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May 9, 2010 7:26:21 PM

my first ever build
1 evga x58 sli
1 evga gtx 260 core 216
1 partriot ssd 32 gb
1 samsung spinpoint 1 tb
1 ultra 1050 watt power supply
1 crucial ddr3 pc3 10600 1333 mhz ram
1 corsair dominator memory cooler
1 coolermaster hyper n520 cpu cooler
1 intel i7 930 2.8 ghz
1 apevia 3 dreamer case
1 lite on dvd burner
1 ca internet suite
1 ca pc tune up
1 samsung 23 inch widescreen tv

all for around 2400 after mail in rebates

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 9, 2010 8:06:40 PM

IMO you can get a lot better gaming system for less money if your willing to build it yourself, as for that system its a ok system for gaming and a good system for rendering / encoding

I dont like the PSU or case but its my 2 cents
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May 9, 2010 11:25:58 PM

Niklas_13 said:
IMO you can get a lot better gaming system for less money if your willing to build it yourself, as for that system its a ok system for gaming and a good system for rendering / encoding

I dont like the PSU or case but its my 2 cents

whats rendering and encodling?
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May 9, 2010 11:31:04 PM

Like turning 3-D models into pictures or changing one video format into another. CPU power helps with these.
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2010 2:00:21 AM

I would read this http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/261222-31-build-advic... and post back with more info, so we know what this PC will be used for.

If its for gaming, i would do a AMD 955 or i5 750

Maybe something like this.



Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
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ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
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SAPPHIRE 100281-3SR Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video ...
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CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power ...
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ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156 Intel P55 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66GHz LGA 1156 95W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80605I5750
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Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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$299.99
$224.99
Subtotal: $1,829.88

Its up to you, you could go AMD also and save like 100 bucks. also could do without the SSD and full tower and get a CM-922 mid tower.

Or do a xfire HD 5970 setup on a X58 mobo with 6 gigs of ram and a SSD , but without a set budget and more info we are just spitting in the wind :) 


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May 10, 2010 2:41:41 AM

lol, are those just copied descriptions or are you really trying to sell him warranties?
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2010 12:23:40 PM

I am not trying to sell him ***! Just showing him what parts would make a lot better gaming system for his money.

The list is a copy of parts from newegg.
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May 10, 2010 1:04:07 PM

i dont get it if its for gameing why get a 955 or i5 when an i7 cost more and is faster, which should mean its better for both gaming and working
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May 10, 2010 1:30:11 PM

i dont think ther is a huge enough inscrease in fps going from theat i5 to your i7 to justify the extra cost.
1 evga x58 sli
1 ati radeon 5870
1 partriot ssd 32 gb
1 wd caviar black 1tb
1 corsair 750tx psu
6gb ddr3 pc3 10600
1 coolermaster hyper n520 cpu cooler
1 intel i7 930 2.8 ghz
antec 900 or 1200
1 lite on dvd burner
avg antivrus free and microsfot security essentials
iobit system care and iobit smartdefrag
1 samsung 23 inch widescreen tv
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2010 2:54:49 PM

The i5 750 is a quad core processor that can also be overclocked REALLY well. Its only 'weakness' is no hyperthreading. The i7 has hyperthreading (which has pretty much no use for gaming) aside from that it has slightly faster processing speed (not a huge amount) all in all, the extra cost offers you very little for gaming. So, unless you do a lot of coding and other stuff then it is not worth the extra money for the i7 and the X58 boards when a cheaper and arguably better option is P55 and i5 750.

Assuming the cost you quoted was American dollars, I would say you are being robbed.
A GTX 260 is old technology and not a powerful card. You are spending a premium on an i7 and X58 mobo yet have a card that is dated. It is like sticking a Ford Escort engine into a ferrari.

You want either an ATI 5850 or 5870, or if you really prefer Nvidia then a GTX 470 (though it would not be my recommendation, I think for once ATI have won this round of GPUs)

That PSU is Massively overpowered for the machine, ESPECIALLY if stuck with a gtx260. No need to have more than 750W.

You want at least 4 gb RAM. Ideally 1600mhz as there is not much price difference between that and the slower speeds.

Depending on what you do, a 1Tb HDD may be excessive too, in which case a 500gb will be more than adequate.

Including a monitor you can get a great gaming system for about $1600.

It looks to me all the money is being spent in the wrong places in the OP build.

Shovenose and niklas have much better builds.
Even if you plan on keeping the i7 you can get much better than the build stated at top, though I would still drop down to an i5 750
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a b B Homebuilt system
May 10, 2010 11:13:39 PM

asteldian said:
The i5 750 is a quad core processor that can also be overclocked REALLY well. Its only 'weakness' is no hyperthreading. The i7 has hyperthreading (which has pretty much no use for gaming) aside from that it has slightly faster processing speed (not a huge amount) all in all, the extra cost offers you very little for gaming. So, unless you do a lot of coding and other stuff then it is not worth the extra money for the i7 and the X58 boards when a cheaper and arguably better option is P55 and i5 750.

Assuming the cost you quoted was American dollars, I would say you are being robbed.
A GTX 260 is old technology and not a powerful card. You are spending a premium on an i7 and X58 mobo yet have a card that is dated. It is like sticking a Ford Escort engine into a ferrari.

You want either an ATI 5850 or 5870, or if you really prefer Nvidia then a GTX 470 (though it would not be my recommendation, I think for once ATI have won this round of GPUs)

That PSU is Massively overpowered for the machine, ESPECIALLY if stuck with a gtx260. No need to have more than 750W.

You want at least 4 gb RAM. Ideally 1600mhz as there is not much price difference between that and the slower speeds.

Depending on what you do, a 1Tb HDD may be excessive too, in which case a 500gb will be more than adequate.

Including a monitor you can get a great gaming system for about $1600.

It looks to me all the money is being spent in the wrong places in the OP build.

Shovenose and niklas have much better builds.
Even if you plan on keeping the i7 you can get much better than the build stated at top, though I would still drop down to an i5 750


Very well put
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