Jul 2, 2009
hey guys, so i've been interested in building a computer for a while, but this is the first time where i've scraped together enough courage to actually do it. i did a little research (a lot of my google searches seemed to lead me back to this site, surprise surprise), but i'm sure i still missed something or added something unnecessary or forgot something entirely, so i'd love some tips. i'm into gaming, and interested in overclocking, though i don't know exactly yet how to do it. already have a monitor (max res. seems to be 1600x1200), along with an already existing keyboard and mouse. i've got the OS software (going with windows vista 64bit i think?) i'm still not sure what the verdict on sli/crossfire vs. a single graphics card is, but this is what's in my shopping cart at newegg:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail

MSI N295GTX-2D1792 GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

hard drive:
HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

NZXT Apollo Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail

optical drive:
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L LightScribe Support - OEM

wireless adapter:
ASUS WL-138g V2 PCI Wireless Adapter

that stuff and the stuff mentioned in the first paragraph (monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS) are all i've got, and i'm worried that once everything gets here i'm gonna realize that i forgot something small and essential. even outside of that realm, thoughts are appreciated! thanks all!


The setup is a pretty good...But 1 thing that you certainly wasting your money on is the graphics card...
For 1600X1200 resolution, just a single GTX275 or for that matter a single GTx 260 is more than suffice for running the current games @ max settings...
So drop the graphics card to this one...and when you change to a higher resolution monitor, then add one more in SLI...

And RAM to this one ...It would be little better...


Nov 2, 2008