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marts
01-29-2010, 01:31 PM
ASUS ATI Radeon HD5850 GDDR5 1GB PCI-E
ASUS P6X58D Premium X58 DDR3 ATX PCI-E U CPU
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 8MB 13
CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D (6GB) 3X2GB DDR3-1600 XMS3 CL8
CORSAIR HX650 650W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY

Could I do any better for a similar price? Slightly more?

Thanks in advance.

NitrousX
01-29-2010, 01:36 PM
This is a pretty solid build. It can pretty much handle any game out on the market without any lag. Are you building this computer yourself or is it prebuilt?

marts
01-29-2010, 01:38 PM
Building myself :)

666Warlock
01-29-2010, 01:42 PM
ASUS ATI Radeon HD5850 GDDR5 1GB PCI-E
ASUS P6X58D Premium X58 DDR3 ATX PCI-E U CPU
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 8MB 13
CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D (6GB) 3X2GB DDR3-1600 XMS3 CL8
CORSAIR HX650 650W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY

Could I do any better for a similar price? Slightly more?

Thanks in advance.

are you...are you kidding? is this another look at my badass computer? Unless you had no idea what the hell you were going to buy, you obviously know this is a great computer.

Sorry, i got off track. upgrade the vid to a 5870 for an extra 150$

marts
01-29-2010, 01:45 PM
are you...are you kidding? is this another look at my badass computer? Unless you had no idea what the hell you were going to buy, you obviously know this is a great computer.

Sorry, i got off track. upgrade the vid to a 5870 for an extra 150$

haha :D Well, I know it's good - but wanted to see if I could make it better... don't mind spending a little bit more.

driedtears
01-29-2010, 01:53 PM
are you...are you kidding? is this another look at my badass computer? Unless you had no idea what the hell you were going to buy, you obviously know this is a great computer.

It is indeed another "look at my badass computer"...

You do realize you need to "overclock" to reach your memory speed, right?
Also, you didnt mention if you got / have a heatsink.

marts
01-29-2010, 01:59 PM
It is indeed another "look at my badass computer"...

You do realize you need to "overclock" to reach your memory speed, right?
Also, you didnt mention if you got / have a heatsink.

No, it's really not. I haven't built for a few years so I'm not totally in the know... thought it would be OK to check first.

I didn't know that, no. No heatsink, yet?

666Warlock
01-29-2010, 01:59 PM
Also, you didnt mention if you got / have a heatsink.

why?

Are i7 stock heatsinks crap?

driedtears
01-29-2010, 02:04 PM
why?

Are i7 stock heatsinks crap?

Yes.
Well, they can handle stock speeds, but i7s tend to get pretty hot.
Some folks had a problem with their C0 steppings processors and heatsinks (even when not overclocking), but that changed since the introduction of D0 (you can check this using CPU-Z).

EDIT: @ 666Warlock
You have a 965 right? That processor 'screams' overclock with this open multiplier, and a stock heatsink just...isnt...enough... :)

666Warlock
01-29-2010, 02:15 PM
Yes.
Well, they can handle stock speeds, but i7s tend to get pretty hot.
Some folks had a problem with their C0 steppings processors and heatsinks (even when not overclocking), but that changed since the introduction of D0 (you can check this using CPU-Z).

EDIT: @ 666Warlock
You have a 965 right? That processor 'screams' overclock with this open multiplier, and a stock heatsink just...isnt...enough... :)

i knowwww.

I have 'er clocked at 3.8ghz and it passes prime95 on blend and small fft for 2 hours, no crashes. and I havent even upped the voltages, which is pretty impressive. I did get crashes at 4ghz tho, and when I did up the voltage, it stabilized, but the core went to 60 - 61 and the cpu to about 50.

I plan on getting a better sink when i upgrade the vid card

NitrousX
01-29-2010, 02:35 PM
i knowwww.

I have 'er clocked at 3.8ghz and it passes prime95 on blend and small fft for 2 hours, no crashes. and I havent even upped the voltages, which is pretty impressive. I did get crashes at 4ghz tho, and when I did up the voltage, it stabilized, but the core went to 60 - 61 and the cpu to about 50.

I plan on getting a better sink when i upgrade the vid card

My i7 860 @ 4GHz requires 1.34v to run stable. My friend's i7 920 @ 4Ghz requires 1.38v to run stable. How are you able to achieve such a high overclock without upping the voltages?

GoDMiN
01-29-2010, 02:36 PM
ASUS ATI Radeon HD5850 GDDR5 1GB PCI-E
ASUS P6X58D Premium X58 DDR3 ATX PCI-E U CPU
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 8MB 13
CORSAIR TR3X6G1600C8D (6GB) 3X2GB DDR3-1600 XMS3 CL8
CORSAIR HX650 650W MODULAR POWER SUPPLY

Could I do any better for a similar price? Slightly more?

Thanks in advance.

What are you using this for? Gaming I take it right?

WeAreLegion
01-29-2010, 02:41 PM
Here comes the i5 crap.

Good computer, it will run like a beast.

marts
01-29-2010, 02:44 PM
What are you using this for? Gaming I take it right?

Gaming and DAW work mainly. Working with VST's can get pretty intensive.

GoDMiN
01-29-2010, 03:03 PM
Gaming and DAW work mainly. Working with VST's can get pretty intensive.

Yea if you're doing high end editing the 920 is a good pick. However consider if the relatively small performance increase is worth the extra money over a i5. Imo unless you're actually making money off your DAW work get the i5

666Warlock
01-29-2010, 04:08 PM
My i7 860 @ 4GHz requires 1.34v to run stable. My friend's i7 920 @ 4Ghz requires 1.38v to run stable. How are you able to achieve such a high overclock without upping the voltages?

Well, like i said in my earlier post, when I pushed my 965 to 4ghz, i DID have to up the voltage, but...created more heat, so I down clocked to 3.8ghz, seeing as how im using the stock heatsink atm.

To answer your question, assuming its addressing my 3.8 overclock and no voltage increase, is simply this:

I don't know? God maybe? I've run prime and a bunch of games and @ 3.8ghz and stock voltage of 1.400 V, it runs fine.