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April 30, 2010 4:01:24 AM

Hi All,

The following is what I currently have for a setup. I'm looking for some advice on how I can cut down on price.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: About a month

BUDGET RANGE: 1,000+

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Software development (local servers, db's and such), very light gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I want to stick with the i7 and the Megahalem. Which means I need a full tower because it is so big??

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (shooting for 3.8)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Don't care. Not yet at least

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: none!





Thanks for the help!

EDIT: I would also like to have a decent size SSD boot drive (40+ GB), but I am completely uninformed regarding SSD.

Thanks!

Erik

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April 30, 2010 5:18:37 PM

Hmm, had gaming been your priority I would have said dump the CPU for an i5 750, get a P55 mobo and just 4gb RAM. Of course, you clearly stated you want the i7, and for non gaming I do not know how much better the i7 is and I guess you will need the 6gb RAM.

Of all of it, the first thing I would cheapen is the case, others may have strong opinions about that but usually my cases are about $50 - $60. A typical ATX tower case should fit the fan in
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April 30, 2010 5:26:24 PM

Thanks for the reply. I thought I read somewhere the using the Prolimatech Megahalem cooler required a full case because it is HUGE.

Do you have any recommendations for cheaper cases that would fit the Prolimatech Megahalem?

Thanks!
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April 30, 2010 5:36:28 PM

Get this RAM combo'd with your CPU

G. Skill PI Series CAS 7 + i7 920

That's 60 dollars saved right there. Also, your mobo is sold out. If there's a better combo that saves more than 10 dollars with your mobo, get that instead.

Also, if you're not going over 4.0ghz, I don't really see a need to get the megahelms. The Hyper 212+ should do just fine. Another 30-40 dollars saved right there.

You also don't need a 200+ dollar case. The HAF 922 or antec 900 should suffice. Unless you're really set on a full tower, get a HAF 932 or Antec 1200.

I didn't see an ODD in your build. Do you need one? There's also some combos you can find with an ODD and those cases I listed.

You can even combo the antec cases with a power supply to save even more money.

If you make the changes I listed that's $100+ saved.
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April 30, 2010 6:23:08 PM

Better 1156 based build for $1k.

Case
HAF 922 $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD
No Change F3 1tb $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO
ASUS P7P55D-E LGA $155
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF
Hyper 212 Plus + random floppy $29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
They're paying you to take the floppy...

PSU/GPU
XFX 5770 and CMPSU 650TX $245 w/ $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/CPU
Rijpaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and i7-860 $388
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total Comes to ~$997

Optical you can add 1 for $20 promo code BHDAPR28
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't know exactly what software you're using bu don't think you need more than 4 gb of RAM. if you do another kit is just $120 more.

Can also throw in 2 Intel X25-V 40gb drives for boot and apps. Throw these in Raid 0 in Win 7 (trim is supported in RAID 0 by Intel SSD's only) and you've got incredible performance for the price.

$115 each
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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