Gaming PC Build $1500-$1700

This is my first build, although I have replaced numerous parts in PCs over the years. I just want to make sure everything is compatible and that I haven’t picked some parts that are hard to install or get working correctly.

It will be used primarily for gaming (TF2, L4D, COD4, MMROPG if a decent one comes out) with some HD editing. It will be hooked up to a Dell 2408WFP monitor.

My budget is roughly $1500-$1700 although that is fairly flexible. My biggest concerns and questions are as follows:

Is there a better fit then 2-260’s in SLI for roughly this price?

Is this a solid motherboard?

Correct HD? I know some people are still freaked about Seagate but I keep reading how the firmware issues are fixed and performance wise, this drive is good.

Is Zalman still the cooler of choice?

Suggestions and comments on those questions above and anything else would greatly be appreciated.


BUDGET RANGE: $1500-1700


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers



OVERCLOCKING: Yes but not aggressive



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Make it easy for me.

Intel Core i7 920 - $290

Asus P6T Deluxe V2 - $290

XFX GeForce GTX 260 x 2 - $370

OCZ Platimum 6GB - $75

Seagate 1.5TB - $130

Corsair 850TX - $115

Optical Drive:
Samsung SF-223F - $25

Silverstone FT01 - $175

Proc Fan:
Coolmaster V8 - $70

OS: Vista Ultimate 64-bit OEM - $125
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  1. The Updated version of that motherboard is the same price, it lacks the SAS controller, but gains higher memory capacity.

    I would avoid those older seagate drives, and stick with a faster more reliable western digital. This one for example is a fantastic choice

    This is a much better CPU cooler that will let you push the i7 as far as you want to. It is rated higher on Frostytech than that Zalman,, not to mention it looks pretty awesome =).

    Everything else looks pretty good, unless you need the business features of Vista, Home Premium will be a good choice with less bloat and a cheaper price tag.
  2. Yea...what trans said
  3. Thanks for the feedback so far.

    So the Asus board is the current board of choice? I have read about a few Gigabyte boards that seem good also.
  4. Added it to the previous post.


    Are both great x58 boards as well. It really just comes down to how much money you want to spend. The differences in the three boards are pretty minimal. The UD5 will benefit Crossfire more with the faster lanes, and the UD4 is a very strong overclocker. The Asus has the best of both worlds.
  6. I wish I had a single strong contender in the X58 area, but really there are many decent ones it seems.

    The Asus P6T Deluxe V2 is a good choice. I don't know that you need quite that much, but if there is no strong budget constraint then go for it.

    I also agree that the Zalmann is not the right cooler. They haven't competed well on the CPU cooler front for the last year or so.

    V8 is good. Xigmatek Dark knight is a nice budget choice. Noctua is popular because of quiet operation and good cooling:
    Personally, the color turns me off :) You could replace the fans... but they are high quality Noctuas and that's the whole point.

    Scythe Mugen is a good mix at a great price:
    Just be sure to not use RAM with raised heatspreaders :p And possibly the Gigabyte UD4P board would be a better fit there.

    I love my Silverstone TJ09... but that case (FT01) is a bit overpriced for what you get. Probably fine if you need to save a bit of space AND really like the looks. Otherwise get something larger.
    A bit nicer for less money:

    Maybe a HAF?
    If may not be as pretty but the design is pretty near flawless. Better cooling, better cable management, more room.

    On a side note - WTH?
  7. Switched the build to the newer Asus board and went with the CM V8 cooler. I guess I could save a few bucks on another case, but $170 isnt too crazy and I like the looks. Just gotta decide on the video card/cards and a hard drive.

    I could change it up to:
    paired with a

    and go with this card instead of going SLI.

    And on your side note, WOW that is one fugly case.
  8. How about keeping the much faster SLI and just using two Caviar Blacks in RAID 0?

    Just because I was very interested, a comparison between the space of the two cases when it comes to long video cards:

    FT01 review
    They don't want me direct linking the pic, but if you r-click it you can open in a new page/tab

    Lian-Li Review... not sure this will work, translated page
  9. My current set up is in raid and I never really noticed the difference.

    Would two-260's in SLI and one Black Caviar be better then one 275, a raptor and a Caviar?

    That is $475 versus $505?? I think that is right. So it is cheaper to go SLI if that is better. Or I guess I can bump it to $580 if raid is that big of a difference.

    And you really prefer the Lian case? I liked the black inside the Silverstone and the reviews were good. I suppose I can go Lian.
  10. GTX 260 CF would be a lot faster than one GTX 275.

    A Velociraptor is going to be about the same speed as RAID 0 Caviar Blacks, with the Caviars having a slight edge. The faster drive configurations won't do anything at all for FPS, but might make loading that level of Crysis a second or two faster.

    The money is better spent on graphics if a choice needs to be made.

    I like the space in the Lian Li more than the Silverstone. I think the engineering is smarter and less gimmicky. It should be slightly quieter.

    I think the Silverstone case is a bit better cooled though.

    For the same high quality, the same brushed aluminum finish, and all the room and cooling you would ever need:

    When you are talking about nice cases, I find there are certain things that are most important: cooling, airflow, THEN looks.

    You get something like this:

    And then you have the right balance.

    You start looking harder at looks and feel, like with the two cases pictured above or my TJ09... then you start to loose some of the other stuff. You start making sacrifices.
    The ABS I linked has a pretty good balance, but you pay more.

    The cooler master I linked you pay less and end up with more plastic, but the design is soo much better.
  11. Cooling:


    Both solid choices, I dont like LED fans, so I would probably swap out all the blue fans for clear ones on the Antec 1200. Even though it has high airflow, it is still a very sharp looking case.
  12. Reconsider the GTX 260 SLI for a less pricey motherboard and a more pricey GTX 295. Why? Less parts, less heat, less fan noise, less power usage, less SLI stuttering, less stress on the system overall.
  13. or a 4870 X2, since there's only a slight performance difference between the two and you save $100.
  14. :bounce:,7463.html <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards $139.99 Free Shipping*
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  15. Addtionally you could crossfire 2 HD4890 and meet those two builds in the middle. I would go with the GTX 275 SLI build personally as its plenty of power and will last quite a while.
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