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December 24, 2009 9:52:42 AM

Here is a rundown of the desktop I am going to buy this week... Before I make my final decision, can you guys make any suggestions for better parts?

As for the monitor, I am deciding between Dell 2408WFP ultrasharp, Samsung 2443bw, T240

Also, do you guys recommend a cpu heatsink cooler solution for this setup? or will the fans of the Antec 902 case be enough?

1 x Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
1 x Please Use The Heatsink Included with My CPU -NOT Available with OEM Processors
1 x ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
1 x Corsair XMS3 Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
1 x GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 576MHZ 896MB GDDR3 1.998GHZ PCI-E Dual DVI-I
This video card is available only as part of a pre-build NCIX PC system.
1 x Antec Nine Hundred Two Mid Tower Gamer Case 902 ATX 9 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 eSATA Audio
1 x Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan
1 x Microsoft Office Ready 2007 SP1 60 Day Trial - Free with New NCIX or Nx Fusion PC Purchase
1 x Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
1 x Samsung SH-S223C 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM
1 x Please Use The Onboard Sound Card Integrated On My Motherboard
1 x Please Use The Onboard Network Ethernet Card Integrated On My Motherboard
1 x PC Assembly and Testing with 1 Year Limited NCIX System Warranty (PRE-CONFIG WIN. OS If Purchased)

Might choose one of the HD5000 series over the GTX260

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December 24, 2009 12:05:39 PM

The build looks OK.

If you were looking to save some money, there are memory kits with the same/similar specs for far less. If that's not a problem, that kit is a nice one, just pricey.

The rest looks good.

If it were me, I would get the Asus P6X58D for a little more - adds new SATA and USB (3.0) to the board.

I'd also buy the parts and build it myself to save the money and enjoy the experience, but to each his own.

I'd go for the 58xx series of card myself, but that's up to you. I think you'd get better value that way.
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December 24, 2009 12:08:58 PM

I would wager that 95% of the people here who run i7-920s have aftermarket coolers sitting on top of them... I would consider that money well spent. A good cooler should be quieter than that Intel unit and would provide cooler temps that allow for higher overclocks.

I would consider a larger case unless you specifically went with that case for cost reasons. Video cards are getting longer and longer (ATI 5870/5970 for example) and that could become an issue at some point.
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December 24, 2009 2:27:28 PM

+1 Rodney - the new cards are long and the old mid-towers are not able to fit them as easily.
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December 24, 2009 3:23:28 PM

+1 larger case: CM690, HAF922 or HAF932
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December 25, 2009 8:53:35 AM

Do you guys think the 750 is enough or should I go for 850 or even a 1000?
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December 25, 2009 9:06:28 AM

It depends on your location. In US? near a Microcenter?
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December 25, 2009 9:08:46 AM

I meant the Power supply...

Also, the salesman believes that the 902 can even fit a HD5890 later on. Is this bs?
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December 25, 2009 9:14:42 AM

As for the RAM, those are $280. Will the rest of my setup be good enough to support the full capacity of those rams?
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December 25, 2009 9:20:11 AM

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I meant the Power supply...

A decent 600W is MORE THAN ENOUGH, 750W is a totally waste. BTW, even 2xHD5850 in CF require merely 600W.
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Also, the salesman believes that the 902 can even fit a HD5890 later on. Is this bs?

Totally BS. Even with Antec 1200, it would require you removing one HDD cadge to fit in a HD5890.
Why don't you consider HAF922 instead? It is cheaper, bigger and quieter than 1200.
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As for the RAM, those are $280. Will the rest of my setup be good enough to support the full capacity of those rams?

Yes
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December 25, 2009 9:21:54 AM

If I am getting HD5870 (probably something lower/smaller) 902 is perfect for that setup?
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December 25, 2009 9:26:19 AM

Btw to add on to that setup I will be getting a Noctua NH-U12P heatsink (since people say heatsink is so necessary with the Core i7).

On average having tens of windows in browsers, msn, HD movie playing, multiple word/excel/powerpoint, youtube, photoshop...what kind of temperatures can I expect with and without that heatsink?

What temps while playing MW2? Crysis?

You guys are free to suggest different heatsinks

Thank you and I will be finally placing an order for the setup on boxing day
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December 25, 2009 9:32:39 AM

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If I am getting HD5870 (probably something lower/smaller) 902 is perfect for that setup?

You might still have to remove one HDD cadge to fit in a HD5870 with 902. HAF922 is cheaper and quieter than 902 and even bigger than 1200.

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Btw to add on to that setup I will be getting a Noctua NH-U12P heatsink (since people say heatsink is so necessary with the Core i7).

On average having tens of windows in browsers, msn, HD movie playing, multiple word/excel/powerpoint, youtube, photoshop...what kind of temperatures can I expect with and without that heatsink?

What temps while playing MW2? Crysis?

You guys are free to suggest different heatsinks

Thank you and I will be finally placing an order for the setup on boxing day

Noctua is much more overpriced than Prolimatech Megahalems and it's not that good.

The Scythe Mugen II is ranked as the 2nd and very cheap at Newegg.
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December 25, 2009 9:35:02 AM

By the way, CM690 is also a good choice(actually the best bang for the buck). Its cooling performance is good and so as its looking.
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December 25, 2009 9:36:02 AM

Well the Noctua is on sale for Boxing day at 29.99. Is that a deal? Original is 79.99
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December 25, 2009 9:43:53 AM

tl9015 said:
Well the Noctua is on sale for Boxing day at 29.99. Is that a deal? Original is 79.99

Scythe Mugen II
Price($34.99): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Performance: 2nd

It seems that you focus more on the looking than the performance based on your choices of case and HSF.

Noctua is fine if you only want to OC your CPU to 3.6GHz or less.
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December 25, 2009 9:45:16 AM

I probably won't be overclocking at all for a while. Do you still advise a heatsink?
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December 25, 2009 10:00:51 AM

Then just use your stock HSF. The i7-9xx stock HSF is actually very good even for 3.2GHz
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