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Purchase date: about 2 weeks to a month and a half

Primary use: Gaming and surfing the internet.

All parts but OS required

Preferred website, newegg.com

I prefer ATI and AMD parts.

Overclocking: Some Crossfire: Maybe

Resolution 1920x1200

I did one of these several months back but didn't quite have the budget to actually buy so I more or less re-did the parts list and am looking for advice for this build.

The first thing I ask is: This setup is using the phenom II 940 and I was wondering if it would be advisable to get the 955 and w/ ddr3 as would it be perhaps slightly more future proof with the am3 socket?

Parts list:

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129043

ASUS M4A79 Deluxe AM2+/AM2 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131361

XFX HD-489A-ZDEC Radeon HD 4890 Xtreme 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150360

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

Antec has some deals on their PSUs with the antec 1200 so I was wondering if anyone knew much about those.

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103471

Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104073

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227395

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

SAMSUNG ToC T240HD Rose-Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 10000:1 Built in DTV Tuner & Dolby Digital Surround Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

HT | OMEGA CLARO Plus+ 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Sound Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829271003

Logitech Z-5500 505 Watts 5.1 Speaker - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16836121120

Heatsink: Xigmatek THOR'S HAMMER HDT-S126384 CPU Cooler - Retail w/ 2 x Scythe DFS123812-3000 "ULTRA KAZE" 120 x 38 mm Case Fan - Retail attatched

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233032
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185054

OCZ OCZTFRZTC Freeze Extreme Thermal Conductivity Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835202006

Mouse is a g5 and the keyboard is a generic style logitech.

The main questions I have are about if that heatsink/fan combo looks good, as well as the psu I am using. I'm sure I could easily get a lesser wattage PSU but I may want the bigger one for the next gen of graphics cards, which leads me to my next question. Should I get say a 4770 or 4850 or perhaps even 4870 now and wait for the next generation of cards to come out?

 

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With a ~$2500 budget you could easily build a high end i7, but if you specifically want AMD go with the 955, AM3, and DDR3. I'm glad to see you investing in a SSD, they rock.
 
D0 Stepping i7 920 w/dual gtx 275's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006 $119.99 ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $224.99 | $209.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1" $ 280.00
Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz LGA 1366 Socket 8MB Cache CPU D0 Stepping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $74.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171 $24.99
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1,245.91 | $1,180.91 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build

http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=584 <---short review on that D0 stepping i7. It runs cooler than the older C0 stepping i7's

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11773&Itemid=1 <--- that's one way you can tell if you have a D0 stepping cpu or not
 

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A lot of the costs of the system come from things that are not required for a computer but I want such as a sound card, nice speakers, 24 inch widescreen etc. And I do not intend to get a nvidia gpu.

I do like that site where you can definitely get a d0 stepping, and hmm that mobo doesn't look bad at all. And i managed to miss that ram on newegg. Hrmmm good advice for an i7!
 

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I am pretty sure it would fit no problem but I would still go with the Dark Knight. I am positive the Dark Knight works and I believe the Dark Knight comes with an i7 backplate too.

+1 for Why_Me's build.

You would be extremely satisfied with that and you would save quite a bit of cash.
The z5500's are a great choice for a sound system but in terms of a sound card most onboard sound on the mobo's are pretty good and would not justify the premium for a sound card. I would first listen to the sound quality of the mobo's and then if you decide you need a sound card you can always buy one.

But again I would definitely go with Why_Me's build. If you have a microcenter near you locally you can save some money on the i7 and get it for $230. You could also get lucky if they have a D0 stepping in stock. :D

I would go with Why_Me's build, some z5500's, and a nice 1920x1080 monitor and you would be extremely happy and would have saved some cash from your originial budget.
 

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I'm honestly not a big fan of that motherboard. Not really a fan of many of the i7 motherboards. I don't particularly like the layouts of most of them.
 

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It's not too bad, Seems to have a pci slot open for if i go with multi-gpu which is one of the biggest things I dislike about a lot of the boards. It would be nice to get some advice about ati cards since it is what I was asking about ^ ^. I do appreciate all the advice, but it is a bit frustrating when you get advice that is completely opposite than what you are asking it for : /
 

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That's kind of what I was thinking. I've heard that the ones that come OCd are better from the batch and can be Ocd even more easier. Any truth to that?
 

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I believe so. They may OC a little bit better but I am not completely sure of that. It is up to you if you would want to spend a little more for a factory overclock though. It will probably be about $20 more per card for that OC.

edit: After looking on newegg the prices for the OC versions are not worth it IMO. The overclocks are minimal and you can achieve higher OC then the factory OC specs with a stock card for quite a bit cheaper.
 

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Definitely, can't go wrong with that card.

So again Why_Me's build with the Asus P6T Deluxe v2 instead of the Gigabyte and 2 XFX 4890 1GB's instead of the gtx 275's and you are solid. :D

Hope I was a help and good luck with the build!
 

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So the 750 watt corsair psu would be good for the two of them? And do you think heat would be an issue with 2 gpus in the antec 1200?
 

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The 750w will be fine. And the antec 1200 is one of the best cases for cooling so no worries there!
 

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Well my other concern with cooling is if i go with the sound card it would be between the two cards and i'm not quite sure how that would affect the cooling for them.
 

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I believe almost any other x58 board will be the same if you CF two cards. Also, I doubt you will even need a sound card, the onboard sound on most mobos nowadays is extremely good. I got a sound card for my pc and the difference between the onboard audio and the sound card is barely even noticable.