for 15 years I have been buying name brand (dell, gateway, HP, compaq..etc) computers and I have had to buy a new one far too many times. I want to build my own from now on. Cost is one but upgrading components is easier in a better system I think. Anyway, its what I have configured so far (from maximum PC's Dec 2009 $2000 gaming rig). Im trying to keep the price as low as possible, so I cut corners in a few places.
1. COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
3. SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card w/ATI Eyefinity - Retail
** I was going to get the 5970 but its out of stock and $200 more
(about a few scrolls down in comments there is one that says "scratching my head at the choices" to which I based mine off)
Anyway, long long post short I wanted to know a few things. How easy would it be to build my own system. I am not at an expert level but not a novice either. Second, do I need to add anything to this? Like heatsink, or an extra component here or there? Any advice, guides, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Case/PSU: There's a great combo with the HAF 922 (a slightly smaller 932) and an OCZ StealthXStream 700W PSU for $100 after rebate on Newegg. I highly recommend this combo.
HDD: Ditch the WD and get a Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB. It's cheaper and just plain better at everything.
Cooler: I really like the Coolermaster Hyper 212. It's cheap, and one of the best heatsink/fans out there. It also fits any socket.
RAM: Triple kit, as mentioned above.
Rest is good.
Is this listed as a combo? I tried to look up just the case witha a combo of this and got these two
- COOLER MASTER UCP RS700-AAAAA3 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Power Supply - Retail
- COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 700 RS-700-AMBA-D3 700W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $139.99
1. Hard Drive - SAMSUNG 24x DVD Burner - Bulk SATA Model SH-S243N/ BEBE - OEM $30
2. Video Card - SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 CrossFire Supported $409.99
3. Heatsink - Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM $6.99
4. RAM - CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Triple Channel Kit TR3X6G1333C9 $164
5. MoBo - EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $259
6. Proc - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - $288.99
7. OS - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - $105
8. Cooling - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" $30
9. Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $150
9a. PSU - OCZ StealthXStream OCZ700SXS 700W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - $0 combo above
10. Hard Drive - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $85
total (without shipping) $1531.99
All ready have soundcard, speakers, monitor, mouse, and keyboard. This is from suggestions here and a little product review on my own. Is there anything else I need? I like mounting brackets, any other components I may be forgetting? I really was trying to keep this as cheap as possible but not sacrificing too much on parts. Basically this computer is a gaming rig ( I think about the only thing I play at the moment is WoW) but I want to keep my options open for newer games in the future that require a bit more. IS there anywhere I can maybe get a better combo, something that I could downgrade but at the same time not sacrifice too much? Again, I am extremely greatful for the advice before I make this purchase.
GPU: I think there's a combo with an HD 5850 and Windows 7 that will save you money, and not really affect anything you're doing.
Mobo: I don't think a triple PCIe slot board is necessary. For $50 more (which you can get from the decrease in the GPU), you can get the Asus P6X58D Premium, which has USB 3.0/SATA 6 GBps ports. This will be a lot more future proof.
ok I changed the mobo, vid card combo and ram. Brought it down to about 1461 or so. I think I can go with this set up. Yeah I know its overkill for WoW but I just wanted to actually run it at full settings for once with leaving room for newer games if I pick em up. Again, I thank you for your advice!