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Help me build my first PC ? $3500. to blow !

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March 29, 2010 11:28:27 PM

OK, Was going to spend about $3500. and order a top of the line PC from HP, the HPE 180t.
I figured that I might just go ahead and build my own as I think I could make one just as good if not better with brand name parts instead of HP OEM parts.

I was thinking the Corsair Obsidian 800D Case with either the ASUS P6X58D or Gigabyte X58A-UD7 Motherboard and the Corsair 1000 watt power supply.

I have to have the new intel i7 980X processor.

Can you guys recommend some good RAM, Hard Drives, maybe a solid state drive and Video Card?

I just threw together this package on newegg:



I'm trying to stay around $3500.00 as this is all I have to play with.

Please give me some help and advice?

Thanks.. :) 

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March 30, 2010 12:15:35 AM

You should really reformat using the "how to ask for help sticky". It would help us give you a much better response.

Also,
Do you need a monitor?
Do you have to spend all the money now? or can you spend $2000 and save $1500 to upgrade things in a year or two when new tech comes out?


The i7 980 is a waste of money. You can get an i7 930 and overclock it to the same speeds you could overclock a 980 to. Pure waste of cash.

You will want to get a good 80 or 120GB SSD as a boot/primary application drive (make sure it supports TRIM) and a good 1TB or 2TB HDD.

The graphics cards you should be considering are the ATI 5870 or 5890 or Nvidia 480<comes out in april>. Depends on what games you play.

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March 30, 2010 12:15:56 AM

MOBO: Go with the ASUS P6X58D

SSD: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 128GB SSD (Fastest you can buy... but has a cost to it :D  ) or Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SSD (Great Boot Drive & App drive)

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB is a great drive at $90. If you are wanting 2TB drive, I would go with the Western Digital 2TB Black over any other 2TB drive.

RAM: G.Skill PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 Cas7

GPU: If you can find a 5970, it is the best GPU currently out. I would go with the XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 in the place of the 5970. It will still perform very well at 1920x1200. Depending on what you have left on your budget, you can always go with 2x 5870's, if you can't find a 5970.

OS: Drop down to the OEM version of the OS. You get everything as the full version, except the box and manul. :) 

edit: I mis-stated the fastest SSD... OCZ VERTEX LE is actually the fastest SSD.
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March 30, 2010 12:23:05 AM

OK, Thanks.
I did not even see the ask for help sticky.
I have two HPw2207 monitors, so I'm Okay with them for now.
Also I have no idea what I'm doing.
The solid state drive is what I would install the operating system on?
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March 30, 2010 12:26:45 AM

Yes - the SSD would be for OS and your most used applications only - no data.

The stickies in this section have alot of good info on building PCs and currently preferred components. You should read through them and see what you can get out of them.
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March 30, 2010 12:59:41 AM
March 30, 2010 1:00:36 AM

And prehps add an SSD and swtich the board to one with 16X by 4.
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March 30, 2010 1:05:46 AM

Thanks, builderbob
but none of the links are working for me:( 

Purchasing a pre built from HP is no good?

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March 30, 2010 1:23:44 AM

Okay, Thanks

So many parts, my head is swimming :) 

Any smaller cases that have the hot swappable drive bays?

I like the 800D but it's so HUGE :) 
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March 30, 2010 1:27:10 AM

Uh, Haf-922 that i posted is a great case.
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March 30, 2010 1:35:03 AM

Must have missed it. Looking now.
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March 30, 2010 1:41:11 AM

Also, I would look at the Cooler Master CM-690 II Advanced case. It is a great case and has a different look than the HAF 922 (which has a love | hate appeal to it)
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March 30, 2010 1:42:29 AM

Uh, would that put im out of budget?

My 2 5970 and Ud7 build is toeing the line.
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March 30, 2010 1:58:10 AM

Thanks, Tecmo34. I'll check the 690 out.

Yes, 2 5970's will kill me :(  one might also might kill me, LOL !

Is that Gigabyte X58A-UD7 board better than the ASUS P6X58D?

What happens if I buy all this stuff and it don't work? LOL :D 
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March 30, 2010 2:07:34 AM

Also is Newegg the only game in town for these goodies?
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March 30, 2010 10:52:24 AM

hooterville said:
Thanks, Tecmo34. I'll check the 690 out.

Yes, 2 5970's will kill me :(  one might also might kill me, LOL !

Is that Gigabyte X58A-UD7 board better than the ASUS P6X58D?

What happens if I buy all this stuff and it don't work? LOL :D 


Well, the 2 5970 and X-25M 160gb are in the budget, and so is USb 3.0 and Sata 6.0gbps. (Wich the UD7 has)
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March 30, 2010 6:21:05 PM

Can you guys recommend a real good Blu Ray / DVD / CD Multi Burner?

Thanks..
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March 30, 2010 6:45:12 PM

All right Rodney, So you think we should lower the budget to 2800$?
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March 30, 2010 10:15:55 PM

Can you guys look at the inside of this Maxed Out HP Hpe 180T computer on Youtube and let me know if there are any quality parts in there for $3500. ?

It has the intel i7-975 quad-core Extreme Edition 3.33 GHz, 24 GB Ram, 2 - 1TB Drives, Blu Ray Burner and a 1.8GB Nvidia card.

The guy told me he paid $3500. plus Tax and shipping for this set up.

$3500. HP Super Computer

I was going to order one of these and figured I would be better putting one together myself.

Looks like a cheap motherboard and china CPU cooler on an expensive i7 processor and I'm sure some cheap ram.

What ya think?
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March 30, 2010 11:25:52 PM

It's garbage.

My build is about 1,000 times faster and higer quility.
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March 30, 2010 11:59:59 PM

Getting the parts at Amazon is an Okay idea?
I deal with Amazon all the time but have never dealt with Newegg.
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March 31, 2010 12:03:50 AM

Newegg Is a better Idea, the parts I Spec'd out are cheaper on Newegg, the 3500$ Newegg build would become like a 4000$+ Amazon build.
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March 31, 2010 12:12:36 AM

And I just noticed that half the items are out of stock on Amazon.
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March 31, 2010 12:14:28 AM

Yeh, go for Newegg.

By the way, with a build that goddamn fast as the one I posted, It would be a shame not to have a 30" moniter at 2560x1600.

If you play at 1920x1200, then prehaps cutting the budget a bit could help.
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March 31, 2010 12:27:53 AM

I'll just have to wait a month or two and put together some more cash for a nice big monitor.

Nobody has the video card in stock:( 

What do you recommend?
Dell 30" ?
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March 31, 2010 12:29:31 AM

Yep.

3008WFP is a good choce.

and the card goes in and out of stock, wait for it to come back in ,a dn once it does, buy it ASAP.

( My build calls for 2 of them)
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March 31, 2010 10:11:19 AM

hooterville said:
OK, Thanks.
I did not even see the ask for help sticky.
I have two HPw2207 monitors, so I'm Okay with them for now.
Also I have no idea what I'm doing.
The solid state drive is what I would install the operating system on?


Normally i would place a distance of 10 feet between myself and threads like these so to TS:

1. Goggle Moore's Law
2. Is your tasks more CPU (rendering/encoding) or GPU intensive (gaming)?

Cheers ^^
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March 31, 2010 2:24:03 PM

batuchka said:
Normally i would place a distance of 10 feet between myself and threads like these so to TS:

1. Goggle Moore's Law
2. Is your tasks more CPU (rendering/encoding) or GPU intensive (gaming)?

Cheers ^^



Both, I do lots of Photoshop/Illustrator/Lightroom work and Gaming.

I'm now trying to decide between the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 or ASUS P6X58D motherboards.

Thanks.
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