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November 15, 2009 1:17:33 AM

The main purpose of this build is gaming...

here are some parts I've been looking at:

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Do you think they will have a good supply around Christmas?
Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Any suggestions for different parts are welcome :) 

What I need help on is:

A full tower case for around $200 with best performance
A Monitor for around $300-$350 preferred 16:10
and a cooler that can get my CPU to 4GHz easily for around $60 or $70

my budget for the whole system is around $2100 give or take a few bucks :) 

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November 15, 2009 1:46:31 AM

First major problem I see...why a Xenon instead of i7 920? The Xenon will not OC nearly as well, and you probably have no hope of reaching 4.0 with one.
Cases really are personal preferences, but its hard to beat a HAF 932 for airflow.
For Monitor, you can probably afford a 28", something like this
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
if you really want lower resolution, you would be better off shopping for a 32 to 37 inch 720p LCD TV...there are several in that budget range, some that can handle higher resolutions on the PC input or upscale to 1080.
Cooler will depend on the case you end up with, be sure you have clearance for whatever you choose, but check out http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm ....just be sure whatever you choose has a mounting system for the 1366 platform.
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November 15, 2009 1:53:24 AM

Case is really a personal choice... there are plenty of great options at that price. I like the Antec 1200.

This monitor looks pretty good, you could still afford a larger one though: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
If you were putting any more cash towards the monitor I'd say to look for an IPS panel monitor instead of the TN--better colors and viewing angle--but to get one for under $400 you'd have to sacrifice resolution and size.

As for heatsinks, look here: http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
The list is for 775 processors, but all of those heatsinks either have a 1366 mounting bracket or have a variant that does. Some might run a bit more than $70, but that's saved on the other parts here.

There may be better answers to these questions, but I think it's hard to go wrong with what you're spending... good luck :) 

(Oh, and no idea on the 5870 availability, but given current nonexistent stocks I'd say you'd be lucky to get a hold of one.)


Okay, @other posters... Any particular reason the Xeon is a bad choice? It's the same processor as the 920, just a better piece of silicon. Xeons are just higher binned i7s. People who bought it on Newegg seemed to have good results.
November 15, 2009 6:50:51 AM

@ Sonic-Boom and belial2k. Why is the Xeon I chose a bad choice? I heard the only difference between it and a regulate i7 is that it is higher binned and supposed to run cooler. Am I wrong? :heink: 
November 15, 2009 8:24:28 AM

And you do not have a PSU listed.
November 15, 2009 5:27:38 PM

jsc said:
And you do not have a PSU listed.


I already have one

1000W BFG
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