$1500 Dev/Light Gaming i7 Rig - Buying Parts This Week

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $1500-$1600 Before Rebates ( I hate MIRs)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: High CPU use development, gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com - not close to microcenter

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel i7

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Yes, in the future. I want one card for now but to be able to drop in another when I buy a 3rd monitor.

Monitor Resolution: 2x 1680x1050 + 1x1920x1080 in the future

Additional Comments: Quiet is better

I'd like to build this this week so I'm looking for some final feedback. I know it's a bit weak on graphics right now but the plan is to add a bigger SSD, a 2nd graphics card, and a new monitor in 6 months.

Here's the newegg wish list:

1 COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible Hyper N 520 RR-920-N520-GP 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835103057

1 CORSAIR TX Series CMPSU-950TX 950W ATX12V v2.3/EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139013

1 Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
Item #: N82E16820148247

1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152185

1 Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225

Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor BX80601950
Model #:BX80601950

1 EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI3 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813188068

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

1 OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGTE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820227542

OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G 2.5" 60GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:OCZSSD2-2VTXE60G
Item #:N82E16820227550
$145.90 + MIR

1 MASSCOOL G751 Shin-Etsu Thermal Interface Material
Item #: N82E16835150080

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Model #:AS5-3.5G

1 COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119197

1 Palit NE5TX470F10DA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814261073

MSI N460GTX Hawk GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

1 ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204

($1,410.88 before shipping)

Thanks in advance for your advice!

Edit, changed to a better motherboard, better processor, and better thermal grease. Decreased video card (cheaper to SLI with it)

Edit, changed out SSD
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  1. The OCZ Vertex 2 60GB is selling at $126 AR @ Newegg. It's better than Agility 2.
  2. divac said:
    The OCZ Vertex 2 60GB is selling at $126 AR @ Newegg. It's better than Agility 2.

    Thanks, switched it
  3. I recommend these parts for you.

    Save money get i7 930 instead
    i7 930 + Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $471.99

    This memory is much better
    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $159.99 + $ 20 MIR

    80 Plus Silver and Modular. 750W is adequate to SLI or Crossfire
    XFX Black Edition 750W $129.99 + $15 MIR

    You have the money to spend this powerful card then crossfire in the future
    XFX 5870 $389.99 + $20 MIR

    Scythe SCMG-2100 $39.99

    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB $74.99

    OCZ Vertex 2 60GB $145.90 + $20 MIR

    Sony Optiarc DVD $19.99

    Cooler Master HAF 922 $$89.98

    Asus VW246H $219.99

    Total: $1537.82 w/ Monitor before Shipping
    $1317.83 w/o Monitor before Shipping
  4. Thanks.

    i7 930 + Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $471.99
    I'm still deciding between the 930 and the 950. Is a 930 OC'd basically the same thing?

    Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600 $159.99 + $ 20 MIR
    Ok, switched to this memory

    80 Plus Silver and Modular. 750W is adequate to SLI or Crossfire
    XFX Black Edition 750W $129.99 + $15 MIR
    This does look like a better power supply for the price.

    XFX 5870 $389.99 + $20 MIR
    I'm still going to stick with the cheaper card above for now - I'd rather save that money and get a better monitor in the future.

    Scythe SCMG-2100 $39.99
    Ok I'll use this cooler
  5. i7 930 and i7 950 will overclock 3.6 GHz through 4.0 Ghz. i7 930 is fast enough for stock.

    If you do get GTX 460 that means you have SLI soon next year. Demanding games such as Crysis 2 and many others coming out next year. Trust me its worth to spend extra money on GTX 470 or 5870. I have 5870 and I love it because I want to setup Eyefinity. I just had my computer built 3 weeks ago.

    GTX 460 vs. GTX 470 vs. 5870

    Free Mafia 2 game coupon
    EVGA GTX 470 $304.99 + 30 MIR
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