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Gaming Pc build best bang for $$ Advice?

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February 13, 2010 3:39:18 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next month BUDGET RANGE: 800-1100 the cheaper the better

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Music, Internet, Photoshop, and lastly FACEBOOK!)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, webcam, Video Cards, Case, )

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg & Bestbuy I've had great experiences with them. COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Trustworthy and reliable, No huge brand loyalties on this one other than intel and reliable performance

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe I would like to toy with OC'n Have always been afraid of it. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes Have it on my current build and Love it

MONITOR RESOLUTION: (1920x1080, 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: biggest concern here is cost vs performance. I am not afraid to spend the money but I want to make sure I am reaping the benefit's in performance. Mostly used for gaming I.e. FPS's RPG, MMORPG


I plan on cannibalizing a few parts from my old pc mainly antec 900 case and two 8800gtx's and my 300 gig raptor x. After much research I think I am going to go with the x58 chipset and the intel i7 920 for future proofing the build. Down the road I would only have to replace the GFX Cards and processor and probably in that order.

First Question, Raptor x 300 gig vs Cavair black for performance not size is it worth it? some of the benches seem misleading and I would apreciate a second/third opinion.

Second Question, Power Supplies I can get a rocketfish 900watt PSU for a $100 its modular and is 80 silver certified... versus the corsair 850hx is it worth the $79
for the corsair? heres the links
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Rocketfish%26%23153%3B+-+90... power supply&cp=1&lp=1

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

Third Question, Mobo, I've done some homework on the X58 and it seems like my best bet for mobo is ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA. This unit is a little spendy but seems to have good reviews and the specs I would need for futureproofing.... anyone else got a mobo thats got most of these features for less?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Fourth Question, Ram 3x2 is the way to go seems like this is really popular and reliable....again spendy....Corsair Dominator, reccomendations?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

only other part I think Im going to order is the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

thanks again for any input and reccomendations you guys have to offer It is greatly apreciated
February 13, 2010 3:19:08 PM

850hx is it worth the $79 Hell ya!!

Guessing this shb $179
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February 13, 2010 3:43:47 PM

ok so far then go with the 850 PSu and the ocz gold ram which has the same specs but is deffinetely cheaper
anyone else have any input? maybe on the hd or the mobo?
February 13, 2010 4:20:28 PM

I would wait for the F3, but that's up to you. That benchmark shows that the F3 outperforms the 10001FALS by ~40%, and it's $10 cheaper. ;) 

EDIT: Just realized I linked you to a slightly different model, correct link is http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Still the same price, also out of stock atm, but difference between UJ and SJ.
February 13, 2010 7:36:19 PM

When I do the build I think I will stick with my raptor x that I have currently and down the road once finances arent as exhausted go to the spinpoint maybe then theyll be back in stock as well
February 14, 2010 11:14:01 AM

Thought I would also recommend avoiding a $60+ cooler and get a Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus. For 29$, it outperforms most of the competition, even some of the high tech peltier coolers.

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

My rig (see sig) is overclocked 51% and idles around 32-33C and torture tested with Prime95 it stays below 65C
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