1300$ Budget Build ??s

Hey everyone, im new to the site and was referred by a friend telling me you guys could help me out with a new build. I have about a 1300$ budget for my build.

Some things i want.
1. Fast CPU
2. Big PSU (Plan on future SLI, and water cooling 100%)
3. Computer will be used for gaming (graphic dependent games) and internet.
4. Parts from newegg ( 1300$)

Heres what i got.

1. Antec 900 case.

2. GTX 260

3. PSU

4. Mobo

5. i7

Thats what i have come with so far. Total is 1,049.94$

My question for you guys is what you would recommend for:

1. Memory
2. HD
3. DVD burner

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Monitor: ACER res:1680 x 1050 22"


SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future
Purpose: heavy gaming!

Also suggestions and other options would be great as well.


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  1. 1000 watts for a GTX260? That Kingwin PSU also didnt do too good on the jonnyguru review, the ripple was pretty nasty

    Get a corsair 750TX or an 850Tx so you can save yourself $80 and get a better PSU, the 750 is capable of SLIing 2 GTX275's.

    If you would use the format shown at the top of the forum your build can be greatly improved.

    Edit: you managed to edit between me reading and posting but we still need to know your monitor resolution and planned usages to give you an appropriate graphics recommendation
  2. Hmm which PSU do you recommend. Links would be great, and what does ripple mean?

    Monitor: 1680 x 1050 acer 22''
  3. I would suggest a corsair 750TX
    Its way more power than you need now or even in the future.

    I would suggest this for the hard drive

    For the memory i would suggest the OCZ platinum

    I would just go with the LG dvd burner, its pretty cheap and burns more media
  4. Would the 750 be enough power for future SLI, some leds, and watercooling?
  5. The 750 is enough to power 2 GTX275's in SLI, very few people will ever need that much power and it will provide more than enough for water cooling even if you SLI 2 GTX260's in the future
  6. Thanks, i will definitely look into that.

    Any other suggestions?
  7. I would get this card instead of the evga one, both of them are identically except that XFX offers a double lifetime warranty(for you and who ever you sell it to)

    Other than that you should be good to go but im sure someone else can provide a second opinion.
  8. 4ddiction said:
    Hmm which PSU do you recommend. Links would be great, and what does ripple mean?

    Monitor: 1680 x 1050 acer 22''

    Since you area already getting the EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR Mobo, just get this Combo that comes with this PSU.
    1. Corsair Memory, Inc. CMPSU-850TX: $139.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    2. EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR: $229.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    Combo Discount: -$15.00
    Combo Price: $354.98
    $30.00 Mail-In Rebate
    $20.00 Mail-In Rebate

    Another Combo you should look at is this one for CPU/Ram.
    1. OCZ Technology, Inc. OCZ3G1600LV6GK: $99.99
    Free Shipping* plus MIR

    2. Intel BX80601920: $279.99
    Free Shipping*

    Combo Discount: -$12.00
    Combo Price: $367.98
    $10.00 Mail-In Rebate

    Also that a look at this Case, has a bit more room (22.2" x 10" x 19.7") then the 900.
    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP $99.99 Free Shipping*

    b]Couple of nVidia card options, when in SLI they are faster then the GTX 295
    ASUS ENGTX260 MATRIX/HTDI/896MD3 GeForce GTX 260 896MB $199.99 ($179.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate)

    EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition $189.99 ($159.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*

    Check out this DVD Burner.
    Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM $30.99

    Since you mention that you might OC, then get either of these CPU HSF Coolers'.
    XIGMATEK Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail $44.98 Free Shipping*

    Scythe MUGEN-2 $36.99

    Items you will need.
    Thermal Compound and Thermal Cleaner.
    Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound - Retail $9.99

    You will need this 8-pin Power Extension Cable for most Cases that has Bottom Mounted PSU.
    1ST PC CORP. 12" 8-pin EPS extension cable Model CB-8M-8F - Retail $8.99

    Now to the Operating System. My suggestion would be to download Windows 7RC and then buy the full version when it comes out. You should get the 64-bit version, but if that is too much of a chore, then go with Vista Prem. 64-bit.

    Download Link for Windows 7 RC

    Hope this helps you out some..
  9. Thanks alot Yoosty!!!

    Can anyone tell me what ripples are?

    More suggestions are welcome aswell :D
  10. http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=Story3&reid=155

    Look at the graphs towards the bottom of that page, in general the output power from a power supply is not perfectly stable, the ripple is a measure of how stable it is, the lower the ripple the better, high ripple will look very spikey and jagged and has the potential to damage components because of the power fluctuations. If you look at the 12 volt rail for test 5 and CL2 it is very obvious. Good ripple suppression like that in high quality power supplies creates graphs that look like the ones on this page
  11. OO gotta to read that review
  12. Just read the review and replaced the mach 1 with the 850TX Plus the mobo combo deal woot
  13. How about a 4890 for a graphic card.faster than a gtx 260and even competes with gtx 285
  14. fjc1998 said:
    How about a 4890 for a graphic card.faster than a gtx 260and even competes with gtx 285

    Although for the price of the 4890, you can get the GTX275. And if you look at the benchmarks here on Toms you'll see that the GTX275 beats the 4890 more often than not.. But I would take a look at the benches of the games you play and chose the one that does the best on those games..
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