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January 11, 2010 9:40:35 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $1600-1800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Photo editing and storage/Office Work/Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, DVD burner

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (never tried to OC before)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: maybe

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have helped build a couple of PCs and would like to build one on my own.
I just won a $1800 gift card to newegg at my job and can't wait to use it :) 
Would like to be as future proof as possible



This is what I have picked out and wanted to be sure I have made the right choices:

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer H213H bmid Black 21.5" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen 16:9 LCD Monitor - Retail $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail 309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail 114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail 309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail 288.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9900 NT 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail 59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

January 11, 2010 9:59:57 PM

I have two core i7 systems and im here to tell you that you could invest more into graphics less into mobo and cpu and have a better rig. Right now at newegg i have in my cart a mean beast for 1784. (no monitor tho).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
That system would own my dual gtx260 core i7 build
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January 11, 2010 10:07:35 PM

You could take out one of the 5870 to get ur monitor and hard drive, but id keep the 1200w psu so that u can crossfire later
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January 11, 2010 10:10:16 PM

The Zalman 9900 cooler is outdated. New core contact tower coolers are better and cheaper. Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus, Xigmatek Dark knight, Sunbeam core contact freezer, Scythe Mugen 2, even Zalman's new CPNS10X (a core contact tower) would be better choices.

Try to find Cas7 or 8 for about the same price as that Cas9 you linked.

The Caviar black 1TB is a 3x~333GB platter drive. The Samsung F3 1TB has two 500GB platters and is much faster.

The 900 is a great case. Consider putting your DVD burner (any $30 SATA burner will work) at the bottom and sliding your extra power cables underneath it. Then you can move one of the drive bays up a bit higher to run air from the front straight over your RAM to the CPU.
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January 11, 2010 11:44:03 PM

Ok I replaced the HDD with a 500GB Samsung F3 because I decided I'm just doing overkill with the 1TB. I also used the Dark knight cpu cooler. With the savings and some of my own cash I with with the 5870 GPU.

I think that might be my final build. Any more suggestions anyone?
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