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post #1 of 15
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My brother commissioned me to build him a computer. After discussing the pros and cons of various options, he decided to go with an i7 build, if I could bring it home for less than $1000. I accepted his challenge.

Here is what I ended up with:

Case $70: CM 690
PSU $65: Antec ECO 620
MOBO $209: GA-X58A-UD3R
CPU $200: i7-930
RAM $165: Corsair 1600 6GB
HDD $55: WD 500GB
GPU $130: Sapphire HD5750
Optical Drive: Salvage
OS $95: Windows 7 Home Premium

Total price: $999.95 after tax and shipping and before MIRs.

The pieces will be arriving over the next few days and we build next Saturday. He wants to help, and I'm glad to walk him through the process. One of us will be taking pictures.


Edited by Aardobard - 3/29/10 at 8:11pm
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post #2 of 15
perhaps save a few bucks and go with the i7 920?

other than that, looks like a good build!
i luv core i7s!
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post #3 of 15
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perhaps save a few bucks and go with the i7 920?

other than that, looks like a good build!
Nah, I think the 930 is worth the extra few bucks. Great job OP!
post #4 of 15
if i were you i'd spend ~10 bucks or so more and get the wd caviar black 640gb.

Supposedly its better than the 500 (not just more space, supposedly it's faster and quieter)
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post #5 of 15
You can go for 4gb instead of 6gb of ram to save a little bit more money.
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post #6 of 15
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You can go for 4gb instead of 6gb of ram to save a little bit more money.
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post #7 of 15
You can snag the i7 from microcenter.
    
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post #8 of 15
Go with a 920, use the savings to get a 5770?
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post #9 of 15
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Thanks for the input, but the parts are already purchased. As it turns out, I picked up the 930 for $200, so I don't think I could have gotten much better than that with any other i7 chip available. My Microcenter was out of 920s.

My original build included a 5770 and no OS, but with a few of the deals I was able to get, I was really close to wedging an OS in there. By dropping $40 from the 5770 to the 5750 I managed to get it all under budget. My brother is not an MMORPG player or a big FPS player, so on his 22" monitor the 5750 should do just fine.

I considered going with 3GB RAM, but it seemed silly with an eye toward upgradability. I think 3GB isn't quite enough to have a snappy response with multiple apps open and 4GB is plenty for my machine, but there's no middle ground between 3 and 6 with triple channel. Instead, a better investment for future upgrades would be another GPU as two or even three GPUs will work with this mobo.

Everything on the list I got with an eye towards overclocking. You may have noticed the lack of an aftermarket cooler with a build like this. Again, this was a budget and upgrade compromise. I really really doubt he's going to be more impressed with getting to 4.0GHz than he will be at 2.8GHz. He's upgrading from a P4. I'll have to figure out if he can complete the BIGADV units without a stout OC and then convince him to fold!

I will revise the OP to include individual prices.
Edited by Aardobard - 3/28/10 at 6:47pm
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post #10 of 15
is that corsair the 7-7-7-20 6gb kit? if so ive got that and there beauty
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