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post #11 of 18
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Ok, after some looking around, comparing, and reading the suggestions a couple of times I came up with this setup and a bunch of questions about it.

CPU: Intel Core i7 920 - $300

Motherboard: Asus P6T Deluxe - $300

RAM: Corsair XMS3 6GB (3 x 2 GB) - $177

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $120

GPU: Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB - $330

Case: Antec Twelve Hundred - $160

PSU: Ultra X3 1000 Watt (Modular) - $200

Sound Card: Asus Xonar D2X - $200


Which currently adds up to $1787.
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Now, you might have noticed that some components are gone from the list, and here's why:

- CPU fan: I couldn't find a ThermalRight fan on Newegg. I tried their website every day for a week and it's still not letting me in, so that's not very helpful either. I'm looking for some other suggestions on the subject.

- DVD Burner: I'll just grab a nice black one when I get to it, doesn't matter too much as long as it supports Vista.

- Card Reader: Couldn't find a nice one on Newegg, all of the ones on there have an assload of bad reviews, and not fully support Vista so any suggestions of good ones would be welcome.

- Fan Controller: I'm looking for suggestions on this one as well.
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Now, some other things.

- The GPU is huge, will it fit on the board and inside the case without problems?

- I kept the PSU the same, simply because I don't know what's wrong with it (what does it matter that it's creators also own TigerDirect other than it not being available on Newegg?). It seems to be a top of the line PSU, and yes, I need it to be a 1000 Watt PSU, just because I want to keep it for a couple of years and be able to upgrade the system as I go (with more components that will probably also use more power as time progresses). If anyone can point me to a good modular 1000 Watt PSU that is available on Newegg, feel free to do so.

- With the ram problems Vista 32 bit has (only supporting up to 3 GB), I'll need a 64 bit version, are there still any problems for running programs on 64 bit Windows, and will all these components support it?

- Suggestions for a good speaker set are also welcome.

That's it for now, might ask other questions later when they pop up. Thanks to all of you for helping this noob out .
post #12 of 18
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- CPU fan: I couldn't find a ThermalRight fan on Newegg. I tried their website every day for a week and it's still not letting me in, so that's not very helpful either. I'm looking for some other suggestions on the subject.
Why don't you look at the Cooler Master V8 , it seems to be a good Core i7 cooler but the installation process is somewhat complicated. As for the other build choices they seem to be really great and the 4850 X2 should have no problem fitting in the 1200.
Edited by 45nm - 12/27/08 at 12:32pm
post #13 of 18
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I was considering a V8 in my original post, but the first 2 replies told me I'd be better off getting a ThermalRight cooler, which is why I was looking for one.
post #14 of 18
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Alright, just found the ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme on a Belgian site, but it doesn't say anywhere that it supports the i7s 1366 socket :s. Here's the English translation on the site: link.

If both the TRUE 120 and the CM V8 support the i7, which one should I choose?
post #15 of 18
The TRUE has a 1366 attachment but it must be bought separately.
I have been studying up on the Ultra X3 PSU, and it has gotten nothing but rave reviews. My next build will definitely include one
Only problem I see is the HDD. I think a 150GB or 300GB WD VelociRaptor should be added strictly for the OS, and keep that Caviar Black for storage purposes.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 945 Asus M5A97 R2.0 Asus HD 6570 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaw 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
WD Velociraptor WD Caviar Black Samsung F3 Samsung SH-203B 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-U12P Windows 10 Home Samsung 32" LCD HDTV 720p Logitech K330 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic SS560-KM CM 690 II Logitech M215 Staples 
AudioOtherOther
Creative Inspire P5800 5.1 speakers Motorola SB6141 Modem Netgear WNDR3700V3 Router 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II 945 Asus M5A97 R2.0 Asus HD 6570 4x4GB G.SKILL Ripjaw 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
WD Velociraptor WD Caviar Black Samsung F3 Samsung SH-203B 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
Noctua NH-U12P Windows 10 Home Samsung 32" LCD HDTV 720p Logitech K330 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic SS560-KM CM 690 II Logitech M215 Staples 
AudioOtherOther
Creative Inspire P5800 5.1 speakers Motorola SB6141 Modem Netgear WNDR3700V3 Router 
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post #16 of 18
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The Velociraptors are expensive though, is there really that big of a performance increase to justify the price? Or would I be better off keeping the 320 GB Seagate drive that I've had in my computer for over a year now, run Darik's Boot & Nuke on it and use that one?

Also, I have a 6 month old 500 GB external HDD here, would I be able to take the enclosure off of it and use that as the primary drive? Or just have it as a secondary drive but inside the case?
post #17 of 18
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Alright, decided I'm not gonna keep the 320 GB HDD under any circumstances, it's noisy as hell, mostly rattling, which sucks.
post #18 of 18
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Alright, going to sum up some stuff..

- Which one would be best to cool the i7? TRUE or CM V8, and in case of the TRUE, where can I buy one? (need international shipping)

- What's so special about Velociraptors? They're expensive, but I suppose they're faster. Does it's performance/reliability justify it's price?

Thanks.
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