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September 7, 2010 1:06:24 AM

Hi, I am building a computer for the first time. Following the recent price drops, I am thinking about getting a i7-950 and a nvidia 460 or 465 1gb and 8 gigs of 1333mhz cl9 ram. I would appreciate any recommendations for a motherboard, case and/or psu.

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September 7, 2010 1:15:28 AM

i would sugest the nvidia 460 over the 465. the 460 is more effificient and not really slower. i would suggest a 650w high-quality psu by a reputable company like antec, seasonic, corsair, etc...the case is more a matter of personal preference. but check out the antec 300
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September 7, 2010 1:24:15 AM

Thanks for the replies. My budget is a soft 1200 total for the computer. The reason why I was considering the 465 is that it seems to be cheaper right now. There is one on newegg for 183 after rebates and several free games.

I noticed that the mobo suggested above is a lga 1156. I was under the impression that the i7 required a lga 1366. I'm guessing this is wrong?

Also, should I be concerned at all whether a mobo will fit in a certain case? My understanding is that there are two standard sizes: mATX and ATX. If I get an ATX mobo and an ATX case then I should not have any problems. Please let me know if this is not right.

Again thank you for your replies.

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September 7, 2010 1:37:30 AM

ATX cases will fit both mATX and ATX
mATX case will fit mATX only...
yes its an lga 1366. the other person was wrong.
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September 7, 2010 1:43:13 AM
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September 7, 2010 2:24:56 PM

Keep in mind LGA1366 is triple channel, so you'll want either 6 or 12 GB of RAM.
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September 20, 2010 5:29:58 PM

Thanks everyone for the tips. I ended up getting the following:

i7-950
6gb of ocz gold ram at 1600
evga 3sli x58 mobo
wd black caviar 2tb hd
palit geforce gtx 460 with 1 gb
lite on dvd burner
corsair 650w
CM 690-ii advanced
HP 24' ISP monitor at 1920x1200

I figure I can do a sli configuration later on to upgrade. In which case I probably should have bought a power supply with more power but I guess this is part of the learning process. I'm thinking about buying more fans for my case and a heatsink and fan to replace the stock intel heatsink and fan. The pushpins on the stock heatsink seem like a bad joke.

Anyhow the good news is that the computer worked on my first bootup. Yay. Thanks for the help guys.
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September 20, 2010 5:30:53 PM

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September 21, 2010 12:36:23 AM

glad it worked well! good luck and remember were alwas here at the forums incase you ever have any questions or prolems! :) 
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September 21, 2010 1:05:09 AM

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