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Feedback on this i7 rig (my first build ever)

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June 9, 2010 9:33:34 PM

i have always wanted to build my own rig and have decided to do so. here is what i am currently looking at (pricing based on newegg). My price range is around $1500, but of course less is better.

my monitor is 1440 x 900 Acer AL1917W. I may eventually upgrade this but the wife doesnt like huge screens so it wont be to large. I do watch movies on my TV from my pc.

upgrades i will consider in the future are SSD, sound card, blue ray, lag reducing nic, and so forth. for now I am looking for a basic solid, upgradable build that will have a good core to last.

Thanks in advance!

NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Computer Case 79.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply 109.99
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 279.99
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 289.99
G .SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM 164.99
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 389.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 74.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler 59.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM 99.99


Total 1549.91

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June 9, 2010 10:20:32 PM

For the same price get a Samsung F3 or Seagate 7200.12 1TB HDD. They are newer and faster.

Thats a ton of graphics power for that resolution. You could easily drop to a 5850 and realistically even a 5770 for 1440x900.

You didnt give the purpose of your build. If its for gaming then going to an i5 750 CPU and P55 motherboard will save you money and provide the same performance. If you do heavy computational tasks or video editing then the i7 930 (new replacement for the 920) may be the correct CPU for you.


All the new 5000 series cards can handle dual monitors easy. Keep the little one plugged in running your desktop for the wife to use and run your games on the new 24inch one. See how long she stays with the little one given the option. :whistle: 



I have never seen anyone say they bought a "lag reducing NIC" before. I have a hard time believing an overpriced network card can do much about problematic internet connections. Anyone ever use one? I suspect they are like add-on sound cards. Onboard is so close in quality that its pointless unless you are a musician doing production work on it.
June 9, 2010 10:24:42 PM

nebulas said:
i have always wanted to build my own rig and have decided to do so. here is what i am currently looking at (pricing based on newegg). My price range is around $1500, but of course less is better.

my monitor is 1440 x 900 Acer AL1917W. I may eventually upgrade this but the wife doesnt like huge screens so it wont be to large. I do watch movies on my TV from my pc.

upgrades i will consider in the future are SSD, sound card, blue ray, lag reducing nic, and so forth. for now I am looking for a basic solid, upgradable build that will have a good core to last.

Thanks in advance!

NZXT LEXA S LEXS - 001BK Black Computer Case 79.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply 109.99
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 279.99
Asus P6T Deluxe V2 289.99
G .SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM 164.99
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card 389.99
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive 74.99
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler 59.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM 99.99


Total 1549.91


You'd be safe going with the Gigabyte x58a-ud3r MOBO; nearly identical features (that are relevant to this build) and saves you like $60+.

I say this a lot: if you live by a Fry's Electronics or MicroCenter, the i7-930 is $199 there. (check out your local computer hardware store, they may have similar deals)

Also: +1^ to what dnd says above.
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June 10, 2010 1:37:46 AM

Thanks everyone. The computer is for gaming and work. I don't do any massive video editing but I do want something that will last. The forums here have been a great help in picking my first build
June 10, 2010 1:50:09 AM

I hear the i7 920 was better and more stable for overclocking than the 930. What do you guys hear?
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