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I7 Gaming Rig, last check before ordering tomorrow

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September 30, 2009 1:07:40 AM

Hey folks, I'm just wanting to double check my build I'm ordering tomorrow. Please feel free to correct anything, as it's been 2-3 weeks since I started planning and not sure if anything has changed. Also, I was still iffy on a couple items.


Approximate Purchase Date
Tomorrow

Budget Range
Around $1000 (USD)

System Usage From Most Important To Least Important
Gaming, general

Parts Not Required
Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) For Parts
Newegg, but I'm open

Parts Preferences
Intel

Overclocking
Conservative overclocking

SLI or Crossfire
Crossfire down the road, just bought an XFX 5870

* Monitor Resolution and video card
I have a Samsung LN-T4071F 40" LCD TV


Parts below this point.


Motherboard
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Processor
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

My question is with D0 (that is what I want, isn't it?). I've heard it's a chance which you will get from Newegg. Is that still deal, or can you request it specifically? If not, where should I get it from?
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CPU Fan/Heatsink
XIGMATEK Dark Knight - $44.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler $62.43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Power Supply -
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Memory
OCZ Platinum 6GB DDR3 1600 - $144.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Case
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
OR
Cooler Master HAF 932 ATX Full Tower Black Case

I just want to make sure crossfired 5870's will fit in the 922 easily. I may end up getting a 2x for the second card and trifiring them
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Harddrive
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OR
Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS 1.5TB SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136351

The 1.5 TB is only $20 more, but it doesn't have as good reviews
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Thermal Compound
Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound - $7.98
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DVD Drive
Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
- $32.99
September 30, 2009 1:46:11 AM

I would get a bigger PSU especially if you are considering tri-fire.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

This HD for your OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This one for your backups.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you want just one HD get the WD Black 1 TB that you mentioned.

Get this memory kit. There are 2 different versions of the same thing. I am not sure what thats about. If you don't like them your choice is good too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

Have you looked into the MX-3 thermal compound?



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September 30, 2009 9:07:13 PM

Thanks for the info. I'll look into the MX-3 compound. Any other suggestions before I order?
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September 30, 2009 9:11:37 PM

Go with the full case, you will want the extra air flow with CF eventually. If you go with the mid tower, I would seriously look into a modular PSU. The investment is well worth it if you are trying to save on space and get good air flow.

Other than that, goodluck and nice build!
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September 30, 2009 9:55:43 PM

go with the dark knight or the scythe mugen 2 for those price ranges cause i heard bad things about V8 ...

The thing about D0 stepping...

basically D0 stepping processors run cooler and overclock better? i think ... but you shouldn't worry because most i7's sold nowadays are D0

And go with ragster's recommendations on the hard drives, 640gb black will be better and the samsung F3 is also better ... if that makes sense lol.

Other than that... looks good. Gonna be a beastly system with a 5870 w/ a 920 :p 

good luck
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September 30, 2009 10:02:01 PM

HAF 922 Dimensions: 22.2x10x19.7
HAF 932 Dimensions: 22.7x9x21.5

Depends on if you want wider or deeper. For huge CPU coolers the 922 may be better. If you are going to load up all the bays with drives, you may need the 932s depth for those long GPUs.
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October 1, 2009 12:37:07 AM

I had planned on getting a TB HD, then partitioning off part for the OS only. Am I better off doing 2 HD's, and just using one for the OS? Seems like I would have a lot of wasted space if I used one just for the OS.
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October 2, 2009 1:49:01 AM

One other thing, how do you know it's D0 stepping? Does it say on the box or something?
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