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May 7, 2010 4:58:31 PM

hi, im new to building a pc but here i go anyhow
intel i7 930
evga x58
patriot ssd 32 gb
crucial ddr3 pc3 4 gb
evga gtx 260 core 216
ultra 1050 watt p.s.
western digital 64mb 1 t.b.
logitech wave keyboard
ca internet suite
ca pc tune up
bose speakers
apevia x dreamer case
lite on dvd writer
cool master hyper n520
samsung 23" 1080p
corsair dominator memory cooler
all for 2260 with like 100 mail in rebate
so you can say 2160

is this a good build or what?

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May 7, 2010 5:03:20 PM

To be honest, that is pretty terrible for the price.

You're getting an older graphics card, dual-channel memory for a triple-channel processor, an incredibly small SSD, and a power supply that is overkill for what you've got.
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May 7, 2010 5:05:52 PM

the memory is triple channel and im getting two more gtx 260's later when i got the money for it
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May 7, 2010 5:11:47 PM

You may want to follow the guidelines to get some useful help.

I'd save that no, it isn't a good build.

EVGA boards are expensive, not the highest quality and don't have a lot of very common features. You'd be better off getting a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R.

A 32 GB SSD is essentially useless. Given the large amount of free space SSDs need, that will basically hold only the OS. I'd either spend more for an 80 GB model or leave it out entirely. Also, Patriot isn't the best either.

That RAM isn't quite compatibile with the i7-930. The X58 boards use triple channel RAM (three sticks), not dual channel. You need 6 GB of RAM. Not only that, but without knowing the speeds, it might be pretty slow RAM.

nVidia is losing the GPU battle right now. Don't buy anything they're making with a minor exception of the GTX 470/480 if you use a lot of CAD software. Grab the HD 5770 for less and get more out of it. Nethier would be great for gaming at 1080p though.

That WD HDD is slower and more expensive than some very good drives out there. Grab a Seagate 7200.12 1 TB or Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB.

That PSU is a POS. First, Ultra is not a good brand. Stick to Antec, Corsair, SeaSonic or Silverstone with some select other units. Second, 1050W is massive overkill. You can power 3 HD 5970s, 7 HD 58xx, 9 HD 57xx or 3 GTX 4xx on it. It's just not needed. You'll need a 850W unit at most.

That case isn't a very high quality one.

You don't need memory coolers.

Here's a great build for around that budget:

CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $480
RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $245
GPU: HD 5970 $700
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $75
PSU: OCZ Z Series 850W 80+ Gold $190 after rebate
Case: HAF 922 $100
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus $30
Monitor: Asus 23" 1080p $180 after rebate

Total: $2,020. Leaves room for the extras.

EDIT: Just because you're buying more of the GPUs doesn't mean they're good. A single 5870 will likely outperform three GTX 260s at about 60% of the price.
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