How is this $1,500 system?

This will be my first new gaming rig in five years. How does it look? Is everything compatible?

It comes out to just over $1,500 with shipping. Would you recommend any adjustments for a computer used primarily for gaming? I'd like to not need any upgrades for the next 2-3 years.

Is there anything I could go a little cheaper on without much of a difference in performance?
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  1. you will need to either make the wish list publicly available and post the link to the public wishlist, or just copy paste the links to the parts here. the second one is easier for us to look through.
  2. Yeah sorry, should be fixed. ^^
  3. Swap the 1TB caviar blue for the 1TB F3, its significantly faster and $10 cheaper

    Swap the cooler for the hyper 212+, it performs quite well and the 120mm fan will provide better performance with less noise than the 92mm
  4. Looks great. I would make a few changes though. First would be to get either a WD Black series hard drive or a Samsung SpinPoint F3 and not the WD Blue. With a computer that fast you want a performance hard drive.
    I also like either Gigabyte or Asus motherboards.....big fan of the Gigabyte UD or ultra durable series.
  5. Ok I switched out the cooling to the hyper and switched to the Samsung Spinpoint F3.

    I'm deciding between these three boards.

    I don't think I will be using SLI GPUs in the future but I suppose it is possible. And I don't think I will be needing to exceed 12 gigs of RAM any time soon. Which would you recommend of these boards? Anything over the EX58 is going to be going over my budget. Is the increased price on those last two boards worth it?
  6. Not sure what I am doing wrong on the URLs.
  7. put something in between the ] and [ so that it has something to turn into a link

    there is a large range of prices in those boards, if you arent planning to do a lot of OCing the really expensive boards dont offer you much over the cheaper options.
  8. The only thing I would add to that would be some thermal compound if you do not have any. That is going to be a beast of a gaming rig.
  9. wait a minute an 1156 cpu with a 1336 mobo if you want the i7 860 get an 1156 mobo (p55) if you want that mobo (the 1336 one) get an i7 920
  10. Madcut said:

    Here is the updated build. Just over $1,500.

    You are using the wrong mobo with this processor or visa versa. I went with the i7 860 and this board - and am loving it. I honestly never tried the cpu cooler in your list but I did buy this cooler - and it's working perfectly.
  11. CPu & Mobo: 1. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R: $209.99
    2. Intel BX80601920: $288.99
    Combo Discount: -$20.00
    Combo Price: $478.98

    HeatSink: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 92mm SSO CPU Cooler
    $7.56 Std. Shipping*

    Ram & Case: 1. Mushkin Enhanced 998659B: $189.99
    2. Lian-Li PC-K62: $99.99
    Combo Discount: -$40.00
    Combo Price: $249.98
    $30.00 Mail-In Rebate
    Price After Mail-In Rebate(s): $219.98

    GPU: POWERCOLOR PCS+ AX5830 1GBD5-PPDH Radeon HD 5830 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity
    Original Price: $249.99
    You Save: $10.00
    $7.56 Std. Shipping*

    HD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    Free Shipping*

    PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
    Original Price: $139.99
    You Save: $20.00
    ($109.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
    Free Shipping*

    DVD: PLEXTOR Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD/CD Writer LightScribe Support
    ($29.99 after $15.00 Mail-In Rebate )
    Free Shipping*

    Grand Total: $1,307.99

    I think this is a good start, if using 3 monitors for eyefinity, just get another card and crossfire, it will scale really well, if only gaming at 1920x1200 this card will be ok, if you feel like more is needed,,than just get another one. With this build you are up to $1300, you have some room for accessories, a good ssd would be a great addition, but i don't think is wise to spend more than that on a gaming computer.
  12. I agree with snake with regard to the MOBO CPU platform.

    For this type of money you should go with a 1366 platform. The 1156 is constrained with regard to PCIe 2 lanes, especially when you figure sata 3 and usb 3 into the mix. So with the new x58 GB board you get everything you need now and the ability to upgrade processors, unrestricted CF/SLI, and faster usb/sata 3 drives going forward.

    The kicker is that its about the same price for the MOBO and CPU as your system.

    No brainer.
  13. If you go with the 1156 platform make sure there is a 5970 in it... :)

    Ill find the build I did for around 1475 with a 5970.

    ***Edit Here you go.

    Seagate 7200.12 $55

    CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) $115

    Hyper 212 and Optical $45

    Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield and GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3P $330

    OCZ ModXStream Pro OCZ600MXSP 600W and HAF 922 $174

    Win 7 $105

    HD5970 $650

    Total around $1475 before MIR and I think $1430 after MIR

    Only thing with this is if you have the extra money ger a slightly better PSU OCZ is not horrible but there are better brands out there.
  14. I should have caught that on the review. You need a board off my orignal link X58 is LGA 1366. Just swap the X58 board with a P55 and you are good. LGA 1366 and i7 920 is good choice as well but with that you need triple channel memory kits ( 3 sticks ).
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