About to hit "Checkout" on my i7 build, take a look!


Dec 16, 2008
I posted here a few days ago on a mid-high i7 build and I got some good suggestions. I decided to go with a GeForce GTX 285 (even though the Radeon 4850X2 was so cheap...) and 1600MHz RAM. I had a VERY tough time picking out a specific video card and motherboard. Anyway, here's the setup: https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/MySavedWishDetail.aspx?ID=9800091

Video Card:
MSI N285GTX-T2D1G-OC GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail $349.99

Quite honestly, I'm least sure about this one. It's slightly overclocked and it's only $320 after the rebate, but there were 3 others I was looking at (EVGA 01G-P3-1281-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB, BFG Tech BFGEGTX2851024OCE GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and XFX GX285NZDFF GeForce GTX 285 1GB). It's a wash between these 4. If anyone has some suggestions, I'm all ears :)

I know the 4850X2 is faster, but I hear that those cards are VERY loud. Almost every forum post seems to recommend a GTX 285 over the 4850X2 as well, probably for future-proofing. I am very concerned about the high-pitching squealing noise that the GTX 285 cards tend to make. Does anyone have any experience with these cards and if so, how loud is that noise?

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 $288.99

CPU Cooler:
XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail $36.99

I'm not sure about this one. It's for LGA775 and I can't seem to find a converter for LGA1366. I've heard nothing but good things about this cooler and it's cheap, so I'd hate to have to delete it. I think it was ranked 4th on FrostyTech's Top 5 Intel coolers and it was pretty quiet to boot.

Floppy/Card Reader:
Koutech IO-RCM620 USB 2.0 3.5"/5.25" Card Reader - Retail $16.99

COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $89.99

I hope this thing can handle the GTX 285...those things are HUGE. Also, the power and HDD LED lights are in a bad spot. Ah well.

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $269.99

I had a lot of difficulty in this one too. The GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI, EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR, MSI X58 Platinum SLI, ASUS P6T, and the Foxconn Renaissance were also in the running. I think the only reason I chose this one over the others is it's onboard audio chipset is a higher number :p

I chose the GTX 285 because in the (far) future, I have the option of getting a second for SLI, so I only considered SLI-compliant MOBOs.

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $139.99

This will be more than enough for now and it will probably run two GTX 285s in the future, according to xthekidx :)

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit $119.99

I'll probably underclock this as I doubt I'll be OCing my i7 920 high enough to reach 1600MHz DDR speeds.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $119.99

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $99.99

I just picked the first 64-bit Vista I saw. It sucks that I can't wait until Windows 7 is out...

Thermal Compound:
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail $4.99

$6 shipping for a $5 product, sweet deal, Newegg...

Subtotal: $1,537.89 with at least $100 in rebates.... god, rebates are so annoying.

I am salvaging a couple of smallish drives, mouse, keyboard, DVD RW drive, and a 19" monitor. I plan on upgrading to a 24" in the future once the pain in my wallet from this system build subsides.

Mostly a gaming system, but I do a bit of video encoding as well.


Dec 16, 2008
Wow, I feel like an idiot. I didn't even see that the Dark Knight cooler added 1366 support!

I did indeed switch over my MOBO to the ASUS P6T. I see that the DIMMs are a little farther from the CPU socket than on the GIGABYTE unit and the Xigmatek cooler is rather large. I just hope those SATA ports are low enough to give the GTX 285 clearance.

Good finds on the combos! I was a bit too lazy to check them myself. I also skipped over that EVGA SC card because it didn't include COD5 (silly, I know), but in the combo deal it's included :)

I expect I'll be buying this thing sometime today. Thanks for all the help!!!