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$3000 I7 Gaming Build

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November 22, 2009 8:23:05 PM

Processor
Intel Core i7 920 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.66GHZ Bloomfield 8MB LGA1366 4.8GT/S
Motherboard
ASUS P6T X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI SATA2 GBLAN Motherboard
Memory
Corsair XMS3 Dominator TR3X6G1600C8D 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL 8-8-8-24 Core i7 Memory Kit
Video Card
XFX Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ 2XDVI HDMI Display Port DIRECTX11 PCI-E Video Card
Case
Cooler Master Haf 932 Full Tower Black EATX Case 6X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PSU USB eSATA 1394 Audio
Power Supply
Corsair HX1000W CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX 20/24PIN ATX 80A 12V Afc Modular Power Supply W/ 140MM Fan
Hard Drive x 4
Western Digital WD1001FALS Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 7200RPM 4.2MS 32MB 3.5IN Dual Proc Hard Drive OEM
Blu-Ray Drive
LG BH08-LS20 Black BLU-RAY Writer 8X BD-R 16X DVD-R SATA Lightscribe Internal Drive
DVD Writer
Samsung SH-S223B/BEBE 22X DVD+-RW SATA DVD Writer Black OEM
Card Reader
nGear Flash Card Reader 3.5IN Internal USB Black CF/SM/SDHC/MMC/MS/XD 18IN Cable
Keyboard
Logitech G15 2ND Gen Gaming Keyboard USB Black Silver Amber LCD Panel Programmable Backlit Keys
Mouse
Logitech G9 Laser Mouse 3200DPI USB2.0 1000HZ Weight Adjustable Black
Sound Card
AuzenTech X-FI Prelude 7.1 Sound Card PCI 32BIT EAX 5.0
Speakers
Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speakers 500W RMS SILVER-BLACK Analog Coax Optical

This is slighly over budget. Could change the speakers to G51. Have 4 hard drives there for a raid setup.

Anyone have any other suggestions to improve the system or downgrade for anything that is not necessary.

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November 22, 2009 8:30:47 PM

Can get away with a 750w Corsair and even have enough for x-fire.
November 22, 2009 8:31:25 PM

Oh and also, change the HDDs to Spinpoint F3s, they are faster and cheaper than Blacks.
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November 22, 2009 9:09:43 PM

yup
November 23, 2009 5:04:48 AM

If you can spend 3000$ on a PC, I really suggest you to get a decent case for the price you are paying.

Right now, I got a little something for the Silverstone Raven 2 R02. The price is great and the case seems to offer more than many others. Still, If you want a silent case, you need to go with a Standard Cosmos... you will never be bored by your hard drives again...

I really regret getting the COsmos S over the original Cosmos.
November 23, 2009 5:36:24 AM

redgarl said:
If you can spend 3000$ on a PC, I really suggest you to get a decent case for the price you are paying.

Right now, I got a little something for the Silverstone Raven 2 R02. The price is great and the case seems to offer more than many others. Still, If you want a silent case, you need to go with a Standard Cosmos... you will never be bored by your hard drives again...

I really regret getting the COsmos S over the original Cosmos.



???

Hes getting a Haf 932.........

For that much money consider a few less hard drives and adding one or two SSDs. And +1 for the 5970 and the Corsair 750TX.
November 23, 2009 5:47:15 AM

I agree with the OCZ platinum, it's easily the most compatible and cheapest performance RAM you can get.
November 23, 2009 5:55:16 AM

anort3 said:
???

Hes getting a Haf 932.........

For that much money consider a few less hard drives and adding one or two SSDs. And +1 for the 5970 and the Corsair 750TX.


Yeah... a HAf... seriously, a HAF is a good case, but not a spectacular one. I am not the kind of person to put a Ferrari engine into an Honda Civic... still a lot of peoples do... but that doesn't mean it makes sense.

If he plan to crossfire or SLI, he need a case that can suit his needs. With so much money to spend on a system, he will surely end up having a second graphic cards. With 10 inches card into the case, I can guarantee you it will be a mess to work with into a HAF 932.

The computer case is often overlook... and I think it's a big mistake. Well, If you like to use your Dremel to fit everything in, it's your choice, but not mine.
November 23, 2009 12:18:18 PM

Your shopping list sound good, just two small things.

PSU: stay with that one it's a good one and you avoid future problem, you have a lot of disk inside that box

Case: As someone said, at that price get a good case, the haf is more the flavor of the month. If I was you I'll go with silverstone tj07, not tj09 I have one and I regret it, or less expensive the corsait obsidian 800d or coolermaster ATCS 840. If it was me I'll go with the obsidian, got everything the expensive full tower have at less price.

good luck with your build
THanks
November 23, 2009 3:06:05 PM

ya man +1 to dx 11

with such high budget get a 5970 its just too awesome to handle.........
November 25, 2009 12:44:37 AM

Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I will most likely get my computer from a local retailer, NCIX.com.

Switching to a 750w power supply would save me about $120. But, will a 750w power supply be enough for future expansion and/or overclocking. Or maybe I can go with the 850w or 950w.

In terms of the memory, the ocz platinum would save about $80.

The case can be switched to corsait obsidian 800d, but it would cost twice as much as the HAF 932. However, getting a quite case is important to me. Would there be any ventilation needed on top of what it already comes with? Maybe for the processor or video card.

In terms of the video card, all the 5970's would cost around $700. A $270 difference from the 5870. Seems like a steep price for a video card. Would a crossfire setup work better if I get 2 4890's at $470 instead?

I can see that the spinpoint F3's are not available here yet. I can get the F2 for the same price as the Black's and additional 500GB space. The SSD's seem a bit unreasonable at the moment condering the price you pay vs. the capacity. Which brand would be the best bargain at the moment.


November 25, 2009 12:52:44 AM

you dont need the obsidian , if u ask me its ugly anyways . a 1200 will do you fine save what money you can and shell out for that vid card , and no 4890's Xfire will not touch 1 5970 because a 5970 is basically 2 5870's Xfire lol soo yea ... and the 5970's go on new egg for like 630 bucks..... dnt know where u got 700 frm
November 26, 2009 12:31:19 AM

darksupreme said:
you dont need the obsidian , if u ask me its ugly anyways . a 1200 will do you fine save what money you can and shell out for that vid card , and no 4890's Xfire will not touch 1 5970 because a 5970 is basically 2 5870's Xfire lol soo yea ... and the 5970's go on new egg for like 630 bucks..... dnt know where u got 700 frm



Do you mean an antec 1200 case? Since, I am shopping here in Canada the 5970's would be around $700 and are in limited supply.

What do you suggest for a CPU heatsink for overclocking purposes? Might as well get that too, since I have anything else.
November 26, 2009 4:05:04 AM

Cut down on something and go with the evga classy. With $3000 there is no reason not to. I'd also suggest maybe some Dominator GT instead. For the speakers you should really head over to the Headfi.com forums and find some quality speakers.
November 27, 2009 7:11:40 AM

you do not need the 1000 watt PSU 850 will do you fine ( more money to save )
and VS speaker id get some headphones i personally own a good pair of both ( tad audiophile ) and thers nothing like a good pair of headphones for you music and gaming
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