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Old January 16, 2010, 01:36 PM
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Default i7-920 Build - Suggestions needed!!

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing
- Some gaming (CS, Call of Duty other first person shooter games), photo editing (nothing crazy), surfing and general use

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
- Would like to keep it around $1500 - $1600 with tax

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
- Canada (Ottawa)

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.
- The only preference I have it to keep the CPU Intel, besides that Iím open

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
- No current parts can be used (6yr old AMD Barton 2800, has served me well!!)
- Donít need monitor

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
- Have done some research on i7-920, i7-860 and i5 builds

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
- I do plan on running default speeds, donít see the need to overclock but that could change if I get bored.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
- Would like to get the parts over the next month depending on free time
-------Parts list-------------
CPU Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
Memory OCZ DDR3 PC3-12800 Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit - OCZ3G1600LV6GK
PowerSupply Antec 750W Power Supply
Case coolmaster RC690
Graphic Card BFG Tech GeForce GTX260 896MB DDR3 PCI-E
Hard Drive WD Caviar Black 3.5" 1TB 7200RPM 32MB SATA II
DVD Drive X 2 LG 22X Internal SATA w/Lightscribe Black
OS Windows 7 Home Prem 64 bit
I've read reviews on the ASRock motherboard and they do seem to be very good (Tom's Hardware had one of 3 I read). I'm just not sure if this is a good choice or if I should stick to P6T Deluxe or MSI X58 PRO-E board. Its hard to beat the price of the ASRock for the features you get.

Also not sure of the graphic card, don't want to spend to much but I also don't want to waste money on something that really doesn't do much.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old January 16, 2010, 01:59 PM
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AsRock did a few good boards, I don't see why it would not fit your needs.
The GTX260 is a very good card. What is the screen resolution you are using?
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Old January 16, 2010, 02:38 PM
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The ASRock X58 Extreme is a really good board. However, alternatively, the Gigabyte X58A-UD5 is an exceptional board that you can consider.

And why go with a GTX 260 when 5850 is much better for a bit more money? Also for the PSU, I'd suggest the Corsair 750W over that Antec.

Otherwise that looks like a great build, enjoy!
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Old January 16, 2010, 02:59 PM
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And why go with a GTX 260 when 5850 is much better for a bit more money?

Actually $ 100 more at least
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Old January 16, 2010, 04:18 PM
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Old January 17, 2010, 08:38 AM
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Well, the 5770 isn't much more, and it performs about the same...but you get all the 5xxx features i.e. DX11 and eyefinity.
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Old January 17, 2010, 09:04 AM
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Thanks for all the responses!! I think I will end up going with the ASRock board, price is good, great reviews and the board comes with some real nice features.

I'll take a look at 5850 and 5770 video cards and post what I decide on getting. One question on the video cards, is there a manufacturer that I should have a preference for (best reputation)? Or possibly one to stay clear of??

Charlie as for your question, my screen resolution is set to 1280 X 1024.
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5770 will be overkill for that res... but it's a very good card.
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The case I picked out has an eSata at the top. Would you be able to connect from the motherboard Sata connection to the eSata at the top of the case??
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The case I picked out has an eSata at the top. Would you be able to connect from the motherboard Sata connection to the eSata at the top of the case??
Yup that's the only way of connection typically.

As for the video card, look at the HD4890 as well. Great card for the money, and it'll perform very well at 1280x1024.
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