I7-860 $800 new build advice

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Over the coming weeks, not in a rush though

BUDGET RANGE: around 800

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, media server, surfing the internet, watching movies, etc

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS ,CPU (i7-860), GPU - Radeon 4850.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: , or other similar sites



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC, . I plan on upgrading my graphics card when the 5870 comes down to a reasonable price (i know it will be a while).

I've already purchased the CPU: i7-860 ...
heres the shopping list

GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156 Intel P55


G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666)

CPU Fan:
Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000

looking for suggestions on a quite case

looking for a good 1 TB + drive

No clue where to start here, looking 22+ here but don't want to blow the budget on this.

Thanks in advance to everyone for the help
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  1. Best answer
    Mobo: That Gigabyte diables USB 3/SATA III speeds when you Crossfire. The Asus P7P55D-E Pro (for only $5 more) doesn't.

    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105 after rebate. Cheaper and faster.

    Case: The HAF 922 is excellent, but somewhat pricey at $90 after rebate. After that, the Antec 300 Illusion is in a nice combo with an Earthwatts 750W PSU for $145 after rebate.

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90

    Monitor: Asus 21.5" 1080p $160 after rebate
  2. Or he can save a few dollars and buy something like this: GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P

    Since he doesn't intend to crossfire the specified drawback of Gigabyte's motherboards won't affect him...

    +1 for everything else :)
  3. See, I skipped that part. I assumed OP wanted to because of the 8x/8x board...
  4. Im more looking for the best long term purchase. the current system i'm using i built back in 06 and have only upgraded the graphics card and added 2 HDs since building it.

    I've looked at the HAF and seen it recommended many times, honestly i'm not a huge fan of that case, design and noise wise, i guess i could always go with sound damping panels.

    also whats everyones take on the G.skill ripjaws series?
  5. G.Skill makes some great sticks. However, the 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 set is was out of stock this morning. The Mushkin set is currently slightly cheaper after the rebate.

    I don't own the HAF, but I've been told it's actually really quiet. You're absolutely right about it being ugly as hell though. I'm a fan of the Antec 300 Illusion, but you should also check out the Coolermaster 690 or 690 II.
  6. I was looking at those 2 coolermasters, but the one that really has my eye is the Zalman HS2... although for $180 its a bit much to pay for a case....
  7. bumping to try to get a few more responses.
  8. I'm kinda feeling like the motherboard maybe a bit of overkill. anyone give opinions or recommendations? not sure i'll be making use of SATA III or USB 3.0 anytime in the near future...
  9. If you're not planning to run CF/SLI and want to save some cash on the motherboard, check out the GA-P55M-UD2. It's mATX but if you don't plan on adding many expansion cards it's a great board for only $105.

    Also, I think your PSU may be overkill. Again, for not running CF/SLI I think a good 550W would be fine. That's sufficient for the latest generation of cards, you can double check your 4850 to be sure. The Corsair is $85 after rebate.

    EDIT: I looked up the 4850, here's what AMD says as far as power goes:
    450 Watt or greater power supply with 75 Watt 6-pin PCI Express® power connector recommended (550 Watt and two 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
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