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Old 10-06-2009, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I ordered an i7 920 cpu a few days ago, now waiting for it to come.
I'm using newegg to get my parts and i need all hardware and an OS.
These are the parts i'm looking to get and i need opinions/ suggestions for combo deals or better performance/price options.

mobo/memory combo: Newegg.ca - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!

case: Newegg.ca - XCLIO A380PLUS-BK Fully Black 1.0mm SECC/ ABS ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
maybe combo deal with vista ultimate until windows 7 comes out.

HDD: Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - Internal Hard Drives

PSU: Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
would the PSU i chose be strong enough for future sli/ overclocking?

video card: not sure which one yet thinking about a decent 260gtx/hd4870 to wait until next gen graphics. i would be using a 42" tv as my monitor with moderately high resolution.(need suggestions)

other accessories i have (keyboard/mouse/speakers) i would just need a cd/dvd drive and i think thats all. the main goals for this computer would be gaming while trying to future proof it.


any input would be great
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Looks great. PSU has plenty of power.

I agree that a 260 or 4870 would be a good choice for now and wait a while for next gen cards.

Is your tv 1080p?
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yeah the tv is 1080p and do you have any specific vid card recommendations?
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I always prefer xfx or evga cards.

the 4870 will give you more power for your money.

the 260 will have a little better driver support.
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Newegg.ca - EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
i think ill go with this vid card 30$ mir looks nice
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Some of the next gen cards are already available.

Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

It's more expensive than the GTX 260 but it's also considerably faster, supports Dx11, and includes a copy of Dirt 2

If the HD 5870 is more than you want to pay the HD 5850 is another great option however it is currently out of stock.

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Or go with a 4890 Newegg.ca - XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards cheaper then that 260 and its better.
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based on the components im getting, will it be reasonable to OC to about 3.8ghz?
will i need a different memory kit?
and if so will i need upgraded cooling solutions?
thanks again for the help everyone
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for 3.8 you will need an aftermarket heatsink.

I would look at the sunbeam core contact 120 or the dark night.

Memory will be fine.
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Newegg.ca - Sunbeam CR-CCTF 120 mm Core-Contact Freezer CPU Cooler W/TX-2 - CPU Fans & Heatsinks are you talking about this one?
and is there a significant difference between the dark knight and this one, because i noticed it has a 15$ mir which would make it like 20 bucks, also reading the reviews many people were complaining about how difficult it was to install
and for the sunbeam i would need to get a lga1366 retention bracket correct?
sorry about the noob questions, this will be my first build
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