New/First Build, i7 920 All Purpose System

SkyL1N3 eH

Jul 9, 2009
Alrighty guys after much creeping and research I've finally decided to sign up and interact. Hopefully it doesn't come as much surprise that my first post is asking for help with my build :na:

Anyways to start I guess I should say that I have basically zero experience when it comes to custom built systems. Coming into my decision to purchase a new pc I was just fine to pay an arm and a leg to get someone else to do it. Now after some poking and prodding from my enthusiast friends (whom coincidentally I have quite a few of :na:) I've settled down into the idea of building myself (with some help from them of course) and saving some bucks.

Now as with everything I intend to spend more than a couple hundred dollars on I began to research this stuff avidly, trying to get as much of an idea of what I would need for this system as possible. However despite this my week long adventure into the computer enthusiast world obviously hasn't left me a master of it all. The point of all this is I'm open, willing, and ready to learn, and I anticipate I may end up sinking a lot more time and money into high end systems then I could ever expect at this stage of the game XD.

Now without further ado, the template for new build stuff.

Looking to start getting everything together for the build sometime next weekish. In short the earlier the better.

BUDGET RANGE: Roughly $1400 - $2100 CAN (or about $1200 - $1800 USD.) I'm planning on buying alot of the more expensive stuff online as I've found the prices differences between USD and CAD to be fairly minimal.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Audio Production/Image Processing/Video Editing/Motion Graphics work (Graphic Arts basically), Gaming, Multimedia entertainment stuff (Movies music internet etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers, OS (Although a recommendation of which OS to use is greatly appreciated)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:, (Canadian portion obviously),,,

PARTS PREFERENCES: Full Tower Case (I'm planning on buying this locally to save on shipping but suggested towers is appreciated), Intel i7 920 D0 Stepping CPU, nVIDIA Graphics cards (fairly flexible here. Just going by the general consensus on GPU's)



MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1200 / 2560 x 1600 (Certain circumstances, more of a luxury I'd say)


1tb HDD.

I plan on overclocking my system quite extensively if possible. Not record breaking or anything but my hope is to aim for the 3.8 - 4.2 ghz range. Haven't really thought much about overclocking the GPU's and Memory but not at all adverse to it, provided I wouldn't have to dig a whole bunch deeper into my pockets to do so for adequate cooling.

I plan on eventually upgrading/including liquid cooling into my system and would be more than willing to do it off the hop if it is affordable, and would fit into the build specs specified. Basically it isn't required, but is preferred.

Aesthetically speaking I want my system to look good :p (no surprises there.) I'm not big into a billion LED's and flashing colours and lightshows. However I do want a window if possible, and plan on using a strict Purple/Blue/Black colour scheme (obviously colours which compliment this would be allowed/preferable. I'd like it to be as clean and organized as possible. Basically I'm all about clean, simple, streamlined. Not really looking for a system that looks like a rocket ship if you know what I mean XD. I anticipate I will be using Cold cathode tube lighting in addition to a few other lighting devices (Sorry I cant be more specific, they're being supplied by one of my buddies. Will update with more info later if necessary.)


Previously my readings and research and conversations with my buddies had me looking at the following parts list.

CPU: Intel i7 920 D0 Stepping Processor (Not much room for sway here I'm afraid :p)

I've gone back and forth here. ALOT. This is the main issue I'm even posting this, is to get some feedback here.

Basically its a tossup between these four boards:

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED "Overclocker's Pick" 3-Way SLI (x8) + PhysX 1366 Intel X58 EATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

*Note* I'm not adverse to other boards at all really, these are just what I had read to be some of the best ones.

Now I don't really want to shell out the extra cash for the eVGA Classified, although if enough arguments saying I would REALLY benefit from the features and extra performance I could probably pull the cash together. In all honesty I was set with the Rampage II Extreme until I began to read about numerous problems with this motherboard, and the running the GTX 280's in SLi (which is what I had planned on doing) As soon as I read about this I really didnt know where to go :sweat:

Graphics Card (s): EVGA 01G-P3-1280-TR GeForce GTX 280 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail My plan after a bunch of price shopping and a bit of questioning of my buddies was to Buy two of these cards and run them in SLi. Afterwords I could decide if I was fine with the performance and possibly buy a 3rd, or upgrade to a pair of GTX 285's.

Memory: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail

Power Supply: This is another place where I was fairly confused. Much help needed here :sweat: I was looking at the CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible ... - Retail although I really wasn't sure.

HDD: Kinda up in the air, as long as it was 1TB and reliable I was happy. Suggestions here welcome

Cooling: Undecided here, as I never really finished deciding my Motherboard, and couldn't look at good cooling options for that. MORE than open to opinions and suggestions here, both for CPU cooling and case ventilation stuff.

Case: Also up in the air at this point. Havent gotten around to shopping locally yet. Suggestions welcome.


Alright, hopefully this wasnt to bad of a new build help thread :p If you guys need any additional information I'll try to get it for you. Thanks in advance for any responses and thanks for maintaining the community :) It was a huge help long before I signed up :kaola: