Core i7 build $2000 limit, help


Dec 29, 2009
Hey guys after days of searching for a job (i'm 17) i finally got an interview and my training starts the first monday of the new year, so guess what that means, i get to start buying parts for my new/first build!! :D

So i've just joined the site today and i wanted your guys help and recommendations on parts for the i7 build i want to make, here is what i have in mind so far, no case included tho since i already bought the HAF 932 with pure change i saved up for 2 years and i finally saw a good use for it, also got it for $100 at my local COMP USA on black friday, lucky me. (Still wish i had the money for the build in late summer, prices were super low back then)
So if you guys see anything that could be replaced by something better staying under the $2000 limit let me know i'm open to any suggestions

Remember the limit is $2000, so on to the parts:


Core i7 920-$290 [...] 6819115202

CPU Cooler

Xigmatek Dark Knight $38 (I might do some mild overclocking so in my opinion this will do) [...] 6835233029

Motherboard(s) (cant decide!)

EVGA TRI SLI X58- $270 [...] 6813188046

ASUS P6T V2 Deluxe x58- $290 [...] -_-Product


OCZ XPM 6GB 1600 $180 [...] 6820227388


Corsair 850TX $140 (they currently have this PSU at my local compusa for $120) [...] 6817139009


WD Caviar Black 500gb $70(I want the 640gb but they are always sold out at newegg) [...] 6822136320


LG 23" 2ms 1080p $220 [...] 6824005125

Optical Drive

LITE-ON 24x $34 [...] 6827106335


don't know, for sure i want a backlit one but not too pricey or overkill like the G19 lol


same as keyboard dont know which one but for sure i want extra buttons, 5 buttons would be perfect cus i think more than that is overkill, plus i dont want an expensive mouse either like the high end RAZER models or the Logitech G9, unless you guys think its worth it let me know, cus i could be saving some cash and using it on the video card instead, same goes for keyboard about the cash


again same as the mouse and keyboard, i want a subwoofer so i can feel the bass in my music and games but i dont want to pay too much, 20 watts minimum, i also want soemthing with good ratings like the other parts i've chosen so far, although the X540 by logitech seems to be a popular buy since its a surround sound system for $90 with 70 watts, i dont know if the wattage is overkill and if i'll ever raise it that high, cus i had i a bass with a 16 watt amp and that was pretty loud when turned up all the way it would even make my walls shake and my mom would complain


Windows 7 duh lol, $140 [...] -_-Product


I was planning on getting a GTX 285 and buying a second one later on down the road once prices went down for SLI, but now the new HD5870 is out and wow that thing is a monster! a lot cheaper than the gtx 295, but dont know if i should wait for the new 300 series since the video card will be the last thing i will be buying so that way i dont waist my money now and regret it because either something better came out or prices dropped, and plus this build is gonna take me like 4 months on average so i think the 300 series will be out by then, since i am gonna be working a part time job so my cash income wont be high enough to get this build done in a month or 2, so please guys help me spend my cash wisely, thanks


Feb 3, 2007
1. If you live near a Microcenter you can grab the i7 920 for $200.

2. Do you plan to build it now (as in 2-3 weeks from now)?

3. What will be this PC used for mainly? Gaming? If so, the i7 is probably overkill.
Mouse & KB:
No one can recommend the mouse you like. Just try all the popular ones and see which one you like. Personally, I use a G5. Same goes for keyboard ( I use a G15).


Sep 3, 2009
For the graphics card I have a XFX 5870 and I think its the best card I've owned. ( Had a 9800GTX and a GTX295 previously)

I have not had any driver issues with the card like some reviews on newegg say. I just poped in the disc and chose to register my card. Once I did that it gave me the option to search for downloads for my card off the site, I chose the 64bit Win 7/ Vista driver and was golden.

I have a i7-920 myself and im using that intel self overclocking program. I ran crysis max setting with AAx8 no lag in frams at all. However crysis warhead plays great on max settings, but AA makes the card crap bricks, shoots me down to like 3-4 fps. The game looks great without maxing out AA anyway so it wasnt a huge issue for me.

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