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September 21, 2009 8:34:29 AM

Haven't built a PC in quite a few years and want to ensure that this will work and /or there are better choices than the ones I have made.

Thanks in advance.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next couple weeks. Soon as I have the build refined and polished

BUDGET RANGE: 2k (2K Max Cap). Would like to stay in the $1700.00 range I am in unless dramatic improvement can be made by leaning toward max cap.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Online Gaming (Primarilly WoW but do not want to limit myself from newer more demanding games at high settings)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences. Quality and value
OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024, (think this is my setting. At work now but monitor is a HDTV atm, plan on purchasing a better minitor at a later date for better resolution but not with this build)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Live in Europe atm so shipping can be a hassle, especially time-wise. Need to ensure that this will work 100% prior to order because returns and such via APO is the mother of all headaches.

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Case:
XCLIO Windtunnel Fully Black Finish 1.0 mm SECC Chassis ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811103011

Motherboard:
MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130223

CPU:
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 140W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103692

Video Cards: (x2)
XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150436

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006

Memory: (x2=8G)
G.SKILL Perfect Storm 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17066) Desktop Memory Model F3-17066CL8D-4GBPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231288

Hard Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F2EG HD154UI 1.5TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152175

CD/DVD:
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.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Video Card Coolers:
ZALMAN VF1000 2 Ball VGA Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118037

Liquid Cooling:
Swiftech H20-22- Apex Ultima Liquid Cooling KitIntroduction
http://www.jab-tech.com/Swiftech-H20-22-Apex-Ultima-Liquid-Cooling-Kit-pr-4324.html

Adapter for Liquid Cooling:
Swiftech Apogee™ GTZ Hold Down Adapter (Socket AM2) (GTZ-AM2-HD)
]http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8108/ex-swi-24/Swiftech_Apogee_GTZ_Hold_Down_Adapter_Socket_AM2_GTZ-AM2-HD.html ]

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September 21, 2009 9:38:06 AM
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If your going to do it, do it right. Here's an i7 build that includes the o/s, This build will o/c nicely and run cool.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KKN1-GP Black ABS Bezel, SECC Body ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Free shipping w/ promo code EMCLXMV33, ends 9/23

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 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: -$20.00 Combo Price: $399.98 $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $389.98 Free Shipping*
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$4.00 Combo Price: $39.98
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $27.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - 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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$10.00 Combo Price: $149.98 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Retail
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM | Includes free Windows 7 upgrade coupon

Total: $1,237.80

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- dual gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?product_id=... <--- Pics, specs, and professional reviews of the Cooler Master Storm Sniper

http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=&q=scy... <--- Reviews and benchmarks of that Scythe Mugen 2 cooler

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 21, 2009 9:41:38 AM

Does newegg even ship to europe?
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September 21, 2009 9:44:27 AM

build said:
Does newegg even ship to europe?


Most likely the OP is an American stationed over there....that would be my guess anyways and is having someone ship it to him/her. Otherwise the OP should have gotten the psu over in Europe so he/she doesn't have to use an outlet converter (European plug in).
September 21, 2009 9:47:28 AM

Ah alright.



Anonymous
September 21, 2009 12:34:49 PM

Why_Me: Thanks much for the build advice. Changing up alot of my plans after reading about those parts. Is this a build you have built or just advice on what you belive will be better?

build: Newegg will ship to europe via APO address. With our APO they ship directly to New York and then their responsibility ends. The Post Office (I believe) takes up responsibility from there.

Alot of issues on insurance policies and what not but its cheaper than paying in euro's atm.
September 21, 2009 12:47:32 PM

Wow!! $250 for 1 set of 2 x 2 gb's of RAM!! Are you kidding me?? Your better off spending your $ on an $60-80 set, IMHO. IMHO if you can afford an i7 build, and it looks like you can easily do that, than you should get one. The AMD PhII x4 965 is overpriced for it's performance. I'd recommend getting the 955 over the 965 anyday, especially since there is about a $40 difference and the performance difference isn't worth the $ spent. The only reason that I'd recommend a PhII x4 955/965 is if your really tight on budget and need to save a little over a Intel i5 750 build. This would be about the only time I would go that way, unless you already have a PhII x4 compatable mobo and wanted to upgrade to latest.
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