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March 10, 2009 3:34:35 AM

Building a new gaming comp, just need some suggestions on what I've already picked out. If you think I can do it cheaper and just as good let me know. I do not plan to over clock but I still want the option to do so. Thanks a lot here's what I've got so far in no particular order:

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive (bare drive) - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PNY VCGGTX295XPB GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 (448 x 2)-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL PI Black 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8T-6GBPI-B - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6T Deluxe/OC Palm LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yes, I'm ordering it all from newegg.. unless it's cheaper somewhere else.
One question, is buying the OS like that a good idea? If the system crashes can you use the disc again? A little confused there.

Thanks a lot

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March 10, 2009 3:48:29 AM

Couple of suggestions...

First, I would go with the i7 920 if you plan on overclocking either way. It overclocks just as well if not better than the 940 and it offers a better value.

I would also try to get the gtx295 from EVGA of XFX because of their outstanding support and RMA services. With EVGA you have the option of adding their backplate which can reduce temps under full load in excess of 20c. The XFX version comes with a copy of far cry 2.

I would take a look at this RAM -

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's half the cost of that gskill set and has better timings.


You could also save some money by not going w/ the OC palm edition of the P6T deluxe...it's fairly useless IMO.


I assume by going w/ the 1000w PSU that you plan to run another gtx295 in quad-sli in the future? Otherwise a 750w PSU will do.

Generally speaking, the onboard sound on today's motherboards is adequate (and quite good IMO). However, if you're an audiophile you might like the difference w/ a new sound card...just something to think about.


I hope some of this helps, and let us know what you think.
March 10, 2009 3:52:16 AM

The 1200 is a nice case but you can do better for the price:
http://www.buy.com/retail/usersearchresults.asp?queryty...
The LEDs in the Haf will match the red LEDs of the V8

Are you going to SLI GTX 295's later? If not then you can go with a Corsair 750tx.

Give onboard sound a try before you buy a soundcard, onboard sound is pretty decent. Adding a sound card is very easy later on if you are unsatisfied with onboard sound.

Just get the P6T Deluxe V2, not the OC Palm, unless you really want that display.

The i7 940 is not at all worth the price. If you just barely bump the BCLK on the 920 to 150 from 133 then you get a faster processor for $200 less. You won't even have to change the voltages or anything on your CPU, Maybe on the ram.

You are paying more than $1/gb of storage on that Velociraptor. Just get 2 WD6401AALS in raid 0. Costs less, 10x the storage, and faster.

Not OC'ing the i7 is a waste...especially since you have an aftermarket cooler. If you won't OC, then you can ditch the cooler. But the i7 feels like it is purposely underclocked from the factory and wants to be pushed.
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March 10, 2009 4:13:03 AM

Get tis memory...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
$191.99
Free Shipping*
$9 off w/ promo code EMCLPLT54, while supplies last
2x Winner of Customer Choice Award - Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And like other have said, get the 920 rather than the 940
And get vista ultimate...
March 10, 2009 4:16:49 AM

I disagree with ultimate and I disagree w/ the RAM. Corsair dominators are obviously outstanding memory but the way the platinum set is priced right now, it is definitely the better buy.

Ultimate is unnecessary for the large majority of users and is a lot more money.
March 10, 2009 4:29:02 AM

Yes u r correct abt certain things...but if u have the money to spend then y nto get the best out there...and am sure they are not waste of money...
March 10, 2009 12:24:41 PM

thanks for all of the suggestions, I did switch to the 920 and changed the ram. Changed the board to the recommended one as well. I will give the onboard sound a try. The Cooler Master on buy.com is sold out. :( 
Is this a good deal? http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Also, would buying the vista SYSTEM BUILDERS be a good idea? Or should I buy the retail version?
March 10, 2009 12:58:26 PM

forgot to mention I need to find a good monitor that's cheap as well. I'm actually going to hook the desktop to my 40 inch samsung 1080p tv so i only need a monitor to configure it to the tv
March 10, 2009 1:21:09 PM

I recommend this monitor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That case that you linked in that combo is incredibly expensive...I would shop around for the Coolermaster HAF if you can find it somewhere at a good price. I would also suggest the coolermaster 690...it's an oustanding case for its price.

Buying the system builder OS is just fine...it can only be used on your motherboard though.
March 10, 2009 1:26:06 PM

ah, I misread what you said. If you plan on hooking the system up to your TV, then yeah the cheaper the better on the monitor if it's just going to be for configuring.

That samsung looks fine, but I think it's an older model. You might want to check out this Acer that has been highly rated and has free shipping right now.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 10, 2009 1:28:41 PM

Do you guys have a better idea for the graphics card? Maybe something more bang for your buck?
March 10, 2009 1:40:15 PM

No...if you can afford the velociraptor, then of course it's better than 7200 drives. I said that I don't think it's worth it. If you're looking to save some money, this is a good place to do it in. If you can afford it, go for the vraptor.
March 10, 2009 1:41:43 PM

Okay, thanks for the opinion. I am definitely considering it. I just don't know if the vraptor would show a big difference in performance for the price
March 10, 2009 1:53:27 PM

The Velocirapter has read/write speeds of about 120mb/s, the 640 caviar black is about 100mb/s...so 20% increase about...going with raid 640s would be cheaper though and give you 5x the storage space and be faster than the vrapter.
March 10, 2009 2:15:55 PM

I would be a good option. The GTX 295 seems to do better than the 4870x2 at the lower resolutions, but the 4870x2 can do better at large resolutions. However at $100 cheaper it should definitely be considered. For your TV, I doubt you would see a difference in performance between the two, the human eye can't really see anything over 40FPS anyways.
March 10, 2009 2:32:44 PM

Should be plenty.
March 10, 2009 2:56:11 PM

Just to recap, this is what I'm planning to get now with all of your suggestions.

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM

COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor - Retail

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM

COOLER MASTER V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler - Retail

SAPPHIRE 100251SR Radeon HD 4870 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

March 10, 2009 3:18:43 PM

If you can afford it and don't mind the extra noise then go with a V10 cooler since I think they come with the 1366 bracket whereas V8's don't and it will cool better.(also has two fans instead of one)
March 10, 2009 3:20:45 PM

the V8 DOES come with a 1366 bracket...where did you hear that it didn't?
March 10, 2009 8:43:03 PM

The V10 is $140. Get watercooling if you are going to spend that much on a cooler.
March 10, 2009 8:46:52 PM

Thanks everybody for the suggestions, especially thekid and foolycooly. You guys helped me out a lot.
March 10, 2009 8:59:08 PM

Upgrade the PSU to the 850tx, there is a special right now making it $5 more than the 750tx, and it is going to be higher quality. $99 after rebate.

Promo code:
EMCLPML49
March 15, 2009 12:54:00 AM

Got my new system in with everything plugged up but I'm having a problem. When I boot up I have no video. Basically hear or see nothing but I definitely have power. The Sapphire card is running very fast as well. Any suggestions?


March 15, 2009 12:56:57 AM

Had to do it like this as my case hasn't arrived yet
March 15, 2009 2:10:48 AM

it doesn't look like you have your 4/8 pin power connector plugged into the mobo
March 15, 2009 2:11:29 AM

also if you want to run your ram in triple channel you need to have one stick in each of the orange slots (not next to eachother)
March 15, 2009 3:42:20 AM

+1 foolycooly catching at least 2 install errors.
March 15, 2009 1:13:44 PM

that was the problem, I do have video now. Trying to install windows now
March 15, 2009 1:51:28 PM

everything is going good, installing mobo now
March 16, 2009 8:25:48 PM

everything is up and running smoothly. The case is awesome and easy to install. Thanks for all the help!
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