DO YOU GUYS HAVE TIME FOR A NEWBIE BUILDER?

I am wanting to invest around 3K for a gaming system and have some ideas such as I7 Chipset but I am lost when it comes to video cards. You got time to assist
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  1. Sure what rez monitor did you have in mind ? That would help figure out what GPU to get. Also do you have plans to xfire/sli ?

    Would you read this link http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advice and post back with more info, so the people at Tom,s can better help you
  2. I was planning on going single vid card, ATI 5870 maybe. I was looking at the I7 960 CPU and a nice ASUS 24" Monitor. But other than that I am not so sure. I am open to suggestions on anything. I have 4K to dedicate to a computer and monitor. I have everything else. I also have 4 raptor 150's but have no plans on any raid configuration. I haven't had a system since AGP back in 2006 so I am out of the game quite a bit.
  3. I wouldnt suggest spending more than 2k on a system at a single time, if you spend 2k on one now and 2k on another one in 2 to 3 years you spend the same amount but end up with a far better system in the end. After you hit 2k you have rapidly diminishing return on investment. I would also suggest not wasting money on a 960, get a 930 and OC it, it will perform better for wayy less.
  4. psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
    $110
    case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021
    $100
    cpu cooler: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065
    $35
    total from this section: $245
    plus other total: +++++++$1,542.+++++++
    thats a nice rig, i figured u wanted to use ur raptors so i did not include a hard drive. i did nt bother with the dvd drive either, because im not sure what capabilities you need one to have!
  5. I just put this together for OP maybe you would like it also

    for about 2K this is what i would buy


    Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118030
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $24.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118030

    COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119160
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $159.98
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148433
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814102883
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $35.99
    • 2 year: $59.99
    -$40.00 Instant
    $429.99
    $389.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102883

    Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820226121
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    -$10.00 Instant
    $259.99
    $249.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226121

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065


    • ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813131614
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    • Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115225
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$25.00 Combo
    $604.98
    $579.98
    1

    UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
    Item #: N82E16800992041
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$59.99 Saving
    $59.99
    $0.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350315


    • Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820167023
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    • OCZ Z Series Gold OCZZ850M 850W ATX12V 2.3/ EPS12V 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817341026
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$125.00 Instant
    -$20.00 Combo
    $30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $539.98
    $394.98
    1

    DANE-ELEC 2GB MicroSD Flash Card w/ SD Adapter Model DA-2IN1-02G-R - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820157038
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.25 Saving
    $5.25
    $0.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359566
    Subtotal: $2,024.88


    Monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001378 259.99
  6. Here is what Im putting together now for $1500:

    I7 930 CPU; $200 at your local Microcenter

    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128423

    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

    CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835181010

    LITE-ON Black 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer LightScribe Support
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106335

    SAPPHIRE Toxic 100282-2GTXSR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102889

    Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116713

    Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129021

    Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371025
  7. If you really want to spend 3K, the money is best spent on quality in other areas such as the case and PSU, which also are the longest lasting parts.

    Defining more clearly what you want will go a long way in helping people choose parts for you.

    Here is the way that I would spend the 3K

    i7 930 and Asus and P6X58D Premium board -580
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.350315

    G.skill DDR3 6GB 1600 CL7 - 175
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335&cm_re=ddr3_6gb_1600-_-20-231-335-_-Product

    Corsair 800D case -300
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139001

    Corsair 850HX PSU -170
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139011&Tpk=850HX
    Enough to add a second 5870 if you get the urge.

    Sapphire Vapor-X 5870 -420
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102872&cm_re=5870-_-14-102-872-_-Product

    Crucial SATA III 256GB SSD -680
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148349

    Samsung F3 1TB -90
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

    LG Blu-ray Burner -150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136181

    Noctua CPU cooler -75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608014&cm_re=noctua-_-35-608-014-_-Product

    Logitech G19 KB -177
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126053

    Logitech G9x mouse -95
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104261

    And then for the monitor I would get this at 24"

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005134
  8. Wow guys thanks for the help. Yea that really clears up a lot of questions I had. My buddy was telling me about the eyefinity version of the 5870 for three monitors.
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