First Time Build Core i7 920 Build

This is my first build so any comments or criticisms would be greatly appreciated. Are there any better parts I can pick or are any of my parts incompatible?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I have this nailed down. The quicker the better.

BUDGET RANGE: For the parts listed, trying not to go too much over $1225.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web browsing, watching movies, etc.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Case (Hiper Osiris), Peripherals

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: anywhere I can get the best deal

PARTS PREFERENCES: core i7 920. I was strongly considering an i7 860 but I tweaked my 920 build so the price between the two are pretty much negligible. The 920 has a better upgrade path and is more proven at this point.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I would like to be able to support it in case I go down that path

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Preferably 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Based on my build below I have about $200 left for a video card. I am waiting a few more weeks for the new ATI card release before jumping on that so technically my budget for the parts below is $1025. For now I will just use what’s in my old PC. If I bought a GPU today, what would be good for my needs?


Monitor- HannsG HG-281DPB Black 28” 3ms Widescreen LCD HDMI Monitor $309.99

CPU– Core i7 920 $199.99

Motherboard– AsRock x58 Extreme LG1366 $169.99

Memory- Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $129.99

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB Hard Drive $64.99

Optical Drive- SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner $30.99

PSU – CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply $119.99

Cooler – Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler $36.99 – Hopefully this won’t be too big. I saw a video of someone with a CM V8 in the same case.

Thermal P– Arctic Silver 5 - $6.99
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  1. The components you have chosen are very good except for the HDD...The 500GB ones are the older ones...The 640GB and the 1TB ones are the faster and more efficient ones...So change to either of those...

    And I dont think you would require 750W for 2 of those cards...they are more efficient than the current gen cards...
    A Corsair 650TX can power 2 of those cards...But its upto you...
  2. Since I didn't list a video card, I assume you just stuck two 4890's or something like that in as worst case. That's what I did at least. I think I came out to something like 614W.
  3. Ahh I didn't know those were old. 500 GB is way too much capacity for me in the first place but I would definately spring for a more efficient drive if I can.

    Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
  4. Im not sure what connectors you need but

    looks like a better deal
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