Build Advice! Building Soon! Love help!


Dec 9, 2009
Hey guys,

I'm going to copy in the requested questions and i'll post below that what i'm thinking of getting and i'd LOVE any advice you can give!

1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.

Primarily to run Vectorworks spotlight 2010 (CAD program with high res 3d renderings).

I also do Game though I haven't done as much as I used to.. FPSers and stuff I play on xbox360 now when I do play.. but still play occasionally.

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread

2400-2700 not including monitor mouse software or keyboard (only internal hardware)

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.


4. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc.

I have experience with both AMD and Intel, but I am a nVidia fan more specifically EVGA.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.

Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor (for now, i'll upgrade to a 30" soon enough so want to be able to push a 30" at full res with no problems).

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.

I have, and I see some ideas. I'll do my breakdown off of those.

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.

Would probably run pretty default. I have limited experience overclocking.

8. What resolution YOU plan on gaming with.

Eventually it would be 2560X1600

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?

next two weeks.

Here's what I've seen so far that I like. I'm going to use as reference since I see most people here do as well and i'm a long time buyer of theirs.

EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail - $299.99

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail - $288.99

CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model HX3X12G1600C9 G - Retail - $339.99

Hard Drive
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2R5 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail - 549.00

Video Card
EVGA 01G-P3-1190-TR GeForce GTX 285 Classified 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail - $399.99

DVD Burner/blu-ray player
LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail

Power Supply
Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,ATX12V v2.3/ EPS12V,SLI Ready,CrossFire Ready,Active PFC"Compatible with Core i7, i5" Power Supply - Retail - $149.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail - $159.99

CPU Cooler
Thermaltake V1 Max-Performance CPU Cooler with Massive 110mm Blue LED Full-Range Variable Speed Fan CL-P0401 - Retail - $61.99

Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM - $6.99

Subtotal: $2,376.91
Tax (ugh..CA.. I should ship it to someone out of state and have them ship it to me..prolly cost just as much though) $196.10
Shipping: 26.52

Total: 2599.53

Let me know what you guys think! Anyplace you think i'm overkilling it? Dont have enough? Budget constraints aren't terrible but i'd like to stick somewhere around this price (or lower always! haha).

Thanks, I really do appreciate all the help you guys are to everyone!


Dec 9, 2009
Anyone able to give input on this? any other information I should include?



Platinum Member
Dec 27, 2001
I would ditch that PSU and get this one instead.

Couldn't agree more. That was the first thing that came to my mind also as I went through your list of parts. You can probably get 2 sets of 6GB DDR3 with better timing (this or this) for the same or even lower price than the 12GB set you picked out. It's a very subtle replacement but worth the consideration. Also, while the CPU fan isn't a bad choice, I'd opt for an even better CPU fan such as TRUE 120, Prolimatech Megahalems (plus a quality 120mm case fan), or Cogage True Spirit.

Everything else looks good :D


Golden Member
Dec 16, 2005
Well that's the same motherboard I was going to get, so I approve. I am getting CAS7 or 8 though. That PSU and heat sink need to be improved though. You have 2 options, a normal sized cooler or a better huge beastly one. If beastly is acceptable for the cooler operating temps, then a Noctua D14 or Thermalright IFX-14 are the best. Corsair PSUs are like Honda and Toyotas in a way. They're fine, but if you can afford something better you're going to get an Acura, Lexus, Infiniti, BMW, Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar, Lambo, etc. Corsairs are built by CWT and Seasonic, which makes the best PSU right now called the X-series in 650w and 750w, but if you need more then the Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050w is best.

ICD7 is supposed to hold up better over time than AS5, too. I decided to give it a try. It's not so new that you can't trust it to work.
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