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October 17, 2009 10:56:55 PM

Hello Folks.

I'm looking to build a computer for my teenage son. However, I have only have basic knowledge of computer parts so I decided to drop in here. I recently took advice from him about parts and etc. He gave me a list of items which amounted to somewhere around $2200. Since thats out of the price range, I decided to seek advice here.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Christmas

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming primarily, some photo and video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, mouse, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: No idea, what you think is best

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel cpu and Nvidia/Ati gpu

OVERCLOCKING: Some overclocking to the processor and gpu SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, if you can find a deal

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My son wants 12GB of ram for some reason, don't know if the budget allows it.

More about : build 1200 1400 1500

October 17, 2009 11:34:24 PM

Well what is your budget then?
It would also be interesting, altho not necessary to know what your kid came up with.
12GB is excessive for 'some' photo and video editing.
October 17, 2009 11:49:34 PM

I think that your purchase time is a bit too far away. we can find the parts that you need, but till christmas they can fall down, so the price won't be accurate, i would recommend asking for advice like at the end of the next month. But then you might not have enough time for getting that pc till christmas, but if you know a shop where they can build pc for you in few days, then it's ok. but as i can see, probably you will be directed to newegg shop, which is one of the best sellers for PC components. so you definitely need to find a shop that could put all parts together (friend that knows computers good can help you, or you can read guids how to build up pc, and do it yourself :)  )
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October 17, 2009 11:50:56 PM

EDIT: Oops, I read $2200 in the text and "forgot" about the budget in thread title. Gonna have to come back and give ya some cheaper options later as gotta run atm.

Well, I am in the process of helping build my teenage son's rig over the enxt two weekends so I'll post you his w/ a few mods:

ASUS Rampage II Extreme $359.99
Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz $279.99
**Two ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 $259.99 x 2
Mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model 998692 w/ 6-7-6-18 timings $212.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA $89.99
AFT XM-35U BLACK USB 2.0 Kiosk Card Reader (3.5") $34.99
Antec Twelve Hundred ATX Full Tower Computer Case $169.99
Two Antec 761345-75024-0 120mm Blue LED Case Fan $14.99 x 2
Antec Signature SG-850 850W $229.99
Plextor Model PX-B320SA w/ LS Support OEM $124.99
Two Enermax Magma 120mm Heat Sink Fans 69 cfm @ 18 dba 0.34 amp $7.99 x 2
**Windows 7 Home Pro 64 bit $99.99
Prolimatech Shadow $79.99 (Megahalem is $20 cheaper...only difference is looks)
IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound $6.99


Comes to $2276. All parts from newegg.com but italicized items which came from FrozenCPU.com

** My son went with Win7 Ultimate 64 bit and a different video card setup (GTX 295) cause he's interested in PhysX and changes his cards every 18-24 months. To tell the truth, I am pretty impressed by PhysX graphics in Batman Arkham Asylum

http://www.firingsquad.com/hardware/batman_arkham_asylu...

You guys can add a cheap nVidia card (9800 GT) to the 3rd slot following the procedure here to get PhysX:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-ATI-physx-patch...

I'd forget 12 GB as no game nor any application you are likely to use will ever touch over 5 GB.

BTW, if ya wanna let the kid have a little "bling", ya might wanna let him grab this:

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

When he "suggested" it to me , my 1st reaction was it was overpriced for something ya can do in BIOS manually but considering that we had like $69 in there already for a fan controller, it was only $80 more. Also if you are uncomfortable overclocking, this does make it kinda easy seeinga s you can do all OC'ing from within Windows.

We also spent about $80 on sleeving, heat shrink, tools, UV lights and other odds and ends at frozen CPU in order to "bling it up a bit" by sleeving the wires with UV reactive sleeves. This was over his budget but dad threw it in ... Hey, he paid his own tuition, he works full time while attending school....who am I to complain, least I could do I figure taking that laod off my back :) 
October 17, 2009 11:57:25 PM

Silvune said:
Well what is your budget then?
It would also be interesting, altho not necessary to know what your kid came up with.
12GB is excessive for 'some' photo and video editing.


Well the budget as stated is around 1200-1500. As for the 12GB, I have no idea, just seeing if I can get all the kid's wishes come true (he's been wanting a computer like this for a while). If adding the 12GB will hinder me from adding something else than I don't think its necessary.
October 18, 2009 12:19:19 AM

Following up on previous post ....

Asus P6T saves about $120 ....we now at $2156
One GFX card instead of 2 saves $260 ..... we now at $1896
Kick card reader, saves $35 ... we now at $1861
Drop another $20 substituting Megahalems .... $1841
Drop $100 PSU to Antec 850 W TPQ model ....$1741
Lose $56 by subbing Mushkin 7-8-7-20 memory for other ..... $1685
Save $25 w/ LG Model UH08LS10K .....$1660
Save $30 by losing optional Antec case fans .... $1630
Save $50 w/ Antec 902 case .... $1580

so....

ASUS P6T $239
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz $279.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

One ASUS EAH5850/G/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 $259.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 Triple Channel Kit Model 998679 $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec 902 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $119.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec TPQ-850 850W Power Supply $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black Internal Blu-ray Reader & 16x DVD BurnerModel UH08LS10K LightScribe Support - $99.99

Two Enermax Magma 120mm Heat Sink Fans 69 cfm @ 18 dba 0.34 amp $14.99 x 2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

**Windows 7 Home Pro 64 bit $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Prolimatech Magahalems $64.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound $6.99
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...

$1592 total.....and everything in here is "top end'

later improvements (B'day and chores)....

add 2nd 5850 card $259 now but by then should be chaper
and maybe a PhysX card < $100
case door fan $15 ... this will have much more effect than the next one
interior fan $15 .... add this for 2nd GFX card
!