$1400 gaming pc check

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around Christmas time, unless there are sales this week.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, surfing the internet, a bit of video stuff

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, OS, speakers, cd/dvd drive

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

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920, ati video card

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (around 3.6-4.0)
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Will be at 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like to know if everything I picked out will be compatible. If there is anything else I should know, tell me.


What I have picked out:

i7 920

foxconn flamingblade LGA

sapphire 5870 vapor x (it's only $10 more than the regular and looks nicer)

CM 212+

antec 300 illusion (I already bought this because of the pre-black friday sale)

corsair 750 watts

acer 23" (i like to get monitors in person because of dead pixels and such)

crucial ballistix 6gb ( 3 x 2gb) 1600 CL 8

samsung spinpoint f3 1TB

extra fans (1 for heatsink and 1 for case)

This will cost approximately $1400.

The biggest thing I want to know is if all of this will work together.

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  1. Everything should work.

    I have the Bloodrage board and love it, except that I can't put in a dedicated PhysX card when I'm in SLI, which is okay right now cuz not many games use PhysX. I will probably be switching my GTX 260s cards for some 5850s. I'm saving up up for the new Gulftown and a new motherboard that can do SLI + PhysX.
  2. Most people I know have rather poor experiences with Acer products, especially monitors. Probably just coincidence though.
    Excellent choice of components. I'd personally pick a Gigabyte or Asus motherboard, as these are known to be top notch quality-wise, but a Foxconn should be fine too.

    Just a little question though: why get a system this expensive and not get an SSD? Not a single component delivers such a speed boost to a system.

    On the other hand, that CPU is overkill. I7-9XX CPU's are power hungry and expensive, yet aren't better at all for gaming (even the lowly i5 beats the 920, the 8XX series decimates it) and for video editing either will be fine.
  3. You may have to dremel about 1/8th an inch of the HDD rails in the 300 to get the 5870 to fit. I have a 10.5 inch 9800 GTX+ in there and there is only about 1/2 inch left to the rails.
  4. @Silmarunya: I'm getting the acer because I can just pick it up in store. If it doesn't work out, I'll drop an extra $40 and get a samsung w/ the same specs.

    The reason I didn't go with gigabyte was because apparently there are some issues with their UD3R 1366 board about it just rebooting a lot. Also, I'm not a big fan of asus.

    I do plan on getting an SSD in the future, I just don't have the money right now :)

    The reason I picked the i7 920 was because microcenter has it so cheap, it's got the future-proof socket, and for x16 x-fire. Plus, I hear it's good for overclocking.

    @dndhatcher: That's fine with me. I only need like 2 HDD mounts.

    Thanks for the information, guys.
  5. The i7-920 processor and X58 motherboard are old technology. Intel will be coming out with new i9 processors and motherboards in 2010, and you will be left with an even more outdated system.

    The P55 chipset is the most recent technology, and when combined with a i5-750 or i7-860 processor, this system easily outperforms the i7-920 with either one or two graphics cards:

    Why pay a premium for old technology (i7-920), when the new technology performs better and costs less?
  6. Another benefit of the new technology (i750 or i860) is that these processors use considerable less power and run much cooler than the i920.
  7. @dpaul - the 6 core i9 coming out next year will go in the same 1366 socket that the i7 920 sits in right now. There will not be any faster CPU for the 1156 socket than the i7 860. Socket 1156 is intels current mainstream socket and 1366 is their current high end socket.

    Also pay attention to the testing methods, those examples you cite are at stock speeds. Once you overclock, the more agressive turbo boost in the 1156 socket CPUs evaporates and the i7 920 ends up faster.
  8. Just because the i9 processors will use the 1366 socket, doesn't mean that you can use them with X58 motherboards. I would be surprised if Intel doesn't upgrade the Northbridge chipset to boost performance. Besides, very few people upgrade their Intel processor after they have their system put together.

    With regard to overclocking, all of these CPUs are good overclockers, and depending on the system and the amount of art involved, one could get many different outcomes.

    The conventional wisdom that the i920 / X58 computer is the top performer was true three months ago, but things have changed with the introduction of the P55 motherboards. Now that some test results are available, people need to stop touting the conventional wisdom as fact because things have changed. I think it is great that technology advances are giving us better performance at a reduced cost.
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