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$3k gaming build -- What do you think?

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May 9, 2010 11:02:47 PM

Hello! I'm planning on buying a gaming system within the next month or so. I don't have time to build it myself, but I have identified the components that make sense and have narrowed the builder down to two companies. I'm very open minded and am looking forward to your input.

I believe this LG 30" monitor makes the most sense:

LG W3000H-Bn Black 30" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Aside from that, I'm looking for the following advice:

(1) What are your thoughts on Avadirect and Cyberpower? Is there another builder I should consider?
(2) What do you think of the following components?

CPU:
Core™ i7-930 Quad-Core 2.8GHz, LGA1366, 4.8 GT/s QPI, 8MB L3 Cache, 45nm, 130W, EM64T EIST VT XD, Retail

CPU Coolers:
Ultra-120 eXtreme 1366 RT CPU Cooler, Socket 1366, Aluminum
(I'm scared of liquid cooling)

Overclocking:
Extreme Overclocking, 20% and Up Performance Increase

Motherboard:
GA-X58A-UD3R, LGA1366, Intel® X58, 6400 MT/s QPI, DDR3-2200 24GB /6, PCIe x16 SLI CF /4, SATA 3 Gb/s RAID 5 /6, 6 Gb/s RAID /2, USB 3.0 /2, HDA, GbLAN, FW /3, ATX, Retail
(Tom's Hardward recently recommended this board, plus it has USB 3.0)

Memory:
Corsair 6GB (3 x 2GB) XMS3 PC3-12800 DDR3 1600MHz CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.65V SDRAM DIMM, Non-ECC
(Can go either way on this one)

GPU:
Radeon™ HD 5970 Black Edition, Radeon™ HD 5970 725MHz, 2GB (2 x 1GB) GDDR5 4000MHz, PCIe x16 CrossFire, DVI /2, mini DP, Retail
(seems to be the best card out there, despite the price)

SSD:
Intel 160GB X25-M (G2) Mainstream SSD, MLC, 250/70 MB/s, 2.5-Inch, SATA 3 Gb/s, OEM
(could consider another option here, though Intel seems to make a compelling product)

Storage Devices:
Samsung 1TB SpinPoint F3, SATA 3 Gb/s, 7200-RPM, 32MB Cache, Retail

Floppy Drives and Card Readers:
CRW-UINB Black 65-in-1 Card Reader/Writer Drive, 3.5" Bay, Internal USB

DVD Burner Drives:
AD-7241S Black 24x DVD±R/RW Dual-Layer Burner w/ Lightscribe, SATA, OEM

Tower Case:
Antec Performance One P193 Black Mid-Tower Computer Case, EATX, No PSU
(I want a quiet case)

Power supply:
Antec Quattro 1000 Power Supply, 80 PLUS®, 1000W, 24-pin ATX12V EPS12V, SLI Certified
(provides overheard for future video card additions)

Operating System:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM


Antivirus Software
McAffee Total Protection 2010, 3 Users, Retail

Warranties:
Silver Warranty Package (3 Year Limited Parts, 3 Year Labor Warranty)

Shipping and Packaging:
Standard Shipping (UPS, DHL, or Fedex)

From Avadirect, the above build (without the monitor) is about $3k. Again, I don't have the time to build the thing and want to buy it pre-built.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks!

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May 10, 2010 12:05:07 AM

Well ... All the parts are high quality ... no ... make that "highest" quality ... good!

Tiger direct has "decent" 28" monitors for $320 ... i'd limp on one of those till prices come down on Samsung and LG (18months) ... but, hey.

The build strikes me as "unduly extreme" and 85% of that gaming experience can be had for 60% of the cost but, you already knew that.

... as long as the price and support look good to you ... pull that lever ... and ...

= enjoy ! =
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May 10, 2010 12:22:31 AM

Thanks for the feedback. In what areas would you recommend cutting costs?
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May 10, 2010 12:36:37 AM

why? why oh why? a 1,134 dollar monitor? that is my whole computer right there. do you really need all of these things?

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May 10, 2010 12:44:47 AM

yeah, I agree... actually, you're exactly right... my whole PC only cost me $1,110.07... :sol: 
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May 10, 2010 12:58:09 AM

As a lawyer, I have more money than time. I don't mind shelling out for some top of the line stuff, within reason. 30 inch monitors are pretty amazing!
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May 10, 2010 1:28:24 AM

Yeah ... but there is a HUGE price break at 28" ... will also fit into the trunk of your Beemer, more easily.

= Al =
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May 10, 2010 1:38:54 AM

Haha, true. Ok, leaving the monitor out of it, what other areas can be trimmed without sacrificing performance and future upgradeability too much? It seems to me that I could get a cheaper SSD and video card. Aside from those 2 components, I'm not sure what else to trim.
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May 10, 2010 1:41:48 AM

Consider spending about the same amount to get 3D vision surround: http://www.nvidia.com/object/3D_Vision_Surround_Technol...
The 120 Hz Monitors will future proof you for 3D, and you will probably get more real estate overall.

You have just about the same rig that I built, except, well better! I'll put it together for you cheaper than Avadirect or Cyberpower just for the fun of it.
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May 10, 2010 1:46:07 AM



Hey, Man ... SOMEbody has to go for the whole ball of wax ... might as well be YOU!
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May 10, 2010 1:51:23 AM

Forget the nvidia 3D. Who would want that, really?

Just one thing, a mid tower for a HD5970? Are you sure it's going to fit? The card is huge.
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May 10, 2010 1:55:03 AM

Ok. So what do you think of Avadirect and Cyberpower? Avadirect seems like a solid builder at a good price. Any thoughts on these companies or any others?
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May 10, 2010 1:56:17 AM

And a 42" LCD HDTV will have giant-sized pixels because of it. 1080p @ 42" != 2560x1600 @ 30".
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May 10, 2010 1:56:43 AM

Hey, I forgot to include what you can cut in cost: My 80 Gb Intel SSD neatly holds the same OS and has room for games. I love mine, and it is less than half the price. I paid about half as much for my cooler master scout case. You might be able to save a few pennies on the cooler, but I have the same model and it rocks for my overclocking. It is only a couple hundred bucks or so.

The big dollars are in your monitor and the most expensive GPU that AMD can squeeze out of you....but you already knew that.
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May 10, 2010 1:59:57 AM


UNLEASH THE AWSOME POWAH !!!

Cyberpower is our latest major sponsor and I am a good little hoe.

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May 10, 2010 2:02:46 AM

If I need a bigger case, what full tower case would you recommend? I am primarily looking for it to be quiet and don't really care about side windows, lights, etc. I will also be using air cooling.
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May 10, 2010 2:22:24 AM

The P193 case is fine, and will handle your Radeon 5970. Looks like a beautiful case. Like the really big fan, and it is engineered to be quiet.
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