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Old December 9, 2009, 11:14 PM
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Question First build, 1600$ budget, i7 860.. suggestion? would it work

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Heavy computation programs like matlab, simulink + extensive gaming

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
1300 - 1600$

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada, I think.. I am liking so far, I guess they are in Canada.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc, etc, etc, you get the picture.
Big time Intel Fanboy, the other things I don't have a preference

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
Keyboard, probably a second monitor, speakers.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
been researching for a while

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
default at first, don't mind overclocking if I feel like it's needed.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Soon ! in the holidays

I've put together this list, but I am not sure if it would work...

Intel Core i7 860 Quad Core Processor Lynnfield LGA1156 2.8GHZ Hyperthreading 8MB Cache

Intel DP55KG Extreme Series ATX LGA1156 P55 DDR3 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SLI Crossfire Motherboard

- Video card
Diamond Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E

G.SKILL F3-10666CL9D-4GBNQ PC3-10666 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1333 CL9-9-9-24 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit

OCZ StealthXStream 700W ATX12V 20/24PIN Active PFC ATX Power Supply 120MM Fan Black

- Monitor
ASUS VH236H 23 Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1920X1080 16:9 2MS 20000:1DC HDMI DVI VGA with Speakers

- DVD Writer
Samsung SH-S223L/BEBS 22X SATA Black DVD Writer Lightscribe OEM

- Keyboard
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard Black Silver Programmable Backlit Keys USB

Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM

- Case
Compucase 6BRBBB Mid-Tower ATX Case Black 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5INT No PS Front USB Audio eSATA

- Heat sink
Genius G950 Multi Socket Desktop CPU Cooler 4 Aluminum HeatPipes LGA1156 1366 775 AM3 AM2+ AM2

My reasoning for the 860 instead of the 920 is I want the fastest for computation hungry applications like matlab. For the Intel mobo is that 1. I like intel ! 2. I want maximum compatibility, 3. I like the bluetooth idea. the HD 5870, is it's great riviews and compared to the GTX ones, for its price it looks very good

What do you guys think ??
Thanks in advance !!! :)
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