$600-$700 Gaming Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Around this week

BUDGET RANGE: $600-$700 after rebate

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming mostly *SC2, FFXIV*, Video Editing, Browsing Web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS, Case, Video Card, Monitor, Mouse, Keyboard

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com, www.tigerdirect.com, www.microcenter.com COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't think I have a preference, but I would like to have good brand parts

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 X 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: None

Parts I've chosen (not firm, please offer advice/criticisms/substitutes):
Note: Prices include current sales, shipping, and rebates, but not taxes

CPU:
Intel Core i7 930
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0331303
Price: $199.99

HDD + PSU *if theres a better combo I would like to know*
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM + CZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.362785
Price: $124.98 AR

Mobo: *if there's a better one around the same price I would like to know*
ASUS P6T LE
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5666809&CatId=4070
Price: $165.00 AR BCB

RAM: *not too sure which one to get, would like a cheaper alternative if possible*
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB 1600MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277&cm_re=g.skill_ddr3-_-20-231-277-_-Product
or
Corsair Dual Channel 4096MB 1333MHz
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3642209&CatId=4524
Price: $110-$118

DVD Burner: *not too sure if it matters which kind of burner I get? would like a good one though*
LG GH22NS40B DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA,(OEM)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6075362&sku=L49-1051%20OEM
Price: $19.99

CPU Fan: Not too sure *would like a cheaper alternative if there's a better one*
Cooler Master Hyper N520 CPU Cooler
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4434989&CatId=493
$39.99

Video Card: I plan on using my ATI 4850 for now but if there's a good video card around $150 range I would like to know *want to wait for FFXIV to come out before I purchase a new video card*

Summary:
Incase you would like to know, case I already have
COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119194
Video Card: ATI Radeon 4850
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate
Total cost (taxes not included) AR BCB: Around $660
Thanks in advance! :D
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  1. Can't edit the title for some reason, I meant $600-$700 for the build. Sorry for the confusion!
  2. You should swap the RAM for a triple-channel kit. The X58 platform supports triple-channel memory. It's naturally gonna run you a bit more dough, but here's a good set:

    G.Skill PI series, low voltage, cas 7, 1600 MHz

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335

    $189
  3. Hmm that's going to put me over my price range >.< but would it be really worth it compared to sticking with the 4GB G.Skill one that I posted? And how does the rest look to you though? Thanks for the response!
  4. Okay I think im going to change the motherboard and ram after researching. Will be more expensive but:
    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA
    Price: $190
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID
    Price: $120
    Total around $700 now with those updates... What do you guys think? I changed the motherboard because I rather have a board with USB 3.0 incase and the ram I changed since I think the timing is lower? I would love to go cheaper if I can so any advice would help. Thanks!
  5. Triple Channel 6 gb is completely unnecessary. I don't know what you're thinking. That i7-930 is a REALLY good deal :D. If you would like a good recommendation for a video card, get the 5770. It has Dx11, a lot cooler, quieter, less power usage, overclockable, very good in Crossfire, getting up to the level of a 5870.
  6. Yadumadoda said:
    Triple Channel 6 gb is completely unnecessary. I don't know what you're thinking. That i7-930 is a REALLY good deal :D. If you would like a good recommendation for a video card, get the 5770. It has Dx11, a lot cooler, quieter, less power usage, overclockable, very good in Crossfire, getting up to the level of a 5870.

    Thanks for your response. I will probably just stick with the $120 4GB ram I posted up. As for a video card, for the 5770 is there a specific one you would recommend from newegg or tigerdirect. Not too sure which brand is good since it looks like there are a lot of choices to choose from.
  7. mrluong said:
    Thanks for your response. I will probably just stick with the $120 4GB ram I posted up. As for a video card, for the 5770 is there a specific one you would recommend from newegg or tigerdirect. Not too sure which brand is good since it looks like there are a lot of choices to choose from.


    Sapphire or XFX
  8. If you use dual-channel memory with your i7, you're cutting its memory bandwidth (the communication between the processor cores and the RAM) by 33%. Please get the triple channel set as that is how this platform was designed to operate.
  9. Okay I finally bought all my parts and ready to go!

    CPU:
    Intel Core i7 930
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_ [...] id=0331303
    Price: $218.00

    HDD + PSU *if theres a better combo I would like to know*
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM + CZ ModXStream Pro OCZ700MXSP 700W ATX12V V2.2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.362785
    Price: $115.00 AR

    Mobo:
    ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&nm_mc=AFC-SlickDeals&cm_mmc=AFC-SlickDeals-_-NA-_-NA-_-NA
    Price: $205.00

    RAM: *saved money*
    DDR3 4GB PC1333MHz DUAL CMV4GX3M2A1333C9
    http://www.frys.com/product/6088628?site=sa:Hard%20Drive%20&%20Memory%20Pod:Pod5
    Price: $90

    DVD Writer + CPU HS + Thermal Paste
    Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler - LGA 775/1366/1156, 800-1200 RPM
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=P19-1000
    Samsung TS-H663B DVDRW Drive - DVD+R 22X, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6X, DVD-RAM 12X, CD-R 48X, OEM
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?Sku=S203-8572%20OEM
    Price: $93.00

    Comes to around $721 after tax+rebate+BCB *without case and video card price* Waiting till I buy a video card and using COOLER MASTER Storm Sniper SGC-6000-KXN1-GP Black Steel
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811119194
    Hows it look you guys? :D
  10. I can personally attest to the awesomeness of the Cooler Master Storm Sniper. Case has great airflow and I think it looks badass. Plenty of room to accomodate any of the larger components on the market. You'll never have to worry about space when upgrading.
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