First Build: i920 Gaming PC (Please Rate)

Long time reader, but first time posting. :D
Was wondering if you guys could rate this build before I purchase it. This is meant primarily for gaming, but will also be using it for school and some photoshop projects. Lots of multi-tasking. I plan on using Windows 7 Profession since I got two free copies from my university back in August.


BUDGET RANGE: below 1400 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy Gaming, photoshop, programming, movies, surfing, homework, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, Window 7 Professional





ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm want to do most of the ordering from Amazon because there's no tax and everything but the heat sink has free shipping. Most of the prices listed are from amazon, not newegg. Only thing I plan on buying off of newegg as of right now is the harddrive. If you guys see any ways of cutting costs I would be glad to hear it but I'm pretty set on these parts. Oh and quiet would be nice. =P


Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail --- $199 (Microcenter)

ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail --- $212.99

CPU Cooler
Cogage True Spirit CPU Cooler by Thermalright 1366 Cooler --- $37.95

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail --- $129

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 - Retail --- $259.99

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 - Retail --- $79.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" - Retail --- $79.99

DVD Drive
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - Retail --- $30.99

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail --- $119.95

ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail --- $199.99

Total = $1350 ish
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  1. The main reason to get X58 is for crossfire/SLI. I would say a "maybe" is probably not enough reason to go that route.

    A good P55 board would still leave that option available:

    Check out this great deal on a case and HD... CM 690 is a wonderful case with more room for long cards. Spend the extra money on fans to supplement the three already included if you like.
  2. The thing is, price wise that combo deal is pretty much the same as the i920 route. I also wanted to go the x58 route for future proofing. I only put maybe because I don't see myself doing crossfire until like 1-2 years from now, but when that time comes I'm almost 100% sure I'll be getting another 5850. Guess I should change it to Yes haha. As for the case, I just like it for the aesthetics, since I'll be looking at it everyday lol.
  3. avoid the ocz gold ddr3 ram. only had headaches with it. pay more and get some mushkin or g.skill @ 1600mhz+

    I would get a more powerful PSU as well, like 850w, to make it x-fire proof
  4. ony reason you going for the rampage board?
  5. No reason, i've just heard good things about that micro board. Plus it was in the range of what i wanted to pay for a mobo
  6. The OCZ RAM should be fine, OCZ is a favorite around here and this pair looks to be no different. Although that 650W PSU has enough juice to power two GPUs, it doesn't have enough connectors (4 required) so upgrade to a 750W one.

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
  7. I ust built this:

    Intel core i7 920 @2.66Ghz DO batch A steeping
    AsRock x58 Extreme motherboard
    3x2Gb OCZ Gold DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz Cas 8 Timings: 8-8-8-24 @1.65v
    Sapphire Radeon HD 5870
    Corsair HX850 PSU
    Xigmatech Dark Knight CPU Cooler
    2x WD Caviar Black 640Gb HDD
    Samsung CD/DVD burner
    Antec 902 case
    Samsung 2333 1920x1080 23” 5ns LCD

    for $1590 minus the monitor. I am a first time builder and learned a great deal from the fine folks on these very forums. I agree the OZC RAM should be fine. People are going to have problems with any component sometimes. I have had no trouble with my three sticks so far. I also agree with the idea of going for an 850 watt power supply, better to have more than you need than stressing out an underpowered unit. If you can swing it the 5870 might be a better idea so that in 1-2 years when you do add the second card at least you will have gotten the best that was out when you built the system and maybe it won't be quite so outdated. That's my plan anyway. As for the motherboard, I opted for the AsRock to save a few bucks. It has gotten good reviews and I have had no trouble with it at all. Hope this helps.
  8. @jbakerlent
    hmm i'm liking that power supply you recommended lol

    just curious, how high was your AsRock able to overclock?
  9. Not sure yet, I might go into overclocking today. I have read at least 3.6 to 3.8Ghz, not sure beyond that.
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