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May 12, 2009 9:01:40 PM

Hello everyone. First time builder here wanted to get some advice on some parts I picked out for a new i7 gaming pc. Just wanted to get your guys' expert opinions on my new build. Thank you in advance.
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next month hopefully. BUDGET RANGE: Around $1400.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming is the primary purpose, also some movie watching and then the basic internet stuff.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Have new logitech keyboard, mouse, and a decent pair of speakers already. OS is taken care of as well.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I've used newegg in the past and liked them a lot so I'll probably get most of my parts there.

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preference for a specific brand name really.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, never been that into overclocking but it seems so easy now so maybe a little. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 would be nice

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just looking for a gaming pc on a budget that will be able to perform decently in the next few years.

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Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $109.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-650TX 650W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $109.99

GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $199.99

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $99.99

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $279.99

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $99.99

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $24.99

Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 120mm Sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $36.99

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $179.99

Trying to decide between 2 video cards.

SAPPHIRE 100259-1GL Radeon HD 4870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $189.99

SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Price: $259.99

Total Price: $1330 with the 4870 or $1400 with the 4850 X2

I really wanted a monitor with low response time, around 22", hdmi, decent price, and good reviews so that is why I chose the Asus.

The motherboard is an iffy item for me. I don't really know what is good, I do not plan on doing very much overclocking or Crossfire/SLI so I just need a good basic motherboard.

For the video cards the 4850 X2 is about $70 more than the 4870. The 4850 X2 looks like it has very good performance but it is also more expensive, louder, and a big card so I don't know if it will even fit in the antec 900.

And if anyone knows if 650 watt Corsair can power this build that would be very helpful as well.

Thanks for any input on my build.

More about : 1400 gaming build

May 13, 2009 3:23:34 AM

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ntec%20902 Get this as the case instead, its totally worth the money trust me.


Out of curiosity, why is the 902 worth the money over the 900?
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May 13, 2009 5:21:20 AM

Looks good,the 650 watt corsair will power that no problem with a 4870.I'd swap out that mobo for a Asus P6t though.
May 13, 2009 5:48:21 AM

This build includes a modular psu with more than enough juice to push this rig (red LED w/this psu matches the case). The case is new to the market and so far it has gotten great reviews. Ewiz...the retailer I chose for the mobo has been around for years, is very dependable and has a good reputation for customer service. You want to make sure you flash to the latest bios with that board, and then afterwards download the latest drivers for it.

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- More pics and specs of the case used in this build.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---More pics, specs, and customer reviews of the mobo used in this build.

http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm <---Xigmetek HS used in this build...rated one of the top HS by "Frostytech".

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-275,226... <---gtx 275 benchmarks and review

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <---Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99
COOLER MASTER Storm Scout SGC-2000-KKN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $6.99
APEVIA CF12SL-URED 120mm Red LED Case Fan - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $74.99 ($49.99 after $25.00 Mail-In Rebate)
OCZ Fatal1ty OCZ550FTY 550W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R $179.99 | $164.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $367.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $39.99 Free Shipping*
XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $4.99
Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $249.99 Free Shipping*
EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $24.99 Free Shipping*
SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 ($159.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1) Built in Speakers - Retail
Full HD 1080P resolution

Total: $1,309.88 | $1,229.88 w/mail in rebates

*Same build as above but with a factory over clocked gtx 260 video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
$10 off with promo code VGA26XV4, ends 5/14

Total: $1,234.88 | $1,134.88 w/mail in rebates

*Same build as above but with a gtx 285 video card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $329.99 ($299.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Total: $1,389.88 | $1,279.88 w/mail in rebates
May 13, 2009 8:00:44 AM

Thanks to everyone who responded.

To Why Me: Thanks posting the article about enabling SLI on the GIGABYTE motherboards. The case is nice but very similar to the antec 900 one it seems, more of a personal decision it looks like, the handles are a nice touch though. The heatsink looks good and I will look into it more. The GTX 275 seems a little too pricey for its performance. I think the GTX 260 or ATI 4870 would be a better bang for the buck at $60+ cheaper. The major decision I have now is go with a decent single GPU like the 4870/gtx 260 and get a 2nd one in the future or get a 4850 X2 now with better performance today but be less upgradable.

To Tidefan94: The case looks very nice but I don't think it's worth the $50 to me.

To Ogdin: Is there a particular reason for the ASUS p6t over the GIGABYTE motherboard? I'm looking to keep costs down but I know how important motherboards are so if you or anyone could explain why you recommend it I would appreciate it.
May 13, 2009 2:27:35 PM

I'd get the 4850x2, if you want to upgrade, just sell it on ebay and get the next best thing at the time. That is what I always do.

The 902 case is a mini 1200 case. It's painted black on the inside and looks really nice. Functionally, no it's not worth $50, but I like it better. Your preference.

The P6T supports both SLI and Crossfire. If you never intend to use SLI, keep your current board. The P6T has more DIMM slots to, so keep that in mind. Otherwise just stick with the Gigabyte. I like the option of having SLI and Crossfire though. You usually keep your mobo and CPU longer than a video card. My last motherboard saw 3 video cards and I wish it was SLI.
May 13, 2009 2:50:04 PM

jay2tall said:
I'd get the 4850x2, if you want to upgrade, just sell it on ebay and get the next best thing at the time. That is what I always do.

The 902 case is a mini 1200 case. It's painted black on the inside and looks really nice. Functionally, no it's not worth $50, but I like it better. Your preference.

The P6T supports both SLI and Crossfire. If you never intend to use SLI, keep your current board. The P6T has more DIMM slots to, so keep that in mind. Otherwise just stick with the Gigabyte. I like the option of having SLI and Crossfire though. You usually keep your mobo and CPU longer than a video card. My last motherboard saw 3 video cards and I wish it was SLI.


http://www.tomshardware.com/news/gigabyte-nvidia-sli-mo... <--- Gigabyte: Enable SLI On X58 Boards
May 13, 2009 3:05:03 PM

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I've seen this, but it's basically a cheat way to enable it. I mean yeah it works now, but what happens if a BIOS flash down the road doesn't work. You are flashing the EX58-UD4 with the EX58-UD4P BIOS. There is that risk that it won't work if you update further down the road. But if you accept this, it is a cheap way to get SLI.
May 13, 2009 10:49:48 PM

elemek said:
Quote:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ntec%20902 Get this as the case instead, its totally worth the money trust me.


Out of curiosity, why is the 902 worth the money over the 900?


It's mainly because it takes the 1200's cooling system and places it in a 900.
May 14, 2009 12:24:30 PM

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Yeah but THAT's what makes it cool. and it's BLACK inside and out.
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