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Hello,

I decided after many suggestions to learn how to build a computer. I've been looking at videos and reading articles. I think I've covered the basics. I'm planning to build on the LGA775 platform. I've been hearing its getting outdated but I usually don't upgrade that often, and a computer like this should be enough for what I do. :lol: Here is the parts list I'm looking to build with. Any comments or suggestions are welcome! :p


For the CPU, I was wondering whats difference between this & the Intel Core i7 920, except for the differenct socket type?


Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400 Yorkfield 2.66GHz 4MB L2 Cache LGA 775 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115057

GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128358

G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231136

CORSAIR CMPSU-620HX 620W ATX12V PSU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139002&Tpk=Corsair%20620

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

ASUS Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135188

XFX GX260NADBF GeForce GTX 260 Black Edition Core 216 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150330

XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233003

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

Thats about it, I already have the OS, Mouse, Keyboard, Monitor etc.
 
The i7 920 would be much faster of course, and that would be the main difference. Other differences... the i7 has an onboard memory controller and uses DDR3 in sets of 3.

You should never buy 4 sticks of RAM when two will do.

The 620HX is a fine PSU, but there are certainly less expensive options that would work as well.


The Q8400 doesn't really have much going for it. Slower than the Q9400, which in turn is slower than an AMD 940.

So, use the faster CPU:


AMD x4 940
Reasoning as above.
ASUS M4A78T-E AM3 DDR3
DDR3 is now the same price as DDR2. Using an AM3 board will provide more longevity, should you get the urge to upgrade the RAM or CPU in the future.
G.Skill DDR3 1333 4GB