I'm planning on building an i7 system and came up with the following config.:
CPU: i7 920
cpu cooler: intel stock cooler
case: haf 922
GPU: saphire 5850
psu: corsair 850tx
dvd rewriter: have plenty at home
mobo: GA ex58 UD3R
I'm not sure which ram or hard drive I should take and that's why I'm asking for help. I just want a small(250gb) fast hard drive. And for ram I don't know I was thinking 6bg ddr3 but I have no idea which kind. I am already over my budget so cheap solutions are welcome. And comments or sugestions for the other components are also welcome. thank you.
the samsung f3 drives are good the 250gb is $45 but rather get the 500gb for $54 if you cant find that the seagate 500gb is the same price
as for ram g.skill has some good value ideally you would want 1600mhz cas 7 ram cas 8 aint bad but stay away from cas 9 unless you just want and htpc ,1333 mhz ram will do fine also in cas 7 i wouldn reccomend cas 8 1333 ram but it should be ok
make sure you get LOW VOLTAGE ram 1.65v or lower anything over that will hurt your cpu
If you are over budget I will offer a couple suggestions. Since you are only running one video card I'd recommend dropping down to a 650TX since that will be plenty to power it (should save $30~). You could also do very well with an i5-750 cpu which will save you another $80~ or so, more than enough for a single GPU setup. Would also allow for a cheaper p55 mobo.
thnx for the suggestions but I was planning to upgrade to crossfire hd5850's later so then I would need the i7 and 850tc or not? and for the ram if I would buy an i7 wouldn't triple channel be better or is the difference small?
Since Hyper-Threading and triple-channel memory offer arguably limited benefits in a number of applications, the only time we'd be concerned about selecting a Core i5 is if we plan to share those 16 PCIe lanes with more than two graphics cards. Testing has shown that two graphics cards can still perform exceptionally, even when limited to using eight PCIe 2.0 lanes each, so we're happy to employ the Core i5 for dual-card SLI or CrossFire setups, but not for triple- or quad-card configurations.
On the plus side, of course, compared to the Core i7 CPUs, is the price. The Core i5-750 2.66 GHz CPU costs $200, while the cheapest Core i7-920 2.66 GHz CPU weighs in at $80 more and won't offer a tangible performance boost over the i5 for most applications. Because we've chosen a simple two-card graphics configuration in CrossFire, the Core i5-750 is the obvious choice for this price bracket.