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April 15, 2010 1:52:54 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably this week, end of the month at the latest. BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, surfing the internet, ability to run up to 5 VMs at a time

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, chassis, will need monitor at some point

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, buy.com, globalcomputer.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Processor, see below for further details

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently can support up to 1280x1024, would like to upgrade to a (much) better monitor in the future. Not sure how high of a resolution I will want to go to.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to keep this pretty future proof while still being able to afford next months rent. Keeping the electric bill low would be nice, but I'm willing to sacrifice that much. I've put together a tentative selection (below), but it's a bit over my price range. I need to figure out what I can afford to drop:

Processor: Intel i7 930

Motherboard: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
^Not an expert on mobos. Just using what I read about on other articles to take a stab at selecting this. I'm up for other suggestions for sure!

Memory: OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory

Graphics Card: PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE1XEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
^I don't know ANYTHING about graphics cards, and could really use some advice here. I tried to follow the advice of some articles I've read elsewhere on the site, but again, still not feeling really confident in this area.

Power Supply: Ultra X4 750W Modular Power Supply

Hard Disk Drives: Hitachi OS00163 Deskstar IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive (2)
^I'd like to run these in some kind of RAID configuration. Probably RAID 1?

Optical Drives: ASUS DVD-RW DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (2)

I've already purchased the chassis from a guy I know, but here's the one I purchased: NZXT Tempest Chassis


The prices I'm using to base my estimate on are all of the prices listed on the linked pages. Got the case for $75, so I'm still ~$200 over my desired target price before taxes and shipping. Any thoughts? Really could use some guidance. Thanks!
April 15, 2010 6:51:02 AM

dubya386 said:
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Probably this week, end of the month at the latest. BUDGET RANGE: ~$1000 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:gaming, surfing the internet, ability to run up to 5 VMs at a time

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS, chassis, will need monitor at some point

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, amazon.com, buy.com, globalcomputer.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United States

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel Processor, see below for further details

OVERCLOCKING: Yes SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe SLI

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently can support up to 1280x1024, would like to upgrade to a (much) better monitor in the future. Not sure how high of a resolution I will want to go to.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'd like to keep this pretty future proof while still being able to afford next months rent. Keeping the electric bill low would be nice, but I'm willing to sacrifice that much. I've put together a tentative selection (below), but it's a bit over my price range. I need to figure out what I can afford to drop:

Processor: Intel i7 930

Motherboard: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
^Not an expert on mobos. Just using what I read about on other articles to take a stab at selecting this. I'm up for other suggestions for sure!

Memory: OCZ Gold Tri Channel 6GB PC10666 DDR3 Memory


Graphics Card: PNY XLR8 VCG98GTEE1XEB GeForce 9800 GT 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
^I don't know ANYTHING about graphics cards, and could really use some advice here. I tried to follow the advice of some articles I've read elsewhere on the site, but again, still not feeling really confident in this area.

Power Supply: Ultra X4 750W Modular Power Supply

Hard Disk Drives: Hitachi OS00163 Deskstar IDK/7K Internal Hard Drive (2)
^I'd like to run these in some kind of RAID configuration. Probably RAID 1?

Optical Drives: ASUS DVD-RW DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS (2)

I've already purchased the chassis from a guy I know, but here's the one I purchased: NZXT Tempest Chassis


The prices I'm using to base my estimate on are all of the prices listed on the linked pages. Got the case for $75, so I'm still ~$200 over my desired target price before taxes and shipping. Any thoughts? Really could use some guidance. Thanks!


RAID 1 is basically 2 hard drives mirrored. It's a redundancy against a hard drive failure. To cut costs I'd drop a hard drive. Swap the deskstar for a 500 GB Samsung Spinpont F3 they are highly reliable and only 60 bucks on newegg.

If your budget isn't flexible the 930 is overkill for gaming. Look into an i5 or a Phenom IIx4 955 (personal preference)

AMD is cost effective for 2 reasons, 1 the CPUs are lower in price but equal in performance for gaming, video compression is another story, thats where HyperThreading shines.

Also the 2nd reason AMD is more cost effective, is generally the motherboards are cheaper. An AM3 motherboard costs 80-140 whereas a 1336 socket motherboard can cost upwards of 300 dollars.

If you are willing to swap out Intel for AMD it might give more breating room to upgrade other parts. If you are dead set on Intel, look at an i5 build
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April 15, 2010 2:09:07 PM

Gaming is GPU bound, not CPU. A stock Phenom ii x4, 955 will max out a 5970. In fact, I'm pretty sure if you take a $60 Athlon ii X3 and OC it to 3.6 or so It'll max a 5970.

You're much better off getting a good GPU and going AMD for your budget.

That RAM has horrendous timings and since they don't list voltage, it might be one of those stupid OCZ >1.65 v pieces of junk that's causing troubles left and right.


That PSU is an overpriced POS. Read jonny guru's review of the lineup, it's a fail 6.5.

http://www.jonnyguru.com/modules.php?name=NDReviews&op=...
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April 15, 2010 3:05:57 PM

Full Build

Optical
Sony $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
922 $90 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU/CPU
5850 and Phenom II x4955 $444
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM
G SKill Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF/Floppy
Hyper 212 Plus and random Floppy $34
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

They're paying you money to take the floppy... don't ask

PSU/HD
Modxstream Pro 700 W and Spinpoint F3 500gb $125 w/ $25 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

MOBO
GIGABYTE GA-790XTA-UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is ~$985 before $50 MIR and Shipping
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April 15, 2010 7:09:32 PM

Go ahead, nothing that can be improved on this build :) 
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April 18, 2010 11:20:50 PM

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