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~$1700 Gaming System

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February 11, 2010 6:01:27 AM



BUDGET RANGE: ~1600-1700 AFTER Shipping


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers



MOBO: Was looking @ the Asus P6T or the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R (not sure whats overall the best one but prefer to stick with x58)
PSU: Probably a Corsair TX750
CPU COOLING: Corsair H50 Water Cooling or a solid fan
RAM: 6GB DDR3 1600 (Dont care what brand - Whatevers best for gaming performance)
CASE: I kind of like the manual fan adjustment knob on the CM Storm Sniper Mid-Tower
GPU: Radeon 5870 (XFX, Asus, or another high-quality brand)
HD: Simple 1TB 7200RPM works but if you can swing a cheap SSD within my budget that would be pretty cool
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64
THERMAL PASTE: Anything that works better than the stock
DVD-R: Dont care somthing that burns and plays DVDs

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (if I can figure it out)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now - Maybe in future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Never built a computer before so I guess I gotta start somewhere ;)  Obviously the cheaper the better so if anyone wants to look around and find the absolute cheapest but still quality build then I'm all for it. Thanks!

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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 6:48:09 AM

^ NOt do have a selected quality components for your build...
Here are some suggestions...

1. Mobo - I would suggest the Gigabyte over that ASUS - Reason -> It is as good as the P6T and also has USB 3.0/ SATA 6GB/s

2. RAM -
Corsair 1600MHz

3. Check out this case -
CM HAF 922 - IMO it is a very good looking case and is equally functional...
though it doesn have that fan controller, but that can be fixed by using this
Sunbeam RHK-BA Rheobus 5.25" Bay 4 Channel

4. SSD + HDD
OS + Apps
Intel 40GB
Samsung F3 500Gb

5. CPU cooler - IMO a big air cooler is better than a basic water cooler setup...
Upto 4GHz
CM Hyper 212+
4GHz and above
Noctua/ Thermalright Venomous X - But these would cost you more - as much as that H50, but will perform far better...
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 11:45:50 AM

Spinpoint's gone. Switch that for a Seagate 7200.12 500 GB.

I'd also get the CAS Latency 7 version of those sticks for $20 more.

Other than that, it looks good (with gkay's suggestions).

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a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 2:50:43 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

This is my configuration:

$ 288,99 CPU i7-920 $ 288,99
$ 309,99 MOBO Asus P6X58D $ 309,99
$ 89,99 HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB $ 89,99
$ 299,99 GPU 5850 $ 299,99
$ 239,99 RAM Mushkin 3x2GB $ 239,99
$ 89,99 PSU Antec 550W $ 89,99
$ 109,98 CASE HAF 922$ 109,98
$ 29,99 CPU COOLER Hyper 212+ $ 29,99

Total: $ 1.458,91 + MIR + SHIPPING

EDIT: Sorry, the HDD is unaivailable. Get this
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 3:03:27 PM

Since it's only for gaming, I suggest looking at the i5-750. It's just as good in gaming as the i7-920, but the build is about $280 cheaper.

CPU: i5-750 $200
Mobo/OS: Asus P7P55D-E Pro and Windows 7 $280
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS latency 7 $115
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $95 (F3 is gone for some reason)
PSU: Silverstone 750W 80+ Silver $130
Optical: Cheapest SATA DVD burner $20
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Cooler: Coolermaster Hyper 212 $30
GPU: HD 5970 $650

Total: $1,610. If you want, you could drop the GPU to an HD 5870 and pick up a SSD for the boot/app drive.

EDIT: Added combo.
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 3:06:18 PM

^Wow, expensive GPU that's the reason 'cause your build is more expensive that mine.
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 3:07:22 PM

It's still well under budget...
February 11, 2010 3:33:46 PM

I see. I've configured a potential build through Newegg with the suggestions made here. I was also able to get the 40G SSD drive + a 1TB 7200 RPM backup.

Total comes to about $1,725.00 after shipping which is within my budget.

The only questions I have is the CM Hyper 212 Plus only costs 30 bucks. Does that seem right or do I have the wrong one selected? Also, will the stock fan work or should I consider upgrading the fan on it?

And also, what is the difference between the Corsair XMS and Dominator RAM kits? Seems the timings on the XMS you listed is better than the Dominator yet the Dominiator costs more. I'm not too sure how that works other than buying the performance name.

Thanks for the help!

February 11, 2010 3:41:15 PM

You guys are fast at the replies lol.

Im not all that experienced in building computers so I was trying to keep this system "future proof" by going the x58 mobo and i7 route. I'll have to reconsider dropping down to an i5 build with all things considered though. I understand its equal performance for gaming and thats the primary purpose here.

Thanks for the replies and suggestions =)
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 4:33:45 PM

Hi again, the price for the CM Hyper 212 is correct.

Now, you also can get an i7-860 for $200.00 and the price of the mobo could be less.
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 4:39:45 PM

The 212 Plus is $40. The 212 is $30.
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 4:54:41 PM

^Are you sure?

This is the only 212 plus that i can find in newegg
a b 4 Gaming
February 11, 2010 4:59:01 PM

You're right. It's the Plus that's $30. It used to be the Plus at $40 and the regular at $30. The must have gotten rid of the regular one...
February 12, 2010 3:42:06 AM

Ok so here is the final build I decided on (unless somebody wants to refer me to a better offer on a same part or has more suggestions before I click "buy" tomorrow)


Case: CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower - $139.99 @ Fry's Electronics

Fan Controller: Sunbeam Rheobus 4-channel (20w) - $14.99 @ Newegg

CPU Cooler: CM Hyper 212+ - $29.99 @ Newegg

CPU/Mobo: Intel I7 920 + Gigabyte GA-X58a-UD3R Mobo - $478.98 @ Newegg (Combo)

PSU: Corsair TX750 - $119.99 (w/ $10 MIR) @ Newegg

GPU: XFX Radeon 5870 - $399.99 @ Newegg

Memory: 6GB (2gx3) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-1600mhz (7-8-7-20 timings) - $189.99 @ Newegg

HD1: Intel 40gb SSD - $124.99 (w/ $15 MIR) @ ZipZoomFly

HD2: 1TB WD Caviar Black 32mb 7200RPM - $104.99 (w/ $15 MIR) @ ZipZoomFly

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - $99.99 (w/ $10 MIR) @ ZipZoomFly

DVD/CD: Samsung DVD-R - $24.99 @ Newegg

Thermal: Arctic 5 Thermal Coolant - $5.99 @ Fry's Electronics

Final price after shipping/taxes/MIRs - $1696.32

How are we looking? The only items Im mildly concerned about is whether or not the Sunbeam fan controller can handle the large fans on HAF 932 case. Also, I noticed that the XFX Radeon 5870 has 2 versions @ the same price (399.99), one is PCI-E 2.0 and the other is PCI-E 2.1. Not sure what one I should be going after but I'm assuming the PCI-E 2.1 is newer?

Thanks for the help!
a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2010 11:13:42 AM

Hi again, IMO is a very good build. But maybe with a 600W or 650W PSU is enough, at least the you want add another GPU in the future. Also, you can buy this, for a less price and IMO is a little better that the PSU that you list.

Finally, if your mobo have the PCI-E x16 2.1, get the GPU with the PCI-E x 16 2.1.

a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2010 11:18:57 AM

I don't trust Thermaltake PSUs. Some are decent, but some aren't. To me, it's not worth it to test your luck.
a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2010 11:43:47 AM

I tested this PSU few months ago, and the results was very good. That's the reason for my recomendation.
a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2010 12:16:38 PM

Do you the results from the other ones (Corsai 750TX and Silverstone 750W) as well? The Silverstone I recommended is more efficient at only slightly more, and Silverstone is considered one of the highest quality.

Was that for the upcoming PSU ranking list? How's that going?
a b 4 Gaming
February 12, 2010 1:10:10 PM

^Well, you have a favor point, I assume that you live in USA and there, you can find any PSU that you want. I live in Colombia, and here, you are a lucky guy if you can find PSU from OCZ, Antec, PC power and cooling, Coolermaster, corsair, silverstone....many brands that in your country are common.

In fact, if you want a PSU from those brands, you need import from USA or pay an extra price for have the PSU imported by the local store.

And is the same for the cases, CPU coolers, LCS systems....and other stuff. That's why a friend always buy for me on newegg and send to me the components to my country.

P.D. Now you know why my english isn't very good, isn't my native language.