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April 8, 2010 3:24:40 AM

I'm going to be helping a friend build his computer tomorrow, and I wanted to run a couple builds by you guys first.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: We want to look at three price points: $800, $1000, and $1200

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, CAD software, Adobe Suite

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor not required. Samsung P2250 1080p.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Before the Fermi cards were out, I would've suggested an ATI Radeon 5850, but now that the GTX 470 is out, performs on par or a bit better than the 5850 and has the benefit of CUDA, Tessellation optimization, and Physx (not sure how big of a deal this will be), I'm leaning towards the 470. I know they run hotter and require a bit more power, but let's see if it's easy to work around that?

$1200

CPU: Core i7 930
I think microcenter sells these discounted to $230?

RAM: OCZ 6 GB DDR3 kit, CAS 8
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$159*

I'm looking through this RAM selection at newegg and it's shocking. When I bought my OCZ Platinums CAS 7 last year, they were $95. Now they're $215?

Are G.Skill sets more overclockable? What's been your experience with Patriot? They have a kit rated at CAS 7 on 1.5 volts for only $165.

HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB

$55*

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$210*

Case: Cooler Master CM690 II
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$100 + $20 shipping

OR

Cooler Master HAF 922

$80 free shipping.

I've used the CM690 before and I liked it a lot, but if we can't find that at microcenter, maybe the HAF would be better? They both seem to have a lot of stock cooling.

GPU: ASUS GTX 470
for CUDA, insurance against tessellation-heavy games

$350

PSU: Corsair 950TX
Because the GTX 470 wants a minimum 550 Watt power supply with 38 A on the 12 volt rail. This has 78 Amps on the 12 V rail. I know that's 550 for the entire system and not just the GPU, but if he adds another, is he looking at around 750 watts pull? And what if we overclock that 930 a bit. Is this too much headroom?

$140*

So, using the HAF 922, this build comes out to be $695 - $50 in rebates + $350 GTX 470 + $230 i7 930 = $1225

Every item had free shipping.

The $1000

CPU: Core i5 750
$150 at Microcenter

RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
These are CAS 9 at 1.5 volts. I'm thinking we can get tighter timings out of them at slightly higher voltage.

$106

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D EVO LGA 1156
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$180*

HDD: SAME
$55

Case: SAME

$80

PSU: Corsair 750TX

$100*

GPU: HD Radeon 5850
$310+$8 shipping

That's $866 in the cart - $35 in rebates +$150 core i5 750 for

$981


Last and Least
$800

CPU: Core i5 750

$150

RAM: G.SKill Ripjaws
(same)

$106

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D PRO LGA 1156

$170
free shipping

PSU: Corsair 650TX

GPU: ASUS HD 5830
$260 + 8.50 shipping

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

That ends up being $689.44 in the cart - $10 in rebates + $150 CPU

for a total of
$829.44

So I missed the mark. Any help is appreciated.

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April 8, 2010 3:40:33 AM

Kind of hard for me to read the above builds as the way you posted them is weird.

Here's a few builds.

$1200



$1000



$800



On your $800 build you missed a HD and you missed a DVD on all three. Don't know if that was intentional or not. So I just made mine without an HD aswell.

Always get the tightest timing ram you can without it being OCZ. OCZ is a definite no. There DDR3 ram sticks are terrible.
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