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June 28, 2010 3:09:58 PM

This is my first i7 build, before i buy everything i thought it would be a good idea to get your opinions, im very open to any suggestions :D 

mobo:
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram (4gb, will upgrade to 8gb asap):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i7:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

graphics:
2 ati 5750's in crossfire:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case:
antec 900

psu:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i hope to overclock the i7 to about 3.2ghz at first then go up to 4ghz+ later, will going at or above 4ghz require liquid cooling? if so, any suggestions on a good liquid cooling rig?

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June 28, 2010 3:22:46 PM

As for the processor and mobo I would go for a i7 930 and a 1356 board (you need 3 matching sticks of ram as well). As for the graphics you could go for a single 5830 or 5850 therefore leaving a second one as a possible future upgrade. I am not sure about the make of the PSU unless you know otherwise go for Antex or corsair.
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June 28, 2010 6:13:23 PM

That build is fine.

I always recommend against crossfire because it does not provide as consistent performance as a single graphics card with the same theoretical performance. Besides, if you get a single card, you can save money on your motherboard since you will not need two PCI-e slots for crossfire.

Although it claims 730W I would not trust it since most of the power is not on the +12V rails. For the power supply.

I notice you don't have a hard drive. You need one of those or there will be no place to put your operating system, programs and files.

You do not need water cooling for that overclock. But make sure you get good air cooling. A well reputed model with heat pipes and copper. I would recommend something but I do not keep up to date with those things. Last I checked though, the OCZ Vendetta II was one of the best. And well priced under $50 too. The Megahalems seemed to bench a bit better than it as I recall. I don't remember the brand though. That was the model.

If you need more money to spend on other parts, it is the i7 model you should drop. I believe there is one at stock 2.66GHz for 1156.

Simon is right. If you want to upgrade in the future, you would also have to upgrade your motherboard. But in my experience, by the time most people upgrade, the socket, or at least the chipset is outdated and they need a new motherboard anyway.
Also, just to be clear, you don't need 3 matching sticks for socket 1366 motherboards. If you put in 2x2GB sticks it will work. But it will simply operate in single channel mode and not provide the slight increase in memory bandwidth that triple channel provides.
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June 28, 2010 7:26:24 PM

thanks for the input, i thought about getting just one graphics card to cut mobo costs but i couldnt find a decent one that fit my needs and only had 1 pci express slot. I also got a good package deal on 2 of these cards which i heard were pretty sweet in cross fire. and ya i know i need a hard drive i just didn't mention it because ive already bought it XD
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June 28, 2010 7:33:15 PM

simon12 said:
As for the processor and mobo I would go for a i7 930 and a 1356 board (you need 3 matching sticks of ram as well). As for the graphics you could go for a single 5830 or 5850 therefore leaving a second one as a possible future upgrade. I am not sure about the make of the PSU unless you know otherwise go for Antex or corsair.


this is the psu from my current dual core build, I havent had any problems with it thus far, but thanks for the recommendations ill check out those brands if have any problems with my current one.
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