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March 8, 2010 5:08:42 AM

Ok so I'm going to build my first system and I got some of the parts already. Please give me your suggestions!

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor
-229.99 @ MC

COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel, ABS Plastic, Mesh bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
-155.99 @ MC

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
-115.49 @ MC

DIAMOND 5770PE51G Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
-175.99 @ MC

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9
-169.99 @ MC

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
-199.99 @ MC

Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
-99.99 @ MC

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler
-79.99 @ MC

This is my current build and I haven't opened anything so I have 30 days to return anything if I need to. I have a feeling that my video card, ram, and hard drive wasn't the best pick. Anybody has any better suggestions?

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March 8, 2010 5:45:14 AM

Do you use the name "AznSoySauce97" on other sites? I think I've run into you before.

Anyway, the parts are more expensive than on Newegg. Any reason why you got everything from MC? Everything but the CPU + mobo seem a tad overpriced.

There's a bit of a performance gap between the 7200.11 and 7200.12 Seagates, but the 7200.11 is fine if GB/$ is an important factor.
March 8, 2010 9:54:53 AM

Most of them are around the same price at MC. With MC I can get it right away and easier to return if I needed to. I don't have to worry about paying shipping and the goods getting damaged during the shipping process. Also the tax down in Orange County is less then online. So a couple bucks was worth it.

Is the DIAMOND 5770 good? I went on newegg and saw that it doesn't have many reviews and the XFX branded one had much more reviews. My budget on video cards is around 200 a little more a little less. Also the ram was quite expensive, 170$. I just wanted 6gb and 1600 mmhz. I bought it because it was 20% off and I could always return it later if i needed to because the sale ended today.
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March 8, 2010 10:31:07 AM

@Azn: Save your cash and get a Core i5/Phenom II 955, and use the extra cash saved from mobo, CPU and RAM (6GB is overkill- WTF will you do with it??? Crysis only sucks 1 and a half or so....get 4. You can add another later) for a 5850 or dual 5770's
Any decent P55/AMD 770= ~ USD 100-150. Core i5 750=USD 200. The i5's OC better than the i7 900's. And performance difference is negligible, unless a 10% lower frame rate with the same GPU at 800*600 gives you heart attacks.
And 750W is overkill. 600 will be enough for that rig. You need 750 only if you go dual 5850's or something.
March 8, 2010 10:34:30 AM

And the difference between 800MHz and 2133 MHZ is maybe 10%. Latency matters more. As speeds go up, so does latency. Instead of 1600, get some good low latency 1066 RAM. Will be faster than high latency 1600 any day. Also, you could try saving on the CPU case. And you don't need XFire certification to actually run an Xfire rig (unless the rig in question needs 4 PCIe connectors). And you might want to save a bit more on the case. Heard the Coolermaster HAF 922 is good. Costs USD120 I think....
March 8, 2010 10:03:55 PM

I'm pretty set on using the i7 930, so since its triple channel memory its going to be either 3gbs or 6gbs.
March 10, 2010 12:37:48 AM

bump... any more suggestions?