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

jktstance

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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?

CPU:
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

Case:
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.

MOBO:
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.

PSU:
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 :)

RAM:
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.

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

OS:
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.
 

jktstance

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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!!!