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Any thoughts about this LGA 1366 build? (And a couple of questions)

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October 19, 2009 10:20:00 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early November
BUDGET RANGE: ~ $1300 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Excel, Internet Surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com & bestbuy.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU and probably going to try ATI for graphics (will be first time I buy an ATI card vs Nvidia)

OVERCLOCKING: Probably Not, but may later in life
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: A single raedon 5870 to start with, but want possibility to throw in another in crossfire down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm mainly just looking for general thoughts about this build, and if there are any suggestions on things to change slightly. I'm going with lga 1366 so I can have the option to upgrade the CPU later without having to change the motherboard. My current build is a p4 3ghz, Geforce 7800gs, a system that I have had for umm, quite awhile, so I'm sure anything will be a huge upgrade ;) 

A couple of questions: Is there any reason I would not be able to throw in another 5870 in a year or two? Will two 5870s fit in this case? Also, I am undecided on a motherboard

But here is the build I've settled on right now:
CPU: Intel Core i7-920: 2.66GHz I kind of wanted to go with a Lynnfield but wanted 1366 for upgrade in the future ~ $280

Motherboard: Kind of at a loss on this one. Just seems to be quite a selection to choose from. Any I would buy would have to support triple channel, at least DDR 1333 with 6 slots. Onboard audio & LAN. Looking to spend about ~ $240

Memory: Large selection here too and I'm not sure what to go with. Looking for 6GB(3x2GB) DDR3 1333 or higher ~ $150

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC ~ $100

Powersupply: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX I went with 850 W for if I go with Crossfire later on. Or is 850 W still too much? ~ $200

Video: Raedon 5870 I also haven't chosen a brand for this. Any suggestions, or ones to stay away from? And hopefully this price will be lower by the time early November rolls around ~ $390

Harddrive: WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" ~ $75

DVD Burner: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner ~ $31

Any general thoughts on this? Or improvement suggestions? Or floggings in general? :p  Thanks for your time and reading :) 
October 19, 2009 10:39:25 PM

Thanks for the combo find! I had forgotten to look for combos, so hopefully that will save me a bit more. And sorry that I forgot to mention the OS. Thankfully I have access to an email account for a university, so I was able to snag a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64bit that will be waiting on me after the 22nd.
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October 20, 2009 12:27:07 AM

I have the Western Digital Caviar Black 640 GB and it's pretty great, but the benchmarks for the Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB and 500 GB show that those drives are even faster with single 500 GB platters. Review here: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/storage/2009/10/06/sam...

Also, two 5870s in crossfire might be overkill on a 1680 x 1050 monitor unless you plan on upgrading the monitor later, but yeah you probably are.

As for memory, these OCZ triple channel platinums are reasonably priced and perform very well (I have them): http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-OCZ3G1600LV6GK-PC3-12800-Trip...





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October 21, 2009 12:30:24 AM

Yeah, a monitor upgrade may come into play later down the road if I decided to do crossfire with two 5870s :) 

Thanks for the memory suggestion!
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