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i need help building a new rig with i7
using this for starcraft 2 and future games, watching tv shows and movies
my budget is $1300 USD. i definitely prefer to spend less than that
no overclocking

so far, i have these criteria and/or questions:
CPU: intel i7 definitely
CPU Cooling: stock or should i get a different one other than stock?
Motherboard: ??
HDD/Storage: SSD for os? Velociraptor for programs/games?
Memory/RAM: at least 4gb with heat spreaders
RAM Cooling: should i bother with this?
Graphics Card: radeon with crossfire support
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
PSU: ??
Computer Case: HAF X
Monitor: monitor with built in speakers and hdmi or hdtv? (plan to connect ps3 or 360 to this, that's why)
Edited by itzzjason - 8/1/10 at 12:37pm
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post #2 of 14
1300 what?

Don't bother with the raptor. Go with the SSD, the corsair C300 are reasonably prioced.

You seriously should consider an i5, for gaming they are just as good at gaming as the i7's are....

If you're set with 1366 though then give me a post and i'll tell you what motherboard. Also with a 1366 setup you'll be getting triple channel memory, don't bother with the ram fans.
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1300 what?

Don't bother with the raptor. Go with the SSD, the corsair C300 are reasonably prioced.

You seriously should consider an i5, for gaming they are just as good at gaming as the i7's are....

If you're set with 1366 though then give me a post and i'll tell you what motherboard. Also with a 1366 setup you'll be getting triple channel memory, don't bother with the ram fans.
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i'm sorry 1300 USD
i'm building it for a friend and i explained to him that i have i5 but he still wants i7
i can't find the c300 but i've looked at just about every ssd and they all seem expensive
but i was thinking 40gb ssd (if i can afford it) for the os alone then velociraptor for programs and games and 1tb (any rpm) for storage
Edited by itzzjason - 8/1/10 at 12:35pm
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post #4 of 14
Ok, your friend is a fool. Feel free to see the link in my sig and show him, it might change his mind.

Incidently, if you want a nice motherboard, the lead runners are going to be the Gigabyte UD5, The asus P6T and the P6X58D-E.

Memory, you have the corsair XMS3. Or the ripjaws.

If you're planning to be overclocking, get aftermarket cooling, the megahalems, the H50 and the VenX are the best choices.

Must you have the HAF, you're spending a fair bit of money on things you don't need.

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post #5 of 14
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Ok, your friend is a fool. Feel free to see the link in my sig and show him, it might change his mind.

Incidently, if you want a nice motherboard, the lead runners are going to be the Gigabyte UD5, The asus P6T and the P6X58D-E.

Memory, you have the corsair XMS3. Or the ripjaws.

If you're planning to be overclocking, get aftermarket cooling, the megahalems, the H50 and the VenX are the best choices.

Must you have the HAF, you're spending a fair bit of money on things you don't need.

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he's not computer-savvy and he claims to have tried the i5 before and wants i7
i do not want to overclock for his rig
all those sounds like a big total price as an end result
well, my choices for cases were haf x or antec 1200. but the main idea is that i want a case with the coldest temps/best airflow
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post #6 of 14
If you're not overclocking then you don't need that sort of case.

You'd do plenty well with an antec 300/900. If you're not overclocking then you won't need an after market cooler as well.

Most games don't support 4 cores, let alone 4 core with HT. So it won't make too much of a difference.

Go with either teh corsair hx650 or the Antec truepower new 650 for your PSU.

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post #7 of 14
Correction, 902 lol. 900 seems kind of old now.
Also true with the games that don't use most of the processing power your cpu should really be using. If he goes 1366, there are newer chips like I've heard rumors that i9s would also use 1366, I'm ready for the new i9s when they do come out because they'll be on socket 1366. Why I didn't wait for the i5s was because there is no way I can upgrade if there is a possibility. Now that I heard i9s on 1366, I'm waiting and satisfied I stuck with 1366.
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post #8 of 14
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Correction, 902 lol. 900 seems kind of old now.
Also true with the games that don't use most of the processing power your cpu should really be using. If he goes 1366, there are newer chips like I've heard rumors that i9s would also use 1366, I'm ready for the new i9s when they do come out because they'll be on socket 1366. Why I didn't wait for the i5s was because there is no way I can upgrade if there is a possibility. Now that I heard i9s on 1366, I'm waiting and satisfied I stuck with 1366.
yea i was already planning to go with socket 1366
thanks for the input
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post #9 of 14
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If you're not overclocking then you don't need that sort of case.

You'd do plenty well with an antec 300/900. If you're not overclocking then you won't need an after market cooler as well.

Most games don't support 4 cores, let alone 4 core with HT. So it won't make too much of a difference.

Go with either teh corsair hx650 or the Antec truepower new 650 for your PSU.

Comps
well originally, he was going for "bigger case=more room=more air". so that's why i chose atx full size cases. hence haf x vs 1200, which are both atx full cases
but the haf x has usb3 on the front panel though
why only 650 watt psu?
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post #10 of 14
What do you mean only 650w.

I can have SLi Gtx470's in my rig. 650 is more than enough. And I went with the 900 because it's cheaper and since you're not overclocking once again, airflow isn't really going to be a problem.
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