First- Total Build

Okay, I guess I am just going to build my first system so what are your recommendations for the hardware and software.

This is what I was thinking so far:

Power Supply: Apevia ATX-WA1100W Warlock 1100-Watt ATX Power Supply ($124.99)

Cooler: Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler ($74.99)

Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Quad Core Processor - 3.20GHz ($169.99)

Video Card (X2): XFX GeForce 9800 GT Video Card 512MB ($104.99 X2) OR XFX Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition Video Card - 1GB ($195.99 X2)

Motherboard: Biostar TA790GX A3+ Motherboard ($109.99)

Hard Drive: Seagate ST31000528AS Barracuda 7200.12 Hard Drive - 1TB, 7200 rpm, 32MB, SATA-3G ($89.99)

Blue Ray Drive: HP BD240I Blu Ray Combo Drive ($119.99)

Ram (X4): Corsair Value Select PC10600 RAM - 2GB, DDR3, 1333MHz ($52.99X4)

Oper. System: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD ($199.99)

Sound Card: Auzentech X-Fi HomeTheater 1.3a Sound Card - HDMI, PCI, 24p Compatible, Non-Downsampling ($249.99)

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 AMD Special Edition ATX Full Tower Case - ATX, 7x Expansion Slots, 2x 120mm Fan Ports, Acrylic AMD Dragon Side Panel ($169.99)

Monitor: Viewsonic VX2265wm 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor and NVIDIA 3D Vision Stereoscopic Glasses ($429.99)


Samsung 24SW 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor Display - 1920 x 1080, 50000:1 Dynamic, 5ms, DVI ($219.99)

So the total will be $2,344.00 + Tax
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  1. I was told that I should just do a complete rebuild so I guess that's what I'm going to do.
  2. Instead of 2 9800GT's, I would go with a 5770. That motherboard doesn't support SLI so 2 9800GT's won't do you any good. Plus a 5770 would be better.
  3. Screen Resolution?
  4. Monitor:

    Viewsonic VX2265wm 22" Widescreen LCD Monitor and NVIDIA 3D Vision Stereoscopic Glasses


    Samsung 24SW 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor Display - 1920 x 1080, 50000:1 Dynamic, 5ms, DVI
  5. So get two (XFX Radeon HD 5770 XXX Edition Video Card - 1GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Display Port, HDMI)? Terry1212
  6. Actually I was just suggesting you'd be better off going with a single 5770 than 2 9800GT's, but given the resolution you'll be running, you might want to rework the configuration. What's your budget?
  7. $4,000 would love to spend $2,000 though
  8. $2000 you can go for better parts.
  9. So what would you do with a $2000 budget? Shoot if I could go lower than $2000 that it would be sweet also...
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    Case / PSU - Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 PSU - $244*


    HAF 932 w/ Corsair HX850 - $380 (That's blue case, Red is $20 cheaper)

    Cases are comparable, PSU's are comparable but CP has edge in quietness.

    MoBo - With Intel's hexacores about to grop on March 16, new MoBos are waiting in the wings for all the publicity surrounding the launch. I'd hold out for the Rampage II Extreme but if ya gotta buy today

    ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 for maximum gaming potential (SLI or Xfire + room for dedicated PhysX card all at x16 plus SAS) - $329


    ASUS P6X58D Premium w/ SATA III and USB3 - $309*

    CPU - i7-920 - $289*

    HSF -For performance and ease of installation on ya 1st build, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Here's what I'm putting in new builds Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans (make sure ya MoBo can handle the fan wattage). ($95* for the HS, TIM. two PWM fans and a Y cable splitter). If not doing serious OC's, drop the splitter and 2nd fan

    If that's a budget breaker, look at the Xigmnatec S1283 or one of the others here:

    pick a TIM from the top few here:

    GFX -a lot to be said for waiting 3-4 weeks till fermi hits, ATI answers and market stabilizes....but, at your resolution, I'd drop in a 5870 now and then grab a second one come XMas time. A single 5770 is a no-no as it can't maintain 30 fps in DX11 games at your resolution.

    ASUS EAH5870/2DIS/1GD5/A Radeon HD 5870 w/ voltage tweak $399*

    Grab a$50 Gt 220 if you wanna do PhysX - see the video and see if that kinda thing tickles ya fancy,8786.html?xtmc=play_nice_ati_physx&xtcr=1

    NOTE: You said you wanted 3D Vision which is a nVidia only technology.....if that's the case, you will have to scrap the ATI cards and go w/ nVidia. The new fermi, now called 400 series, cards won't be out for 4 weeks or so. One option ya can take is get something like a GTS 250 for "now". When the 400 series is out, you can relegate the 250 to a dedicated PhysX card.

    RAM - Best CAS # ya can afford at DDR3-1600
    CAS 6 - $249 -
    CAS 7 - $189* -
    CAS 8 - $139 -

    Hard Drives - 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):


    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB $95*

    SSD - Intel X25-M 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - $289*

    Optical - Plextor Model PX-B320SA Blue Ray Reader / DVD Writer w/LS OEM $135*

    Sound Card - I'd go with on board sound, and then decide whether it's inadequate for you....can always add later.

    That's about $2224 (asterisked items)

    Monitor - If ya going for ther 3D thing, would recommend this monitor - Acer GD235HZbid Black/orange 23.6" 2ms Widescreen 1080p $399

    3D Glasses Vision Kit (glasses, emitter and connection cable) - $199

    If skipping the 3D thing, would go this route:
    SUS VW266H Black 25.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD $269 after MIR
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