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1300-1500 Gaming computer... Advices needed

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June 5, 2009 5:44:07 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This Month
BUDGET RANGE: 1000-1300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: (Gaming, internet, watching movies)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe if i learn how to SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe if the budget allows me to

CASE

I cant decide on which case to use

Antec Nine Hundred

OR

NZXT TEMPEST


Motherboard

Most likely going to use this board... any other suggestions?

EVGA E758-A1


CPU

I want to build a i7 CPU for like future games or other programs

Intel Core i7 920

Memory

This Memory seems like it is pretty fast and is cheap

OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)


PSU

Cant really make up my mind on with PSU to use. They all seems to have good reviews. I want a 1000W PSU so that i could have the power to up grade in the future.

CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX


Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000


ABS Tagan BZ Series BZ1100

Harddrive

I just picked this one cause it has 1TB and the reviews seems pretty good. Any other suggestions?


SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB 7200 RPM


Video Card

HERE COMES THE HARD PART!!
I cant make up my mind on what i should get. SLI 260's or 270's? or just get a nice single card PLZ.. help!!

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB

EVGA 896-P3-1258-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 SSC Edition 896MB

EVGA 896-P3-1170-AR GeForce GTX 275 896MB

EVGA 017-P3-1175-AR GeForce GTX 275 1792MB

EVGA 896-P3-1173-AR GeForce GTX 275 FTW Edition 896MB

Monitor

Here are some monitors that i have in mind. They all seems pretty legit.

SAMSUNG ToC T220HD Rose Black 22" 5ms HDMI Widescreen HDTV

SAMSUNG 2343BWX High Glossy Black 23" 5ms 16:9 Widescreen LCD Monitor

LG L227WTG-PF Black 22" 2ms Widescreen LCD Monitor

ASUS VH226H Black 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor

OS

Never really get to use the Vista. Is it a good idea to switch from XP to Vista? Any suggestions?

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Optical Drive

It doesn't seem like this is a big factor to the overall build.

LG Black 22X

LG Black 22X (a slightly different one)

SAMSUNG Black 22X

CPU Cooling


I didnt really find that many options. Any one have a good CPU cooler for i7?

Vigor Monsoon III LT Dual 120mm Fan

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366

COOLER MASTER V8


I think thats it for the most part. SORRY that i am very indecisive because is my first build and i have little clues on what i should get. So plz.. help me out here!!
June 5, 2009 7:14:21 AM

Hi..just saw your message...See if these help :) 
Few suggestions...

1. Case -
Both are very good cases...
NZXT if you want to break the code...
Another alternative for the case - CM 690...

2. Save some money on the mobo...Get the Gigabyte UD4P, has nearly all those features for less...
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

3. CPU - Nice

4. RAM - Nice

5. HDD- WD Black 1TB is faster and reliable but is about $20 more...though the F1 is not bad...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Dont waste money on factory overclocked graphic cards...you would get the o/c s/w bundled with most of the cards, that would allow for slight overclock in WIN itself...
So get the 1st option...

7. As for the monitor,
All those monitors are different from one another...
Sam Toc has inbuilt DTV tuner
Sam 23 has very high resolution - actually an odd one, and a GTX 275 would not be able to play all games with highest settings at that...
ASUS - Some what nice...

Get preferrably a 1080p resolution or 1920x1200 resolution monitor...
Other options...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

8. OS - Vista has become better...
But save some money by going with WIN 7
they have valid licence till 2010 and they are as stable as Vista in the RC stage itself...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205....

9. DVD - Always get a SATA drive...Thinner cable less clutter...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. CPU Cooling -
For that price range, I would suggest TRUE
http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/thermalright-ultra-120-e...

If you want some thing cheaper -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
June 5, 2009 7:28:48 AM

You have the right idea, but your build needs some fixing. The heat sinks, and motherboard you are looking at cost more money for no significant gains. In not so many words they are a "hose job". Take a look at this down below. It allows you to add another vid card for SLI later on. I didn't include a case in this build....that's your call. But if I was going to include one...it would definitely be the CM 690 which is going for $79.99 at newegg atm.

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 $219.99 | $204.99 after rebate
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CorssFireX & 3-Way SLI/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $279.99 Free Shipping*
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... $39.99
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... $239.99 ($219.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) 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... $74.99 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... $24.99
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... $169.99 ($149.99 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
$10 off w/ promo code EMCLTLN27, ends 6/8

Total: $1,258.91 | $1,1193.91 w/mail in rebates

* Same exact build as above but with the gtx 260 vid card.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $179.99 ($159.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX260CXPB GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

Total: $1,198.91 | $1,1133.91 w/mail in rebates

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205.... <--- Save yourself some money on an o/s until March 2010 and dl the 64 bit version of Windows 7

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte UD4P mobo used in this build
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June 5, 2009 7:30:14 AM

gkay09 said:
Hi..just saw your message...See if these help :) 
Few suggestions...

1. Case -
Both are very good cases...
NZXT if you want to break the code...
Another alternative for the case - CM 690...

2. Save some money on the mobo...Get the Gigabyte UD4P, has nearly all those features for less...
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

3. CPU - Nice

4. RAM - Nice

5. HDD- WD Black 1TB is faster and reliable but is about $20 more...though the F1 is not bad...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

6. Dont waste money on factory overclocked graphic cards...you would get the o/c s/w bundled with most of the cards, that would allow for slight overclock in WIN itself...
So get the 1st option...

7. As for the monitor,
All those monitors are different from one another...
Sam Toc has inbuilt DTV tuner
Sam 23 has very high resolution - actually an odd one, and a GTX 275 would not be able to play all games with highest settings at that...
ASUS - Some what nice...

Get preferrably a 1080p resolution or 1920x1200 resolution monitor...
Other options...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

8. OS - Vista has become better...
But save some money by going with WIN 7
they have valid licence till 2010 and they are as stable as Vista in the RC stage itself...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd353205....

9. DVD - Always get a SATA drive...Thinner cable less clutter...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

10. CPU Cooling -
For that price range, I would suggest TRUE
http://www.heatsinkfactory.com/thermalright-ultra-120-e...

If you want some thing cheaper -
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...


Christ gkay, you must have been posting your build while I was adding mine up. :bounce: 
June 5, 2009 7:49:09 AM

Thank u guys so much for taking the time looking over my post... im currently taking the advies from both of u guys and coming up with a new build soon... THANK U
June 5, 2009 9:25:22 AM

@Why_Me :lol: 

I misssed out on the PSU totally...
+1 for Why_Me's suggestion...
That Corsair 750TX is suffice for 2x GTX 275 in SLI...
Get the 850TX if you are planning for tri-sli (But you wont need that much power for a 1920x1200 resolution monitor)...

You would only need a 1000W+ for running 2 GTX 295 in SLI...
!