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I7-860 (Final Build Advice Before Purchase Please)

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April 11, 2010 7:34:29 AM

Before I start to all of you who have helped me come this far in the build thank you so very much your expertise has been invaluable. But I am on the final stages of this build (Less then a week before ordering) and I would love to have all of you try to tear it apart in an attempt to help me make a better machine. Thanks again and good luck I really do appreciate it.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: (Next Week)) BUDGET RANGE: (1830$) Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, Movies, Homework, ect)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (Mouse)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (Newegg)

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type (Intel)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (when I find out how)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (Want Best bang for buck for 1830ish)

CPU: Intel I7-860 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115214
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: XFX HD-5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150476
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131621
RAM: Gskill 2x2g set 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231321
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200 500g http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148395
SSD: Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU Cooling: CoolMaster hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Monitor: 24" Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236049
Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS: Windows 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Again thank you so much if you have any advice what so ever please leave a comment so I can carefully review it and get it into this new system.

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April 11, 2010 7:48:22 AM

Drop to an i5 750, get a corsair 550 watts. A 5850 would do the job but go ahead take that 5870 :)  You won't see any difference between i5-i7 for you usage.
Also, a p55d le should be more than enough :)  I just make you save a few hundreds :) 
you may want to go for a 80gb intel ssd with that money ( For real, unless you do some benchmark or hardcore programming, you won't feel the i5-i7 difference. As for the power supply, corsair 550 is more than enough for you rig :) 
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April 11, 2010 10:11:18 AM

I'd agree with the i5 750 sentiment; looking at your usage, you might even consider dual-core HT processors (eg. i5 66x) for better performance. After all, here's how it goes:

Gaming: usually single-threaded, with GPU doing all the parallelized work
Homework: low resource usage (even an Atom does wonderfully for that)
Movies: dual-threaded due to decoding + GUI

You'll have a hard time using up to four cores, and you *will not* notice the HT boost. The HT boost only comes in some heavily threaded usage with the right functions (eg. F@H, virtual machines, maybe compiling code, advanced ray tracing).

Also, consider that the 5870 has a TDP of 188W and i5 750 has a TDP of 95W. The motherboard's chipset uses 5W, and each stick of RAM uses at most 15W. Each SATA device consumes no more than 25W. Adding all this up, you come up to just under 400W.

Note that this is at maximum usage and full load! So, you will easily be able to do with a good 500W power supply. In fact, you might be able to get away with a very good 380W, but I'd be uncomfortable going that low.

The rest of your build is excellent, and I hope you enjoy!
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April 11, 2010 10:28:19 AM

All looks good, except for the HDD/SSD. Get the Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB or 1TB instead of the Seagate Barracuda, and for the SSD, I'd go for a Corsair Reactor R60, or OCZ Agility 60GB, which has a much faster read and write speed IIRC, as well as 50% more space and only costs like ~$40 - $60 more. Considering you're not going to CrossFireX, I'd get a smaller PSU, something like a Corsair TX550W or a OCZ ModXStream Pro 500W, the former is better in terms of quality.
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April 11, 2010 9:58:48 PM

As they said, an i5 is a better choice. The i5-750 can be overclocked to perform as good as a i7-975 extreme in games. I dont know much about ssd's, but i do know that its well worth doing some good research into it before making your choice. Stick with the 5870 :)  If you go for a cheaper cpu and and psu, you can maybe go for something like the MSI lightning 5870.
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April 11, 2010 10:54:54 PM

Ok, I down graded my Processor to an i5-750 changed up the HDD and switched the power supply down to a 550W at your guys' request. I also took out the SSD drive. So my question is now I have ~220$ to spend now ill link my current parts for the build and you guys get to choose where I go with it :-D. My guess is to improve the graphics card or get an SSD. (The SSD would be cool haha.) I am open to any and all suggestion and checking this forum almost hourly :-D.

CPU: Intel I5-750 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119197
GPU: XFX HD-5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814150476
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131621
RAM: Gskill 2x2g set 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820231321
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint f3 500g http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SSD: None Currently
CPU Cooling: CoolMaster hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835103065
Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827135204
Monitor: 24" Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6824236049
Keyboard: Saitek PZ30AU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6823175103
OS: Windows 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6832116754

Again all suggestions are welcome thanks guys.
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April 12, 2010 12:36:50 AM

Darn it I'm starting to scare myself away from the i5-750 due to no hyper threading and while that is not important now am I going to be shooting myself in the foot in 2-3 years when games utilize hyeperthreading even with it overclocked to 4.0ghz.
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April 12, 2010 12:51:44 AM

since your spending so much, just go ahead and get the HAF 932. It is more future proof. Also it is bigger and better cooling.The CPU cooler, would be better if it was a Thermaltake V8. I have mine i7-860 Overclocked at 4.0GHz @ 50 C when idle. Here are my specs, they are really similar to your but I paid $500 for my rig.

CPU: Intel i7-860($150)
Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932(Salvaged)
GPU: EVGA 260 GTX($150)
PSU: OCZ 700W($25)
Mobo: EVGA P55 SLI($75)
RAM: Ripjaws 2X2GB 1333GHz($25)
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 750GB(Salvaged)
SSD: None Currently
CPU Cooling: Thermaltake V8($25)
Drive: DVD +/-RW(Salvaged)
Monitor: Westinghouse 22"(Salvaged)
Keyboard: Logitech G19($50)
OS: Windows 7 (Salvaged)
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April 17, 2010 10:25:47 PM

Best answer selected by Sykes77.
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