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First time $1500 i7 build,WTB TONIGHT, check my final part list pls!!

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June 24, 2010 12:01:25 AM

So this is my final parts list, I am planning on completing the purchase at the latest tomorrow night, but hopefully tonight! Anyways, I am open to any thoughts or suggestions for this build as it is my first so I wouldn't be surprised if I am overkilling in any particular area or am missing a simple compatibility issue. Thanks in advance for any help, it really is appreciated!!!




Processor: i7-875K Lynnfield 2.93GHz ($330), combo deal with ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard: ASUS Maximus III Formula LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard ($229)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 ($210), combo deal with processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Someone told me I should get some cheaper ram... But I thought with the combo deal with the processor it was a pretty solid deal. no reviews on newegg tho for this ram =o

Video Card: XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB ($270)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Okay, so my big question here is, does anyone think I should upgrade to the 5870 for approximately $100 more??? let me know because I am having trouble weighing the performance gain:cost ratio!

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1501FASS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache ($117 w/ shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower ($90 not including $20 rebate), combo with power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Everything will fit right? Anything I should be looking out for?


Power Supply: Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ($115 not including $25 rebate), combo w/ power suppy (184 for both, -$55 rebate = 129 for both)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU cooler: Thermaltake Frio ($63 w/ shipping)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical Drive: LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X ($26)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 64 bit ($25 w/ student email)


Grand Total: $1,499.69

Just a few cents under my budget!! This total includes random coupon codes and such

I already have the monitor, keyboard, and mouse, but is there anything else that I missed?
Also, I am kind of concerned on whether all of the above are compatible/will actually fit in the case... Let me know if you see anything that wont work!

Thanks a lot for reading this and I'd be really grateful for any help.

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June 24, 2010 1:01:22 AM

fancy cpu cooler: ($80)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

great quality cooling for a good price ($50)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

for the storage, i would say:
samsung spinpoint f3 1tb hard drive($70)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
no need for an ssd, this is a very fast hard drive, and ssd drives are still too much cost per gb.

and 4gb ram is plenty. if it is too slow for you, and you are the kind of person with 30 tabs open in internet exporer, and have like 50 word docs open at once, 8 would be better, but imo anything above 6gb is a waste

and dont bother with a dedicated sound card, unless you need special ports the mobo one doesnt have

and i would say go for the i7-875k...

EDIT: dont bother with a sound card unless you have $20,000 stereo equipment or you produce movies and audio files
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June 24, 2010 2:11:58 AM

I wouldn't say don't bother with a sound card. I say get one if you're going to notice the difference or if you have higher quality audio equipment that you need to feed. I have a few sets of higher end headphones, so I got a card with the build I ordered yesterday.
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July 1, 2010 2:51:44 AM

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