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February 12, 2010 4:35:29 PM

Hi Everyone, I'm new in this forum. I'm from Spain and I wanted some expertise advise to build a Gaming Computer.

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APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 Months BUDGET RANGE: 1800-2000

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Programming, Graphic Design, surfing the internet, watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I would like a very very quiet PC if possible

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I found this configuration in this forum and it seemed like a very good config:


* CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
* MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
* HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
* SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2XXX 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - OEM
* HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
* PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
* DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
* Case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
* Thermal Compound: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
February 12, 2010 4:44:53 PM

Looks good. Couple of very minor tweaks.

Case: I'd drop that down to the HAF 922. You'd save $70, and the HAF is a huge case that's one of hte best you can get.

HSF: I'd switch it for the Coolermaster Hyper 212. It's a great cooler at a very low price.

SSD: With the $85 saved from above, I'd get a bigger SSD. An 80 GB one will only work really well while only having 64 GB (or less) full. So it's big enough for the OS and about 38 GB of other programs. I believe you could afford the 120 GB model with everything else.

HDD: The F3 is getting hard to find. If you can't find it, I suggest the Seagate 7200.12 1 TB instead.

EDIT: You do realize that the build is more like $2,200-2,300, right? If that's too expensive, leave out the SSD.
February 12, 2010 5:12:05 PM

In additon to MacAdmiral's changes I'd up the optical drive to the LG BD-ROM, DVD-RW, DVD-DL. If you are dropping $2k already you may as well spring for $95 on a Blu-Ray compatible drive.
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February 12, 2010 5:16:25 PM

I disagree. I don't think BR is worth it right now. Wait until the prices come down and BR is more mainstream. The only exception is if you watch a lot of movies on your computer AND happen to have a lot of movies on BR.
February 13, 2010 11:00:08 PM

Sorry for the delay in the post, lost my internet connection. Thanks alot for the replys ;) . So I believe this will be my configuration:


* CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
* MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
* RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail
* HSF: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler - Retail
* HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail
* PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail
* DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM

I've omitted the SSD and Case. Case will be bought here in Spain and SSD is expensive and really at this moment I don't really need it so I'll be saving a few $$. Thanks again MadAmiral for the help. Also I won't be needing a BD-ROM since I have PS3 :) .

If there's any other type of changes that you guys may think could be done please tell me, thanks.

1 more question though, about the website www.newegg.com. The graphic card in my config, it says only 1 purchase per costumer. I'm building this config to build 2 exact systems, how can I do this if the site only allows me to buy 1?


Thanks
February 14, 2010 12:00:07 AM

HSF: Trade that one for a Coolermaster Hyper 212. It's one of the best available.

Newegg will only allow you to buy one per address or account per 48 hours. You can buy two, but you'd have to wait. The 5970 is also really difficult to find in stock. It will come into stock and be out of stock within minutes. You'll probably have to watch it for a while to get them.

Also, since you're not buying for a while, you might want to keep watching the parts, as the next few months should see some changes in tech (nVidia's Fermi GPUs, possibly 6 core CPUs to name the big ones).
February 14, 2010 3:36:13 PM

Ok MadAdmiral, will change the HSF for Coolermaster Hyper 212. Seems much better :) . Another think, what other webpage besides newegg is good to buy computer components?


Thanks again really
February 14, 2010 3:53:11 PM

Depends on where you're buying. If you're getting it in the US, TigerDirect and ZipZoomFly are also good sites. Since you said you're in Spain, I have no idea where is good place to buy from.
February 14, 2010 4:09:02 PM

I'm buying it from the US. I have family over there and it will be sent over there :) . I will compare then the prices with tigerdirect and zipzoomfly. Thanks :) .
February 14, 2010 4:45:52 PM

If you do switch to the HAF 922 or any other case except for the antec 1200, p183 and p193, you're also going to need to change the power supply to an ATX form. I would recommend a Corsair 850tx.
February 15, 2010 4:53:27 PM

OK. This could be my final configuration. What do you think of it? Not much changes from the first but I want to make sure before I purchase the parts because I might do it sooner than I thought :) .

Also, whats the difference between these cases. Which case could be the most silent?:

Antec Twelve Hundred
Antec P183
Antec P193

* CPU: Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail

* MOBO: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

* RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998691 - Retail

* HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long life sleeve CPU Cooler - Retail

* HDD: SAMUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM

* GPU: SAPPHIRE 100280OCSR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported ... - Retail

* PSU: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with ... - Retail

* DVD: Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM


Thanks
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