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Old February 6, 2009, 03:35 PM
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This is my first computer that i am putting together myself. The only compuer that I have owned is a dell single core 5100 with an x300. I want my new one to be worth every penny, powerful, and future friendly so that i dont have to uy a new one in a year. In the way of overcloking, i want to be able to run the i7 920 at 4Ghz, I've never overclocked before so this is all new for me. I have done alot of research over the past few weeks and read lots of reviews. So far this is what I have come up with:

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HAF 932 $165.24
i7 920 and ASUS P6T Deluxe $679.38
WD Caviar Black 1TB $137.88
LG 22x Dual layer $29.99
LG 22x Light Scribe $32.81
eVGA e-GeForce GTX 295 $629.00
Corsair 850W PSU $138.55
Corsair XMS3 3x2g 1600MHz PC3 12800 $219.78
Samsung Syncmaster T240 24 $318.88
NZXT Sentry LX LCD Fan Controller $77.99
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 $84.99

Total - 2514.49 + tax


If you have any suggestions or know somewhere i could get these parts for cheaper, please let me know. I am also getting lots of air cooling and heatsinks.

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Old February 6, 2009, 03:51 PM
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This is my first computer that i am putting together myself. The only compuer that I have owned is a dell single core 5100 with an x300. I want my new one to be worth every penny, powerful, and future friendly so that i dont have to uy a new one in a year. In the way of overcloking, i want to be able to run the i7 920 at 4Ghz, I've never overclocked before so this is all new for me. I have done alot of research over the past few weeks and read lots of reviews. So far this is what I have come up with:

HAF 932 $174.99
i7 920 and ASUS P6T Deluxe $679.38 - EVGA X58 board is better or wait for the EVGA X58 Classified

Seagate 1gb 7200.11 with Vista Ultimate $229.99 - NOOO!!!!!!!!!!! Seagate is junk. Have you not seen the HUGE MESS that they are in right now? Western Digital Blacks are the drive of choice now.

LG 22x Dual layer $29.99 - Excellent
LG 22x Light Scribe $34.99 - Excellent but why two Optical drives?
GTX 285 @ 702 MHz $509.99 - Again EVGA or XFX
Corsair 850W PSU $159.99 - Excellent choice
Corsair 1600MHz PC12800 Dominator RAM $298.99 - Good choice indeed.
Samsung SyncMaster 22" 2ms Widescreen $219.99

If you have any suggestions or know somewhere i could get these parts for cheaper, please let me know. I am also getting lots of air cooling and heatsinks.

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Old February 7, 2009, 12:42 PM
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+1 for Digikid's suggestions, but you can get those for slightly cheaper and save a bunch of money if you pricematch stuff at NCIX with other online retailers.
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Old February 7, 2009, 12:52 PM
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I agree with Digikid about going with the EVGA X58 board and also I am wondering why the two optical drives. I just don't see the need anymore.

The one thing that I would change if possible is to go for a 24" monitor with 1920x1200 resolution. That will make better use of the video card and rest of the system. Oh and for the GTX 285 go with EVGA again, you just can't beat their service and overclocker friendly warranty.
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Old February 7, 2009, 12:54 PM
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A few tips:

That GTX 285 is too much money. You can grab a 295 for only $100 more than that. So either find a cheaper one or go with the 295.
The eVGA Classified suggested is going to be major money. I would highly doubt it being under $400. I love my Gigabyte EX58-DS4. sub-$300 and doesn't have any shortcomings (well besides SLI).
There is nothing wrong with Seagate. They have had a bunch of firmware issues lately, but AFAIK it has all been resolved. I would likely go with a 7200.12 drive. They are AFAIK, the fastest 7200rpm drives on the market.
Go with cheaper memory. Ram isn't the bottleneck anymore with i7. Even DDR 1333MHz won't limit your CPU overclock. So unless you are buying this machine for hardcore benching, but they cheapest 6GB set you can find.
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LG 22x Light Scribe $34.99 - Excellent but why two Optical drives?
My computer now has 2 DVD drives and i find its very usful. Besides it is only 25$.

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That GTX 285 is too much money. You can grab a 295 for only $100 more than that. So either find a cheaper one or go with the 295.
You are absolutley right.

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EVGA X58 board is better or wait for the EVGA X58 Classified
Umm... Y?

also, what is better. The Asus P6T Deluxe, or Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5?

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I would likely go with a 7200.12 drive.
I wasn't aware this existed. Also, i have a Seagate 7200.11 now. I got about a year ago when my old noname 130gb one craped out. Its worked absolutely flawlessy.

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I would change if possible is to go for a 24" monitor with 1920x1200 resolution.
I definitely want a moniter with 2ms refresh rate. Sadly the SyncMaster (matches my case perfectly) does not come in 24" 2ms. But there are three that do:
BenQ V2400W @ $370
BenQ G2400WD @ $360
Acer G24OID @ $475 (expensive but worth it?)

I realize the acer screen violates my price limitbut the 295 will do that anyways. Id rather spend $3000 and get something REALLY good and will last me 5 years then spend $2500 getting something thats pretty good that will last me 3 years.

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Old February 7, 2009, 10:50 PM
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I have the P6T deluxe... It's fantastic. (I do have a voltage sensor problem though lol) I wouldn't really say the EVGA x58 is better, they both have their advantages... EVGA customer support is better though no doubt. Go with the P6T Deluxe since that seems like what you're set on. Great board.

Your choices look good, however I would also say to stay away from that hard drive. Get a WD Caviar black 640GB, awesome price, and super fast!

And yes, go with EVGA for the video card!
The 285 is quite a bit more expensive for the mere performance difference vs. the GTX 280. That is probably a better option. Or like suggested, the 295 for not much more money, which is super fast.

LG makes pretty good optical drives too, good choice.

As for monitor, I prefer Samsung myself! So stick with Samsung! Since you have a beasty video card, you could easily go 24".

- I always think of Acer as cheap

I recommend the Thermalright Ultra Extreme 120 cooler.

Good luck! You're going to love i7. SO fast! I Haven't tried hard enough yet to get 4.0, but I'm at 3.8 no problem with great temps on air and low voltage, so I'm settled!
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I prefer Samsung myself! So stick with Samsung!
Even if i have to sacrifise framerate? As far as i can see, samsung doesn't have a 2ms moniter bigger then 22"

Also, how do I know what % my capacitor aging is? I need it to find out what PSU to use
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Even if i have to sacrifise framerate? As far as i can see, samsung doesn't have a 2ms moniter bigger then 22"

Also, how do I know what % my capacitor aging is? I need it to find out what PSU to use
Well, if you were going to 24" then maybe there are better 24" monitors... I don't know how much 2ms vs 5ms really is in performance.. but if you're getting 22", I vote samsung! Have 2 of them, great monitors.

EDIT: There doesn't seem to be very many 24" monitors that are 2ms.. can anyone with a 5ms 24" chime in? I'd still get a 5ms samsung 24" LCD... but I would prefer 2ms no doubt.
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Old February 7, 2009, 11:59 PM
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I am not a fan of Asus' customer support (or I should say lack there of) which is why I wouldn't recommend the P6T. Gigabyte's support isn't the greatest, but it is rather simple to RMA a board with them at least.
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