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Need build advice on gaming machine, $2000-2200

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March 2, 2010 4:08:31 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week.
BUDGET RANGE: USD$2000-2200 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Movies, Office, Programming, Video Editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: CPU: Intel, GPU: Either, Corsair PSU, Mushkin, NZXT cases.

OVERCLOCKING: Some overclock, looking for performance and longevity. Thinking around 3.2-3.6GHz.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not now, maybe in future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080. I like huge monitors, and this will have a 40" 1080p Toshiba LCD TV attached to it.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Requirements: At least 2TB storage, i7 and x58, Blu-ray, wireless keyboard/mouse. Really want to have SSD. I really love the NZXT Tempest case. My goal is to have this computer last me for roughly 5-6 years (I know, ridiculous).
Here's the lineup so far:

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Retail $298.99

MoBo: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $309.99
MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R $209.99

Case: NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $109.99

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750HX 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail $149.99

GPU: ASUS EAH5850/2DIS/1GD5 Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail $299.99

Memory: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 998679 - Retail $214.99
Memory: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 $189.99

Heatsink: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus $34.99

SSD: Mushkin Enhanced Io MKNSSDIO128GB 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail $378.99

Hard Drive: 3x SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD154UI 1.5TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $329.97 RAID5
Hard Drive: 3x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $269.97

Blu-ray Reader CD/DVD Burner Combo Drive: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM $97.99

Keyboard/Mouse combo: Kensington Pro Fit Black 2.4 GHz Wireless Slim Desktop Set - OEM $39.99

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM $104.99

Pretty Lights: LOGISYS Computer CLK12BL2 12" DUAL COLD CATHODE KIT - OEM $5.99

Total: $2376.85 - $15 (combo deal) = $2361.85. Also $30 in rebates not calculated in. Problem is I need to knock this down to $2000-2200. Advice?
Revised Total: $2191.85.

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March 2, 2010 4:18:18 PM
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I would step down the RAM to the G.Skill Pi Series 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 7. Those have the same specs and would be cheaper.

Assuming you don't need 4.5 TB of storage right away, get 3x Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB for $270 (or 4x for $360).

You could also switch the board to the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R to save $100.
March 2, 2010 4:25:29 PM

This Corsair ram is CAS 7 at $189.99, unless I missed something. Lower profile, too.
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March 2, 2010 4:30:26 PM

Or one WD carver Black 2TB drive. It is the only Large Drive that I know of that uses the 500 gb platters. However it is $300 on Newegg.
March 2, 2010 4:33:47 PM

The $300 price tag is why I never include it in anything. That's more than 3 TB of storage using the slightly faster F3s...
March 2, 2010 4:39:09 PM

MadAdmiral said:
The $300 price tag is why I never include it in anything. That's more than 3 TB of storage using the slightly faster F3s...



Agree but some people, for some reason, prefer Name over value to performance.
March 2, 2010 4:44:47 PM

For me it's reliability and performance. I have no particular preference for HD other than no 7200.11's and no Maxtor, which don't factor in here.

The GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R MoBo is only 8 phase power. Should I care?

Otherwise the Corsair Memory is probably my pick, as well as 3x Samsung F3 1TB HDs.
March 2, 2010 4:49:42 PM

F3 Spinpoints are the best buy then.

March 2, 2010 9:59:30 PM

If you are gonna OC, then you will need an above average TIM....
I suggest this stuff -- OCZ FREEZE
this stuff doesn't need to cure, and in most app's cools better than AS-5 (there is actually an article on this site that tests thermo compounds - this stuff came in second, and the winner I have no idea where to buy it)

Also, for fansinks for the cpu, I would recommend either Xigmatek or Zalman
March 2, 2010 10:47:58 PM

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