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July 8, 2010 8:51:59 PM

Looking to make my first custom PC build, would like advice on making sure parts are compatible as well as suggestions and such.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month BUDGET RANGE: Would like to keep it between $1300-$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Primarily gaming along with everyday use of course.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg / open to suggestions to other sites though

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor, nvidia video card

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe(never overclocked before so im not sure how) SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Below is a list of the parts I have put together so far.


Case - Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $99.95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MoBo - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $309.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor BX80605I7860 - $289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $94.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD Drive - ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - $24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Video Card(s) - EVGA 01G-P3-1158-TR GeForce GTS 250 1GB 256-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card (X2) - $309.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1333C9 - $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total before shipping / taxes = $1383.87

Thanks for reading!

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July 8, 2010 8:59:26 PM

Well, it's a good thing that you are posting on forums before you run out and buy all of that... :o 

Your i7-860 won't fit in your Asus motherboard -> socket 1156 processor vs socket 1366 motherboard. I'd definitely recommend the i7-875k + a P55 motherboard or else an i7-930 with that Asus motherboard. It's kind of confusing, but the i7 800 series needs socket 1156 motherboards, while the 900 series needs a socket 1366. Just remember as well that if you go with a socket 1156 motherboard, you'll need to change your memory to a dual channel (4gb) kit instead of that triple channel one.

I'd definitely go to 2x Radeon 5770s instead of the GTS 250s. Should be about the same price.

I can post some links for you if you'd like...
July 8, 2010 9:03:09 PM

jasonw223 said:
Well, it's a good thing that you are posting on forums before you run out and buy all of that... :o 

Your i7-860 won't fit in your Asus motherboard -> socket 1156 processor vs socket 1366 motherboard. I'd definitely recommend the i7-875k + a P55 motherboard or else an i7-930 with that Asus motherboard. It's kind of confusing, but the i7 800 series needs socket 1156 motherboards, while the 900 series needs a socket 1366. Just remember as well that if you go with a socket 1156 motherboard, you'll need to change your memory to a dual channel (4gb) kit instead of that triple channel one.

I'd definitely go to 2x Radeon 5770s instead of the GTS 250s. Should be about the same price.

I can post some links for you if you'd like...


thanks for the quick reply, yeah I def made some amateur mistakes, looking for the subsitutions now.
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July 8, 2010 9:09:48 PM

x58 is a better platform than p55 especially if you sli from the start(which I wouldn't btw) it'll give you around 5percent better gpu performance.

So swap out the 860 for a 930

I'd exchange the 250sli for the dx11 supporting 470.

I'd get faster ram maybe 1600 G.skills with cl6-cl8.

And if these upgrades cost to much downgrade the mobo to the cheaper but still good ga-x58a-ud3r
July 8, 2010 9:14:18 PM

The core i7 860 doesn't fit the LGA 1366 socket, it's an LGA 1156 processor. The GTS 250 is not going to give you good gaming performance in modern games at 1080p.

Here's a build for $1500

MOBO: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$210

CPU: Intel Core i7 930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$290

If you live near a microcenter, you can buy this processor for $200.

GPU: XFX Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$400

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$55

CASE: Cooler Master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$90

RAM: 6 GB G.SKILL PI Series, 1600 MHz. This is a fantastic set. Pretty low latency (7) at very low voltage (1.5 volts) with high frequency
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$170

PSU: Corsair 850TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-$120 (after $10 rebate)

650 Watts would be sufficient to run the system, but if you crossfire 5870s in the future, overclock your cards and CPU, 850 provides you the headroom to do all that comfortably.

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

Total before rebates and shipping - $1469

Keep an eye out for good combos too.

EDIT: Somehow I missed that you preferred Nvidia cards. If you swap out the 5870 for the GTX 480, you'll be adding $100 to the cost of the build. If you swap it out for the 470, you'll be sacrificing a little performance as the generally performs better than the GTX 470. You can find combo deals to make it work, though, I'm sure.
July 8, 2010 9:20:06 PM

yeah, def glad i came here before i ended up buying anything. going to keep a look out for the next few weeks to see if any deals come up. thanks for the replies. mortonww, im going to keep that build in mind, looks good to me.
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