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January 2, 2010 3:51:23 PM

hey guys trying to buid a new pc i have some components in mind but need help my budget is around $3000 if extra money is needed i can pay about $4000 as my dad is going to gift me a new computer :D  on the basis of my results in the final examination my eyes are on the folloeing things:

i7 920
6gig ram
1tb hard drive
2gb 5970
700watts psu
i want it to be future proof so do comment thnx

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January 2, 2010 3:56:18 PM

You shouldn't need $4000 or even $3000 for this build. What size monitor were you looking for? Do you have an OS already or do you need to factor in windows? Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers?

Here's a start:

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...

This has some good future proofing features like USB 3.0 and SATA 6gb

i7 920 $288.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 Pro Rev.2 92mm Fluid Dynamic CPU Cooler - Retail $34.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail $129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail $629.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

These cards are still very difficult to find...snag one when they become available.

Western Digital Caviar Black WD1001FALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You could look into the F3 drives from samsung which are currently the fastest drives.

CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your budget leaves room for a high quality modular power supply.


Your case is a personal preference but here are some quality recommendations:

Antec 900
Coolermaster HAF 932, 922
Coolermaster cm 690


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All of this comes to about $1735 before monitor, OS, keyboard, mouse, optical drive and some other components.


You could also look into adding a nice SSD for the OS and apps. You have plenty of room for it. Try the intel SSDs which seem to be the most recommended (I have low technical knowledge in this field):

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail $299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 2, 2010 4:00:27 PM

foolycooly said:
You shouldn't need $4000 or even $3000 for this build. What size monitor were you looking for? Do you have an OS already or do you need to factor in windows? Mouse/Keyboard/Speakers?


i already have a 24 inches monitor have mouse ,keyboard ,speakers etc only gonny buy system. thnx
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January 2, 2010 4:29:34 PM

FoolyCooly has given you a very nice build. The motherboard he specified is compatible with the new Gulftown six-core processor from Intel that will be introduced next week at the Consumer Electronics Show. If you want to future proof your build you should consider getting this CPU. The list price will be $999.
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January 2, 2010 4:36:19 PM

Motherboard - ASUS P6T7 WS Supercomputer "Ultimate Gamer" choose 3Way SLI + PhysX ($400)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - Intel i7-920 should be considered a starting point. While you will hear lots of advice that anything more expensive is a waste of money, because the 920 can be OC'd to 975 levels the fact is that the more expensive processors do OC higher than the 920 OC's. So simply put, while considering the 920 as a starting point, consider what benefits higher priced processors offer and decide for yaself whether the %% investment is worth it to you. ($290)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory - Mushkin Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model 998692 w/ 6-7-6-18 timings and Ascent Coolers if ya can find em....otherwise get the 998691 which is same thing w/o the coolers. ($245)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive - Any 1 TB (500 GB per platter) drive from the Spinpoint F3 or Seagate 7200.12 line.....($80)

GFX Cards - Pick per ya budget, though I'd be tempted to go with a 5970 and a 260 GTX for PhysX ($840)

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/geforce-310-5970,24...

Here's the "winners" from THG's latest (December) GFX Roundup
Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

$50 - HD 4650
$65 - HD 4670 / 9600 GSO
$85 - 9600 GT
$95 - 9600 GT / HD 4830
$110 - GTS 250 512 MB
$120 - GTS 250 1 GB
$155 - HD 5770 / GTX 260
$200 - HD 4890
$240 - 2 x GTS 250
$310 - No winner (HD 5850 Honorable Mention)
$330 - 2 x GTX 260 / 2 x HD 5770
$400 - 2 x HD 4890
$410 - No winner (HD 5870 Honorable Mention)
$465 - No winner (GTX 295 Honorable Mention)
$625 - No winner (HD 5970 Honorable Mention)

Case - Antec 1200 w/ two optional fans ($185)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Antec CP-850 ($140)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Card Reader - AFT XM-35U BLACK (35)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Optical - Plextor Blue Ray Writer Model PX-B940SA ($280)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Ultimate ($175)

Prolimatech Megahalems ($65)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

IC Diamond 7 Carat Thermal Compound - ($7)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...

(2) Scythe Slip Stream 120mm x 25mm PWM Fans ($22)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...

PWM Y Splitter Cable ($7)
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...

SSD - Held this for last as the new OCZ vertex2 will be out shortly and it's the new king of the hill. Using the Intel 160 Gb G2 as my price for now ($549)

$3,320
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