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July 22, 2009 11:03:38 PM

Hello!

I would like some help and suggestions on my new computer, any advice is appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 2009

BUDGET RANGE: 3000-3600 US$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, editing photos/movies.

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will buy from swedish sites, so i need suggestion and advice on the hardware stuff!

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel based platform, and a good case for gaming/storage (have many harddrives)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 1920x1200 resolution monitor.


The list of my chosen parts:


Case
Twelve Hundred Gaming Case
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


Motherboard
ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1662/asus_rampage_ii_e...


PSU
Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000W
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...


CPU
Intel Core i7 920 2,66GHz Box
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


Graphic Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Dual-DVI 1792MB
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1705/gainward_s_geforc...


Memory
CORSAIR 6GB DDR3 XMS3 DOMINATOR GT PC3-15000 1866MHZ (3X2GB)
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/memory/corsair_...


Cooling
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
http://www.pureoverclock.com/article740.html


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have around 5-6 harddrives that i want to insert to the new built computer. Tnx for any advice, cheers :hello: 

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a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2009 11:16:14 PM

My only suggestion would be to not get a gtx 295... It's simply not worth the money. I would get at most a 285 if not a 275/4890. Also, I wouldn't recommend spending over say $2,000 on a computer (not including monitor, speakers, etc). Other than that it looks like a great build!
a b 4 Gaming
July 22, 2009 11:22:17 PM

Don't buy a GTX295 for 1900x1200 resolution. I would only recommend that card on a 30" monitor or higher. You would be better suited buying two GTX275 in SLI and have better performance.

Drop your PSU down to the Corsair HX850 or TX850.

Change your ram to OCZ Platinum DDR3 1600 memory. It is cheaper with better timings. You will not notice the difference between the 1600 & 1866 speeds.

Don't know what HDD's you have but I would recommend having a SSD for OS and running two WD 640GB Black's in RAID0 for everything else. If you need more space, I recommend using externals versus having 5 HDD in your PC.

You will need a 8-pin extension cord for you PSU, to have it fit on the MOBO in the 1200.

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July 24, 2009 12:06:43 PM

Tnx guys for the answers, i'll change to two GTX275 in SLI instead of a GTX 295, that was a good tip, and i will drop down to Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W, it looks like a very solid PSU! Change the memory to OCZ Platinum XTC DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL7 3x2GB.

A question about harddrives, should i use SSD for OS only or is it good to install games on the quick harddrive? So its better to have external harddrives to decrease load and temp in the case i presume....


tnx for all the tips :D 

a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2009 12:22:38 PM

predaking10 said:
Hello!

I would like some help and suggestions on my new computer, any advice is appreciated!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: August 2009

BUDGET RANGE: 3000-3600 US$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet, editing photos/movies.

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I will buy from swedish sites, so i need suggestion and advice on the hardware stuff!

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel based platform, and a good case for gaming/storage (have many harddrives)

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I have a 1920x1200 resolution monitor.


The list of my chosen parts:


Case
Twelve Hundred Gaming Case
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


Motherboard
ASUS Rampage II Extreme X58 Motherboard
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1662/asus_rampage_ii_e...


PSU
Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000W
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-r...


CPU
Intel Core i7 920 2,66GHz Box
http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...


Graphic Card
EVGA GeForce GTX 295 Dual-DVI 1792MB
http://www.tweaktown.com/reviews/1705/gainward_s_geforc...


Memory
CORSAIR 6GB DDR3 XMS3 DOMINATOR GT PC3-15000 1866MHZ (3X2GB)
http://www.overclock3d.net/reviews.php?/memory/corsair_...


Cooling
Noctua NH-U12P SE1366
http://www.pureoverclock.com/article740.html


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have around 5-6 harddrives that i want to insert to the new built computer. Tnx for any advice, cheers :hello: 



97% of the gaming performance available in 2009 technology can be had for $1500 .

All the rest you might spend will get you that extra 3% ,which you will never notice in practical usage

buy a $1500 computer and save $500 , and give $1000 to a charity ,

That way you will feel a lot better than having a shiny new toy that will be obsolete b4 christmas anyway

a b 4 Gaming
July 24, 2009 4:13:29 PM

predaking10 said:
Tnx guys for the answers, i'll change to two GTX275 in SLI instead of a GTX 295, that was a good tip, and i will drop down to Corsair CMPSU-850HX 850W, it looks like a very solid PSU! Change the memory to OCZ Platinum XTC DDR3 PC12800/1600MHz CL7 3x2GB.

A question about harddrives, should i use SSD for OS only or is it good to install games on the quick harddrive? So its better to have external harddrives to decrease load and temp in the case i presume....


tnx for all the tips :D 

You can install a game or two on an SSD but they'll fill up quickly do to the limited capacities... unless you are buying a 250GB SSD but that is too much for my test! Yes... having external HDD's will decrease temps in the case, since HDD's block airflow into the case and add heat as well.
July 25, 2009 5:44:47 AM

If you really have $3000 to spend on a computer, you should definitely get either a nice Lian Li or silver stone case. Their cooling isn't as great as that of an antec, but their build quality more than makes up for it. Also if you want real performance get a nice 30" monitor, considering playing on a 1080p monitor with a $3000 computer would be a total waste. That will set you back about $1200, and leaves you $2200 to play around with for building your computer. In that case, I recommend you get either 2 gtx 295's or 3 gtx 285's. For a hard drive, I recommend waiting for the new intel ssd's which are right around the corner. Also get at least 1 one terabyte hard drive for pure storage purposes as I always personally prefer to get at least 1 new hdd with each new computer I build. Keep the corsair 1000 watt psu and DO NOT get the Asus Rampage 2 extreme motherboard. I actually just bought it my build and i had to rma it right out of the box. Instead get the EVGA classified E760. This leaves you just enough money to buy 6 gigs of ocz platinum. I myself would never recommend spending any more than $1600 dollars on a computer, unless you really want cutting edge and have enough money to either build a new rig or upgrade every year. Considering you shop on Swedish sites some of these parts may cause you to go over budget and in that case you will probably have to cut back on your graphics solution and case. In that situation I agree with the above suggestions to get 2 gtx 275's and your own choice to get a Antec 1200, which is by no means a bad case. Have fun! ;) 
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