New Build: $1430 i7 930 gaming system


BUDGET RANGE: $1430 or lower


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Soundcard, OS, Monitor, additional HDs (already have 1.5TB, but only suitable for storage not main OS drive)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: The Egg, and optionally any site with the best price. I don't mind ordering most of the stuff from newegg and combining this with other sites to save even more money


PARTS PREFERENCES by brand or type: Intel i7/eVGA/Asus/etc.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, definitely...hopefully 4ghz on air



ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Really trying to keep this at at $1430 or lower. Hopefully when I build this in May this will be even easier to do


CASE: COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail -- $79.99 after $5 instant rebate

MOBO: EVGA 141-BL-E757-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX X58 SLI LE Intel Motherboard - Retail -- $229.99 after $10 instant rebate

PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - Retail -- $294.99

PROCESSOR COOLER: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail -- $34.99

COMPOUND: Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM -- $9.99

RAM: OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3G1600LV6GK - Retail -- $160.99 after $7 instant rebate

PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail - $109.99 after $30 instant rebate

VID CARD: XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail - $419.99

HD: Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -- $69.99

OPTICAL: Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM -- $26.99

TOTAL: $1,437.90 (excluding tax/shipping)

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  1. Couple of Changes...
    MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail

    Edit... Just noticed this build is for May, so please revisit the build a week or two prior to actual purchase date to make sure it is still your best option. Prices change and with some new stuff coming out in April, could effect your purchasing decision.

    Rest of the build looks good
  2. Your build looks cool! Heavy gamer r u?
    Btw, i too prefer Seagate over W.D, especially for the 500GB. Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB gives good performance for gaming.

    And as tecmo said, check for prices and other models just a week before you buy. While i dont advice buying any new models that come in april, a month-and-half wait may have some price reductions, so you can buy a little higher models in Mobo, Case, etc.

    On the other hand, if the prices go up by a few notches (could happen), my tip for u is to cut off the 6GB RAM to 4GB (which is good enough now), and add in extra memory when the prices go down. RAM prices are very high now!
  3. I'm looking at a very similar build. Any concern with the X58A-UD3R not having support for the i7-930 until BIOS version F4? I'm not sure what BIOS version it's shipping with but I assume F1. Will this present any issues?
  4. you have a good setup up but i think you could save some money, il be back on tomshardware when i get home and ill give u a newegg list (since my school blocks newegg) :(
  5. Also, if you act quick, Microcenter has that processor for $199. It for pickup only. I've heard the sale ends this week, but you would have to verify.
  6. Ok im back, heres what i got

    Western Digital Caviar 1tb 7200 $99

    Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $9

    COOLER MASTER Intel Core i7 compatible V8 cpu cooler $75

    Rosewill 800 watt psu $110

    rosewill cruiser black gaming case $79

    xfx hd 5870 xxx edition $430

    OCZ Gold 6GB $130

    ntel Core i7-930 2.8GHz $295

    EVGA x58 3 way sli mobo $160

    the psu case, video card ram,and cpu mobo are all available in a combo so extra money

    total cost b4 shipping: $1357
  7. sry i meant extra money saved at the bottom of my last post
  8. dominnater said:
    sry i meant extra money saved at the bottom of my last post

    Thanks for the suggestions... I really like that case and I might go with that one instead. I'm not really sure about the PSU though
  9. xartion said:
    Thanks for the suggestions... I really like that case and I might go with that one instead. I'm not really sure about the PSU though

    yeah you could def get a better psu if u wanted to and still be in budget
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