$1500-2000 Gaming pc for Nephew!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Early December

BUDGET RANGE: $1500-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Graphic Design, 3D Model Creation, surfing web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Need everything! Monitor, keyboard, ect!

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg if at all possible

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel and ATI but not dead set on it...

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes down the road

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet build please. I got some really good advice when i built my own PC not to long ago on this forum and wanna build one for my nephew for xmas/birthday, Figured i would come back and ask for more advice!!

What im thinking on so far...


EVGA E758-A1 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Cas

HIS H587F1GDG Radeon HD 5870

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certifiec

Intel Core i7-920

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache

Sony Optiarc Black x2


Thanks in advance for any help/advice! None of this is exactly set in stone either at this point...and still needing a monitor/keyboard/mouse
27 answers Last reply
More about 1500 2000 gaming nephew
  1. 850w is overkill 750w at most, but only 600-650w is needed. Get Gskill ripjaws over trident.
  2. just add these...

    This monitor is a great deal right now. 23inch and 1920x1080.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009163
    Top of the line mouse
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104079
    Top of the line keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126034

    ... and I'll be your nephew. ;)


    The 850PSU and EVGA motherboard allow it to run 3x5870 someday, lots of growing room.

    Only thing that confuses me is two DVD writers. He copies alot of DVDs?
  3. Sonic, im pretty positive that overclocking on the 920 is gonna happen and i know for a fact crossfire/sli is gonna happen down the line...can 600w PSU really handle that? Im leaning towards no...but im not exactly an expert. Why im here :P

    Hatcher, 2 dvd writers because my nephew does burn more then 1 disc at a time on his current computer, so figured i would get 2 for him
  4. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102856&cm_re=5870-_-14-102-856-_-Product
    ATI recommend 600w for x-fire they are build on 40nm manufacturing process.
  5. updated my post above with links for missing parts


    Corsair HX650 and Antec CP/TP650 would all have enough 12V amps to run two GPUs and overclock, most PSUs you would want 750W. The 850 you linked is designed to handle 3, as is the motherboard.
  6. Ya im definately interested in the 3-way sli/xfire on one board, would you suggest any other ones? Any parts you would swap out maybe? Any suggestions on the new 5890 card?
  7. With the 5970 you would only need two GPUs to have quad crossfire. Need a strong power supply with two 8pin and two 6pin PCIE cables. The 5970 apparently can burn up to 400W when overclocked. The Corsair 850 would probably be OK.

    Im not sure that with a single 1920x1200 monitor that you need a 5970. Driving 3 monitors or a 2560x1600 it would make more sense.
  8. Woops! Ment the 5970, but u knew what i ment lol :P
    Im getting more interested in keeping this for myself and giving my other build to the nephew >.> 2 5970's would be fairly far down the line....but still want it available if i want to


    How about the same parts but with these changes?


    EVGA 121-BL-E756-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58

    COOLER MASTER UCP RSB00-AAAAA3 1100W

    HIS H597F2GDG Radeon HD 5970

    Total would come to $1800 without any keyboard/mouse/monitor. And i would LOVE to put 2 monitors up to take full advantage, though it would wait until summer sometime to happen, if not next winter.
  9. And i chose a bigger PSU at 1100watt because i want to overclock the i7 and the GPU down the line. So i would need a CPU cooler at the least. Suggestions?
  10. 1100 is overkill. 850w Corsair will get you crossfire with 5970 and overclocked CPU
  11. Took a look at that article and like Hatcher pointed out each does about 400w at load...850 would be cutting it pretty close for 2 with OC
  12. When PSUs are rated they are rated generously. A 850w Corsair may be able to put out almost 900w. An overclocked cpu does not need 250w.
  13. Corsair tends to under rate their PSUs for some reason. The corsair 850 is comparable to most other brands 950s. Coolermaster is not noted for good PSUs however.

    Twin 5970s is a case I might go with an Antec TP Quattro 1000 or Corsair HX1000; considering the huge GPU expense thats a small PSU price increase.

    XFX has double lifetime warranty in the US so its the brand of 5970 to get.

    Since you seem to be going for the best of everything with this build, the Megahalems is not an unreasonable CPU cooler to consider. It doesnt come with a 120mm fan so it costs over $100 by the time you are done. Other good options are the Noctua NH-12UP SE (has quiet twin fans) at $75, Xigmatec Dark Knight at $45 or the Coolermaster Hyper 212 at $30. There is probably a total of less than 5 degrees difference at load between those 3 coolers so Ill leave the choice up to you.


    The new EVGA motherboard you linked only has one problem, its microATX. If you put twin GPUs in it there are no more slots available for something important you will want to add next year - a PCI USB3 card.
  14. Ok ok, thanks a ton. Ill go look at all those parts, any suggestions on what Mobo to get?
  15. The EVGA E758-TR will do x16/x16 crossfire and still have a pci or pcie slot open.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188046

    DFI Lanpary DK will also for a bit less money.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813136065
  16. Alright hatcher, your awesome! Thanks a ton, what do you think of this for a final build?

    EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI

    Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W

    XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight

    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P x2!

    HIS H597F2GDG Radeon HD 5970

    Anything you think i should changeup? Ram, HD, ect? Not a fan of that mouse you selected, and the keyboard had some mixed iffy reviews. Any other suggestions? Im breaking my budget a bit to get the double monitors but...meh...its not for my nephew anymore :D
  17. Well, I use a USB keyboard I got last XMAS from frys for $5 ($0 after $5MIR), a bottom of the line $10 logitech optical mouse and $15 bottom of the line logitech headset. The G9 and G15 are pretty common gaming accessories that some of my friends say are really good. I change games anc characters too much so I would probably get confused with 9 different mouse buttons and extra programmed key.
  18. Ok, im using a generic cheap keyboard/mouse atm myself so ill just stick with that. Dont wanna drop 70ish$ on something i gotta put my hands on everyday and cant get a feel for before hand :P

    Anyone else or you yourself have any comments on build?
  19. No way this can be perfect, no suggestions here guys? Sorry for bein an ass i just wanna make sure i get the best bang for my buck i can :D
  20. I dont know about perfect, but you have good quality, premium parts (minus the trivial mouse, keyboard). You could save money backing off on the motherboard and dropping the PSU wattage.


    We do need to do something about your RAM. You will get better performance from DDR3-1600 or DDR3-1333 RAM with CAS 6 or 7 latency.
    Like one of these:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231230
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227381
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226032
  21. Thanks Hatcher yet again, Whats better CAS 6 or 7? And that third one is "deactivated"
  22. Lower number is better. Just because newegg doesnt sell it right now doesnt mean you cant get find elsewhere. CAS6 is the best you can get in DDR3 and I wanted to give you some examples to look at.
  23. Thanks Hatcher, im still on the hunt for ram but ill keep in mind that CAS 6 or 7 is the way to go. Everything else good for quality?
  24. Suggestion on RAM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145253
    Suggestion on PSU (STRONG SUGGESTION DONT GO WITH YOUR ANTEC =[ )
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007
    This PSU will get you everything you need gauranteed. I would have gave you the 850 watt ver, but you said you play 2 5970 and thats 800 watts OC'ed correctly, and there is no reason to push that.

    This is just person opinion, don't take it like I'm forcing this one :P

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284&Tpk=WD%20caviar%20black%201tb

    Two of those and you will have same performance if not better, and less chance of getting DOA or click of death.
  25. Corsair Dominator RAM is very overpriced. Its also got a tall heatspreader which could hit your CPU cooler.

    WD Caviar Black 1TB is nowhere near as fast as the samsung F3.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/2tb-hdd-7200,2430-7.html
  26. Thanks for all the help guys, sorry its been a while. Been busy with holidays and all that :D

    Final build, barring any complaints from anyone that is!


    Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

    EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI

    XFX HD-597A-CNF9 Radeon HD 5970 Really hoping to get this, but im still not 100% sure between this or a 5870/5850...

    Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Stopthe_bomb, not really feeling that psu. It seems that its way more top end then what i need, having 6x 6+2 pci connectors. I could be wrong tho...

    Intel Core i7-920

    G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

    Acer X233Hbid Black 23" 5msx2 Not to sure about this one now...49-75 hz seems a little lacking, but once again im not to sure. Very nice looking monitor in any case :p

    Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drivex2

    XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight

    Ok boyos, last call for any suggestions here :D going to be purchasing this sometime around the first week of december. Thanks Hatcher for your large amount of help with this build!
  27. There are 2ms monitors which should be even better for gaming. Monitors are something I do not consider myself expert with. Maybe someone else can give you some recommendations, I use more general purpose bargain monitors like those acers on sale.
Ask a new question

Read More

New Build Systems Product