New i7 PC Build..HELP!!

Alley

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I am putting together a new PC from NewEgg. Prior to this build, I have always bought from Major chains. This is
my first attempt to combine parts to make a decent machine for gaming and movies.
I am somewhat confused about all the things I have read on different forums about compatibility. For a noob on his first build, I really would like it to work  ;D
This is the list I have compiled thusfar, and would appreciate your help, ideas, opinions, etc on what is, and what is not going to work together.

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Model #:Twelve Hundred 

 
MSI X58 Pro LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:X58 Pro

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
 
 
Crucial 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
Model #:CT3KIT25664BA1339

 
Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
Model #:WD5001AALS
 
EVGA 896-P3-1260-TR GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Model #:66I-01939
Item #:N82E16832116488

Thanks in advance  :emot-tip-wink:
 

jakethesnake011

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You know that is not a bad system at all, when I was looking to build this computer I have now many of the parts I was looking at are what you have on the list, the gtx 260 the actec 1200 case, the hdd, and the motherboard.  Now I was able to upgrade and get some better components due to have some more money to spend.  Now are you looking to overclock at all?  If so you might want to go with an after market heatsink and fan, like the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme lga 1366 or the Notuca upl-12s (?)SE1366, you will need a good heat sink and fan to overclock and it is smart even if not to make your temps a lot better and gives good piece of mind.  Now I would say go with a one GPU unit like you are looking at instead of a 3870x2 or a 4870x2 or even the 4850x2 which is the one I had gotten, I love it but it is not want I expected, I though it was gonna give more performance but it still rocks.  Now the i7 good good choice, even if you are not overclocking I think.  The motherboard seems good, can you upgrade to a platinum or even and eclipse, I love my eclipse and very happy with the purchase I made, but it is running like 300 USD now.  Also if overclocking you might want to go with better RAM some thing that runs at higher speeds, the ddr3 1333 is what you have now, that means that between 2 pieces of ram each will run 666Mhz which adds to give 1333, now when you push the core i7 up in clock speeds the memory speed also will raise, but I think it is good if you are even overclocking a little bit.  What are you asking about the compatibility? The motherboard looks good and it should work with 3way SLI or even 2 way sli or 2 way crossfirex from ati. 
 

battlet3chvx

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That is 100% exactly like the system I was setting up, except I used Corsair RAM, and bought no video-card.

Let me know if the motherboard works for you. Mine was DOA, I believe.
 
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What about PSU? I see you don't have one in your list. I would suggest a Corsair TX650W (+12V~52A) single +12 rail. $75 after rebate w/free shipping at newegg. Don't know if you've shopped at newegg before but it is a good store to buy from.
 

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Completed helping build an i7 920 & MSI X58 Pro, & it was a breeze. Absolutely '0' troubles encountered. Initial set-up was done with just 1 mem. stick in slot #2 (AO) Black. When up & running & stable, we added the other mem. sticks. We used the exact PSU Henry recommended to you. Your component selections should work fine. If the budget allows, a bump up to DDR3 PC3 12800's would be nice. Contrary to a post above, the X58 Pro only supports Crossfire. MSI does have an X58 Pro SLI model, but not sure if it is available in the U.S. yet.
 

Alley

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Thanks for the replies guys. Really appreciated. I had a PS on my list, but somehow didnt get it posted  :mad:
My updates, following suggestions are below. Again, thanks. Will post what happens in a few weeks after I get it built. * I know the RAM timing is not that good, but all the reviews I read on it says it great RAM even with slow timings.
*I dont overclock, nor do I intend to. And, I dont intend to go SLI. Will step-up vid card later on. Thats the primary reason I had chosen the MSI XPro. I think think its a good MB but will go with the platinum due to suggestions.

  Update  MSI X58 Platinum SLI LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Model #:X58 Platinum SLI
Item #:N82E16813130220

 
  Update  G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ - Retail
Model #:F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #:N82E16820231225


  Update  CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
Model #:CMPSU-750TX
Item #:N82E16817139006
 

brasstech

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I to just purchased the X58 Pro from MSI along with a i7 920  with 6Gig OCZ DDR3 which will arrive tuesday from newegg...I am really into heavy Video Rendering and feel the i7 Core is the way to go...I saw from a review site online that  MSI informed them the X58 Pro can be flashed with the X58 Platinum BIOS which will enable sli on the X58 Pro...I believe it was version 8 or 8.1...seems they are basically the same board......here is the link...
http://www.trustedreviews.com/motherboards/review/2009/03/12/MSI-X58-Pro/p1
Also here is the quote from their review of the X58 Pro...

Once we had finished overclocking we followed a hint from MSI and installed the BIOS from the X58 Pro SLI motherboard. We downloaded BIOS version 8.0, booted with a USB key and installed the BIOS without any trouble. The result was that our X58 Pro suddenly gained the ability to run SLI as well as CrossFire so we plugged in a pair of GeForce GTX 280 graphics cards and ran a quick set of benchmarks which delivered impressive results.

Anyway here are my final specs once the build is complete..

MSI X58 Pro
i7Core 920 2.66Ghz
6Gig OCZ 1333
EVGA 295GTX
7.1 Auzentech Prelude
3-1TB Seagate Hds
1-640Gig Seagate
800Watt Tagan PS
1-LG Blu-ray Burner
1-Liteon DVD Lightscribe
Thermatake advanced Spedo Full Tower case
24" Acer HDMI LCD
Vista Ultimate 64Bit
 

HU16E

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@ brasstech. :nono: Please don't hijack Alley's thread. Your post is more appropriate in the 'Overclocking & Modders Corner' of the forum. Bios flashing is challenging enough without making suggestions of 'cross' flashing. NEVER, NEVER, EVER flash a bios in an OC'd state either! Make it stock & stable first. Second, have a good reason to flash. If you must, at least be sure to use the MSI HQ Forum USB Flash Tool.
 

Ray1987

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Nice system.

Not that the Antec 1200 is a Huge case. I bought one too, but it is massive. So keep a large space free for the case :lol_anim:
 
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