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Need advice i7 920 build

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January 28, 2010 8:18:23 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week

BUDGET RANGE: around $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, playing movies/music, photoshop

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, mouse/keyboard, monitor, case (thermaltake v9 black), HDD (WD 1tb caviar black), PSU (corsair TX750W)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.ca, www.ncix.com, www.tigerdirect.ca

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: x58 platform system

OVERCLOCKING: Probably

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Trying to put together a system that I can use for the next 3-4 years with options to upgrade. Not too sure about my choices for RAM and mobo. Also from what I've read the i7 930 will be released in about a month and will be replacing the 920, would it be worth waiting for?

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XFX HD-585A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video ... - Retail - $308.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $199.99
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

COMBO:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK - Retail
$463.98
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

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January 28, 2010 8:31:11 PM

The 5850 should be considered the entry point for DX11 gaming at 1920 resolution with "today's DX11 games". No way to tell as yet but as games start to more fully integrate DX11 features, I expect it may start to struggle with the more demanding games that should start arriving come Xmas 2010.
January 28, 2010 8:38:53 PM

All the 930 will do, from what I've read, is bump the clock speed. Since you are planning to overclock, the only thing you'd be waiting for is the ten dollars or so price break on the 920. That ASRock is a good mobo. As for the memory, I have, and have had in the last few builds, OCZ memory, and I like them. A lot of people prefer the recent gskill's ot the corsairs. But OCZ is good too.
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