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Narrowing down i7-860 matx build. Comments please!

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March 28, 2010 5:52:03 PM

I'm narrowing down my system build. I'm sort of a novice and have only built one system before. I'm not planning to O/C this machine and I want it to be rock solid. I might play a few good games (Starcraft 2) but it's many for everyday use. Please let me know if it looks ok. :) 


Lian Li PC-A03B All Aluminum Black Mini Tower Gaming Micro ATX Case http://www.svc.com
$84.99

Intel BOXDP55WB Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #:N82E16813121388
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $99.99

Core i7 860 Processor Boxed
Item #:735858210478
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy Microcenter $199.99

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #:N82E16820134792
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy Newegg $104.99
$94

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5770 100283-2L Video Card
Item #:N82E16814102864
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy Newegg $179.99
$159.99

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 6.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #:N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $119.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #:N82E16820167023
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy Newegg $299.99
$224.99

OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ500MXSP 500W Power Supply compatible with core i7
Item #:N82E16817341016
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $89.99
$64.99

LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50
Item #:N82E16827136177
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy Newegg $24.99
March 28, 2010 6:02:46 PM

why are you using an i7 860? get the 930, at the microcenter near me they are the same price. so you need two more sticks of ram and also 500 is cutting it close. i would do a 600 psu
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March 28, 2010 7:36:47 PM

How much hotter does the i7-930 run over the i7-860? I didn't specify this but I'm trying to keep my system quiet. I think the 930 uses 130w versus 95w for the 860.
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March 28, 2010 8:57:46 PM

Hi charliebird,

That's the reason I went for the i7-860 (cooler and quieter running), plus the fact that the memory runs at 1333mhz by default
without overclocking.

Regards keith263
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March 28, 2010 10:57:25 PM

Does everything else look ok? Will this powersuppy fit in the Lian Li PC-A03B case? There seems to be limited options for i7-860 motherboards. I only picked the Intel board because Maingear uses it in a configuration similar to this one.
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March 28, 2010 11:04:02 PM

Go with either a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or the Seagate 7200.12. The WD still uses the older 320gb platers vs the newer and faster 500gb platters.
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March 28, 2010 11:13:16 PM

Good call! I'm switching to the Samsung Spinpoint F3. It got great reviews on Newegg and it's cheaper. Thanks
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March 29, 2010 3:43:11 AM

I have a build similar to your and love it. The Intel MB is great! I have 8Gb of Corsair RAM and a ASUS 5870.


XPS8000 case ,
Intel DP55BS MB, i7 860@3.6Ghz w Zallman 9700 cooler,
1TBx2 RAID,
Intel X25MG2 SSD,
ASUS EAH HD5870,
8GB 1600 Corsair XMS Dominator,
3008WFP,
Ultra Gold 550,
Win7 x64 Ultimate
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April 2, 2010 1:16:20 AM

I will just tell you though that using the Intel Desktop Control Center to overclock was very simple and I was able to get to 4.2Ghz rather easily and it was stable.
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April 2, 2010 1:36:45 AM

Do you like your Dell 8000 case?
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April 8, 2010 12:41:22 AM

charliebird said:
Do you like your Dell 8000 case?



Yes for a uATX it is nice. I really like the styling more than anything else.
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