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First time builder: Price aprox. $1000

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June 20, 2009 1:31:27 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Sometime within the next month.

BUDGET RANGE: Total, I am planning on spending around $1000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I already bought a XFX HD 4870 for about $125 and also the g9 mouse for $24 and 1080p 24" Dell for $185.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg is great. Otherwise wherever a deal is

PARTS PREFERENCES: No preferences.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes but not crazy overclocking. Just enough so I am not "wasting" any speed that I could be getting out of my processor w/o needing to worry about cooling.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Probably just crossfire seeing that I already bought a Radeon GPU.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: already got 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want a nice gaming computer that is easily upgradeable and of course for movies and browsing as well. Here are my specs so far:

Mobo: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard: $195 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6813131386

CPU: i7 920: $280 (unless of course I can get someone I know at best buy to get me one cheaper ) I am thinking the i7 because it seems like newer games are starting to take advantage of more cores lately??? correct me if im wrong. (I am sure you will haha)

PSU: PC Power & Cooling S75QB 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply: $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6817703009

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800): $80 AR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6820227365

Hard Drive: HITACHI 0A38016 1TB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM: $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6822145233

DVD Drive: HP DVD Burner: $26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6827140032

Case: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP: $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6811119137

Need suggestions on a Keyboard. Also wondering if that hard drive is ok for a main hard drive. This is my first build so any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
June 20, 2009 1:46:45 AM

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I already bought a XFX HD 4870 for about $125 and also the g9 mouse for $24 and 1080p 24" Dell for $185.


Nice.

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Mobo: ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58


Blech. I might use the Gigabyte UD3R.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Although, if money was that tight I would probably go with an AM3 X4 955 rig instead. Save a good bit towards GPU power that way. You could buy a second 4870 up front.

I would go with the more dependable WD for my HD.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


See, here's a nice combo with a good MB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

That leaves you with almost enough to add that second GPU right there, and that's where you'll see the performance upgrade.

Buy a red PSU and save 10 bucks:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
June 20, 2009 2:01:14 AM

Hey thanks so much for the advice!

I had looked at that Gigabyte Mobo and the few things that turned me off to it was the fact that there were "only" 4 memory slots and it "only" supported 16 GB of memory vs the 24GB of the other one. Also I can get the other one for the same price with a coupon. Is there a reason you suggest the Gigabyte Mobo? Is there something that I missed? I am very open to suggestions!

Great! I think ill go with that HD.

So if I go with the AMD CPU/MB would I be able to upgrade my CPU without having to upgrade my MoBo in a couple years? I guess i am just assuming since the i7 is a new socket type intel will be going with that type for a while and when i want a faster processor I can just upgrade. If I am wrong in this assumption or if the AMD will be upgradeable please let me know. Also I noticed that the mobo for the AMD is Dual Channel and not Tri channel. Is that going to make a noticeable difference?

Also, thanks for the PSU suggestion, I think ill go with that instead!



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June 20, 2009 2:37:09 AM

Here's a board that does SLI and Crossfire with a simple bios update.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R Combo Price: $450.87 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- That same board on newegg

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

Better deal on that same psu ....

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $109.99 ($79.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail
June 20, 2009 2:11:15 PM

Why_Me said:
Here's a board that does SLI and Crossfire with a simple bios update.

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U3R Combo Price: $450.87 Free Shipping
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD3R Core i7/ Intel X58/ DDR3/ CrossFireX/ A&GbE/ ATX Motherboard
Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8MB LGA1366 CPU, Retail


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- That same board on newegg

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

Better deal on that same psu ....

http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $109.99 ($79.99 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail



Thanks for the suggestions.

I am not PLANNING on using SLI because I already bought a radeon card but thanks! Also thanks a bunch for the power supply suggestion.
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