Getting new i7 machine need advice
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May 14, 2009, 03:58 AM
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Vancouver BC
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Personally as mentioned I would go with 2 single GPU cards rather then the GTX 295, the 295 is out performed by the GTX 285 and im pretty certain the GTX 275 as well when the 2 cards are SLIed. Also I would go with the EVGA x58 over the gigabyte board, I am a huge fan of EVGA though...
EVGA X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCIE-16 PCI-E1 2PCI SLI SATA2 Sound Dual GBLAN 1394 Motherboard - DirectCanada
$336 is a pretty good price for a nice x58 motherboard.
Where are you buying a 920 for so much?
Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S - DirectCanada
DC has it for $355 and ive seen it lower then that at NCIX when they have it on sale.
LG W2442PA-BF 24IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 2MS 10000:1 300CDM 1920X1080 1080P HAS Tilt HDMI DVI - DirectCanada
Pretty nice 24" monitor for cheap as well..
Also why are you buying 2 seperate DVD writers? just buy a cheap LG or Samsung, the LG writer I bought for $23 was dual layer and had light scribe, just buy 2 of them if you want dual optical. Personally I have NEVER used light scribe nor do I think I ever will, a sharpy is good enough for me.
Lg GH22NS30 Black DVD+RW 22X8X16 DVD-RW 22X6X16 Dl 16X/12X 2MB Sata Oem - DirectCanada
Samsung SH-S223F Black 22X DVD Writer SATA OEM - DirectCanada
couple of good writers, IF you must have Light scribe this is a great writer...
Samsung SH-S223Q/BEBS 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black Lightscribe OEM - DirectCanada
A couple of these...
Evga Geforce Gtx 275 633MHZ 896MB 2.26GHZ DDR3 PCI-E Dual DVI-I Hdtv Out Video Card - DirectCanada
Would be better then the GTX 295 in the long run.. or
3 of these would STOMP a GTX 295 for less then the price of a GTX 295...
EVGA E-GEFORCE GTX 260 Core 216 55NM 576MHZ 896MB 1.998GHZ GDDR3 PCI-E 2XDVI-I HDTV Out Video Card - DirectCanada
those couple with the EVGA x58 would be pretty awesome.
Personally I wouldnt pay for A) the over priced Corsair Dominators unless they where the red 1866 versions... B) a memory cooler that didnt come with the card extra (Althought I did get one for free that Im using for lighting in my case =P)
OCZ Gold OCZ3G1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 8-8-8-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada
Save you $100 right there. Or theres the reapers...
OCZ OCZ3RPR1866C9LV6GK Reaper 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1866 CL9-9-9-28 240PIN Triple Channel Memory Kit - DirectCanada
The OCZ golds have tighter timings then the Corsairs at half the price....
Corsair XMS3 Dominator GT TR3X6G1866C7GTF 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1866 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory W/ Fan - DirectCanada
are pretty awesome, and come with a memory cooler but are expensive.
If you go with 2 GTX 275s or 2 GTX 285s scale the PSU back to an 850w, you could even probubly get away with a 750w. If you go with 3 GTX 260s then stick with the 1000w.
Watercooling isnt my thing so I cant help there, I like air cooling but the i7s do hit a limit with air cooling and get quite a bit hotter then C2Ds do at high overclocks, so if you want to lower your temps I wouldnt say W/C is a waste, its just a PITA.
EDIT: sorry that was so long, I was bored =P and Id really like to see you get a kick butt PC in the end
Looks good, but i'd get a 920 D0 from NCIX for $20 more.
NCIX.com - Buy Intel Core I7 920 D0 Stepping Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 -SLBEJ- - BX80601920 - D0 In Canada.
And correct me if i'm wrong, but wouldnt the EVGA X58 be a bad board for SLI? Since its 16/8/4.
P6T would be my choice for a budget SLI build. They are $290 at ncix and run at 16x/16x
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