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Old July 8, 2009, 07:12 PM
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Default Yet another Core i7 build

I am planning to build a new Core i7 machine pretty soon. I don't have all of the money put aside just yet but I'm almost there. My last desktop was a AMD X2 3500+ with 2 gigs ram and a 7600GT. Pretty much anything on the market today will seem like a vast improvement to me.

I will be using it for gaming, listening to music, and surfing the web. I plan on getting a 22inch LCD when one goes on sale around here. So my max gaming res will probably be 1680 x 1050. Anyway, here's what I have planned. This is just rough I'll be trying to pick some things up when I see sales.

Core i7 920 - $309.99
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

Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P - $302.99
Newegg.ca - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

OCZ Gold 6GB - $104.99
Newegg.ca - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory

Cooler Master HAF 932 - $159.99
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $109.99
Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - Internal Hard Drives

XFX GTX 260 Core 216 Black Edition - $216.99
Newegg.ca - XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

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

Already have DVD burner - free

Total: $1344.93 + shipping and taxes
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Old July 8, 2009, 07:17 PM
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You should try looking up the prices on NCIX and other places and have NCIX price match them. As example, Direct Canada has the motherboard you are looking at (the one i have actually) for considerably a lot less: Gigabyte EX58-UD4P ATX LGA1366 X58 DDR3 3PCI-E SATA2 Sound GLAN 3-WAY CrossFireX SLI Motherboard - DirectCanada and direct canada has free shipping for over 300$ orders
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Old July 8, 2009, 07:50 PM
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I'm looking at building a system myself. I read a lot of terrific things about the; ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366
Newegg.ca - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
and Falcon Northwest uses them in their systems, so that speaks pretty highly of that MB

also, you might want to look at the

for memory you might want to look at OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
Newegg.ca - OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Desktop Memory
I think they have better specs than the gold (and it's only about 10$ difference IIRC)
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Old July 8, 2009, 07:57 PM
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List of parts looks decent.
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Old July 8, 2009, 08:55 PM
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I think I'd stay away from the Black Edition 260 if I were you. One of my housemates bought that for his new i7 build last winter, and he's regretting paying the price premium for it back then. That card is packing a dangerously high overclock, and he's just not able to keep it cool enough at those speeds in his HAF 932 during an intense gaming session. YMMV, but for my money I'd probably just pick up an EVGA card and overclock it myself.

EDIT: Although that is a GREAT deal for it now. Worst-case you could just buy it and dial back the clock speeds like he did, I guess
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Old July 9, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Thanks for the help everyone. I know about NCIX price matching and I normally do order from NCIX, I just kind of slapped those prices together for a rough estimate. That is an awesome price on that EX58-UD4P though, definitely keep that in mind.

I'm going to see if one of my friends who works at Wal-Mart can hook me up with that i7 + Windows 7 <$200 Intel deal. Never looked too far into how it works yet though but it's worth a try. Then get NCIX to price match that mobo and grab some ram similar to what I want when I see some on sale.

I also think I'm going to scale that HD back to a 640gig caviar black, get a standard EVGA 260 core 216, a 750W PSU down from a 850W PSU, and get a HAF 922 instead of a 932. So basically if I can't get that deal and not counting rebates I'm talking:

Core i7 920 - $310
Gigabyte EX58-UD4P - $230
6GB DDR3 - $100ish
HAF 922 - $135
WD 640GB - $80
EVGA 260 GTX 216 - $212
Corsair 750W - $115

Total - $1182

Hopefully I can get that Intel deal and save even more, but I'm not holding my breath for it.
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