New i7 Build - Need Advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In 2-3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1300/$1400 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, gaming, MS Office

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Microcenter

PARTS PREFERENCES: n/a

OVERCLOCKING: Not in the beginning/ Eventually Yes in the future (Most concerned with having a stable system)

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 2048 by 1152

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Major preferences in order of importance 1.Stable 2.Fast 3.Quiet 4.Everything Else)


I was totally set on the following setup, but the whole Foxconn socket pin contact/burning issue made me think if i should go for a i7 920 - 1366 setup.

Any feedback is welcome. Thanx in advance.


Intel Core i7 860 Processor
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317378

Asus P7P55D Socket 1156 P55 ATX Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317309

EVGA e-GeForce GTX 275 896MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 Graphics Card
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0309888

Corsair Memory TX 650 Watt ATX Power Supply
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0273361

Corsair Memory XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL8 Memory Kit
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0317422

OS Drive > OCZ Technology Vertex Series 2.5" 120GB SATA II Solid State Drive
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0304106

Storage Drive > I need some ideas for $50-$60, 500GB, 7200rpm, no western digital

CD/DVD Drive > something for $30

CPU Cooler > need something for around $30

Case > Mid Tower - Black - $50-$80 - Conservative design (no lights, etc.)
What do you think about:

Antec Sonata Elite ATX Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0306000

Cooler Master Centurion 590 ATX Mid Tower
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0282871

Antec Three Hundred ATX Case
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0283272


Feel free to suggest anything. I am pretty much open minded. Thank you again.
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  1. I know you like microcenter, but I'm going to throw in a few newegg links here.

    I'd drop the gtx 275 for a 4890. Better card and better price.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102841&cm_re=4890-_-14-102-841-_-Product

    DVD drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187

    Artic freezer CPU cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0319752

    Cooler master cm690 case
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0265143

    What do you got against western digital drives?
  2. Thank you, aford10.

    I am not sure about the 4890. I probably need some more persuasion since i had good experience with evga products in the past but I am not married to the gtx 275 either.

    Dvd drive and cooler look good.

    The cm690 case almost made it to the above shortlist so i definitely will take a look at it.

    Since two different Western Digital drives died on me few years ago i only have been using Maxtor and Seagate.
  3. The Samsung drive looks good. It looks like i will order at least that from Newegg.

    Thanx
  4. The samsung is one of the fastest 7200rpm drives available.
  5. Here is that Cooler Master 690 case with a 640gb harddrive combo:
    $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.273732

    For a good decent cooler that performs:
    Hyper 212+
    http://www.provantage.com/cooler-master-rr-b10-212p-gp~7COOL077.htm

    Really can't beat the price/performace of that cooler.
  6. The OP already stated he didn't want any WD hard drives. Though, it is a great deal and a very good drive.
  7. OK

    I made the following changes so far:

    I decided to go with 5850 instead of gtx 275 (I just have to find one at below $300)


    OCZ vertex prices skyrocketed within the past week or so so now i am thinking maybe about:

    crucial 128 GB SSD

    or

    for now one intel x25-m G2 80GB and eventually later another one to be added in RAID 0 when prices come down

    what do you think?
  8. Get the X-25M, they are popular and very good. A good storage drive is a samsung spinpoint...very fast! Western Digital are amazing but i guess you had some bad luck so no big deal. Since you don't want crossfire, then a 550Watt quality PSU or a 600watt will be good. If the price difference is tiny then don't worry about it.
  9. I'd recommend against counting on being able to get an identical drive down the road for RAID0. Chances are, there will be a different model with different firmware out by the time you are ready to get a second drive. I'd suggest just getting the performance you want now and not worrying about it until the next generation comes out.

    Also, TRIM and SMART are issues with SSDs in RAID. You don't want to exclude yourself from TRIM after you've done a lot of writes to the device.
  10. After reading additional reviews, I made the following changes to my setup:

    1. I definitely want crossfire with 2 5850's

    2. I will go with a I7 920 - X58 combo

    3. I will overclock the 920 to 3.3~3.6mhz


    Therefore, I have the following questions:

    1. Will a CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX power supply going to be enough or do you suggest something else with better quality, lower noise etc.?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006


    2. Which x58 motherboard do you suggest with 2 PCI Express x16 slots and enough room for 2 5850's as well as easy and stable overclockability of the 920?

    What dou you think about:

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365&cm_re=ASUS_P6T-_-13-131-365-_-Product

    or

    EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046
  11. A corsair 750TX will be more then enough. And for the same price as the P6T Deluxe v2 you can get a P6TD which is a newer version of the deluxe v2 :)
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