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Is this a good i7 920 build for gaming?

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November 4, 2009 11:17:58 PM

Hi, thinking about building a new desktop (been out of the desktop loop for 2 years, last part I bought was an 8800 GTS), scoured newegg for the best deal. My budget isn't exactly strict, but I don't want to go too over 2000.

Intel i7 920 2.66GHz 1366 socket
EVGA 925 GTX
ASUS P6T LGA 1366
Western Digital Caviar RE3 1TB 7200RPM
KINGWIN Mach 1 1000W
LITE-ON 24x DVD Burner SATA
Antec Nine Hundred case
HT OMEGA Striker 7.1 sound card
Cooler Master 120mm Rifle CPU cooler

Now, here's where it gets fuzzy. RAM has never been my specialty and I've heard i7 needs it to DDR3 and tri-linked, but I've seen 2x2gb sticks advertised as i7 ready. I would like 6 gigs of RAM, but I have yet to find any below $120. I'm also afraid my case might be too small for my cooler and video card, so I was looking at a Cooler Master case that Maximun PC used, it fit two 295's in there, but it was $100 more than the Nine Hundred. I also found a sweet 25.5" ASUS monitor, hoping my dream rig can run anything at 1900x1200 at at least high. Really, any good recommendations are welcome. I only want to splurge on the video card, processor, and cooling.

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November 4, 2009 11:24:33 PM

By 925 do you mean 295? If so, get a 5870 instead.
Then get this HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And this PSU
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this RAM
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Then this 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...

You can probably drop the sound card as well.
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November 4, 2009 11:28:39 PM

Yeah, sorry, it was 295. By 5870, I'm guessing it's an ATI card. I've had some bad experience with ATI cards. After 3 months of use, the fan on an ATI card (can't recall the model name) I had stopped and the card overheated and I had to scrap it. I've heard it also has some stability issues with some games.
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November 4, 2009 11:29:31 PM

By it I mean current ATI cards.
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November 4, 2009 11:46:51 PM

With all the parts you've recommended, I've definitely saved a lot of money, but has my performance taken a measurable hit?
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November 4, 2009 11:50:14 PM

Why did you throw the ATI card out? Cards have warranties you know. 5870 is a way better option than the 295 BY FAR.
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November 4, 2009 11:56:49 PM

I don't know. I wasn't exactly versed in the ways of computer parts at the time. It wasn't exactly top-of-the-line so I didn't have a strong conviction to get it replaced.
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November 5, 2009 12:11:34 AM

Definitely get the HD5850 1GB. There are many reasons including the 26W idle power which means it's very quiet when non-gaming. It's also future-proofed.

1366 uses a Tri-channel configuration. You should be getting 3x2GB or 3x1GB. There won't be a huge difference but I'd lean towards the 6GB total.

FYI, there are i7 CPU's on both the 1366 and 1156 but they are NOT compatible. For example, the i7-860 will NOT fit on a 1366 board.
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November 5, 2009 12:16:11 AM

Okay, well I'm pretty set on the 920. Also, would I need any additional fans besides the Cooler Master heatsink?
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November 5, 2009 12:18:14 AM

No, you shouldn't. The 900 comes with case fans.
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November 5, 2009 12:20:02 AM

Alright, thanks a lot guys. Really helped me save some money.
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November 5, 2009 12:35:51 AM

At this point in time, ATI clearly wins the price / performance battle up and down the various points price points with two exceptions....the 260 and the 295 at least according to review sites like anandtech.. The 295 still is top dog and only you can decide if the extra $80 for the performance increase is worth it in the games you play at your resolution. The 260, the 4870 and the 5770 are all running around the same price / performance range....again, see the anandtech site for details.

However, remember that ATI's 5xx series now supports DX11 and nVidia's current offerings do not. If you don't keep GFX cards more than 2 years, this probably wont be an issue for you as it will be at least 2 years before Dx11 becomes significant. Just because DX10 was a complete dud, doesn't mean Dx11 will be, only time will tell.

The other consideration is PhysX....does it matter to you ? If you judge by Mirror's Edge, you will probably yawn. Then if you judge by Batman, you may be intrigued. Personally, i find the effects impressive, at least how hey were done in Batman. But again, if game developers invest like Batman's developers did, I'd exect PhysX to be a consideration to many buyers. If it gets implemented like it was in Mirror's Edge, it will be another Dx10.

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...

The price between the 295 and 5870 is as narrow as $80 on newegg (and much more for tweaked versions), so you will have to decide if the performance difference and PhysX is worth it to you. However, you shouldn't be basing your primary GFX card decision on PhysX.

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ATI-physx-patch...

This patch lets you use PhysX while running ATI cards as your primary hardware.

As for the rest:

-HD - get a 500 Gb per platter drive
SC - if you're thinking "sound card" consider the Asus Rampage II Extreme MoBo whih -comes w/ a Supreme XiFi daughter card and some nice OC features.
-Suggest Antec TP or Corsair TX series PSU amd Antec 902 / CM 922 as an option in single GFX configuration (650 watts)
-Suggest Antec SG or CP series or Corsair HX series PSU in dual GFX configuration (850 watts) in an Antec 1200 or CM HAF 932
-Look at these for HSF's
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
silentpc.com see cooling / heat sinks (site down atm)




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