Advice on Components Compatibility.


I'm planning on building the below system, and I believe I have parts which are compatible with each other, but I'd like a second (even a third and fourth!) opinion! Mainly what I'm looking at is whether or not everything will fit in the case (mainly the graphics card, especially if I opt for a 5870 instead of a 5850).

Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 ( [$289.99]
EVGA X58 FTW3 132-GT-E768-KR LGA 1366 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( [$264.99]
SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity ( [$299.99]
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL ( [$99.99]
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply ( [$109.99]
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case ( [$99.95]
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive ( [$74.99]
Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support – OEM ( [$24.99]
COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler ( [$39.99]
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders – OEM ( [$99.99]
Subtotal: $1404.88
Total (After MIR): $1374.88
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    Not exactly. The i7 uses triple channel RAM, which means you need three sticks, not two. Also, you're paying a lot for the board and a CPU cooler.

    Here's a better build (assuming it's for gaming...):

    CPU/Mobo: X4 955 and Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 $285 after rebate (with free game). The 965 is just a factory overclocked 955. Don't pay more than you have to.
    RAM/PSU: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 and Corsair 850W $190 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5970 $680
    HDD: Samung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    Case: HAF 922 $90
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $18
    HSF: Sycthe SCMG-2100 $35

    Total: $1,373

    Or here's some replacements for the parts that aren't the best:

    CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $485
    RAM: Corsair XMS3 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 $155 after rebate
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
    HSF: Sycthe SCMG-2100 $35
  2. I was under the impression that triple channel and dual channel referred to DDR3 and DDR2, not the number of sticks. Is this incorrect? Would the RAM above not work with the mobo and CPU?
  3. That's completely wrong. The channel is the number of sticks required. DDR2 and DDR3 are two different types of RAM.

    The dual channel RAM mgiht have worked, but it would run slower than it should.
  4. Alright, I appreciate the information.
  5. How about this RAM ( and the i7-930 and mobo combo you posted? Is that better? That along with the other combos and MIRs I found brings the system down to $1304.

    EDIT: Wrong URL.
  6. Those would be fine, but a little slower than the Corsair set I linked to. They'll work just great though.
  7. Best answer selected by mvarga12.
  8. Fantastic. Thanks a ton; your feedback really helped me and made me go hunting for more combo deals. I can't believe I got it down by a hundred dollars with hardly any compromises!
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