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First time builder - some questions


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bigred123

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Hey all, so I've been looking to buy a new comp for a little while now and have decided to try and build my own. This seems to be the best option for me financially and would make it easier for me to upgrade some parts as they become outdated. I've been shopping around some different sites and have come up with a preliminary build, but I just wanted to make sure that everything is compatible and I haven't missed anything important. Any comments and/or suggestions would be much appreciated.

CPU:
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

Video Card:
GeForce GTX 280 Video Card - OC Edition, 1GB GDDR3, PCI Express 2.0 x16, SLI Ready

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s

RAM:
Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

Power Supply:
ZALMAN ZM1000-HP 1000W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready

Case:
COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Also, would I need to get any additional fans/cooling devices?

Edited by bigred123, 21 January 2009 - 01:36 PM.

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Troy

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Hi there,

So far it doesn't look too bad. For your RAM, make sure to change it to a triple-channel kit, look them up, this is where your Core i7 system will benefit greatly.

You haven't included an optical drive or an OS for this build, so make sure you do get everything that you need.

Lastly the 1000W PSU is probably a bit of overkill here, something like the Corsair TX-750 is an awesome PSU that should be more than enough for that build.

Cheers

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jrm20

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He is right go for the ddr3 triple channel kits such as this...

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231225


That is 6gb though but it is still cheap IMO.

You can go for the 3gb kit as well..
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231224


If you have a 32 bit operating system you will have to stick with the 3gb triple channel kit because a 32 bit os will not pick up past 3.25 or 3.5gb of ram.. If you get a 64 bit os then it will pick up much much more way beyond 6gb lol...
You can have 4gb ram installed into the motherboard of a 32 bit operating system but when you get into windows it will not show the full 4gb though.


Everyone with the new core i7 setups are going with the triple channel setups either the 3x1gb kits or the 3x2gb kits.

The tri channel kits are specifically made for the x58 (core i7 motherboards) as they have the proper voltage and specifications as the other ddr3 kit you listed isn't the proper voltage.

These new core i7 (x58) mobos are different than the core2 duo / core 2 quad mobos and different ram voltages, so I suggest sticking with the triple channel ram kits specifically designed for it IMO..
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Thanks for the quick responses,

I've now switched out the RAM I had for:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231225

I've also changed my PSU to:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139006
(Before I wasn't sure how big of a PSU I needed so I figured I might as well play it safe)



I forgot to include the optical drive before but I'm planning on using:
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827136152


I will also be using Vista Home Premium 64-bit, which I did not mention in my original build
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nice setup. Good luck on the build.
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