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December 31, 2009 1:18:46 AM

Hello,
I just joined this forum and will try to build my own PC for the first time. So Im looking for some help. Im not very knowledgeable about what parts to buy and thats the biggest concerns to me. So it would be a big help if someone could help to choose parts. Im would like to buy it by the end of the next week.

MY budget range is around 2.5k~$. PC would be used mostly for top-end gaming, watching movies, surfing the internet.
Parts not required would be mouse,keyboard,OS,speakers,Blu-ray Drive.
I dont have preferred site, its good as long as they give the best price/quality in USA.
I newer tried to over-clocking PC, but building this one I would like to try it. Definettly crossfire.
I still havent decited what monitor to buy. But Im leaning toward Dell 2408WFP 24" LCD Monitor, http://www.nextag.com/ultrasharp-2408wfp-prices/product... . Resolution 1920x1200.
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So this is what I gathered up until now`with a help of few ppl:

Motherboard - ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... but Im wondering isnt there a better option.
Proccessor - Maybe Intel Core i7-920
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or AMD Phenom II X4 965 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GPU - x2 Radeon HD 5970 http://www.amazon.com/Diamond-Radeon-HD5970-GDDR5-5970P... or x2 Radeon HD 5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or something similar.
RAM - Dont know
hDD main - 128gb or a little bigger SSD
hDD storage - 1T or 1.5T
Power supply - Dont know
CD/DVD room - Dont know - But would like to buy simple cd/dvd reader/burner.
Tower case - Dont know
Cooler - Do I need to buy additional cooler(s) If Im intending to OC ?

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December 31, 2009 1:55:23 PM

other parts:
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G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail

* Timing: 7-8-7-24-2N
* Voltage: 1.5V
* Your Price:$164.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Vertex Series OCZSSD2-1VTX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail

* Sequential Access - Read: Up to 250 MB/s
* Sequential Access - Write: Up to 180MB/s Sustained Write: Up to 100MB/s
* Your Price:$439.00

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

* Cache: 32MB
* Average Latency: 4.16ms
* Your Price:$119.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail

* Efficiency: up to 90%
* Your Price:$119.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM

* DVD+R: 24X
* DVD-R: 22X
* Your Price:$28.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
$77.89


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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Case is a matter of personal preference. Pick out a full tower case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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January 1, 2010 11:11:24 PM

Thanks for your suggestions. But it would be great if someone could anwser me about graphic cards and Im wondering should I stick with p55ibexpeak suggestion or someone have something better to offer ?
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January 4, 2010 9:48:46 PM

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January 4, 2010 10:05:11 PM

In general, the Seagate 7200.11s are not recommended, and you should go with the newer .12s for storage drives.

2x 5970 is probably overkill at the moment, and I'm not certain that the 850W power supply that was recommended would supply enough power for two 5970s.

You are probably better off buying 1x 5970 or 2x 5870 right now. Consider that if you bought 2x 5970, that would be approximately half of your budget. Right now, the 5970 is the best card available, and it will pretty much crush any games you throw at it.
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January 5, 2010 12:52:41 PM

I'd take the words of AMD rather than anyone in any forum:

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650 Watt or greater power supply one 75W 6-pin and one 150W 8-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (850 Watt with two 75W 6-pin and two 150W 8-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)


http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/ati-rad...
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January 5, 2010 1:09:58 PM

First, 850W would be enough for 2 5970s.

Second, if you have the budget, you might as well get the 2 5970s. It's not like its a budget build anyway...

If you haven't figured it out yet, it's an i7-920 build...

Here's a board that's more future proof. You've got the budget for it: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7. It has USB 3.0 and SATA 6 GBps ports, which aren't going to be needed for several years, but it might be a good idea to have them now.

Absolutely agree on not getting the Seagate 7200.11. Get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. These are the best HDDs out right now, and cheap at $85.

Case: I recommend the HAF 932. It's $140, but one of the best available.

SSD: I'd get a smaller one. Maybe 80 GB. That'd save quite a bit and wont really make a difference overally. Probably be about $300.

I think with the 2xHD 5970s and everything I've mentioned and p55ibexpeak's mentioned, the total is $2,716 (maybe) for everything. Slightly over budget.

If you cut out the DVD burner and the CPU cooler (which should be bought later, or a different one), the total is $2,609, which is closer to budget.

You could possibly get an even smaller SSD (64 GB) and save an additional $140ish, which puts you under budget with room for a CPU cooler.
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January 5, 2010 4:53:42 PM

p55ibexpeak said:
I'd take the words of AMD rather than anyone in any forum:



Serves me right for not researching it. :)  That being said, I did indicate that I was uncertain.

If you're going to put in any other components that have high power demands, you might still want to go with a larger PSU. Not that a gaming machine will likely have anything of that nature.
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January 6, 2010 12:10:46 AM

WOW guys thanks for your responses. Iv looked into suggestions and decited to go with one 5970 and sdd 60gb~. But I got few more questions before buying.
I was thinking to buy Dell 2408WFP 24" LCD Monitor http://www.nextag.com/ultrasharp-2408wfp-prices/product... , but I was wondering can you guys suggestion something better or something similar just for lower pirce. Like I said ill be using PC mostly for hardcore gaming and watching movies.
Another question would be. What rams should I buy: p55ibexpeak suggested G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... or maybe there is something better for similar price ?
And last question what the difference ( or maybe witch one is better storage hdd ) Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB like MadAdmiral suggested or Western Digital Caviar Black http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
Thanks again for your help guys!!


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January 6, 2010 1:04:08 AM

I'm not sure on the monitor, but I do know Dell has excellent monitors at low prices.

The Pis are much better. The most important spec is the CAS Latency. Pi: 7, OCZ: 10. A vast difference.

The difference between the F3 and WD is that the F3 uses 500 GB platters. Basically, the platter is surface the data is stored on. Larger platters mean higher data density, which means faster read, write, and access. In addition, it also means fewer moving parts, so it's also cooler and quieter. Basically, the F3 is better in every aspect than the WD. The other 500 GB platter drives are the Seagate 7200.12 (500 GB or 1 TB) and WD Caviar Black 2 TB. The F3s just happen to be the best of the bunch, not to mention the cheapest.
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January 6, 2010 12:19:39 PM

Dell doesn't have the lowest prices on LCDs, but they have the BEST customer service & free shipping & zero-dead-pixel guarantee. I'm keeping an eye on their larger LCD deals.
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