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I7 for Gaming 900-1200 - My First Build Ever

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September 29, 2009 10:46:51 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 2 - 3 Weeks

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mostly Gaming, Some Media viewing and Surfing the Internet
BUDGET RANGE: 1000 - 1300 After Rebates

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg or any reputable site

PARTS PREFERENCES: Reliable and as Future Proof as possible with budget, room for expansion

OVERCLOCKING: I would like to do some over clocking but I haven’t done it before. (anyone have a good website to learn from?)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes in the future


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 –
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I am looking to get back into PC gaming and I would like to build my own computer for the first time. I would like to try and build something that is going to last me 2-3 years maybe more with expansion/upgrades. I would like to play mostly FPSs (yes including crisis) and RPGs with highest settings. I don’t mind waiting for better quality products to go on sale so suggestions on that front is appreciated as well.

I am going to visit family this weekend where there is a micro center and I am considering buying the i7 920 or the 860 while I am there. Not sure which one is better for gaming and future proofing. Also, is there anything else I should pick up while I am there? Do they have better deals then online merchants for any other parts? I heard that it is better to ask for the D0 stepping rather than the C0. Is that still something I need to ask for with the 920 and 860?

I am just planning on running a one card configuration, but I want a good card so that I can put another one in later for SLI or Crossfire.


Processor: (Purchased)

I7 920 -
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
$212 after tax


Case: (Purchased)

COOLMASTER HAF 922: Microcenter

$100.69 after tax, $90.69 after MIR


Motherboard
ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99


Video Card:


XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$259.99


PSU: - Pretty sure about this

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$139.99



Ram:

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

139.99 + 6.39 shipping = $146.38 from frys.com


Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$74.99



Optical Drive
- Set on this


SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$30.99


CPU Cooler

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$34.99



- Thanks in advance for your help

More about : gaming 900 1200 build

September 30, 2009 12:23:16 AM

OK so nix the extra dvd rom. But what would be better in terms of long term use and performance? Is the i7 860 a better value at $230 or is the i7 920 better at $200?
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September 30, 2009 2:25:14 PM

If you're looking at SLI or Xfire, I would suggest the 920 as the X58 boards have two PCI-E ports with x16 bandwidth, where as the P55 boards only have one x16 or two in x8.
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September 30, 2009 2:29:14 PM

so Im currently looking at building a new gaming computer for about the same price, and I'm going to go with the i7, cause the new intel processors rumoring to be coming out are suppose to use the same socket on the motherboard as the i7, so down the road it's upgradeable without having to change out motherboards and all. just my 2 cents though.
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October 1, 2009 12:45:41 AM

Thanks, I think I will pick up the 920 then when I go to Microcenter. Is the Asrock motherboard acceptable, or do I want to purchase something better so that it will last me longer for expansion in the future?

I really am not sure about the power supply as well. Like I said I would rather buy something now that will last me longer rather then have to upgrade later. Would a 760 watt PSU be acceptable for expansion. I was looking at the 5870 and 5850 Ati cards and if I bought one now and one down the road would a 750 watt power supply have enough juice for 2 of those cards in crossfire?

Also, anyone have any recommendations on aftermarket cpu coolers or thermal paste?
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October 1, 2009 11:39:20 PM

The i7 920 is an LGA 1366 socket cpu which uses 3 channel ram and is and will be the high-end system for Intel.
The i7 8xx is an LGA 1156 socket cpu which uses dual channel ram is is the newer but more mainstream aimed system for Intel.
The i7 920 has a market price of $280, but Microcenter has been selling it for $200 for many months now.
This deal makes an 1366 system more affordable than otherwise possible. Go for it.
Go to the psu section of this forum for info on good brands/practices.
Asrock is OK, but most here prefer Asus or Gigabyte.
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October 2, 2009 9:26:47 PM

Newf, dont forget that the 860 is $230 at microcenter as well

Also, you put the wrong price for your PSU. Its like $100
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October 2, 2009 10:58:58 PM

Does 3 channel ram really have an effect in gaming? And as for the upgrade path, the 6-core CPU for 1366 is rumored to be near $1k...

As for the 8x vs 16x PCIE, this article shows not much gain in the X58 vs the P55: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5850,2433...

Just more information you could work with. If you are looking for the high-end stuff that will benefit you in more than just gaming, the X58 is definitely the way to go, but if you are concerned with primarily gaming, the P55 is just as rock solid as the X58 for a little less cash....

Well, in your case the 920 is cheaper :) .
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October 2, 2009 11:06:42 PM

era86 said:
Does 3 channel ram really have an effect in gaming? And as for the upgrade path, the 6-core CPU for 1366 is rumored to be near $1k...

As for the 8x vs 16x PCIE, this article shows not much gain in the X58 vs the P55: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-hd-5850,2433...

Just more information you could work with. If you are looking for the high-end stuff that will benefit you in more than just gaming, the X58 is definitely the way to go, but if you are concerned with primarily gaming, the P55 is just as rock solid as the X58 for a little less cash....

Well, in your case the 920 is cheaper :) .


As for the first part about ram.

From what i see At the Moment there is no noticeable difference between triple and dual channels. (except for those few programs that are Bandwidth hogs like stress/benchmark programs.)

As he said the p55 is maybe a better option than x58 if you only into gaming.
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October 3, 2009 1:49:04 AM

I think I am going to go for the i7 920 since it seems that it might give me some advantages on the future proofing end.

Also, I was looking into a 5850 or 5870 gpu and I am wondering if I decide to add another one in cross fire down the line will a 750 watt psu be adequate. It is not the much more expensive for the 850 psu and it sounds like the 850 might last me through multiple builds.

Any thoughts on the haf 922 vs the haf 932? I saw even the Ati 5870 fits in the 922 but since it is my first build I might want to have a big case to make it easier.

Also, I do need an OS. Should I pick up the OEM windows 7 which is selling for $99 at newegg, or should I wait thinking prices might go down. Am I going to see any differences buying the OEM?
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October 4, 2009 5:49:34 PM

OEM Win7 Home @ $99 is a good way to go. I don't see that price coming down more than $10 for a while.
The future for LGA 1156 is dual-core + graphics on one cpu.
The future for LGA 1366 is 6-core cpu and up, with no SLI/Xfire penalties.
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October 7, 2009 11:31:44 PM

I just bought the i7 920 D0 stepping at microcenter over the weekend. I also bought the haf 922 which is $85 after MIR. I think it should be big enough for my purposes. I am still struggling trying to figure out what would be a good power supply.

Is this a good one if I am planning on running 2x 5870/5850 in crossfire?

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Or can I get away with this:

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The requirements for the 5870 x 2 is 600 watt minimum so would 150 watt power the rest of the pc or should i step up to the 850 w. Also, both of these power supplies should have adequate connectors for all the fans etc...


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October 8, 2009 4:03:21 AM

I was looking at the CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail as well.. it seems like a great deal since retail is 179.99 and from the egg its 99.99 after MIR.

From what I've read browsing through these threads, I think the 750W should be enough for xfire/sli in the future.

I recently bought my i7 920 from microcenter too but damn CA tax brought it to ~218.

I'll be watching your thread to grab ideas :) 
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October 9, 2009 9:48:25 PM

I am still looking for some opinions regarding PSUs and the other parts I selected for my build.

An aside question, does anyone know if the student discount edition of windows 7 will let you install it without a previously installed os or is it just an upgrade?
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October 9, 2009 9:51:46 PM

The 750TX would power your system, but the 850TX is worth the extra $20 to have a little more headroom IMO.
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October 9, 2009 10:37:58 PM

The 750Tx has 60 amps on the 12V rail (20 per GPU and 20 for everything else). The 850TX has 70 amps. I think you would need to do heavy voltage overclocking and fill the case with drives before that became an issue. Its also true that the PSU efficiency will go down as it ages so there isnt a clearly better choice.

What I have read is the $30 student OS is an upgrade, but it will upgrade XP by wiping it an only saving your "my documents" tree. Read the post from Jessica in this thread.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/272453-31-vista-64bit...
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October 10, 2009 8:24:42 PM

@ DNDHATCHER - I am really a noob when it comes to building pcs as I haven't done it before and I am just learning by reading articles etc... Are you suggesting that because of the higher amperage, that the 850tx would be a better value.
- Also thanks for the heads up on the windows 7 info that will give me some greater considerations for my budget.



With regard to things like the optical drive, ram, and hard drive is there really a lot of differences between these items in terms of how it effects gaming performance?


For comparison

Hard Drive:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152185

$79.99

vs

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$89.99

or a Western Digital


Ram:

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$134.99

vs


OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227388

$147.99


Optical Drive:


Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827118032


$33.99

vs

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223B - OEM
Customer Choice Award1x Winner of Customer Choice Award - CD / DVD Burners

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$30.99


If there are preferences on good alternatives I welcome feedback as like I said I am new to this and am still learning.

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October 11, 2009 12:51:24 AM

Im saying the price is close and the amperage is close. If you are going to have one HDD and 2 GPUS then either will be fine. If you are going to load up with several SSDs, HDDs and DVDs or will watercool and do extreme overclocking then maybe you want the 850.


What I have read about lightscribe is if you wont use it then avoid it because lightscribe drives tend to be more expensive and noisier.

*edit - invalid HDD comments removed
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October 11, 2009 1:00:19 AM

dndhatcher said:
Im saying the price is close and the amperage is close. If you are going to have one HDD and 2 GPUS then either will be fine. If you are going to load up with several SSDs, HDDs and DVDs or will watercool and do extreme overclocking then maybe you want the 850.


What I have read about lightscribe is if you wont use it then avoid it because lightscribe drives tend to be more expensive and noisier.

HDDs affect boot up time, load time and map loading time mostly. The things too look at HDD performance is RPMs and platters. I believe the Samsung F3 beats the seagate by a little bit, but pretty sure they both run two 500GB platters. Caviar Black 1GB uses four 250GB platters so its slower, but the Caviar Black 640 uses two 320GB platters and is the fastest by a bit.


^No real statistics to prove that? Show me some performance reviews.
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October 12, 2009 2:30:02 PM

dndhatcher said:
Caviar Black 1GB uses four 250GB platters so its slower, but the Caviar Black 640 uses two 320GB platters and is the fastest by a bit.

The 1TB WD Caviar Black actually uses two 334GB platters and is just as fast as the 640GB model.

http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/15363/2
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October 13, 2009 8:11:47 PM

So I think I am going to take the plunge and buy my parts in the next couple of weeks. Id like to take advantage of the Corsair 850w $30 MIR which ends on the 18th and the Windows 7 OEM preorder $99 price. This puts me in the situation to buy parts soon so that I have time to return them if something isn't working properly.

Therefore....


I need to decide on a motherboard, I am not completely sold on the ASROCK mobo although it seems like a good value. If I can find a combo with a better mobo and memory which brings them both to around $340 I would be happy.



I am still a little confused on which HD to buy. I would like a 1 Tb HD if possible but I would like to spend ~$80 to keep somewhere around my budget. But if there is one with a less overall capacity but has higher performance then I am definitely on board. Is the WD 640gb model such a higher performance HD?
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October 13, 2009 8:31:08 PM

Is there much difference between that

or the

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148433

$89.99

or this

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$74.99


Also, thoughts on memory and the motherboard?

Is it a good idea to go open box on newegg?

for something like this:

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$208.99
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October 13, 2009 8:36:48 PM

Considering motherboards are probably of the most RMAed part, I wouldnt touch an open box motherboard. Then again most people think I am overly cautious about things.
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October 13, 2009 8:42:17 PM

That makes sense though and I don't want to be confused if there aren't cables with it etc...

Thoughts on good mobo combos with memory?

I am really not sure what are the big differences in memory. Alot of people like the G-skill, ive seen preferences on the OCZ platinum...not really sure what the differences are.

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

144.99


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

139.99


With the motherboard I just want something reliable, will support x-fire, and something that I will be able to figure out how to overclock since I have never done it before. I would like to stay around $200 or under for the motherboard but I would pay alittle more if it is proven to be more reliable.
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October 13, 2009 8:44:04 PM

I don't trust Seagate drives right now. If you can't get the F3, I would get the Western Digital drive.

I would get this CPU + motherboard combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $453.98 - $15 MIR (i7 920 + GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R combo)

I would also look for CAS 7 RAM like this:

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $144.99 - $10 MIR

The Corsair 750TX will power crossfire 5850's.
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October 13, 2009 8:48:30 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I don't trust Seagate drives right now. If you can't get the F3, I would get the Western Digital drive.

I would get this CPU + motherboard combo:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $453.98 - $15 MIR (i7 920 + GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R combo)

I would also look for CAS 7 RAM like this:

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $144.99 - $10 MIR

The Corsair 750TX will power crossfire 5850's.



I already have my i7 920 purchased for 199 at microcenter. I was looking at ram + motherboard combos.

I was thinking of buying the 850w corsair due to wanting headroom in the future for xfire and adding additional drives. I also want a PSU that I can use for an upgraded build down the line. After MIR the 850w is only $10 more then the 750w.
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October 13, 2009 8:55:33 PM

I havent heard of any problems with seagate 7200.12 drives like they had in the previous models.

Your Ram should be DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 with a voltage of 1.5-1.65. Lower timing numbers (like 7) will give you more overclocking options than the ones with 9, though not much real performance. Gskill, Corsair, OCZ, Mushkin, Patriot and Crucial are good companies. Kingston and PNY tend to be cheap (not inexpensive). You can get either 2x2GB kit (4GB total) or a 3x2GB kit (6GB total) in an x58 system.
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October 14, 2009 10:14:40 PM

If you could get either of these memory packs for the same price, which one would you pick?

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
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 OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail $144.99 - $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 14, 2009 10:18:05 PM

That's easy. The OCZ would be the obvious choice. It's faster RAM (CAS 7 vs. CAS8) for considerably less money. Dominator's are a waste of money IMO.
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October 14, 2009 11:09:08 PM

Even if the dominator is the same amount of money? Why is it rated so high on newegg if its not that good?

Would I want to try and get CAS 6 since it would be faster in theory then?
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October 15, 2009 2:34:10 AM

My only concern with the GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R is the memory slots. If I add 4x 2gb RAM into it, it would take me out of the triple channel capacity of the RAM. I am also concerned of its ability for expansion given the memory slots.

My question then is, should I stick with the ASROCK as a sub $200 motherboard? My concerns as I said with the ASROCK are the reliably and ease of OCing since I am inexperienced with OCing and I read the ASROCK runs hot.

Should I try and spend more money on the MOBO or is there not that big of a difference?
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October 15, 2009 5:24:39 AM

If you have a fry's near you, the Corsair Dominators are on sale for 139.99
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October 15, 2009 4:23:52 PM

tehmuffinman said:
Even if the dominator is the same amount of money? Why is it rated so high on newegg if its not that good?

Would I want to try and get CAS 6 since it would be faster in theory then?

If they were the same amount then it would make the decision harder. I still like the fact that the OCZ RAM has a CAS 7 rating. I never said the Dominators weren't good, I said they were a waste of money. Corsair charges a premium for the "Dominator" name. It's very nice RAM, but so is the OCZ. The $139.99 deal at Fry's would be hard to pass up.

No, don't try to find CAS 6 DDR3 1600 RAM. There's only one kit on Newegg and it's very expensive.

mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998692 - Retail $212.99
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October 15, 2009 8:02:38 PM

I recently completed a similar build.
Thread here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/272051-31-long-term-gaming-build

I opted for the AsRock Extreme motherboard, and have no complaints. The install was easy (cpu cooler & "clean" cable routing were the most time-consuming tasks) and cleared POST on the first attempt.

Overclocking the cpu & memory went smoothly (Im inexperienced, but read up extensively on the subject). Prime95 stable for 48 hours with the 920 @ 4.0gz and the memory at 1600mz, 7-7-7-20.

My only concern at this point is longevity. I tend to believe that "you get what you pay for" and currently this board seems to be an incredible bargain. I hope it lasts.

I selected a pricier psu, but I hope to recoup much of the premium price on power savings over the coming years due to the high efficiency rating (and 7 year warranty). Plus, it has 6 pcie power cables.

I installed Win7 RC 64bit, and am resigned to doing a fresh install when I pick up a retail/oem version in a few weeks.

The $130 memory I selected was rated at ddr3 1300 & 7-7-7-20, but it seems to run fine (so far) with those timings @ 1600mz. Again, I hope it lasts.

Cpu + mobo + ram ran me $515. That's a hard price to beat on a socket-1366 foundation.

Also, check out :http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140041
A retail optical drive at $34 - comes with burning software and a sata cable. Runs pretty quiet, and I've not had a problem with it.

As for thermal compound, I use Arctic Silver 5. Works great. Remember that you want a thin, even coating - apply a little reapply if needed. Its always easier to add a little more than to remove too much. Only issue is that AS5 is conductive, so don't dribble any on your motherboard. I put two "rice grains" worth on the cpu, pressed on the cooler for a moment, then stretched some syran wrap over my index finder and spread the remains out evenly on the cpu & cooler. Seems to have worked out nicely.

Good luck.
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October 16, 2009 12:46:55 AM

@ rnalvine, thanks for the info you the AsRock, I am wondering how you found installing the sythe mugen. I am considering going with the dark knight just because Ive heard it is a little easier to install. My concern with the AsRock is similar but i suppose it is just a wait and see game with that, as the only other boards I see which seem decent are $250+ and I don't know if I am willing to make that investment. Also with the AsRock, have you had any issue with it and windows 7. I heard that they have not updated drivers for windows 7 yet.

Also, you mentioned that you were inexperienced in ocing, do you have any websites/resources you could link to that helped you with this process?



General question, does anyone think that it would be worthwhile to wait until black friday to purchase the rest of my parts? I am wondering how the discounts were last year and if I will really save that much money. I am getting kind of anxious to put this thing together.
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October 18, 2009 12:27:11 AM

I am pretty much set on the build, I am just waiting to get good prices. However, I am still unsure about which CPU cooler to use. I am seriously considering the Scythe Mugen 2 but I am not sure if it will fit into the haf 922 and still have room for the rest of the build.

Can anyone offer advice as to weather this can fit and provide adequate cooling or if I should look into an alternative CPU cooler?

If I do get the scythe mugen 2 should I get an additional fan and if so what type?

Futhermore, would anyone recommend adding an additional fan to the side of the haf 922 for additional cooling?
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October 19, 2009 6:30:06 PM

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

139.99 + 6.39 shipping = $146.38 from frys.com

Just pulled the trigger on this.

Any more thoughts on the build before I buy the rest of the parts?
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October 19, 2009 7:00:51 PM

With only one graphics card I would wait on the extra fan. See if that 5850 really heats up enough to warrant it. I have found on my antec 900 that the big top fan, rear fan, PSU and GPU expel enough air that it is already pulling air in the side vent without needing a fan.


I doubt the mugen needs a second fan in a case with both the rear and top case fans pulling air away from it.
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December 3, 2009 6:46:41 PM

I was wondering if you finished building this rig and how well it is working out for you? Looking to do something very similar.
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