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First Ever i7 Build (Stuck on some things)

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February 16, 2010 12:48:50 AM

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,...

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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a b C Monitor
February 16, 2010 3:58:50 AM

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


HDD - Samsung F3 1TB

Graphics card -
HD 5850

CASE - Antec 1200

Total - ~$1091 | $1031 Including Rebates...
February 16, 2010 5:50:26 AM

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?
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a b C Monitor
February 16, 2010 6:40:25 AM

^ 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...
February 16, 2010 6:33:44 PM

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.
February 16, 2010 8:40:39 PM

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?
a b C Monitor
February 18, 2010 3:17:08 AM

^ 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
February 18, 2010 8:42:02 PM

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