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First Build!! x58 Around $1500

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November 11, 2009 12:08:24 AM

Hey guys, I am planning on building my first x58 rig. I'm tired of firefox taking 10mins to open on my lappy :D  . I'm not sure what video card I will get yet, maybe the 5850. I will game at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. The budget is around $1500 but of course lower is always better. I was going to build an i5 rig until I heard about the socket problem :ouch:  . Please make suggestions on my rig:

CPU: i7-920 D0 $200 from Microcenter :D 
Mobo: Foxconn Bloodrage $240
RAM: G.Skill 2000mhz 3x2gig Ripjaw or Trident (not sure which version to get) $190 or $200
GPU: Maybe 5850 if Price/Performance is good
HDD: 2x (or 3x) Samsung Spinpoint F3 500gig in RAID-0 $55 each
Case: Cooler Master Storm Scout $90
PSU: Corsair 750tx $110 $20MIR
Heatsink: Prolimatech Megashadow (black :D  ) with Delta FFB1212EHE-F00 120mm $78 and $31
DVD Drive: Maybe Sony Optiarc 24x but would like suggestions
Fan Controller: Scythe KM02-BK 5.25" Bay Fan Controller $36

All will likely come from Newegg except 920 and Megashadow

Please comment and make suggestions! :D 

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November 11, 2009 12:17:26 AM

I'd switch the mobo for an Asus P6T at $239.99
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November 11, 2009 12:58:47 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
I'd switch the mobo for an Asus P6T at $239.99


Is there something wrong with the bloodrage? I have heard it is a beast at overclocking.
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November 11, 2009 1:13:54 AM

There might be nothing but I've had excellent expirience with Asus in the past thats why I recommended it.
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November 11, 2009 1:42:32 AM

I think i might get the Rampage 2 gene; its only $200 and has onboard xi-fi
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November 11, 2009 1:59:40 AM

darksupreme said:
check this out this is one crazy deal ( tis what i have ) preety much the best deal u can get
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I can get an i7 920 for $199 easy at microcenter; its like 5 minutes away from where i live. The i5-750 are $149 there but i'm worried about getting a foxconn socket
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November 11, 2009 2:39:34 AM

I have made some changes---Asus rampage 2 gene $200, decided on the trident memory 2000mhz, changed the case to an antec 902, and i am getting the prolimatech megahalem revision B instead of the black one for $20 cheaper. That brings my total to $1,098 without the video card. Should I try to get a 5850 now or wait till prices (hopefully) drop?
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November 11, 2009 3:51:27 AM

go to 5870 with that much of your budget left and jay its not about the processor its about the fact that for 20 bucks more you can upgrade from a asus p6t delux v2 to a rampage extreme 2 which the regualr price off newegg is likea 100 dollar difference
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November 11, 2009 3:58:33 AM

no id go with the platinum series for the ram and why would he get a 4890 ??
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November 11, 2009 4:01:22 AM

jaymoney61 said:
I can get an i7 920 for $199 easy at microcenter; its like 5 minutes away from where i live. The i5-750 are $149 there but i'm worried about getting a foxconn socket


They are just over exaggerating about the foxconn socket. Big deal.
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November 11, 2009 4:09:24 AM

id scoop up what i posted not sure how much longer thats gonna be around and its a good deal to get a kick ass motherboard
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November 11, 2009 4:11:48 AM

darksupreme said:
id scoop up what i posted not sure how much longer thats gonna be around and its a good deal to get a kick ass motherboard


too bad it's still way too expensive for an average user..he's not going to MAD oc so no point. plus he said he got microcenter around him, he get 920 cheap..lucky
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November 11, 2009 4:12:57 AM

>.> ooh yea proly right nvrm then just get either a 5850 or 5870 for the GPU
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November 11, 2009 4:17:38 AM

This is a very common price target with several similar questions couple of times a week.

Suggest you peruse this:

http://www.tomshardware.com/search.php?s=%241500

W/ the Antec 900/902 suggest the Antec TP or SG series.

Asus P6T Deluxe V2 is probably the closest thing there's been to a "consensus" choice in a long time.

Lowest CAS timings you will find that fits under a Megahalems is the Mushkin Redline 998962 (3x 2GB q/ ascent cooling) or 998961 (6 x 2 GB) ... timings are 6-7-6-18. Gskill has a set w/ similar timings but they look too tall to fit under many HS

DVD you might wanna look at the Plextor 320 AS

Fan Contoller option would be the NZXT Sentry 2 ..... though if you wanna "bling it up", the Asus OS STation w/ a Asus RoG board is "tres bling"

RAID 0 will get you a quicker boot time but if you are expecting better game performance, you ain't gonna see more than 2-7%. Better choice if that what you're looking for would be an SSD and storage drive.
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November 11, 2009 4:26:25 AM

that asus oc station is preety sexy but is also "tres expensive"
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November 11, 2009 4:31:09 AM

darksupreme said:
that asus oc station is preety sexy but is also "tres expensive"


indeed "très cher", lets see how the OP's budget works out...first
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November 11, 2009 12:10:44 PM

overshocks said:
They are just over exaggerating about the foxconn socket. Big deal.

Are there any mobos that gaurentee a LOTES socket? Could i go to a store a peek inside and check?
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November 11, 2009 6:32:50 PM

jaymoney61 said:
I have made some changes---Asus rampage 2 gene $200, decided on the trident memory 2000mhz, changed the case to an antec 902, and i am getting the prolimatech megahalem revision B instead of the black one for $20 cheaper. That brings my total to $1,098 without the video card. Should I try to get a 5850 now or wait till prices (hopefully) drop?


Uhm, are you sure you want to waste money buying 2000mhz ram when your motherboard can't even support anything above 1333mhz?...just 1600mhz ram, its much cheaper and has a great variety. And it will save wasted money that could be spent elsewhere.
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November 11, 2009 8:34:44 PM

darksupreme said:
that asus oc station is preety sexy but is also "tres expensive"


Yup.....seemed too much for my blood .... more so at 1st glance tho.....my son was going to add an LCD in one bay and fan controller in another. Considering all the controllers we looked at, and how disappointing the build quality was, this started to lessen my resistance to the cost. Would love to see them add features similar to what Logitech did w/ their gaming KB's. For example, would be great place to log event viewer messages, e-mail alerts etc.

In the end I could see it was the "cool factor" that was driving the bus here and figured why not let the kid have some fun.
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November 11, 2009 11:54:37 PM

darksupreme said:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
this is sick too and cheaper but i think youd have to get adapter cables cuase i believe that case is molar
( correct me if im wrong )

Is that a good quality fan controller? Also, would I connect all the fans for the heatsink and the entire case to a fan controller? I'm kind of a no0b.
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November 12, 2009 12:43:07 AM

blackhawk1928 said:
Uhm, are you sure you want to waste money buying 2000mhz ram when your motherboard can't even support anything above 1333mhz?...just 1600mhz ram, its much cheaper and has a great variety. And it will save wasted money that could be spent elsewhere.

Should I get Mushkin 1600mhz at 8-8-8-24 for $155 or 7-8-7-20 for $180? Will I notice and difference between the two?
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November 12, 2009 1:03:44 AM

jaymoney61 said:
Is that a good quality fan controller? Also, would I connect all the fans for the heatsink and the entire case to a fan controller? I'm kind of a no0b.



The NZXT Sentry is a real dud according to the newegg as well as all the enthusiast site reviews. Loses it's settings, breaks, battery dies after 2-3 months and you have to reinput everything, and very low amps per channel..

Note that if your cas efans have "built in speed control (i.e. speed switches) the fan controller probably work. The Antec 1200 case fans for example have 3 speed switches and only 2 wires go to the controller. The 3rd wire that isn't there, is the one sending signal back telling controller how fast it's going. The NZXT Sentry 2 doesnt have the bling but it works. Fit and finish is a bit less than I'd like.
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November 12, 2009 7:36:03 PM

The 1600mhz mushkins will be good, 1600mhz is good because its popular and much cheaper then the useless 2000mhz. Plus if you ever overclock the motherboard the 1600 will give you a cushion on the ram. The 8-8-8-24 timings will be fine. You wont notice a a big difference but since you game then getting the 7-8-7 ram might give you a small benefit so If you have left over $ then get the 7-8-7 but if not then stay with the 8. Both are good :) 
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