Need suggestions to this i7-860 build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably one month's time BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1200(usd?)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: serious multitasking, gaming, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, optical drive


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably in the near future

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: First time building up a system, basically torn between parts. Deciding to go for a i7-860 cpu instead of a i7-930 cpu to save some money in between. However, i am still undecided on which mobo i should get. Not sure about the n520 cooler (considering a cooler master v8 as well, would it be worth it?). Am still using a r4770 cyclone gpu but not intending to upgrade now only in the near future. I need suggestions on a budget case as well!

CPU: Intel Core i7-860

Asus Maximus III Gene
Asus P7P55D Pro

Cpu Cooler: CoolerMaster Hyper N520

Ram: Corsair DDR3 1600 2x2gb (+2x1gb???)

PSU: Cooler Master Silent Pro 600W

Casing: Undecided, need suggestions!

Hard Drive: Seagate Barracude 1TB

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Would appreciate some help here! Thanks in advance!
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  1. Best answer
    Here are some suggestions and alternatives...

    CASE -

    HDD - The Samsung F3 1TB is faster and more reliable...
    $20 off with promo code EMCYSZW23, ends 5/24

    Mobo - Get this one...
    ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156

    RAM - Cheaper and with nice timings...

    And get atleast 650W PSU rather than 600W. Though it would suffice for 2x HD 4770s, but if you upgrade to faster card config, then it might not be sufficient for possible crossfire and also PSUs last more than 1 build...
  2. I would have to agree with gkay09 he has some good suggestions.
    As far as cases go Cooler Master has the best values at the moment and they're top quality.
    I live in Canada but i don't thing pricing is too far of the U.S now days.



    Mobo -

    As far as a Hdd 1 tb is availiable for under $90 from any manufacturer.

    You'll need to buy 4 gb of Ram anything less is pointless and a waste.
    GSkill or Corsair are good choices.

    I jumped in early

    Cpu- Intel i-7 860
    Mobo-Gigabyte P55-UD5
    HS- Thermalright MUX-120 ( $50 and is quiet !CoolerMaster Hyper 212 plus is cheaper and also very good)
    Ram - Corsair Dominator 1600C8
    Gpu - XFX 5850 BE
    Psu - Corsair HX 750 ( have seen the HX 650 for $100 online quite often) Case- Antec 902
    HDD - Seagate 7200.11 1.5 TB
    OS - Windows 7 Pro 64
  3. Don't use a 1156 gigbyte MOBO. They really messed up their USB 3/SATA 6 implementation. The feature is disabled when you xfire and if you use 1 GPU, it's limited to x8.

    The Asus Gkay suggested is very good.
  4. banthracis is absolutely correct about that Gigabyte mobo.
    An oversight on my part!
    The recommended Asus board is by far the best mobo in that price range.
  5. yes i'm sticking to the asus gkay suggested. i have one last doubt and that is the cpu cooler, any other good suggestions beside the 212+?
  6. Well it is the best bang for the buck right now...Other alternatives -|35-233-029^35-233-029-S01,35-185-142^35-185-142-TS

    But again I would like to say that you wont notice any significant performance difference between these and the Hyper...
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  8. You'll have to be carefull when choosing your cpu cooler in a mid-sized case.
    While the Mugen 2 is an excellent cooler its dimensions are huge.
    Depending on the ram you choose this could be an issue when it comes to your dimms.
    I just installed a Hyper 212+ in a friends case with some Gskills Ripjaws and everything fit perfect.
    In my rig i went with the Thermalright Mux-120 and Corsair Dominators which are even taller then the Ripjaws and had no clearance issues.
    I'm not so sure about the Mugen 2 in a mid-size chassis.
    Something you'll have to bear in mind when choosing your ram and cooler.
    You'll have no problem with the Hyper and could use the extra cash somewhere else.
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