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November 9, 2009 12:06:16 PM

Hey Guys.. I know a bit about computers but not enough to build my own without help. Plus I don't want to put down serious dough without some prior advice first.

The comp i'm building would be used for editing with Avid, gaming, photo editing, web designing, wathching movies, listening to music (It's going to be my primary music system) I'm considering adding a TV tuner card.

I also want it to last 4-5 years before I need to replace it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month (December 2009)
BUDGET RANGE: No real budget. Just nothing astronomical.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Watching movies, editing, surfing the net, listening to music, gaming, web designing,
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I'd like a recommendation for all parts.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Not gonna buy online.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: India
PARTS PREFERENCES: No real preference. Just reliable stuff. Warranties would help.
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I'm a bit clueless as to what this means. (But I shall google it)
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920*1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

The config I thought of after doing some research is this:

Monitor - Viewsonic 22 inch High Defination 1920*1024
Chipset - Intel core i7 920
Motherboard - ASUS P7P55D Premium
HDD - 1 TB Sata HDD
Sound Card - Asus Xonar DX 7.1 Channel Sound Card
Graphic Card - Nvidia GeForce GTX 260
Speakers - Creative Gigaworks T3 2.1 Speaker
Keyboard - Microsoft Wireless Media Desktop 1000
Mouse - Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000
RAM - 8 GB DDR3 RAM
PSU - Suggestions
Blu Ray Player/DVD Writer - Sony Optiarc 5X Blu-Ray SATA Combo Drive (BC-5100S-0B)

Is this a good config? Would you suggest I go with some other parts for around the same budget? Suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks a bunch.

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November 10, 2009 12:18:31 AM

You may want to confirm the compatibility of your choices for CPU and motherboard; I think the pin counts are different. Also, the screen resolution you have chosen (1920x1080?) is usually only native on 23"-25" monitors; 22" monitors are usually 1680x1050. Enjoy your build.
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November 10, 2009 12:48:06 AM

Hey buddy, here's a reference build, I know you don't need the 5850 since you don't game much. Here it goes..


I only used newegg, but you can use other sites if you can find the same parts for cheaper.
Or if you can find better combos at newegg

Here's an i5 750 build with new monitor

>MOBO+RAM
30 dollar discount
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

>Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Video Card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Monitor

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


>Optical Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Heatsink

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

>Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $1,288.88 Before Rebate

This build gives you the ability to crossfire/sli in the future if new games are more demanding. You could add in another graphics card, the power supply is decent and could handle 2 graphics card.
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November 10, 2009 12:49:14 AM

You cant use a 920 in a p55 board, the 920 is LGA 1366 and the P55 is 1156, an i7 860 however is actually faster than the 920 and has more aggressive turbo boost so it would be a better choice as it would actually work in that motherboard.
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November 10, 2009 1:16:49 AM

hunter315 said:
You cant use a 920 in a p55 board, the 920 is LGA 1366 and the P55 is 1156, an i7 860 however is actually faster than the 920 and has more aggressive turbo boost so it would be a better choice as it would actually work in that motherboard.


I hope you're not talking to me. Prove me otherwise, the i7 920 @ 4.0GHZ beats the i7 860 @ 4.0GHZ, manual overclock of course.
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November 10, 2009 2:44:09 AM

No it was directed at the OP, you beat me by a minute. I believe the review here showed the LGA 1156 i7's beating the 920 in some instances but i will reread the review tomorrow.
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November 10, 2009 2:45:34 AM

hunter315 said:
No it was directed at the OP, you beat me by a minute. I believe the review here showed the LGA 1156 i7's beating the 920 in some instances but i will reread the review tomorrow.


Okay, then
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November 10, 2009 5:42:19 AM

Thanks so much for all the help. You guys made it so much simpler for me.

After doing a bit more research and looking through your posts I fine tuned my PC configuration to this:

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

Motherboard: Asus P6TD LGA1366 X58 Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate 1 TB SATA Internal HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 5770

Speakers: Logitech Z-2300
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: OCZ 6 GB (3X2GB) Core i7 Edition 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (Unsure about this)

Cabinet: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Corsair 750W Power Supply with Single 12V RAIL (CMPSU-750TX)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (RR-B10-212-GP)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



If you think i'm still going wrong or can suggest better alternates I'd be grateful if you shared them.
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November 10, 2009 6:03:56 AM

Graphic Card: ATI Radeon HD 5770 - Good choice. See http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,... before making final decision.

RAM: OCZ 6 GB (3X2GB) Core i7 Edition 1600MHz DDR3 RAM (Unsure about this) - Get lowest CAS timings on DDR1600 you can afford. Mushkin has lowest atm w/ 998962 Redline series (6-7-6-18). They are matched by the Ripjaws but the latter looks a bit tall and may not fit under many HSF's.

Cabinet: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP - Consider Antec 900/902 , pick one you like best

PSU: Corsair 750W Power Supply with Single 12V RAIL (CMPSU-750TX) - Comparable alternate would be Antec TP series

Heat Sink: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus - Look at these listings:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


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November 10, 2009 7:09:21 AM

To be quite frank, Low cas timings on ddr3 really don't mean a hill of beans, especially when overcoling a I7-900 series with triple channel. The loser the CAS timings are, the better off you are.
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November 11, 2009 1:59:35 AM

Guys few quick questions....

If i'm going with water cooling would I still need the heat sink?

Secondly I saw in other threads that a lot of people are using DDR 1333 RAM instead of 1600. Is there a reason besides price?

Thirdly are these parts any good? -

Samsung Spinpoint F1 1TB Hard Drive
Corsair Cooling Hydro H50 CPU cooler (Liquid cooling not readily available in India.. so it's this or fan cooling)

Lastly.. Could you guys suggest a good mouse and keyboard (Wireless if possible... but I also want to avoid bluetooth since my Mom's mouse gives her trouble)

Thanks. :) 
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November 12, 2009 10:14:15 AM

No replies? :( 
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