$2750 Performance Build

This is going to be my second build. My first was 6 years ago. So I am a little rusty on picking out the best price/performance ratio, or even the best parts. So I am going to ask for a little help. I intend this to be a mostly gaming build with the capability for general tasks (a gaming computer is usually beast at most things lol)

I saw this on another build thread and thought it was a good idea


BUDGET RANGE: $2,500-$3,000 US (I want to stick to a halfway point between these two, If I pull closer to $3,000 it is going to take me longer to get)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, music, movies/t.v., work.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: mouse and keyboard, OS.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (or any other quality parts site for that matter.)

PARTS PREFERENCES: core i7 920+, 24" lcd, full tower.


Parts, Links will be below:

CPU: Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz - $288.99
GPU: SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit X2- $319.99 x2 = $639.98
MOBO: ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 - $289.99
Memory: Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB SDRAM DDR3 2000 - $279.99
Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM - $89.99
CD Drive: LG Black SATA Internal Combo DVD±R DVD Burner - $99.99
Case: Thermaltake Spedo Advance Steel ATX Full Tower - $199.88
PSU: Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V - $109.99
Monitor: SAMSUNG TOC T260HD Rose Black 25.5" - $339.99

Optional Parts (I want these and will most likely get them):

Hard Drive 2: Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache - $199.99
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC COOLING Freezer 7 - $39.98
Fan Controller: NZXT Sentry LX Dual Bay Aluminum Fan Controller - $58.99
Sound Card: HT | OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels 24-bit - $159.99

Total w/ optional parts : $2797.56
Total w/o optional parts: $2338.61

Now, here are my questions.

For CPU: Because I am at $2500 right now, wouldn't it be fine to just get the i7 950 instead of the i7 920. Or is the price/performance with the 920 better than the 950.

For GPU: Similar question. Should I just go all out and purchase two 5870's instead of two 5850's or just go with 1 5970 which is $700.

For Hard Drive: I want a 1 TB drive at 7200 rpm for general storage for pics, movies, music, and other general things. I figured I could install my games on the 10,000 rpm drive, but after looking at some other threads, it looks good to purchase a SSD drive for that purpose. Which would be better?

For Sound Card: Would that be the best sound card available for gaming, music, and movies. This is a gaming pc so I would like the have the best gaming card, but I will be listening to a lot of music too.

Any other suggestions would be great! I am open for anything. Also I want to make this computer look good so any good lights/fans/front panel or any suggestions that would make my computer look cool would be good too, besides stickers or anything that requires me to mod the actual case.

Here are the links:
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD3000HLFS 300GB 10000 RPM

Thermaltake Spedo Advance Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

Antec EarthWatts EA750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V

HT | OMEGA CLARO 7.1 Channels 24-bit

ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366

LG Black Reader & 16X LightScribe DVD±R DVD Burner

Kingston HyperX T1 Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz


SAPPHIRE 100282SR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit

NZXT Sentry LX Dual Bay Aluminum Fan Controller

SAMSUNG TOC T260HD Rose Black 25.5"

Thanks for the help.
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  1. For CPU: I would stick with the i7 920 or pickup the i7 930 (the replacement for the i7 920) when released later this month. The i7 950 isn't worth the price increase for such a little price increase.

    For GPU: I would go with one 5970 or Nvidia's GTX470 or GTX480 when released in late March. A single GPU setup is normally best and gives you an option to increase your performance when games demand it.

    For Hard Drive: Don't waste your money on the VRaptor, when the Samsung Spinpoint F3 is pretty much equal in performance. I would pickup an 80GB SSD for your OS and use the Samsung for games, storage, etc.

    For Sound Card: Check your onboard sound performance before looking at a sound card. Today's onboard sound is outstanding compared to the old days and most people don't require a stand alone sound card to get their desired performance.

    Other Recommendations:
    RAM: I would switch out your RAM for Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998692, which with the CAS6 timings will out perform your RAM.
    Case: It is a personal preference but I would go with either the Antec 1200 or Cooler Master HAF 932 over the Thermaltake case.
    MOBO: The ASUS motherboard is great but why not upgrade to the new tech (USB 3.0 / SATA 6Gbs) and pickup the ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard for $20 more?

    Everything else looks good to me... :D
  2. I agree with everything above. Here's the full build with links.

    CPU: i7-920 $289
    Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310
    HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $65. Add two 120mm fans to that, so add about $20.
    RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $250
    GPU: HD 5970 $650
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    SSD: 128 GB $375
    Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate. The 922 is actually bigger than most full towers. Specifically, the Antec 1200 is smaller at $70 more.
    PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $200

    Total: $2,339. Add in your monitor.
  3. Thanks for the suggestions!

    I think I will be able to wait long enough for the i930 and the new Nivida 400 series and I won't need to upgrade for a year lol (I may be pushing it).

    Any more suggestions would be great.

    Quick question: Would a water cooling be a good investment? I will not be moving my computer around much, but I think that is another $200 I would need to add.

    What are the benefits/issues with water cooling, and is it worth it?
  4. Water cooling isn't worth it in my opinion. Often times, it's louder than air and doesn't actually keep things cooler. In addition, there is the chance that it springs a leak and you lose you $2,500 computer. I don't think it's worth it, and recommend sticking to air.
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