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Need advice on a custom $1200 build

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January 29, 2010 2:12:09 AM

Purchase timeframe- maybe next week

BUDGET RANGE: About $1200


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Power supply, mouse, keyboard, case, monitor, soundcard, harddrive


Country of origin: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I know im probably going to get the I7 920



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just need advice on the fastest, most reliable motherboard that will fit my case
some of the reviews on popular motherboards complain about the lengths of the motherboards not fitting the cases.
I have an ATX case

Also, if I should get triple channel memory or dual channel memory kits and the brand etc that you would recommend, I wouldn't mind up to 8 gigs of ram

Also, I need advice on the best single slot video card, I doubt ill do sli or xfire

Last, I need a good second market cpu fan, I don't think the stock heatsink/fan will do

Thank you!
January 29, 2010 3:04:39 AM

Its would be nice if you could post links to the parts you already have, it would be silly to say that the best GPU would be a HD 5970 and your monitors rez is 800x600

If you want a X58 mobo go with 3 / 6 or 12 gigs of ram 6 would be the sweet spot

A HD 5970 would be the fastest GPU


I would look into a i5 750 if this rig is just for gaming and a single card setup

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a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2010 1:28:37 PM

CPU: i7 920 $200 Microcenter

Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310

RAM: GSKILL 3x2gb 1333

GPU: XFX 5850

CPU Heatsink: Coolermaster 212

Total $1,009.98
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a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2010 1:35:05 PM

Niklas_13 said:
I would look into a i5 750 if this rig is just for gaming and a single card setup

January 29, 2010 1:35:22 PM

I highly suggest an i5-750 build if this is purely for gaming. You can see some benchmarks here which clearly show that the i5 is much better than the i7 in gaming. By going i5 route you can save some money and even upgrade some other parts. By the way, which PSU are you going to be using and is it new or used? You don't want to be using a cheap/old and worn out PSU because it could easily break down and fry your entire system with it. Just want to make sure that you don't get shafted by a poor PSU desicion. As for the motherboard in an i5 setup, you should check out this Tom's review as all of these motherboards are in your price range. Another great board for $190 is the ASUS P7P55D-E.
a b V Motherboard
January 29, 2010 1:38:38 PM

An i7-860, which is about the same price, would be faster than the i7-920.
i7-860 is socket LGA-1156, while i7-920 is socket 1366.
The advantage of socket 1366 is that hexacores will come out for it and not socket 1156.

January 29, 2010 7:24:58 PM

This is my PSU

I think I may stick with the i7 920 to make it viable for the future instead of having to swap out the motherboard

I like what evongugg picked out also, I think I will go with those

Thanks again for everyone's help
January 29, 2010 11:19:46 PM

That PSU will be ok for a i7 920 and the HD 5850 or 5870 with room to OC

evongugg Build looks grate +1

Enjoy the build, if you need anything else post back.

February 5, 2010 10:57:28 PM

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