First build - here's my list. Thoughts appreciated


BUDGET RANGE: $1500 - ish After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, video editing, Surfing, networking

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, OS, keyboard & mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg or other reputable site.





MONITOR RESOLUTION: I will be using my Sony 40” 1080p 120hz tv as a monitor.

Here’s my list. What do you think? Everything is from New Egg.

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Item #: N82E16811129021

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188039

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... Item #: N82E16817139006

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail Item #: N82E16819115202

XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail Item #: N82E16835233029

SILVERSTONE FM121-B 120mm Case Fan - Retail Item #: N82E16835220014

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive Item #: N82E16822136319

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996601 - Retail Item #: N82E16820146777

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030

SABRENT CRW-UINB 68-in-1 USB 2.0 Internal Card Reader w/ USB 2.0 Port supports SDHC/VISTA - Retail Item #: N82E16820300608

I am getting a pair of GeForce 8700’s from my brother for the time being but, will upgrade sometime next year (GTX 3XX)

I have never built a computer before and am really looking forward to it. However I am afraid in my enthusiasm my ignorance will get the best of me. I’m not sure if I need any controller cards. I have multiple external HDD’s I would like to incorporate into this build for storage. A couple of them are 4-5 years old but I don’t want them to go to waste. Will I need adapter cables to remove them from their cases and put them in the tower? Any thoughts on part selection or compatibility is GREATLY appreciated. I am hoping to place the order by Oct 29-30. Any additional parts you may think a good idea are welcome too. So far this bill is only $1,090 before mail in rebates. That is $500 below budget. Thank you for your input.
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    I would get this for a heatsink It is the best air cooler on the market.

    Also, If you plan on having 3 videocards, I'd get a bigger power supply. Nvidia cards
    draw a lot of power. Get the 850 or the 1000 just to be safe.

    Also, that's the wrong kind of ram. The voltage is too high. i7s can only hand up to 1.65V and they should
    really be triple channel ram
    I have these right now a love them Muskin Redline
    or if you want the Blackline these
    are killer (6-6-6-18 timings) or for slightly looser timings but higher freq.

    For the extra hdds you have laying around, are they IDE or SATA? If they're IDE, I'd say get rid of them or get an external storage for them.
    I hate IDE ribbon cables. The mess up Air Flow in your case. If they're SATA, I'd say just get some right angle SATA cables. It would look nicer
    in your case.

    I have the Antec 900 case and it's awesome. But there's also the Antec 902. That case even better. I'd say if you're still under budget, get
    the Antec 902 or 1200. The Antec 902 has dust filters on the front and side, which the 900
    does not have. And it's painted all black, which looks sweet. What I'm trying to say is, get the 902
  2. Thank you masterasia. I have already switched to this Ram:

    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

    only planning on 2 vid cards but you never know. I was already considering moving up to the 850.
    Sadly the x-tra HDD's are Ide. I am a mizer sometimes ans I just hate to toss good stuff. Will install Sata only as per your advice.

    I know about the dust filters and decided, because I'm not too keen on LED's, I could come up with a filter that blocks the lights (if I can't turn them off) and filter dust. I was torn between the 900 and the 902 after deciding against the 1200. I went for the front ports and dimensions on the 900. I am not a hardcore gamer but when I do play I really like it to be smooth with decent frame rates.
  3. If you don't like the LEDs...
    Option 1: Swap the fans. Antec fans uses molex connectors which I hate
    Option 2. Cut the LEDs out

    FYI: The Big Boy 200mm fan on top is proprietary.

    Another Suggestion:
    On my Antec 900, I cut a hole down near the bottom to route my power
    cables to the back for good cable management. Looks very clean and improves air flow.
  4. I was thinking option 2. Blue light up isn't so bad. Think I'll order today. Thanks.
  5. You can use the excuse that you get less dust in it when its not on the floor, but a well cabled Antec 900 is a piece of art that belongs on the desk not under it. ;)
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