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February 27, 2010 4:36:27 AM

CPU Core i7 920 MICROCENTER
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
Memory XMS3 6GB DDR3-1600 (PC-12800) CL8
Power Supply Antec Truepower TP-750 BLUE LED 750-Watt PSU
Case Centurion 590 (or antec 300)
HSF Cooler Master Hyper 212

total comes out to about $730 after rebates

ignore video card, i'm going to use my current 9800gt for now
ignore hard drive, using my old WD 1tb black

do you guys see any area i can gain more value in? value as in i can get something better for cheaper or better for around the same price

this is my first build in 5 years, so i'm trying to be careful here. thanks.

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February 27, 2010 7:30:14 AM

core i7 930 wud be better choice over 920 ,same price .
i think upgrading the gpu wont hurt much , as u said ur buyng after 5yrs.
i think u shud buy radeon 5 series .
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February 27, 2010 7:44:09 AM

thank you for your suggestions. i'm buying the 920 for $220 after tax from microcenter. i don't see the 930 on their website yet. i'll try to get that if it's the same price if i do see it.
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February 27, 2010 7:44:17 AM

you could pick up another 9800gt on the cheap and sli till the market opens up a bit when nvidia release their new parts
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February 27, 2010 2:44:16 PM

Looks like a very nice setup.

Of the two cases you have listed, I would go with the Centurion 590, just make sure you mount the PSU with the fan upwards, as there is no dustfilter for the PSU intake mesh on the case.
If you could spend $10 more I would go with the LIAN LI Lancool PC-K58 Black.
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February 27, 2010 2:46:56 PM

The 930 was supposed to hit store shelves before "end of February".

I'd move up to at least CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case / PSU - Bigger and Better cooling, better quality PSU - Antec Nine Hundred + EA650 Power Supply and $10 less than your Antec Combo at $180 .... 650 watter can handle two of ATI's top of the line 58xx series cards in Xfire. 750 watts is an oddball size .... today, for the top tier single GPU cards, a 650 watter is more than enough and for twin double GPU cards in Xfire, an 850 watter will do it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink - pick from the top 3 or 4 here:
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSI...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

pick a TIM from the top few here:
http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/therma...
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


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February 27, 2010 2:51:10 PM

jdazer said:
thank you for your suggestions. i'm buying the 920 for $220 after tax from microcenter. i don't see the 930 on their website yet. i'll try to get that if it's the same price if i do see it.


the i7-930 is brand new and just comes out this sunday (in Europe, i don't know about the US). The price-point forecast is about 280$. some stores already have it for a more expansive price but the big ones don't, so you can't compare well just yet.
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February 27, 2010 6:38:16 PM

i totally forgot about getting a thermal compound! i think i'm going to see what's the cheapest among the top 3 or 4 of them...

does anyone have any idea how many applications 3 grams is good for? i plan to help a friend setup his build as well.
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February 27, 2010 6:44:33 PM

jdazer said:
i totally forgot about getting a thermal compound! i think i'm going to see what's the cheapest among the top 3 or 4 of them...

does anyone have any idea how many applications 3 grams is good for? i plan to help a friend setup his build as well.


That will be plenty, the TIM I am using is Arctic Cooling MX-3 but is not on any of those lists as it is newer than the tests, but I have found it to be very good.

Benchmarks Reviews

FrostyTech
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February 27, 2010 6:47:09 PM

Two things.

1) Jack hit the nail on the head with his Case/PSU recomendation. If you are planning on upgrading GPU's later make sure you get a case that will fit the bigger cards....It would really be a shame if your case ended up being a bottle neck...:)  The 902 is a great case or you could always look at my favorite which is the HAF922. The HAF922 will fit any card you buy with out any modifications.


2) Do you need a Hard drive? You did not list one. If you do I would suggest the WD Black 2TB or the Samsung Spingpoint F# or the Seagate 7200.12 for smaller drives (500gb-1Tb range)
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February 27, 2010 7:32:15 PM

based on the reviews i read, the centurion 590 should fit

i'm using a WD black 1tb (updated OP just now)

thanks
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February 27, 2010 7:44:33 PM

The i7 930 hasn't even come out yet where I live, and even when it does, I'm sure that the prices of the 920 will drop enough to still make them the logical choice.
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March 1, 2010 3:59:01 AM

thank god i already ordered it! i got it really cheap (compared with the prices in other European countries - the US is still cheaper though).
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March 1, 2010 3:24:52 PM

930 is supposed to replace 920 in near future cause as we know lynnfield beats 920 in many places and is a super power saver.
the launch price of 920 ,860 and 930 is same $284.
online sites prices vary a lot.
the only problem wth lynnfield is u would stick wth quad core, though i dont think that would be a problem for many. as long as 870's big bros keep coming on 1156.

if u go for bloomfield or 1336 ull have room for upgrade to six cores. core i7 980xe is the first one coming march 16 for $999.

and core i7 970 for $562 in Q3.

well if u can hold ur horses thn i thnk arnd march 16 the prices will see changes , u may get 920 damn cheap or 930 few more $ cheap.

just close ur eyes and wish looking up in the sky: "show me the wisest config to build " :D 

http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=22622

i found this on the net . i hope this wil hlp
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