New Build - Suggestions

jobu171980

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Hello. Looking for some suggestions on my new build. Looking to stay as close to $1500 or lower as possible. Any ideas/suggestions appreciated. Thanks!

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129043

Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
Link

Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Item #:N82E16819115202

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W
Item #:N82E16817139006

Video Card: XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition
Item #:N82E16814150330

Memory: Patriot Viper 4GB PC3 12800 (Item#:N82E16820220331 on NewEgg)
Item #:N82E16820220331

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EACS 1TB SATA 3.0Gb/s
(Not in RAID)
Item #:N82E16822136151

Optical: LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner
Item #:N82E16827106280

Cooling: Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan
Item #:N82E16835702007
 
That's good, but the 750TX is not quite enough to run a second GTX 260, if that's your plan.

Other than that, your HD is not the fastest version. It will run cooler and consume less energy though.
 
Go wit the above suggestions...
Try tis psu ...same brand 100W more and jus $10 more ...and will easily support 2 GTX260...
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $139.99
($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In
Rebate
Best Power Supply Manufacturer by Custom PC 2008
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009

And try tis RAM ...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail $154.99
($134.99 after $20.00 Mail-In
Rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

Same specs as the one u have listed...well known company and around $10 less...
So changing both the RAM and PSU will have no difference in the budget but u get a better system...
 
I just looked over your parts again.

For the hard drive, you want the EADS part. The older EACS part is a 4 platter design with a 16 MB cache. The new EADS is a 3 platter design with a 32 MB cache. Virtually no price difference.

I bought two when I was home on vacation last year.
 

jobu171980

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UPDATED Based on Recommendations (Changes in BOLD):

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred
Item #:N82E16811129043

Mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
Link

Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Item #:N82E16819115202

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
Item #:N82E16817139009


Video Card: XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition
Item #:N82E16814150330

Memory: Patriot Viper 4GB PC3 12800 (Item#:N82E16820220331 on NewEgg)
Item #:N82E16820220331

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB SATA 3.0Gb/s
(Not in RAID)
Item #:N82E16822136283


Optical: LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner
Item #:N82E16827106280

Cooling: Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan
Item #:N82E16835702007


Couple of Q's though:
Primarily about the Memory: I've been reading up on the Patriot Memory and so far I've only heard good things. Is this good to stick with or should I really go with the OCZ gold that gkay suggested (I know it's another stick for 6GB total vs. the Patriot with 4GB total: Total $ difference after rebates is the OCZ would be $25 more). Thoughts?
For upgrading later, better to upgrade the single video card to a better one or add an additional 260 into SLI? Thanks!
Also, for the case, recommendation for the 1200 vs the 900....would both be suitable for this build/expansion (especially with the vigor monsoon?)
Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
 

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The 750tx should be more then enough power for gtx 260 core 216 sli
http://www.guru3d.com/article/evga-geforce-gtx-260-core-216-superclocked-review/4

Tomshardware's recent comparison of 260 216 tri sli vs gtx280 sli shows that tri sli uses, at peak, 760 watts. So 750watt is plenty for two.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-core-216,2120-8.html
 
The OCZ is good memory and for 2Gb more it's worth it IMO. The platinum has lower cas, but it's also bout $20 more than the gold. If you felt you needed a graphics update, another 260 in SLI would be more than enough to run games for the next few years. It should tear up any single card out there today, but you never know what's coming out down the road.
 



Ya it is. But proximon was saying it's not enough for a SECOND card if the OP was planning on running SLI in the future.
 

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i'm saying it is enough.
 

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I think the difference was like $10 between the 750W and 850W....I don't see a big reason not to have the extra power if needed?
 

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I agree go for the 850 :) was just saying the 750 can power it.
 
I have a question that may help you decide on the RAM also. What Operating System will you be running? You'll need a 64-bit OS to fully use 4GB of RAM. I have to mention the 32-bit OS RAM limitation because I've seen people put 6GB of RAM in a system, install a 32-bit OS, and wonder why they can only use half their RAM. :)

I personally would strongly suggest getting 6GB of RAM and 64-bit Vista. The i7 chips have an integrated triple-channel memory controller. It would be a shame not to use the full capability of the memory controller.

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99
 

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I will be using Windows XP 64-bit as a temporary measure until Windows 7 comes out. I'm still not a fan of Vista so I would prefer to just wait for 7. I'm leaning toward getting the 6GB of RAM but not sure which brand I am going to use, whether it's the OCZ or different.
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Another question...since the P6t Deluxe V2 board supports PC3 16000, should I use that or stick with the PC3 12800?
If so, I would be looking to spend about the same, so probably it would end up being ~2/3GB of 16000 or 6GB of 12800. I can still upgrade in the future, but would the 6GB be more beneficial at the current time?
 
The RAM speed listed on a motherboard is just a maximum. You don't need PC3 16000 RAM. Running RAM below the maximum rated speed will just put less stress on the motherboard. The OCZ ram will be fine. I also like this G.Skill kit for around the same price, but it doesn't have a MIR.

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231245 $152.99
 


What can power a system and what SHOULD power a system are two different things. Capacitor aging is a real issue when a PSU is so good it's going to last you 6 or 7 years. Efficiency and heat generated play a role as well.

Corsair never liked the 750TX for GTX SLI, and so made the 850TX. They have always been conservative in recommendations, and this re-enforces my opinion. I recommend the 750TX for 4870 crossfire, but no further.

Finally, I like LOTS of margin. :)
 

You got a thumbs up for that one! I completely agree. Why anyone would want to cut it so close is beyond me. I also only recommend 750W for up to crossfire 4870's. For $10 more the 850TX is a no-brainer.