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Windows 7: Advice for first CP Build


22 Feb 2009   #1

Windows 7 RTM
 
 
Advice for first CP Build

I am looking to build my first computer and would appreciate anyone looking over what ive got so far and at least telling me everything should work well together. I am stuck on a case. Not sure what case to get. If anyone can help me pick out a suitable one, id appreciate it.


What I plan to get:

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor 289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
299.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188039
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
199.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130434

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
129.99

IM trying to keep the price for everything at no more than $1500. So far its 1140 so Im doing good. I already have a coupld DVD/CD drives that I plan to use so I wont be upgrading those just yet.


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22 Feb 2009   #2

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Hello BucSox

Seems like a great PC to build.
All the above will work together, although I doubt there's someone who has actually tested the exact configuration.However, their specs match and yes you can build a system with the above specs.

My only tip would be to beware of the Jmicron SATA Controller on your Intel mobo, avoid using it and use the Intel onboard SATA controller instead. If you use it, check BIOS and use AHCI in RAID settings or Vista and probably Windows 7 won't work.

As for the case, any ATX case is suitable for the above..It's only a matter of taste. I'm not much of a modding type, so I don't know any great looking gamer cases to suggest, but make sure it's easy to mount/unmount things on it, not very fragile and with a solid build.

Last, about a PSU which u haven't mentioned, any PSU over 400~420W should be able to handle your system but I'd go for one above 550-600W.
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22 Feb 2009   #3

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Yeah, I forgot to put the P/S down.
Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Newegg.com - Antec NeoPower 650 Blue 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Am I going to need a CPU Fan/Heatsink for my cpu?
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22 Feb 2009   #4

Windows 7 RC 7100 32bit/64bit
 
 

Yes, but when you buy an Intel processor, it comes with the fan/heatsink as well. There are several third party cooling systems on the market, but I would stick to Intel's one, they work just fine....
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22 Feb 2009   #5

 
 

Stock heatsink = fine for no overclocking.

After market heatsink = A must if you plan to overclock. Those 920's overclock pretty good
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22 Feb 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You gunna get the combo of that Bucsox, save you a few dollars..

Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
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22 Feb 2009   #7

Windows 7 RTM
 
 

Yep got the combo. Done and ordered. Now since ive never put a computer together from scratch, chances are, I may have some questions.
I should receive it in a couple days. Ill post back here, any questions I may have.

Thanks guys
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22 Feb 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Yep, we'll be here..
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23 Feb 2009   #9
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello BucSox79.


I just put my first system together and it's not as complicated as I first thought; here's a link that helped me get started, the net is full of them. The folks here at these forums are very helpful also.

Welcome to Corsair :: System Build Logs













Later Ted
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23 Feb 2009   #10

 
 

So you got that 8GB going Ted?
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