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November 27, 2009 9:55:30 PM

I've got a budget of 1500 dollars. I'm planning on overclocking so just tell me if you know of parts that are better than what I've picked out, or of any compatibility issues.

Power Supply- Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Processor-Core i7 920
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card- EVGA GTX 275
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Case- NZXT Tempest
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Heat Sink+Fan-Prolimatech Megahalems+Silverstone FM121(idk how many case fans i need or what thermal compund for heatsink)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

Memory-Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 1600 MHzs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
November 27, 2009 10:29:15 PM

A few comments for you to consider:

I would drop the power supply down in size to a Corsair 750TX. This power supply still has plenty of power to handle two graphics cards in SLI if you decide to go that route in the future.

You can actually get better performance with a P55 (i750 or i860) system than with a i920 / X58 system. And this is true whether you have one or two graphics cards in the system:
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=364...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/core-i5-gaming,2403...
I would recommend a i750 processor ($150 Microcenter, or $200 Newegg) and a Gigabyte P55-UD4P motherboard ($170). Combine this with this Gskil RAM (2X2GB) DDR3 1333 ($69):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
This combination of CPU (i750), motherboard (P55-UD4P), and RAM costs $439, and will save you $371 over your original build.

Take the $371 savings, and get two of the graphics cards you specified (GTX 275) and upgrade your hard drive to a Caviar Black. You will still have a little money left over.

But what makes this build really great is that it will absolutely run circles around your original build at a lower cost.

Good luck!

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November 27, 2009 10:47:49 PM

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

GFX - The 260 and 295 are the only two really viable cards atm. The other nvidia cards are topped by ATI 4xx equivalents or the 5770 5970 ..... See http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,...

Take this as a personal preference but to my mind the following combos are the way to go:

If you may add a 2nd GFX card
Antec 1200 w/ SG-850 or CP-850, the latter being an extreme bargain.
CM HAF 952 w/ Corsair HX-750/850

Single card systems
Antec 900/902 w/ SG-650 / TP-650
CM HAF 922 w/ HX-620 or TX

Green drives save power but when speed matters, I'd go for the WD Black (2 TB Modle only) or any of the Seagate / Samsung drives w/ 500 GB (1 x 500, 2 x 500 or 3 x 500) platters depending on the size you want
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November 27, 2009 11:08:54 PM

I'm for a build that is basically futureproof so would a socket 1366 mobo be a better idea? Can you tell me some better options for the money if i were to go with the i7 920?
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November 27, 2009 11:22:14 PM

Intel will be coming out with i9 processors using the 1366 socket in 2010. However, that does not mean that the i9 processors will work in the old X58 motherboards. The northbridge chipset on the X58 motherboards is an old design. I suspect Intel will be releasing new motherboard chipsets with the new i9 processors, but we will have to wait and see.

Very, very few people actually upgrade their Intel processors once they have built their system because Intel releases a new platform about every 18 months. The X58 platform is currently over one year old.
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November 27, 2009 11:43:09 PM

Chr1stianh said:
I've got a budget of 1500 dollars. I'm planning on overclocking so just tell me if you know of parts that are better than what I've picked out, or of any compatibility issues.

Power Supply- Corsair 950TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Processor-Core i7 920
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Video Card- EVGA GTX 275
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/ite...

Case- NZXT Tempest
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Hard Drive- Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Heat Sink+Fan-Prolimatech Megahalems+Silverstone FM121(idk how many case fans i need or what thermal compund for heatsink)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

Memory-Corsair Core i7 Dominator 6GB PC12800 DDR3 1600 MHzs
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...



You can save $35 by going with the Combo at Newegg for the ASUS P6T Deluxe board & Dominator RAM you've linked. Here's the link to the combo. It comes in at $494.88 instead of the $530 you have above.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I just order my parts tonight for my it 920 build, so I've shopped for a lot of the stuff you are. My budget was a little lower than yours though. I went with the Antec 900 Tower that was $59.99 after rebate, as well as the Antec 750 PSU at $79.99 after rebate.

Oh, and if you're anywhere near a Microcenter, you can get the i7 920 for $199.99

www.microcenter.com
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