First Ever i7 Build (Stuck on some things)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I still have a lot of time, sometime before summer
BUDGET RANGE: $~1000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: PSU, Mouse, Keyboard, Speakers, CPU, monitor (I already have these)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg for reviews, anywhere trusted to purchase

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'm mostly concerned about parts throttling each other


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Already have a monitor

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Hopefully not too noisy, but I can deal with it if necessary.

Here are the parts I have/are looking at

CPU: (Already Have)
Intel Core i7-920

Undecided, but something in the top 3 ranks of the toms guide would be nice,2521-8.html

Undecided. To be honest, latency confuses me. I've been looking at ddr3 sticks in the 1333-1600 range though

PSU: (Already Have)
OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V

Case: (Getting Soon)
Antec Twelve Hundred

Hard Drive:
I was thinking about having a dedicated SSD for boot and essential programs.
Any TB+ with 7200rpm/32mb cache will be fine for storage.

I have no idea what to do here. About the only thing I know about is x58 with LGA 1366 socket.

I will be running 2 different monitors.
SAMSUNG 226BW Black 22" 2 ms (GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor (already have)
ViewSonic P95F+B Black 19" CRT Monitor (already have)

Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Also, I was wondering if a CPU fan would be important? If it is, which CPU fan would you guys recommend.
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  2. gkay09 said:
    Mobo -

    RAM - If you will be overclocking, then a DDR3 1600Mhz CAS 8 would be a good option
    OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    I'm sort of a newb at this so I apologize in advance for asking such a question. When I looked at the specs on the motherboard, it said memory standard was DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800. Does this mean it wouldn't support the 1600 speed of the ram you suggested?
  3. ^ will support even those speeds...
    But anything above 1066MHz, you would have to set them manually in the BIOS or by using the XMP profiles...
  4. If you are going to overclock and want a moderately quiet fan at full RPM, I would consider the Vigor Monsoon III Lt.

    I purchased it because I heard it was quiet and cooled fairly well, both of those statements are true.

    You can get $30 off if you bundle it with your i7 920 @ newegg.

    I forgot to mention however that it is fairly large and to make sure you have enough clearance before ordering ANY cooling solutions.
  5. I'll most likely pick up the hard drive that was mentioned. However I had questions about the SSD. I read that it would be optimal to leave 20-25% spare space on the SSD, which means that a 60GB SSD only really has about 45-48GB to write. Would this be enough for essential programs, windows 7, and a few games to boot off of the HD?
  6. ^ WIN 7 will take up roughly ~15GB + Apps(I mean important and necessary apps) - ~2-5GB + Frequently playing games - Maybe 15-20GB -> Total - ~40-45GB...So you would have no issues with that 60GB SSD...

    And +1 to cscott_it on an aftermarket CPU cooler...
    Get an aftermarket CPU cooler if you want to overclock...It will handle the heat better and give a good overclock headroom...
    If you want to overclock say upto 3.8GHz, then get the CM Hyper 212+...
    Anything above, then the Xig Dark Knight/ Scythe Mugen 2/ Noctua/ Vigour
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