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Gaming blu ray i7 build $1700 Budget

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May 20, 2009 6:49:39 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next week

BUDGET RANGE: $1700

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching blu ray movies, surfing the internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, any

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

So far I have on my list

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail (289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail (126)
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 ... - Retail (280)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail (140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black Blu-Ray DVD Drive & DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA Model iHES206-08 - Retail (100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Total so far $935

Looking for some recommendations for mobo and any cost cutting. This will be my first intel build. Thanks
May 20, 2009 8:54:12 AM

See the newest graphics card guide:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-grap...

Based on that, you really don't need a 1kw PSU.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
There you have your case and PSU together for less than the PSU was going to cost.

That will easily power two GTX 260s or two 4870 1GB.

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Caviar Black 640GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That should cover it.



May 20, 2009 11:45:57 AM

^+1 you dont need a 1000W PSU for your needs...
And +1 for the mobo...But you can save some money by going with the P6T...It is also a solid board and has enough overclocking options...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Certainly you don't require that PSU...
Though the combo that Proximon suggested is good
Corsair 750TX is better and is $120 before rebates...and this PSU is much preferred than that Antec...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+1 for the HDD...Actually you can get a 1TB into that budget of yours...

As for the graphics card, you should be looking at the GTX 275 or the HD 4890...
But as you have said that you are open to Crossfire, I would suggest you get 2x 4770s for about $200 and they outperform the $230 GTX275/HD 4890...

Check out the combo deals available on newegg...you can save money on that...
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May 20, 2009 6:59:42 PM

updated list

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail (289)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813188046

OCZ XMP Ready Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600LV6GK - Retail (126)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820227388

Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Combo (220)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

LITE-ON Black Blu-Ray DVD Drive & DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA Model iHES206-08 - Retail (100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827106277

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2: (280)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131365


Total so far $1015


I'm looking to get at least 1TB hdd. Still haven't decided on vid cards.

Thank you for the suggestions.
May 20, 2009 7:01:43 PM

get the samsung F1, it's the fastest 1tb HDD on the market I think.
May 21, 2009 2:49:13 AM

gkay09 said:

As for the graphics card, you should be looking at the GTX 275 or the HD 4890...
But as you have said that you are open to Crossfire, I would suggest you get 2x 4770s for about $200 and they outperform the $230 GTX275/HD 4890...


He should be spending more than $200 on graphics! Closer to $350-400 if his priorities are gaming, since titles are more dependent on GPU than anything else, and will continue to do so. His budget would allow for it with minimal/no need to cut down on anything.

I would suggest the SAPPHIRE 100270SR Radeon HD 4850 X2 2GB 512-bit (256-bit x 2) GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported if you REALLY wanted to spend under $300; it's 1 card which gives you room for expansion (although the card is huge, make sure it can fit in your case), and it's a very good value (been in the top TH graphics picks for a few months now). It does get hot, but it has dual-fans, and I am considering it in my own build.

For $300, you could experiment and see what 3x Radeon HD 4770's could do (they are fantastic at single and 2x configs), but it probably isn't the best option due to the fact that stacking the cards doesn't result in a linear performance gain, and you use up all your slots. Other than that, though, I would expect it to be a powerful graphics solution.

For crazy-good graphics, try 2X Radeon HD 4870 ($340). It will take up two slots, but just one of these can dish out high graphics with full HD; Imagine what two could do on a 1920x1200 screen! Plus, as far as I have read, they arn't that bad in terms of heat and size, and you can still add on more later with the leftover slot.

Just my ideas; chose what you think you will need, and not much more than that. In terms of value and longevity, these are good options for their price ranges IMO...


May 21, 2009 3:42:41 AM

This build includes two gtx 275's in SLI.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $139.99 Free Shipping*
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $119.99 ($99.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate | Free Ground Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=I7-920 $264.99 Free Ground Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, OEM

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
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

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
Free Cryostasis game w/ registration at manufacturer website

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $94.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 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... $99.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $99.99 Free Shipping*
LITE-ON Black 6X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-Ray DVD Drive & DVD Burner with LightScribe Model iHES206-08 - Retail

Total: $1,584.89 | $1,549.89 w/mail in rebates

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

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

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <---64 bit version of Windows 7
May 21, 2009 3:58:49 AM

I do agree with VGM10000 but still the GTX 275/ HD 4890 offer very good performance at that resolution and he still can add one more later in SLI/ Crossfire if he needs more performance...
The 4850X2 is a good option but has some driver issues and you might not get the latest fixes soon as that card is specific to Sapphire and it solely depends on that company to provide driver support for that...
And with ATI don't go with more than 2 cards in Crossfire as they don't scale well...
May 21, 2009 4:06:12 AM

I was expecting Why_Me's suggestion sooner than this :p 
May 21, 2009 4:21:15 AM

gkay09 said:
I was expecting Why_Me's suggestion sooner than this :p 


I switched up mobo's on ya for this build...instead of the UD3P w/SLI tweak I went big time with that UD4P :p 

On a more serious note though...that ewiz site has some super deals. I mean it's hard to beat the prices there on the i7 920 OEM and a few of their mobo's.
May 21, 2009 4:24:26 AM

^ Yes I did notice their prices...But how is their dealer ratings and customer feedback?
EDIT: Because another OP was much concerned about that...
May 21, 2009 4:26:46 AM

gkay09 said:
^ Yes I did notice their prices...But how is their dealer ratings and customer feedback?


Not bad. I did a google search on them a while back and they had like a 98% rating from two different review sites. Iv'e only ordered from them once and I had np other than the UPS ground shipping took like 3 weeks to get here...but then again I live in Alaska so it's like that with any UPS ground shipping for me.
May 21, 2009 11:02:41 AM

alright. i think i may have a final list.


Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail (280)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail (40)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail (270)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK - Retail (95)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail (250)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Combo (220)
Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
Antec TruePower New TP-750 Blue 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM (100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON Black Blu-Ray DVD Drive & DVD Burner with LightScribe SATA Model iHES206-08 - Retail (100)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Tuniq TX-2 Cooling Thermal Compound - Retail (5)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Total $1360


Mobo might not be final as well as another gtx 275 for sli. All suggestions and feedback are very much appreciated.

May 22, 2009 7:44:42 AM

1 x ($39.99) CPU COOL XIGM|Dark Knight-S1283V R - Retail
$39.99

1 x ($4.99) THERMAL GREASE TUNIQ|TX-2 R - Retail
$4.99

1 x ($99.99) HD 1T|WD 7K 32M SATA2 WD1001FALS % - OEM
$99.99

1 x ($89.99) BLU-RAY DVD ROM LITE-ON|iHES206-08 - Retail
$89.99

1 x ($3.49) TOOL ROSEWILL|RTK-002 ANTISTATIC R - Retail
$3.49

1 x ($99.99) CASE ANTEC|NINE HUNDRED BK RT - Retail
$99.99

1 x ($269.99) MB EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR X58 3SLI - Retail
$269.99

1 x ($249.99) VGA EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GTX 275 RT - Retail
$249.99

1 x ($159.95) PSU ANTEC|TP-750 BLUE 750W RT - Retail
$159.95

1 x ($279.99) CPU INTEL|CORE I7 920 2.66G 45N R - Retail
$279.99

1 x ($94.99) MEM 2Gx3|OCZ OCZ3P1600LV6GK R - Retail
$94.99

1 x ($-40.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #193715
$-40.00
1 x ($-25.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #189905
$-25.00
1 x ($-20.00) DISCOUNT FOR COMBO #187411
$-20.00


Subtotal: $1308.35
Tax: $0.00
Shipping and Handling: $38.94
Total Amount: $1347.29

Not too shabby. Thanks for all the advise.
May 22, 2009 11:09:46 AM

Nice.
May 22, 2009 11:15:55 AM

^+1 Very Nice...
Good luck with your build... :) 
May 29, 2009 4:17:25 AM

build came together very nicely except for the dark knight heatsink. evga x58 has a heatsink on the motherboard that rubs up against the dark knight heatsink. using stock heatsink for now.

any suggestions for a heatsink for this mobo
!