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Old 03-24-2010, 11:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm upgrading my current system in my sig below... Just looking for advice on any of the new components to make sure that -

A.) all is a good fit (cpu, motherboard, ram will all work well together)
B.) that I've picked good value items (example would be would I want a i7 920 over the 930)

I'll be overclocking and using it for gaming (my new obsession is Bad Company 2)... Just looking for friendly advice... Take a look and let me know what you all think... Thanks in advance...

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - $294.99

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $269.99

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBRM - $169.99

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler - $69.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - $159.99
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Parts look good.

Have a look at the megahalems:

Newegg.com - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

You'll need to buy a separate fan though...

And also, you did notice the combo w/ the cpu and motherboard right?
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For $30 more (maybe it's in a combo deal even) you might want to look at the Asus P6X58D because it has SATA 6gb/s and USB 3.0 Newegg.com - ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

edit: yes it is in a combo with the 930 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.350315
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+1 to Megahalems
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Skip the Zalman, +1 to Megahalems
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Sounds good.. I ditched the zalman and added -

Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler - $64.99

Thermaltake AF0032 120mm Blue LED Case Fan - $8.99

See, that's why I ask the experts... Also I did see that there was a combo deal but won't be able to buy anything for at least a month...

So the motherboard, cpu, and ram will run pretty good together? Does anyone have any OC'ing experience with this setup? Just curious about how well it will OC... Any reason to consider the 920 over the 930?
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Here's the i7 Overclocking Guide. I should have a 930 to play with sometime next week so I'll have a better opinion to chime in with then

i7 Overclocking Guide
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Maybe get a bigger fan? I noticed a difference of about 3-4c going from a 25mm to 38mm on my core contact. Though I got a KAZE 3000 and its a beastly fan, you NEED a fan controller though, cause its ridiculously loud at 3k

This looks good as well, bit more pricy but comes with a controller, and a grill.
Newegg.com - SILVERSTONE FM121 120mm Case Fan - Case Fans

or a KAZE 3k
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Here's the i7 Overclocking Guide. I should have a 930 to play with sometime next week so I'll have a better opinion to chime in with then

i7 Overclocking Guide
Thanks for the guide.. I'm hoping that in about a month I'll be ready to pull the trigger on this.. I check in with you around that time and see what you think then....
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