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Core I7 Build (lga 1366)


Dec 8, 2009
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within 2 weeks BUDGET RANGE: 1500 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music server, light work(VPN)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, ncix.com, zipzoomfly.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA


CPU - core i7 950 [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115211 MB - GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 [url] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128362]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128362 OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (I prefer nvidia, but am not dead set) MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: If I can affford an ssd drive I would love it. The core 17 950 is teh CPU I really want in there also. 12GB of ram is a must also. Any advice would be appeciated.


Jan 13, 2009
The best I could do is really 1600 before shipping. The 950 really puts the cost up and 12g of ram is overkill, 6g is more than enough for anything you will be doing today or next year. You could downgrade to thew 920 and 6g am and get a ATI 5890 and your gaming will fly.....

1 LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM
Item #: N82E16827136177
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Item #: N82E16811119196
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$20.00 Instant

1 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD753LJ 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822152100
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
1 SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814102864
Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
1 OCZ Diesel 4GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive Model OCZUSBDSL4G - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227331
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$13.99 Saving

1 CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
Item #: N82E16817139006
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$70.00 Instant

$10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card17-139-006
2 OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227501
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant

$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card20-227-501
($164.99 each)
1 GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813128362
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$30.00 Instant

1 Intel Core i7-950 Bloomfield 3.06GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601950 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115211
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
1 CAPCOM Resident Evil 5 – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
Item #: N82E16800995085
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$49.99 Saving

Subtotal: $1,621.91

You're not gettting all of what you need with that i7. If you need 12 GB of RAM, you will be down to a budget of ~$300. Typically, case, HDD, optical and PSU will run $225-275 for quality. That leave almost nothing for the GPU.

Also, the i5 outperforms the i7 in gaming for half the cost.

If you were to drop down to the i5, you could easily get an HD 5850, 5870 or possible even an HD 5970. These are the best 3 cards on the market.

Here's my suggestion for a build:

CPU: i5-750 $200 on Newegg ($150 if you have a Microcenter nearby)
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P55-UD4P $170
RAM: 2x G.Skill Ripjaws DDR3 1333 2x2 GB CL 7 $200
GPU: Radeon HD 5870 $440 (can be down to $410 depending on brand)
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $85
Optical: Any major brand, SATA $30
PSU: Corsair 650W or 750W $100 or $110
Case: HAF 922 $90

Total: $1325. Enough for a small SSD for a boot drive...

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