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March 25, 2010 1:38:47 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 1-2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: ~$1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Mid-level gaming, video encoding, some c++ development, general surfing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse,OS (will be using Win7 64bit), monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com, mwave.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, have had good luck in the past with ASUS mobos

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200


Here's what I'm looking at so far:

case: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $304.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler: XIGMATEK Intel Core i7 compatible Dark Knight-S1283V 120mm Long Life Bearing CPU Cooler $42.96
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC $109.31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cpu: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 $294.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805 $249.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS 1.5TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd: LITE-ON Black BD-COMBO SATA Model ihes108-29 $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 25, 2010 2:48:04 AM

cpu: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366
GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD4P LGA 1156

Different sockets.

get i5 750 instead with this mobo http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

and a 5870 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

the dark knight is a good cpu cooler but the hyper 212+ is better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and consider a corsair 750watt psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

plus a cheaper but as big and good as the twelve hundred http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 25, 2010 3:44:02 AM

Wow, snake, thanks for pointing that out. I can't believe I missed it. I edited the original post to hopefully have the right mobo this time.

On core i5/i7, I will probably go with the i7. I know it's not really worth the money in terms of price/performance, but I'm willing to spend a few extra dollars on this unless there is a really compelling reason not to. Both video encoding and c++ compiling will make pretty good use of the extra horsepower.

I will look at the other components you suggested as well, especially the case and gpu.

Thanks again.
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March 25, 2010 3:58:44 AM

+1 for the i7 for your usage...And IMO the HD 5850 has enough power for a mid-level gaming at 1080p...

+1 for snake's case suggestion and CPU cooler, but IMO that CM Hyper is a better buy at sub $30 and not at the current price...
You can get the CM Hyper 212+ cheaper at amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

And if you are going with MAF 922, then you will have to change the PSU to snake's suggestion or any other as the CP only fits 1200 and P183...

RAM - IMO if you wont be overclocking or will be overclocking to only moderate levels, then I dont see the need for those RAMs...
Get this one instead...I dont think you will notice significant difference between this one and the RAM that you have linked...
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 CAS 7
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Definitely a better performing one -
Samsung F3 1TB - Arguably the fastest 7200RPM drive and is very efficient...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Other BD options
SAMSUNG Black
$15 off with promo code EMCYPNP49, ends 3/29
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Better rated -
LG
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And do look out for combo deals...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
March 25, 2010 2:19:18 PM

Quote:
Mid-level gaming, video encoding, some c++ development,
sorry I missed that completely, I though you wanted a gaming machine, i messed up threats, as im helping some1 with a similar budget, any how, yes the i7 930 will be of use, and +1^gkay , im not gonna repeat what he say, lol just listen to him.
March 25, 2010 2:21:40 PM

Agree with gkay09 on the hard drive. Whatever you do, don't get the 7200.11. Either go with the Samsung Spinpoint F3s or get a Seagate 7200.12. The .11s were pretty notorious for having problems, which the .12s have not had, in addition to using 500 GB platter technology.
March 25, 2010 3:13:58 PM

Thanks gkay. You're probably right about the RAM. I really doubt I will overclock. I think you are probably right that I can knock down the gpu a bit as well. My gaming needs are nothing extraordinary.


I think I might actually have that LG BD in a HTPC that I built not long ago. It's done well so I will probably go with that.

I see a lot of recommendations for the HAF case so I will think that through as well.
March 25, 2010 3:17:32 PM

OK, coldsleep, I have seen the light on the HD and will go with the F3. Thanks!

Obsidian, thanks for the link. I'm pretty sure that is the board I will go with.

Thanks again everyone for all the suggestions, I will update the build list and get any final comments.
March 25, 2010 5:08:30 PM

Alright, here is my updated list based on all the great suggestions I got. Thanks again for all the feedback. Any other comments?

I'm not sure which case/psu to go with. I'm leaning towards option 2 as it's a bit cheaper, even with the combo deal on option 1.


mobo: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $209.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

gpu: DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB $304.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

cooler: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus $29.72
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

cpu: Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 BX80601930 $294.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ram: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI - Retail $179.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

hdd: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

dvd: LG Black 10X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Disc Combo Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support $104.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case1: Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - Retail $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu1: Antec CP-850 850W Continuous Power CPX SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC $109.31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case2: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel $99.88
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

psu2: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
March 25, 2010 5:15:04 PM

Looks good, just be aware that the Blu-ray drive won't come with any software. If you need software with it, find a retail drive (probably $20-40 more).

EDIT: It should come with driver software, it just won't come with Blu-ray software. Which may or may not be an issue for you.
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