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New Rig, want custom HAF 922, Budget $2000 - $2300

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February 5, 2010 8:53:30 PM

Hello everyone,
Im truly new here and have been exploring and learning everything I can off this forum. This site has been massive help info that I need to build my own gaming PC. I have done my homework before I decided to open up my own topic and made my decisions from veterans on this site, or people who seem to know what they are talking about.

One strange aspect of my build is that I decided to get the HAF 922 case but desire the one from ibuypower white lightning custom painted HAF 922.

I was leaning towards the new X-fighter by in-win but it seemed like a tight fit for what I want to put into my rig.

I am new to building pc's but I am no novice to a computer, and have taken in enormous amounts of info from this site and numerous others. I think I am ready so here we go....


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: in 1-2 months time
BUDGET RANGE: $2300 and below

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music editing, video conversion, photoshop cs3, heavy internet use, entertainment, storage backup

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, zipzoomfly, and any others that will have a better price

PARTS PREFERENCES:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Rampage II GENE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Radeon HD 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sony Optiarc DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TRENDnet TEW-623PI 32-Bit PCI Rev. 2.1/2.2/2.3 Wireless N
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AZiO BTD-V201 USB 2.0 Micro Bluetooth
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

NZXT SEN-001LX Sentry LX Aluminum dual bay fan controller
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922-Custom painted white lightning edition from IBUYPOWER which has no link so ill give you guys the newegg link
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


this build without tax's or shipping since newegg is down the street from me will be subtotal: $2,036.87


OVERCLOCKING: Yes
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Getting Samsung 1080 LED 46" 120 Hz

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I am bent on getting that HAF 922 white lightning from ibuypower, but they wont allow me to buy the case without building atleast a barebone system which is bull%#$^! So Im gonna see if they will accomidate my wishlist from newegg and use the parts and charge me the same amount, if not oh well. Ill buy the build either way but I do not want to spend more than my budget.

I am set on getting the i7-920 to overclock, will be playing MW2, Dragon age and other high res games. (also would like to know any suggestions for really good games to test my new rig) the 5870 should be efficient enough.

Im having a hard time choosing a motherboard at the moment but I landed on the ASUS Rampage II because its almost identical to its bigger brother but without the parts I don't need, plus the lower cost and it includes a more than decent soundcard. If anyone has a better suggestion please inform me why and whats the benefits over the Rampage.

I am open to any critiquing, money saving alternatives, or just reasons why you think this is a bad or sick looking build would be much appreciated.





February 5, 2010 9:15:30 PM

Why a Micro ATX Board in a full size ATX case ? I'd recommend the Rampage II Extreme (R2E) if the R3E was right around the corner. At this point I gotta point you to the

ASUS P6X58D Premium
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The NZXT LX Fan Controller is a disaster,.....read the newegg reviews about batteries, losing profiles.....the Sentry 2 is half the price and actually works.

With XFire and OC'ing stable voltages are key.....recommend moving up to the Corsair HX850 or Antec SG-850

The HS you picked is a great HS 'for the money" ....but it seems a bit 'light" in a $2300 build.

For serious overclocking, the Prolimatech Megahalems, Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme and Noctua DH-14. I have not yet seen the Tuniq tested on a 1366 platform tho it kicks but on the 775. The Noctua scares me a bit with its 3 pound weight. The Mega is extremely easy to install and still sits atop most performance comparisons.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Proli...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9489/cpu-tnq-02/Tuniq...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/9945/cpu-noc-16/Noctu...

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovatio...

Use 2 fans in push pull configuration for serious OC's (above 3.6) ....for up to 3.5 or so, one fan should suffice. The splitter cable will allow you to control speed of both fans thru MoBo. PWM allows for demand based control of fan speed.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_...
http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCP...
February 6, 2010 2:18:41 AM

I chose the micro atx because its the practically the same as the rampage II extreme without all the additional stuff I don't need.

I was thinking of going towards the ASUS P6X58D Premium but the price premium hit my budget. why do you suggest that over the rampage?

thank you for the heads up on the NZXT LX, I really wanted that but ill settle for something that actually works, which your suggestions seems adequate.

I think out of all three of those HS I would pick the Noctua , but since the Prolimatech Megahalems is as good and the price is just right.

that fan set up looks glorious, I'll incorporate that in my build definitely

I want to stay under budget, but its hard when there are better parts out that would make my PC hard to beat
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