How is this new build??

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Hi guys.
This is my first post/ first build. Can you let me know what you think of this set-up.
I "think" everything will be compatible. I want a pc that is up to date, and will be good for a few years and that i can play Call Of Duty, Medal Of Honor, etc on.

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop
Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP
Ready SLI Supported Video Card
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders
Nippon Labs ICR-BB All-in-one USB +eSATA Card Reader
Logitech LX 710 Laser Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop
RAIDMAX AURA ATX-927WB Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case


This all comes to around $1350, which is about my budget. I will go to $1500 if needed.
Please let me know if you would change anything. Am i missing anything?
Not sure about case, or if i should get a better cpu fan than the stock one.
Thanks for any and all advice!
 
Yeah, get a CoolerMaster RC-690 instead.

If you're planning to do SLI later upgrade to Corsair 850TX.

The rest is pretty good :)

You don't need a better CPU fan unless you want to overclock the CPU.

 
Here's a steal deal right now on the psu and case....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.176939 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $179.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

If you want a more inexpensive mobo that does SLI and Crossfire, take a look at this one.....

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

This memory is the same price as the one you have, yet it has better timings and lower latency...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231247 $99.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

If you decide later that you want to over clock, it's always easier to get the heatskink in when you make your build....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

If you do get an after market HS, then no reason not to get a oem cpu for cheaper and save some more $$$....

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $265.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

Great thermal compound...it's non conductive and has no set up time....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail

Knock off a few more dollars and try this out.....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 $79.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

And if you feel the need for a side window, here's one for that Cooler Master ...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811999177 $24.99
COOLER MASTER RA-690-KWN2-GP CM 690 clear side panel with one 120 mm blue LED fan - Retail
 

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Thanks for the replies guys,

I will change and get the G.Skill memory, and will also go for the PSU/case combo.
But i'll stick with the mobo i had, more room for future memory expansion, and i found it for $249, so there's only $40 difference.
Also found the i7 at Microcenter for $229.
Not sure if i will ever overclock or not, or even add a 2nd video card, so will leave out the heatsink for now.

Thanks again for the advice!!

 

red_devil_1690

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Hi Fullmetal, thanks.

Glad i read through these forums, i almost went out and bought this Gateway desktop,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883113092

but discovered that you can build a better computer for the same money, so i got brave and thought i'll do it.
I will post my final set-up.
But one last question, what do you guys think about Vista Ultimate, instead of Vista Home Premium 64 bit?? There is a price difference of 70 or 80 bucks, don't mind spending that if its worth it.

Thanks again everyone!!!
 

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Ok so here it is....

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $160 (for both)

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor $230

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard $250

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory $110

Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive $90

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card $200

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model GH22LS30 $26

Nippon Labs ICR-BB All-in-one USB +eSATA Card Reader $20

Logitech LX 710 Laser Black USB Cordless Standard Desktop $60

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders $100


Total comes to $1246. Can't beat that, and it's a lot more computer for the same price as the pre-built Gateway.
Thanks for all the help guys!!!!

 

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Sorry guys, i need to bug you for one more question.....

What, apart from 50 bucks, is the difference between these i7's? They look the same to me apart from the Nehalem core??? Is that important?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0300438

Ok, i'll sneak in one more question, are these two mobos the same too, again apart from 40 dollars?? The Microcenter one doesn't say it's the P6T Deluxe V2 version, but it is upgradable to 24GB memory, so i'm assuming it is. The regular P6T Deluxe version is only upgradable to 12GB.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0304486

I am only a 20 min drive from a Microcenter, so would be worth the drive to save $90, unless i'm missing something and these aren't the same.
Everything else i will be ordering from Newegg.

Thanks again guys.
 

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Cool. Thanks aevm.

Hopefully that's me all set.
But i have a feeling i'll be back when it comes to putting everything together lol

Thanks again for all the help guys!!