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I-7 Build for $1900 or under...Pls Help

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February 3, 2009 4:23:52 PM


Trying to build an i-7 system for 1900 or under. This includes a copy of fallout 3 as a starter for games. Needs to also include dvd burner drive and a

i-7 chipset cooler plus windows 64 bit vista ultimate. Have been looking at coolermaster v-8 chipset cooler but if I cld get better for cheap then that wld be

excellent. Wanting DDR3 in triple channel I think but don't exactly have the pros and cons of triple channel down yet so i guess that's another ? i have.

Have looked into asus mobos but havent seen any that are better. As for the other components I just really want a good psu for oc and sli/crossfire. Pls

help if u can.


Note - Need to meet needs for future and this will be a gaming rig.

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February 3, 2009 5:42:45 PM
February 3, 2009 5:58:02 PM

rescawen said:
Here is a good corei7 if you really want to start gaming now i reccomend to wait a few month though

Check this out and click buy :D 

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Sub...

Believe me! This is the best for ur money 1900 bucks !!



tried your link but ended up in an empty shopping cart. Interested in the list though.
February 3, 2009 6:03:04 PM

+1 WR2 build, although I don't think its necessary to spend $180 on mouse/keyboard. Perhaps I am ignorant though, seeing as I have never spent that much on those components. I use a logitech MX518 mouse and just a regular keyboard ($60), and they serve all my purposes just fine.
February 3, 2009 6:08:06 PM

It isn't necessary, but some people do enjoy the high tech gaming gadgets.

I have my G7 with it's beretta-like battery switching... ;) 
February 3, 2009 6:40:07 PM
February 4, 2009 3:09:30 PM

Okay what if i wanted to save a ltl and go for HD4870x2..Wld i be missin out? Is gtx295 better? and if it is, Y? Oh and the samsung has no hdmi...: (
February 4, 2009 6:02:24 PM

The thing is your rich and that solves a lot of problems.

The GTX 295 uses GDDR3 memory, but it has a far better shader clock and a superior physics engine and many games like fps and action 3d uses lots of physics.

The 4870x2 performs better if ur a high end who wants to go for 2560 x 1440 aa then ATI :D  hope it helps

If you are looking forward to play games powered by havok then go for 4870x 2 but id wait because new ati are coming soon.

Starcraft2 or diablo 3 go for 4870 x 2 or if other 3d fps gtx 295

I would wait for the 40nm manufacturing process cards to come.
February 4, 2009 6:17:35 PM

Unless playing at 2500x1600, the gtx 295 is top card preformance wise card on the market. Most people only play at 1900x1200 however, inwhich the gtx 295 stomps on the 4870x2 pretty good. I'm not trying to be a nvidia fanboy or start a flame war but Nvidia's pricing and preformance increase with the gtx 295 is pretty impressive.

Here's a pretty valid bench test from toms:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-295,212...

If your need to include the monitor/os/keyboard and mouse however I'm not sure if the gtx 295 will fit your budget of $1900. I've got to agree with rescawen with the monitor he posted above as looking to be a pretty solid monitor.
February 4, 2009 7:09:07 PM

rescawen said:
The thing is your rich and that solves a lot of problems.

The GTX 295 uses GDDR3 memory, but it has a far better shader clock and a superior physics engine and many games like fps and action 3d uses lots of physics.

The 4870x2 performs better if ur a high end who wants to go for 2560 x 1440 aa then ATI :D  hope it helps

If you are looking forward to play games powered by havok then go for 4870x 2 but id wait because new ati are coming soon.

Starcraft2 or diablo 3 go for 4870 x 2 or if other 3d fps gtx 295

I would wait for the 40nm manufacturing process cards to come.



Aint rich...Using Income tax and savings...have been wanting this for 6 months and want to get ir right and not blow my load premature if you know what i mean.
February 4, 2009 7:11:05 PM
February 4, 2009 8:21:39 PM

The Core i7 setup and single GTX 260 would have probably needed a 2nd GTX 260 in SLI down the road.

This setup below will knock over $400 off and still give you an extremely potent system for years to come.
For a gaming system HDMI isn't necessary; and if you do play HD movies now and then on your PC/Monitor they'll still look great

C2Q Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz $280
ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 CPU Cooler $40
GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P P45 Motherboard $115 after $20 rebate
mushkin 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Kit $48
BFG GTX 280 1GB $335 after $25 rebate
WD Caviar Black 640GB Hard Drive $80
LG 22x SATA DVD Burner $26

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 case $60
CORSAIR 650TX 650W PSU $70 after $20 rebate
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

SAMSUNG 2243BWX 22" LCD Monitor $200
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard $59
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse $50
Fallout 3 $43
February 4, 2009 10:27:42 PM

WR2 said:
The Core i7 setup and single GTX 260 would have probably needed a 2nd GTX 260 in SLI down the road.

This setup below will knock over $400 off and still give you an extremely potent system for years to come.
For a gaming system HDMI isn't necessary; and if you do play HD movies now and then on your PC/Monitor they'll still look great

C2Q Q9550 Yorkfield 2.83GHz $280
ZEROtherm ZEN FZ120 CPU Cooler $40
GIGABYTE EP45-UD3P P45 Motherboard $115 after $20 rebate
mushkin 4GB DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Kit $48
BFG GTX 280 1GB $335 after $25 rebate
WD Caviar Black 640GB Hard Drive $80
LG 22x SATA DVD Burner $26

COOLER MASTER Centurion 590 case $60
CORSAIR 650TX 650W PSU $70 after $20 rebate
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

SAMSUNG 2243BWX 22" LCD Monitor $200
Logitech G11 Gaming Keyboard $59
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse $50
Fallout 3 $43


Thanks man...I'm really leaning towards the i-7 the more i read...plus i love the speeds of ddr3 that ive read and seen so far...I love nvidia but i'm struggling to choose between it and Ati...checked about a dozen benchmarks and other tests and I keep getting 50/50 results
February 4, 2009 10:38:05 PM

darkside_gamer7 said:
plus i love the speeds of ddr3
DDR3 speed? :heink: 
February 4, 2009 10:43:56 PM

I thought the gains were rather negligible atm?
February 4, 2009 10:53:39 PM

WR2 said:
DDR3 speed? :heink: 


Sry brother...Still ignorant w building...this is my first...and w hardware definition...isnt the 1333mhz on ddr3 1333 pc3 10666 the speed or am i typing stupid?
February 4, 2009 11:01:15 PM

It's just that DDR3 compared to DDR2 isn't a great jump, like say going from my super-powerful Pentium III to a Core2Duo.

Sure, the example is a bit extreme, but I think it paints the picture well.

One of the downsides of Core i7 is that it demands DDR3 ram, which is a factor that causes their to be such a price premium between the new core and the older 775 systems
February 4, 2009 11:02:14 PM

*deep sigh*

It causes there...not their. *shakes head*

Does that help?
February 4, 2009 11:12:41 PM

Sort of but not exactly...I think I'm following
February 4, 2009 11:14:38 PM

Also why is ati say they have gddr5 but it doesnt look much faster then the ddr3 on nvidia gtx 295?...doesnt make any sense to say they have ddr5
February 4, 2009 11:19:01 PM

Got another ?...Wld it matter if I got vista home premium 64 bit or wld ultimate 64 bit be better? whats the dif???
February 4, 2009 11:32:21 PM

Ultimate is not necessary, Premium is actually better for a gaming rig because it has fewer processes to slow down your system. Ultimate has backup utilities and stuff like that, but for most people its not that useful, and not worth $100 more IMO, and in the opinion of almost everyone else on TH.
February 4, 2009 11:35:09 PM

darkside_gamer7 said:
Also why is ati say they have gddr5 but it doesnt look much faster then the ddr3 on nvidia gtx 295?...doesnt make any sense to say they have ddr5

Its like the difference in DDR3 vs DDR2, its not that significant, which is why Nvidia has stuck with GDDR3 on their cards. It helps them out a little bit, but not that much, and Nvidia makes up for it with a better GPU than ATI, although we will have to see what ATI brings in their next round of cards...
February 5, 2009 2:39:49 AM

xthekidx said:
Its like the difference in DDR3 vs DDR2, its not that significant, which is why Nvidia has stuck with GDDR3 on their cards. It helps them out a little bit, but not that much, and Nvidia makes up for it with a better GPU than ATI, although we will have to see what ATI brings in their next round of cards...



Thanks for the advice friend...you just saved me about a hundred bucks and made me more in formed then before...good man you are...any more advice that has to do with the above replies and with the original post?
February 5, 2009 2:44:36 AM

I have always respected and liked nvidia but I wish that their gtx 295 wasnt such a burn in the wallet...Hey another ? I want to throw out there and see if anyone can answer me...wld it be better to get 2 500mb HDDs or to just get a straight 1tb...ppl have told me to get the 2 instead of one because of OS problems and such and its easier plus something to do with Raid
February 5, 2009 12:08:57 PM

I'd probally say go with the straight 1tb drive. Raid although not tough to do adds some complexity to the build and increases your chance to lose all your data by 100%. With Raid 0 you would have to hard drives doing reads/writes which increases the speed of your OS and other applications' interaction with the harddrives. If you plan on doing a raid configuration it'd probally be wise to do a bit of reading and googling to make sure your comfortable with it. Learn and understand the preformance increases vs the risks.

For the gtx 295 I actually think its pretty reasonably priced for how new the card is. Ussualy when Nvidia launches a flagship card its $600+. This one was marked at only $500 due to ati's 4870x2 creating some compition for the card.
February 5, 2009 5:15:43 PM

Yeah any high end card is going to be very expensive, and $500 is actually fairly reasonable for a brand new best in the industry card.
February 5, 2009 10:41:50 PM

Okay...Read on Raid and probably wont do it...Is Asus' Revolution model i-7 mobo the only one that supports true @16 Three way SLI or is the rampage model that way 2?
February 5, 2009 10:43:59 PM

Read on the website that Rev. was but the rampage wasn't very detailed on the subject or clear.
February 6, 2009 12:11:29 AM

Got another ? 2...Looked for a Vista Home Premium and found a retail for about $200 but there was one labeled as "For System Builders"...But that one was for $99...Wld I be better to go for the System Builders or the retail???
February 6, 2009 1:30:57 AM

yes, same thing.
February 6, 2009 9:14:04 AM

I'd recommend you to get retail, System buliders (OEM) means if you put it on machine it will stay and if u upgrade mobo then that window key will be useless. however, retail will let u upgrade mobo or even bulid other machine but you cannot use it twice at time.
February 6, 2009 11:42:51 AM

K...I think I will just go for the retail cause I plan on building more but I think I will be going with Win 7 when it comes out and all the kinks are sorted or a SP1 comes out for it
February 6, 2009 4:13:19 PM

core i7 ownage said:
I'd recommend you to get retail, System buliders (OEM) means if you put it on machine it will stay and if u upgrade mobo then that window key will be useless. however, retail will let u upgrade mobo or even bulid other machine but you cannot use it twice at time.

Or you could buy two OEM's for the price of one retail...
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