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BUDGET: $1400, Need Help with a Gaming i920 Build

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May 28, 2009 6:51:55 AM

This will be the first computer I build, so I could certainly use some advice. Since this is my first rig, I'm looking for something future-proof and something I can build upon and upgrade over the next few years. One of the cases I'm really sold on is this one right here. I know it's big and a little pricey, but size isn't really an issue and it looks like it has everything a future modder like me could want in a case. If you can find a better one though, that's good too.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the next 2 months

BUDGET RANGE: $1400, more or less

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse...I basically need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com, if you trust a website and it has a much cheaper price I'll look into it

PARTS PREFERENCES: the Intel i7 i920 Processor, I'm trying to make something I can upgrade and build upon

OVERCLOCKING: With the i7, definitely

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200, not sure which one this community would recommend

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Not sure if this is really a necessary, but I don't have an issue with using 2 graphics cards. Like I said, I am looking to build a gaming computer.
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Thanks guys!
a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2009 7:45:12 AM

It's pretty hard to argue with a CM HAF. You would have to spend a lot more money or have strict aesthetic requirements to find a case you could consider better.

We'll try to do a 23" monitor here, see how that works.

I have most of the parts you need listed elsewhere, so this won't take much:
i7 and Gigabyte UD4P combo
OCZ 6GB 1600 CAS 7

MSI GTX 260
Start with one, but plan to get a second soon.

PC P&C 750W

Caviar Black 750GB
Sony DVD Burner

LG 23" monitor
Should be a good gaming choice.

Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler
Tuniq TX-2 thermal paste
You'll be wanting to OC. This CPU cooler competes well with the more expensive ones.

The PSU will support a second GTX 260. You will want to upgrade to that soon.

That's about what I can do. Hard to fit in everything at 1400. This is more like 1500 after shipping and before rebates.




a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2009 9:32:32 AM

Proximon said:
It's pretty hard to argue with a CM HAF. You would have to spend a lot more money or have strict aesthetic requirements to find a case you could consider better.

We'll try to do a 23" monitor here, see how that works.

I have most of the parts you need listed elsewhere, so this won't take much:
i7 and Gigabyte UD4P combo
OCZ 6GB 1600 CAS 7

MSI GTX 260
Start with one, but plan to get a second soon.

PC P&C 750W

Caviar Black 750GB
Sony DVD Burner

LG 23" monitor
Should be a good gaming choice.

Xigmatek Dark Knight cooler
Tuniq TX-2 thermal paste
You'll be wanting to OC. This CPU cooler competes well with the more expensive ones.

The PSU will support a second GTX 260. You will want to upgrade to that soon.

That's about what I can do. Hard to fit in everything at 1400. This is more like 1500 after shipping and before rebates.


+1 for that build :) 

I would look at this combo down below...same combo as newegg, but it comes out to $25 cheaper not to mention it's free shipping. It's the first "combo" on that link when you scroll down.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P&show=p Combo Price: $494.00 | w/coupon code: $489.00 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Use coupon code: MEMORIAL5 for additonal $5 off.

I use that OCZ on my Gigabyte UDP3 builds for the fact RAM with tall heat spreaders won't work with a large cpu h/s. But any other X58 board...the GSKILL is tough to beat for the price and dependability. If you read the reviews on newegg and check the forums on guru3d some peeps have been having trouble setting the factory specified timings on that OCZ platinum RAM. I would go with this RAM down here.

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

and if you wanted to free up another $10 off that build....

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" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

Now to save some money on an o/s until next March (2010).....

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- dl the 64 bit version of Windows RC 7
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a b 4 Gaming
May 28, 2009 12:14:15 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99
COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
New Arrival

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $109.99 ($99.99 after $10.00 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&show=p Combo Price: $494.00 | w/coupon code: $489.00 Free Shipping
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Use coupon code: MEMORIAL5 for additonal $5 off.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $41.99 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... $174.99 ($154.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
MSI N260GTX-T2D896-OCv4 GeForce GTX 260 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... $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... $69.99 Free Shipping*
Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $23.99 Free Shipping*
LG Black 22X (CAV) DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X (CAV) 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±R DVD Burner - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $219.99 Free Shipping*
LG W2353V-PF Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Full HD 1080P Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 50000:1 w/ Smart Package - Retail
Free surge protector w/ purchase, ends 5/30

or...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $214.99 Free Shipping*
ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 20000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
With HDCP support

Total: $1,359.91 | $1,329.91 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7
May 28, 2009 5:57:09 PM

Wow, thanks guys. I might even actually go for 2 of those 260s.
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2009 6:43:17 AM

gkay09 said:

Dont get the 750GB..it is older and the 640GB is the newer and more efficient one...
Caviar Black 640GB


I actually thought it was the other way around now Gkay, that the platter sizes were 180 and 250? I could be confused.
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2009 6:54:40 AM

Proximon said:
I actually thought it was the other way around now Gkay, that the platter sizes were 180 and 250? I could be confused.

Actually the 640GB has 2 platters - 320GB each...Whereas the 750GB has 3 Platters - 250GB each...
You must have confused the WD Black with the old WD 640GB...
a b 4 Gaming
May 29, 2009 7:37:25 PM

Thanks! Yes I did some searching and discovered the 1TB is actually 3x334GB. So it looks like the 640 and the 1TB are better speeds.
a b 4 Gaming
June 1, 2009 4:39:31 AM

:) 
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