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Old July 8, 2009, 05:07 PM
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Hi Everyone,

Just found out about the site and love it. The hardware reviews are fantastic and the site blows Tom's Hardware and EggXPert out of the water. I'm just bout to build my first i7 machine, so I thought I'd post my system.

It'll be used mostly for gaming, hi-def video playback, video editing and as a general media center attached to my TV (720p right now but will be buying a 42" 1080 120Mhz soon). I'm aiming for 'best bang for buck' at around $2000 CAD, but I'm fairly flexible on price. I'll probably get it through Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! or www.directcanada.ca, but for the video card I'd like, I'll settle for anywhere.

Brand isn't too important as long as its reputable (ASUS, OCZ, Intel, Silverstone, etc)
I'll probably overclock the CPU and maybe the RAM, but nothing to overboard. Hope to order in the next week or two.

Phew on to the System (using Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more! for convinience only in listing)

CPU
Core i7 920
Newegg.ca - Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
$319.00

Cooler
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
Newegg.ca - XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
$49.99

Motherboard
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366
Newegg.ca - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
$339.00

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
$139.99

Memory
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 X2
Newegg.ca - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
$119 (x2)

GPU
ASUS EAH4890 TOP/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16
Newegg.ca - ASUS EAH4890 TOP/HTDI/1GD5 Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$260.68

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA x2
Newegg.ca - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
$99.99 x2

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM
Newegg.ca - Sony Optiarc Black 5X BD-ROM 12X DVD-ROM 32X CD-ROM SATA Internal 5X BD-ROM & 12X DVD Burner Model BC-5100S - Blu-Ray Drives
$102.99


Case
COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER COSMOS S RC-1100-KKN1-GP Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
$199.00


Media Card Reader
Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader
Newegg.ca - Rosewill RCR-IC001 40-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port / Extra silver face plate - Card Readers
$11.99


I'll probably have to go with WD drives if I go through Direct Canada, I might also replace one of the Samsungs with a Velociraptor. I do like the Samsungs for their quiet running though. The OCZ memory seems really good, with good CAS latency and speed.

Only big issue I have is that I would prefer a Sapphire Atomic Edition 4890 for a vid card (based on this site's review :), but can't find it for the life of me. The ASUS seems like a decent card and should be quieter than the XFX or HIS versions, but vid card input is definitely appreciated.

Thanks and what a great site :D

Adam
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Old July 8, 2009, 08:13 PM
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Old July 8, 2009, 08:49 PM
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Just a few tidbits:
-You might want to swap out the 850TX for the 850HX. For $40 more, you get near-complete modularity. Purely personal preference here though.
-Keep in mind that the OCZ kits don't come with any XMP profiles, so to get them up to the full 1600 MHz you have to tweak some settings manually. If you plan on overclocking anyway though, this is a non-issue.
-I'd stick with WD for the hard drives, personally. I've had nothing with good luck with the Caviar Blacks I've dealt with in the past.
-Looks like NCIX has a bunch of Sapphire-made 4890s, including the Vapor-X edition, although it's on back-order NCIX.com - Buy Sapphire Radeon HD 4890 VAPOR-X Battlestations Edition 1GB GDDR5 HDMI DVI VGA PCI-E Lite Video Card - 11150-05-21R In Canada.

Otherwise, good build.
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Old July 9, 2009, 10:50 AM
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Thanks for the tip. I was actually originally going to go with the 850 modular, but I'm not sure if the extra cost is worth it since I'm going to have a lot of space in this case lol. I might get it anyway just to keep things clean.
Depending on the Website I go to, I might get the WD Black and 1 green (storage). I'm thinking about the Velociraptor drive for my OS and games, but not sure I'll get enough of a performance increase to justify spending another 150$ on a smaller drive than the black.

As far as video cards, it'll depend on the website as well, but I think I'm gonna try for the 4890 vapor-x model. It's supposed to be pretty good, and I can always OC to make up for not finding a toxic or atomic lol

Thanks for the feedback. It's always good to bounce ideas off another person :D
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Old July 9, 2009, 11:19 AM
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I'm thinking about the Velociraptor drive for my OS and games
I wonder if it wold make more sense going to a SSD instead of the Velociraptor?....think thats the route I would be considering.
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Old July 9, 2009, 06:59 PM
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Thanks rj, I was just thinking of going with an SSD (though my budget will be blown lol) I was thinking the G skill Falcon 128 but am open to suggestions.

I am thinking of maybe going with an EVGA 275 FTW instead since I can't seem to find much in Sapphire 4890s (though the vaporx battleship should be available) and it has good benchmarks. Do you guys think I need the 850 watt PSU or will I be ok with the 750?

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850W is a little overkill for a single-GPU rig I suppose, but if you have any intention of adding a second card in the future, you'll probably need the extra juice.
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^ I agree....if you're at all even considering Multi GPU's go with at least 850w......although a 750e PC P&C is a very good PSU...ran a 2 x GTX 280 SLI arrangement on it...with no ill effects..it was an E8400 set-up though!
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