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Building a new PC for gaming and other nefarious deeds.

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October 21, 2009 6:49:17 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Undecided, but very soon if things look good.

BUDGET RANGE: $1500, less is better.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing the internet, watching movies, school work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I only know Newegg and Amazon, but there's a Microcenter close by.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US of A!

PARTS PREFERENCES: No real parts preference, but would like to hang on to the i7 920.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (if I work up the courage to)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (down the road)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: So currently I am using a 5 year old dell laptop on its last leg. I'm looking to put together a system that's going to last me a while, as well as let me get back into gaming. I have put together a computer or 2 in the past but that was a long long time ago. Please evaluate this build to see if I can upgrade a part without significant cost change or if I can downgrade a part without significant performance hit.

CPU
  • Core i7 920 Processor - $199.99
  • http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
    Case
  • Cooler Master HAF 922 - $99.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Motherboard
  • ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 - $169.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Video Card
  • XFX RADEON HD 5850 - $259.99
  • http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002Q4U5EY
    PSU
  • Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750W - $119.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    RAM
  • OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $131.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    HDD
  • SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM - $54.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Optical Drive
  • SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM - $30.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    CPU Cooler
  • Scythe MUGEN-2 SCMG-2000 - $34.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Thermal Compound
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - $6.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Monitor
  • ASUS VW246H Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor - $219.99
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
    Keyboard
  • Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 3000 - $34.99
  • http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
    Operating System
  • Windows 7 Ultimate - $86.85

    Overall Cost: $1451.73 pre tax, pre 30 dollar mail in rebates.

    The parts I am not sure about are the motherboard and the video card, I had the hardest time picking them out. Please let me know if they are not good choices. Thanks in advance for your time and effort.
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    October 21, 2009 3:04:28 PM

    Since that looks like a gaming rig, I gotta ask... why that keyboard and mouse?

    I own the XFX 5850 and it's just like any other 5850 that is currently out... it runs cool and relatively quiet and is fast as hell. Using the Catalyst software I turned the fan up to 100% just out of curiosity... OH MY LORD IT IS LOUD... but when it's left on automatic, it's audible, but just barely. I'm not sure what effect overclocking the card would have on its noise profile.
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    October 21, 2009 4:25:02 PM

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    6gb is not really needed, i doubt windows 7 will be able to make full use of it, if i were in your position i would get some quality 2x2gb ram sticks, would probably save you money and you wouldnt see any difference in speed http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg

    A 2x2GB setup is not a good idea with an X58 build. The LGA 1366 i7 chips use a triple channel RAM controller, so you want RAM in groups of three. A 3x2GB setup is always recommended for an X58 build. 64-bit Windows can use all of the RAM.
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    October 21, 2009 4:27:55 PM

    Quote:
    6gb is not really needed, i doubt windows 7 will be able to make full use of it, if i were in your position i would get some quality 2x2gb ram sticks, would probably save you money and you wouldnt see any difference in speed http://tsutton.site90.net/imgs/signature_smiley1.jpg

    socket 1366 wants tri channel ram for optimum performance not dual channel :non:  , it defeats the purpose of socket 1366 .so its 3,6,12,24,48 gb of ram for i7 920/940/950/960/965/975
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    October 21, 2009 4:45:16 PM

    I have a very similar build and i am very happy with it. The main differences are i have the 5870, slightly faster ram, the asus p6t, and a noctua uh12

    The case is super silent. I love it, the case fans make almost no noise and move alot of air. Cable management is pretty good. The drive mounting is amazing and there is plenty of room for whatever you want to do. The spinpoint is on par and clicks right into the slots.

    My only complaint is the cd drive makes a lot of effing noise. I don't know why but its like 3 times louder then anything in my pc. AFAIK cd drives have always been like that. ive never had a quiet one at least.

    Monitor is great. Color is even, response time is epic, really simple to use. Stand doesnt go up or down, but it does tilt. I find that the viewing angle isnt terrible either. I can sit at multiple areas in my room and there isnt much color difference. At least not to the point that people normally complain about TN panels.

    I have the modular version of that PSU and i would reccomend it so you dont have a mess of wires everywhere, but so far very reliable.
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    October 21, 2009 4:51:11 PM

    Gautam_29 ,

    As a fellow gamer I would suggest not going wireless. Intermitent connections can make your gaming experience less than pleasureable, Unless there is a real reason to go wireless, keep the cords. Just trying to save you some aggrevation.

    Rax
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    October 21, 2009 4:52:44 PM

    rodney_ws said:
    Since that looks like a gaming rig, I gotta ask... why that keyboard and mouse?

    I own the XFX 5850 and it's just like any other 5850 that is currently out... it runs cool and relatively quiet and is fast as hell. Using the Catalyst software I turned the fan up to 100% just out of curiosity... OH MY LORD IT IS LOUD... but when it's left on automatic, it's audible, but just barely. I'm not sure what effect overclocking the card would have on its noise profile.


    Well to be honest, I picked that keyboard/mouse combo because it's run of the mill and its wireless. I've never been the one to have a fancy keyboard or mouse, so I figured it would be fine. Is getting a "gaming" keyboard and mouse going to significantly improve my performance.

    Thanks for the heads up on the 5850, it's unlikely that I'll OC the card, as I am still unsure if I'll even OC the processor. I really dont want to screw up 1500 dollars worth of stuff, especially if it does everything I need out of the box.

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    October 21, 2009 4:55:44 PM

    Raxus said:
    Gautam_29 ,

    As a fellow gamer I would suggest not going wireless. Intermitent connections can make your gaming experience less than pleasureable, Unless there is a real reason to go wireless, keep the cords. Just trying to save you some aggrevation.

    Rax


    Thanks Raxus,

    I've been using a wireless mouse for a while but never used a wireless keyboard. Perhaps I'll just stick to the wired variety if its a hassle otherwise.
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    October 21, 2009 5:03:44 PM

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for all your replies and help! It's truly appreciated. I am getting pretty close to launching this ship!

    My one concern is the CPU cooler and the motherboard. Does anyone have any experience with this configuration? I don't want to find that the stuff is bumping uglies when I go to put it together. Actually, does everything sound like it'll fit together? It's been a while for me so I am apprehensive about placement, besides the obvious "stuff fitting in the case".

    Oh and XFX Radeon 5850 seems to be sold out pretty much everywhere, is going with diamond or sapphire a bad thing? Are they alternatives/downgrades/upgrades?

    Thanks again for your input and help.

    Gautam
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    October 21, 2009 5:03:51 PM

    Gautam_29 said:
    Well to be honest, I picked that keyboard/mouse combo because it's run of the mill and its wireless. I've never been the one to have a fancy keyboard or mouse, so I figured it would be fine. Is getting a "gaming" keyboard and mouse going to significantly improve my performance.

    Thanks for the heads up on the 5850, it's unlikely that I'll OC the card, as I am still unsure if I'll even OC the processor. I really dont want to screw up 1500 dollars worth of stuff, especially if it does everything I need out of the box.



    Gautam_29,

    Unless your gaming with 100's of macro's or "twitch" style gaming, save your money and just get the run of the mill keyboard and mouse.

    Now if yo0u want to spend a tad bit more money, here is my kb. I really love it and highly reccomend it.

    Saitek PZ30AU Black USB Standard Eclipse Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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