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September 15, 2009 8:05:47 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1 month (Possibly 2 at most)
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1000 to $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, 3d modeling, rendering, programming, general use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, OS(Win7 when it releases)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, other trusted sites aswell

OVERCLOCKING: Not right off the start, but eventually would like to
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Would like to add a second card in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (I haven't quite decided on a monitor yet.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Well this is my first build and pretty excited about putting it all together, just want to see what you guys recommend!


Parts I'm looking at:

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz
What heatsink would you recommend?

Mobo: Any other suggestions for a motherboard??
ASRock X58 Deluxe LGA 1366

PSU: KINGWIN Mach 1 ABT-1000MA1S 1000W

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Gfx Card: This is where I really need an opinion.. Do I go nVidia, or go to ATI? I've never been a big ATI fan, but I've really got nothing against them, so if price and performance are right, I'd definitely go with an ATI card. What do you guys recommend?

Monitor: Another thing I'd like some advice on if you don't mind :p  I don't really want something ridiculously big. I was thinking around 20" or 22"?
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor


Thanks for help it's really appreciated :D 

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September 15, 2009 10:11:58 PM

+1 on your choices of mobo, RAM and HD. :)  Combo the RAM up with that HD to save a few dollars. As far as that psu goes... I have my doubts on a Kingwin psu as I'm sure a few others here do also. Try a Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Seasonic, Silverstone, etc... psu

Cosair 750w would be more than ideal for that build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... <--- combo


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- A great case to consider

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/landing/haf922/ <---- here's a better overview / pics of that case.

As far as vid cards go...I'm of your thinking when it comes to Nvidea vs ATI. The new DX11 cards are coming out but tbh I would get a gtx 275 for now and wait to see what Nvidea comes out with later on in regards to their DX11 cards.

One gtx 275 will blow away games with your intended resolution.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---here's a bargain on one of those cards.

For after market h/s I would look at the Xigmatek Dark Night for $44.99 (free shipping) or the Scythe Mugen 2 for $36.99...both @ newegg. For thermal compound look at the Arctic Cooling MX-2 for 4.99 at newegg.
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September 16, 2009 1:31:48 AM

Thanks a lot for your input really appreciate it :]

Would you recommend going with a higher watt PSU if I want to go SLi later in the future? Or won't I even need it lol


Does anyone happen to have any monitors in mind that they would recommend?
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September 16, 2009 1:47:45 AM

tbone8546 said:
Thanks a lot for your input really appreciate it :]

Would you recommend going with a higher watt PSU if I want to go SLi later in the future? Or won't I even need it lol


Does anyone happen to have any monitors in mind that they would recommend?


Either of those 750w psu's (Corsair, PC & P, Antec) will easily push two 4890's or two 275's in a dual card set up.

btw, what kind of $$ are you looking at to spend on a monitor ? Gimme a budget and I'l post a good one for ya.
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September 16, 2009 1:55:40 AM

Okay thanks :) 

Budget for a monitor would be at or around $200.
Preferably under, but I'd be willing to go over for something with good quality.
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September 16, 2009 2:01:41 AM

tbone8546 said:
Okay thanks :) 

Budget for a monitor would be at or around $200.
Preferably under, but I'd be willing to go over for something with good quality.


Here's one with a nice quick response time (2ms)...which = great for gaming. On a side note...at that resolution there really is no need to go with a dual vid card set up. I can post a single card set up for cheaper...and if your interested, a great i5 single card set up.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $169.99 ($149.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
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September 16, 2009 2:07:07 AM

Alright cool I was looking at that monitor and was one of my options :D 

Not sure if I'm interested in an i5 build though. Not sure how that would really stack up against the 920. I have to do more research on it I guess and look at some more tests and benchmarks to really see.

I'd be interested in seeing the single card set-up you have to offer though!
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September 16, 2009 2:39:10 AM

I call this build "i7 Red". That psu is modular, it's gotten great reviews, it will push this rig and leave you juice left over. The read LED's on the psu match up with the red LED's on this case. The only problem is this psu sells out fast.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $89.99 Free Shipping*
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $71.99 ($46.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
OCZ OCZ550FTY 550W Active 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.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $306.98
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail l
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99
GIGABYTE GV-N275UD-896I GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1,107.90 | $1,082.90 w/mail in rebate

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that OCZ psu

http://www.google.com/products?q=OCZ+OCZ550FTY&hl=en&aq... <--- you might that psu in stock at one of these retailers

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=... <---more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that CM Storm Scout

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/category.php?category_i... <--- Accessories for that case

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September 16, 2009 7:18:51 PM

Monitors are making the move to true widescreen, ie. 16x9 resolutions, which the second monitor you linked, the ASUS VH226H employs.

You have a little bit less space when it comes to web pages, or documents, but there is no black bar around movies, because the monitor is the same scale as they are. To some it is no concern, but its enhances movie experiences. Additionally, the second monitor has HDMI input, meaning you could hook up a PS3 for blu-ray content, or other forms of HD content.

I would go with the second monitor you linked.
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September 16, 2009 7:34:43 PM

Yeah I liked the fact that it had the HDMI input, because it's possible that I could be playing games and watching movies on my PS3 on this monitor.

Just wondered if there was a preference to resolutions for gaming on PCs. I'm so used to lower end stuff and not worrying about higher res's lol.

Thanks for the input Trans
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