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New system build. help? 1200-1500 budget.

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May 6, 2010 8:17:26 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks

BUDGET RANGE:1200-1500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: programming, movies, gaming, web

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg/tigerdirect. ( i get a 4% cashback from tigerdirect on my colleges debit card)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: us

PARTS PREFERENCES:good quality, looking for a good intel i7 build

OVERCLOCKING: maybe, never done it before.
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: possible, half to learn more about them tho to make an honest opinion. any suggested reading?

MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure, whatever looks best. ill be using my little hd flatscreen tv until i find one i like.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: (e.g.: Need to have a window and lots of bling, I would like a quiet PC)

okay i basically spent the last week looking through other threads and looking at other i7 builds and slapping parts i liked together. (dont mean to steal ideas lol, its just great advice). I guess give need your suggestions/advice and to check for any compatibility issues since i just slapped this together.


combo mobo/cpu:

i7 930:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Combo Price: $479.98

memory:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$189.99
*I was looking at this but im not sure if the memory is compatible


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

$29.99
$7.56 Shipping*

* got a 10/10 review, opinions? would like something quiet too but keep the computer very cool.


case:

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

Original Price: $69.99
You Save: $10.00
$59.99
$9.99 Shipping*

*the promo ends 5/10. i wont have all the money i need to buy the entire thing by then but i can buy the case only before the promo expires. so if it looks good tell me so i can get it i within the next 4 days.



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

Original Price: $119.99
You Save: $30.00
$89.99
($69.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card pdf )
Free Shipping*

graphics card:
suggestions? i would like to play current and upcoming games

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

Original Price: $88.99
You Save: $5.00
$83.99
Free Shipping*

*the mobo says it has 6port audio or something, does this mean i dont have to buy a soundcard? would this work as is?

optical drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?cm_mmc=Tomsh...

$21.99
$1.99 Shipping*

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

Original Price: $89.99
You Save: $15.00
$74.99
Free Shipping*
*maybe future upgrade to sdd when they are cheaper.


os: windows 7

http://www.microsoft.com/student/discounts/theultimates...
64.95 for windows 7 pro
*hope the deal is still going. i am still waiting on the email from my colleges email adress.
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as you can see, i have money to buy better quality parts if anyone can suggest any. buy a graphics card or a soundcard if i need one. A possible moniter but thats not really urgent at the moment, im more concerned with building a nice computer first. I was also wondering if i should get a 2nd fan for the computers case. I would also want to know if i am going to have noise issues, i would like a silent/fast computer
May 6, 2010 9:26:32 AM

You really have a good selection of parts...

Some suggestions...
1. Graphics card - As you wanted to play the latest titles, the HD 5850 will be a very good option...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...

2. PSU - The Corsair 650TX no doubt is a very good PSU, but doesnt have the required power connectors if you plan to run 2x HD 5850 cards in Crossfire...
Change to this...The quality is as good and has the required power and power connectors for running 2 cards in Crossfire...
SILVERSTONE OP700 700W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3. CASE - The Antec 300 Illusion is really a good case, but IMO for such components, why not choose better...
Some options...
HAF 922 - It is a very good Mid-Tower with lots of space...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Lian-Li K62 - Another good case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4. DVD - Though brand doesnt matter, but if you get a good one at lower price, why not ?
Sony Optiarc
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for the rest of the components that you have chosen are very good...stick with those...
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May 6, 2010 10:45:00 AM

Thanks for your suggestions!
i understand what you mean about needing a bigger psu if i plan to crossfire. im in college for game programming and i was top of my class last semester. I never been a hardcore gamer and i just wanted to be a programmer but they only offered the game programming at my tech college. However, i am getting into it So im pretty sure some good graphics card is going to end up being a *must* for what im studying for.

I have my eyes on the lian-li case you suggested. it looks really nice too me but im looking at the features and i do like the led light and the extra e-sata port on the front of the haf case. ill need to continue reading and check out the reviews. but i like the lian-li k62

im looking at the 2 graphics cards you suggested and they both look really good. although my budget would only allow me to purchase one (for the moment, i can most likely get the 2nd one between one - two months) They look very similar too so im having trouble deciding as im not very hardware technical to know about the small differences.
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May 6, 2010 10:58:54 AM

^ Well for now 1 cards will be more than enough for your usage...
And as for those 2 cards, get the XFX...though the cooler is not as good as the Gigabyte but they offer better warranty...
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May 6, 2010 1:33:24 PM

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*the mobo says it has 6port audio or something, does this mean i dont have to buy a soundcard? would this work as is?



Sound cards provide their own dedicated audio output. Any speaker system you buy will work just as well with the motherboard's audio ports or the soundcard's, though, typically, you will have a better audio quality with the latter.

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A possible moniter but thats not really urgent at the moment, im more concerned with building a nice computer first.


Without a good monitor, your cpu & gpu's power is wasted. Since the specs you have listed are so solid, it would be a shame if you didn't get a full HD 1900 X 1200 monitor, which would really exploit the capabilities of your system. Also since you want to play current & upcoming games, I would strongly recommend buying a good full HD monitor. HD flatscreen TVs are not really cut out for games since they tend to have slower response times.

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I was also wondering if i should get a 2nd fan for the computers case. I would also want to know if i am going to have noise issues, i would like a silent/fast computer


Adding a 2nd fan will definitely increase noise, though, with a good case, it would be almost be negligible.
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May 6, 2010 1:33:31 PM

Check out Tom's System builder marathon. It has a build that's right in your price range.

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May 7, 2010 12:34:01 AM

ksampanna: yea i dont plan on keeping the hd flatscreen tv moniter. i just want to complete the computer before i get the accessories like speakers/moniter/external drive/ect. I can wait to get those in a month or two when i get paid.


im going to look up some moniters with the specs you gave me and im going to try and find a good quality deal. wish me luck and thanks!


Tkozy: Toms system builder marathon? i had no idea something like that was going on! i will be sure to check out their builds!!
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May 7, 2010 12:54:11 AM

Although I have a 1920x1200 monitor and like it, you're going to find a lot more options at 1920x1080, which is the same as 1080p, or the highest HD resolution.

Typically the x1200 monitors run about $40-50 more than x1080 monitors, at least last I checked.

There are also a couple of suggested builds right around your range right here in this forum's Recommended Builds by Usage guide. I like these builds better than the System Builders' Marathon builds because they're updated a little more frequently, and I think some of the choices are a little more reasonable (like getting modern graphics cards over a generation old just for a few more fps).
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