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Need Guidance on First System Build ($2000 Budget)

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December 1, 2009 2:49:09 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: Around $2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Video Editing, Photo Editing, Videos & Music, Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I have everything but the computer itself.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg tigerdirect ncix

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI or Nvidia GPU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI or CROSSFIRE: Yes, but if i go with my originally stated HD 5870 then i will wait a bit before buying another one.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050, 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Whatever works.



This is going to be my first build, im just looking for some guidance or someone to make sure im going in the right direction.

I have thought about the system build a lot recently and i have all the parts im planning on buying, but i wanted to post everything here and make sure i got everything right before i go of and buy everything.

Any help is appreciated, thanks. :) 

SYSTEM:

CPU - i7 920 -- I will be overclocking this to hopefully 3.8-4.0 GHz
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU Cooler - Corsair H50 -- Hopefully this will keep it cool enough
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/searchtools/item...

Motherboard - EVGA x58 SLI LE
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM - OCZ Gold
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

GPU - HD 5870 -- Im thinking of maybe getting 2x 5850 only because they are easier to find, the 5870 seems to be sold out everywhere. :( 
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU - Corsair HX 850
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD - 2x WD Caviar Black 500G in RAID 0
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Case - Antec 1200 or the HAF 932 -- Not sure on which one to get as of now.



And again, thanks for any help.
December 1, 2009 5:39:01 PM

Everything you listed will work together. I would swap out the H50 for a Xigmatek Dark Knight. The Dark Knight will cool just as well for less than half the price. Caviar Blacks are a tad expensive. The Samsung Spinpoint F3's are a bit faster and less expensive.

I would go with the HAF 932. It looks better but they cool about the same.
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December 1, 2009 6:04:27 PM

Has only 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot

i'd suggest getting a different mobo, esp if your really into gaming
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December 1, 2009 6:06:39 PM

Im kind of stuck with the WD Blacks because i already bought one a month ago for $40, i got a good deal.

As for the case i really like the HAF but the inside is plain aluminum (not painted black like the 1200), but yeah i agree it looks a lot better on the outside.
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December 1, 2009 6:11:40 PM

pluke the 2 said:
Has only 1 PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot

i'd suggest getting a different mobo, esp if your really into gaming


do you recommend another motherboard that's around the same price range?
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December 1, 2009 6:13:43 PM

i suggest maybe a different motherboard... if your really into gaming, your gonna wanna upgrade after a while, and that mobo doesnt have much room to upgrade
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December 1, 2009 8:59:54 PM

Wow — I had exactly the same mindset going into my build.

I don't have direct experience (yet), but did you consider going with a SSD for your boot drive? From what I understand (again, could be wrong), they can make a huge difference. Since I'll have a WD drive as well, I'm planning on some dual installs early on to check. Good luck.

  • Antec P183 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Case -- $129.99
  • CORSAIR 850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Active PFC Power Supply -- $139.99
  • ASUS P6T Motherboard -- $239.99
  • Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core - Retail -- $288.99
  • 2 x GIGABYTE HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 -- $329.98
  • G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -- $149.99
  • Crucial 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) -- $429.00
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM SATA -- $69.99
  • LG Blu-ray Burner -- $199.00
    Total cost: $1976.92
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    December 1, 2009 9:12:59 PM

    Buy at NCIX... they got price match better price and better service. In Canada, Newegg cannot match NCIX.

    Also, if you are going for a i7 build, I strongly suggest to crossfire at least 2 5850. So... a 5970 at least... if you don't, you are wasting money.

    Just spare yourself some expenses and go core i5 LGA1156 or Phenom II 955.

    I don't know for you, but paying 300$ for a motherboard, an extra for a third stick of memory that give no gain in performance and a expensive cpu that don't bring any gain in performance without 600$ of graphic cards is something I am not recommending at all unless you got money to waste.
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    December 1, 2009 9:15:26 PM

    Rhythmdvl said:
    Wow — I had exactly the same mindset going into my build.

    I don't have direct experience (yet), but did you consider going with a SSD for your boot drive? From what I understand (again, could be wrong), they can make a huge difference. Since I'll have a WD drive as well, I'm planning on some dual installs early on to check. Good luck.

  • Antec P183 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Case -- $129.99
  • CORSAIR 850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 Active PFC Power Supply -- $139.99
  • ASUS P6T Motherboard -- $239.99
  • Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz Quad-Core - Retail -- $288.99
  • 2 x GIGABYTE HD 5770 (Juniper XT) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 -- $329.98
  • G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) -- $149.99
  • Crucial 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) -- $429.00
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB 7200 RPM SATA -- $69.99
  • LG Blu-ray Burner -- $199.00
    Total cost: $1976.92


  • That's not in $CAD, the special on Newegg.ca are not the same. Even worst, Newegg is far from the best store in Canada, it's NCIX.

    http://www.ncix.com/promo/promosale.php?webid=blackfrid...
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    December 2, 2009 12:16:01 AM

    +1 for ncix, if you can't find a part on ncix, also try directcanada, their customer service is still no match for ncix however
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    December 2, 2009 1:00:25 AM

    I highly recommend the Antec 1200 case w/ CP-850 PSU ......

    1. I just prefer the looks of the 1200
    2. Antec Support is among the best I have ever experienced. I shorted out 2 fans through no fault of them on my last build (bought sleeved Y splitter that was incorrectly wired), Antec replaced free of charge even tho I was just trying to purchase replacement fans....even sent me retail versions when I told them I was gonna use fan controller (stock fans have 3 speed switch built in). Same thing happened when i tried to buy USB2 versions of the USB1 front panel port modules some years back....they sent me replacements for all 4 of my 12-18 month old cases free of charge.
    3. You can mount a CP-850 PSU which has gotta be the best PSU buy around at the moment.

    See the comments here (it's one of only three 850 watters on Editor's Choice list):

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_PSUs

    Full review here: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article971-page7.html

    As for heatsinks, I'd pick one of the top 3 from these lists:

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    I agree about the Blacks, only the 2 TB model has 500 GB platters....IIRC, the 500 GB model has twin 250 GB platters giving it just half the areal density .... two 500 GB models in RAID 0 move the same amount of data past the read heads as a single 2 TB model. I wouldn't bother with RAID as all it really brings the typical enthusiast is a faster bootup time. RAID rocks in workstation, server usage but for a 2-7% gain in gaming, I don't see the value.

    I was about to give a link to newgg site for the Asus P6T V2 but it just shop up $50 in price. Zipzoomfly still has it for $288
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
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    December 2, 2009 2:02:43 AM

    alright well i think i will go with either the p6t or p6t delux v2

    i have been thinking about this board as well, and after reading all the posts i will go with the p6t.

    thanks for the help.
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    December 2, 2009 2:04:11 AM

    redgarl said:
    Buy at NCIX... they got price match better price and better service. In Canada, Newegg cannot match NCIX.

    Also, if you are going for a i7 build, I strongly suggest to crossfire at least 2 5850. So... a 5970 at least... if you don't, you are wasting money.

    Just spare yourself some expenses and go core i5 LGA1156 or Phenom II 955.

    I don't know for you, but paying 300$ for a motherboard, an extra for a third stick of memory that give no gain in performance and a expensive cpu that don't bring any gain in performance without 600$ of graphic cards is something I am not recommending at all unless you got money to waste.



    i get where you're coming from, but i plan on buying a second 5870 when they become more available and the price isn't so inflated. i might not buy it asap but eventually i will upgrade to 2x5870.
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    December 2, 2009 1:28:34 PM

    Great choice sir. I'd look into the differences of ASUS P6T Deluxe & the LE Version.

    IN MY OPINION (IMO)

    If your already going full out on a system like this ($2,000.00), why not go for the ASUS P6T Deluxe. Time? Money? Sure, I understand, but you're already spending so much money you might as well. Even if it takes you longer because you don't have the necessary funds.
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