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Antonio V.

Antonio V.

Joined on 03/18/08

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Best Bang for the Buck

Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920
Intel Core i7-920 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 2.66 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601920

Pros: Overclocks to the same level of performance as the $900 version. Stock cooler temps are fine with base clock. I OCed with both the stock cooler and Coolmaster V8. I would recommend the V8 if you are going to OC. Really not much to say on this, it can multitask like a champ running just about every MS Office Application without any problem while running Chrome and IE in the background. I even ran Warhammer Online and Alt-Tabbed out to see if it would lag and I never came close to overloading it. Again, just a dream to have with the EVGA X58 board and no problems for a non-OCer to OC this to maximum performance. I would recommend reading Maximum PC's recent article on how to OC this CPU, it worked perfectly.

Cons: Still a little high in price but if you OC then the Cost/Performance Ratio is very favorable.

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader

Great Drive, Great Price

Western Digital WD Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
Western Digital WD Green WD6400AACS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive

Pros: I bought this because I have always had good with WD drives. For as long as I remember I have never had one die before I was upgrading to a bigger drive. This drive has performed to date exactly as I had expected with no disappointments. Initially I had though to link the three I purchased in a RAID configuration, but decided to keep them as simple volumes for OS & OS Support Programs, a files drive (MP3s, MPEGS, JPEGS, etc.), and a Games/Non-OS Program drive. Even in simple volume modes they perform at a level that does not make me regret for an instant keeping them in a non-RAID configuration. The transfer rates are great and R/W times are well within my tolerance levels. I cannot do anything but echo the positive comments others have posted here as well.

Cons: It was silver in color, not green...Honestly, there are absolutely none that I can even think of.

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK 3x Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader

Worth the Money

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

Pros: - Good Cost/Performance ratio. - Perfect for OCing if you have a i7 920 - Works within common latency and voltage ranges you would expect for High Performance memory. - I OCed this kit to test my 920/cooler and had no problems at all. I am not an OCer, so if I could do it just about anyone can set up their memory/CPU to run how they like.

Cons: not really a con, but it will auto detect on the EVGA X58 board at different settings than the 8-8-8-24 and 1.65V. In reality it auto detected at lower voltage and latency so again, no real complaint here.

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader

Great Case, Great Price

Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with Upgraded USB 3.0

Pros: Very solid build. Easy to mount hardware. My build (see other thoughts) presents some cable routing challenges to say the least but, for a Mid it offers more than enough room. The cooling is better than any other case I have owned. I have not had any problems others have reported with the top fan. The case was extremely easy to work with and left enough room to work out cabling issues with little to no problem. It fits two 9800 VGA cards and a Coolmaster V-8 CPU cooler snugly, but not at the expense of raising the temp or restricting airflow. For a sturdy steel case it was lighter (even fully loaded) than I had expected. The top front connectors for Firewire, USB, and audio are perfectly situated for stashing the tower under a desk. Even with Fans on the HIGH setting, it is not that loud. Don't get me wrong, if you are a light sleeper and leave your computer constantly powered on, it may be very noticeable in the absence of any other sensory stimulus.

Cons: Really impossible for me to think of any cons. It meets or exceeds my expectations in every regard. The Combo Deal is a bit hard to find if you are doing some pricing but you can get a great deal on the Antec Case and an Antec 850W PSU (if you view all combo deals) which as you could expect work very well together.

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader

Good Card, Good Price

EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR
EVGA GeForce 9800 GTX+ 512MB DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card 512-P3-N871-AR

Pros: I don't really do a lot of gaming so I had to really consider what card I wanted to go with for build of my computer. As such I have used 2 of these cards in SLI to run video and Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The videos (streaming) and DVDs run flawlessly. I really haven't had the opportunity test it thoroughly in WAR but the short time I have, I have been running full effects on Highest Quality settings in 1900X1200 with not even a pause. Frame Rates don't even become a concern. I have not experience glitches other people have reported running SLI in WAR. This card performs exactly as I expected it at base clocking and works great when OCed with the OCing utility. Overall a great card for the price, only thing that could have made it better would be to drop the Call of Duty that comes with it along with the price. Amazingly it runs very cool and doesn't overload my case's cooling capability.

Cons: Huge, on my MB in a Antec 900 case it butts right up against the SATA connectors and the drive bays. Size creates some cable routing challenges, nothing that can't be worked around with a little time.

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader

Great Board for first i7 build

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

Pros: Unbelievably easy to install the MB and to connect peripherals. The layout is pretty intuitive if you have done any previous builds. The coloring of the connection slots make it easy to get immediate visual recognition of key components such as Memory Slots, PCI-E slots, power connections, etc.. The on-board power and reset are great to test your initial setup without having to fully assemble the computer. By this I mean I simply connected the DVD, a HD, Video Card, and CPU at first to install Vista 64 without having to lock it down in the case. Once the OS was loaded it was a simple matter of installing the MB in the case and hooking up 2 additional HDs and a second VGA card for SLI. If this is a first build for you I would recommend becoming familiar with the documentation before attempting the install and take advantage of the EVGA forums. I went with an EVGA MB and VGA setup and have had no problems what so ever. No Vista i64 Bit Issues.

Cons: Some of the connections are in odd places that could cause cabling problems. If you are looking to use aftermarket Audio, this can be problematic if running 2x SLI. Not sure if you could with 3x SLI (but I cannot confirm). The Majority of the SATA connectors are on the front edge of the board and in the Antec 900 case make a chore out of setting the cables up. Also the ports that sit on top of each other (0/1, 2/3) are jammed in tight so I had to reconnect them after the top cable pressed on the locking clip of the one below. This caused some wire control issues, but nothing unmanageable. Price may be up into the area where cost/benefit ratio makes previous non-X58 boards (790i, etc.) provide a better "bang for the buck" dependent on primary use. Overall the pros far outweigh any cons I have come across. I did have to load a single stick of memory and manually set the timing and voltage in order to load the OS, but depending on what memory you use may not have to

Overall Review: Antec TPQ-850 850W Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit ASUS MK241H Black 24" LCD Monitor LITE-ON 22X DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 2X EVGA 512-P3-N871-AR GeForce 9800 GTX(G92) 512MB Antec Nine Hundred Computer Case OCZ Gold 6GB Triple Channel Kit Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK Western Digital Caviar Green WD6400AACS 640GB SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drives Intel Core i7 920 AFT PRO-28U SILVER 28-in-1 Card Reader