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October 19, 2009 2:14:06 AM

Hi,

I'm going to do a Core i7-860 build soon. I've built systems before and I mostly need advice on RAM and the PSU.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next couple of days

BUDGET RANGE:
computer: $800 - $1300
monitor: $300 - $400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: programming and virtualization (on linux, everything else on Windows 7), Photoshop, music (software synths and recording with a 8-input PCI card I have), web surfing, watching videos (hulu, etc..., no bluray), no gaming whatsoever

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: dvd burner, keyboard, speakers, OS, sound card (integrated is fine), video card (I have a Radeon 4650 which I'll use)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: usa

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Core i7-860 (might be overkill, but I want this to last a while and you never know what I might be into later. Not interested in the i5-750)
24" non wide-color-gamut monitor at least 1920x1080, preferably 1920x1200
At least 4GB of ram, could be persuaded to get more
It's possible I might use Firewire in the future

OVERCLOCKING: probably not

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd really like it to be quiet

Here's what I've picked out:
CPU
Core i7-860 $290

MOBO
Asus P7P55D $150
or
Gigabyte GA-P55-UD3R $140

For what I need these don't seem that different and are practically the same price. I'm leaning toward the Asus because a review said the Gigabyte boards had slower SATA read burst speeds, not sure if that makes a practical difference, though.

HDD
Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB $55

CASE
Antec P183 $140
Newegg reviews said this is a fairly quiet case

Total: $635


How does that sound? Any reason to pick one mobo over the other? For the PSU, could I get away with 450w? What's a good quality brand that's also quiet? Also, can anybody recommend some RAM?

Thanks!

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October 19, 2009 3:49:46 AM

Even if you're not planning to overclock, I'd suggest waiting until Intel's worked out the 1156 socket issues: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/budget-p55-motherbo...

Apparently there are some issues with how the CPU seats on the socket, potentially causing burns and fatal damage to the processor and the mobo. If you're planning to get an 860 why not just for for the i7 920 instead?
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October 19, 2009 3:55:02 AM

A bit over your monitor budget but with some very nice features: DELL ULTRASHARP 2408WFP
1920x1200 value added features include portrait mode, USB and media card reader.
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October 19, 2009 5:45:23 AM

Thanks for your suggestions guys, I really appreciate it. From what I've been reading, it seems the 920 beats the 860 only when you overclock it. I'm probably not up to learning cooling and overclocking fundamentals, so I'll probably end up waiting until this issue with the 1156 socket is resolved, or more is known about it.

Thanks again!
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