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Buying from Ibuypower.com ....2024 system --> advise me I'm new :D

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March 30, 2010 5:14:56 AM

So as the title says, my knowledge of computers in general is somewhat limited but I am not entirely ignorant. I have tried to do my homework and get a great system while maintaining a respectable budget. I want to use this computer for gaming and although I mostly play WoW I want to be able to get 40+ frames on anything I play. I chose to go through ibuypower.com because I have never built my own computer and honestly, am a little intimidated by taking on such a task without guidance. However, if I can save hundreds of dollars by doing it on my own I am willing to undertake the task. Could you please look over my setup, and offer any advice on getting the most performance for my dollar while building the best system I can for around 2000 dollars or less. Thank you so much.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: April-march

BUDGET RANGE: $2000 or less

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, General Use.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor (using hdtv)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com - ibuypower.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: N/A.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe... w/ more experience

MONITOR RESOLUTION: believe it does 1080 p

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Best for the money xD








Gamer Paladin F725

Case ( CoolerMaster HAF 932 Full Tower Gaming Case - Black )

iBUYPOWER Labs - Noise Reduction ( None )
iBUYPOWER Labs - Internal Expansion ( None )
Case Lighting ( None )

Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7 930 Processor (4x 2.8GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )

iBUYPOWER PowerDrive ( PowerDrive Level 2 - Up to 20% Overclocking )

Processor Cooling ( [Free Upgrade] Liquid CPU Cooling System w/ 120mm Radiator [SOCKET-1366] )

Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1600 Triple Memory Module - Corsair or Major Brand )

Video Card ( ATI Radeon HD 5870 - 1GB - Single Card )

Video Card Brand ( Major Brand Powered by ATI or NVIDIA )

Motherboard ( ASUS P6X58D Premium -- Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/8-ch HD Audio, Triple-Channel DDR3, 2 Gb Lan, 3 PCI-E MB )

Motherboard Add-on ( None )

Power Supply ( 850 Watt -- Thermaltake TR2 W0319RU Power Supply - SLI Ready )

Primary Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE -- 16M Cache, 7200 RPM, 3.0Gb/s - Dual 500GB Drives (1TB Capacity) - RAID 0 High Performance )

Data Hard Drive ( None )

Optical Drive ( 24X Sony Dual Format/Double Layer DVD±R/±RW + CD-R/RW Drive - Black )

2nd Optical Drive ( None )

Flash Media Reader/Writer ( 12-In-1 Internal Flash Media Card Reader/Writer - Black )

Meter Display ( NZXT Sentry LX Aluminum Fan Control, Clock, and Temperature LCD Display )

Floppy Drive ( None )

Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )

Network Card ( **$99 - $20 Instant Rebate!** Killer Xeno Pro Gaming Network Card )

Operating System ( Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + [Free 60-Day !!!] Microsoft Office 2007(Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access ....) - 64-Bit )

Keyboard ( iBUYPOWER USB Keyboard - Black )

Mouse ( iBUYPOWER Internet Mouse - Black )

Monitor ( None )
2nd Monitor ( None )

Speaker System ( iBUYPOWER 2.1 Channel Stereo Super Bass Subwoofer Speaker System )

External Hard Drives [USB 2.0/eSATA] ( None )

USB Flash Drive ( None )

Wireless Network Adapter ( Zonet ZEW2545 802.11n 130Mbps Wireless USB Adapter )

Power Protection ( None )



(am i missing anything important?)
March 30, 2010 1:12:54 PM

I'm going to go ahead and tell you that this section is for people who want to build a PC themselves. And that you shoudl build it yourself. You'd save a lot of money and/or get better parts. There are plenty of step-by-step guides that help you (the one stickied in the forum is excellent), and you've already found a great site for questions.

Here is the absolute best gaming PC you can get for $2,000:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Asus P6X58D Premium $580
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $220 after rebate
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Seagate 7200.12 1 TB $90
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $160 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $90 after rebate
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $24
HSF (if OC): Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $35
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $1,999.

If you'd like to save some money (or need to buy other stuff for it), you can get slightly cheaper RAM and save $45. The Mushkins are the fastest RAM on the market, but they're expensive. Likewise, you can get a smaller one and save $60, as you won't need to Crossfire the 5970 for a long, long time. Also, you don't need the aftermarket HSF until you start overclocking.
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