Need advice on building my first gaming pc

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: If Everything works out, I'll be able to buy it in a few weeks
BUDGET RANGE: 1600-1800$


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, speakers and mouse is not required

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: As I live in denmark I'll probably be using ( is the irish version of that site. I assume the selection and prices are mostly the same).

PARTS PREFERENCES: I'd probably prefer an i7, however nothing is set in stone as such.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Possibly, but I'd probably prefer getting a single powerful card now, and upgrading later to 2 when I need more performance.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: My current monitor is only 1280x1024, so I'm looking to buy a new monitor with either 1680x1050 or 1920x1200 resolution.

Thank you in advance for any suggestions :)
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    Intel Core™ i7 Quad Processor i7-930

    Corsair HX 650W PSU

    Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD3R, X58, Socket-1366


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    Choose the chassis yourself, it's all about taste
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  3. To allow for OC'ing and twin GFX cards, going to start w/ a full tower....drop to mid tower if dropping one of those. I aologize but for reasons of familiarity and language issues, I'm gonna use local newegg site

    Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 PSU $244

    Alternate Full Tower HAF 932 w/ Corsair HX850 $350

    Alternate Mid Tower Antec 902 w/ EA-650 $165

    Alternate Mid Tower Antec 902 w/ EA-750 $210

    Alternate Mid Tower HAF 922 w/ TX650 $180 (200 - $20 MIR)

    Alternate Mid Tower HAF 922 w/ EA-750 $180 (210 - $30 MIR)

    ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 w/ Intel i7-930 $580

    RAM - THG loves this stuff DDR3-CAS9 for $165 but I'd grab DDR3-1600 CAS7 for $179 or
    OCZ CAS 8 for $130 in combo with the XFX 5870 $524

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):


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    I have a lotta money left so gonna put a Blue Ray reader / DVD Burner in there...can be had for $100 but gonna go with the Plextor one
    PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support and 50 LS disks $140

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    Heat Sink - For performance and ease of installation, the Prolimatech Megahalems fits both criteria. Here's what I'm putting in new builds Mega w/ IC Diamond TIM and twin Scythe PWMfans (make sure ya MoBo can handle the fan wattage). ($65 for the HS, $7 for TIM, $11 each for two PWM fans and $7 for a Y cable splitter). Have to find a European source for these but links provided so ya can see what it's all about.

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  5. Thanks for the input everyone. After much reading of reviews and forum posts, I've come up with a build that seems to fit within my budget and at the same time offers a lot of performance:

    Antec Nine Hundred Two Midi Tower Sort Blæsere: 2x 120mm Front, 1x 200mm Top, 1x 120mm Bak, Blå LEDs; Vindue

    Corsair TX 750W PSU ATX 12V V2.2, 80 Plus, Standard. 4x 6+2-pin PCIe, 8x SATA, 140mm Blæser

    Crucial DDR3 BallistiX 1333MHz 4GB CL7 Kit w/2x 2GB BallistiX modules, CL7-7-7-24, 1.65V

    Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4, P55, Socket-1156 SLI&CrossFireX, DDR3, ATX, GbLAN, USB3.0, SATA 6Gb/s, Firewire, 2xPCI-Ex(2.0)x16

    Intel Core™ i5 Quad Processor i5-750 Quad Core, 2.66Ghz, Socket 1156, 8MB, 95W, Boxed w/fan

    Lite-On DVD+RW burner IHAS124-19 SuperAllWrite, 24x8x16DVD+RW, SATA, Black
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Pro EN OEM, 64bit

    PowerColor Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express 2.0, "PCS+", 2xDVI-I, HDMI, DisplayPort

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 1TB SATA2 32MB 7200RPM

    Zalman CNPS9900A LED CPU Køler Socket Intel 1156/1366/755, AMD 754/940/939/AM2/AM2+/AM3, 120mm, Blå LED, 4-pin

    I'd very much like some feedback on this build. :)
  6. Wow, this got burried extremely quickly. I'd still like some feedback though.
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