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February 2, 2010 2:47:39 AM

I've been saving for awhile and can now start a build from scratch. I have about a $1600 budget :D  give or take 100 depending on performance advantages/disadvantages. I have this build in mind so far...all from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case 159.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard 159.99


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... EVGA 012-P3-1178-TR GeForce GTX 275 CO-OP PhysX Edition 1280MB 448+192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported ... - Retail 369.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... BFG Tech EX-1200 BFGR1200WEXPSU 1200W Continuous Rated at 40°C ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS ... - Retail 229.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail 288.99

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail 229.99

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


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... PLEXTOR 24X DVD/CD Writer Black SATA Model PX-880SA LightScribe Support - OEM 46.99

Grand total of 1585.92

I'm still looking for a aftermarket cooler...I am also big on EVGA graphics because of the awesome customer support. Any and all opinions would be great.

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February 2, 2010 4:17:50 AM

^ You are overspending on many components...
1. PSU - Why do you need 1200W PSU ? Are you going to run 4 of those cards in SLI ?
I would suggest you this PSU -
Antec CP 850 - It has enough power for 2 of those cards in SLI and is compatible with that case...
Antec 1200 + CP 850
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

2. RAM - Will you be overclocking very high ? say 4GHz and above ?
If yes, then only stick with the Dominators...Else get this RAM...
At stock these are as good and also overclock to decent levels...
Corsair XMS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. HDD - The Samsung F3s are slightly faster than the WD Black and are cheaper too...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. Mobo - The ASRock extreme is no doubt a good board...but also check out this Gigabyte...
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do you really want to spend $370 on that graphcis card ?
For few $$ more, you can get the HD 5870, which will beat that card by a good margin...
XFX HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 2, 2010 7:39:12 PM

This is exactly the type of advice i was looking for thanks alot for the insight, and I will definatly check out the HD 5870, mega kudos to you
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February 2, 2010 7:58:28 PM

If you want to shave off about $70 and get a different case, I'd suggest the Cooler Master Haf 922. Great ventilation, nice and spacious, and cable management make it a close rival of the 1200. If you want to change the color of the LED's to blue (if that's why you chose the 1200), just get two of these:

COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AB-GP 200mm Blue LED Case Fan - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $19.99 each

Even then you're still saving about $40-50.

You could optionally use that saved money to get a better motherboard with support for SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0. Here's the link:

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $209.99


Also, the Corsair Hydro H50 is an excellent CPU cooler for the price. Water cooled, radiator, and comes with pre-applied thermal paste. Here's the link:

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $77.89

Hope some of this helps.
February 2, 2010 8:25:29 PM

Case / PSU - You can be arrested for buying the Antec 1200 case and not putting the Antec CP-850 in it. Ok, I'm kidding but "there oughta be a law" ! You simply can't find a quieter PSU and topping it electrically (i.e. SG-850) would cost double. Until 2 days ago, PSU was $109 at newegg....mwave has for $118.

here's a review of the BFG EX series (7.0 performance rating) and the CP-850 (10.0 performance rating)

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...

MoBo - Gotta lean toward the Asus P6X58D with SATA II and USB 3. yeah it's a $100+ more money but what you're getting in future compatibility and quality is worth it.....besides, the cost is just about offset with the money you're saving on the PSU.

RAM - $209 for CAS 8 ?
$179 for CAS 7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$229 for CAS 6

HD - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The WD Black 2 TB is a good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)
February 2, 2010 8:36:14 PM

blu3flannel said:


Also, the Corsair Hydro H50 is an excellent CPU cooler for the price. Water cooled, radiator, and comes with pre-applied thermal paste. Here's the link:

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $77.89

Hope some of this helps.



Big Air beats small water hands down, at a cheaper price too.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/h50-fort120-cogage,...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/corsair-h50-fort120...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/comparing-water-coo...
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