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I7 920 - 1000 $ max , good build ?

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December 21, 2009 10:22:56 AM

Please let me know if this is a good build and if it is possible to save more money on this as I am limited to 1000 $, I m planning to use this system for gaming (HAWX and need for speed shift ) , some other 3 D games as well but not crysis , lol. I use lots of multi tasking heavy application so I really want a fast processo such as i7 920. Can you tell me what case is better ans is my cooler good or not ? and if there is any part missing to build a computer (It s my first build ever , lol ). Any comments or suggestion are very welcome ! thank you !
CPU: CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 289 $

Mobo: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58- 204 $

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - 149 $

GPU: Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 - 180 $

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM 29 $

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - 45 $

PSU: Power Supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W 89 $

HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - 55 $

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower 55 $ OR
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case- 55 $



December 21, 2009 10:37:05 AM

Dont have personal experience with this cooler, but maybe you could look to Prolimatech Nehalems or Thermaltake TRUE if you plan overclocking and want to get maximum silence and performance in cooling your CPU.
Antec Three Hundred is decent lower cost case and you hardly find something much better unless spending much more on it.
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December 21, 2009 12:08:30 PM

It's not good for gaming on $1000. Here are some improvements...

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CPU: Ditch the i7 for an i5-750. It will save you close to $200 on the base build (CPU, mobo, RAM). The i5 is also better for gaming. Check out some of the benchmarks around the guide for proof. At $200 (or if you're near a Microcenter, $150) instead of nearly $300, there is no reason to buy the i7 for gaming.

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212. This will work with pretty much any CPU, and is one of the best coolers out. It's also fairly cheap at $29.

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P (for the i5). This board isn't a whole lot cheaperat $185, but it supports USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GB/s, so it's very future proof.

RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7. These are $98, and extremely fast sticks. They're also lower voltage, which saves you power.

GPU: HD 5850 for $310. With the price difference from above, you can afford this. It is an excellent video card, and you should definitely try to fit this in any gaming build. They're also in stock right now, which has been a rare occurance.

PSU: I'd personally step up the unit to at least 650W (for $100), maybe even 750W (for $110). To lower the cost and maintain quaility, you could look at Antec Earthwatts (650W for $75 or 750W for $100[/url) or OCZ (700W modular for $90Samsung Spinpoint F3. They're better in pretty much every benchmark, and are the same price. It's worth it to even buy from somewhere else if you can't find it at your preferred store.

Case: I personally like to recommend the Illusion, but it might be worth stepping up a bit to the Coolermaster HAF 922 (currently $100, but has been as low as $85). This will be big enough for pretty much anything, and keeps everything very cool.

All told, my changes have the build at $1,067 with the OCZ PSU and HAF 922. If you go with the Illusion, it will be $1,022. There are a few rebates in there, and their might be combos that will get you below your budget. If not, leave out the CPU cooler for a little while." target="_blank">) units. Both of these are high quaility, but significantly cheaper than Corsair.

HDD: Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3. They're better in pretty much every benchmark, and are the same price. It's worth it to even buy from somewhere else if you can't find it at your preferred store.

Case: I personally like to recommend the Illusion, but it might be worth stepping up a bit to the Coolermaster HAF 922 (currently $100, but has been as low as $85). This will be big enough for pretty much anything, and keeps everything very cool.

All told, my changes have the build at $1,067 with the OCZ PSU and HAF 922. If you go with the Illusion, it will be $1,022. There are a few rebates in there, and their might be combos that will get you below your budget. If not, leave out the CPU cooler for a little while.
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