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October 24, 2009 10:50:41 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: October 30, 09

BUDGET RANGE: $1,500 - $1,700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Running Linux/windows 7, email, MS office, school work, web surfing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor Samsung SyncMaster T220 (already have this don’t plan on upgrading until another year or so), speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Tiger Direct.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Good quality and performance.

OVERCLOCKING: No…probably later on down the line.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually crossfire…but for now just one GPU but will get another eventually.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: What I’m thinking of getting so far, any help or recommendation would be greatly appreciated as I’m a first time builder. I would also like to know where I can shave down my price to a final $1,500-1,700 since I’m already over budget.


CPU : Intel i7-920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mobo : ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU : CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case : Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU : Not sure what brand (XFX, SAPPHIRE, HIS?) Radeon HD 5870…just one for now but will upgrade to a crossfire setup somewhere down the line when I have the cash.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
OS : Windows 7 Pro…should I go for 32bit or 64…or? I also will be running Fedora 11 a lot.

RAM : Open to better suggestions was going to go with…CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD : Haven’t decided yet…suggestions please!!

Optical drive : CD/DVD burning ext…help!

CPU Fan : Help…or anything I will need to keep everything nice and cool.

Mouse and keyboard : Suggestions please! Not a big deal because I have a standard mouse and keyboard. But will definitely get new ones eventually.

ANYTHING MISSING : ?

:bounce:  : I’m completely open to suggestion or advice on everything from top to bottom (combo deals too)! And like I said I need to stay within a $1,500-1,700 budget which I’m sure is already over. And quality is the key for me so I’m much rather pay for what I get! Really didn’t want to cheap out on anything important. Thanks all! I really need some help thanks again.

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October 24, 2009 11:01:21 PM

Welcome to the forum.

This RAM is really nice
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as is this HDD (or the 1tb version)
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD
LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

just a tip, with that monitor, a 5870 is an overkill.
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October 24, 2009 11:09:42 PM

For the HDD, fastest at the moment is the spinpoint f3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... there is also a 1tb version if needed.

All of the video card brands build to ATI specs so they are all the same only varies in time of warranty, I think XFX and HIS are both lifetime warranty.

Here is the cooler you will want if you will overclock later without extremely high clock http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the cd/dvd burners are pretty much the same just make sure to get one a sata one, heres a good one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The rest looks fine def 64 Win 7, both 32 and 64 bit come on the Win 7 disc though.
A good way to get it under budget would be to go with a Core i5 the processor is almost $100 cheaper and the board is close to $200 for a nice one. The Core i5 is matched if not faster than the i7 as seen in this review http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i5,2410....

Core i5 1156 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1156 Mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 24, 2009 11:50:17 PM

Thank you jbakerlent! As for the 5870...what would you recommend I will be using it for gaming often but not extreme? And like I said I will probably up grade the monitor eventually or just setup so I will be using my T.V. when I get an new one!

And thank you Sonic-Boom! The life time warranty is the way to go! The reason I was going with a i7 over the i5 was so I could upgrade down the line...but I am reading up on it. What are your thoughts on going with the i7 for upgrade reasons?

Also, I would like to ask both of you your personal opinion on my build any advice we be much appreciated! Thanks!
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October 24, 2009 11:58:25 PM

I'd just get a 5850, but if you can afford it an plan on upgrading the monitor soon then a 5870. The XFX is actually a double lifetime warranty btw. I generally recommend P55 over X58 for price reasons, and because I personally don't upgrade too much, I build cheaper builds more often.
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October 25, 2009 12:14:06 AM

Cool. So if I go with a P55 over the X58, which mobo would compare to the one I have selected now...but P55. And go with an i5-750...which you think would be the best way to go, right? Thanks again!
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October 25, 2009 12:14:43 AM

The ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel reviews/customer responses really make me nervous :??:  ...is there anything better?? Just curious...and now I'm unsure on which I really thought the 5870 or 5850 was a good choice. Especially If I were to upgrade to a better monitor...
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October 25, 2009 12:29:08 AM

Awsome! Thanks guys!!!!! Your information was extremely useful and accurate jbakerlent! And I think I like the ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX a little better thanks Sonic-Boom! I really appreciate all of your advice I am going to read up on everything and I will be back to let you see my final design! I truly appreciate all your help! One more quick question is PSU over kill for the new setup using 860 and 5850 or 5770 and everything else?
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October 25, 2009 12:30:10 AM

But If I were to go with an X58...the only reason you would suggest a P55 would be for price reasons, correct?
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October 25, 2009 12:33:06 AM

Here's a simple explanation of why I prefer 1156/P55:

1. 860's frequency is higher
2. 860's turbo mode is far greater
3. 860's TDP is far lower
4. 860's intel specified supported ram frequency is higher
5. 860's overall price is far lower
6. Initial very high price of gulftown cpus
7. Lack of need for 16x/16x crossfire
8. Limited/nonexistent benefit of triple channel for your uses
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October 25, 2009 12:39:56 AM

Not if you plan on crossfiring.
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October 25, 2009 12:41:38 AM

Ok, so If I were to go with the i7-860 I would like to get your opinion for the good solid if not best:
RAM
Mobo

And what else would I have to change from my original setup idea (PSU, case, ext)...thank you for all your help.
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October 25, 2009 12:49:01 AM

Thanks for the review! I will read it now...and thanks for not making things up :D 
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October 25, 2009 12:55:40 AM

Completely agree with jbakerlent aswell, as far as the video card, you could look at the 5770 with way cheaper price but still nice performance and dx11. The 5770 would be the best option for that build for budget reasons and price/performance ratio.
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October 27, 2009 1:12:49 AM

Okay, so this is what I got lined up now. Look good? Think Im going with the HD 5850...and is the CPU fan good enough? Thanks for a ll the help. :) 



Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRH - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

???? Advice on the card please
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October 27, 2009 2:08:16 AM

I'd save some money on the mobo and get the 5850.
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October 27, 2009 2:30:23 AM

Anything else you can think of? I'm going to order tomorrow or the following day! :) 
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