I'm sticking to i7 920 because I want to oc to 4.0-4.2 and my brother has the i7 860 so I just want to beat his 1156.
CPU: i7 920 (I can wait for the 930 if it will be released this january 17)
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58-UD5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
(i'm thinking about the foxconn bloodrage cause it costs only 215 on newegg, or the msi x58 pro-e because it's just $190, however the asus p6t deluxe v2 is 270 on newegg, just $10 more, its the gigabyte i posted above. so I eliminated it from my list.
PSU: Corsair tx950w (it's only $150, just $10 more on the 850 so i'll go for it.)
GPU: XFX 5850 $310 on newegg
(should i go for the 5870? I will definitely buy the nvidia fermi when it comes out, so I will sell the 5850.)
I currently have:
Case: haf 932
HDD: 160GB. don't worry about hdd. I will upgrade to higher capacity when I have the money, and also, I don't need much space. so this is enough until I have money to upgrade. Don't count the hdd to the budget.
I have optical drives.
I just need opinions on the CPU, mobo, ram and psu gpu. don't suggest to change from i7 920 to i5, or i7 860. I'm really going for 1366..
i'm worried about the fermi if it does require a higher psu. so i think the i'd get the 950, plus its just $30 more than the tx750. about the 5850, is it worth over the 5770? and also, the asus p6t deluxe v2 doesn't have usb 3.0 and sata 6 which are the future. my questions are:
is there any feature on the asus side that doesn't have a counterpart on the gigabyte? (eg. gigabyte has the 2oz copper and ultra durable things)
how about other much cheaper boards, are they good enough? if I'll go with much cheaper boards, I'll just buy an add-in card for usb 3.0 and sata 3. can't go with p6t deluxe v2 cause it's $270+$30 (addin card)= that's $300, so i'll go for the gigabyte if the p6t deluxe v2 would be a choice. so preferably under $230 mobos.
last question, can the gigabyte x58a ud5 oc the i7 920 d0 stepping to 4.0-4.2?
is the foxconn bloodrage any good?is it better than the asus p6t deluxe v2 and gigabyte ud5? and also, what are the important features that i should consider? ultra durable, 2oz copper? i'm not really going for the turbo v of asus because i'm going to oc it myself. so is there any features i should consider? from other boards?
Today, I bought a new PSU ( The Corsair HX1000W) and now, I can confirm to you that my problem was a hardware incompatibility with the TX950W PSU and the Asus P6t deluxe V2 motherboard.
Windows was installed without any problem.
So, be careful when you choose your components.