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My $1400ish i7 build

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September 30, 2009 8:31:07 AM

Hey all, thought I would post here and see what you all thought of my very long overdue build. So let me just say I am probably going a bit overkill on this build, I guess I just want something that will blow everything away for a while. I have been using my Inspiron 9300 with a 6800go as my gaming machine for over 4 years and well I think it is about time for a new computer. I have learned my lesson about buying a laptop for gaming and this thing is slowly dying on me, so I think it's time for something new.

I have built several computers but not any recently, probably 3-4 years ago was the last one I built and I have been spending the last 4-5 months trying to get myself caught up on technology, mainly by reading the forums here, I have learned a lot and hopefully I will know what I am doing now.

I am fortunate enough to have a Micro Center a few miles away so I picked up 920 for $199.99, so that is already purchased and you can't talk me out of getting one!

Anywho I ramble on too much, here is what I have put together so far, if you can find some way to lesson the cost at little or no expense to performance then hey I'm all for it!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Hopefully within the week
BUDGET RANGE: Around $1300-$1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, random Photoshop projects, future school work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like Newegg and Zipzoomfly, but any other one as long as they are reputable works for me.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd prefer to use the CPU I just bought haha

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not till I need to, and with the 5870 that shouldn't for a while.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am not totally sure if the case I chose would be good enough for what I am putting in there, but I was already over budget so I had to cut costs in a few places.

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CPU - Intel Core i7 920 (Already Purchased)
$216.49 (Tax Included)

Motherboard - ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99

RAM - OCZ OCZ3P1333LV6GK _ 6GB PC3-10666 (DDR3-1333) DDR3 Memory Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$121.99

Graphics Card - SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail

Power Supply - Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC "compatible with Core i7" Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$429.94 Combo Price

Case - ANTEC THREE HUNDRED Mid Chassis Black Mid Tower Case Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$61.99

Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

DVD-RW - SAMSUNG SH-S223B 22X SATA DVD Burner Black Drive Bulk
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$29.99

Heatsink - Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

Heatsink Compound - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$39.98 Combo Price

Wireless Card - BELKIN F5D7000 PCI Wireless G Desktop Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$16.99

Keyboard - Saitek Eclipse II Keyboard
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000H6AY6M/ref=s9_simz...
$45.99

Shipping Cost - $14.10

Total Cost - $1414.43








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September 30, 2009 9:13:41 AM

Nice build! :)  Only a few changes I can see on that build...two are obvious one though...the wireless card and case. You don't want a ghetto "G wireless" for a gaming rig...or any rig these days tbh. This one down below is about as good as it gets. That Antec 300 is way too small for two of those cards. The CM 690 would be the obvious choice for size, cooling, and your budget. btw great find on that psu/gpu combo. :sol: 

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 - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $34.99
EDIMAX EW-7728In IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 32bit PCI Wireless 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI Card Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates WEP 64/128, WPA, WPA2 Cisco CCX V1.0, V2.0 & V3.0 Compliance - Retail

And for memory...this down below is the same timing, yet you don't need to volt it as high in order to get those timings....better quality RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 Free Shipping*
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C7 G - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $136.99 Free Shipping*
mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998677 - Retail
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September 30, 2009 11:10:30 AM

I'm sorry but I think you should personally stay far away from the ASRock X58 board. Focus on a ASUS or EVGA board for a quality build, quality customer service and a quality warranty.
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September 30, 2009 12:06:50 PM

Thanks for the responses guys! The reason I went with a cheapo wireless card was simply because I only intend on using it for a month or two before I can switch over to wired, I personally hate wireless internet but in my situation currently I don't have much of a choice. I was also all set to get the CM-690 as well but up until...today I think newegg had free shipping on it and all the sudden they removed it so now it is about an extra 20 dollars, not trying to be cheap but I was already a bit over my budget on this, but the 300 is an inadequate case for my needs so I will spring a bit extra for a better case. And also I will go with the Corsair RAM you suggested, I totally forgot to check the voltage on the OCZ RAM and put it in my build without looking.

And also about the AsRock board, I have read several reviews on it (many of which were posted by Why_Me in various posts) and it seems as it has gotten nothing but praise so I didn't see any reason not to get it, and also AsRock is an Asus brand from everything I have read about them so it really seemed like an obvious choice to choose it, granted I'd love to get a really nice board but I can't stretch my budget much more then I already am.

Edit: Looks like I gotta take a trip back to Micro Center, they have the CM-690 for only $59.99!
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
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September 30, 2009 5:24:04 PM

Thanks, those are the reviews I was talking about :D 

I just realized I didn't list a monitor, well as of now my build has come to $1205.24, so I have roughly $200 to spend on a monitor, anyone have any suggestions? I was thinking something along the lines of one of these:

ASUS VW246H 24in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 1000:1 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...

SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 20000:1 (DC) w/ HDCP Support - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Not sure though, never used an Asus monitor before...but I got really impatient and ordered everything, which in the back of my mind I knew I would do, everything is the same as above except I switched out the case with the CM-690 which I just picked up at Micro Center for $59.99, I also got the DVD Burner there because it was $24.99, still the same one as in my list though, and I purchased this wireless network card as well:

BELKIN F5D8001 IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 32bit PCI N1 Wireless Desktop Card Up to 300Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$14.99

It was marked down from $84.99, it didn't get the best reviews, but I really never trusted newegg reviews to begin with, and heck if I can't get it to work, it's only $15, not a big deal. So overall looks like if I get that monitor I'm going to come in around $1420 for it all, a bit more then I wanted to spend but I think I am getting a killer system out of it that should last me a very long time =)
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September 30, 2009 10:37:24 PM

Well guess this will be the last update I need to post on this thread, I ordered the monitor, the final piece, I figured I was already over my $1400 budget so why not get a better monitor, so I purchased this one:

ASUS VW266H 25.5in Widescreen LCD Monitor 2ms 300 cd/m2 Glossy Black Retail
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$279.99

This is the one I had wanted from the beginning so I may as well just get it and be happy with the monitor, after all it is what I will be looking at all the time, and has a $30 MIR. So my total came to around $1500, which means I am going to have to be very frugal for a very long time, but it'll be worth it!
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October 1, 2009 2:11:54 AM

I was actually planning on building a very similar rig -- although I thinking the EVGA X58 Classified for the mobo. What I am stuck on is the GPU, after reading the 5850 review and the fact that nvidia's new GT300 "Fermi" was shown today, I'm kinda holding back. Let me know how this rig performs and what your final decisions are.
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October 1, 2009 4:11:03 AM

Well I have finalized everything and made my purchases, I would have liked to wait and see what nVidia had in store, but I really couldn't wait much longer, my laptop is just nearing it's end, the fact that it is still in as good of shape as it is in after 4 years of constant use being on almost all the time amazes me. I was all set to get a 5850 as well however the 60 dollar discount with getting the video card and power supply made getting a 5870 a lot cheaper for me. And as for the EVGA mobo...wow that is a nice motherboard, I would have loved to purchase something like that but then I would have had to go for a 4850 for the video card haha. Anyways here is the final list of what I ordered today, when it is all setup I will post how it is =)

CPU - Core i7 920
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$216.49 (Tax included)

Motherboard - AsRock X58 Extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$169.99

RAM - Corsair XMS3 6GB DDR3 1333 7-7-7-20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$129.99

GPU - Sapphire HD5870 1GB
PSU - Antec TruePower New TP-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$429.94 Combo Price

Case - Cooler Master CM-690
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
$64.94 (Tax Included)

Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$49.99

DVD-RW - Samsung S223B 22x DVD-RW
Purchased from Micro Center, doesn't seem to have a link for it.
$27.05 (Tax Included)

Monitor - Asus VW266H 25.5in 1920x1200 Monitor
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
$279.99 ($249.99 After MiR)

Heatsink - Scythe Mugen-2
Heatsink Compound - Arctic Silver 5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$39.98 Combo Price

Wireless Card - Belkin 802.11n PCI Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$14.99

Keyboard - Saitek Eclipse II
http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-Eclipse-II-Keyboard-PK02AU...
$45.99

Shipping - $15.89
Total Before MiR - $1485.23
Total After MiR - $1455.23

And that is the absolute final build, already ordered, hope it helps out in yours or someone elses future build, now I gotta stop typing, it's hurting my hands!
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October 1, 2009 4:19:59 AM

+1 for that build. That is probably the best sub $1,500 build I have seen to date. To get as much as you did on that budget is a master piece. :) 
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October 1, 2009 9:27:21 AM

Why_Me said:
+1 for that build. That is probably the best sub $1,500 build I have seen to date. To get as much as you did on that budget is a master piece. :) 


Thanks! I did months of research, a lot of which were on the forums, piecing together what I wanted to do and such, took a lot of work but I am glad it is paying off...and also I did have a fair bit of luck on my side when it came to combos and prices and whatnot :D 
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