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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm making a new i7 rig. Can you guys provide some feedbacks? Like something I should upgrade or if something is overkill.

Core i7 920
Foxconn Bloodrage (GTI or the regular version?)
G.Skill Trident DDR3 2000 3x2GB
Asus Xonar Essence STX
EVGA GTX 285 1GB vanilla

I will also be carrying over the P182, TRUE, Corsair 650W PSU, as well as the harddrives from my current build.

Feedback will be appreciated.
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i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
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160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
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Razer Tarantula Corsair HX620 Antec P182 Razer Mamba, VX Revolution 
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i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
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160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
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post #2 of 15
GTi if you can get a hold of it.

The ram is preference, but never had luck with Gskill. OCZ for me
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i920 @ 4.2ghz EVGA 3-Way SLi EVGA 8800 GTS 640 OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 12gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150gb Raptor + Server Samsung Lightdrive Windows 7 Ultimate x64 LG 26" 
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Logitech G15 Enermax EVO 1250 80+ Silverstone TJ07 BTX modded Logitech Mx-518 
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i920 @ 4.2ghz EVGA 3-Way SLi EVGA 8800 GTS 640 OCZ Gold DDR3 1600 12gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
150gb Raptor + Server Samsung Lightdrive Windows 7 Ultimate x64 LG 26" 
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Logitech G15 Enermax EVO 1250 80+ Silverstone TJ07 BTX modded Logitech Mx-518 
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post #3 of 15
I have that G.Skill RAM, but I haven't got to use it just yet. Another user, ericeod, has it too, and it seems to work perfectly for him. He managed to get some really nice timings out of it @ 1600mhz.
    
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Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.35GHz Asus Rampage II Extreme + NBMAX 2 x EVGA GTX 295 G.SKILL Trident 6GB 2000mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Caviar Black + OCZ Agility 120GB SSD Samsung External Blu-Ray Vista 64-Bit Premium / Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Acer H243H 24" @ 1920x1080 
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Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 Corsair HX1000W yes Razer Mamba 
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Core i7 920 D0 @ 4.35GHz Asus Rampage II Extreme + NBMAX 2 x EVGA GTX 295 G.SKILL Trident 6GB 2000mhz 
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WD Caviar Black + OCZ Agility 120GB SSD Samsung External Blu-Ray Vista 64-Bit Premium / Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Acer H243H 24" @ 1920x1080 
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Logitech Classic Keyboard 200 Corsair HX1000W yes Razer Mamba 
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post #4 of 15
Spot on.

If I changed anything, it'd come strictly from my personal preference to other brands, ect.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 3600+ Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe XFX HD 6750 4GB G.Skill HK 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung SATA 52x CD/DVD-RW 7 Professional 64-Bit 19" Acer AL1914 
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automatic.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 760 | 4GHz | 1.275v Gigabyte P55A-UD3 MSI NX7600GT  8GB G.Skill ECO 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 LG 22X DVD±R Corsair H50 OSX 10.7.3 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
LG 23" Corsair HX620 Antec Nine-Hundred MX 518 
Mouse Pad
Thermaltake 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
X3 710 CACZC | 3.7GHz DFI LP DK 790GX-M2RS ATI Radeon HD 3300 4GB OCZ XTC @ 800MHz 2.08v 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital 6400AAKS LG 22X DVD±R Xigmatek S1283 7 Professional 64-Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
20" Acer AL2017 Logitech Media Corsair CX430 Thermaltake Soprano 
Mouse
Logitech G5 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD X2 3600+ Asus M2N32 SLI Deluxe XFX HD 6750 4GB G.Skill HK 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB Samsung F3 Samsung SATA 52x CD/DVD-RW 7 Professional 64-Bit 19" Acer AL1914 
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post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
I think I'll stick with the G.Skill, I've had good experience with them and hear good things about that set. Is there any performance differences between the Blood Rage GTI and regular Blood Rage? I don't really care about SAS support and firewire with the regular version.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Tarantula Corsair HX620 Antec P182 Razer Mamba, VX Revolution 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Tarantula Corsair HX620 Antec P182 Razer Mamba, VX Revolution 
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post #6 of 15
No problems with my G.Skill RAM here, after replacing my Crucial BalliSUX
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i5 750 MSI P55-GD65 GTX 660Ti 4GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 
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600GB (2x300GB Velociraptors RAID0) Windows 7 x64 24" ASUS VW246H Logitech Illuminated 
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i5 750 MSI P55-GD65 GTX 660Ti 4GB Corsair Dominator 1600MHz 
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600GB (2x300GB Velociraptors RAID0) Windows 7 x64 24" ASUS VW246H Logitech Illuminated 
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post #7 of 15
DDR3-2000 is a waste of money.

You'd be hard pressed to see or feel any difference from budget DDR3-1333 on an i7, though 1600 is currently the price/performance sweet spot.
post #8 of 15
Bloodrage performance numbers are significantly lower to Gigabyte an Asus rivals.
I'd go for the
Asus P6T vanilla
OCZ Platinum 1600 DDR3
X-fi Titanium vanilla
and that 285.
Sucks.
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E6750 @ 3.53Ghz Asus P5K-E Zotac GTX 295 4GB HyperX DDR2 1066 CL5 
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Samsung HD502IJ 500GB 22X Samsung DVD writer Vista 64 Ultimate SP1 21" IBM P260 CRT 
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Sucks.
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E6750 @ 3.53Ghz Asus P5K-E Zotac GTX 295 4GB HyperX DDR2 1066 CL5 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Samsung HD502IJ 500GB 22X Samsung DVD writer Vista 64 Ultimate SP1 21" IBM P260 CRT 
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post #9 of 15
Near all DDR3 2000MHz will do 6-6-6-18 timings @ 1600, while 1600MHz marketed memory gives you 7-8 if you're lucky, 8-8 more common.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 D0 4.33GHz HT On (21x206)(1.39v) Foxconn Bloodrage Club 3D 4870x2 (Catalyst 10.2) 6GB OCZ Blade 7-8-7 2GHz (1650MHz, 6-6-6) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
ICH: 2x60GB-R0(SSD),2x160GB-R0 EX4650: 4x1.5TB-R5 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 244T Cheap but rugged! 
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i7 920 D0 4.33GHz HT On (21x206)(1.39v) Foxconn Bloodrage Club 3D 4870x2 (Catalyst 10.2) 6GB OCZ Blade 7-8-7 2GHz (1650MHz, 6-6-6) 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
ICH: 2x60GB-R0(SSD),2x160GB-R0 EX4650: 4x1.5TB-R5 Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung 244T Cheap but rugged! 
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post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blameless View Post
DDR3-2000 is a waste of money.

You'd be hard pressed to see or feel any difference from budget DDR3-1333 on an i7, though 1600 is currently the price/performance sweet spot.
Noted, though RAM is so cheap now a days the flexibility afforded to me by the G.Skill set is worth the $50 to me. To be able to do both 1600@CL6 and 2300@CL9 is pretty sweet.

Quote:
Originally Posted by TXL View Post
Bloodrage performance numbers are significantly lower to Gigabyte an Asus rivals.
I'd go for the
Asus P6T vanilla
OCZ Platinum 1600 DDR3
X-fi Titanium vanilla
and that 285.
I checked out the P6T, is the Deluxe version better for overclocking?

The OCZ platinums are only $30 cheaper, but it doesn't give me the flexibility of the G.Skill set.

X-fi's are pretty much worthless to me. I'll be using the Xonar Essence as internal DAC/preamp to feed my CIAudio headphone amp and T-amp.
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Tarantula Corsair HX620 Antec P182 Razer Mamba, VX Revolution 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 920 Bloodrage GTX 285 3x2 GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
160GB X25-M + 2x1TB Spinpoint DVD-RAM/DL + DVD-Multi Windows 7 x64 Dell 2007WFP + Westinghouse TX-42F430S 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Razer Tarantula Corsair HX620 Antec P182 Razer Mamba, VX Revolution 
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