I7 920 build

GHerd

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Hi,
I was wondering if you this was a good gaming build.
i7 920 2.66 processor
Antec 1200 Case
Antec True Power trio 650Watt power supply
ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 3GB (3 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black IDE Model
Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA
XFX GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Video Card
With 22 inch LCD monitor
 

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Processor is excellent

Case is good, but if my changes increase cost too much, downgrade it to a Antec 900 ($120) or CM Rc-690 ($80)
900
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
690
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137


I would change power supply to this 750watt by PC Power & Cooling since it will allow for gtx 260 sli
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

Motherboard is good for the price, as long as you do not want the highest overclock possible, it will serve you well.

I would upgrade to a 6gb kit, either by Corsair ($225) or OCZ ($170)
Corsair
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
Ocz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381

DVD Burner you chose is terrible, it’s IDE. This one is Sata but its only 20x, if you want 22x select another for a few bucks more but make sure its SATA.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136149

The Seagate 7200.10 are good drives, if you can’t come up with the extra cash for a 640gb western digital black edition, it will be fine but the WD drive is better.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

XFX Geforce GTX 260 black edition, if that is a core 216 model then its fine
Is this the card?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150330&Tpk=XFX%20GeForce%20GTX%20260%20Black%20Edition

Or to save money you can go with a non factory overclocked card like this one from EVGA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434
 

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Thanks! for your response... I will definitaly switch that dvd drive. I'm on a very tight budget so I was planning on waiting for DDR3 prices to drop and then just buy 6gigs. I probably won't go sli with the 260 cause I have no money!
 

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How tight is your budget($1200ish?). If your budget is tight and this is just a gaming rig, and won't be used for video rendering/photoshop and that kind of stuff, then you should consider a Phenom II 940 build. For the same price you could build a Phenom II that would wipe the floor with that i7 build you have there.
 

xthekidx

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

PC Power & Cooling S75CF 750W EPS12V SLI NVIDIA SLI Certified (Dual 8800 GTX and below) CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011

Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220293

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

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

AMD Phenom II X4 940 Deneb 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Quad-Core Black Edition Processor Model HDZ940XCGIBOX - Retail
SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
ASUS M3A78-T AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.150720

Total comes to $1194.93 + $40 S&H, -$45MIR, and this computer will destroy that i7 in gaming.
 

xthekidx

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I am of the opinion that i7 builds should not be attempted unless you have about $1500 to spend, otherwise it isn't worth it. PII is a better option at your price range, as would be a Q9550 or Q9400.
 

xthekidx

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The PII CPU isn't quite as good as the i7 when it comes to gaming, but the 4870x2 blows the GTX 260 away and is much more important when it comes to games than the CPU. So if this computer is mostly for games, then going less on the processor and more on the GPU is the best way to go, but if you do a lot of other really CPU-intensive tasks, such as video editing, rendering, photoshop, CAD or things like that, then the i7 is a better buy.
 

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