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First time builder $1500-$2000 PC Suggestions please

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September 20, 2009 6:58:38 PM

Hi,I am going to build my first pc.I live in Japan and plan to buy parts in Akihabara.I think the parts in newegg etc...can be found there.
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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:10/3 BUDGET RANGE:1500-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming,video converting

PARTS NOT REQUIRED:SSD,Speakers,Mouse and Keyboard,Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS:Going to buy in shop COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Japan

PARTS PREFERENCES:I would like to use a Intel 920 with a Rampage II Extreme MoBo using a 24 inch screen and Full tower.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION:1920x1080?- Going to use 24 inch screen

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:Want to use Windows 7 64bit
I want the Rampage because I want it to be future proof.
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Here are the parts I currently have in mind:
CPU:Intel i7 920
Mobo: Asus Rampage II Extreme.Also have the GIGABYTE x58-UD5 in mind.
Case:Coolermaster HAF 932
PSU:Suggestions please.I really dont know which PSU to choose.
CPU Cooler:Scythe KABUTO.
RAM:No idea.
HDD:About 750-1Tb
OS: Vista Ultimate 64bit w/ Windows 7 upgrade.
Video Card:Nvidia GTX 285 or ATI Radeon HD5870
Disc Drive:Cheap/Good DVD drive I can find.Blu-ray not needed.

Note:Honestly,I have a feeling that I dont need the Rampage MoBo but I just dont want to regret in the future.

And there you have it.Please comment and suggest anything.









September 20, 2009 7:02:18 PM

ram 6 gigs ocz platinium psu corsair 750 watt/850watt on any good quality(antec,pc power &cooling,ocz) in that power range and samsung f3 1tb good drive get the 5870
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September 20, 2009 7:02:38 PM

glad to know you live in tokyo, been there it's pretty amazing.

that list of parts is pretty good, but you dont need a gtx 285 or 5870 for 1920x1080 unless you play really high settings in crysis
you for your build you dont need over 750W unless you crossfire/sli which is not needed for 1920x1080
for heatsink, i believe in japan theres way better heatsink than kabuto

ill post some parts after.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 20, 2009 7:21:49 PM

I think you'd be better off with an i7 860 and LGA 1156 mobo. That would give you better performance and be cheaper.
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September 20, 2009 7:25:32 PM

paranoidmage said:
I think you'd be better off with an i7 860 and LGA 1156 mobo. That would give you better performance and be cheaper.


better performance? i7 920> i7 860
cheaper? his budget is 1500-2000, money is not an issue.
when you dont know the facts, dont open your mouth so wide
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September 21, 2009 7:05:02 AM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.I think Ill stick with the 920.How about the MoBo?Which is recommended?,Rampage II E or GIGABYTE X58-UD5?And is a 650 PSU good enough?
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September 21, 2009 7:30:50 AM

As for PSU I don't know what will be available where your going but as long as you get one from a quality manufacturer (Corsair, PC Power, Antec) you'll be fine.

One thing to look out for though is that a lot of times in the 600-750w range there is very little if any price difference between higher end models. Just as an example I listed a couple below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One is 620 and one is 750 and their the same price. Both are very good PSU's and in a situation like that I would go with the more powerful unit.
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September 21, 2009 2:05:51 PM

I have decided to get the Antec ea-750 for the PSU.I am also thinking of changing the pc case to a NZXT Tempest to add some cash for RAM.
Also would like to know if there is any difference/advantage if I purchase a Rampage II Extreme over a GIGABYTE X58-UD5 or a P6T Deluxe V2.I have heard the rampage is good for overclocking etc...but I dont think I will overclock like crazy...Just want to overclock to a degree that wont do any harm to the parts.

Thanks in advance. :) 
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