$1500 Core I7 920 Custom Build

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Core I7 920
Gigabyte UD5 Motherboard
Vigor Monsoon III Cpu Cooler
Kingston HyperX 1600 6GB DDR3 Triple Channel
LG 22X DVD Burner X2
Raidmax Smilodon Extreme Black Case
750W Corsair Power Supply
Hitachi Deskstar 750GB 32MB Cache Hard Drive
HIS Hightech Radeon HD 4870 1GB IceQ 4+ Turbo Video Card
Artic Silver 5
Extra Green LED Fans and LED Lights
and a keyboard and mouse
$1506 TOTAL

 

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This one is better for gaming:
http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=14386287
If this is a gaming system (which it looks like it is...but you should specify what you are aiming for) then that would be a better use of your money. Compare the two mobo's to see if you need the extra options on the Gigabyte board, my guess is you don't. You are paying too much for the kingston ram. idk how much you are paying for the keyboard and mouse, but lets say $50 for basic options there, which is paid for by the $50 MIR you get from those items. You can also combo that ram and CPU I chose for $10 off.
 

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So xthekidx you dont think its worth the extra dough to get the better Kingston HyperX ram. I really like gigabyte motherboards so is was basically between the UD4P and the Extreme but with the extreme I didn't see a good reason to have is jsut for the hybrid silent pipe 2 cooling.
 

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In my first build I was getting the OCZ Platinum 1600MHz 6GB DDR3 Ram but I had some cash left over in my $1500 so thats what made me go with the Kingston HyperX. I mean I looked at some reviews and the HyperX was very good which drew me to getting it over the corsair dominator.
 

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The OCZ platinums have better timings than the HyperX. Its a good brand, but they are overpriced, just like the Dominators. The OCZ's are a super value. If gaming is one of your main objectives here, then you should put as much into the GPU as possible for the best returns. I like the P6T better than the Gigabyte boards because I feel it is the best value as far as x58 boards go. Read this review:
http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2340773,00.asp
 

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xthekidx that coolermaster V8 HSF is not good value/$ compared to the other cooling solutions out there. OP, check out the Xigmatek coolers, like the Dark Knight with the 1366 retention bracket, or maybe the TRUE with the proper bracket as well. Also, for as much as you'd be spending on the graphics, you could get a 4850X2 2GB, which is much better performance/$ than the GTX 285, and still save money. You could even go with a Corsair 750tx and still have enough power for everything.

To the OP, the OCZ ram is fine, I'd stick with it over the Kingston. The UD4P is a fine route to go as well. Please don't go with a Raidmax case, you can get much better quality and cooling performance from Lian Li.

On the HDD, the 640gb Caviar Black is the best drive you can go with. Check out the most recent Xbit Labs article on their HDD roundup. It's the best universal hdd on the market.
 

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I switched to the OCZ 1600Mhz for $120 with a Geforce GTX 285 SSC combo do you think the SSC is worth it or do you think there will be a good chance the regular EVGA Geforce 285 will overclock the same. Thanks in advance.
 

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I agree about the Xigmatek, however it wasn't really designed for LGA 1366...but maybe that doesn't matter so much. The V8 does do better than the xig (and it looks cool, reminicent of a V8 muscle car engine), however the difference in price may not be worth it, especially if you won't overclock much. If you want a cheaper CPU cooler that does well for LGA 1366, then you should look at the Scythe Mugen 2, it cools maybe 1-2C less than the TRUE on high overclocks. I would recommend it over the S1283v Dark Knight.
 

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I like the UD5 Gigabyte board better than the UD4P because one its only $20 more and theres dual gigabit LAN and I like the Northbridge and southbridge cooling much better.
 

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I would just get the stock clocked card and overclock it, I think the SSC comes with the reference heatsink, so the only difference is that the factory overclocked the card and are charging a fee for it. You can do it yourself and save some cash there...but you might not even need to OC, try it out at stock speeds first.
 

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If you are set on getting a gigabyte board then the UD5 is the best option, but I would still consider the ASUS.
 

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I've seen on reviews that come people can't overclock the cpus as good as others with the same CPU because of different reasons and I heard the same for video cards sometimes you just get one that doesn't overclock and sometimes its amazing at overclocking. Have you had this problem before. I have never.
 

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Well I will definitely look into that have you had any problems with asus support or with the board at all what do you think about the deluxe and the rampage extreme II do you think they are really that much better than the regular P6T
 

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There is a good combo with the Corsair Dominator Ram and the P6T do you think the OCZ is still better than the dominator. Its a $30 off deal.
 

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Most likely those people who wrote those reviews couldn't overclock it due to incompetence, not because of the CPU. It also has to do with the mobo you choose though. Some mobo's are much better at overclocking than others, the P6T in particular does quite well for the price you pay for it, which is one reason it is my recommendation.
 

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It might be worth it, especially if you plan on overclocking the ram. Reviews of the Dominators show it does very well with overclocking, however you won't really see much of a difference in real world performance because most apps cannot use the amount of bandwidth that you get on the i7 platform. I would still go with the OCZ's, but it depends on your priorities. If you want to push this system to the max, then maybe go for the dominators.
 

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The deluxe may be worth it because it has a little more OC headroom than the regular P6T, however the Rampage isn't, unless again you are going for an extreme system. I personally think the layout of the Deluxe is better for SLI/xfire because you have more room between the PCIEx16 slots, allowing for better cooling.
 

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Thanks alot I changed a good amount of things since talking to you thanks a lot for all the information. I switched to the geforce gtx 285 with the core I7 920 combo then i got the P6T with the Dominator 1600 Ram do you think I made the right choice I'm hoping that you know what your diong sounds like it anyways so thanks a lot
 

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I am going to school right now for computer programming and information technology so hopefully this computer will suite my needs im buying this with one of my grants so its kind of like a free computer thanks again for the input if you have anything else to reccomend i would greatly appreciate it thanks.
 

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Those sound like pretty good options to me. What size of monitor will you be using with this system? If its only a 19" then that GPU is going to be overkill and won't do any better than a GTX 260.