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November 15, 2009 9:50:55 PM


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next two weeks

BUDGET RANGE: $1500 - $2000
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT gaming, modding, watching TV and movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, second monitor - I have a Sony SDM-HS95P, speakers - I have an ONKYO system

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: intel CPU, AMD GPU, 24" LCD with IPS panel

OVERCLOCKING: Probably

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

PARTS BEING CONSIDERED:

SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP LP2475w Black 24" 6 ms (GTG); 12ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The monitor is pricey but I'd like an ISP panel and glossy screen, however I do like my Sony which is TN
November 15, 2009 10:17:39 PM

You do understand about the gaming limitations of the monitor, right? I'm not arguing, just making sure you know you'll likely see a response difference.

What kind of modding and how much?
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November 16, 2009 1:04:33 AM

Yes I know it has "6ms GTG;12ms" but I'm not sure if that's a problem would that be a problem for upcoming games? I think my Sony has a 12ms response time and looks good to me. Would a TN monitor be better?

As for modding, it's Half Life 2 and it's what I do most - play around with Hammer.

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November 16, 2009 5:44:25 AM

Oops -- This will be my first build so I'm a complete noob. However a cool case wouldn't hurt. :) 

To clarify things a bit, I do not do MMO if that helps narrowing the choice any.

OMG that is quite a reference. At first glance it looks like the Dell U2410 if I insist on IPS panels. Sill confused about TN panels but as I said I like my Sony which is TN.
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November 16, 2009 5:55:21 AM

It's a matter of personal preference also, because a little ghosting might not bother you much. If you could look around at some local shops you might find some to compare... I'm about to post a build here for you, but the lights are flickering and the wind is blowing. So, if it's not up in 15 mins it likely won't be tonight ;) 


i7 920 AND P6TD Deluxe combo
OCZ Platinum 6GB CL7 1600
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Cooler Master Storm Sniper
Corsair HX850 This is a very high quality PSU, one of the very best. It's here because you can afford it, but can be changed if it turns out you need to spend elswhere.
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Caviar Black 1TB
Optical drive
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Noctua CPU cooler
MX-2 thermal paste
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I haven't seen a 5850 in stock in a while :p 
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November 16, 2009 8:59:18 AM

Well I really misremembered the pricing on the Dell - way too much for my budget. My wife is getting a little nervous about the total price so cutting back a little here and there would be nice.

I really appreciate your input -- thanks
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November 16, 2009 7:41:27 PM

Thanks, it might be a little too big, :)  but I'll definitely keep it in mind.
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November 18, 2009 3:28:29 AM

How about this build to keep it under $2000? With Windows 7 it's about $1900.


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6TD Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3X1600R2LV6GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW etc.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HP 2509m 25" 3ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 DC 60000:1(1000:1) Built in Speakers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 18, 2009 4:31:57 AM

Yes that looks fine. Your max load would not exceed about 40A, and that leaves lots of margin still.
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November 18, 2009 6:36:18 AM

I'm not quite sure why you're suggesting the combo deal. Is it because the case is better? If so in what way.

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November 18, 2009 7:38:35 AM

What would you suggest for a Cool Master system? -- so long as they don't have red leds :) 
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November 18, 2009 8:22:24 AM

The ATCS 840 is very nice looking, has a slide out motherboard tray, and excellent cable management. As with most CM cases it has extra depth and accomodates longer video cards easier than Antec:

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

The HAF has more of a practical appearance. It's exceptionally well cooled and is very easy to work in. You would have to buy blue fans though :) 
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The 690 is basic but roomy. Well cooled with options to make it very well cooled.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then there's the Storm Sniper I linked before, but it's sold out at newegg atm.
http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=CA-SGC6000
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November 19, 2009 3:04:24 AM

By pure chance I was able to buy an XFX Radeon HD 5850 from Newegg so I'm ready to roll. :bounce: 

I think I'll go with the rest of the build as is, except getting the Cool Master HAF instead of the Antec. I googled around and found an article on modding the fan. It seems like it would be easy to swap out the red leds for blue. If not I can either live with red or cut the wires.

Is the cooler really needed whilst I'm not overclocking? I probably won't do that for a while.

Really appreciate all your help.
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November 19, 2009 4:02:17 AM

No stock is fine until you OC :) 

Good luck, check out the new assembly sticky at the top of the forum.
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