Opinions on my i7 build for about $1k

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#1 Posted by PEELEDbanana (2053 posts) -

I looking to replaced my aging Phenom ii x4 (it isn't necessarily getting slow enough to hate it, but Eclipse has been giving it a hard time as of late) and decided to get a new Haswell i7 that will last me some time. I am going to mainly use it for programming and virtual machines, so I really wants some power. Here is my part list thus far:

Intel i7 3.4ghz LGA 1150 = $310 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116900
g.skill Ripjaw 8gb RAM 1600 DDR3 (G.Skill, Kingston or Corsair) = $72 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314
Gigabyte z87 = $135 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128590
Asus DVD burner = $20 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
Antec Nine Hundred = $100 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
CPU Fan = $20 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Seagate 1tb HDD = $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840
Antec 550w PSU = $65 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371016
Asus GTX 660 = $ 210 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121660

 

Any major issues or am I golden? I already have a copy of Windows 7 64 bit, so that is a none issue. SSD will come later, along with more RAM if I need it.

#2 Posted by 04dcarraher (19012 posts) -

Not sure what Eclipse is.... May not even be your cpu.

Drop the Antec 900 case and Antec psu drop the i7 to an i5 , change the GTX 660 to a GTX 760

Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

GTX 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130933

#3 Posted by redskins26rocs (2674 posts) -

I would recommend getting a 4670k and maybe get the GB z87-ud3h/ msi z87-g45 instead if you are planning on ocing, and get a gtx 760 instead of a gtx 660.

#5 Posted by redskins26rocs (2674 posts) -

Not sure what Eclipse is.... May not even be your cpu.

Drop the Antec 900 case and Antec psu drop the i7 to an i5 , change the GTX 660 to a GTX 760

Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

GTX 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130933

04dcarraher

With a $1000 budget why go for a cheaper case, when there are so many quality cases around $100-120 that are not only nice but a joy to build your pc in and great PSU cant go wrong with Seasonic. Also, Eclipse is a IDE used for Java programming (or something like that)

#6 Posted by 04dcarraher (19012 posts) -

[QUOTE="04dcarraher"]

Not sure what Eclipse is.... May not even be your cpu.

Drop the Antec 900 case and Antec psu drop the i7 to an i5 , change the GTX 660 to a GTX 760

Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

GTX 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130933

redskins26rocs

With a $1000 budget why go for a cheaper case, when there are so many quality cases around $100-120 that are not only nice but a joy to build your pc in and great PSU cant go wrong with Seasonic. Also, Eclipse is a IDE used for Java programming (or something like that)

Didnt see the "1K build" but of course you have better options for cases but that Rosewill case is a good case for $50.

But here are other options

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119259

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

#7 Posted by GTR12 (8935 posts) -

You're going to need 16GB RAM if you run multiple VM's, that 8GB will limit you quickly.

#8 Posted by NEWMAHAY (3760 posts) -
If you act now, rakuten.com is doing a promotion where you can get 30% back (in store credit) if you make an order 500+. You can use the site to buy from tigerdirect.
#9 Posted by redskins26rocs (2674 posts) -

[QUOTE="redskins26rocs"]

[QUOTE="04dcarraher"]

Not sure what Eclipse is.... May not even be your cpu.

Drop the Antec 900 case and Antec psu drop the i7 to an i5 , change the GTX 660 to a GTX 760

Case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147153

PSU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096

CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116899

GTX 760

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130933

04dcarraher

With a $1000 budget why go for a cheaper case, when there are so many quality cases around $100-120 that are not only nice but a joy to build your pc in and great PSU cant go wrong with Seasonic. Also, Eclipse is a IDE used for Java programming (or something like that)

Didnt see the "1K build" but of course you have better options for cases but that Rosewill case is a good case for $50.

But here are other options

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119263

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119259

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119196

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139008

Those are good. I would also consider the Corsair Carbide 500r, Phantom 410 (gunmetal one looks awesome), and Fractal Design Define r4. I would put some newegg links but for some reason the site is a pain to load today for me at least
#10 Posted by PEELEDbanana (2053 posts) -

So even if I am going to be using VMs a lot, you guys still don't think I need an i7 for the hyper threading? Also, if I begin to max out my RAM and am paging a lot, I would probably get some more RAM and go up to 16gb. As for Seasonic, are they a new brand? I have never heard of them until recently.

#11 Posted by 04dcarraher (19012 posts) -

If your a hardcore VM user a FX 8350 would be a better option then an i7 because the 2nd threads only get the left over cpu cycles not being used from the 1st thread on each of the four cores. The i5 is a great all around quad core cpu for any task The trick is to assign each VM a specific core. 16gb woulnt be be a bad idea. But as for seasonic they are not new and they have made top quality psu for years better then antec.

#12 Posted by PEELEDbanana (2053 posts) -

If your a hardcore VM user a FX 8350 would be a better option then an i7 because the 2nd threads only get the left over cpu cycles not being used from the 1st thread on each of the four cores. The i5 is a great all around quad core cpu for any task The trick is to assign each VM a specific core. 16gb woulnt be be a bad idea. But as for seasonic they are not new and they have made top quality psu for years better then antec.

04dcarraher
Hmm, never heard of Seasonic before. Weird. Ok, I wouldn't mind saving some cash and getting an i5 then. Thanks!
#13 Posted by mastershake575 (8348 posts) -

As for Seasonic, are they a new brand? I have never heard of them until recently.

PEELEDbanana

Seasonic is pretty old and there very legit. Most of the highend XFX, antec, and corsair powersupplies are actually made by seasonic