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I7 920 first build

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January 29, 2010 1:54:52 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week

BUDGET RANGE: $2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, General use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Case and i7 already purchased, keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Prefer newegg, any other sides wont be a major problem.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Nothing less than 1080p.

Case:
Haf 932

Processor:
Intel i7-920

Cpu Cooling:
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

Memory:
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Possible:
SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video card:
Undecided. Would it be worth it to find a cheap card until Fermi is released in March?

Storage Drive:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Boot Drive:
Intel X25-V 2.5" 40GB SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Is there anyway to make this an all around better PC? I'd like to watercool since I want to overclock this quite a bit, but I've never watercooled so its a new territory for me.

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January 29, 2010 2:47:22 AM

It's not really worth the effort to watercool, unless you have some crazy overclocking goal. Get this cooler, best bang for the buck right now:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

If you have another video card then I think it would behoove you to wait and see what fermi brings to the table. Either significant speed increases, or makes AMD drop prices. It will be a win-win for gamers.

If you are buying soon, buy this Seasonic, its a great deal on an awesome PSU:

SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W

Switch the WD 1tb black for this Spinpoint F3. The Spinpoint has two denser 500gb platters, it is a significant speed gain over the caviar, and cheaper to boot:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache
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January 29, 2010 3:01:17 AM

zach538467 said:
It's not really worth the effort to watercool, unless you have some crazy overclocking goal. Get this cooler, best bang for the buck right now:

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

If you have another video card then I think it would behoove you to wait and see what fermi brings to the table. Either significant speed increases, or makes AMD drop prices. It will be a win-win for gamers.

If you are buying soon, buy this Seasonic, its a great deal on an awesome PSU:

SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W

Switch the WD 1tb black for this Spinpoint F3. The Spinpoint has two denser 500gb platters, it is a significant speed gain over the caviar, and cheaper to boot:

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Im glad you brought up the spinpoint because I wasn't sure which was the better deal, not only is it faster, its much cheaper too. I've never heard of Seasonic, I assume they're a reputable PSU maker? The cooler was a big help too, my problem now lies with how to go about the video card. I was thinking to go with a cheap, $100 card until march...or maybe get one from a friend cause Fermi seems to be getting a big hype.

Another thing I'm worried about is how 'future-proof' this is, I mean..I know computers get outdated quick but is there any way to make as future proof as possible?
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January 29, 2010 3:08:01 AM

You're as future proof as they get. Seasonic is one of the best-if not the best PSU manufacturers. Don't take my word, research it for yourself:) 

Yeah that's what I would do with the GPU, borrowing from a friend would be ideal to save money. If I were to buy a holdover, I'd probably try and find a $100 4850, but any will do really.
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