[New System Build] Gaming Rig $1600-$2200

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: I plan on waiting untill after christmas maybe january some time, but maybe sooner depending.

BUDGET RANGE: $1600-$2200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Web-browsing(videos/facebook games) Movies, Music.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse/Speakers/Monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect

PARTS PREFERENCES: No specific preference

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not yet, possibly future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 HDMI on 42inch

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a quiet PC -- was thinking of watercooling but i would rather go with air cooling at least for right now and possibly do watercooling later on. It just seems like too much more effort/money for something not needed.


Cooler Master HAF 932 High Air Flow ATX Full Tower

EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 X58 3-Way SLI Core i7 Motherboard with Tri-Channel DDR3 and Tuning Utility

Intel Core i7 920 2.66GHz 8M L3 Cache 4.8GT/sec QPI Hyper-Threading Turbo Boost LGA1366 Processor

Noctua NH-U12P SE1366 for Intel LGA 1366 4 Dual Heat-Pipe 120 mm SSO Bearing Quiet CPU Cooler

Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 1 GB DDR5 PCI-Express Graphics Card 100281SR
(I sort of want to wait on availability for the Sapphire Vapor-x Radeon HD 5870 but not sure)

Western Digital 300 GB VelociRaptor SATA 10,000 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5 TB SATA 32 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Hard Drive (extra storage)

Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator 6 GB 3 x 2 GB PC3-12800 1600MHz 240-Pin DDR3 Core i7 Memory Kit

Corsair CMPSU-1000HX 1000-Watt HX Professional Series 80 Plus Certified Power Supply compatible with Core i7 and Core i5

Auzentech X-Fi Forte 7.1 PCIe Sound Card

Audio Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air Dynamic Audiophile Headphones with 53mm + Zalman Mic

Logitech Wireless Keyboard K350

Samsung Internal Half Height DVD-W Supermulti SATA 22X Lightscribe

Thanks in Advance --

--Additional-- I'm sort of up in the air for an operating system. I'm currently using windows Vista but im not sure about upgrading to windows 7. Any advice would be appreciated towards this as well :-)
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  1. Quote:

    BUDGET RANGE: $1600-$2200

    EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1 X58 3-Way SLI Core i7 Motherboard with Tri-Channel DDR3 and Tuning Utility

    I thought without additional components like LCD Monitor etc, $1500 is solid investment for a gaming rig even if ATI 2 x 5770 1 GB DDR5 is considered ($350). You may check this out, very good review (I leaned a lot):

    Windows 7 upgrade is recommended but if you are using Vista SP2 is should be OK else wait till the release of Win 7 SP1. Also, check this review before investing on any Core i7-920 CPUs (i7-8xx have the advantage):
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    Ditch the Velociraptor. Either spend the extra for a SSD as a boot/app drive, or don't bother. The newer 500 GB platter drives (Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB or 1 TB, Seagate 7200.12 500GB or 1 TB, and Western Digital Caviar Black 2 TB) are faster, quieter, and a hell of lot cheaper.

    Do not get the 7200.11. It's had problems, and it's completely old tech. See the above recommendations. The Samsung is the best, and one of the cheapest (2x1 TB will run $170 total).

    That RAM isn't that good, and its extremely expensive. There's better sticks at under $200. Here's a good set of Mushkin Blackline DDR3 1333 mhz CAS Latency 7 for $170. The interesting thing about RAM is that the most important spec is the CAS Latency (or timings), and the speed really doesn't matter too much. If you get 1333 mhz CL7 sticks, they will be cheaper and as fast (or faster) as 1600 mhz sticks.

    You don't need a 1000W PSU, even for Crossfire. At most you'll need 750W, but to be extra certain, a 850W would have a lot of headroom. Good choice on the brand though.

    You don't need a sound card. Onboard audio is excellent and supports surround sound now days. The only reason you'd want it is if you're a huge audiophile. Save your self some money.

    Windows 7 is everything Vista should have been. Without a doubt, you should switch. If you're a student, you can get Windows 7 for $30...

    BTW Newegg is almost always cheaper, and it's easier to look at the specs.
  3. Thanks for the advice guys, Curious on the 7200rpm hard drives being faster than the 10000rpm velociraptor. Is there a quick link or a few words to help me understand why?

    I have looked over a few research posts and will most likely be keeping the 1600mhz ram over the 1333mhz ram with the i7 920. ty tho

    I will be dropping the sound card and downgrading the power supply! -- helps a bunch on cost.

    I had looked at performance tests between vista and w7 seeing vista outperform -- although between your advice and hoping things have/will get better and slightly wanting a change i think i will go ahead with the upgrade to w7.

    thnx again -- any help with this last issue would be great ;D
  4. The reason is the 500 GB platters. The data density is much higher. Also, the 10K rpm is really old tech, and was mostly competing with 5200 rpm drives when it came out. There's a lot of data in the charts section under 2009 3.5" desktop harddrives...

    On the RAM, even if you don't drop down to 1333 mhz, there's a lot of better, cheaper sets out there. Corsair is extremely overpriced for what they give you (like $50 overpriced). This is especially true of their Dominator series...

    EDIT: For $195, here's a set of 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 G.Skill sticks.
  5. A couple of quick suggestions

    1.Drop that cooler and get this one

    Best cooler on the market now and pretty much the same price

    2. Get this motherboard instead

    It is an extremely high end board and is future proofed with USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb/s

    3. I also agree, swap the velociraptor out for a Solid State or drop it all together, then get rid of that seagate and get a Samsung spinpoint f3
  6. I wasn't looking at the CPU cooler, but you're really over paying for those. The Coolermaster Hyper 212 is a fraction of the cost, will fit every socket released, and is one of the best CPU coolers available.

    I'm not sold on the USB 3.0/SATA 6.0 GBps right now. It will be years before they reach the point of being mainstream. In addition, most of them force you to disable a PCIe 2.0 slot to use them. Regardless, both boards are pretty expensive.

    You could probably save some money by not getting a 3-way Crossfire/SLI board. The gains from multiple GPUs are only noticeable with 2 cards. Anything over that is just a waste of money.
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