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I7 build, final compatibility check... critique me

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April 28, 2010 9:52:20 PM

Hello, this my final build how does it look, does it all work together for a Win7 build,
how does my Mobo look?
how does my ram look?
did i choose a good video card?

My use for this will be me being an engineering student, doing CAD stuff and programing nothing to intense.... but still need some power!
I'm $50 under budget of $850 so any suggestions

-CPU-- I7-860 $200

-Mobo-- Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3 $133

-Ram-- G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $119.99

-GPU-- EVGA GeForce 9800GT 1024MB $89

-PSU-- Corsair 750W $90

-Hard drive-- Samsung F3 1TB $90

-CoolMaster-- case on sale $70

total $793

Thanks! :) 
April 28, 2010 10:19:06 PM

The build looks good for your intended use. How firm is your $850 budget? If it's slightly flexible then I would consider upping the RAM to 8GB. CAD software likes as much RAM as you can throw at it as long as you have the 64-bit version of the programs. You could go with a slightly cheaper case like the Antec 300 to save a few bucks toward the RAM. You could also save some money on the PSU since 750W is major overkill for this system.

Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply $74.99
April 28, 2010 10:57:22 PM

Agree. MORE RAM, less case.

The Antec 300 case run ~$50.00, and do yourselft a favor, LOAD it it all the fans! Add 2-front & 1 side 120mm fans, it comes with back & top. It you don't want LED lights, get a cheaper ones.


Case: Antec Three Hundred $49.99 -

Fans: Antec Tri-Coll LED $9.99 each (need 3) -

This will put you over your budget:

RAM: Corsair XMS 8GB Kit $299.99 -

Maybe drop the PSU to 650 (I didn't run your number into a PSU checker, Newegg has one):

PSU: Corsair 650W Modular $129.99 -

I don't know about the video card (your link is wrong.). Is it a PCIe x16 capable? My suggestion would again put you over:

Video: Radeon HD 4870 $159.99 -

Newegg may have 'em cheaper, may not.

You did spend alot of time shopping, so your set up should work for you. The main thing is your budget. Get as much RAM as you can.

See how it goes!
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April 29, 2010 12:22:00 AM

I agree that the 750 would be overkill, but i heard that corsair makes good PSUs and that model is on sale for $90, that is $50 off. i did a power check and the min. needed is 550watts so i thought i should just add on 100 w to be safe. then i saw this PSU on sale.. then i thought.. better be overkill then underkill. I'de say I don't think i would need to go over the $850 unless something would make it 10 times better for an extra $100.. but i could get 2 of my ram packages for total of 8 Gigs..
April 29, 2010 4:30:46 AM

Hey cgroom, I'm looking at building an i7-860 build also... my thread is called "<$1000 gaming/video editing desktop!". I noticed we have picked out some similar components... GB motherboard and g.skill ram.

You may want to look at this ECO ram that is only $5 more and is .3V less! Could make a difference for OC/temps!?