Solved Suggestions need on I7 build (my first build) Tags: New Build Systems Product Last response: September 15, 2009 4:15 AM in Systems Share tony123 September 13, 2009 8:03:40 PM APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within couple of weeks, BUDGET RANGE: about $1000-1200. SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: photo/video editing, programming, surfing the internet, watching movies, gaming. PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers and OS. I'll be using the new build with my existing Dell 24" 2405 monitor at 1920x1200, the system will be running Windows 7 64-bit. PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I'm open to suggestion here as I'm new to building systems myself, but I've used newegg, zipzoomfly and amazon for hdd & memory upgrades before. PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU I7 OVERCLOCKING: Yes, SLI OR CROSSFIRE: not immediately but would like to keep the option open. MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: hdd & memory expandability is important to me, I'd like to able to expand to 4+ internal HDD & 16GB+ RAM in the future. I'd also like to plan for upgrade to i9 after its price comes down, so I'm almost locked into X58. I plan to fit the computer case under my desktop which has depth about 17-18 inches, so a smaller case is preferred but I can deal with a 20-21 inch case if needed. This is going to be my first build but I do have decent knowledge of computer hardware & software. My current list came from suggestion from "Why_Me" sometime ago on a similar price range build, (thank you, "Why_Me"), the price has been updated. Any suggestions are welcome, thanks for your time. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retai http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $104.99 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/Prod [...] 6835185093 $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... 2 $159.99 Free Shipping - price has gone up from 113.99 to 159.99! OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 after $20 rebate Free Shipping* ASUS EAH4870 DK/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4870 Dark Knight 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... $32.99 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 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $12 Free Shipping Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Retail http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $7.99 Rosewill RNX-56AG Agere 56Kbps PCI Bus (Plug & Play) Internal V.92 PCI Date/Fax/TAM modem- WINDOWS VISTA READY - Retail More about : suggestions build build tony123 September 13, 2009 11:58:54 PM This is my first build, so I'd really appreciate any suggestions you have. build September 14, 2009 12:11:12 AM You can save a little by getting this case + PSU combo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite.... I have a coolermaster PSU so I know how reliable they are. 700W is enough for a 4870 crossfire set-up. Cheaper RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Everything else looks fine Related resources Idea for a first time i7 build , opinions or suggestions ? - Forum First time build - need advise/help/ suggestions - Forum Suggestions on i7 build for a first time builder please - Forum Need Suggestions for a $2,000 Core i-7 build - Forum New i7 build - need feedback and suggestions - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer tony123 September 14, 2009 12:31:40 AM Youngster, thanks a lot for the pointer for the case + PSU combo as well as RAM. I also noticed a i7 CPU + 6GB of OCZ RAM combo, I'll probably go with that. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Thanks again. Best solution Why_Me September 14, 2009 1:20:26 AM http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <--- here's a RAM/cpu combo worth taking a look at. Not so sure about using a Cooler Master psu. They haven't always gotten good reviews in the past. That PC & P you chose is tried and proven. I think I would stick with it. tony123 September 14, 2009 4:18:58 AM Thanks Why_Me for your suggestions, I think I'd stick with my original PC & PSU. stevensl2 September 14, 2009 4:25:17 AM the 5870's are almost out <400$ tony123 September 15, 2009 4:15:05 AM Thanks stevensl2, but I usually don't use hot products when they come out, I'll wait until they become more stable and less pricey. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources: ForumFirst Build Suggestions ForumNeed Suggestions , First Build , Gaming $2000 budget ForumFirst Build - help? tips? Liquidcooling suggestions ? ForumFirst Computer Build , need suggestions Forum1600$ Gaming PC first build need advice & suggestions ForumLooking to build first gaming rig, looking for suggestions ForumFirst Build , Need some suggestions . ForumNew i7 2600k Gaming Computer Build ! 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