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~2,000 Gaming/Video System Build

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December 28, 2009 12:49:54 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month
BUDGET RANGE: 1800-2200 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Video Editing, Gaming, Basic internet/email
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg - not really picky
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU - Other components don't really matter
OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes - Eventually
MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1280
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The quieter the better

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Processor:
Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card:
DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 0HD%205870

Decided to change the graphics card cause of the longer warranty. Also save myself $10 bucks

Power Supply Unit:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram:
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Still not quite sure on this... I'm not too familiar with what triple channel memory that can be overclocked well while still being cost effective. Any input?

Hard Drive:
Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 1TB%207200

This should be sufficient for now.. I can put the extra money saved towards water cooling.

Boot Drive:
PLEXTOR 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 Burner Model PX-B940SA SW - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA Model WH08LS20K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136175

Don't need the top of the line blu-ray burner. Won't be burning all that much blu-ray, but still nice to have something.

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Cooler Master ATCS 840
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] -_-Product

Decided to go with a full tower case. With crossfire and water cooling planned figured I'll need the space.

Cooling:
Water Cooling?

I'm eventually going to get another radeon 5870 and have a crossfire setup. Also, down the road I'll get another WD hard drive and set that up with a raid configuration.
I'm also going to be overclocking and want the best quiet cooling, which is why I'm leaning towards investing in water cooling. However, I never tried to do anything like that before so I'm not sure if its worth the trouble.

What do you guys think at this setup so far? Are there parts where I can save a little $$$ on without sacrificing too much performance? Any input would be great. Thanks!
December 28, 2009 1:26:12 AM

Ram:
(2) - Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 5664BA1339

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] dred%20two

Boot Drive:
PLEXTOR 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 Burner Model PX-B940SA SW - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] c%20Burner




RAM: 1366 socket motherboards require triple channel memory.
The OCZ brand is reliable and offer good prices.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: Mid towers may be a really tight fit for your 5870 and water cooling.

BD Drive: In my opinion, its not worth getting a BD burner, maybe just a reader.
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December 28, 2009 11:54:48 AM

Good call on the memory... I'll look into a full tower case aswell. Thanks for your help.
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December 29, 2009 2:22:39 AM

Ok so I changed a few things to help bring down the costs.
Here are the changes (also changed original post):

Graphics Card:
XFX HD-587A-ZNF9 Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Decided to change the graphics card cause of the longer warranty. Also save myself $10 bucks.

Ram:
OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still not quite sure on this... I'm not too familiar with what triple channel memory that can be overclocked well, while still being cost effective. Any input?

Hard Drive
Western Digital RE3 WD1002FBYS 1TB 7200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This should be sufficient for now.. I can put the extra money saved towards water cooling.

Boot Drive:
LG Black 8X Blu-ray Burner - Bulk SATA Model WH08LS20K
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Don't need the top of the line blu-ray burner. Won't be burning all that much blu-ray, but still nice to have something.

Case:
Cooler Master ATCS 840
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Decided to go with a full tower case. With crossfire and water cooling planned figured I'll need the space.


So what do you guys think so far? Right now the system is priced at around $1835. Do you seem any room for improvement?
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