Does this homebuilt system work?

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: within the month

BUDGET RANGE: 3-4k

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, internet, movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, networking stuff

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: as of now tigerdirect.com and newegg.com (unless advised to something better)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: AMD

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (e.g.: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: N/A

I have done alot of research on building a new gaming PC.. I think everything is compatiable with each other but I am a noob when it comes to building PC's.. Just looking for advice to see if I missed anything that would make some part not compatiable. Thank's in advance or the advice.. Feel free to comment if any of the parts could be swapped with something newer or better within reason..

Also opinions on the build would be greatly appreciated


Quad Core Processor - 3.40GHz, Socket AM3, 6MB Cache, 2000MHz (4000 MT/s) FSB, Retail, Processor with Fan

BFG - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 1792MB DDR3 PCI Express Graphics Card (may get 2)

MSI 790FX-GD70 AM3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail Quad CFX, 4 PCIE 16slots DDR3-2000+, Exclusive OC

Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996657 (2 sets of these)

Cooler Master HAF 932 Full Tower Black Case

Corsair CMFSSD-128GBG2D P128 Solid State Drive - 128GB, 2.5", SATA II

Hitachi Deskstar HD32000 IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive - 2TB, 7200RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G

XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply

LG GH22NS50 DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA (OEM)

NVIDIA 3D Vision Bundle: Samsung Syncmaster 2233RZ 22" 3D Gaming LCD Monitor and NVIDIA 3D Vision Stereoscopic Glasses

Creative Labs 70SB088600002 SoundBlaster X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCIe Sound Card

Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler - Socket LGA 775, 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, 1156
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  1. Ok well no offense but that build is pretty horrible lol. Gimme a few min I'll put something to gether for you.

    Oh and the NVIDIA 3D thing. Totally not worth the money.

    MOBO/CPU Combo $573.98
    I7-920 and ASUS P6X58D Premium w/ USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.309270

    RAM Mushkin Enhanced Redline DDR3 1600 6-7-6-18 $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226050

    HSF Hyper 212 Plus $28.83. Performs better than almost anything else on air. Though for your budget, totally consider getting water cooling.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&cm_re=cm_hyper_212-_-35-103-065-_-Product

    HD's Intel X25-M 160gb $539.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167017&cm_re=x25-m-_-20-167-017-_-Product

    Spinpoint F3 1TB x 2 $169.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&cm_re=spinpoint_f3-_-22-152-185-_-Product

    GPU ATI HD 5970 x 2 $1339.98 (This is totally overkill btw, so you might just wanna get 1 and save some money)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814103088&cm_re=5970-_-14-103-088-_-Product

    Optical Drive- any $30 Sony, Liteon, LG is fine. No point in getting a Blue Ray burner really, but it's $189.99 if you do want one.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136164

    Case- HAF 932 $139.99 - One you picked is fine.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160&cm_re=haf_932-_-11-119-160-_-Product

    Sound Card- Don't really need one. Though the one you linked is fine i guess if you really must have one. $159.99

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102019&cm_re=Fatal1ty-_-29-102-019-_-Product

    PSU - Corsair 1000 HX $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

    Corsair 850HX would also work $179.99. Might be close if you wanna OC CPU and both 5970's to the max though.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=850%20hx

    Total: $3302.73

    Can save lots of money by only getting 1 5970. 2 of them really is overkill for any game in existence.
    Also, can consider 2x 80gb X25-M's in raid 0. However, 80gb isn't really enough for apps + OS + lots of games.
    Can also get away with the 850HX if you wanna save some money.
    You can also get cheaper RAM and a cheaper MOBO, but this stuff all fit sin budget easily and is quite nice.

    Monitor I'd recommend 3x these Samsungs $249.99 each
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001280

    Edit: The G SKills Mad linked are probably a better choice. Same speed timing and latency for less. Lower voltage too. Couldn't find em earlier >.<
  2. Yes, everything works. That said, for the price, that build is about as crappy as it can be without being in a toilet.

    For gaming, you can't beat an i5 or i7, especially with you're budget.

    I'll be back with links and prices (not that they matter)...

    CPU: i7-950 $570

    Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium $300

    RAM: G.Skill Trident 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $195

    GPU: Radeon HD 5970 $670

    Data HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB x2 $170

    SSD: Intel X25-M 2.5" 80GB $300

    PSU: Corsair 850W Modular $180

    Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD Burner $28

    Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 $29

    Case: HAF 932 $140

    Total: $2,582. Plenty of room for a monitor/OS/whatever else. You don't need a sound card. Once you pick a monitor, you can still probably afford a second GPU or more RAM. Neither is necessary.
  3. thank you for the advice.. will definatly change my build around for sure..
  4. Oh the 932 doesn't actually have a mounting spot for 2.5" SSD's so you'll need to pick up a mount.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994085&cm_re=hard_drive_2.5_mount-_-17-994-085-_-Product
  5. so looking at the 2.. this is what i came up with.. opinions?

    CPU: i7-950 $570

    Mobo: ASUS P6X58D Premium $300

    RAM: G.Skill Trident 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $195

    GPU: Radeon HD 5970 $670

    Data HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB x2 $170

    HD's Intel X25-M 160gb $539.99

    Optical: LG 22x SATA DVD Burner $28

    Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 $29

    Case: HAF 932 $140

    PSU: XION Power Real 1000W ATX Power Supply $100


    and is the 3 monitor thing worth it?? granted the monitors are cheap enough.
  6. I don't know about that PSU. I would stick with Corsair, OCZ, or Antec Earthwatts.
  7. ok will look into those
  8. I don't trust open reviews. I do know that on this list, which is an excellent source for quality PSUs, Xion was rated the worst tier. Stick to ones on tier 2 for good quality and a good price.
  9. Xion is not a respected PSU company. Stick w/ seasonic, antec, corsair, Xclio and OCZ. Also, any 1k watt PSU going for $100 is very suspicious. Actually looking at the PSU specs, it's +12V is spread over 6 rails. It's not modular and there are several rails at exactly 20amp, which means that it's probably not gonna run 2 5970's considering they require 35 amps of power each (20 amp for 8 pin, 15 for 6 pin, more if you wanna OC).

    Biggest point in buying a PSU is looking at +12 amperage, not wattage. You can make a 1000W PSU that couldn't run a 5770 if it doesn't have enough +12 amperage.

    Best price atm on newegg would be the Corsairs. The 850 TX Mad linked, if you only plan on getting 1 5970. If you wanna get 2 of them and OC everything to the max, you might wanna grab the 1000TX I linked.
  10. If your going to fork out that much money why skimp on a cpu cooler, get something like that new corsair h50 or thermalright, xigmatek, I have had great luck with corsair psu's
  11. majorhavoc said:
    If your going to fork out that much money why skimp on a cpu cooler, get something like that new corsair h50 or thermalright, xigmatek, I have had great luck with corsair psu's



    Because the CM Hyper 212 is one of the best performance i5 HSF's.

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    It outperforms everything the Xigmatech HDT-S1283, which beats it by i think 0.2 degrees, but is noisier. However, as Tom's noted in their recent SBM's review, that cooler has issue with the adapter to make it work on i5's.

    So, yea no point in paying for those huge overprices cooler when they work worse!
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