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Old 04-13-2009, 06:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After 4 years on a lap top and a new asus EEEPC, I'm looking to build a gaming machine with an I7 920 and hopefully at least gtx 260. Also will be looking to purchase a lcd monitor. Any advice on a a build, in particular, the mobo, case and cooling system, I will be looking to overclock some. I haven't built a computer for a few years so any advice is much appreciated. Thanks
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Does the $1500 include the monitor?
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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preferably with the LCD, although I can always pick up a junk monitor and upgrade later. Lowest price i've gotten is right about 1400$ w/ the monitor. I'm just looking at my options.

Might as well show you guys what I got right now and y'all can critique:


COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

EVGA 896-P3-1260-AR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail

Western Digital Caviar GP WD5000AACS 500GB 5400 to 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

SAMSUNG 22X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM

Acer X223Wbd Black 22" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

Total comes out to 1,372ish, altogether 1500 with taxes (blasted california).

A buddy of mine recommended the case as super quiet (I'll be running it 24/7 with some servers) and good cooling, but if any of you guys have another option, please let me know.

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the antec twelve hundred is a great case and every fan on it is controlled by it's own fan controller.

Newegg.com - Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
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That PSU is way overkill. Get this one instead. It will be plenty for your system.
Newegg.com - PC Power &#38; Cooling S61EPS 610W Continuous &#64; 40&#176;C EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 - Power Supplies
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cool, do I need to worry about cooling for the cpu if i plan on doing some overclocking?
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Definitely, you can expect to get around 3-3.2 on stock cooling at decent temps but I strongly recommend an aftermarket cooler.

Newegg.com - Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Newegg.com - XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks
w/ Newegg.com - XIGMATEK ACK-I7361 CPU Cooler - CPU Fans & Heatsinks

Thermalright "Limited Edition" TRUE Black Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU Heatsink (Socket LGA 775 / LGA 1366* / AM2 / Xeon*) - FrozenCPU.com
w/ 1366 bracket

Here are 3 of the best options
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whoops, answered my own question.
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