First time builder, critique gaming rig please

aveng00

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This will be my first time putting a computer together. Going to primarily use the computer for gaming on a 24'' monitor. My budget is about $1000 give or take.

CPU
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.156589

MB
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.156589

Memory
OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227375

GPU
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

Can't decide between the above card or:

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102801

PSU
CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139005

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

Case
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

DVD
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

Total: $1068

Recommendations/advice would be appreciated.
 

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Do you not plan on overclocking the cpu? If not, it's a solid build. If you want to run another 260 in SLI in the future, you might want to consider the SLI version of that board released a few days ago.
 
That MB and PSU support two HD 4870 cards in Crossfire. (OK, you'd need to buy two $3 adapters to provide two more PCI-E connectors). For two GTX 260 cards you'd need a different MB and a Corsair 850W or similar. nVidia's recommendations are 850W to 1000W for two of those cards, not 650W.

I'd suggest the HD 4870, and an upgrade to Corsair 750TX (so you don't need adapters), and add a second card if your games are demanding. 1920x1200 is a high resolution and it's very likely you will want a second card at some point.

I'd upgrade the HDD to WD6401AALS, the newer version (about 10% faster).

Get a SATA DVD, not IDE. LG is good.

Add Vista Home Premium 64bit OEM.

The rest is very nice.

 

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All agreed, except go for the GTX 260 Core 216.
 

aveng00

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Thanks for your contributions guys,

I don't plan on overclocking the CPU any time soon as it can pretty much handle anything I can throw at it without breaking a sweat. Maybe later on down the road.

I chose that particular MB because it came with a combo discount with the chip, granted the discount wasn't much. I'm not sure what SLI version of the board you're talking about, could you provide a link please?

Don't really plan on running an SLI/Crossfire build as that's a little out of my budget and I've never had a system with that kind of setup. Think I might just use the card for a while then upgrade it after a year or two.

Thanks for your suggestions on the DVD drive and the HD avem. Upgraded both of them for only a few bucks more.

Have a copy of Vista Ultimate already, so no need to worry about that.
 


SLI version of that board.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128386 $209.99
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R-SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
 


You're right. For SLI he'd need a different motherboard. Why_Me has listed it. Notice how you're paying $15 more for the SLI version? That's nVidia's license fee to enable SLI for that MB model in its drivers.
 

aveng00

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I don't particularly want to go with an SLI system. Reasoning behind that is by the time the 260 starts holding me back in terms of performance, I'd rather just replace it with a single more powerful card rather than add another one.

So if I'm not looking to SLI/Crossfire, would my set up be okay?
 


That board is set up for Crossfire only, not SLI...so ya your good to go with that board.
 


I agree with your plan for a single vga card. If you ever want more, there will be newer/better single cards out there, and you can sell the gtx260 to offset the cost.

What you have is good.

My only added suggestion is to get a oem cooler up front.
It will be quieter than the stock cooler, perticularly when the cpu is loaded. I hate to remove a motherboard to replace a cooler after all the software and other stuff is loaded.
Look at the Xigmatek s1283v for 39.99:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029
 

aveng00

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Hmm, I didn't realize if I wanted to install a new CPU fan I'd have to remove the entire motherboard. The i7 stock cooler would't be enough even for a light overclock?
 
overclocking info...
Generally, it's either your CPU or Graphics holding you back. In this system it's probably your graphics meaning overclocking your CPU will have NO EFFECT.

Take your most demanding game and run the Task Manager in the back on LOW update for a while.

So don't overclock this CPU. Only needed for SLI/Crossfire of high-end video cards.
 

To replace a fan, no problem.
To replace a cooler, it can be done with pushpin type mounted coolers, but the better coolers have back plates so you need to remove the motherboard. Even with pushpin mounts(like the stock cooler) you should look at the back of the mobo to be certain that all 4 pins are properly through.

Certainly, some level of overclock is there with the stock cooler. It seems to me that it is better to do it right the first time on an upscale build.