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Opinion of a I7 860 build I put together?

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October 31, 2009 12:52:22 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $2000ish After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Games, AutoCAD, surfing the internet)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Speakers, mouse, keyboard)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (newegg.com)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: (USA)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type ( I would like to use an Intel CPU & Asus mobo)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but probably not.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ( see Questions)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

I have everything good to go but just wanted you guys to take a look and see if there is anything I can improve on and possibly help me pick out a monitor.

I really don't need to future proof since I normally buy everything new again after 3-4 years and give my old system to my kids to mess around with.


Questions:

1.) Is the ram I picked out any good or can I improve on it a bit?

2.) Will a HD 5870 fit in that case?

3.) Whats is a good 24-25 " gaming monitor resolution?....I won't use the system for movies.



Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor ($289.99)


COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-GP 120mm ($29.99)


ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard ($169.99)


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-4GBRM ($94.99)


CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply ($159.99)


Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($109.95)

(Boot Drive) Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2C1 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) ($289.00)
ORDERED


(Data Drive) SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive ($79.99)


Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity ($389.99) ORDERED


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders ($106.99)


ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound ($7.98)



Thanks for all your help in advance! :D 

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October 31, 2009 1:35:06 AM

A 5870 really won't fit in an Antec 900 case?
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October 31, 2009 1:39:10 AM

I don't think it will, but as it is a 900 case, or 902 you may just push the hard drive cases foward a little but i think it's better to go with a bigger case that will give you more space
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October 31, 2009 12:08:28 PM

dmcfc said:
I would change just three things, Besides the i7 860 go for the i7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and I would go with a antec 1200, because the 5870 won't fit on a 902
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the reply.

The reason I went with the 860 was because I don't plan on overclocking it nor running anything in SLI/Crossfire. I also really don't care about upgrading to the next chip set since I just buy everything new again when I upgrade.

Is there something that I missed when reading about the differences between the 2 chips that I would be better served getting the 920?

I will look into the larger case. I really wanted to stay away from a huge full tower if I could. (lack of space where I put it)
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November 3, 2009 5:51:26 PM

Just a bump to see if anybody else could offer suggestions before I order rest of parts.

Also, can anybody else confirm that I need the full tower to fit that 5970?
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November 14, 2009 8:13:31 AM

Kizmit said:
Just a bump to see if anybody else could offer suggestions before I order rest of parts.

Also, can anybody else confirm that I need the full tower to fit that 5970?



Okay, since you don't plan on going CF or SLI, the main question here is if you plan to overclock:

-If you plan on staying stock, the 860 comes out on top thanks to the lower heat production and better Turbo.

-If you want to OC the 920 comes out on top since it has more headroom without tweaking the voltage, thanks to the PCIe controller on the 860 being tied to the BCLK.




As for the case... you don't need to get a full-tower, you just need a deeper mid-tower. The HAF 922 or Storm Sniper (both excellent cases by Cooler Master) or any of the 'Dragonlord' series cases (By Lancool... Lian-Li's budget brand) should do you just fine, as well as many others.

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November 14, 2009 1:48:45 PM

Looks like a solid build, here is the monitor I am looking at when I put my build together in January.


ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Not sure about the vid card fitting in a 902.

And I would go with this RAM instead, a little more but better timings.


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