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1st time builder...i7 860 system

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January 2, 2010 3:44:16 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Need to build this system within 1 month

BUDGET RANGE: 800 max

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:

Video editing - sony vegas or adobe premier
photo editing - photoshop
3d floorplan - chieft architect
Gaming - L4D

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, Frys Electronic B&M, Microcenter B&M

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: NO

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: NO

MONITOR RESOLUTION: looking at dual monitor setup via 2x 22-23" 1920x1080

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Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

or

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.frys.com/product/5503410

Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Need to add MOBO and Video Card (hoping to send around the most 125 for video card)

Please help me with my buiild. =)
January 2, 2010 3:57:45 PM

Since you live near a Microcenter store, you can pick up a i860 for $230. One trade off to consider is going with a i750 processor ($150 at Microcenter), and using the savings to get a 5770 graphics card ($165).

A couple of good motherboards are the Gigabyte P55-UD3 or the ASUS P7P55D LE if your only going to use a singel graphics card. You could also downsize your PSU to a Antec EA550 without any problems.

Good luck.
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January 2, 2010 8:12:26 PM

After reading some review on the i5 750, I think you are right and should go with the i5. As far as graphic card, i was looking at the xfx 5770. Is that a good one?

I am still deciding on which mobo right now. Kinda confusing reading some of the mobo since they all seem the same especially the asus one. I am going only single card.

Thanks for the help dpaul8.
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January 2, 2010 8:31:29 PM

Check out the new Antec 600 which is just $30 more.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Earthwatts gets a 9.0 performance rating on jonnyguru;

OCZ Gamestream gets a 7.5
OCZ Gamestream gets a 9.0

I'd go for the Earthwatts in the Antec 300 Case.....

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

HD - those are old 250 GB platter drives ..... the newer 500 GB per platter drives turn data twice as fast. Grab a 1 TB, 500 GB per platter drive ......Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12.

memory - selected memory is CAS 9
CAS 8 - $104 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CAS 7 - $129 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Vid Card - plug ya budget into list below

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)
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