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~$1,100 i7 system, is this good?

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June 21, 2010 8:27:49 PM

Looking for advice on this system I'm planning to build. Any advice on alternate parts would be great. Thanks.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1,000 - $1,100 (flexible) $1,200 max.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Autodesk CAD & Revit, SketchUp, Photoshop, 3D games, watching movies, surfing internet, video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, power supply: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V (already have power supply)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No/Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 current monitor (Samsung 226BW) which is dying. May be getting a 1920x1200 monitor in the near future.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Will be using Windows 7 64 bit, purchased separately, not included in budget.
I don't know if I'll be overclocking. If I don't overclock, can I stick with the stock cooler or should I get a separate CPU cooler anyways?

MY CURRENT LIST:

Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm willing to spend about $300 on a video card. Don't know which one:
XFX HD-585X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16
or GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Advice on a good video card would be great.



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June 22, 2010 2:26:24 AM

1) I would go with the GTX 470 and get this combo for a $50 savings (makes it difficult to pass up IMO!!)... Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz & GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

2) The Antec 300 Illusion is a great case but I would think about upgrading to the Cooler Master HAF 922, which is a much more roomier case!

3) I would get a HSF right off of the bat to keep from having to take the motherboard out to install a HSF when you decide to overclock. I would go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Any site other than Newegg) or ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa
June 22, 2010 3:26:21 AM

microcenter.com has the i7 930 for $199
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June 22, 2010 6:55:52 PM

goalguy876 said:
microcenter.com has the i7 930 for $199


I could save $100. Only if I lived near a Microcenter. They're in-store pick up only.
June 22, 2010 7:06:28 PM

tecmo34 said:
1) I would go with the GTX 470 and get this combo for a $50 savings (makes it difficult to pass up IMO!!)... Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz & GIGABYTE GV-N470D5-13I-B GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB

2) The Antec 300 Illusion is a great case but I would think about upgrading to the Cooler Master HAF 922, which is a much more roomier case!

3) I would get a HSF right off of the bat to keep from having to take the motherboard out to install a HSF when you decide to overclock. I would go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus (Any site other than Newegg) or ZALMAN CNPS10X Performa


1) Will seriously consider the combo.
2) Don't really like how the HAF 922 looks. I was also considering the Antec 900.
3) Good point. Thanks.
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