Is this viable? ~ 1000 build.

Hi there,
So this is going to be my first build. I have some questions as I'm still kind of new to the hardware stuff ( The Q's at the bottom). I will be using the computer for primarily media use (music, internet, world of warcraft, and maybe some movies to). So here we go.

I have the monitor, here's the link anyways:

intel i7-930=$200 (I know a guy who knows a guy ^.^)

Motherboard: best bang for the buck?

Graphics Card: Maybe SLI in the future



Power Supply:


1. For OS wise I will be going with windows 7, do I need to worry about 32 or 64 bit? If so, what is the difference?

2. Is this a future proof build for what I am requiring this system to be used for?

3. Do I need water cooling? I have gotten mixed views from people I know. It sounds expensive and risky, and so far by preference I would like to get another fan, replace a heat sink etc etc.

4. I can't have 4 gigz of ram with an i7-930?? (just want to make sure)

So that's it, let me know how I did! :bounce:
Thanks for your time,
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  1. Better $1,000 gaming build. However, fill out form in sticky and we can fine tune if needed. Link in my sig.

    Full Build
    Optical LG $20

    Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $110

    HAF 922 and 7200.12 $120

    5870 and GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $475 w/ $15 MIR

    Phenom II x4 955 and Cm Hyper 212 Plus $175

    Corsair 750tx $110 w/ $20 MIR

    Total: $1010 before $35 MIR and shipping

    1. 32 bit OS only supports up to 3 gb of RAM. Need 64 bit to utilize more.
    2. Any intel build is pretty much dead end with 1155 and 1356 coming out this year and next. Having SLI and a good PSU though, does let you drop in a second GPU for better gaming in the future.
    3. Cheap water sucks, is louder and worse than good air, which is cheaper. To beat good air it's about $500 worth of water cooling.
    4. 1366 CPU's are tri channel, not dual channel. you could run with 4 gb, 2 kits, but that's kinda defeating the purpose of 1366 there. 1156 runs dual channel, like the i5-750 linked above.
  2. Cool, thanks man. I think I'll go with your build then =D
  3. an i7 doesn't beat a phenom II x4 in gaming. In fact, even if you use a 5970 it still won't beat the phenom ii.

    Gaming is heavily GPU limited, in fact, in Crysis, a 2.6 ghz to 4.0 ghz overclock on an i7-920 nets you zero FPS increase in an i7-920, even with a 5970 power it all.,8.html

    Your friend needs to do his research.

    Intel>AMD for productivity, encoding, rendering etc. In gaming though, they're about the same.
  4. If you go i7 build, you won't have enough money in a $1,000 budget to fit in a 5870.

    With the AMD build you will. The Phenom II x4 + 5870, will beat an i7-930 + 5850 any day.

    Also, the price isn't really special. Microcenter has had the price and cheaper for a long time now.
  5. really? wow, well I guess I got trumped on every angle of that build/deal *chuckles*
    Oh, will I be able to Xfire that gpu in the future?
  6. proc said:
    really? wow, well I guess I got trumped on every angle of that build/deal *chuckles*
    Oh, will I be able to Xfire that gpu in the future?

    yes. this setup is ready for a second 5870 at any time.
  7. cool, I can't thank you enough man. You just saved me a lot of trouble for better performance. I couldn't ask for anything more!

    Thanks again,
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