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I7 920 @4.00ghz - new build - opinion or advice please

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November 30, 2009 9:05:50 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (7-14 days)
middle of December (waiting for money from insurance for my old PC £1500)
BUDGET RANGE: £1500 -
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo editing,surfing web
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, (keyboard + mouse will be purchased in January)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.overclockers.co.uk and www.scan.co.uk
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and Nvidia
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes but not yet

1x Intel Core i7 920 D0 Stepping (SLBEJ) 2.66Ghz overclocked to 4.00GHz!
1x Asus Rampage II Extreme Intel X58 (Socket 1366) PCI-Express DDR3 Motherboard
1x Corsair XMS3 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 PC3-12800C9 (1600MHz) Tri-Channel (TR3X6G1600C9)
1x Prolimatech Megahalems Performance CPU Cooler (Socket 775/1366)
1x Akasa AK-FN057 Apache Super Silent 120mm Fan - 4 Pin PWM
1x Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=BU...
Wireless pci card :
Edimax EW-7728In
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Edimax-EW-7728In-80211n-...
Case:
Coolermaster Cosmos S
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Coolermaster-RC-1100-V2-...(Sport)-Black-Silent-Full-Tower-Case-w-o-PSU-NEW-In-Stock
Psu:
Corsair HX 1000W modular
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/1000W-Corsair-HX-Series-...
Hard Drive:
2x Western Digital RE3 500GB (got 1 already from my old pc)
1x Western Digital Caviar Blue 640 GB (from my old pc)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/500-GB-Western-Digital-W...
GPU:
XFX GTX 275xxx
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/896MB-XFX-GTX-275-XXX-55...
Optical Drive:
LG GH22LS50AUAR
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/LG-GH22LS50-AUAR-22x-DVD...
Function Panel:
Asus OC STATION
http://uk.comeuro.net/asus-90-c1bmd0-00eay0mz-asus-90-c...
Operating System: (not sure)
Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit (oem)+ Windows 7 Ultimate (oem) 64-bit
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Windows-Vista-Ultimate-S...
OR
Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit (oem) + Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (oem)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Windows-Vista-Home-Prem-...
Display: (not required)
Samsung 22" 2233rz 120Hz + Nvidia 3D Vision Glasses (from my old pc)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/NVIDIA-Geforce-3D-Vision...
Speakers: (not required)
Creative Inspire T7900 7.1 (from my old pc)
http://uk.comeuro.net/asus-90-c1bmd0-00eay0mz-asus-90-c...
Keyboard: (will be purchased in January)
Logitech G15
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Logitech-G15-New-Rev2-Ga...
Mouse: (will be purchased in January)
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Logitech-G9-Laser-Mouse-...

What should be changed?
November 30, 2009 9:24:25 AM

^ The components that you have selected are good...but except for the RAM and the CPU FAN(Not the cooler)
Get a high speed , lower CAS memory like these if you want to reach 4GHz...
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-Dominator-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-8-DHX-EPP
This would be a good option -
http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=MY...
or
http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/6GB-(3x2GB)-Corsair-XMS3-DDR3-PC3-12800-(1600)-240-Pin-Non-ECC-Unbuffered-CAS-7-7-7-20-1T

Fans - Get a quality Scythe fan for that cooler...
November 30, 2009 9:34:23 AM

Ram memory and CPU fan are part of the bundle, I'm not sure if it can upgraded at point of sale?
But if i will buy all those bundled items separatly (mobo,cpu,ram,cooler, fan) I'm not sure if i7 will work ok @ 4.00ghz!!! as one in the bundle was tested.
I will call them when I get money to make sure about memory&fan upgrade.
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November 30, 2009 9:43:49 AM

^ If you are getting it as a bundle, then its OK...but just make sure it runs at the specified speed...
November 30, 2009 5:50:37 PM

i know you wrote you prefer nvidia over ATI,but atm in your price range ATI is by far a better choise.Get yourself a nice 5850 or cut back from your mobo to asus v2 deluxe and get a 5870(you can also save some $$ by downgrading your PSU to 850 which should be enough to crossfire 2 5870 in the future)
December 1, 2009 2:21:21 AM

^ True ATI is the better option...but then he would no good use for those Nvidia 3D vision glasses and that 120Hz monitor...
December 1, 2009 1:17:14 PM

From the usage you specified, I don't see why you would need anything other than Home Premium.
+1 on 1000W being excessive, an 850W Corsair will be more than enough.
What do you use 3D vision glasses for?
December 1, 2009 6:44:46 PM

I use 3D vision glasses for gaming :D 
and thanks for advice about OS and CPU l save about £150.
December 2, 2009 5:08:44 PM

I just finished building my i7-920 with the Asus Rampage II extreme mobo. It is currently overclocked at 4.0 Ghz @ 1.39 something volts (HT off). I had very little issues with getting to 4.0 GHz stable on this mobo.

I also agree on the 1000 hx being too much. I settled for the 850 HX. For what you want to do, I don't think you need a 1000 watt PSU.

As for the OC Station, although it is pretty cool looking, I'm not sure if it justify the price you pay for it. If you want to control your fans, then get a fan controller. I got the NZXT Sentry II for 10 bucks! If you want to OC, use BIOS or the software included. If you have the money to spend then go for the OC Station for looks.
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