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My First Build - i7 920

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February 9, 2010 10:40:42 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week

BUDGET RANGE: 700 - 900 after rebates (really looking for value here)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet, games (Dragon Age Orgins, WoW, etc), Office apps, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Video Card (ATI Radeon R4670 512MB), HD (1TB Harddrive), DVD Rom, 2 LCD monitors, keyboard, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Cheapest (Newegg, Tigerdirect) COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 920

OVERCLOCKING: yes? Never have before

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: like a future upgrade option here

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

This is what I'm thinking of getting:

i7 920 for 199.99 + 20.5 tax
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

PSU & 6GB DDR3 for $159.28 (after rebates & Bing cashback)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Com...mbo.331398

Win 7 Pro (64 bit) & MoBo for $289
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

SSD for $189
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AZZA Orion 202 black/black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Questions:
1. Is it worth getting another R4670 to crossfire in the short-term?
2. Thoughts on the SSD? I threw this in there primarily for installing Win 7 on it and a few other frequently used apps.
3. Any reason I might want to consider going to the Win 7 32bit?
3. Anything else I'm forgetting or other thoughts?

More about : build 920

February 10, 2010 1:12:41 PM

Even though it's a gaming build, the games are not very demanding.

1. Nope. IMO, you should get a HD 5770 & forget crossfiring, but before you do, try out your old card in the new rig. If it's ok, stick to it.

2. No SSD. Budget is too low.

3. Nope, get 64bit.

4. If it were me, I'd dump the old rig. Use the savings + your budget to get a decent gaming rig with AMD Phenom X4. Most likely you'd have about $1000 to spend. And HD 5850. Overkill for gaming? Yep, but you won't have to upgrade it for a while. The reasoning behind this is that none of your usage requires i7 920.
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