[New System Build] Gaming Rig for around $1200

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This or next week

BUDGET RANGE: around $1200 before/after rebate

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies, internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer to have X58 motherboard and i7 CPU

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Depend on price

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Mostly for gaming really.

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I saw this combo deal on newegg.com and want to know if this is good system for price or there are better set up for similar price?

Intel Core i7-930/ASUS P6T X58 Chipset SuperCombo
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  1. Forgot to add that I will use for photography and some movie editing. So, that why I wanted i7 as I heard that it render faster than AMD.

    Any suggestion or is that combo is good?
  2. If the main thing you like to do is gaming ( your GPU is going to be more important then your CPU ) If you need this system for work whare speed is money when rendering, then i say go i7 930.

    A i7 930 i5 750 or AMD955 will still do photography and movie editing ( just a bit slower then a i7 930

    So with your budget you can get a system thats

    1 grate for gaming and OK for photoshop work

    2 grate for Photoshop work ok for gaming

    You pick :)

    I would say go i5 750 with that budget and your needs
  3. Ah, the reason why I was considering X58 motherboard is that it seem that solid option for future upgrading or it don't really matter at this point?
  4. Well AMD will have new CPU coming out this year also

    Could you post like gaming 80% photowork 10% so i can see whats would be a better way to go ?

    There is no question that a X58 is the best ( but from a budget point ) if gaming is your thing, to have a grate CPU and a POS GPU would be a waste

    Whare on the other hand if it 80% Photoshop work and 8% gaming its better to go with a X58 i7 930
  5. Umm, I would say 60% gaming, 40% photoshop/movie editing. Gaming is mostly RPG based, not FPS or anything like that. (Dragon Age, World of Warcraft, Runes of Magic, and some new blizzard games that are coming out basically).
  6. Intel Core i7-930/ASUS P6T X58 rCombo $579
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.369319

    Antec 1200 w/ CP-850 $229
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.359977

    Corsair DDR3-1600 w/ CAS 7 timings $189
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145286

    Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

    (http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-hard-drive-charts/compare,1006.html?prod[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

    Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly. Given gaming and photo target ...
    Seagate 7200.12 $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    XFX HD-577X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5770 $160 - Would prefer a 5850 / 470 but that's outta budget range. Get one now and Xfire later.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150462

    Would add a CPU cooler such as the Xigmatec S1283 $44 or one of the others here:
    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm#INTELHEATSINK
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=23

    pick a TIM from the top few here such as OC Freeze ($6):
    http://www.hwreviewlabs.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64%3Amega-44-thermal-paste-round-up&catid=32%3Around-ups&Itemid=47&limitstart=3
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermal-interface-roundup_10.html#sect1
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=138&Itemid=1&limit=1&limitstart

    $1298 The large case, beefy PSU gives you loads of upgrade capability, the 1366 socket has a long future....and the memory gives you an easy 4 Ghz OC....

    Alternately, look at the following mid tower pairings:

    Antec 900 w/ EA-650 ($180) saves $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129064

    HAf 922 w/ TX650 ($155) saves $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119197

    You could go cheaper still w/ say P55 based board, smaller PSU, smaller case or Gigabyte alternative but that would limit your upgrade options....especially with respect to Xfire bigger cases and PSU's allow the power and cooling necessary and the Gibabyte boards cripple USB 3 and SATA III with Xfire.

    Personally, I 'd like a $1500 budget a lot better as it allows a 5850 or 470. :)
  7. Or you could go I7 860 and a HD 5850 ( this would be a good balanced system )




    Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model AD-7241S-0B LightScribe Support - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827118032
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    Protect Your Investment (expand for options)
    Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
    The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge(more info)
    • 1 year: $6.99
    • 2 year: $11.99
    $24.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118032

    COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    Item #: N82E16811119137
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $84.99
    $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119137

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822148433
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $89.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148433

    XFX HD-585X-ZAFC Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity - Retail
    Item #: N82E16814150477
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
    $309.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150477

    CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16817139004
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $104.99
    $84.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004

    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820231303
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $119.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
    Item #: N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
    $99.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754

    COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ... - Retail
    Item #: N82E16835103065
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $34.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065


    • Intel Core i7-860 Lynnfield 2.8GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I7860 - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819115214
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
    • GIGABYTE GA-P55A-UD3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
    Item #: N82E16813128412
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$15.00 Instant
    -$18.00 Combo
    $429.98
    $396.98
    1

    UBISOFT Assassin’s Creed II – PC Digital Download, Gift with Intel Purchase - Retail
    Item #: N82E16800992041
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$59.99 Saving
    $59.99
    $0.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.360551
    Subtotal: $1,241.90
  8. Ok, what do you think about this? Note: Assassin's Creed II is actually free come with CPU and MB combo, not sure why it didn't take that in account in this picture but in my cart, it show $0.00 *shrug*

  9. Like i said before it would be a grate system for photoshop type work and a OK game system
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