Help with i7 860 build

First off, I used to be big into computers About 10 years ago and let me tell you, things have changed!! I'm completely lost on the new tech and overclocking and such. I'm looking to build a nice gaming and video editing computer. I've pretty much have the idea of going with the i7 860, but that's not set in stone. Here are a few components I am leaning towards. I looking to those withhold knowledge to let me know if
I'm on the right rack, fill in the blanks and tell me how this system would be at gaming/video editing.
Here what I'm thinking so far,
i7 860
Asus p7p55d-e pro
Radeon hd 5870
WD caviar black 1tb 7200 rpm hdd
Corsair 650 watt power supply
Arctic freezer 7 pro
Case ? ?
RAM ?? I want atleast 4gigs but not what I should get??
I openly welcome all experienced suggestions to guide me.
Thanks in advance for all help.
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  1. Best answer
    What's your budget? Do you need anything else besides what listed? You might want to take a look at the guidelines from the link in my signature.

    I'll start by saying that the i7-860 is pretty much a waste of money. Either go with the i5 or step up to the i7-930. I'll put together a build with each.


    CPU: i5-750 $195
    Mobo/PSU: Asus P7P55D-E Pro and Corsair 750HX Modular $240 after rebate
    RAM: G.Skill Eco 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $105
    GPU: HD 5870 $385 after
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75. The F3 is just as fast as the WD, but it's a lot cheaper.
    Case: Antec 902 $90 after rebate
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

    Total: $1,139


    CPU: i7-930 $290
    Mobo/PSU: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R and Corsair 750HX $300 after rebate
    RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $155 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5870 $385 after rebate
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case/Optical: Coolermaster 690 and cheap SATA DVD burner $83
    HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30

    Total: $1,318
  2. @lowriderflow: The Intel/nVidia and AMD/ATI thing just isn't true. It comes from the old days (like 7+ years) when all computers used Intel chips and ATI's cards had driver issues like crazy. It was assumed to be caused by the mixture, when it wasn't.

    The 460 isn't that great. It's in the same price/performance range as the 5830, which was in a crappy position to begin with. Neither is a good choice. Besides, the 460 can't hold a candle to the 5870.

    Finally, 3x2 GB of RAM can only be recommended if the OP goes with the i7-930. All other chipsets would need either 2x2 GB or 4x2 GB. The 930 uses triple channel, while everything else needs dual.
  3. My budget is $1,000 to $1400 or so. Not really a budget, but more of a guideline. (I always start out saying I want to spend $ on something and always end up researching and justifying spending $$. I need everything from the case inwards. Everything else is covered.
    I would like to overclock if it makes for a quicker system. Like I said last time I built a system a 64mb graphics card was state of the art! So I'm relying on you all to steer me on the right track (without confusing me too much) lol
  4. I'd go with the i7 build, if you're willing to spend that much. The two builds have about the same gaming performance, but the i7's hyperthreading will help with the non-gaming tasks.
  5. A couple of quick notes:

    MadAdmiral's builds are great. Unlike MadAdmiral, I do think that there's a use for the i7-860, but it's very very niche (people with between $1000-1200 to spend that need both hyperthreading for workstation-type workload and a P55 build to afford a gaming grahpics card).

    lowriderflow - the Hyper 212+ offers some of the best value, but it's not actually the best performance HSF.

    MadAdmiral - the preliminary reading I've been doing suggests that the $230ish 1 GB 460 offers decent performance. Jury is still out, of course, but I'm not sure it's as dire as you're suggesting. Then again, maybe you're specifically referring to the 768 MB 460. :)
  6. I read the reviews. It's a good little card. I just think that it's in the wrong price range, especially considering I saw a 470 for $280 today. If you can afford a $230 GPU, it's likely you can squeeze the build and or budget to get the $280 470 or $285ish 5850. It's not that the 5830/460 are bad cards, it's just that there isn't a need for a card in that price range.
  7. Okay here is what I think I am going to order for my build. How does this setup look? Suggestions welcome. Thanks for all your input and guidance so far!

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

    Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm "Slipstream" Case Fan (Extra Cooling)

    CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active ...

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7

    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

    ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm sleeve CPU Cooler

    HIS Turbo H587FNT1GDG Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

    SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/BEBS LightScribe Support - OEM
  8. Looks good.
  9. Best answer selected by Jumper0155.
  10. Okay, I want to thank MadAdmiral for his suggestions. I just completed my build and though I went over my budget as usual here is what I ended up with for my gaming/video editing system.

    Cooler Master 922 HAF Case

    Corsair HX750W Power Supply

    Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Motherboard

    i7 930 CPU

    Cooler Master Hyper 212+ w/push/pull fans

    CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600

    HIS Turbo Radeon HD 5870 GPU

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    SAMSUNG 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 4X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24x DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support

    Windows 7 Professional

    steelseries Merc Stealth Black USB Wired Ergonomic Gaming Keyboard

    RAZER Naga Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Mouse

    BYTECC AP-DPVGA-005 DisplayPort to VGA Cable Adapter

    3 ASUS VH232H Glossy Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitors

    So, I busted my budget...But I think I have a pretty good set up. Put it all together last night. Fired it up this morning, updated everything and all is good! I will take a few pics when I get a chance. Thanks again all! So, what do you think of the final set up?
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