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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 4:25:29 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.
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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...
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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.
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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.
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March 2, 2010 4:49:42 PM

F3 Spinpoints are the best buy then.

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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
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March 2, 2010 10:47:58 PM

Best answer selected by pdx4life.
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