Gaming/media build


Jul 7, 2009
Hey guy's this is my first post on Tom's but I've heard many good things about yalls community. I'm about to build myself a new system for gaming/programming/media use. The last time I built a PC was about 5 years ago so I'm not quite up to date on the nuances.


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, programming, interweb fapping

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, monitor, mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect


OVERCLOCKING: not this time

MONITOR: 42'' LG LCD TV 1080p

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

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

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

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail

LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

At this point my budget needs to stay around or below $1300.

Am I paying too much for the motherboard, or are there motherboards that work with the i7 920 more effectively?

What case do yall reccommend?(I don't wanna spend more than 130 on it...been looking at Lian Li)

Is a 650W supply gonna be enough?

My main goal is running Modern Warfare 2 at full graphic detail, is that possible with my build?

At what performance level Crysis run at with this build?

Thanks in advance for your input!



Apr 17, 2009
This motherboard should be better for your budget, especially since you don't seem particularly interested in multi-CPU setups or hardcore overclocking: (around $80 cheaper than your first choice).

Based on your card, you can run Crysis and MW2 at full settings, but only if your display has a resolution of 1440 x 900 or lower.

Are you planning to use a 32-bit or 64-bit OS? If the former, then you don't need more than 3GB of RAM. Just get a 3 x 1GB kit from CORSAIR or OCZ.

To further trim your budget, reconsider getting a dedicated sound card. You won't be doing professional-quality audio work, will you? The integrated audio hardware of your motherboard already does a good job.

Lastly, based on your specs, you can make do with a 500-500W power supply. Again, only because it seems you won't be into serious overclocking.

Hope this helps! And welcome to the forums. :)