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My i7 gaming build

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July 30, 2010 7:19:05 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: by next week

BUDGET RANGE: around $1400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, web building, video editing, music downloading

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or tigerdirect.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: ati, intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: im not sure my monitor is old (getting 3 monitors in a few months)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i will be going crossfire with the 5850 that i put in this build
i would like to stay with the i7 unless i can get another 5850 going with the i5 but im not sure if that is possible but if you can show me a good i5 set up i will give a lot of thought to it
i want this build to last for the next 3 years so thats why i was thinking i7

this is the i7 build that i was thinking of:

cpu/mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

case/os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

all suggestions are welcome so plz leave me your input

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July 30, 2010 8:01:29 AM

First of all very good choice of components.

As for i5 vs i7 I made the same choice pairing a 930 with a 470 instead of a 750 with a better gpu so I'm not going to discourage you from doing the same especially since you know of the pros and cons.

I don't like the case at all though. Ugly inside and out. Cable management is a nightmare to get right because it's opne on the inside. It is a performer though so if you like the looks go ahead.

the ram link links to the h50 so can't comment there.

As for the h50 itself. Many will tell you better to get one of the best air coolers as they perform better. I won't though seeing as those air coolers are also more expensive and larger.
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July 30, 2010 3:05:29 PM

if you're going with the Core i7 930, might as well wait as the prices of the i7 950 are due to drop to $289.00 prices soon.


LOL, nevermind, i meant the i7 870
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July 31, 2010 6:03:15 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

this is quite a bit faster ram for a good price. Yours is fine to though. Your call.

As for the case. The haf922 doesn't have bad cable management as in your cables can be laid out very well, but if you do so it will look very ugly so IMO that is bad cable management although others may argue that the point of cable management is good airflow(pretty ridiculous really).

some good cases:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 10, 2010 12:06:05 AM

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