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2010 $1500-2000 Gaming PC

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April 21, 2010 3:28:16 PM


BUDGET RANGE: Approximation $1500-$2000 but this is not set in stone nor does it need all be used.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Simulation flight and motorsports, photo and video editing, general computing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS Win7 Ultimate



PARTS PREFERENCES: ATI for eyefinity, Intel for CPU

OVERCLOCKING: No, but never say never.

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe, want the option to do so in the future.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 24 inch 1920x1080 but future may bring 2 more monitors for eyefinity.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: The video card I would like to have a decent warranty. I doubt anything has a warranty as good as BFG's for nvidia but something of a good warranty and customer service is a plus for me. Below are parts I currently have selected. I still need a good amount of ram for this system. Should I do 4, or 6? It's a Win7 64 bit OS I am planning to install. I am leaning i7 930 over i7 950 because it seems the price difference is too much for what you get back in performance. The Hard drive type is in question too. I want plenty of room, does the speed of these hard drivers out there matter enough to make the price what they are? Your evaluation of these parts and what I want to do would be appreciated.

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

CORSAIR CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

XFX HD-587A-ZND9 Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB XXX Edition 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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April 21, 2010 4:28:48 PM

1st... You can't get a better warranty than XFX's double lifetime warranty. Meaning the card is warrantied for life and if you sell the card to another person, they get the same warranty for life. No one else can match that deal!!

2nd... You are going with the i7-930, so I would go with 6GB and this is my choice of RAM... G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600

3rd... For your storage needs, I would look to go with a SSD for your OS and pick up a 1TB for your storage drive.
  • OS/Apps: Kingston SSDNow V+ Series SNVP325-S2/64GB or Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB
  • Storage: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB

    4th... Don't forget a cheap DVD drive for your system. :D 

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    April 21, 2010 4:44:39 PM

    Here ya go~

    Your Mobo + OCZ SSD 60gb
    i7 930 + G. Skill PI Series 3x2gb
    XFX 5870
    Corsair 850HX
    Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB
    Sony CD/DVD Burner
    CoolerMaster Hyper 212+
    CoolerMaster HAF 922

    Total comes to $1,724.29 before rebates. $1,694.29 after.

    If you like, you can drop the SSD to lower the price, but I think it'd be worth it with your budget.
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    April 21, 2010 4:56:24 PM

    I'd recommend going 1156 and using a 5970. This is doable for ~$1550.

    You won't be able to add a second 5970, but then again, you're not gonna need to anytime soon. Gaming companies won't be raising requirements until next gen consoles come out, 2014 earliest.

    Full Build

    Sony $22

    922 $90 w/ $10 MIR

    i7-860 and Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 $383

    Gigabyte 5970 $700

    Hyper 212 Plus and random Floppy $34

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

    Corsair 750TX $110 w/ $20 MIR

    Spinpoint F3 1TB $90

    ASUS P7P55D-E LGA 1156 $155

    no xfire, but like I explained earlier you wont need it. If you really want xfire 5970's you'll have to go 1366.

    Comes out to $1583 before shipping and $30 MIRg

    If you want to add SSD's, go 2 X25-V 40 gb in Raid 0. Intel (and only Intel) now supports TRIM for RAID 0 in win 7 for SSD's. $115 each.

    benchs for that setup
    April 22, 2010 5:18:41 AM

    The SSD have my mind going in circles. I know they are fast, but thats a lot of money for so little HD space. Whew... I dunno, I'm thinking about it. It's a tough pill to swallow I have to be honest.
    April 22, 2010 6:57:21 PM

    Just ordered the case and power supply Still milling over some of the other options. The SSD for one, maybe I should bite the bullet and get the 120GB version. 80GB just seems so small to me.
    April 27, 2010 1:34:03 AM

    Back to SSD. What form factor do I need to be looking at here? I just
    got my cooler master case and power supply. I need to open them up
    tomorrow and have a look around. Microcenter has the i7 930 for 199
    local so I am going to pick one of those up. I sort have been dragging
    my feet with the SSD situation.

    I see form factors of 2.5" and 3.5". Will I need some adapter to make
    it fit in the tower?

    Been eyeing the Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA
    II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for roughly $230.

    Or the...

    Kingston SSDNow V+ Series SNVP325-S2/128GB 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC
    Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) for roughly $320.
    April 27, 2010 1:53:28 AM

    I say go with the Intel SSD... It is the one I have and it runs great!!

    If you get a Boxed SSD, they typically come with one of the 2.5" to 3.5" adpators (The Intel one does for sure). You want the 2.5" form factor.
    April 28, 2010 1:22:42 AM

    I'm a little confused on the memory. I've read good things about the G.SKILL memory but I think I might want to push the memory up to 8GB on this system.

    So I need 3 sticks of ram to go into 3 channel mode. From reading the online manual for the board I want, the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R, I can stay in 3 channel mode even if I have 4 sticks? Just need to put it in the right slot to keep 3 channel mode going?

    The ram suggested in the list above says DDR3 1600. But the website product page for this mother board says it supports DDR3 2200/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules. This confuses me as I it seems to not be the right ram for this motherboard. However here: it does show DDR3 1600.

    Hmmm, this new memory setup (to me anyway) has me a little off balance. Need to research and learn a little more about it.
    April 28, 2010 3:22:04 AM

    1) You can run triple channel with four sticks (pg16 of manual) You place two sticks in the first two slots next the the CPU and than every other slot.

    2) I see no reason based on your needs to go above / use more than 6GB of RAM, so I wouldn't go with 8GB. If you find you need more later, just add 3 more RAM sticks.

    3) Newegg can't post all of the supported RAM speeds so they are missed at times. If the official website shows support for DDR3 1600, it will support it. Your RAM selection is okay, so don't worry about. :) 
    April 28, 2010 3:57:10 AM

    Wondering why 1600 was recommended and not something faster?
    April 28, 2010 4:18:12 AM

    DDR3 1333 & DDR3 1600 are pretty much the sweet spot in RAM performance at this time. Going above those speeds don't show enough performance increase to justify the cost increase... IMO
    May 10, 2010 10:04:28 PM

    Best answer selected by itgl72.