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1st time build for i7 870...?

This is in addition to 1st post ( Best mobo/graphics for i7 870) to better fill in some blanks.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week for motherboard! rest within next 1-2 months
BUDGET RANGE: Cumulative. Already expect it to be $500-800 for remaining parts (after CPU)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: General Purpose, Adobe PS2, HTPC/Media Server (HD sound & video), misc. CAD work

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, monitor(s), Still DO need graphics card(s), power supply, OS...

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipflyzoom.com, buy.com, amazon... whoever's got best price/good customer service.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Planning on Windows 7 64bit, Intel SDD drives, others up in air as I gather all the details (nVida vs. ATI, etc...),
the core i7 870 surely may not the best start for the ideal/affordable build, but it was a gift, so it's what I got.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in time SLI or CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1600x1200 x2, 1920x1080, +HDMI output to HD tv (1080i dlp)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Although I need to get the mobo immediately, rest will be gradual as time/money allows. Striving for maximum fwd. compatibility such as USB 3.0, SATA 6b/s, best LAN bandwidth
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  1. The i7-870 is overpriced. I would use a 750, and OC that, and repurpose the money towards a nice USB 3.0/SATA 6.0gbs and a 5970.
  2. He already has the 870.
    It was a gift.
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    PapaRockrat said:
    the core i7 870 surely may not the best start for the ideal/affordable build, but it was a gift, so it's what I got.


    Anonymous said:
    The i7-870 is overpriced. I would use a 750, and OC that, and repurpose the money towards a nice USB 3.0/SATA 6.0gbs and a 5970.

    Wow, reading the OP before posting a reply is usually recommended.

    Here's my suggestions.

    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $189.99

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C7 - Retail $114.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99

    You don't list gaming. Will you be gaming at all on the system? If not, a 5770 would be plenty. A 5850 would be best if you want to game.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.335363 $159.98 - $15 MIR (Antec 300 illusion + Antec EA750 combo)
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