$2200 gaming pc advice?

So I have finally decided to build my first desktop from scratch. As this is my first time, I am looking for some advice about the parts that I've chosen, and if there is anything that I have overlooked that could cause problems for my build. As you can see from the topic, my budget is $2200 (before rebates), but that is the budget is somewhat flexible, and if any recommendations could be made to lower the cost of my build without sacrificing too much quality that would be great. Here are the parts I've picked so far for my tentative build.

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66 Ghz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

gpu: XFX RADEON HD 5870 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express Card
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002Q5V704/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A1KG6QISTB45M0&v=glance

psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

boot drive: OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227393

storage hdd: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

case: Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

optical drive: LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 8X Blu-ray Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136175

cpu cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055


and now for the obligatory information template
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible

BUDGET RANGE: 2000-2200 before rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, school work, some video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or amazon.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: any recommendations are welcome, I'm not picky

OVERCLOCKING: Yes moderately

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possible in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any recommendations that anyone has that could improve my system are greatly appreciated. I do need to have a mid-tower case because most full towers will not fit in the space that I have available. Other than that, I don't have any preferences in particular, although I do ask that you people's suggestions stick to the basic format that I have laid out unless there is a good reason to do so. Also if anyone can recommend a good inexpensive UPS for my system that would be great. Thank you all for your input.
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  1. oh I almost forgot. Are there any other miscellaneous parts or wire that I am going to need to purchase to build the computer or is pretty much everything covered. I'm kindof clueless here.
  2. bumpity bump
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  4. 1000W PSU? Why not add a nuclear power plant while you're at it? 750W will be plenty, even if you overclock and add another GPU.

    The Samsung Spinpoint F3 is faster than the WD Caviar Black (and I mean a lot faster) for roughly the same price.

    In a gaming machine, the 1156 series CPU's are superior and come with a lower price and lower power consumption. A P55 chipset, i7-860 and 4 or 8GB of RAM (4 is fine) will be more powerful than a comparable 1366 system, especially at stock speeds. A P55 motherboard is limited to 8x/8x which can have a tiny impact on the 5870's performance if you crossfire it, but that's never gonna be more than 5%, even in the most demanding apps. As long as you stick with a single 5870, performance will actually be higher. Other than that, it only has advantages.

    Dominator RAM is expensive, but offers NO performance benefit. Nil, zero, nul, nothing, nada,... OCZ and Kingston top end offerings are equal and cheaper.

    I'm not fond of Thermaltake cases, but that's a matter of preference.

    There you have it. A small performance gain and a fairly major price cut. You've got what you asked for :p
  5. Some of your chosen parts need reconsiderations.

    The 1000w power supply (@$239.99) is really an over kill for your requirements. A good quality 800 watts is more than sufficient. Read more here

    The Blueray drive does not come with any burning software or player and the reviews are no good. Pioneer makes good drive, make sure the one you choose it comes with software’s.

    You have chosen expensive memory; you won’t see big performance increase that’s for sure, so choose a cheaper DDR3 1600 set here.

    Choose a larger and faster SSD like 80GB Kingston SSDNow M Series SNM125 (this is Intel X25-M rebadged, but it costs $35 less)

    And Also check for combinations deals on Newegg, you can save quite abit of money.

    And Also do check the warranty when choosing parts, some comes with 3 years or lifetime warranty.
  6. Does the Kingston version have TRIM? The Intel does, but rumor has it that the Kingston doesn't receive TRIM support (hence the lower price), but that sounds odd to me...
  7. Case / PSU combo - The Antec 1200 / CP-850 would save you $45 and provide a better product for both pieces. Corsair HX series is a great line of PSU's. It's every bit as good as the Antec's CP-850 but the Antec is much quieter. A 1,000 watter way way oversized

    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 - Great MoBo, but newer tech (6 GBps SATA and USB 3 available on the ASUS P6X58D Premium
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614

    Memory - CAS 8 for $204 seems overpriced, especially when CAS 6 is just $36 more ?
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226050&Tpk=998691

    Hard Drive - Unlike it's 2 TB sibling the WS Black 1 TB model is not one of the newer 500 GB per platter drives. The 1 TB Black is older generatipn 330 GB per platter drive. Suggest moving up to the 2 TB model Black or getting a Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12.

    BR Burner - bit more money, but this is the pinnacle of BR Burning Plextor Model PX-B940SA SW
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827249057

    CPU HS - Given ya budget, I'd wanna go better. V8 doesn't make the top ten here:

    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSINK
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=371&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=15
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks

    For both performance and ease of install suggest megahalems w/ 2 fans

    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Rev_B_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovation_Cooling_Diamond_7_Carat_Thermal_Compound_-_15_Grams.html
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html

    As for the UPS, you want a true sine wave job like APC's Smart-UPS series or

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4965171&SRCCODE=WEBINK&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjCQztBB!%20mmVCjCECjCE
  8. omnius19 said:
    So I have finally decided to build my first desktop from scratch. As this is my first time, I am looking for some advice about the parts that I've chosen, and if there is anything that I have overlooked that could cause problems for my build. As you can see from the topic, my budget is $2200 (before rebates), but that is the budget is somewhat flexible, and if any recommendations could be made to lower the cost of my build without sacrificing too much quality that would be great. Here are the parts I've picked so far for my tentative build.

    CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66 Ghz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    mobo: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365

    gpu: XFX RADEON HD 5870 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express Card
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B002Q5V704/ref=ord_cart_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=A1KG6QISTB45M0&v=glance

    psu: CORSAIR CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139007

    ram: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145224

    boot drive: OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX30GXXX 2.5" 30GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227393

    storage hdd: Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284

    case: Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

    optical drive: LG Black 8X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 6X BD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 8X Blu-ray Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136175

    cpu cooler: COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 RR-UV8-XBU1-GP 120mm Rifle CPU Cooler
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055


    and now for the obligatory information template
    APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: as soon as possible

    BUDGET RANGE: 2000-2200 before rebates

    SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, school work, some video editing

    PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

    PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com or amazon.com

    PARTS PREFERENCES: any recommendations are welcome, I'm not picky

    OVERCLOCKING: Yes moderately

    Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possible in the future

    MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

    ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Any recommendations that anyone has that could improve my system are greatly appreciated. I do need to have a mid-tower case because most full towers will not fit in the space that I have available. Other than that, I don't have any preferences in particular, although I do ask that you people's suggestions stick to the basic format that I have laid out unless there is a good reason to do so. Also if anyone can recommend a good inexpensive UPS for my system that would be great. Thank you all for your input.


    Drop, the 1000watt power plant for a 750-800 watt. <That will even handle an SLI

    Dominator IMO is kind of overpriced for its performance. Ram from other companies that give similar if not better performance will be at a lower cost like mushkin, ocz, g.skill...etc

    I dont know what you plan on doing the storage configuration, but here is pointer:
    -If you only want to install the OS on the SSD and applications on the HDD then a 30GB is way to much, get like a 16GB or 20GB. Windows 7 for example is well under 8GB installed, vista is around the same, and XP is around 5GB installed. A 30GB for just the OS is too much.
    -If you want to install the OS+Applications on the SSD than a 30GB is probably to little since you do gaming and most games now are 5-7GB+ and with patches and such will be even more.

    -Everything else looks good. Have fun with the build, and the CM V8 is nice, i have one.
  9. Thank you everyone for your great advice. I'm at a Christmas party right now but I am planning on reworking my list of parts tomorrow and I will post it after I have finished. I definitely planning on getting a 750W power supply and a bigger SSD.
  10. alright so here is my updated parts list.

    CPU: intel i7-920
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115202

    mobo: Asus P6X58D premium 1366 intel x58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614

    gpu: XFX RADEON HD 5870 1 GB DDR5 PCI Express Card
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ [...] 0&v=glance

    psu:Thermaltake W0116RU 750W
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153038

    ram: G-skill 6gb (3 x 2gb) ddr3 1600 (PC3 12800) memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    boot drive: intel x25-M SSDSA2M080G2R5 80gb ssd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167023

    storage hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    case: Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133086

    optical drive: Pioneer Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 5X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 4MB Cache SATA Internal Blu-ray Burner Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD Writer Model BDR-205BKS - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129051

    cpu cooler: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B. Intel CPU Heatsink (LGA 775 / 1156 / 1366) (AM2** / AM2+** / AM3**)
    http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Rev_B_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html


    hopefully this will be a better build. Any more suggestions for me are more than welcome.
  11. Amen. I personally would have picked the i7-860 rather than the i7-920, but that's a matter of preference. It's certainly good to go.
  12. Looks good...

    Do some more research on the powersupply, Thermaltake is ok, but go for better make like seasonic http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=1409743843&Description=Seasonic%20X&name=80%20PLUS%20GOLD%20Certified or CORSAIR ($159.99 after Rebate ) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=Corsair%20850HX
  13. I'm going to be building a similar PC soon. Do you think anyone would ever use more than 6gb of ram?

    I was going to go with the i7-860 since it and the mobos are cheaper but figured for a bit more money I'll be upgrade proof for quite a while longer using the x58 platform.
  14. 3-4 GB memory is sufficient for general use and gaming.6GB is sufficient for another 3 years. You need more than 6GB of memory if you are going to use the system for video editing on regular basis.
  15. 6GB can be used, heavy multitasking, video editing, photo editing, rendering heavy stuff, file/video conversions...etc
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