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Gaming\media computer $2000

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February 25, 2010 12:25:57 AM

This rig will be a gaming machine for Lans as its primary purpose.

this will be my second build attempt for a gaming machine i'll list the parts im reusing at the end.

Would like to use it as a media machine as well HDMI to TV may even look at a TV tuner but thats an addition for later on

Case: HAF 932 $160

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
My current build uses the antec 900 although this was effective for cooling (think wind tunnel) it is still a little two cramped for a dual gpu setup and far to noisy.

Motherboard
GA-X58-UD5 $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Looks like a solid build OC potential and SATA 3 i think the UD7 version would be overkill.

RAM $245AUD (newegg has it unavailable)
G-skill Tridant RAM "F3-12800CL6T-6GBTD "
6-7-6-18-2N
2GBx3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Core i7 920 aiming for a 3.2 to 3.6 OC $290

Heatsink: Noctua NH-U12P $75
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics: XFX HD 5850 $324 if i bought today adding a second card in later. as im waiting til april at least for this componant not sure.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: OCZ Z Series Gold OCZZ850M 850W $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Modular, 80+ gold certified a must have

Total $1624

I have 2 500gb seagate Sata 2 hdd to use in the build suggestions for a good boot disk?
also have a blu-ray burner and monitor to reuse.

EDIT:: any suggestions for a roomy cheap case, needs to be quiet, shinny lights always a bonus
a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2010 11:55:03 AM

Do you only need what's listed for $2,000? I'm confused by the 5850. Any $2,000 PC would be able to get an HD 5970...

Anything that isn't listed would be fine from your build.

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
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate

Total: $1,854. Unfortuantely, an SSD is just out of budget right now. Which isn't too bad because the prices will drop a lot in the coming months, allowing you to get a bigger, more useful one later.
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February 25, 2010 7:08:43 PM

Most of the HD5970 i have seen in australian stores are between $800 and $1200.

A hd5870 is going for around $650 im considering that card instead.

I'm not looking to buy the graphics card until after march to see what happens when nvidia releases thier new line

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a b 4 Gaming
February 25, 2010 7:11:56 PM

The 5970 is still worth it. It's two 5870s on one card. You will likely never have to upgrade during the life of this build...

That said, the 5870 is still an excellent card and will not disappoint you.
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