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July 7, 2010 6:56:16 PM

Hello, I need some feedback on this current build. Just a general build, could be used for overclocking. Please post any better recommendations if you have any. Max price range is 1.2k and I ended up with this build:
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Motherboard: EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: EVGA 01G-P3-N981-TR GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i5 compatible GeminII S RR-CCH-PBU1-GP 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Thanks. :) 

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July 7, 2010 8:11:33 PM

What are you using the build for specifically? If you just want a functional build to play around with, you could get one much cheaper. It's generally not advised to get the i7-930 unless you're spending a lot of money (like $1,500 plus) or doing something that requires hyperthreading (encoding, rendering, etc.).

The first thing that jumps out at me is the horrible graphics card. Even new nVidia cards aren't recommended. Instead, spend a little more and grab an HD 5770.

Next, the board isn't the best choice. I'm not a fan of EVGA boards, especially when great boards (like the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R) cost less.

Third, you don't need an 850W PSU. A 650W would be perfectly fine.

Fourth, I hate the Storm series. They're overpriced. Take a look at the Antec 300 Illusion, Coolermaster 690 or HAF 922.

Fifth, that RAM is slow, especially if you want to overclock. These G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 would be much better for only a little more.

Finally, the HSF isn't a great choice. I'd go with the Scyther SCMG-2100 for less.

EDIT: Here's the full list of what I'd buy:

CPU: i7-930 $290
Mobo/PSU: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and Corsair 750HX Modular 80+ Silver $310 after rebate
RAM: G.Skill Pi 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $170
GPU/Case: HD 5770 and Antec 902 $240 after rebate
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Scyther SCMG-2100 $35

Total: $1,140
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July 7, 2010 8:44:28 PM

Ah. That gigabyte board was the 2nd one i had in mind. Generally i tend to go with Gigabyte. Second would be Asus. And yes build for gaming, rendering as I am using MAYA and other software for environmental modeling. Thanks for the suggestion. I like your list, I'll consider it over my original. :) 
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