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Old 11-20-2008, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Please Review my i7 Build. Is everything right?

Alright guys, this is my last thread. I'll be ordering within a day (or two)

If you've been reading my previous threads, this is my first official build.

Since this is my first build, I need to be assured that when I put everything together, it will all be compatible and turn on.



Here are the specs:

Intel Core i7 920
6GB DDR3 triple channel
NVIDIA GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked
(2) 1 TB HDD's
Coolermaster Cosmos S
Creative SoundBlaster X-FI titanium
Corsair 1000 w PSU
Gigabyte GA-EX58 Mobo
Vista 64 bit
Blu Ray reader

What do you think? I've decided not to get the 4870X2, only because I don't think I need all that power right now. I like Nvidia and eVGA - great service. The GTX 260 is still an incredible card. I can always add another, upgrade, ect.

Here are the links to everything:

CPU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115202

RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148246

Motherboard
: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128362

PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139007

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152102

Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811119150

GPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130400

Sound Card
: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102024

Can anyone help me find a CPu cooler that is compatible with socket 1366? i7?

I can't find any, there seems to be only one on newegg with horrible reviews.

I feel pretty confident about everything. The only thing I'm a little weary about is the case. I love the look of the Cosmos S. I know the Antec 1200 is probably the best bet, I just don't like the way it looks. I want this to look good. Is the antec 1200 worth getting over the Cosmos S?
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Old 11-20-2008, 06:27 PM   #2
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Save your self $50 and go with a better PSU brand: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703003
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jeeez stacks on deck much?
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jeeez stacks on deck much?
what? please, if you're not going to help, don't respond. I need help.
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You really don't need that powerful of a card unless your running high resolutions. What monitor are you going to be getting/using? Skip the sound card, unless you're a die hard music enthusiast.

Give this case a look at: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811133154
Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139002
You don't need that powerful power supply. If you plan to run only one card, it's more than enough. Just get a GTX 280 and you should be set for a long time.
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That sound card is pretty expensive by the looks of it... But I wouldn't go with Rohan23's word at all. A dedicated sound card beats a intergrated one within the motherboard any day... even for Windows sounds...
It takes out the load from the CPU too, which can be quite hefty when a lot of tasks are being performed at once, and that is when you'll notice all kinds of skipping, hissing, errors, due to the sound being second place to other tasks...
A dedicated sound board will stop all that.
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Jesus H Christ on a stick, nice specs. I'm jealous

There is a 1366 retention bracket for the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme, I believe it is listed seperately, also the Cooler Master V8 CPU Cooler has the same and is getting some good results on i7 at another forum I visit.

The main thing to watch is RAM voltage with i7 but I see you have that under control.

I'd be keen to see some benches when you get it assembled.

Here's a bench pic and quote from a TeamAU member (T_M) using your prospective board with the TU120e, he took an i7 965 to 5GHz+ under LN2 also.

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The Gigabyte boards are performing really strong for me, no show stopping bugs (ala P45T and robust stability for even the highest loads (e.g. 5GHz+). The BIOS feels really good, with only some minor details for extreme overclockers to be resolved such as PCI-E frequency adjustment problems and a vcore 'bug' above 1.6V causing an extra 0.04V on top of your BIOS set value. LLC is also not working properly yet, but that can easily be resolved with a pencil/solder/paint vdroop mod as below.





These guys are hard core, check out this vdroop mod.




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Default Re: Please Review my i7 Build. Is everything right?

thanks! what CPU cooler is that?

also, what was wrong? vdroop??? I have no idea!

also, the gtx 260 core 216 superclocked performs very close to the gtx 280, from the reviews I've read. I'll be playing on a 24" LCD.

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I Can't offer you any help joe because it looks like you have it covered,but i think you will be the FIRST one on the forums to have an i7 Rig
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That sound card is pretty expensive by the looks of it... But I wouldn't go with Rohan23's word at all. A dedicated sound card beats a intergrated one within the motherboard any day... even for Windows sounds...
It takes out the load from the CPU too, which can be quite hefty when a lot of tasks are being performed at once, and that is when you'll notice all kinds of skipping, hissing, errors, due to the sound being second place to other tasks...
A dedicated sound board will stop all that.
You do realize that there isn't much of a difference in speed? Since he already he has one of the best setups currently possible. The likelihood of the cpu even slowing down a tad, is slim to none? You're talking about the card taking a load off of the cpu? When he installs the sound card he will have to install the software. Which actually uses up more CPU cycles. Correct me if I'm wrong. It's just the way I see it.
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