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Need Advise on Home Brewed Rig!

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March 9, 2010 2:04:38 PM

Greetings and Salutations :D 

I am currently in the process of building a new computer, primarily to be used in gaming, amassing the needed components for said system which I shall be overclocking (if anything, at least the processor to 3.8-4.0 Ghz if possible)
Although not a budget system, I'd like to avoid going over $400 dollars on a single component if possible.

I have scoured the forums, stickies upon stickies, thread after thread....and yet still find myself quite indecisive.
With that said, I am in search of possible recommendations/opinions from none other than the tech savvy individuals of Tom Hardware.
I would greatly appreciate any such help.

Allow me to list what I have currently.

BenQ 24' monitor 1920x1200

Coolmaster Stacker 830 Evolution with 9 x Coolmaster 120 mm fans.
http://www.svc.com/rc-830-kkn3-gp.html
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103060&cm_re=Coolmaster_120mm-_-35-103-060-_-Product

Windows 7 Home Premium 64

EVGA X58 SLI Motherboard http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4303020&sku=E145-2054&srkey=132-BL-E758-A1

OCZ Gold 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227365

2 BFG GTX260 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 in SLI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143198

Kingwin ABT-1000MA1S Mach 1 Modular Power Supply - 1000-Watt http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=4256917&sku=K450-2506&srkey=ABT-1000MA1S

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&cm_re=1_tb_internal_hard_drive_64_mb-_-22-136-533-_-Product

The components up above have all been gathered. As for the processor I'd like to go with the Intel 1366 930 ....but its not listed on the EVGA motherboard compatibility page.... so perhaps I should simply go with the 920? (only a 15 dollar difference and unfortunately the customer service isn't available at the moment)

The HDD I have listed up above has pretty mixed reviews...would having a raptor instead be more productive? (Perhaps maybe even running in a RAID configuration?)
Perhaps I should add a HDD cooler as well.

The biggest dilemma I'm encountering is whether to use a Water or Air set up. As you may have noticed I listed having 9 x 120mm fans (in case you were wondering the fans were part of the case which was handed down to me by a friend)

The Corsair CWCH50-1 Hydro H50 CPU Liquid Cooler http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5267687&sku=C13-2528 piqued my interest for possible CPU cooler. Having read the multiple threads on the issue of Watercooling, though, I learned that a 320 setup should be used solely for a 1366 socket, correct? But if going that route, I may as well have my video cards set up. (I'm a little nervous about the mounting brackets and waterblock installation :o )

If you fine folks recommend Air Cooling though, what CPU Cooler would you recommend? Do you think perhaps I should also go with VGA cooling?
...Or if you feel Watercool would be the way to go with my given setup, would you kindly direct me in the right direction as to an efficient and dependable watercooling system?

I was thinking of getting a Sound Card but with the decent setup that I have I don't feel its a necessity....correct?

I will most likely go with a standard SATA 22X DVD+R, 48X CD-ROM burner, possibly a BD. I welcome any good recommendations in this category, if any. :D 

I'll also be purchasing another keyboard and mouse, I have a preference for Logitech (My last keyboard being G15 and a G5/G7 mouse) and although I know a higher DPI for a mouse and macro keys for a keyboard are most sought after, I was interested in knowing what your recommendations would be. I play all sort of genres, from RTS to FPS to RPG's. (I'm really taken to the keyboards that have backlight capabilities).

I believe that is all, thank you all for your time and assistance.






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March 9, 2010 2:11:32 PM

For scouring the forums, you sure missed the guidelines. The link's in my signature.

So not over $400 for one part? That's your only budget? Fitting that into logic, here is the best build you can possibly get right now:

CPU: i7-930 $299
Mobo: Asus P6X58D Premium $310. More future proof board.
HSF (only if you're overclocking): Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $65. Add two 120mm fans to that, so add about $20. The absolute best CPU cooler out there.
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $230 after rebate. The absolute fastest RAM available. You also don't need 12 GB for what you've listed as doing. You'd only need it for heavy encoding.
GPU: 2x HD 5870 $760 ($380 each). You'd save $80 by getting the HD 5970, as it's the same exact thing as this.
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90. Cheaper than the WD and just as fast.
SSD: Corsair Reactor 128 GB $300. Boot/app drive that will be lightening fast.
Case: HAF 922 $90. No reason to spend more than this because this is easily the best case out there.
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $200. 1kW is super overkill. You could power 6-8 GPUs on that.
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $25

Total: $2,389
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