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post #1 of 17
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I'm building this set up, basically as the cheapest I can build an i7 set up. This is all going into an Antec 900 btw. Tell me anything you would change/replace/other ideas.

MSI X58 Platinum LGA 1366 Motherboard $220

Intel Core i7 920 $295

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $195

Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD5000AAKS 500GB $60

EVGA GTX 260 $220

SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD+R $20

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V $105

Grand Total: $1035, before rebates.

I have a few questions though; I heard that Intel is releasing a more budget line of i7 processors, is this true, when are they coming, and how will they perform compared to this line?

Second question, how long do you think this set up will last me to play the newest games on high settings? I'll probably be adding another 260 to SLi, more memory, and some overclocking. Will that PSU handle another 260?

I want this system to last me a pretty long time, do you think it will?
Edited by Phantom922 - 11/29/08 at 2:41pm
    
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post #2 of 17
This harddrive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

You also want a tri set of RAM, so grab this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231223
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post #3 of 17
The Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler will not fit on a LGA1366 motherboard... it is not compatible...

Also, you'll need triple channel memory instead of the dual channel, due to the voltage restraints on X58 motherboards

Other than that, looks solid... It'll probably last you for a good year and a half... but after that, your graphics card will start to lag behind...

Intel is releasing a budget processor soon, geared more towards consumers... but we still aren't sure when they are releasing it

EDIT: I haven't really seen that many people with the MSI X58 board... if I were you, I'd stick with the better known boards, like the Asus P6T, or the Gigabyte DS4
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post #4 of 17
You could save a lot of money by taking advantage of Microsoft's 30% cash back on eBay. An i7 920 would run you around $215. Also, Core i7 takes advantage of tri-channel memory. I think I remember reading something saying the performance differences between dual- and tri-channel were minimal, but I can't say this is a fact. You'll have to ask someone who has actually tried it out themselves. Either way, I would recommend a 3GB kit. I don't really see the need for 6GB.
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You could save a lot of money by taking advantage of Microsoft's 30% cash back on eBay. An i7 920 would run you around $215. Also, Core i7 takes advantage of tri-channel memory. I think I remember reading something saying the performance differences between dual- and tri-channel were minimal, but I can't say this is a fact. You'll have to ask someone who has actually tried it out themselves. Either way, I would recommend a 3GB kit. I don't really see the need for 6GB.
You can never have too much memory. I have 4GB, but because of XP, I only "have" 3.25GB. Multiple times I've run into that wall when running multiple memory-intensive programs. Believe me, you want as much as you can get.
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post #6 of 17
i think you would be happier with the gigabyte DS4 version here

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128366

and ram here

http://www.mushkin.com/doc/products/...ail.asp?id=725

for 15 extra dollars the 640aaks would be a better faster drive as well, even better the black series for 10 more than that

i have learned that you should wait another week and get what you really want before you skimp to much, as i have just been upgrading whatever i can in the last 9 months due to buying a budget system at first, i have on the way what i really wanting (my core i7 setup) and i got good ram and a good board as opposed to getting the cheapest ram and the cheapest board, you would most likely get and would miss something that a slightly more expensive board would have

just my .02
Edited by jerjon7 - 11/29/08 at 2:40pm
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post #7 of 17
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Doh, I pulled a dumb-dumb and forgot that I can't use that socket cooler. I forgot bout 'dat.

^The only problem is I don't have a job in the winter and I'm taking the piggy bank, smashing it, and laughing at the remains, while relying on Christmas money as well. I might way until spring though, until I get a few more paychecks, but I'd really like it now. (Just like that kid from Willy Wonka.. )
Edited by Phantom922 - 11/29/08 at 2:39pm
    
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post #8 of 17
correct about the heatsink, that will not fit, and also your PSU will be plenty, nothing lower than that though
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post #9 of 17
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Doh, I pulled a dumb-dumb and forgot that I can't use that socket cooler. I forgot bout 'dat.
you'll also need triple channel memory!!! X58 boards have a very low max voltage for RAM voltages, so dual channel RAM won't work (well)
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post #10 of 17
I swear I remember reading an article that said performance gains with triple-channel memory were marginal over dual-channel setups. Either way, I would go with a triple-channel setup.

And if you can wait until spring, I strongly suggest it. Prices should drop between 20%-40% for the most expensive components. I wouldn't be surprised to see an OEM i7 920 for $250 six months from now.

Also Intel will be releasing their mainstream Nehalem processors in Q1, I believe. These are completely locked and you won't be able to overclock them and are on a completely different socket than Bloomfield cores, but I imagine the performance gains over Penryn cores will still be vast. We'll have to wait and see what the numbers are like.
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