Jan 1, 2009
Building an i7 system just like alot of others these days. Heres what i got tell me what u think. One thing i was wondering about was the PSU. Is it going to be enough amperage?

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

ZALMAN ZM750-HP 750W Continuous @ 45°C (Maximum Continuous Peak: 850W) ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Modular LED Heatpipe-Cooled SLI Power Supp

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card

LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler

Well for that setup, even a 550W would be suffice...
But if you have SLI in mind, then the 850W would make sense...
I would suggest you to go for brands like Corsair, PC&P, Seasonic, Silverstone rather than the Zalman...
Get the Corsair 750TX or the 850TX...they are currently the top rated PSUs...
You'll want to make sure to get the SLI version of that motherboard if you think you'll ever want the option of adding another GPU. Not all X58 motherboards support SLI.


Do you really need the sound card? The onboard sound on the new boards is very good. I would give it a try. You can always add a sound card later if you feel like you need to.

I would step up to a 640GB drive. The 640GB drives are faster than the 500GB drives due to higher data density.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319&Tpk=wd6401aals $79.99


WESTERN DIGITAL Caviar?SE16 SATA WD6400AAKS SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer Hard Drive
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10008688&prodlist=celebros $68.89
Well just a thought about the motherboard...
Get this mobo and skip the sound card...
U will get a higher quality mobo with advanced features, and this mobo comes with a very good sound card bundled...
It also supports both SLI ans crossfire...
ASUS Rampage II GENE LGA 1366 Intel X58 uATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
ROG series extreme gaming motherboard at Micro ATX size


Jan 1, 2009
You'll want to make sure to get the SLI version of that motherboard if you think you'll ever want the option of adding another GPU. Not all X58 motherboards support SLI.

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Yes I noticed that, but for now i will stick with the non sli because the other board only supports 2000+ memory. Little to pricey for me.
Well you have it completely wrong about the memory support...
The 2000+ means that it can support upto that memory speed...and not only that speed...

But see even my suggestion of the motherboard...it has many nice features with a very good sound card on board and is just $50 more...


Dec 29, 2007
There is absolutley nothing wrong with that Zalman PSU. The only gripe I had with mine, was the LED's on the fan are as bright as the sun. It can easily handle an SLI setup, but I'd still go with ATI, and X-Fire (2x4870's are still better).