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Gaming computer. Budget around 3k

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November 25, 2009 11:29:26 PM

I would very much appreciate some opinions and advice. I'd like to build a gaming computer that can handle anything you can currently throw at it. Maybe future proof it if that's even possible. I posted here a few weeks ago and it was suggested that I read the stickies about new builds. I did and that helped me a lot. I've done quite a bit of research reading through lots of articles here too. From what I've seen on these forums there are some really sharp people here who seem to know what they are talking about. So, I've put together a list of stuff that I sure would like some feedback on. Here ya go, and thanks.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I'd like to have everything ordered within 5 days

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming first and foremost, music, movies, surfing the internet.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer newegg.com. (USA). If I can get a better price from a reliable source then I'm good with that.

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type; Intel CPU for sure and ASUS MB. Think I'll go with an SLI system

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / Never have before but I'm going to / SLI : Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Windows 7 Professional I quess. Not sure. Is one edition better than another for gaming?


Here's what I've put together and I'm willing to change any of it. Of courseI just want everything to work well together for a sweet system. I want that sweet spot combination If you know what I mean.



Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ASUS Rampage II Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BFG Tech EX-1200 BFGR1200WEXPSU 1200W Continuous Rated at 40°C ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ... - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

EVGA 01G-P3-1180-AR GeForce GTX 285 1GB 512-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex Turbo OCZSSD2-1VTXT120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


LG Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-ROM SATA Internal Combo LG Blu-ray Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ZALMAN CNPS9900LED 120mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thanks.




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November 25, 2009 11:35:13 PM

Way overkill on the PSU. 750-850w Corsair for x-fire.
Right now the 285 is a bad choice the 5850 is a much better choice, beats it and is cheaper.
The ram is really nice, but you can get equivalent for $150 or so. OCZ or Crucial.
That CPU cooler is expensive for not so great performance. Get a Hyper 212 for $30.
Win 7 Home P is all that is really needed, get Pro if you want XP mode.
The rest looks good.
a b 4 Gaming
November 25, 2009 11:35:50 PM

OCZ Platinum is $80 cheaper and has better timings, so you can save with better performance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A 5850 would provide you equal performance but with significantly less power usage, and provides you DX11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

The 500GB Samsung F3 is currently the fastest HDD out there with sequential reads and writes
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For 2 5850s a good 750W PSU provides plenty of power, the 750TX from corsair would do quite well. If you want modular consider the 750HX, or TP-750
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 26, 2009 2:08:52 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I do appreciate it. Have a great Thanksgiving.
a b 4 Gaming
November 26, 2009 2:18:36 PM

hunter315 said:

A 5850 would provide you equal performance but with significantly less power usage, and provides you DX11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...




Good luck finding any HD 58xx or HD 59xx video in stock over the next 5 days. They are out of stock everywhere due to low production yields.
November 26, 2009 7:07:15 PM


"Good luck finding any HD 58xx or HD 59xx video in stock over the next 5 days. They are out of stock everywhere due to low production yields."

You're right. I may have to wait.

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