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Buying these parts tomorrow, anything I should change? PLEASE HELP!

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June 10, 2010 7:15:31 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Already have the i7 930 processor, I'm buying the rest tomorrow.

BUDGET RANGE: No more than $1100 (add $120 to final price because of shipping + Ca. tax) The $1100 includes the $200 I already spent on the i7. So I guess the budget is $800-900 ish + sh and tax.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, internet, music...

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or anything else with better deals

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: mainstream brands

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe in future

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 720p hdtv

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I know you'll advise me to get an i5 but don't, I got the i7 for $199, so it's only an extra $70 ish.


Here are the parts, is it a pretty solid build? Will it last me at least 2 years? Is open box a bad idea?



Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Open Box: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill Smart One ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Black interior, comes with three Fans-1x Front Blue LED 120mm Fan, 1x Rear 120mm Fan, 1x Top 120mm Fan, Option Fans-2x Side 120mm Fan
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 10, 2010 7:16:38 AM

Ignore the word "to" in title, just a typo.
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June 10, 2010 7:25:51 AM

You can edit the title of your topic.

Open box motherboards. Read the 'fine print':
If you purchase an Open-Box product Newegg guarantees only that you will receive the product itself; accessories MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCLUDED with Open-Box products. Newegg will not send you a missing accessory, even if the missing accessory is required in order to properly make use of all the product’s advertised functions.

You have Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound but no aftermarket CPU cooler. Are you planning on using it with the stock cooler?
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June 10, 2010 7:30:28 AM

^ Why not from newegg.ca ??
And not a good idea to buy open box...what if it doesnt come with the backplate ??
Some suggestions...
ASUS mobo -retail + OCZ 6GB DDR3 - You have to use these types of RAM to take advantage of the Tri-Channel memory controller built into the i7 CPUs...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

CASE - IMO a very good one...
CM 690 Black
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU - Corsair 650TX
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Graphics card - ASUS HD 5770
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Thermal compound - Dont get AS5...Its electrically conductive and by chance if you spill it on the mobo or other internal parts, might short them...And also its performance is not as good when compared to the new one...
Option - MX-2
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

HDD - Samsung F3 1TB - Nearly as good and sometimes even better than the Black and is cheaper too...
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total - Should fall easily within CAD 900 and many parts have Free Shipping...
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June 10, 2010 7:32:10 AM

WR2 said:
You can edit the title of your topic.

Open box motherboards. Read the 'fine print':
If you purchase an Open-Box product Newegg guarantees only that you will receive the product itself; accessories MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCLUDED with Open-Box products. Newegg will not send you a missing accessory, even if the missing accessory is required in order to properly make use of all the product’s advertised functions.

You have Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound but no aftermarket CPU cooler. Are you planning on using it with the stock cooler?


Yes, I'll be using the stock cooler. Does that mean I don't need the artic thermal paste? What do I need to buy that doesn't come with the mobo?
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June 10, 2010 7:33:18 AM

WR2 said:
You can edit the title of your topic.

Open box motherboards. Read the 'fine print':
If you purchase an Open-Box product Newegg guarantees only that you will receive the product itself; accessories MAY OR MAY NOT BE INCLUDED with Open-Box products. Newegg will not send you a missing accessory, even if the missing accessory is required in order to properly make use of all the product’s advertised functions.

You have Arctic Silver 5 thermal compound but no aftermarket CPU cooler. Are you planning on using it with the stock cooler?


I'm from California not Canada.
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June 10, 2010 7:34:35 AM

That means that the only thing you can be guaranteed to receive is the motherboard. You may or may not receive all the cables, adapters, driver CD, manuals, or i/o shield.

And generally, the price difference between the retail product and the open box product just isn't worth it.
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June 10, 2010 7:43:09 AM

jsc said:
That means that the only thing you can be guaranteed to receive is the motherboard. You may or may not receive all the cables, adapters, driver CD, manuals, or i/o shield.

And generally, the price difference between the retail product and the open box product just isn't worth it.


Oh, jeez... Ok, so should I get that same mobo brand new, or something else? (Nothing too expensive please)
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June 10, 2010 8:24:35 AM

My bad assuming you were from Canada...

And as for the parts, +1 for the Retail and change the thermal grease to MX-2/ TX-2 or Noctua NH1...
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June 10, 2010 8:25:48 AM

You have an i7 system and an X58 motherboard, that means you ideally would want 6gb triple channel RAM. The RAM you have picked is Dual Channel, I believe it is workable, but you are better off with the triple channel.

My understanding is limited with it all, but I think that some mobos do not support more than 2 sticks of Dual Channel (by that I mean some X58 motherboards require that all three memory slots for triple channel be occupied before a second slot for one of the channels can be filled. For those mobos, with four sticks of RAM the only supported mode is the "Flex" mode of an "imbalanced" triple channel + single channel) so if ever you were to upgrade RAM you would be wanting to replace it all.

As for Thermal paste, don't bother with it if using a stock cooler, in fact, unless doing serious Overclocking it usually is not worth using on aftermarket coolers as they come with compound on them anyway
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June 10, 2010 2:27:34 PM

The stock intel cooler that comes with the your i7-930 CPU already has thermal compound pre-applied to the heat sink. It's the 3 gray patches on the bottom of the heatsink fan assembly.

An open box motherboard would be a good deal for someone that has bought an identical motherboard and, for what ever reason, had to replace just the motherbard. He'd already have everything in the accessory pack.



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June 10, 2010 3:10:57 PM

If you're using the cooler on the CPU, you don't need aftermarket thermal paste.

Also, as mentioned above, you should get triple channel memory- dual channel is not nearly as efficient with the i7 processors as triple channel.
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