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April 18, 2010 6:58:22 AM

Hello,

I am looking to build a gaming rig for around $1500 - $1700 without a monitor. This is my first homebuild. How does it look as far as bottlenecks, compatability and future-proofing?

LG DVD burner Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM - $25

Cooler Master HAF 922 - $90

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - $90

DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 - $420

Corsair 750w PSU - $111

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $170

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $220

i7 930 - $290

Corsair H50 cooler - $80

Total $1495

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks!



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April 18, 2010 7:09:40 AM

Looks good.... I have the H50 and i'm not sure its worth the premium. However it doesn't take up as much space and it looks pretty cool with my corsair ram.

Your motherboard is not very Future Proof- you need USB 3.0 and Sata 6 gb/s but I'm not sure either will be needed for a few years.

OS?

Might want to upgrade to 850w psu if you intend on crossfire.
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April 18, 2010 7:10:13 AM

Very nice I wouldn't change anything exept the cpu cooler. I'd go for a noctua d14 or u12p se2. They cool beter and don't need a radiator. And you could also go for mushkin 998805 6gb instead of G skill. The mushkins are much faster at a higher cost.
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April 18, 2010 7:14:05 AM

Somebody_007 said:
Very nice I wouldn't change anything exept the cpu cooler. I'd go for a noctua d14 or u12p se2. They cool beter and don't need a radiator. And you could also go for mushkin 998805 6gb instead of G skill. The mushkins are much faster at a higher cost.


H50 in Push Pull configuration out performs the noctua http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1025/6/
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April 18, 2010 7:20:04 AM

yes I know but that costs an extra 20 dollars for the second fan. And it doesnt outperform the d14. And a radiator takes the space of a case fan.
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April 18, 2010 7:26:45 AM

Bartendalot said:
Hello,

I am looking to build a gaming rig for around $1500 - $1700 without a monitor. This is my first homebuild. How does it look as far as bottlenecks, compatability and future-proofing?

LG DVD burner Bulk Black SATA Model GH24NS50 - OEM - $25

Cooler Master HAF 922 - $90

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5 - $90

DIAMOND 5870PE51G Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 - $420

Corsair 750w PSU - $111

G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) - $170

ASUS P6T LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - $220

i7 930 - $290

Corsair H50 cooler - $80

Total $1495

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks!


UPDATE -
I am not planning to overclock until I need to for an application or game (probably a year or two with this build). I am hoping to run at 1920x1080 through a dell 2410 I just ordered for $200 and use my old dell 2105 as a second monitor running at the same time.

I am a bit confused about 2.0 pci or 2.1 pci when picking mobo and GPU. Is there much of a difference in performance? Same question as far as 6.0 gb/s SATA.

Is it worth the money to get a "Boot drive"? Either SSD or fast, small HD (10000 or 15000 RPM)?

Sorry to add on questions, but there really is a lot of information to digest...
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April 18, 2010 7:29:10 AM

The Corsair H50 looks pretty good: But the Hyper 212 will save you some money. If you are not overclocking don't bother.

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April 18, 2010 7:29:21 AM

Oh yeah, I forgot to add that I will be running Windows 7.
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April 18, 2010 7:34:08 AM

I have a 40gb boot drive and I don't think it's all that. i have the intel one.

If you are not overclocking, you can scratch the CPU cooler. 2.0 and 2.1 will work on a 2.0 slot. Don't worry about that.

about the 6gb/s I don't believe anything operates that fast. so it's probably not worth investing in right now but you wanted to know about future proofing.
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April 18, 2010 7:35:28 AM

brennon7 said:
Looks good.... I have the H50 and i'm not sure its worth the premium. However it doesn't take up as much space and it looks pretty cool with my corsair ram.

Your motherboard is not very Future Proof- you need USB 3.0 and Sata 6 gb/s but I'm not sure either will be needed for a few years.

OS?

Might want to upgrade to 850w psu if you intend on crossfire.


Hey man,

I am a bit confused about 2.0 pci or 2.1 pci when picking mobo and GPU. Is there much of a difference in performance? Same question as far as 6.0 gb/s SATA.

Also, the Corsair 850w psu isnt 80 certified. Does that matter? I would like to keep my options open in a year or so when the price of 5870's go down and software can really take advantage of xf 5870's.

Is it worth the money to get a "Boot drive"? Either SSD or fast, small HD (10000 or 15000 RPM)?

I posted this as a reply but not sure how it gets out there.

Thx!
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April 18, 2010 7:43:36 AM

Best answer selected by bartendalot.
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