Building an i7 system. What do you think?


BUDGET RANGE: 700-1000 After Rebates


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Screen, my 500 watt power supply, 2 ATI Radeon 5670's

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: FRYS local store for parts,




MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 is what i run now with my 5670. I'm not sure what my natural screens resolution is. Its an Dell 19inch widescreen

Was thinking of this setup

Intel Core i7 930 CPU

Asus P6T SE i7 Intel X58 1366 Motherboard

6GB 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC CL8 240-Pin DIMM Kit XMP (Kingston)(I don't know much about these brands and whose good. is Kingston good? any suggestions?)

2x5670 ATI Radeon graphic cards. I know there's better out there, but I already have these 2, and i'm trying to cut the price as much as I can.

only a 500 watt power supply. Will this be able to handle the 2 5670's? I know they don't require much power. They don't even need to be directly connected to the power supply. Let me know if this is not enough. I don't want to take any chances.

500gb HD

Windows 7 (know bout any deals on this?)

Antec 900 mid-tower case

Optical Drive

Anything i'm missing or anything you'd suggest changing let me know. Thanks
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  1. Please post in the format found in the "How to ask for new build advice" sticky at the top of the forum. There's information in there that we need in order to offer meaningful advice.
  2. Looks like you've got the format, except you're missing the 2 most important pieces of information.


    Monitor resolution.
  3. coldsleep said:
    Looks like you've got the format, except you're missing the 2 most important pieces of information.


    Monitor resolution.

    Got all it now? lol
  4. Sure now nobody replies lol =P
  5. You really don't need an i7 930 system for gaming. You would be better off going with an i5 750 system. What 500W PSU do you have? The PSU is the most important component if you want a stable system. I wouldn't let it anywhere near your new system unless it's nearly new and from a known good manufacturer like Corsair, PC Power & Cooling, Antec, Seasonic, etc...

    You'll be disappointed with the performance of your 5670's IMO. I would just sell them and pick up a nice single GPU so you have the option of adding another GPU in crossfire later.

    Here's what I'd build:

    Intel Core i5 750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor - Retail

    ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $354.98 (CPU + motherboard combo)

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM $119.99

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Antec TruePower New TP-650 650W 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $179.98 - $30.00 MIR's (Case + PSU combo)

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive $54.99

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $99.99

    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM $21.99

    Total - $831.92 - $30.00 MIR's

    That leaves you enough room in your budget to get a 5770. It's also a complete system so you wouldn't have to cannibalize your current system. You could either re-purpose it or sell it.

    HIS H577FM1GD Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $149.99
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