First build (help please)


Jun 26, 2009
Hey guys, trying to set up my first build and would like some feedback.

Uses: Gaming, Photos, Web surfing, Music

Already have: keyboard, mouse.. have A monitor..


WD caviar black 1TB 7200 rpm sata 3gb

evga gtx 260 oc'd

OCZ gold 6 gbs

i7 920 w/plan to oc a little?

evga e758-a1 mobo?

cooler master v8

LG BR/HD dvd-rom

Rosewill RBR750-M psu

Antec 900 case

SAMSUNG Toc T220HD Rose Black 22" 5ms HDMI <----- any recommendations ona new 22" monitor?? This one seems best from my untrained eye

I plan on oc'ng cpu and SLI (in the future). My real hesitancies are on the case with the psu, the psu (rosewill) reliability. And... The mobo, the reviews on newegg seem to be wishy-washy on ALL the recommended boards, but the evga seems to have the least reliability issues...

Thanks a bunch!

EDIT: Sorry, budget is preferred <1800


Feb 9, 2009
get a P6T instead of that EVGA board, it's cheaper and you don't need the extra's that EVGA gives you.

swap the PSU as said to a PCP&C or corsair 750w.

get a 4890 instead of the GTX 260 or get a standard clocked 260.

Oh, and lastly, SLI with a card bought at this time is pointless, since you're spending money on technology that will be obsolete in a few months time. The ATi DX11 cards come out around October with about GTX 295 power in a single GPU at current GTX 275 prices.
The main problem with the EVGA board is the tall heatsinks surrounding the CPU socket area. These get in the way of most of the good coolers. Save a bit there and get the Gigabyte board:

Don't read newegg reviews of motherboards, PSUs, or RAM and you'll be better off. People often blame these parts due to a lack of knowledge.

The PSU needs to be avoided. The EA750, which also comes in combo with the case, is a good PSU:

If you really wanted modular, this is what I would get at 750W:

However, once you pay for that with your case, you might as well get the Antec 1200 in combo with it's special very high quality PSU:
Which is modular, 850W, but only fits in the 1200 and a few other Antec cases.



Jun 26, 2009
Thanks for the quick responses guys, really appreciate it.

So this seems to have turned out better and a bit cheaper:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
Item #: N82E16822136284

Acer H233Hbmid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail
Item #: N82E16824009162

XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814150359

Kingston FCR-HS219/1 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Card Reader - Retail
Item #: N82E16820134753

Rosewill RTK-002 Anti-Static Wrist Strap - Retail

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227365

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
Item #: N82E16835103055
LG Black Blu-ray/HD DVD-ROM & 16X DVD±R DVD Burner SATA Model GGC-H20L - Retail
Item #: N82E16827136133

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

So, how does THIS sound?? Now, with this being said - I shouldn't need anything else correct. The above listed (excluding mouse and keyboard) should allow me to boot up and begin running programs? I don't need any more fans, tools, duck tape, etc.??

Thanks again for the replies,


Jun 26, 2009
Thanks again Proximon. I just read your guide of parts and its great.

I haven't seen this covered so I feel kind of dumb, but do you need that thermal paste?? Heh...where does it go? How exactly do I go about getting windows 7 on a new computer? Download it to my current one, put it on a disc, then transfer it onto the computer or... Having never done this I don't exactly know what to expect from the set-up without any window's platform, ms-dos? How do you get to the net without windows installed??

Sorry again, I'm sure this is covered somewhere, I just haven't found it..
Yes burn Windows 7 to DVD to install it.

Now I realize that the newest editions of Vista come WITH a free upgrade to Windows 7, so that might actually be the better option. Not sure when this started, maybe today?

Yes, you need thermal paste. The stock cooler has paste pre-applied, but the Xigmatek does not. It goes in-between the cooler and the CPU, to fill in the microscopic air pockets that reduce heat transfer. Only a VERY small amount is used.

Something like this is pretty accurate:

I have an old post over in another section that talks about applying paste to a HDT cooler (I use an older version of the Xigmatek.) If you scroll down you'll see a post detailing how I applied Arctic Silver 5... MX-2 would be similar. Look for green text.: