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First time builder gaming system for MMORPG, ~$1200

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August 2, 2009 12:45:13 AM

Hi all,

I'm a first timer at this stuff. I would like to build a new system to replace my 4-year-old system XD.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The sooner, the better~

BUDGET RANGE: about US$1200, might go up a bit higher if really needed.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Game mostly, MMORPG

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com probably, seem like the best.

PARTS PREFERENCES: I will buy a Intel i7 920 for $199 at Micro Center. Either full size or mid size tower, whichever fits my usage best.~

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe, I might overclock just a tiny bit, under the safe line.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, if it fits my usage best. Not a main priority, but also like to have the option available when the opportunity arises.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 23.6" LCD, 1920x1080, full HP it seems. I also will sometimes connect it to my 63" Plasma, I don't think that will make a difference though. I'm not too sure.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would mainly use this computer to play MMORPG, especially Aion online. So I would like the build to be able to handle massive amount of people on the screen at the same time. My internet connection speed is roughly 20mbps. I hope to get as little lag as possible during a huge raid, siege with 100+ people on the screen.
I saw other build for around the same as my budget. But most people use it to play intense 3D game like Crysis, and I'm not sure if it is the same as MMORPG. So I just have to make a new thread and ask for advice. I apologize if it is the same basically XD

Thank you all in advance for advice~

PS: Since this will be the first time I build a computer, it would be great if you can show me the complete list of those extra things like thermal grease and what not. I work as a laptop motherboard technician, so I don't know those extra bitty thing when putting a desktop together. Thanks again~

So far:

Processor: Intel i7 920 2.66Ghz, Micro Center, $200 (read some bad reviews about this site, but it is pick up at store, and in original box. So if it turn out to be lemon, I'll just buy it from newegg I supposed XD)

MoBo: ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard, $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131359

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply compatible with core i7 (courtesy of jbakerlent), $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341018

Video card: not sure

Memory: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800), $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive, 80$ (what is the different between this one and the Caviar black version, which is also 1TB, and retailed at $95?)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136317

LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20, $25

Total so far: $735
August 2, 2009 2:10:14 AM

Are you kidding me? You are a laptop motherboard technician and you are on a forum asking for advice on building a desktop? This is shocking :D 
August 2, 2009 2:24:16 AM

jdbaker82 said:
Are you kidding me? You are a laptop motherboard technician and you are on a forum asking for advice on building a desktop? This is shocking :D 


Laptop motherboard is different than desktop one. In my line of repair, each type of motherboard requires specific processor, and specific video card type if they don't have a integrated video chip. You don't have much freedom in choosing the components.

The reason I'm asking for advice is that I saw a HP desktop with i7 920, 9GB ram, 1gb HD 4850, 750GB HD, for US$1000 roughly. So I want to see which is cheaper, buy it or build it myself.
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August 2, 2009 2:26:31 AM
August 2, 2009 3:39:29 AM

Thanks jbakerlent~

Regarding the GPU, and CPU heatsink/cooler any recommendation for those? I don't really need top of the line GPU, but I would like to use it for a couple years, at least, before I upgrade it.
August 2, 2009 4:26:14 AM

Sorry for the delay, I would go with the Xigmatek Dark Knight heatsink fan, and either the 4890 or the GTX 275 at your resolution. See link above for the 4890 (which I personally prefer). For your information you can both do both Crossfire and SLI on your motherboard.
August 2, 2009 4:41:40 AM

Thanks again jbakerlent~

What do you think about this current build? http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/TemporaryWishList.aspx?ChangeQty=0

Is there any difference between XFX and the MSI version of the GPU?

Can you check the current build viva the wish list to see if there is any incompatibility among the components? I gonna buy a mid size case. The monitor is in the list because it replace the i7 processor to reflect the price. Do I need anything extra like extend cable or the like?

I really appreciate the help~
August 2, 2009 4:42:55 AM

Hmm... wish list is empty for me...

Edit: As to the GPU (if I'm thinking of the same ones your talking about) go for the MSI because its cheaper and already slightly overclocked... And no problem... that's what we're here for.
August 2, 2009 5:02:38 AM

Try to see if this link will work, i'm not sure how newegg wishlist works XD.

wishlist
August 2, 2009 5:11:15 AM

No still doesn't work... sorry can't help you out more (I actually have never made a public wishlist lol)
August 2, 2009 5:24:55 AM

Guess I will have to list manually =D

Media: LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives

GPU
: XFX HD-489A-ZDFC Radeon HD 4890 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail (I don't really mind the rebate, and this one has better review than the MSI)

PSU: OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC ... -

Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C9 - Retail

MoBo: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail

Heatsink: XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail

Thermal: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

CPU: Intel i7 920

Come out roughly $1100 total
August 2, 2009 5:30:42 AM

With this build, it come out to be about $1100 without OS.

I was checking out HP.com earlier. They have a desktop with i7 920, 9GB ram, 750GB HD, HD4850 1GB GPU, Vista 60bit, total for about $1000. They use a 460w PSU.

So I wonder if it is worth it to build a new one or just buy that hp desktop XD.
August 2, 2009 5:55:27 AM

Definitely build it yourself. Way better in so many ways! The build above looks great also. I'm on my phone so I can't look up the ram but just make sure the latency is 7 or lower.
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