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Final review from you all, before I order. All opinion welcome!

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March 30, 2010 8:52:40 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week or next

BUDGET RANGE: $1200

USAGE: general purpose, like multimedia and gaming, but NOT a hardcore gamer, most time play CS:Source, some times Modern Warfare 2 and left for dead.
[in the end, I somehow still spend most time playing CS:S, it is just the best Lan game ever, do you guys know that there will be new version is it coming out in the future? ]

OVERCLOCKING: slight

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the Future maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

Case: LIAN LI PC-60FN Black Aluminum - $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: SeaSonic X650 Gold 650W - $160
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $210
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz - $216 (from MC)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 - $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VIDEO: SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100283VXL Radeon HD 5770 1GB - $175
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3750528AS 750GB - $60 x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
or
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB - $90 x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL: LITE-ON Black 24X -$31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Questions:
1. I am NOT sure which HDD to choose(I will buy 2 of them for raid 1), the reliability of Seagate is worrying me, while it is much cheaper and I don't need 1T from Sunsang in fact.

2. I know many of you will think this is NOT a balanced build for "gaming", but I am not a hardcore gamer, and I will probably update the graphic card later when price of HD5850 comes down if I start some new games that requires it. That is why I am asking do any of you know that whether there will be a new version of Counter Strike coming out in the future?

3. The only reason I choose i7 930 is that I can pick it up in a near Micro Center for $199 + $16 tax. And the mobo's price is not bad. ($210)

Please comment, and thanks ahead.

best.
March 30, 2010 9:31:33 PM

Ok this is what i would do

1. get a Corsair 750W PSU ( the one you have is grate but a lot of money )

2. go for a CM-922

3. 2x Seagate 7200.12 500

4. That should free up enough to get a HD 5850 and balance the system out a bit



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March 30, 2010 9:43:06 PM

Thanks, niklas_13. How about this combo I just found:

PSU + MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R + CORSAIR CMPSU-650HX 650W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

I couldn't find any review for this PSU, how do you think of it? Also, why do you recommend the 500G version instead of the 750G version of the Seagate 7200.12? I thought they are the same, in term of quality and reliability?

Thanks a lot.
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March 30, 2010 11:04:33 PM

I would not get that combo ATM the Corsair 750W PSU is 99.99 and that mobo is 209.99 you get a better PSU for xfire down the road with the 750W, less you really need the Modular cables that the 650 has and wont xfire down the road.

both the corsair 650 and 750W are good PSU

Its a bit cheaper then the 750 and its one of the fastest HDD out + going with 2xHDD you want for your raid0 still gives you 1TB ( also to cut cost for a better GPU )







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March 30, 2010 11:35:27 PM

Thank you niklas, all are good advices, now let me take a careful look at the HD 5830/5850.

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March 30, 2010 11:54:13 PM
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