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October 26, 2009 4:57:26 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, casual home video editing and burning, quicken, web, ms-office

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (new system, need peripherals too but haven’t spec’d a mouse or keyboard yet)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: none

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

BUILD SO FAR:
Intel core i7 920 2.66 Ghz $ 289
Asrock x58 extreme
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$ 170
(2) XFX HD-487A-ZWFC Radeon HD 4870 1GB (crossfire)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 290
Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 126
Cooler Master CM690 + WD Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB (newegg combo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$ 100
Thermaltake W0106RU 700W (newegg combo with XFX Radeon boards)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
$ 30
LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 210
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$ 30
windows 7 professional full license $ 130


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Not Sure

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like case that has good gaming performance, quiet, no more than 23” deep, and does not look ugly when doors are shut. I want future expandability with the MOBO and case, and decent performance when video editing and burning, hence why I went with X58 chipset.

QUESTIONS: :hello: 
Should I get a CPU cooler or radiator system that allows for GPU cooling first?
Will I need Windows 7 Professional to play 32bit XP games or can I use Windows 7 Home?
Should I get a second WD Caviar and do Raid 1 for redundancy or get an eSata drive for backup?
Should I get an SSD Drive? Does the CM 690 handle a 2.5” SSD?
Any better case near that price range?

October 26, 2009 5:04:31 AM

Welcome to the forum. I personally would get a 1156 setup, but here's a nice 1366 one just the same.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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...

ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported
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
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...

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...

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

DELL S2409W 24" Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor
http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Monitors/pr...

Yes, I would get a HSF for the CPU and overclock a bit.
You'll want 64bit, but Home Premium is fine.
eSata.
You could, but I wouldn't. Yes.
See the link in my sig, for more cases.

Feel free to ask any question you might have.
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