Building a new gaming rig soon and this is what i figured would be pretty decent.
Trying to get the basic components down so that I can easilly add a 2nd display card for SLI in case i need it.
Currently it will run WinXP so i know the 4G ram is a bit of a waste but i plan on upgrading to Win7 64 bit at some point.

I don't plan on doing over clocking just want a rig that will run my games at decent speed on 1900x1200 resolution.
Possibly the only over clocking to do would be to get the memory clocks up to par with the memory listed or other similar memory.
I don't think I want to pay the premiums of getting a reliable i7 build done compared to this one as the low end MB's seem to be plagued by all kinds of problems and the high end ones get way too expensive.

Link to: New rig

Would appriciate any comments.

Budget in the $1000-$1200 range.


Here is an update on my thoughts currently, still somewhat undecided between the 2 MB's, the Asus does seem like a better board but due to possible bios issues of not supporting the 955 i'm still undecided. Since according to reviews if I don't get a preflashed 0902 minimum, there will be issues getting the board to work. While the MSI seems to work out of the box, and can/must then be flashed with the latest bios.

As for the case I kinda like the looks of the Lian-Li and the aluminum construction. It also should have sufficient airflow.

Hard drive seems to be a tossup, I've had Seagate's in the past though and they have been working fine as long as sufficient cooling is available in the case. And the speed also seems to be very close so that should be ok.

Case : Lian-Li PC-7BYCF or Equal
Power Supply : Corsair HX850W
Motherboard : Asus M4A78T Deluxe or MSI 790FX-GD70
Processor : AMD Phenom II X4 955
Memory : OCZ Platinum AMD Edition 4G DD3 OCZ3P1600LVAM4GK
Display Card : Sapphire Radeon 4890 1Gb
Hard drive : Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM Sata 3.0Gb
Optical drive : Plextor 22X PX-850SA

Let's start with the PSU. It's overpriced and not as good as the Corsair or Antec choices.

Antec 850W

Corsair (modular)

Corsair (Non-modular)

Caviar Black is the better drive

RAM - You don't need more than 1333, there is no benefit. However, this OCZ RAM has low timings and a good price:

MB - Don't use MSI. Here is a nice Asus board in combo with your CPU:

Finally, if you refuse to OC then you need to downgrade your board to a 790GX or 790X, and upgrade the CPU to a X4 955.


Dec 9, 2008
@rvilkman,well you are wrong here are parts that will cost you only 1171$(before mail in rebates and shipping) and this is an i7 build with asus motherboard(Asus one of the brands which makes best motherboards)

SAMSUNG DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223L - OEM

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail this case has a better cooling

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM this harddrive is better and faster

SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail 850 watts is an overkill this is all what you need even if you are going to CF 2 4890 in future

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail one of the best brands and this ram has a low timings which makes it faster

ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail you will maybe curious to know why is it only 209$ and it is a higend motherboard,it is cheap because it supports CF only and it doesn't support sli which you won't need unless you are going to a nvidia card and you are going to get ati one so get it

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

if there is no problem in getting the motherboard and cpu from another websites then get

[url=https://www.antaresdigital.com/customer/product.php?productid=16135&cat=282&page=1"]intel core i7 920 D0 stepping
it runs cooler

and get GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard this supports sli and CF so it will be better if you decided to SLI 2 cards in the future



Hmm ok looks like an i7 build could be squeezed into the budget, but then i guess that with that it would generally pay off to go with the win7 64bit RC, and never use XP.

Definately appriciate the comments about the PSU. I've had some issues trying to find a psu with good reviews and comments from users. But the other options I had for that were indeed either Corsair or Antec, corsair being the more cost effective one.

If I were to OC the 720 BE then what would be a good cooler to go with that, that would actually fit either the MSI or the Asus MB? Since while it could run decently on the stock cooler i probably should take some steps to make sure it stays cool enough.
Also how much does it need to be OC'd to basically make it worth while instead of just getting a X4 955 ?
The general problem seems to be that the memory slots are so close to the processor.

And as for the timing of this build, it will probably be done sometime in the next 30 days.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137 $79.99
COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703009 $109.99 ($79.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $178.99 | $163.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $271.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233029 $39.99
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=N82E16814102830 $219.99 ($204.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199037 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $167.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

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Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM

Total: $1,100.89 | $1,020.89 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 7

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-motherboard,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards