I7 Build for a home workstation - Help

Hello.... new to the forum and looked like this would be the best place to post this thread. I'm looking to build an i7 system but I don't have much experience with all the new stuff. I put together a system 6 years ago and really been working off a laptop for the last 4 years. So here is the list from the sticky, hope I filled this out right :whistle:


BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 - $2,000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Work PC, going to be running Windows 7 64bit Enterprise with VMWare Workstation and running multiple VM's of Server 2008 Enterprise (One DC, NAP, Certificate server and one running Cisco ACS) All this is really for testing out stuff. It will also be running all the time so I can RDP to each VM when needed. I will also be using it for AirMagnet Suite products (for work.... really bogs down a lot of systems I have used it on) AutoCAD, Visio, Adobe Acrobat PRO, Photoshop and the usual MS Office 2007. Internet of course and maybe watching movies no gaming.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg if possible but open


PARTS PREFERENCES: Here is what I was thinking
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... - Retail
EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Retail
EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

OVERCLOCKING: Yes... would like to but don't have much experience. My old system had an ASUS board, but had issues with the CPU overheating even when it wasn't OC'd :(

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Which ever is better for what I will be doing

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200 (depends on the monitor my work buy's me) Looking for a 24" - 30"

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This will be running all the time and would like something that has good ventilation. If possible quiet, but I had built one around 6 years ago and know how loud the fans could get. I will probably need only one good dvd burner, I can hook up an external if I need to make copies. I will probably buy one hd just for the OS and one or two 1.5TB - 2TB HD's for programs 7 files. Alot of my work proccessing I do really slows my laptop down and that is why I want to build a nice high performace rig. My laptop is an old T60 with 4gig running Windows 7 32bit Enterprise. Some of the Adobe Acrobat docs when editing takes up to 30 minutes to process and allows me to make changes, so I would really like something that would fly:)

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  1. Here is a reworked config...

    i7 920 + Gigabyte UD3R

    CPU Cooling - If you want good cooling, then get this...
    CM Hyper 212+

    RAM -
    2 of these sets - 12GB - Just make sure you get a WIN 7 64Bit and not the 32bit if you want to take advantage of the RAM more than 4GB( Running many VMs would benefit from the additional RAM)...

    CASE - This will be a very good option...and has very good airflow...
    CM HAF 922

    PSU - I dont think you would need more than 550W...For your usage a single powerful graphics card would suffice...no need to go SLI/ Crossfire...
    OCZ 550W

    Graphics card-
    If you want Nvidia card, then this one...
    GTS 250

    Else a good ATI card -
    HD 5670

    HDD - The Samsung F3...
  2. Thanks for your feedback.... just wanted to see what others might come up with.

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