New i7 Build for Review


BUDGET RANGE: $1500-$1600 Max. (including monitor)


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, OS (have Win7 Ultimate 64Bit)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:,, any trustworthy site with good deals


OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if necessary)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Do I need it if it is not for Gaming?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, or 1920x1200 if there's a good monitor at this res. that fits into my budget



CPU- Intel Core i7 2.66 GHz Processor

HSF-COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

MOBO- EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

RAM- CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

GPU- EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI ... - Retail

CASE- Antec 902

Optical Drive- Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner with LightScribe LightScribe Support - OEM

2 HDD- Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"

PSU- CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Thermal Compound- Arctic Silver 5 [...] 6835100007

Monitor: ViewSonic X Series VX2433wm Black 23.6" 2ms(GTG); 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

This is my first time building a system so any feedback would be appreciated.
Do I need any other parts? Should I change anything? Will they work together? Will it all fit in the Antec 902 Case?
I was unsure about how big a PSU I need? I put down an 850W, but could I get away with 750W? Is there any other place I could cut down in cost?

I was also confused with the different types of Memory. Any recommendations?


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  1. For the heatsink I would go with ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 instead because it will probably fit a little better on your mobo and is cheaper.

    As far as graphics cards go, you will probably want to go with an ATI card
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770

    Since you are mainly doing video editing, you will benefit from the additional memory that the ATI cards have, not to mention this ATI card has both DX11 and ATI Eyefinity, and is $50 less than the card you chose.

    Switch your RAM to these: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
    - These are cheaper and have faster CAS settings than the ones you chose

    The rest of your build looks fine
  2. Best answer
    Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212. One of the best, it's also one of the cheapest. It's not huge, and it will fit any socket.

    Mobo: Spend a little extra and get: ASUS P6X58D Premium for $300. It's more future proof, and you really don't need to have the ability to Crossfire (yes, Crossfire) 3 cards. It doesn't work very well.

    Case/PSU: For $10 less than the case alone, you can get a combo of the HAF 922 and OCZ StealthXStream 700W. 700W will be more than you'll need, and it's a great deal at $100 after rebates.

    HDD: WD is currently third in a three company race for harddrives. Get some Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TBs. They're cheaper, faster, quieter, and cooler.

    GPU: Agree with snup. Get an ATI 5xxx series card. You might be able to afford the HD 5970 with my changes...maybe. If not, the HD 5870 ($405) or HD 5850 ($300) are definitely in the budget.

    RAM: Agree with snurp, who forgot to mention the faster speed as well. Another option is the G.Skill PI Series 6 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $165, but either is good choice.
  3. Thanks for the Advice:

    Here is the new list:

    GPU: XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail

    MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium

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

    CASE/PSU Combo HAF922 & OCZ StealthXStream 700W

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 - They are out of the 1TB at the moment on Newegg.

    HSU: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus

    CPU: Intel I7 920

    DVD Burner: Sony Optiarc Black

    Monitor: ViewSonic X Series VX2433wm Black 23.6"

    I can get the CPU from Microcenter for $229

    So total before rebates is $1526. With $70 in rebates (if I ever get them :) would be ~$1456

    How does that look? Is 700W PSU ok? Also, what about the GPU. Is XFX ok? Or is there a different brand I should look at?
  4. Thanks Snurp and MadAdmiral. I fired off the order and am looking forward to getting the parts and putting it together.
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