Yet another I7 Build

kamikazi234

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Hey guys,

I’m an avid reader for support and information regarding computers and computer builds, but I am unsure whether my system build is good because this is my first system I have ever built. Please let me know what you guys think and be critical!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon, week to two weeks.
BUDGET RANGE: ~$1700.
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Animating/Imaging, School stuff.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers, OS
POWER SUPPLY: Currently I have a 1000W Corsair PSU but if I can downsize, the money saving is welcome.
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, zipzoomfly.com, tigerdirect.com.
OVERCLOCKING: Maybe
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Later, Yes.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200

PARTS:
These are what I have picked out. So far I like everything I have picked out but I am open to some change. Just let me know what you think.

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case – 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

Processor:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 -279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

Mother Board:
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard – 289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply – 239.99 ($40MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

GFX: (Planning to SLI with another one later when this can’t handle things)
EVGA 01G-P3-1182-AR GeForce GTX 285 FTW Edition 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Supported Video Card – 379.99 ($20MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130483

HDD: (Planning on adding another much later)
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (bare drive) – 129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148337

RAM: (I’ll buy it as a combo with the Processor to get $50-65 off)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D – 179.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

Optical Drive:
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner – 26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Processor Cooler:
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler – 79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608007
 

astrodudepsu

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well your psu is certainly overkill. if you ever plan on SLI'ing that 285 grab an 850W Corsair unit. If not a 650W would be plenty.

I wouldn't buy a seagate .11 HDD. they are (or at least were) riddled with firmware issues. they have since released the .12 series, but most people are still gun shy when it comes to seagate.

personally I would pick up a WD Caviar black series, with enough storage to fir your needs. the 1TB drives are quite fast as they sport a high platter density.


everything else looks fine.
 
i7 920 w/dual gtx 275's

Do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" and save another $5 - $15 off that mobo/cpu combo. It's all in the shopping. :) That psu will easily push two of those cards in SLI. No need for a sound card imo, onboard sound just keeps getting better and better these days.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201930 Combo Discount: -$30.00 Combo Price: $239.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail

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=N82E16814133268 $199.99 Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133268 $199.99 Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.199045 Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $212.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate *Free Shipping
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187 $23.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner - OEM

Total: $1,414.90 | $1,374.90 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 RC 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of the Gigabyte UD4P mobo

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341011 <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,2266.html <--- gtzx 275 review and benchmarks

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,2298.html <--- gtx 275's in SLI > gtx 295

or....

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139009 $139.99 ($119.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125280 $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate)
GIGABYTE GV-N285UD-1GH GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Free Far Cry 2 game w/ purchase, while supplies last
 

kamikazi234

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Thanks for the responses as i will make sure i don't get a 1000W. I just wanted to make sure i have enough. Now Why_Me, are you sure that that 275 is better than the 285 i picked out, even if it is OC'ed? Are you sure?
 


Price was yes. A 275 with a slight over clock runs about par with a gtx 285, yet it uses less power and produces less heat. That card is a bargain.

http://www.legionhardware.com/document.php?id=822&p=4

 

kamikazi234

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Interesting. Thanks for pointing that out. I'll have to look into it. Also thanks for the combo's, i missed them but they are good. The RAM + HDD and Case + PSU are great and nice discounts. Would you say that the processor fan that you suggested is better than the Noctua? Everywhere I've read has claimed it reduces the most heat than any other. Why do you suggest that one?
 

kamikazi234

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Hey, I checked out your reviews and it seems that the best one we can get is the Xigmatek THOR'S HAMMER, do you suggest that one or are you heart driven towards the dark knight?