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First Time Builder - Would Love Some Feedback on this i7-920 Build

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December 9, 2009 6:30:48 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month (December 2009) BUDGET RANGE: ~$1,000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop CS4, Video Editing, Chrome with 15+ tabs open :-) I am definitely NOT a gamer (not that there's anything wrong with that :-)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Best Price from reputable - I do like newegg but not married to that site

OVERCLOCKING: Probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current Monitor needs 1680x1050 - would like to be able to support additional monitor that probably would require support for greater resolution

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking to future proof to some extent - one of the reasons I'm selecting the i7-920

Here's what I'm thinking so far ....

CPU: Intel i7-920 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Fan: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Video: GIGABYTE GV-R467ZL-1GI Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PS: OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mem: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Thermal Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cost so Far is $939.04 with Shipping - Various rebates would be $50

Comments would be really appreciated!!

Thanks in advance
December 9, 2009 7:21:38 PM

Switch the HD 4670 for a 5770. They'll give the same performance, but the 5770 runs cooler, quieter and it's more future proof with DirectX 11.

You don't need a 700W PSU if you're not Crossfiring. At most you'll need 550W.

You didn't link to any RAM. You should be looking for CAS Latency 7 sticks though.

You're missing a HDD. Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. They're cheap, fast, and possibly the best value buy available.
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December 9, 2009 7:44:39 PM

Whoops - fixed the link to the RAM - this is what I had spec'd out: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7T-6GBPK - Retail)

Any recommendations on a decent 550 PSU

Thanks for the feedback!!!!
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December 9, 2009 7:51:16 PM

I don't see gaming listed anywhere in the intended use, so you don't really need a 5770. Don't get me wrong, the 5770 is a great card and I recommend it, but it's more than you need (not that it's a bad thing). A 5750 would be another good option if you decide to step up to a DX11 card.

Another thing is that the 5770 offers considerably better gaming performance than the 4670. I don't know where the statement about them offering similar performance came from. The 5770 and 4870 offer similar performance, the 4670 is much slower than either card.
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December 9, 2009 7:52:33 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Switch the HD 4670 for a 5770. They'll give the same performance, but the 5770 runs cooler, quieter and it's more future proof with DirectX 11.
:??:  What "Same performance" ? A 5770 performs like a 4870 and will run many games maxed out at 1680x1050. A 4670 is not even close.


That EVGA E757 motherboard is a white elephant. It is designed for 3 main GPUs in SLI/Crossfire and a dedicated PhysX GPU. It is not appropriate even for a dual card sli/crossfire configuration as it can not do x16/x16 like it should.

If you want to use EVGA, go down to the E756 or up to the E758, but EVGA is a high end gaming board. The ASRock x58 extreme is a far less expensive board that has good reviews and is better suited to your needs.

The PSU wattage you need is basically dictated by the GPU you buy. For a 4670 or even 5770 for a single GPU would be fine with a quality 450W PSU.
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December 9, 2009 8:14:59 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone - I really appreciate the advice!!

I updated my original post to re-iterate that I am NOT a gamer, so the video card definitely does not need to be high-end. Would like to keep the video card under $100 if possible - can anyone recommend a better card that would fit my Photoshop and Video Editing needs?

I was a little nervous about the ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail Mobo based on some of the Newegg reviews, but it seems to be highly rated by Tom's....

Thanks again everyone - you guys are great!
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December 9, 2009 9:02:48 PM

Any advice on pulling the trigger with Newegg right now - no Bing Cashback anymore ...right? Any coupons that I should be aware of?

Thanks

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December 9, 2009 9:05:09 PM

There's still Bing cashback (I think), just not 10%.

@dnd: Thought it was a 4870. Misread the numbers...
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December 9, 2009 9:12:38 PM

Haha - just looked - Bing is a whopping 1% right now. lol

(Guess that's better than a kick in the a**)
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December 9, 2009 9:32:02 PM

One more question - anything I'm missing in the way of extra fans or cable management? or anything else I would be forgetting?


Thanks again!!
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December 9, 2009 9:39:09 PM

You should be good to go. Your case has good airflow out of the box. The case and motherboard will come with all the cables, screws, etc... You could pick up some zip ties if you want. I think I got my last assortment of zip ties from Home Depot. :) 
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December 9, 2009 11:06:30 PM

You had the Coolermaster Hyper 212 already listed in your OP. The Mugen 2 is also a good cooler.
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December 9, 2009 11:30:32 PM

Quote:
You had the Coolermaster Hyper 212 already listed in your OP. The Mugen 2 is also a good cooler.


Wow - think I need to get some sleep.. :??: 
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December 10, 2009 2:59:12 AM

Anyway for me to know in advance what stepping level I am going to get when I order the i7-920 from newegg?

Thanks....
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December 10, 2009 2:09:35 PM

Newegg won't guarantee a particular stepping. I highly doubt they have any old stepping CPU's in stock, though. They move more hardware than about any other online retailer. They don't exactly have i7 920's collecting dust on the shelf. :) 
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