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April 17, 2010 9:26:22 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week BUDGET RANGE: 1300-1500 USD

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: AutoCad, 3dMax, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, Vegas Studio, Gaming, multimedia.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Keyboard, Case, External Storage HDD, Speakers, OS,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg and any website that has good deal, example: microcenter

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel, ATI, and only major brands for other components no generics.

OVERCLOCKING: CPU: Yes CROSSFIRE: Maybe in the future

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: best performance for the $$$$, Please verify if these parts are compatible together i havent build a PC in 4 years and im not 100% sure.

Prices are with shipping and after rebates
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Motherboard: ASRock X58 Extreme 3 - 200$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I want a motherboard with 2x16 in crossfire but i wonder if i should just buy
ASRock X58 Extreme - 170$ since 6/Gbs is not applicable unless i buy raptor for 200$ and USB 3 not a necessity since you only use USB so often and mouse and keyboard wont benefit from it anyways.
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PSU: Rosewill Xtreme Series 850W - 90$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 - 55$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

i have external storage, so am looking for best performance/speed at low price so the capacity doesnt matter can be as low as 300GB i do not need a 1TB HDD am willing so spend 20-30 less on 300-500GB Hdd with better performance.
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RAM: G.SKILL 6GB - 170$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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GPU: Radeon HD 5870 - 390$
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?Product...
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CPU: Core i7-930 - 220$
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

will OC to around 3.6-3.8
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Cooling: COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 - 34$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

heared this cooler is pretty tight if you have any other better suggestions throw it out there
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Monitor: ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms - 191$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Final Price: 1350
still have 150$ to play with if you have any suggestions on better parts or deals.

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April 18, 2010 1:56:42 AM

PSU... I would go with the CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W over the Rosewill. the Rosewill go a decent review but I still don't trust them. The Corsair is similar in price and is plenty powerful for two 5870's.

MOBO... The ASRock X58 Extreme 3 looks like a nice board! If it is anything like the ASRock X58 Extreme, it is a great buy!

RAM... I would go with the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600, for $10 more and get better timings and performance.

The rest of your build looks good to me!!

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April 18, 2010 2:43:07 AM

thank you but im really big on modular cables to keep my moded case in nice shape, as to the ram is 20$ extra worth the slight timing difference ?
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April 18, 2010 2:57:01 AM

IMO... It is worth the price difference for the better performance/tighter timings, however it is really up to you.
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April 18, 2010 3:09:28 AM

Rosewill is Newegg's house brand, so I don't think it fits your requirement of "major brands only, no generics."

I recently used an Antec 850TPQ that was pretty nicely modular.

Antec TPQ-850 850W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Modular Active PFC "compatible with Core i7/Core i5" Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also, if you have a Microcenter store nearby, they sell those processors for $20 less to walk-in customers. They figure they'll make it up on the other things you buy, but you can still come out ahead if you shop at Microcenter only for the things they sell cheap.
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April 18, 2010 4:51:25 PM

rosewill doesnt have 8pin PCIe is that bad ??? doesnt the 5870 need 8 pin and 6 pin ???
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April 18, 2010 5:02:40 PM

No... the 5870 requires two 6-pin connectors.

ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 System Requirements
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PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
  • For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (included) are required]ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 System Requirements
  • PCI Express® based PC is required with one X16 lane graphics slot available on the motherboard
  • 500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)
  • Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products
  • Minimum 1GB of system memory
  • Installation software requires CD-ROM drive
  • DVD playback requires DVD drive
  • Blu-ray™ playback requires Blu-ray drive
  • For an ATI CrossFireX™ system, a second ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics card, an ATI CrossFireX Ready motherboard and one ATI CrossFireX Bridge Interconnect cable per graphics card (included) are required


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