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I7 X58 Gaming/Graphics Build

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November 20, 2009 3:23:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: One week

BUDGET RANGE: $1200 - $1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphic Editing/3D Modeling, Video Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard. Mouse, Monitor for now...

PREFERRED WEBSITE FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel board with the i7 920

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, up to 2

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will upgrade soon... 1920 x 1200 or 2048 x 1152 widescreen

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Planning on upgrading in 6-9 months. Get another card or 2 new for SLI/Crossfire. Will Overclock at that time and probably add liquid cooling.


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

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 -Will add another 3 sticks in near future
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: SAPPHIRE 100269HDMI Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Drivers: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Professional

One of my main concerns is if the PSU will have enough power to juice a O.C. i7 920 to 4 GHz with dual Radeon HD 5850s and 12 GB of DDR3 2000?

Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated.
November 20, 2009 3:28:33 AM

First you shouldn't overclock to 4Ghz. It is incredibly inefficient because the massive increase in power yields little gain. Second you will never use 12 gb of RAM unless you run multiple VMs. Do you plan to buy a 4890 and then later buy 5850s, because that seems waste of money. Just buy a 5850 when you build. Also that harddrive is pretty slow. Get the WD Black if it's your only drive or get another faster harddrive for the OS. Also if you really plan to have such a powerful machine you might consider the Antec 900 because it will provide better cooling for the massive amounts of heat that your computer will generate.
November 20, 2009 4:17:25 AM

That is an interesting mix of components, and although everything you listed should work together, you might consider a more balanced mix. For instance, the motherboard, CPU, RAM, and PSU are all excellent choices, but you combine these with an entry level case, a mediocre hard drive, and an older generation video card. If cost is driving these decisions, you might consider a P55 motherboard, i7-860 CPU, and 750TX PSU. This should save you about $150, and that could be used to upgrade your case (Antec 900, HAF 922, or other), your hard drive (Samsung F3 or Caviar Black), and video card (5850). You will also need a decent heat sink fan (Hyper 212, Xigmatek, Noctua).

By the way, the i7-860 and i7-920 are essentially equals when it comes to performance. The i7-860 is slightly faster in some tasks than the i7-920, and visa versa (see Anandtech.com for benchmarks).

Good luck in your build -- you are on the right track!
November 20, 2009 4:40:19 AM

Look at some of these:

http://www.tomshardware.com/search.php?s=%241500

As for the HD, the WD Black 2 TB model's performance can not be compared with the rest of the Blacks. That one has 500 GB platters and the others have the older 333 GB platters which are therefore slower. If not getting 2 TB, grab a Samsung or Seagate 500 GB per platter drive.

As for PSU use a calculator http://www.antec.outervision.com/

Would suggest bigger case w/ more air flow
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