 5:31:00 AM

Monitors!!! Okay, reading reviews about monitors is like staying home on a Friday night!!! Don't waste your time and depend so much on it. Go to a store and compare monitor side by side (they are placed side by side already). Find one that you like/best fits your needs price/performance is decent. It's risky to buy monitors without seeing the actual thing, because from reviews people have different opinions, they might like it, but you hate it. Although reviews do help a little, the part where it lists the pros/cons..

Personal recommendations listed from best to good:

Samsung
Sony
LG
Asus
Dell

Samsung is the most popular I would say for monitors or even TVs, they are decent as well not just popular.

Also, read above for my heatsink recommendation the Core contact freezer + additional cost for 1366 bracket.
September 17, 2009 7:03:19 AM

dndhatcher said:
I got some of the best examples of the new ATI 5870 and wrote up my own thoughts here:
http://gamerspride.com/showthread.php?t=6832

Alight guys I'm buying my MOBO and RAM tommorow night sometime. I have basically decided I want the ASRock x58 extreme. But I was wondering if I should just go ahead and buy this one because from what I have read its a good deal for the money. Also if anyone here knows how well this board OC's let me know please.
Also please make a few RAM suggestions for me as well.

I'm currently debating bewtween getting Ocz Gold 3x2GB set

Or possibly buy this CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 ... - Retail

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model

Or maybe

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9 - Retail

Anyways let me know waht you guys think thanks much
September 20, 2009 6:18:23 AM

Alright guysI'm buying the RAM and MOBO tonight.... So I need suggestions I have been having a tough time deciding bewtween these 3 boards.... Since Newegg is out of the board I actually want.. :( 

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157163


EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard - 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813188051

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - 219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131386


Tell me what you guys think of these boards.... Or if you know of any good store that still has the good EVGA board that I was looking at in stock please let me know.
September 20, 2009 6:25:33 AM

ComputerNovice said:
Alright guysI'm buying the RAM and MOBO tonight.... So I need suggestions I have been having a tough time deciding bewtween these 3 boards.... Since Newegg is out of the board I actually want.. :( 

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157163


EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX SLI Micro Intel Motherboard - 209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813188051

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - 219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131386


Tell me what you guys think of these boards.... Or if you know of any good store that still has the good EVGA board that I was looking at in stock please let me know.


I can't say anything good or bad in regards to the EVGA for the fact I haven't read any reviews on it. I know one thing...I would not get that Asus board no matter what. It's a Crossfire only board...and who wants to spend this much $$$$ on a build only to be relegated to ATI cards and not have the choice to choose. I would want to have the choice for Nvidea or ATI depending on what the better card was atm.

ASRock X58 Extreme Reviews

http://www.motherboards.org/reviews/motherboards/1923_1...

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/cheap-x58-motherboa...

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/mainboards/display/asr...

http://www.anandtech.com/mb/showdoc.aspx?i=3593
September 20, 2009 6:34:15 AM

Yeah I read a few reviews on the board already I'm basically just scared that when I get it, it wont be very high quality what do you think?
September 20, 2009 6:37:48 AM

ComputerNovice said:
Yeah I read a few reviews on the board already I'm basically just scared that when I get it, it wont be very high quality what do you think?


Well I'm, buying it myself next month. Iv'e never owned an AsRock before...in fact I used to make fun of them...but everything Iv'e read on this board so far seems really good. And after looking at the layout on that board...like the space between the PCI-E slots, the north bridge h/s, etc...I like it more and more.
September 20, 2009 6:57:15 AM

ASRock is made by ASUS, or owned by ASUS at least.

That EVGA you have listed is inferior to the ASRock in features. You have to go up to the E758-TR to get a better featured board than the ASRock. EVGA is a good brand with good support. Better reputation than ASRock, but quite a bit more expensive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
September 20, 2009 6:57:32 AM

Why_Me said:
Well I'm, buying it myself next month. Iv'e never owned an AsRock before...in fact I used to make fun of them...but everything Iv'e read on this board so far seems really good. And after looking at the layout on that board...like the space between the PCI-E slots, the north bridge h/s, etc...I like it more and more.

Yeah screw it I'm gonna go ahead and do it right now. What RAM you think I should pair with it? I can't decide between these 3 different kinds.


OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model 131.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 159.99
Intel XMP ready w/e that means lol
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...




So guys tell me what kind of 1600Mhz speed ram I need to go with, I wanna buy something that I won't have to toy with its stock timings after I've build it I just want it to run right and give me any problems I don't want to spend over about 160usd though or so my RAM kit.
September 20, 2009 7:11:03 AM

Tough call on a few of those...but I would have to go with the Corsair first, then the OCZ gold second choice. Timings, price, and reviews. The OCZ Platinum seems to be a hit or miss with those timings...not everyone is getting them. The one G.Skill RAM at $154 has some tall heat spreaders which might be a problem with some heat sinks...that and they are spendy. You can get Mushkin with better timings, free shipping, for the same price. Those other G.Skills don't have the greatest timings...and the Kingston...spendy and zero reviews.

So ya... the Corsair first choice and second the OCZ Gold.
September 20, 2009 8:33:20 AM

Well fellas just ordered my RAM and my MOBO I'm so HAPPY seriously. I guess the main is reason because this is the first build I have ever done myself and paid for with my own money. I hate work but I love the money I get from it LOL. Oh well either way I'm totally pumped because as SOON as my RAM and MOBO arrives I'm taking my HD out of my current PC and my Geforce 8800Gt GPU and setting my system up.

Also trust me I know I am going to need to get a new Hard-drives eventually, as well as a new GPU but I figure I can just use those parts until I get the money to buy the exact CPU and Hard-drives I want. I also need to look into getting a really good HSF as well since I plan to overclock it once I get my new GPU. I also plan on using carrying my 2 Cd/Dvd Burner Combo disk drives as well. Sine they still work fine. Anyways everyone thanks for taking time to help me with my build.

I just realized that I am thinking its totally done even though its not and won't be put together until I get the rest of the parts from new egg but heck 3-4 day wait is no biggie.

Does anyone have hard-drive suggestions? I want to get one that's fast but still reliable possibly a SSD for my OS drive then I can just use my 500Gb SATA for my music/video editing files. Although keep in mind I really don't want to spend a ton on the drives I buy but I basically want one that's fast but still mid-ranged price.

On the other hand though far as GPU's go I'm gonna wait a month before I buy a REALLY nice one. Due to the fact that according to rumors new GPU cards coming out.


September 20, 2009 8:37:28 AM

If you don't mind, can you post on that mobo please. I know some peeps here have went and got that board, but only one of them that I know of has posted about it.

September 20, 2009 9:58:48 AM

Why_Me said:
If you don't mind, can you post on that mobo please. I know some peeps here have went and got that board, but only one of them that I know of has posted about it.


Yeah as soon as it gets to my house and after I get awile to toy wit it



September 20, 2009 11:29:30 PM

I have a question and I'm aware that I may or may not be able to get a complete answer on this. But basically will I be able to just take the HD from my current PC and put it in my new system so that way I won't have to go out and buy the Vista OS right away again. Because my current PC has Windows Home Premium 64-bit, so I'm wondering If I can just pop it in my new system once its done and just have it boot right up and work.

I plan to buy Windows Vista again in about a 2 weeks so I can get the Windows 7 upgrade coupon, but I really want to be able to use my old hard-drive for the time being mainly because I won't have the money for a new one right away and I'm really just wanting to hurry things up and be able to finally use my new PC...
a b å Intel
September 20, 2009 11:46:42 PM

No... You will have major issues with your system if you don't do a fresh install of your OS. I'm not 100% sure you will be able to boot at all.

Why can't you use the OS disk that came with your old PC? You can reuse it even from a different system. I used my old Dell Vista disk for my build. I just had to activate it using the windows key on the case.... Even though the system says it can be used outside of a Dell system.
September 21, 2009 2:15:20 PM

You could always just put the windows 7 rc on it. they stopped downloads for it but they'll still give you a key I think...you can dl the rc from a torrent or something. should hold you over for a couple weeks.
September 22, 2009 3:25:49 AM

zach538467 said:
You could always just put the windows 7 rc on it. they stopped downloads for it but they'll still give you a key I think...you can dl the rc from a torrent or something. should hold you over for a couple weeks.

Now that I found out about the student windows 7 deal for 20 bucks. I'm going to be buying windows 7 most likely unless I can make my friend find my original windows vista disk.

I do have a question though and it may or may not seem silly but I',m wondering so I'm just gonna ask, will Microsoft send you another disk if you tell them you lost yours and or broke it? I still have the serial number from the OEM sticker on my current system. So it would make since if they would mail me one but I guess I'd understand why they wouldn't
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