$1350 i7 build. What do you think?

Here's what I've come up with. I'm on the final stages of what I think I'm gonna do. Please let me know what you think and I encourage feedback as well as suggestions.

- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support

-Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

-Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

- ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

-SAPPHIRE 100283L Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

- CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

-Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM


-A-DATA Gaming Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model AX3U1600GB2G9-AG

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

-Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930

-ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  1. if you are gamer than for that resolution 5850 will be more futureproof if is it in your price range.
  2. +1 to John about the 5850.

    in addition i would go with the spinpoint f3 instead of the WD CB look at the benchmarks. and the price is cheaper.

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/benchmarks,50.html

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product
  3. Also this motherboard is much better, although its more expensive it has SATA III and USB 3.0 which is great because it makes it future proof.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614&cm_re=asus_motherboard-_-13-131-614-_-Product
  4. there is a sale on this case till the 10th of march $79 Antec 900 with the promo code EMCYPYR23

    amazing case, very very cheap, take a look.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product
  5. thanks for your responses guys i appreciate it. most of that stuff is 100$ more than the original item with the exception of the case which is only 20$ or so more, and the GPU which is like 200$ more. my budget was somewhere under/around $1450 total. I swapped out my HD because your recommended one does look better. The other stuff seems a bit too expensive...
  6. give me a second let me see if i can scrunch some numbers for you.
  7. First off you have to change your RAM, you cannot use dual channel ram with that motherboard, or any motherboard for the i7 (building an i5-750 computer is much cheaper btw) here is the cheapest triple channel ram i can find you 129$ after rebate

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365
  8. ok its over what you had wanted to pay at $1539 before shipping ~$20 and after Rebates, but here it is also if you just use the motherboard you originally wanted to it will be about 1458 :). if you want i can build you an i5 system for you to take a look at?

    case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product

    monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

    Motherboard and Processor combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350315

    Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&cm_re=Arctic_Silver_5-_-35-100-007-_-Product

    Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    Graphics - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121361&cm_re=5850-_-14-121-361-_-Product

    Optional motherboard Processor Combo that brings cost down to $1449 but if you have more than one Graphics card in the pcie2.0 slots it brings SATA III and USB 3.0 down to half bandwidth.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.355680

    the Core i7 Processors come with preapplied thermal paste but it is really bad, so i would say you still need the thermal paste.

    I have found the best combos that I can.
  9. requiemsallure said:
    ok its over what you had wanted to pay at $1539 before shipping ~$20 and after Rebates, but here it is also if you just use the motherboard you originally wanted to it will be about 1458 :). if you want i can build you an i5 system for you to take a look at?

    case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product

    monitor - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

    Motherboard and Processor combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350315

    Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&cm_re=Arctic_Silver_5-_-35-100-007-_-Product

    Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289

    OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    Graphics - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121361&cm_re=5850-_-14-121-361-_-Product

    Optional motherboard Processor Combo that brings cost down to $1449 but if you have more than one Graphics card in the pcie2.0 slots it brings SATA III and USB 3.0 down to half bandwidth.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.355680

    the Core i7 Processors come with preapplied thermal paste but it is really bad, so i would say you still need the thermal paste.

    I have found the best combos that I can.


    Really nice parts I think they are a little better/similar to the ones I posted. However, you forgot a PSU :(. That would make it over 1650 I totaled. I want the 5850 BAD but its roughly double the price of a 5770 and I would say not double the performance. Maybe I'm wrong? Thank you for looking up that stuff I really appreciate it man.
  10. case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    monitor - http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VH242H-23-6-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B001LYPIIS

    RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Motherboard and Processor combo - http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.355680&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Thermal Compound - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835100007&cm_re=Arctic_Silver_5-_-35-100-007-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Optical - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    OS - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    Graphics - http://www.buy.com/prod/radeon-hd-5850-graphics-card-ati-radeon-hd-5850-1gb-gddr5-sdram-pci/q/loc/101/212415218.html

    PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-006-_-Product

    ~$1509 after rebates and SH is applied its a bit more than you wanted to spend but you get the 5850 if you want it. otherwise you can save some money and just get the 5770, i have the 5850 and personally i love it, in any case there is one thing that price is based on. MOST of the sales from newegg end today march 7th, so you would have to purchase it today in order to get that price. take a look at it, if you have any questions ill be here.
  11. Cool! is visiontek a good company? I am skeptical about buying brands that aren't as popular but open to the idea. Also, that motherboard doesn't have a GREAT customer satisfaction rating. I like the fact that it has USB 3.0. I don't think I will ever spend the money to have two GPUs I like the idea of just one GOOD one so the necessity of 3 PCIe slots is not paramount. What do you think about another mb with USB 3.0? Also, is that the same monitor I posted just from a different website? Thanks man!
  12. Visiontek is a good company, they offer a LIFETIME warrantee on their products (you have to register your card with them within 30 days or so in order to get it though), their tech support is also great. and they are cheap. i've also searched around the internet for just how good they are, and if you do a search for is visiontek a good company in google, you see very few to no cards have gone bad, and when they do only reports of their good customer service.
  13. and that is the cheapest motherboard for what you want.
    especially when in the combo with the processor.

    just a heads up free shipping on the Optical drive Ends today, and it will add more to your price if you wait.
  14. Forget i7 build this rig from the system builder marathon:

    $1,300 Enthusiast System Components
    Motherboard Gigabyte P55-UD4P LGA 1156
    Chipset: Intel P55 Express $170

    Processor Intel Core i5-750 2.66 GHz
    4 Cores, 8.0MB L3 Cache $200

    Memory 2 x A-Data 2.0GB DDR3-1333 Dual-Channel Kit
    2 x 2.0GB (4.0GB Total), CAS 8-8-8-24 $92

    Graphics 2 x Radeon HD 5850 (CrossFireX)
    1.0GB GDDR5-4000 Per Card
    Radeon HD 5870 GPU at 725 MHz $620

    Hard Drives WD Caviar Black 640GB
    640GB, 7,200 RPM, 32MB Cache SATA 3.0 Gb/s $75

    Optical Samsung SH-S2232C
    22x DVD+R, 8x DVD+RW, 16x DVD ROM, 48x CD ROM
    $27

    Case NZXT M59
    $60

    Power Corsair CMPSU-750HX 750W
    ATX12V, EPS12V , 80-Plus Certified
    $110

    Total Current Cost $1,354

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-own-pc,2503.html?xtmc=system_builder_marathon&xtcr=3
  15. you said you wanted an i7 but this ^^^^ is why the i5 is better. you can get more performance out of it for cheaper. the only thing i would say is ditch the mobo, case and HDD from what brennon says, i know of better ones. this setup will be 2-3x better than the i7 one.

    PROCESSOR - i5-750
    $200 free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115215&cm_re=i5-_-19-115-215-_-Product

    MOTHERBOARD - P7P55D-E PRO - USB3.0 AND SATA III
    $190 + $7.87 shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131621&Tpk=p7p55d-e%20pro

    Memory - A-Data 2.0GB DDR3-1333 - If you go with this RAM make sure to check your bios on what it automatically sets the voltage as, more than 1.65v will not be good for your processor.
    $99.99 free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211410

    GPU - 2 x Radeon HD 5850 (CrossFireX)
    $592.40 shipping included
    http://www.provantage.com/visiontek-900297~BVSTV07W.htm
    or
    $635.74
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125300&cm_re=5850-_-14-125-300-_-Product

    HDD - SPINPOINT F3
    $95 free shipping for 5-7 day deliveries
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ShoppingCart.jsp?Action=Recaculate&Title=&qtylimitamt=99&quantity=1&ieremove=&shipzip=80011&shipchoice=5-7+Day+Delivery&coupon=

    OPTICAL - LIGHT-ON OPTICAL DRIVE
    $26 free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    OS - WINDOWS 7
    $105 free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7_home_premium_oem-_-32-116-754-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    CASE - Antec Nine Hundred
    89.99 including shipping and with promotional code
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021&cm_re=antec_900-_-11-129-021-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    MONITOR - VH242H
    Price after rebate: $189.10 FREE SHIPPING
    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-VH242H-23-6-Inch-Widescreen-Monitor/dp/B001LYPIIS

    PSU - Corsair 750TX
    99.99 after rebate and free shipping
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006&cm_re=corsair_750w-_-17-139-006-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID=

    all of this (including 2 GPU's) is 1687.38 which is over your pricing once again, however you get 2 GPU's with this one. if like you said you do not need 2 GPU's then it will be at 1391.18, a little more for both prices if you use newegg for your GPU's.
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