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Old April 21, 2010, 10:18 PM
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Hey all,

School is just about finished and I plan on building a new desktop for the summer ahead. This is currently what I have selected:

Intel Core i7-930
6GB G. Skill Pi Series (CL7) PC3 12800
Corsair 850W 850HX
Corsair H50
EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE
3x Scythe S-Flex G (1900RPM @ 75CFM)
Scythe Kama Bay Plus (front intake)
Corsair 800D

I already have a BFG GTX 260 that I will be using as my graphics card. I game at 1680x1050.

For the 800D, I'm going to try two different configurations. The standard (H50 intake, top exhaust, front intake), and the H50 exhaust and see which yields better temps.

Are there are glaring problems or any suggestions you have?

Thanks!

UPDATE: Decided to go with the 930 after reading a few reviews that conclude the 930 overclocks better at the same voltage and how it undervolts to < 1v at stock speeds.

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Old April 21, 2010, 10:28 PM
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Go for the I7 930, overclocks and undervolts better than the 920 for a bit more money
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Old April 21, 2010, 10:33 PM
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I have heard that the 22x multiplier on the 930 is rarely used (920 and 930 prefer odd multipliers like 19 and 21) and that if I get a 920 from a good batch, I shouldn't have any problem overclocking. Is there any truth to that? I would prefer not to pay an extra $10-$15 for something I won't need.

I plan to overclock the 920 to 3.8/4.0Ghz so I'm not too concerned about the faster stock speed, either.

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Old April 21, 2010, 10:44 PM
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Nothing wrong with the 920 but this review has me convinced the 930 is worth the extra $

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Old April 21, 2010, 11:09 PM
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Given that review and this review, I've decided to get the 930. $10 for the possibility to run stock speeds at < 1v is very interesting....
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$10 for the possibility to run stock speeds at < 1v is very interesting....
That is what hooked me also......
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Old April 21, 2010, 11:58 PM
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Dude don't go H50... it sucks for an i7 920/930... a Scythe Mugen 2 at 37$ will do as good as that... get the Megahelm at 55$ and it'll do way better than an H50

Are you trying to go high end or low end? it is confusing... I'd say, get an i7 920 or 930, wtv, then the x58a-ud3r, then try to limit yourself to 170$ max ddr3 1600 RAM, get a cheaper case, like the Lian-Li K62 or a HAF 932... it seems like you are wasting money there

Oh, and the TX 750 at directcanada for 106$ is much more than enough...
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Old April 22, 2010, 12:51 AM
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Well, I'm interested in some degree of future proofing. The 850HX series is very well built as has great reviews all around. I think it would last me a bit longer too.

And I've yet to see compelling evidence that the H50 "sucks". Many reviews I've seen put it on par with higher-end air coolers. Even against the high-end air coolers, it does pretty well I think, with less noise, too.

I've never used a Gigabyte product before. The EVGA x58 board is only $20 more and I'm familiar and happy with EVGA products. I like EVGAs lifetime warranty too (I'm not sure if Gigabyte has something like that).
I realize the 800D is a lot of money but I like the case features (cable management, hot swap bays, 3x120 on the top) and I think the 932 HAF looks like ass, to be blunt.
Unfortunately, there aren't many options for memory < $170 and the CL7 Pi series got great reviews and has high overclockability.

All-in-all, even with the changes you've suggested, I would only save about $150 - $200 and I'm not sure I'm any better off in the long run.
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I havent checked the mobo you chose, but the x58a-ud3r has USB 3 and sata 6gbps.... and gigabyte are simply the best for lga 1366

The HX850 is much better, but definitively overkill

The H50 is VERY LOUD to what you would expect... IT IS LOUDER THEN BOTH THE SCYTHE MUGEN 2 REV.B and the MEGAHELMS !!!! The Megahelms outperform the H50 for lga 1366 by far... The H50 is more of a cooler cpu cooler... the AM3 processors like it... If you want something like the H50, get the coolIT ECO... much better and less loud, still, your best bet is the Megahelm

if you get the 800D, make sure that case will last you long and be usefull.... else, a Lian-Li K62 will do the job and has plenty of features

RAM isn't over the top expensive, so that's fine

All the comments above are personal experiences of my friends or myself AND with the confirmation of others
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Old April 26, 2010, 04:49 PM
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your setup looks fine but I'd suggest an 80+ gold psu like the seasonix x-650/750. I was also looking at the best cheap x58 motherboard available and it came down to that x58 sli le vs x58a-ud3r. Feature-wise, the gigabyte is a win. Look-wise, I'd lean evga too ;) However, I've read several stories of people claiming that the x58 sli le runs pretty warm, so be warned.

Also, for the fans, you might be interested in switching to gentle typhoon 1850rpm for less noise and same or better performance. I guess you'd have to look at your budget and see if you can get 12$ fans :P
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