i7 gaming build for my girlfriend


Dec 8, 2008
Hey everyone,
I came to you guys for my assistance in building an office PC for my aunts, a personal i7 build this past Christmas, and now I'm coming for an i7 build for my girlfriend.
She enjoys playing games such as World of Warcraft, Tomb Raider Underworld, and The Sims 3. I tried telling her that she didn't need a machine this powerful, that a dual-core build would be enough, but she insists. She wants to be able to further upgrade it in the future. So I now support her decision :love:

OS and monitor are not needed. We are looking for a pink keyboard, mouse, case, and speaker set so those are not of importance at the moment.

I have based my choices primarily on what I personally own and the current combo deals on newegg.com. However I'm willing to purchase from any other vendor.

DVD: LG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM
Just any old DVD drive will do, will probably end up picking up the cheapest one on purchase day.

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM
I am heavily debating whether or not this is TOO much space for a female, lol. I'm starting to think 320GBs will be enough.

GPU: EVGA 896-P3-1171-AR GeForce GTX 275 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Is the Superclocked edition worth the extra $28? Do you think she'd be fine with just a GTX 260? I'm kinda jealous at the fact that she'll have a 275 while I'll have a 260 :cry: . Perhaps she should get a 260 instead and I can eventually give her my 260 when I wish to upgrade so she can run them in SLI.

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
Will this be adequate for SLI in the future? I run a Corsair 1000w in my rig but the price difference between the 850 and the 1000 is crazy :eek: .

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
An obvious choice. :D

MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
I have the P6T Deluxe version 1 and it has served me well, so this was the obvious choice for her.

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Is this RAM good, or should I take the corsair XMS3 route?

Thank you all so much for your input.
No need to purchase a factory over clocked card when you can take a few minutes and o/c it yourself while saving $ at the same time. A 850w psu is not needed with dual gtx 275's unless you plan on running a half dozen h/d's or more. A decent 750w psu like a Corsair or PC Power & Cooling is more than sufficient.

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10006382 $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.98
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835154003 $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130475 $219.99 ($199.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199034 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $162.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171 $25.99

Total: $1,046.92 | $986.92 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.aspx?ITPID=mscomsc <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 <---more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu
Can I be your gir . . . no, wait, you'd have to be the wom . . . no, wait . . . sorry, lost my head there.

Anyhow, your "Yes Dear Build" needs a cooler and a case, and I see Why_Me has posted his excellent build. So I'll just say you really can save some bucks on the mobo, even the mobo Why_me has proposed, by going with the Gigabyte UD3R which, in this combo with the i920, totals $460 and has a $15 MIR:


This mobo will "restrict" you to 2-slot SLI/Crossfire, 12 GB of memory, and has no eSATA ports. Otherwise, its top shelf. So if you don't need those things . . .

Anyhow, smart move, dude :)