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mATX Corei7 860 Build $872.97

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October 28, 2009 12:42:13 AM

How does this look for a multi-purpose machine? I'll probably do some gaming on it mostly strategy.

Case: Coolmaster Elite 342 $50.00
Processor: Intel i7 860 $229.00
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 $109.00
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) $160.00
Video Card: Radeon HD 5770 $159.00
Hard Drive: Western Digital 640GB 7200rpm $74.99
Power Supply: StealthXstream 600 Watt ATX 12V Power Supply $79.99
DVD: Drive SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD R 8X DVD RW $30.99
Total Price: $892.97

10-28-09
Updated Power supply and corrected processor number.
October 28, 2009 12:47:58 AM

Just a nickname said:
errrr....


could you elaborate?


It seems good, but I have never heard of core i7 840
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October 28, 2009 12:52:15 AM

Overkill on the amount of RAM, no program will use 4GB let alone 8GB. You would be better off going with 4GB and getting better timings. Take a look at the one below for $115 and take the savings and put in a better PSU or the UD3 motherboard.

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...
October 28, 2009 11:20:59 AM

Thanks for everyones feedback.

Any recommendations on a good monitor ranging from 21' to 23' inches in size? I would like good ergonomic settings on it.


Note: I was orginally going to purchase a Velocity Micro system but their price went up after Win 7 was released. :( 
October 28, 2009 9:24:37 PM

You should go with a i5-750 instead of the i7-860 and use the saved money to get a 5850 instead of the 5770. With that configuration, you'll be able to play whatever you want at a resolution of 1920x1200.

Combo Deal Details i5-750 & GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P retail:$344.98
ATI radeon 5850 (you'll have to wait for new stock)
retail:$279.99
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
retail:$114.99
Samsung f3
retail:$79.99

I don't know if you want to overclock or put an other video card later. I don't know if you prefer having a bluray. We need to know that before choosing a case/PSU. You have to count a good $150 for these composants.

I like this monitor
October 31, 2009 1:17:40 PM

Ok I'm totally switching things up. I'm planning to keep this system 6+ years so I've spiced things up. How does it look now?


Case: Lian Li PC-A03B $84.99 svc.com
Processor: core i5 750 $150.00 Microcenter
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 $109.00 Microcenter
memory: OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $90.99 NewEgg
Video Card: Radeon HD 5770 $159.00 NewEgg
Harddrive: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB $69.99 NewEgg
SSD Harddrive: Kingston's Intel G2 SSD 40GB $85.00 NewEgg
Power Supply: OCZ Z-Series OCZZ550 550W $99.99 NewEgg
DVD Drive: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $30.99 NewEgg
TV Tuner: Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 $129.99 NewEgg
O/S Windows 7 Pro Priceless
Total $1,009.94
October 31, 2009 4:50:52 PM

SSD have a life of 5 years, so good luck for the hypothetic 6+ years.
And you really don't need a SSD

October 31, 2009 5:13:23 PM

Just a nickname said:
SSD have a life of 5 years, so good luck for the hypothetic 6+ years.

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