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December 14, 2009 1:46:52 AM

Hello guys, been reading this site and trying to research for a new PC for awhile now (considered price of buying pre-built but for the cost I think I'm willing to try and just build one) but I always end up just waiting and waiting and waiting.... I'm sick of waiting and since I decided to digitize and restore old family photo albums (been wanting to do this for awhile now) I thought this would be the best time to build my pc. I've tried to research more but due to lack of time(work) and also just so many damn choices, and new tech and couldn't keep up, I decided to base my build off Tecmo's suggested build. As for usage, like I mentioned I will be doing photo editing, but also I also love gaming. I will also use it for some video encoding. I also work with excel spreadsheets.

I'm open for suggestions on what can be improved, I would prefer to keep it around 1500(or less) with monitor, but so far it's already at $1,431.12 so if you guys can suggest parts where I can cut out without removing performance I would want for gaming/photo editing that would be great. I'm hoping this would last at least 3 years and maybe upgrade parts later in the future.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon (Within the month or early January)

SYSTEM FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Photo editing,(have a huge personal project with digitizing and fixing old family albuns and probably will be a long term thing since I will probably try to get my hands on the rest in the future). also media and internet stuff.... =)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, speakers, sound card) I have a really old computer, maybe more than 9 years old so can't reuse anything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, amazon (I have PRIME), tiger direct, depending on the deal (shipping, etc., whichever is cheaper)

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, 24" monitor, and other than that what ever you guys suggest. (Dual monitor might be down the line until I get more budget fore a second one)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, I do plan on overclocking and crossfire in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1200)

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Here are the parts so far, I couldn't decide on the monitor though so if anyone can suggest that would be great.


CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
$288.99 (Free Shipping)

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
$289.99 (Free Shipping)

RAM: OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK DDR3 PC3-12800 1600MHz 6GB Platinum XTC Triple Channel Kits
$197.64 Amazon in stock and free shipping (PRIME)

HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
$44.96 Amazon (Same price and PRIME)

HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5
$94.99 Amazon (PRIME in stock)

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$179.99 + 6.98 shipping = 186.97

CASE: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$164.98 Amazon (PRIME, NEwegg has shipping fee and end up being more)

PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC
$126.62 Amazon (PRIME, NEwegg has shipping fee and end up being more)

TC: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
$8.99

DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B
$26.99

Monitor: ?? Can't decide, any suggestions?

Total: 1,431.12

Thanks and hope to hear comments and suggestion soon.

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December 14, 2009 7:24:17 AM

^ That is a decent config for the price...
But I would suggest this reworked config though...

CPU + CPU cooler - This CPU cooler would be as good as the Xig and actually gives out less noise...
i7 + Vigour Monsoon - ~$307 + Shipping for that cooelr...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Mobo - ASUS P6T - $220
Will you be fully utilizing the so called Premium features of that mobo ? I fell this would suffice...
http://www.amazon.com/Asus-P6T-Intel-CrossFireX-Motherb...

RAM - DDR3 1600MHz CAS 8 ~$170 - It would still be suffice for a good overclock and you wont notice any significant real-world performance difference between this and the one that you have chosen...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

CASE - Check out the CM HAF 922 - A very good case with very good airflow - ~$90
http://www.buy.com/prod/cooler-master-haf-922-rc-922m-k...
http://www.futurepowerpc.com/scripts/product.asp?PRDCOD...

PSU - Corsair 750TX - ~$110
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Cert...

Graphics card -
Dont get that card...get this one...Cheaper and actually it cools better according to the reviews...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And if you game often, then with the money saved on the above components, you can invest in a more powerful card like the HD 5850, that would better suit high resolutions...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LCD -
ASUS is a good option...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 14, 2009 11:51:28 AM

Thanks for the suggestions gkay! Will have to look into these parts after work, but so far looking good and is within my budget. I was actually looking at that monitor as well but not available yet in newegg, will have to look around. I'll think about that 5850 since it falls a bit over my budget but probably worth it spending a little more for that card but everything else looks good, I wasn't sure about my previous mobo but your suggested one would save me a bit. If anyone else has other suggestions that would be great!

Thanks again gkay09.
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December 14, 2009 2:21:31 PM

Gkay pretty much covers it.
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December 14, 2009 5:22:37 PM

Kool, I guess I better start ordering soon. By the way, I'm kind of a neat freak and I hate seeing insides of PC with cables everywhere, any recommendations with this build on what cables I will need for cable management? Thanks.
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December 14, 2009 5:37:27 PM

I have no idea on the extra cables, but if you're a real neat freak, you should order the modular version of the Corsair. It will be a bit more expensive, buy you can take out the cables you don't need.

I do know that the mobo I just bought came with 4 sata cables and 1 IDE cable, which was enough for me. Amazon doesn't really say what's in the box.

Other than that, the case should allow good cable management, but it will just take you some time to set it up that way. I highly recommend buying some zip ties, or seeing if the PSU came with some (my corsair 650W came with a bunch).
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December 14, 2009 5:48:19 PM

Thanks for the reply, I will probably just wait until I need it when all the parts come. :) 
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