Jul 13, 2009
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next week BUDGET RANGE: close to 1000$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Making, Internet, Schoolwork

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Monitor, Mouse, Speakers, OS,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (where i found all my components so far. and seemed to have best prices.

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: no real preferences, always been a nvidia guy tho.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: Idk, ill update once i get my monitor (in storage)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: i just really want a computer that will be able to run the newest games well enough to create high quality movies, and not have to worry about fps.

What i have so far are:

NZXT Guardian 921 CS-NT-GD921-B Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

i know i need a mobo but was having trouble picking one, as i know nothing about them. Ram, have to wait until i get a mobo, Heatsink - needed?, sound card - i didnt know what to get... dont really want to spend a lot on one tho, i use my ipod for most music listening. Hard drive - really didnt know what to get, dont need a lot of memory, all i will have is a couple games and some music/movies. I appreciate any feedback and recommendations, and pointing out anything i might need that i forgot :ange:
thanks in advance,
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler
If you want to game without FPS issues, get the best vga card that you feel comfortable paying for.
The GTX260-216 is a good card, but see if you can upgrade it to a GTX276 or possibly even a GTX285. That will be $100 to $150 more.

Corsair 650 is good and will power any single vga card.

You need a X58 motherboard at about $200 to $250. Asus, Gigabyte, and EVGA are popular.
The Asus P6T se is $200 but does not allow SLI. I think by the time you want more vga power, there will be better options than sli in the marketplace.

For any ram you are considering, do your own homework.
Go to the ram vendor's web site, and access their configurator.
Corsair, Kingston, Patriot, OCZ and others have them.
Their compatibility list is more current than the motherboard vendor's QVL lists which rarely get updated.
Enter your mobo or PC, and get a list of compatible ram sticks.

Here are a few links:

Cpu performance is not very sensitive to ram speeds.
If you look at real application and game benchmarks(vs. synthetic tests),
you will see negligible difference in performance between the slowest DDR2 and the fastest DDR3 ram.
Perhaps 1-2%. Not worth it to me.
Don't pay extra for faster ram or better timings unless you are a maximum overclocker.

Get a 6gb kit. I have had no problems with this patriot kit in my asusP6T deluxe:

Onboard HD sound is very good, a sound card is not needed. If you want, you can always add a sound card later. I bet you won't.

A oem heat sink is a good thing to get up front. I hate to remove a working motherboard to add one later.
A good heat sink will keep your cpu cooler, allowing for a better overclock. (a mild OC to 3.3 is trivial with the i7-920)
A cooler with a slow turning 120mm fan will also be quieter under load.
The xigmatek dark night is a good unit:

Also, get a small tube of thermal grease. MX-2 or as-5 are good.

Movies can take up lots of hard drive space. I suggest the WD caviar black 1tb unit:

Large drives like this are actually quite fast in the outer cylinders where your OS will go.

You will want an OS, and I suggest vista home premium 64 bit that includes a free upgrade to windows-7. You will need to do a clean install for w7 when it becomes available in october. Alternatively, you could download and use the release candidate of w7 now for free.

---good luck---