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Ive been toying with the idea of buying an i7 computer. Ive came up with a preliminary build. Im planning to sell my sig with sli 9600gt and keep my GTX 260 to carry over to these parts. Heres the list if Im missing something or if maybe a part should be reconsidered please let me know. Im planning to make the move within a couple weeks. I already have a case so Ill need everything else.

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188039

Im going with the EVGA board regardless. Ive had a EVGA 680i and 780i and have had no problems.

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202

Wont really be able to afford the 940 or 965 so has to be the 920.

Heatsink
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835608007

This is not in stone and Im open to suggestions here.

Power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703019

I like the blue.

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820226034

Not much to say here.

Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136319

Dont need anything bigger. Have 1 500 now and 400gb free if that tells you anything.

DVD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151171

Could get by with just a dvd rom but might one day burn a dvd.

Total 1130.93
Power supply has a 35.00 rebate.


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Edited by Ruredee - 1/4/09 at 5:17am
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Everything looks good.
I would suggest losing the HDD you plan on buying, and getting a 150gb Velociraptor 10000RPM HDD instead for the OS. Why slow down your amazing system with a 7200RPM HDD?? It is an extra $100, but definitely well worth it.
BTW The Noctua is an awesome heatsink. It will give you TRUE performance without the hefty price tag. Best bang for the buck cooler on the market ATM
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the rig is awesome I have nothing to say about anything there, but I think since you're on a tight budget you can wait a bit more for price droop, if you can't and you really feel like you need an upgrade, go for it.. eventho I'm sure you can survive a bit more with your 260GTX
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post #4 of 23
All good components but a bit pricy
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Originally Posted by spaceballsrules View Post
Everything looks good.
I would suggest losing the HDD you plan on buying, and getting a 150gb Velociraptor 10000RPM HDD instead for the OS. Why slow down your amazing system with a 7200RPM HDD?? It is an extra $100, but definitely well worth it.
BTW The Noctua is an awesome heatsink. It will give you TRUE performance without the hefty price tag. Best bang for the buck cooler on the market ATM
Ill probably use more than 150gb in time. I even considered two of the 640 for raid. But to get me up and running and without spending too much money I figured this drive would perform well enough.

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Originally Posted by div1no View Post
the rig is awesome I have nothing to say about anything there, but I think since you're on a tight budget you can wait a bit more for price droop, if you can't and you really feel like you need an upgrade, go for it.. eventho I'm sure you can survive a bit more with your 260GTX
It might be a couple weeks before I order it unless something goes on sale big time. I dont wanna wait too long though.
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I was contemplating building an i7 rig this holiday season, but decided not to. Think about it, what is out right now that you can't already pretty much max out? If you build an i7 rig now when you don't really need it, you'll be missing out on lower prices and better parts a couple months from now. I'd say wait until new games come out that you really want to play, then build a new rig.

Just something to think about. Totally up to you, if money isn't a big problem then go for it.
    
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post #7 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by spaceballsrules View Post
Everything looks good.
I would suggest losing the HDD you plan on buying, and getting a 150gb Velociraptor 10000RPM HDD instead for the OS. Why slow down your amazing system with a 7200RPM HDD?? It is an extra $100, but definitely well worth it.
BTW The Noctua is an awesome heatsink. It will give you TRUE performance without the hefty price tag. Best bang for the buck cooler on the market ATM
I think the performance of the Caviar Black is either really close to the Velociraptor's performance or it exceeds it, thanks to the 32MB cache.
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I would wait for the new Westmere If u can hold out... preliminary reviews on it is astonishing. I couldnt wait another year so I went ahead with i7.
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post #9 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by spaceballsrules View Post
Everything looks good.
I would suggest losing the HDD you plan on buying, and getting a 150gb Velociraptor 10000RPM HDD instead for the OS. Why slow down your amazing system with a 7200RPM HDD?? It is an extra $100, but definitely well worth it.
BTW The Noctua is an awesome heatsink. It will give you TRUE performance without the hefty price tag. Best bang for the buck cooler on the market ATM
The caviar blacks are about the best 7200rpm drives available, the hassle and expense of getting a raptor are not really worth it compared to the performance increase (which is very little).
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Originally Posted by Phantom922 View Post
I was contemplating building an i7 rig this holiday season, but decided not to. Think about it, what is out right now that you can't already pretty much max out? If you build an i7 rig now when you don't really need it, you'll be missing out on lower prices and better parts a couple months from now. I'd say wait until new games come out that you really want to play, then build a new rig.

Just something to think about. Totally up to you, if money isn't a big problem then go for it.
I thought about waiting but Im going to sell my current computer to help finance. And the sooner I do that the more it will be worth. Its not getting any younger.
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