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November 18, 2009 11:35:36 PM

Well I am ready for a new gaming rig...actually my first dedicated gaming rig, and this time I want to build it myself. Something a little future proof. Although never having done this before I need some proof reading of my component compatibility. So here I will list what I have in mind and any feedback is extremely appreciated. Also, feel free to suggest substitute components if you feel it will better the system or if there is a easy opportunity to cut cost without significantly affecting performance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1200 - 1300 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (WOW, COD, etc.), adobe photoshop (nothing extremely intense), regular PC use (web browsing, excel, word, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I pretty much need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in the future

So here's what I am thinking so far after a little research:

Case: Cooler master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: I7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat sink and fan: Cooler master 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: Sony Optiarc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Need some suggestions on this one.


Additionally, I was wondering if someone could recommend a good gaming monitor that would compliment this system- looking for a 23 - 24" for about $200 - $300 (not included in the pc budget).

Thank you



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November 19, 2009 2:47:59 AM

sleeven said:
Well I am ready for a new gaming rig...actually my first dedicated gaming rig, and this time I want to build it myself. Something a little future proof. Although never having done this before I need some proof reading of my component compatibility. So here I will list what I have in mind and any feedback is extremely appreciated. Also, feel free to suggest substitute components if you feel it will better the system or if there is a easy opportunity to cut cost without significantly affecting performance.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: the next couple of weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 1200 - 1300 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming (WOW, COD, etc.), adobe photoshop (nothing extremely intense), regular PC use (web browsing, excel, word, etc.)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I pretty much need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an intel CPU

OVERCLOCKING: maybe in the future

So here's what I am thinking so far after a little research:

Case: Cooler master HAF 922
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Processor: I7 920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat sink and fan: Cooler master 92mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard drive: Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical drive: Sony Optiarc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: Need some suggestions on this one.


Additionally, I was wondering if someone could recommend a good gaming monitor that would compliment this system- looking for a 23 - 24" for about $200 - $300 (not included in the pc budget).

Thank you



You could use this motherboard:
ASUS P6T SE
It is an LGA 1366 motherboard that will match your LGA 1366 i7-920 cpu.

The RAM memory you selected will be incompatible with the motherboards required for your i7-920 processor. You need 6GB (3x2) of triple-channel DDR3 at 1.65 volts or lower.
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November 19, 2009 9:10:59 PM

Thank you for the advice. So am I to assume at this point that everything will work together after I purchase one of the triple channel memory units specified?

I am thinking of going with this ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Anyone have any experience with this?
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November 19, 2009 9:54:59 PM

I dont think it makes sense to get the widest case possible (HAF 922 is 10 inches wide) and put an overpriced small 92mm cooler on it. You have room so go with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 or Xigmatek Dark Knight. If you are going with a 92mm the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 at $20 makes alot more sense.

Getting CAS 8 or 7 RAM would give you a small performance boost and more overclocking options.

This 23 inch 1920x1080 monitor at $169/free shipping is a great deal right now.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The least expensive good x58 motherboard is the ASRock x58 extreme.
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November 19, 2009 10:59:50 PM

Agree with those who posted....

3 x 2GB - your latest choice is CAS 9 ....tops is CAS 6. For same price you could have CAS 7

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

WD only has the faster "500 GB per platter" drives in the 2 TB model. Suggest alternate HD w/ 500 GB platters from Seagate or Samsung

MoBo Asus P6T V2 is consensus fav

Prolimatech Megahalems on the HS w/ IC diamond 7 karat thermal paste and Enermax Cluster Fan(s) from frozencpu.com

No Blue Ray reader ?

Plextor 320SA adds BR and LS but at a cost of $100 extra
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November 20, 2009 2:12:18 AM

dndhatcher said:
I dont think it makes sense to get the widest case possible (HAF 922 is 10 inches wide) and put an overpriced small 92mm cooler on it. You have room so go with a Coolermaster Hyper 212 or Xigmatek Dark Knight.

Is the Hyper 212 (plus) really that big? I almost picked one up the other day. I've got a Cooler Master 310 mid tower, 7.5". Do you think I'll have a problem fitting it in there? Now I've got my doubts. I'm going to have to find time to grab a ruler and pop off the side.
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November 20, 2009 4:21:30 PM

The hyper 212 and dark knight are 120mm (under 5 inches) tall, depends on side door fan mounts and motherboard tray.
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November 20, 2009 10:10:50 PM

So here is my altered build taking into account the suggestions from the members of the forum


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] ve%20black



I guess availability of the sapphire 5850 may become an issue

Besides that, how is this looking for a somewhat future proof gaming rig?
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November 23, 2009 8:32:50 PM

so I was throwing the idea around about downgrading to the i5 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
and an appropriate motherboard and instead of the ATI Radeon 5850 going for the 5870. As I will be mostly using this computer for gaming, I wonder if this is a more efficient use of the budget. Anyone have an opinion one way or the other?
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November 23, 2009 8:37:46 PM

For gaming, the i5 is going to match an i7 so you will get better performance with a 5870 and i5, except maybe in GTA4 and a couple other games.
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November 23, 2009 10:05:03 PM

well in that case would anyone be so kind as to suggest a motherboard and possibly some ram that may work with my current configuration with an i5 substitution as opposed to the I7 and a Radeon 5850.
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November 23, 2009 10:26:54 PM

If you don't plan to run CF/SLI I can recommend the Gigabyte GA-P55M-UD2. It's a mATX, and it's priced accordingly. $105 right now on NewEgg (on 'sale' $5 off):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Going the P55/1156 route you'll also want to switch back to 2x2GB RAM. With an i5 750 you likely won't be able to run at 1600MHz without OCing your CPU. There's a strong case to be made for 1333MHz with tighet timings anyway. And very little real world difference.

Or if you like the Corsair you've already picked out, there's a $15 off combo for that and the GA-P55M-UD2:
$210 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And it's hard to argue with fast RAM and tighter timings when it's also cheaper. Here's a combo, same motherboard with some 1600 CL7's
$195 http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
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November 30, 2009 3:42:59 PM

so I decided to go with the original I7 build, but thank you to the individuals who suggested an i5 build. I still have a couple of questions before I finish placing the order.

First concerning the ram...

The original ram I was going to purchase ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ) is out of stock and I was wondering if someone could suggest a comparable item.

Currently I am thinking about http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the specs appear to be equal, although this will probably turn out to be a noob oversight.

Also could someone suggest a optical drive (doesn't need to play blu ray, just play and burn cd's and dvd's)

Thanks.
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November 30, 2009 7:50:21 PM

The Corsair XMS3 is fine, though its only CAS8 and the OCZ was CAS7(faster).


Any Liteon, Sony or Samsung SATA DVD Burner (all around $30) will be fine.
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