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I7-930 Build - Just Need the Greenlight From You Guys

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July 6, 2010 5:51:44 AM

Main Use: Photoshop, Roxio and Nero for video editing, storage for pics, possible gaming, other general use

Already have: All peripherals (mouse, kb, speakers), dual display monitors @ 1920x1080 each, and the OS (Win 7 Pro 64 bit) - So I just need the tower and its guts :) 

I think I'm ready to go, but want you guys to check me and offer any last minute advice/changes before I order. I won't order til you guys give me the greenlight

Here are my components:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
PSU: Corsair 650TX
CPU: Intel Core i7-930 (will overclock)
HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB (x2)
DVD: Sony AD-7240S-0B
Video Card: XFX HD-577A-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB


...and here's an image of my potential order on newegg (click to zoom):

July 6, 2010 5:57:22 AM

No OS? Recommend Windows 7 64-bit
July 6, 2010 6:00:40 AM

Ubrales said:
No OS? Recommend Windows 7 64-bit

Already have it. I listed it in the "already have" section above :) 
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July 6, 2010 9:14:38 AM

Everything looks fine, good selection of components mate, enjoy the build!
July 6, 2010 12:30:03 PM

kg2010 said:
My only recommenation would be a cheaper and BETTER cooler:

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks for the suggestion... although the reviews state that this cooler is quite big. Since the RAM I selected also has really big heat spreaders, do you think I'd have a problem fitting both components in together?
July 6, 2010 1:59:45 PM

kailuaboi said:
Already have it. I listed it in the "already have" section above :) 


Sorry! I missed that.
July 6, 2010 2:02:58 PM

kailuaboi said:
Thanks for the suggestion... although the reviews state that this cooler is quite big. Since the RAM I selected also has really big heat spreaders, do you think I'd have a problem fitting both components in together?


Yeah it is huge, and you will have clearance issues. My advice, change the ram for the Gskill set with standard profile heatspreaders, and it will be fine. Or keep the hyper 212, your choice!
July 6, 2010 2:04:15 PM

Nice build. Depending on what 'possbile gaming' means, you may find the 5770 struggles - in fact I definately would not go with less than a 5850 if you plan to play games using both monitors, the 5770 struggles enough with one at that resolution
July 6, 2010 3:02:26 PM

Hereisphilly said:
Yeah it is huge, and you will have clearance issues. My advice, change the ram for the Gskill set with standard profile heatspreaders, and it will be fine. Or keep the hyper 212, your choice!

Well, I like the G.Skill with the big heat spreaders since I plan to OC... and since the Hyper 212 has such stellar reviews, I think I'll keep my RAM and just roll with the Hyper 212 - and pay the premium thanks to the price gouging since that Maximum PC article came out :pfff: 

asteldian said:
Nice build. Depending on what 'possbile gaming' means, you may find the 5770 struggles - in fact I definately would not go with less than a 5850 if you plan to play games using both monitors, the 5770 struggles enough with one at that resolution

Good advice. I'll look into the 5850. I wish I could plop down the cash for the 5870 and just be done with it, but it's just a little too expensive over what I want to pay for a video card right now
July 6, 2010 3:21:35 PM

Get a HAF 922 instead. Save some money and it's got more convenience features.
July 6, 2010 3:47:16 PM

banthracis said:
Get a HAF 922 instead. Save some money and it's got more convenience features.

Well, I chose the 932 since it seems to cool better (bigger fans), has more fans included (I think...), and has a little more wiggle room inside.

Considering those three things, would you STILL recommend the 922??


Also, in an unrelated topic, I chose to go with different Cas latency 7 G.Skill memory instead of the Cas 9 I linked above earlier. Hopefully it will make overclocking a little easier, no?
July 6, 2010 5:27:04 PM

lower tighter timings are always recommended. ;) 

What are your new timings?

7-7-7-24?
July 6, 2010 5:32:59 PM

kg2010 said:
lower tighter timings are always recommended. ;) 

What are your new timings?

7-7-7-24?

The new timings are 7-8-7-24-2N

Here's the RAM if you want to have a peek:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Now I just need to learn how to OC my CPU and these RAM sticks so that they jive well together. I know how to OC a CPU, but am a bit of a novice when it comes to OCing RAM..

Anywhere you can point me to learn how?
July 6, 2010 7:04:01 PM

This is a fine choice for Ram, it is something I had chosen for my build as well, can't go wrong with that.

The overclocking forum is a great place to start ;) 
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/forum-29.html

Also, Google is your friend...

Search for: overclocking i7 930 gigabyte UD3R
http://www.google.ca/search?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1R2GCNV_...

There are also a couple forums with lots of info:
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=640...

http://www.overclock.net/intel-cpus/697327-x58-i7-930-a...
July 6, 2010 7:12:12 PM

kailuaboi said:
Well, I chose the 932 since it seems to cool better (bigger fans), has more fans included (I think...), and has a little more wiggle room inside.

Considering those three things, would you STILL recommend the 922??


The 932 and 922 actually have the same fans. It's labeled as 230mm on the 932 but 200mm on the 922, but it's the same thing.

Both cases are huge. The 922 is the size of more full towers, even though it's labeled mid tower, so size isn't an issue.

Fan wise, yea, the 932 has a side fan, but unless you actually need it, it's not essential. If you do it's like $15 more for a fan. Price diff btwn cases is $50 ATM.


July 6, 2010 8:07:07 PM

kg2010 said:
This is a fine choice for Ram, it is something I had chosen for my build as well, can't go wrong with that

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banthracis said:
The 932 and 922 actually have the same fans

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Great responses from you both. Thank you
July 6, 2010 9:00:32 PM

Build looks good mate great choice of parts for the i7.
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