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February 17, 2010 10:51:37 AM

Ok I am new to building a pc but want to get the most for my dollar. So here is what i think is a good build and would like to know what more experienced people think about it, and thanks for you time.

Intel Core i7 860 Processor

DP55KG Motherboard

EVGA GeForce GTX 280 Superclocked Edition Video Card

2 WD VelociRaptor 150GB (one only for the OS)

Corsair Dominator DHX 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM

Ultra X4 850-Watt Modular Power Supply

Thermaltake VH6000BWS Armor+ Full-Tower ATX Case

This is just the meat of the build, Will be using windows 7 os and I do plan on using this everyday for games and normal pc stuff so any suggestion's are welcome.
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February 17, 2010 12:02:43 PM

Well, you're certainly not doing much there...

First, that board is expensive, and not that good. Get the cheaper Asus P7P44D-E Pro with USB 3/SATA III support for about $15 less.

Second, nVidia is losing the battle right now. Get an HD 5870 (soon to be 5970 with the changes below).

Third, VRs are slower than the 500 GB platter drives (Samsung F3s, Seagate 7200.12 500 GB or 1 TB, and WD Caviar Black 2 TB only). They're also three times as expensive. Ditch those two and get one of the above and a SSD.

Fourth, Corsair is overpriced, the Dominator series especially. Grab a pair of G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7 sticks.

Fifth, that case is super expensive. Grab a HAF 922 for half the cost and get the best case on the market.

With all of those changes, you should have saved enough to upgrade to the HD 5970 ($650 total, $250 above the HD 5870). If not, switch the CPU to the i5-750, as it's $80 cheaper and better for gaming.
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February 17, 2010 12:03:08 PM

for getting most bang for a buck, you've select wrong...
cpu: the best bang for buck is phenom II x4 955 followed by th 5-750.
gpu: anything from ati currently, almost none from nvidia.
hd: not sure why would you need vr? afaik, they are overpriced.
memory: you can find other good sticks from other companies that perform the same and cost less.
psu: have no information on that company, thus negative on it. maybe others have other information on it.
rest seems ok.
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February 17, 2010 12:03:33 PM

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

What is your budget?
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February 17, 2010 12:18:12 PM

Thanks to all so far that has posted. I am looking into all that was said and am glad that you guys know what your talking about cause i do not. The things i have listed so far come from different people and reviews that i have read. I am looking to spend no more than $2500, I really just want a rig that i can throw any game in and play on the highest settings to be flat out honest with you guys.
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February 17, 2010 12:20:17 PM

eshullett said:
Thanks to all so far that has posted. I am looking into all that was said and am glad that you guys know what your talking about cause i do not. The things i have listed so far come from different people and reviews that i have read. I am looking to spend no more than $2500, I really just want a rig that i can throw any game in and play on the highest settings to be flat out honest with you guys.

in that case, take an i7 920 with a powerful ati gpu, it will devourer every thing you'll throw on it.
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February 17, 2010 12:28:18 PM

Whats the resolution of your monitor? Are you going to need a monitor as well? It would makes absolutely no sense to get the top of the line graphics card and then try to play games on a crappy monitor.

So Does the 2500 budget need a monitor included?
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February 17, 2010 12:30:00 PM

If you need one, you can get a 21.5" Asus 1920x1080 monitor for $160, which is close to being in the budget with my build above.
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February 17, 2010 12:30:40 PM

Ok, with that budget you can build something like this:

$ 288,99 CPU i7-920 $ 288,99
$ 309,99 MOBO Asus P6X58D $ 309,99
$ 179,98 HDD Spinpoint F3 1TB $ 89,99
$ 599,98 GPU 2 5850 $ 299,99
$ 239,99 RAM Mushkin 3x2GB $ 239,99
$ 129,99 PSU Thermaltake Toughpower 750W $ 129,99
$ 159,99 CASE HAF 932$ 159,99
$ 29,99 CPU COOLER Hyper 212+ $ 29,99


Total: $ 1938,90 + MIR + SHIIPING.

Maybe you can get only one HDD and get a SSD Intel 80GB for $299.99

Maybe MadAdmiral couldn't agree with my configuration
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February 17, 2010 12:46:53 PM

LG Flatron W2361V-PF is my current moitor
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February 17, 2010 1:09:41 PM

What's the resolution on the monitor?

As far as saint's build goes, it's pretty crappy for a $2,500 budget, but it's alright for a $2,000. There's some fat that should be trimmed. The HAF 932 is a expensive version of the 922.

There are also a couple of flat out mistakes. The 5850 is underpowered for a 1900x monitor, and not really a great choice for such a large budget. Thermaltake produces some iffy PSUs, so I would stay away from them.
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February 17, 2010 1:26:40 PM

^Like I said, I always included a wrong component. :( :( 
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February 17, 2010 1:28:48 PM

Maximum resolution 1920x1080
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February 17, 2010 1:33:47 PM

You are good with the monitor then. I would stick with Admirals build.


If there are any other toys you wanted to get with it and need extra budget you could probably jump down to a Mother board that does not support X-Fire because you will not need to x-fire 2x's 5970's. That would save you a bit of cash.

However, it is completely up to you.

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February 17, 2010 2:05:13 PM

There aren't any X58 boards that only have 1 PCIe 2.0 slot.
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