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

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June 26, 2010 6:43:21 AM

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. I had a few specific questions under a couple components... 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.
June 26, 2010 7:05:08 AM

What size / resolution monitor will you be using?
Nothing wrong at all with you choices but you can probably tweak them up a bit to fit that 5870 (or maybe a SSD) into your overall budget.

I like the Case and PSU combo the best. Nice find there.

Liking the CPU and RAM combo the least. You can save over $100 here easily. Core i7 860 and G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600 Cas7 $390 vs $495

ASRock P55 DELUXE3 P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 motherboard $170 $60 less than the ASUS Maximus III Formula.
June 26, 2010 7:20:30 AM

For the monitor, I will eventually be using a ~20inch+ @ 1920x1080. Im most likely going to be spending 150-200 on it to give you an idea quality wise. Until I find a good deal on one though, I'm actually going to be hooking the pc directly to my 42" Samsung LCD. This will only be temporary tho until I find a monitor I want to purchase (any links??? would be much appreciated!). Oh also.. considering this, would the 5870 be more worthwhile?

I see your point about the CPU/RAM combo... I actually saw a couple G.Skill combos but was hesitant because I was told by a friend to spend extra money to get premium ram... He isn't the most tech savy guy though, so if you say so I will switch to the combo with 4gb Ripjaws. Question though, there are combos for both the 860 and 875 processors, with the 875 costing roughly 20-40 more, which processor do you think i should go with? Either way, I can use the extra $100 on my monitor or for fitting in the 5870! Thanks for pointing this out to me!

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June 26, 2010 7:42:48 AM

When I saw the Thermaltake Frio in your list I figured you'd be doing at least some overclocking.
Knowing that I felt comfortable suggesting the 860 over the 875K. In fact if this is primarily a gaming PC even the i5-750 would be a good choice since overclocking will narrow any performance advantages. Most games are GPU limited before they're CPU limited. More GPU and less CPU can sometimes get you a well balanced gaming system.

The RAM; both are DDR3 1600 Cas7 latency. Technically they're pretty much equal in performance. The G.Skills have that tremendous NewEgg customer rating, the Corsairs - kinda unknown territory at the moment.

The 5850/5870 @ 1920x1080 choice can depend on your gaming style. A more relaxed gamer would be OK with a HD 5850 before a 'serious' gamer who won't be satisfied unless he can 'max out' the graphics quality settings.
June 26, 2010 7:47:47 AM

I'd go for the SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB instead of that WD Caviar Black. WR2's mobo is good, another suggestion would be the ASUS P7P55D-E Pro.
June 26, 2010 8:07:30 AM

So i know honestly nothing about overclocking at the moment, but I do want to learn to be able to at least modestly overclock. Was paying $60 for a cpu cooler excessive considering this? It seems like a majority of down the line hardware issues have something to do with overheating so i thought it would be better to play it safe and invest in a legit cooler.

Anyways, I see how you can use the 860 or even the i5 to ultimately come out for the better gaming pc for buck. But at the same time, I am not planning on gaming too intensely (or so i hope... I'm (hopefully) gonna be in medical school so I keep telling myself I need to stay away from sc2 and diablo 3) and for that reason I think im going to stick the 5850... If I do get a lot of free time down the line maybe I'll pick up another card and learn about crossfire or SLI in order to make the 5850 work.

As for the switch to the samsung spinpoint... it saves me $47 dollars although I am losing 500 gigs of space. I suppose I could just buy another hard drive down the line when I need the additional space (hopefully prices have gone down by then too!). Maybe I can even get an ssd if they become affordable. Anyways, thats ~$50 closer to getting a monitor, thanks! Between the Ram switch and this I got $120 towards it already.

June 26, 2010 8:13:43 AM

oh also, is there any difference to how these various motherboards will work? if they are essentially the same, I will likely also go with one of the ones you all have mentioned.
June 26, 2010 8:20:44 AM

The Frio is a good choice and serious cooler. And it's pretty quiet as well. It's made the Top5 list over @ FrostyTech
Until you're ready to learn something about overclocking that 860 isn't going to hold you back in any way, shape or form. Turbo-Boost is almost as good as a mild overclock, right out of the box.

Someone who games just to relax should find the 5850 just about right IMO. The Crossfire option is always there too, as you pointed out.
June 26, 2010 9:20:13 AM

You'll want the Pro, not the vanilla edition of the ASUS P7P55D-E series which has a 16x/4x PCI-e lane configuration.
June 26, 2010 10:10:04 AM

Overclocking these Core cpus is very VERY easy! When the 750 can overclock to 4ghz very easily, the 875k is alittle overkill imo. The 750 is $130 less, and games wont suffer from the loss of HT.

Gskill, Corsair, OCZ, Mushkin, patriot....are all very good ram manufacturers (Gskill being my favorite....just cause they havent failed me yet). The only mistake you can make when buying ram is spending TOO much. There are very good kits out there for almost $100 less then DominatorGT. For example: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Now you have another $200 or so to upgrade the video card or a mousepad.....maybe a surround system :D 


June 26, 2010 10:22:57 AM

If you are not ready to venture into Overclocking manually, I would consider MSI motherboards for the Overclock genie - it cannot OC as well as you can manually, but it is no slacker - with the press of the button it tends to OC stably by about 800mhz-1ghz.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Unfortunately it is considerably more expensive on newegg than the Asus P7P55d E Pro, but it may be a better price elsewhere
June 26, 2010 12:37:10 PM

Similiar to my current rig.
Agree with the above members about the ram.
I have Corsair Dominators 1600MHZ CL8 which are great but i also have the G.skills ram kit WR2 suggested.
G.skills are every bit as good imo.
The best price and performance mobo available currently is the Asus P7P55d E Pro.
Also the Frio wouldn't be my first choice.
Problems with the Frio for you will include it's sheer size,i doubt it will fit in an Antec 900.
I have a 902 and a 160mm tall heatsink just fits with very little room to spare.
Other options.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Good cooling review
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/lga-1156-heatsink,2...
June 26, 2010 7:13:56 PM

hey all, thanks a lot for the advice. it looks like im going to be going with gskill ram wr2 mentioned, and I am also probably going to swap out the motherboard for either the ASRock P55 DELUXE3 P55 or the Asus P7P55d E Pro which I am starting to hear a lot about. That overclock genie with the MSI motherboards sounds like it would be infinitely useful to me... awfully tempted to be lazy, although I really do want to learn some basic overclocking.

the cpu cooler not fitting could be a big issue!! I'll have to check out each of the alternatives you posted, but does anyone know how exactly I can know if a given cpu cooler will fit before having the parts in front of me? Is it better if i just go with a smaller cooler just to be safe? I wont have the time to go into it in a little more depth until tonight when I get back home. But i'll edit in the adjustments I decide and repost the final part list tonight when I get back. I cant wait to make this order! does anyone know if I can expect the parts within the next week btw? thanks again for the help everyone!
June 26, 2010 8:23:15 PM

All of the other HSF units will fit your case that's why i posted them.
The Frio is listed as 165mm tall so you'll be taking your chances.
The other units i posted are better then the Frio imo.
The CM Hyper 212+ will fit also but is in short supply right now and too expensive at Newegg.
http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
June 26, 2010 10:42:27 PM

Most motherboards come with some type of overclock utility program to let you do some 'soft overclocking'.
Asus calls it's program TurboV EVO and Asrock calls it OC DNA.

One good way to check part size compatibility is to view the NewEgg customer comments and see what others are using together.
For the Antec 900 is looking like 162mm coolers fit OK. That Frio is new enough it's not showing up except on it's own page and the 900 case isnt mentioned there. The Antec 902 and Frio fit - but the Antec 902 is 8.60" wide vs 900 @ 8.10".
June 27, 2010 5:24:48 AM

I'm looking to upgrade my current rig with similar stuff. That asrock p55 mobo, radeon 5850, core i5 750 4GB gskill ripjaws, 1TB 7200RPM samsung spinpoint hdd. I have a good 600watt thermaltake PSU, think that's enough juice for such a rig? Won't be doing crossfire for a long time if ever.
June 27, 2010 5:25:52 AM

A good chance it would be enough. List the actual model and we'll check to be sure.
June 27, 2010 8:13:14 AM

Okay so here's the finals parts list i've come up with. I changed a couple of things based on what you guys told me and I saved up enough to comfortably buy a nice monitor. I'll probably order that tonight too or maybe tomorrow so any additional thoughts on monitors would be really useful. Anyways, I'm gonna be buying this in a few hours or so, so let me know what you think!

Processor: Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield ($280), combo deal with mobo ($422, $38.00 combo discount)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro ($180)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB ($130), cool LED lights =)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card: XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB ($270)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB ($70), might pick another one up down the line and try out running 2 hds
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($120), liked this case a little better and it comes with the same combo with power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Hoping everything will fit fine. Seems like I should be okay?

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

CPU cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler ($66 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: $1,298


Well under my budget and leaving me $200 to spend on my monitor. Thanks for all the help everyone, let me know if you have any last minute recommendations, as I will be buying the parts within the next couple hours.
June 27, 2010 1:09:19 PM

Everything is looking good. Nice job on fitting the monitor into your budget.
No problems fitting everything in the case. Lots of extra room for future upgrades.
You did step down from Cas7 to Cas8 RAM but I don't think that's significant enough to argue against the change.
June 27, 2010 1:43:38 PM
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