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June 26, 2009 7:01:07 AM


I just read that asking for help guide and here is my update:

Purpose of rig: High end gaming

Budget: up to $1900
$120 for Ram specifically, unless its really worth it

Monitor Res: 1920X1080

Parts not required: keyboard & mouse, speakers, OS
Suggestions and answers will be greatly appreciated, as i am in urgent need of the answers since i plan on building this very soon.

Parts preferences: at least 6gb of ddr3 1600 Ram



Here is my system, suggestions needed. Underlined ones are more urgent.

All of these from Newegg-

AMD Phenom II x4 955 BE 3.2 GHz
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7,200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0gb/s
Corsair CMPSU 750TX 750W ATX12V
EVGA Nvidia Geforce 295 GTX
ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme gamer
NZXT Tempest- not sure 'bout this
Enzotech Extreme Xrev 120mm cpu cooler
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK

The main problems here are the Ram and Case. I've been hearing i won't be able to run the Ram above in my system at its full capacity b/c its 'specifically' for Intel systems. I would like to have at least 6gb of Ram for about the same price as the OCZ above.

Next is the case. I need great cooling and this case supposedly does just that. I also hear its very spacious inside for large cards like the 295 GTX, but i also hear some not so good things about it...

Now the motherboard. There are very very few AM3 DDR3 motherboards out there, and i need to be sure this is the best choice.

And now a side question: people can OC this chip to 4ghz. I don't know if its worth it b/c of the heat produced and im not even sure it makes a difference, as i've never OC'd before.

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June 26, 2009 7:34:06 AM

Preferred websites for sourcing parts ?
June 26, 2009 7:57:04 AM

for that much money it would be ashame to not go i7. I'm sure Why_Me can copy/paste his i7 build, it's a good one.
June 26, 2009 8:01:32 AM

^+1
June 26, 2009 9:04:38 AM

Shopping at different retailers is mild inconvenience, but it does save you a substantial amount of money. This build is a good one...either gtx 275's in SLI or 4890's in Crossfire...you can't go wrong with either vid card imo. This case down below is new to the market, and it's the hottest selling case going atm....and for good reason. Plenty of room to work with, and excellent cooling, not to mention the fans aren't over bearing.

Also if you do a google on "ewiz coupons" or "ewiz promo codes" you can take another $5 - $15 dollars off that mobo/cpu combo down below.

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.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product... $100.00 ($70 after MIR) Free Shipping
PC Power and Cooling SILENCER 750W QUAD S75CF Power Supply Retail

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=MB-EX58U4P Combo Price: $492.99 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

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... $229.99 ($209.99 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 Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $229.99 ($209.99 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 Call of Duty-World at war w/ purchase, limited offer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... Combo Discount: -$7.00 Combo Price: $192.98 $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Free Shipping*
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives - OEM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99
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... $279.99 ($259.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)
ASUS MK241H Black 24" 2ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor with 1.3M Pixel Webcam 450 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 3000:1) Built in Speakers - Retail
Color Saturation 92% (NTSC)

Total: $1,726.90 | $1,616.90 w/mail in rebates

* the 4890 is also worth checking out.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 ($189.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
SAPPHIRE 100269SR Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail

* You can take $60 off the price of that build with these gtx 275's

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $199.99 Free Shipping*
PNY VCGGTX275XPB GeForce GTX 275 896MB 448-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail


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 RC 7

http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/product.php?category_id... <--- more pics, specs, and professional reviews of that CM HAF 922 case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <--- more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that Gigabyte mobo.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... <---more pics, specs, and customer reviews of that psu

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

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-gtx-sli,229... <--- gtx 275 SLI > gtx 295
June 26, 2009 2:38:30 PM

Another ^+1. With that budget, i7 would be a better choice.
That case looks nice; in some ways it looks similar to the CM-690, which has excellent airflow.
June 26, 2009 6:50:09 PM

So why go with the i7? isnt the AMD one faster?
June 26, 2009 11:52:47 PM

Certainly not, you may find a stray benchmark or two where the AMD platform will eek out a win, but all things considered the i7 is faster.
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