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Gaming Build - $3000 Budget

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February 21, 2010 8:20:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the Month; $3,000 Budget

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming - Internet - Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers, Keyboard, Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Don't know if its worth pursuing CrossfireX


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
Processor: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601920 - Retail
Heatsink: Noctua NH-HD14
RAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
SSD: Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
Raid 0 HDD: (2) - SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC
Video: (2) - SAPPHIRE 100281SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
DVD ROM: LITE-ON Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model iHDS118-04 - OEM
DVD-RW: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Monitor: DELL UltraSharp U2410 24-inch Widescreen Flat Panel Monitor

I'm still wondering if its worth getting the dual 5870's or wait for the Fermi.

I'm also unsure of the Monitor, but I know Dell makes excellent monitors, but there is a price premium.

Also, is the 850W PSU enough for dual 5870's? When I check on Asus's PSU calculator it is say 900W+

Also, will going with onboard sound affect FPS performance? Should I add a soundcard?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
February 22, 2010 1:21:56 AM

I was also wondering if I should go ahead and get a blu-ray burner, but the media is still very expensive. Do you think the prices will come down in the near future?
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February 22, 2010 1:44:54 AM

About the video card is up to you, really there is no way of going wrong with 5870's though if you want to wait is up to you, I wound't.
Same thing for the monitor really there is no way of going wrong with a UltraSharp monitor.

Yes a quality 850w is more than enough to handle 5870's.
Build the computer if the sound is good enough for you don't buy a sound card if you think the sound is bad buy one, usually now days the onboard sound is already really good.

Yes probably price of Blu-ray burners will be coming down, though I wouldn't spend money on one unless I needed to burn blu-ray discs, which I really don't know many that need it.
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February 22, 2010 7:31:25 AM

Agreed on not going with 2x 5780s. If you really wanted the GPU firepower now, you could always opt for a 5970 and save a PCIE slot.

I'll have to disagree with your choice of HSF, which is hard to say since megahalems have been king for awhile :D . I suggest looking up Thermalright's Venomous X or a Noctua NH-D14. The venomous x is slightly more expensive than the megahalem/mega shadow; the d14 having a ~$25-30 premium. However, my reasoning is that if you don't plan on watercooling your $3000 system, you might as well opt to get the best-of-the-best HSF. Both of these contenders offer better performances for the min/max'er. I don't know whether you'll have clearance with the d14 and your mobo/doms, but the venomous x is a sure thing. (Also a side note with the venomous x... the thinner frame usually gives enough room for 38mm panaflos or san ace h1101 [regarded as the premiere fans for static pressure] fans if you'll looking for a true min/max on your cooling system.)

This ties me in with my next suggestion. Regardless of what HSF you choose, consider Gentle Typhoons over your s-flexes. Nothing wrong with them per say, unless you count the pretty horrid sound it takes at 12v (to be fair, this is a personal judgment call) but the GTs (ap-15 specifically) perform slightly better, are noticeably more quiet, and the sound it makes at 12v is less of a jet engine and more of a hiss, (also judgment call) so take that into consideration. Regardless, both provide excellent static pressure.
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February 22, 2010 1:42:03 PM

I have the 24" ultrasharp and it is fantastic. I did a lot of research before buying it and everyone recommended it. Gaming is a treat.
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February 22, 2010 10:15:47 PM

Thanks for the suggestions! I changed the HS to a Noctua NH-HD14 in lieu of the Megahalem.

Is I go with the the 5970, do you think I should go with a 1000W+ PSU in case I want to get another? Or do you think by the time I need additional performance, a better single board solution will be available?

Also, is the 80GB Intel X-25M the best SSD drive at the moment? Thanks!
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February 22, 2010 10:19:26 PM

I went with the Corsair 1000hx. It's actually like a 1200 watt supply. Good reviews, solid PSU.
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February 23, 2010 2:51:06 AM

yes you should go with a powerful PSU in case you need another 5970 LOL, some more power is not going to do you any bad:)  so I would go with the 1000w if I had that much money to spend on a computer...:p 
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