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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:
December 2009

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Gaming
Email/Web
VPN to work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:
RocketRaid 2640x1 SAS Controller
2x 15,000K RPM 72GB SAS Drives (RAID 0)
Dell 3007 30" LCD Monitor
Windows 7 x64

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:
Intel CPU either i7-920 or i7-860
Motherboard - ROCK SOLID STABILITY. OC not so important.
Memory - 4GB or 6GB depends on CPU/MB Combo. Stability is paramount.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe but system stability is paramount.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not initially

MONITOR RESOLUTION:
2560x1600

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
Antec Nine hundred Case
GPU: Uncertain, recomendations welcome. (Budget $200-$300)
PSU: Uncertain (Budget under $200)
DVD-DL Burner - Reliable & Compatable. Not Blu-Ray

Feel free to comment on anything you want related to this build.
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  1. Yes... This will give you the tools to OC to 4GHz+. The sweet spot for gaming is 3.6GHz, which is the best clock speed to performance increase to power/heat increase.
  2. I went through same debate not long ago (920 vs 860). Check out my post from yesterday titled, "Thanks for the advice - a new computer is born". It's a rather long read, but might help. Good luck.
  3. For $20 more you might consider upgrading to the Antec 902 case. It has an extra one-half inch depth, speed control on all fans, dust filters that are cleanable, and slightly better cable management. For me, these extras were worth the extra $20.

    The i860 slightly outperforms the i920 for gaming, but for all intents and purposes these two processors are equals. See link below for details.
    http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=3641&p=7
    It is interesting to note that the i750 also bests the i920 in these gaming tests, making the i750 very attractive from a price versus performance perspective.
  4. With a 30" monitor at 2560x1600, you need extra graphics capability. Look at the 5870 if you can find one. It does not require a PSU stronger than 500w or so, which you can find for <$100. Certainly nothing less than a 5859 or GTX285

    The i7-920 and 860 are comparable in performance and price. Even the i5-750 would be fine. But the P55 motherboards will be $100 cheaper, and you will probably opt for 6gb of ram which is $50 more. Still, for stability and overclocking, the X58 motherboards are probably better. They have been out longer, and the problems have been worked out. Don't spend more on an enthusiast board; at safe/modest overclocks, they all perform the same.
  5. Your moved here comment could have been a little clearer. You now have a number of comments in your double post.
  6. tecmo34 said:



    Here is my most recent build... ($1,107.19 w/o GPU)

    MB & CPU Combo: (I am selecting this board as it has onboard SAS controllers and I am unsure of the quality of the HighPoint 2640x1 that I have)
    Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor & ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58

    MEMORY: (Some concern here. This model is not on the QVL but the Gold version of this RAM is)
    OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

    CASE:
    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    HEATSINK/FAN:
    XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

    DVD: SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222A - OEM

    GPU: Radeon 5870 ~$400, If I can find one. Any reccomendations on which to get?

    With video this build will cost right at $1,500.
  7. Very good build!!

    I won't worry about the Platinum not being on the QVL... If the Gold is on there, the Platinum will work.

    Good upgrade on the Antec 902. I'm a bigger fan of the 902, since I really don't like the look of the 900 and the 902 matches the look of the 1200. :D

    Here is a list of the 5870's on Newegg (of course all out of stock!!)... Newegg's 5870 Listings. Ranked in Order of My Preference of Manufacturer: XFX, SAPPHIRE, HIS, DIAMOND AND POWERCOOLER
  8. What is the reason for the 5870's inventory shortage?
  9. They are a horribly popular card and can't me manufactured fast enough.
  10. why not change to a i5 build with a 5970 if the resolution is so high, that would give better gaming performance :)
  11. Derbixrace said:
    why not change to a i5 build with a 5970 if the resolution is so high, that would give better gaming performance :)


    I plan to run this configuration for 3-4years so when GPU performance becomes dismal I will pop in more Video Horsepower. The i7-920 seems to be the better proc for multi GPU configs.
  12. Best answer
    I say you are good to go!!
  13. I agree. Nice build! Good luck. :)
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