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Old September 22, 2009, 01:35 PM
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Hey all! First post on the board and after a while of poking around the net I decided to stop here for all my tech needs. I'm currently in the process of piecing together some parts on Newegg.ca, and this is what I have come up with so far.

Case: Antec 1200 Newegg.ca - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

CPU: 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

Mobo: Asus P6t V2 Newegg.ca - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

RAM: Corsair Dominator 6g (3x2g) DDR3 1600 Newegg.ca - CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Desktop Memory

HDD: WDD Caviar Green 1TB Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

PSU: Corsair HX850 Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies

Disk Drive: Samsung basichttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188



Ok, so, thats the basis of the build as of now, but I'm still contemplating a few things I hope you guys can help me with!

- Video Card: Ok, so, I'm on two minds about this one, I'm thinking of waiting for the new ATi 5xxx series cards to come out and pick one of those up, or just grab, lets say a GTX275 for the time being and upgrade to either a 5xxx X2 or a GTX3xxx series card when they are released. What do you recommend?

- SSD: Should I pick up say a relatively small, SSD for my OS? Or say WoW or another MMO for a quicker load time?

- PSU: Is my PSU to large? Should I drop down to say a 650 for example?

-CPU Heatsink: I want to overclock my i7 920, and was wondering if I would need a good heatsink to really boost that puppy up? Or will the stock cooler and the air circulation of that case do the trick?

-Ordering: What sites would you say are the best for shipping, price, etc, I want to order all from one place.



Thats about it for now, any and all replies will be greatly appreciated and considered!!!
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Old September 22, 2009, 01:45 PM
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First off, answer the sticky. What are you using your computer for?

Change the hard drive to a Caviar Black.

Change the CPU to a i7 870 (or was it 860? Either way, the cheaper one with HT)

Your PSU is fine for whatever GPU you plan to use.

If you're purchasing soon and can't wait for the new GPUs, then get a NVIDIA GTX275 or ATI 4890.

Heatsink, go with the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus.

I'm against the ue of SSDs, but to each their own.

Purchase from NCIX and get them to price match the competition. You'll save a lot of money.
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Old September 22, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Addressing your questions:
-Video Card: I'm in the same boat as you, but I've learned my lesson about first revision hardware. So I'm going to play it safe and grab a GTX 275 (or a 285 if the 58xx cards drive the prices down), then bank the cash I would have blown on a 295 or whatever, and spend that on a GT300 card down the road, using the old card for PhysX or at the least a ppd boost.
-SSD: Probably the biggest, most noticeable upgrade you can do right now, imo. Seems like the shipping issues on Intel's new 34nm X25-Ms is getting cleared up, and that's what I'm going with.
-PSU: Room to grow, man. Room to grow. Besides, the 850HX is plenty efficient, so I wouldn't worry about it.
-Heatsink: Like many others, I'm going to recommend the Cooler Master Hyper 212+. Incredible value.
-Ordering: NCIX all the way. They're the only eTailer I've seen that allows pricematching, and provided you're not in BC they won't even charge you PST

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Old September 22, 2009, 01:56 PM
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I'm going to be using it for gaming, and thats pretty much it. Mostly MMO's, but I'd still like to play some FPS at some high quality.

I'll change the HDD drive and pick up that heatsink, but whats the main advantages of the 860 over the 920? I know its a different pin count so I'd need to pick a new mobo, but what advantages would it have? Is it newer technology? I heard good things about the i7 D0 920 as well.
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Old September 22, 2009, 02:45 PM
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The i7 860's scale up higher on their turbo modes. If you are running stock, that's the way to go IMHO. If you are overclocking, and turning the turbo off, I think the 920 is the better option due to the better memory bandwidth.

Edit: I see your are overclocking. Go with the 920.

However, the P55 chipsets only do x8/x8 SLI or Crossfire, while the X58 is capable of x16/x16. Not an issue if you're not running a multiple GPU setup.

GPU - GTX275, SSD - YES, PSU - Good for multiple GPU setups. HSF - TRUE or Megahalem. HDD - Get a Black edition, even if you're not getting a SSD.
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Change the case: Cooler Master Cosmos S, or HAF 932.

HD: Please stay away from those Green drives, get a Black version, they are way better.

Stay with an i7 920, I guess good friend geokilla didn't realize if you change to an i7 860 you will need another board, and the cpu is more expensive.

RAM: Corsair I find are overpriced.. Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD - Desktop Memory FTW.. Seriously, it's a very good set of RAM, it was even reviewed here (only buy from NCIX though)..

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Old September 22, 2009, 03:12 PM
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Change the case: Cooler Master Cosmos S, or HAF 932.

HD: Please stay away from those Green drives, get a Black version, they are way better.

Stay with an i7 920, I guess good friend geokilla didn't realize if you change to an i7 860 you will need another board, and the cpu is more expensive.

RAM: Corsair I find are overpriced.. Newegg.ca - G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBTD - Desktop Memory FTW.. Seriously, it's a very good set of RAM, it was even reviewed here (only buy from NCIX though)..

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Well to each their own, but I prefer the 860 more than the 920. The 860 is the cheaper Lynnfied that comes with HT right?

As well, I'm not good with the P55 motherboards, thus the reason why I didn't recommend or make an opinion on that.

Um if you're playing MMOs, I think one GTX275 would do the trick. What resolution?
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Well to each their own, but I prefer the 860 more than the 920. The 860 is the cheaper Lynnfied that comes with HT right?

As well, I'm not good with the P55 motherboards, thus the reason why I didn't recommend or make an opinion on that.

Um if you're playing MMOs, I think one GTX275 would do the trick. What resolution?

And consider going with a i5 mobo and dual channel ddr3 2000... it's a tad slower but still high end, and you save a bunch.

just a suggestion.

I'd also wait for the 300 series nvidia cards, or you might regret not waiting.
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^^ Yes and no.. the i7 920 currently is cheaper, and you can usually find sales on that processor.. Also the motherboards and RAM seems to go on sale.. Off course you can get a wicked price on a i5 bundle.. Still suggest i7, better and faster..
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Updated build, I think this is the final go around, will probably pick up another one or two 5870 in the future I'm thinking.

Case: Corsair 800D

MOBO: EVGA X58 Classified

CPU: i7 920 D0

CPU Heat Sink: Coolmaster 212

PSU: Corsair HX850

Ram: Corsair XMS3 Dominator 3x2gig DDR3 1600

GPU: XFX 5870

HDD: WD Caviar Black 1TB

Disk Drive: Basic Samsung DVD burner

Sound: HT Omega Striker

I think thats it! Any suggestions?

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