Core I7 Build


Mar 6, 2009
I just ordered the following components for a build. My objective was to build something that was fast enough to do some video editing and at other times just be able to work on 6 projects at a time. Using 3 monitors now and considering going to 4. That is one of the reason I picked the video card with 4 DVI ports.

Your feed back is most apprecaited. Can always change the order or return parts if necessary.

1 Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $154.99
Model #:Twelve Hundred

1 GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD5 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $288.99
Model #:GA-EX58-UD5

1 SAPPHIRE 100260SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 1GB 512-bit (2 x 256-bit) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail $259.99
Model #:100260SR

1 Antec TPQ-850 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $199.99
Model #:TPQ-850

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

1 CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail $141.00
Model #:TR3X6G1600C9

2 HITACHI Deskstar P7K500 HDP725050GLA360 (0A35415) 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $119.98 $59.99
Model #:HDP725050GLA360

2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31000333AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM $199.98 $99.99
Model #:ST31000333AS

1 Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 - OEM $32.99
Model #:B2M-00012 OEM

1 LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM $22.99
Model #:GH22NS30

1 Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM $179.99
Model #:66R-02034

1 Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $6.99
Model #:AS5-3.5G
Total $1,896.87


Dec 24, 2008
The time to ask for advice is before you buy, not after. Fortunately most of your choices are good. Only real problem I see is the HDD's. The Seagate 7200.11 drives have terrible firmware that cause them to fail constantly, so you should return that one. The Hitachi drives are ok...but WD drives are more reliable and if you had gone with 640gb drives would have been much faster as well. The other parts you chose namely the ram and PSU are good products, but you could have gotten better for cheaper. An 850w PSU is overkill for that setup too. You could also have saved on the GPU by getting two HD 4650's instead of the 4850x2 since it doesn't sound like you game at all. A CPU Cooler would allow you to overclock and really get the most out of your CPU as well. I would have gone with a P6T mobo or UD4P instead of the UD5, but that board is nice. You just don't need it from what I can see.


Mar 6, 2009
Thank you. I will return the Seagate Drives and look into getting two separate video cards. But the 4650 only has one DVI port and a separate D-SUB. I was looking for 4 DVI ports in total. Any suggestions? Thanks again