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April 18, 2010 12:27:03 AM

HEY GUYS JUST WANT SOME HELP BUILDING MY OWN CUSTOM PC!!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 3 MONTHS

BUDGET RANGE: 1k-2k (THE CHEAPER THE BETTER)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: CRYSIS,GAMING, VIDEO,MUSIC, AM NOT DOING WORK ON THIS MACHINE

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse,MONITOR,SPEAKERS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: CHEAPEST ONE

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: QUAD CORE CPU PLEASE

OVERCLOCKING:YEAH!

OVERCLOCKING: IN THE FUTURE (WOULD LIKE PC TO EVENTUALLY HAVE 2 GRAPHICS CARDS)

MONITOR RESOLUTION: ALREADY HAVE A MONITOR

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: BLING CASE WITH LIGHTS AND BIG INSIDE< GOOD COOLING, NOT LOUD COOLING<, WINDOWED CASE, FUTURE PROOF!!!!


THANKS GUYS IN ADVANCE!

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April 18, 2010 1:24:04 AM

can't be bothered in a detailed response. but I'd say you want something in the core iX (i3, i5, i7) range there pretty decent price and fast. if you don't muiltitask much, then you won't notice the difference between a i3 and a i7, infact a fast i3 might even be faster for you. I know you want a quad core, but if your not gona make use of it its pointless.

if you want to overclock buy a aftermarket cooler.

why do you want 2 graphics cards? its usually cheaper to have 1 good graphic card instead of 2 ok ones, and if your gona run 2 then you need some pretty high end cards which will set you off way more if your looking for "the cheaper the better".

Computers are never future proof, you shouldn't buy a computer on the idea of upgrading it later.
April 18, 2010 3:03:44 AM

WOULD THIS BE GOOD?

Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$239.99
Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
180.99
Ram
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
109.99
Graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$549.99
Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
69.99

Computer case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
169.99


ALSO WHAT POWER SUPPLY SHOULD I GET AS I DONT WANT TO GET IT WRONG. ARE ALL THESE PART COMPATIBLE?
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April 18, 2010 3:16:40 AM

ALso do you have to have an ssd in a PC?

And will the 4570 graphics card be compatible with this system?
Will they eventually be able to run in dual?
April 18, 2010 3:41:01 AM

I build gaming rigs for my clients often and from the information on your first post I think i have EXACTLY what you want in mind for 1k-1.5k. Now lets go! ;D

Case:HAF932 is a great case. Do you need it? No. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
BAM! Windowed, big space for a mid tower, great airflow, LED fans, S-T-U-R-D-Y!!!watch the youtube video on the case. You will fall in love with it.

You want a quad core cpu? good price and OC capability? good liability and support?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HOLY SMOKES! 2.66 stock that can go past 4.0ghz OCed? awesome!
but make sure you couple it up with a great cooling system. dont want to do liquid?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Tip: i pained my fans black ;]
Now the motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
awesome awesome motherboard. too good to pass up. with care, will last a good while ;]
RAM has to be corsair baby!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OC this sucker for some awesome RAMpage~

I see you picked the 5850. Great choice. Probably the best bang for your buck in my opinion. OC those suckers to trail right behind the 70s ;]

No, you dont have to have an SSD for your PC. All you need is the hard drive. I suggest the velociraptors from WD if you want to get close to SSD speed, but the caviar ones are great as well.

For your PSU(power supply) i suggest the 750watt. Can you go lower? of course! But PSUs/Cases have the most value left after time. Its a good investment if you take good care of them.

Good luck! Post here after you are done building it and showz me :D 

EDIT: Yes 4000s can go in there. Will it be a good card for Crysis? Nah. Stick with the 5850. Dx11, around 30FPS on Crysis at ALMOST full settings. If you are planning to xfire LATER for future hardcore games, 5850s are the best choice because it supports dx11 which games will adapt to in the future.
April 18, 2010 3:45:06 AM

HEY THANKS SO MUCH ABOUT THIS> I WILL LOOK INTO IT RIGH NOW ;) 
April 18, 2010 3:47:28 AM

np man ;] i suggest reading/watching the review on ALL the parts you are going to get.
April 18, 2010 3:48:19 AM

Also would you recommend getting the 5870?
And does this support duel cards? (FUTURE PROOF!)
April 18, 2010 3:51:43 AM

Actually soz just read over your post again my bad!
April 18, 2010 4:00:53 AM

Yeah of course 5870 are better then 5850s ;]. I'm just suggesting the best parts you can get for your budget.

Yes 5870s are you can xFire.
April 18, 2010 4:02:51 AM

Hey thanks for all your help!

I came to a maximum price of 1609.91 which is very good! Thankyou very much.

Here is what I got! (please can you check for combatability issues)

1)

Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366
130W Quad-Core Processor

2)
LIAN LI Lancool PC-K62 Black 0.8 mm SECC, Plastic + Mesh ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
3)
Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
4)
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
5)
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
6)
SAPPHIRE 100282-3CODSR Radeon HD 5850 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
7)
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
8)
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
9)
CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

Is everything present and correct? Also will this system still be very good in 2 months which is when I plan to buy this (saving up lol)

Will the two hard drives fit?
April 18, 2010 4:07:48 AM
April 18, 2010 4:16:59 AM

Which one would you say is better?????
The other one was more but it did have the power supply, good hard drive and it was a good price......... Would my configuration work out or are there some compatibility issues?

ALSO THANKYOU VERY MUCH FOR THE REPLY!!!
April 18, 2010 4:18:54 AM

Also would you recommend getting a power protector. If so which one for the components I thought of?
April 18, 2010 4:19:23 AM

great looking specs jefw123! instead of getting the velociraptor+caviar blue. Just get the caviar blue like njalioto suggested above. The setup i have is 2 caviar blacks in raid0. It will be a breeze to set ur harddrives in raid setup with that awesome mobo you are getting ;]

And Yes, everything is compatible.

Also you forgot the optical drive ;P Don't get blueray player/burner! ;]

EDIT: Do you have a regular multiple outlet connects? most come with surge protection. If not, it can easily be picked up for cheap at any local department store.

EDIT2: Yes 2 hardrives will fit. I think lancool can fit up to 4?
In 2months the prices on some of those equipment will drop making it cheaper for you to buy. So it will give you more money to invest in other parts.

No you dont need power protectors.
April 18, 2010 4:26:24 AM

Opppppps ;) 

is this standard drive fine?

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

I replaced the two hard drives with only one hard drive (the one you said) and will get the other one later. I now have an excellent price of 1477.91. Here is my specs (soz about all the links). Is there any thing else I need or am I done?

Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Cooling
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Graphics card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductReview.aspx?Item=N...
Hard drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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

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


Forum webpage was:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/284651-31-1500-gaming...
TOTAL PRICE: $1477.91

Also I am planning on using this PC for TOTAL GAMING!!!

What kind of graphics could it play on games such as crysis?
April 18, 2010 4:31:52 AM

Judging by the results on this page would it be worth getting the 5870 instead

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/286372-33-crysis-5850...

Or can I just overclock the card?

Just reading above the cooling system should be powerful enough,yes?
Also how exactly do i overclock the card and to how many ghz?
April 18, 2010 4:33:34 AM

Awesome! you got everything you need. All compatible. It will tear through games!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k69VWe0IDPo
Thats the Crysis Warhead maxxed out on 5850. Your specs are better then his! ;D

EDIT: If you want to drop that extra 100 and get 5870 more power to ya!
I have the 5850 and all the NEW games are running fine. Im probably going to xfire these when i start to get lag ;]
April 18, 2010 4:36:42 AM

Is my processor better than the one in the vid?

Also he probably oc his card :) 
April 18, 2010 4:36:52 AM

LOL thankyou very much! One of the last two questions

how i overclock to alot higher?

Will the extra 150 dollars be worth the upgrade to 5870?

Is it easy to assemble?
April 18, 2010 4:40:16 AM

You will need to see an OC guide for that ;] too much to explain. Theres good ones on this site or if your better at visual learning, Youtube has some good guides.

To me, the extra 150 isnt worth it. Think of it like this
150 for 5870.. but another 150 extra i can get dual 5850.. haha you catch on?

Easy to assemble? The Computer? I suggest you watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CStOC0hET8
Its by newegg.

EDIT : Yeah he OCed his CPU. Is yours better? Yes. You can get 4.0GHz with that baby
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2010 4:41:19 AM

Why not get an i7-930 instead of the 920?
April 18, 2010 4:42:10 AM

PRICE! AND U CAN OC 920 VERY HIGH ANYWAY
April 18, 2010 4:43:13 AM

@Coldsleep. Its the same thing. 920 is 10 dollars less. Once you OC it as far as you can, both CPUs are the same thing.
April 18, 2010 4:44:53 AM

What GHZ do you think i will be able to overclock it to and how will I do it?
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April 18, 2010 4:47:11 AM

$10 more for a modest clock increase sounds like a no-brainer to me. Should allow you to overclock the 930 higher. I'd agree with you if it was like a $30-50 difference.

This RAM has faster timings and is $30 cheaper. If you must have Corsair, this kit has better timings and is $20 cheaper, or the same price if you do the MIR on the original.
April 18, 2010 4:48:57 AM

All chips are different. you can get 3.5 easily without changing much. i seen people go past 4.0ghz. Also remember you are a quad core ;] that youtube video i showed he uses a dual core.
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April 18, 2010 4:50:12 AM

Don't get the DVD drive linked either, a) it's not a writer, b) it's IDE. You can get a DVD-R/W SATA drive for about $5 more the same price.

This drive is $20, free shipping, SATA, and 10% off with a promo code, ending on 4/18.

EDIT: Yeah, definitely don't get that DVD drive. There isn't even an IDE slot on the motherboard you've selected.
April 18, 2010 4:56:51 AM

WOW both of you are on fire today :) 

Ok I decided to cahnge the ram, processor and graphics card!

Will get the cd drive probz
April 18, 2010 4:58:28 AM
April 18, 2010 5:01:17 AM

Yes you can use the gskill with no problem! For me I use corsair memory because its been very reliable for me ;].

@coldsleep why pay 10 dollars more for the same chip. Sure the factory boosted it up to 2.8 for ya but the 920/930 chips can easily hit 3.5 ;] same chip less price

EDIT: noctua cooler wins ;] you forgot the optical drive again haha.
April 18, 2010 5:04:51 AM

wait I just added the cooling in it now raeaches 1628 which isnt bad for such a great machine :) 

I will keep the processor for the heck of it but thanks anyway. Good to hear this all worked out (apart from saving up a bit more cash)

Will i be able to find an easy oc tutorial online for CPU and graphics card. Overall, would you say that this is a VERY GOOD GAMING PC?
April 18, 2010 5:06:53 AM

it will rip through recent games =]. you will be satisfied. yes there OC tutorials online.
April 18, 2010 5:06:57 AM

Does every component look in the right position?
Also do i just connect the parts and play?
Is there any precautions I need to take wehn making?
April 18, 2010 5:07:59 AM

soz last question thanks for all the answers such a great help. Do u have a steam id I can add u on when I get it??? (in like 3 months)
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
April 18, 2010 5:11:43 AM

I would suggest a Samsung Spinpoint F3 500 GB ($55) or 1 TB ($90) instead of the WD Caviar Blue. The Samsung uses 500 GB platters, which means that it is faster and runs quieter/cooler. Other than that everything looks pretty good, though it might be possible to afford a 5970 if you went with an AMD build instead.

What is your monitor resolution anyway? The graphics card you have might be overkill if you have a low rez monitor.
April 18, 2010 5:13:50 AM

am playing on full res monitor buying on ebay in future. I will leave the hard drive as I dont want to keep adding more $$$$$!!! Will my power and cooling be enough for oc?

IS that $50 overall or added on?
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April 18, 2010 5:17:40 AM

ikyung said:
@coldsleep why pay 10 dollars more for the same chip. Sure the factory boosted it up to 2.8 for ya but the 920/930 chips can easily hit 3.5 ;] same chip less price


Because it's 10 freaking dollars for .14 GHz increase and it's got the newer stepping. $10! As mentioned earlier, it wouldn't be worth paying $30-50 for that. But...$10!
April 18, 2010 5:20:13 AM

ALSO ARE THESE OFFERS ALWAYS ON NEWEGG?
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April 18, 2010 5:22:54 AM

Prices change from time to time, though most of the prices for the linked parts seem pretty normal.
April 18, 2010 5:24:14 AM

ok thanks as I am getting this in like 2 months :)  ( saving up)
a b B Homebuilt system
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April 18, 2010 5:25:13 AM

You might want to try asking again at that point to see if people can find you any better deals or if any newer parts are out.
April 18, 2010 5:26:51 AM

I am going to bed goodnight guys!
April 18, 2010 5:27:01 AM

ok will do thanks.
April 18, 2010 5:32:34 AM

ikyung said:
@coldsleep why pay 10 dollars more for the same chip. Sure the factory boosted it up to 2.8 for ya but the 920/930 chips can easily hit 3.5 ;] same chip less price.


Because the 920 is being phase out, 930 its new stepping and overclocks betters, which will explain why Intel was able to clock higher from factory, it does worth the extra $10.

How ever in my opinios i'll go i5 because you dont need to expend that much on the processor but rather the GPU and thats a gaming machine.
See here: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-gaming-cpu,259...
Quote:
With rapidly-increasing prices over $200 offering smaller and smaller performance boosts in games, we have a hard time recommending anything more expensive than the Core i5-750. This is especially the case since the Core i5-750 can be overclocked to great effect if more performance is desired, easily surpassing the stock clock rate of the $1,000 Core i7-975 Extreme.


This would be better:

CPU & GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

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

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

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

Case & PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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

Grand Total: $1,239.46
April 18, 2010 5:37:34 AM

OMG I LOVE YOU! WILL this be able to play crysis on a lot higher setting????
April 18, 2010 5:38:14 AM

of course its a 5870 not a 5850, do the math! :) 
April 18, 2010 5:39:11 AM

Oh yeah! Also is it easy to oc the card and processor and ram????
April 18, 2010 5:39:45 AM

What kind of graphics setting will this play?????
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