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May 10, 2010 7:44:06 PM

hey guys

finaly i order the motherboard Asus Rampage iii and i7 980x and windows 7 pro 64bit

i need help with the rest , ram , ssd , hhd , video card PSU cooling and case ( full tower ) , i live in middle east so i need a good cooling , i would like liqud cooling but i have no idea how to set it up

should i go with air cooling? how many fans?

i have about $3000k left to spend


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ordered Rampage III and i7 980x

BUDGET RANGE: $3000 Before

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: i need everything as this new built system

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: ebay

PARTS PREFERENCES: best/good quality

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe later

CROSSFIRE: Yes later

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: 3 monitors future setup

May 10, 2010 7:51:30 PM

Is the $3,000 for everything else that's left or is that in total?

If you've still got $3,000 (I'm not digging through ebay for you):

RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $220
GPU: HD 5970 $700
SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB $335
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
PSU: Silverstone 850W 80+ Silver $150
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos (or in white $170
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $85 (with 2 fans)
Monitor: 3x Asus 23" 1080p $580 after rebate
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $2,100
May 10, 2010 8:04:41 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Is the $3,000 for everything else that's left or is that in total?

If you've still got $3,000 (I'm not digging through ebay for you):

RAM: Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $220
GPU: HD 5970 $700
SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB $335
HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
PSU: Silverstone 850W 80+ Silver $150
Case: Coolermaster Cosmos (or in white $170
Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $20
HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $85 (with 2 fans)
Monitor: 3x Asus 23" 1080p $580 after rebate
OS: Windows 7 Home 64-bit OEM $100

Total: $2,100


Agree to most you just said

With that budget I would take 12 gigs of ram although gaming doesn't really benefit from it.

Also Ditch the Samsung Spinpoint. If you have a 128GB ssd you dont need a 7200 Rmp drive I would reccomend you a 5400 Rmp 2Tb western digital green or something like that.

Go for Watercooling and really expensive silent fans (Noctua).

Also buy a real nice case with all kinds of luxury! I for one like the Corsair Obsidian 800D.

Hope I helped you

Quick edit: Yeah get a blue-ray burner with that budget it's OK!
You need 3x2GB x2 (or 3x4 which would be very expensive) to get 12 Gigs. You might also finde 6x2 GB kits but they are not really better then 3x2GB x2
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May 10, 2010 8:05:00 PM

hey there

thank you for fast replay

yes i still have $3000 left to spend

i have 2 more questions

do i have to buy (3x2) x2 to get 12 GB rams?

should i get the blueray instade of dvd burner?

May 10, 2010 8:12:49 PM

@halfalahi: There aren't many 6x2 GB kits, so it's easier to just buy two kits. Also, you usually don't get it any cheaper in the 6x kits anyway.

I don't particularly think that BluRay is worth it right now. There isn't anything that makes it special for computers, and the drives are so expensive. I might consider getting a separate BR reader, but the writers are just too expensive (like $100+ for the drive and $3 per disc). I would recommend just waiting on the prices to come down and the technology to become useful.

@erdinger: Why whould you get a slower drive for the data? With the budget, you might as well get as fast as you can go.

Also, watercooling isn't that useful. It's really expensive (add something like $300-400 on to the costs above), hard to set up, requires maintainence and doesn't really give you anything that air can't.

Finally, the Cosmos is already an excellent case. I don't see the need to spend $300 on the case alone when you don't really get anything for it. Actually, you get less with the Obsidian. The Cosmos has more front ports, is larger, and has more fans for better cooling. I'm failing to see where that extra $130 goes...
May 10, 2010 8:19:45 PM

not sure why you want me to go with 5400 hard drive , isnt slower?

i would LOVE water cooling but i have no idea how to set it up , even if i wanted help from computer shops around

they have limited knowlage , just to let you know i checked the market in my small town and they still dont have the

i5/i7 cpu

i agree with casing , wanted Thermaltake Level 10 looks cool but i think i will have a problem fitting cooler in there

maybe i will get it next month when i get more cash
May 10, 2010 8:20:13 PM

The 5400 RPM drives are a lot slower, but they use less power. That's the only benefit.

The Level 10 is a complete waste of money. It's not that great for cooling, requires a lot of very careful wiring and you better like where you put it since it's 50 pounds BEFORE you put the components in it.
May 10, 2010 9:13:52 PM

hmmmm i couldnt find the ram on ebay

any other Suggestion ?

it look like im going to spend more than $3000
May 10, 2010 9:18:33 PM

Out of curiosity, why exactly are you buying everything from ebay? If it's a location thing, I'm positive someone here can point you to a good retailer. If you stick to buying it all off ebay, you're going to be paying a lot more than you should and it's likely that you'll get scammed at some point.
May 10, 2010 9:29:49 PM

WOW wait a moment! 5400 rmp drives have one important advantage. They are more silent.

The spinpoint F3 (I have used one) is loud. If you have such a big budget you also want your pc to be whisper silent (except in 3d use). Does the Performance of the data storage drive really matter? I mean windows wont be any faster and any data you down or upload to it or from it will have the same speed since most usb drives are slower then a 5400 rmp drive

I agree with you on the Coolermaster case I thought you reccomended the coolermaster scout which in my eyes was not good enough but the coolermaster cosmos is a great case.

Take a case that looks good! Everybody has an own taste.

If you want a 7200rmp drive take the Western Digital caviar black 2Tb. Great performance and a very long warranty are speaking for it. Maybe also consider a Raid 1 of two 2TB drives to spare you possible future data loss.
May 10, 2010 9:33:50 PM

newegg wont ship internationaly

i tried with some other websites and it seems they dont have new items

i used to live in california and have accounts in ebay , amazon and some other

websites , old good days now im have trouble getting items , life was so easy

what can i do other than buying from ebay
May 10, 2010 9:33:54 PM

You could try to find a company that will let you ship to their address and then they package & ship the components to you.

I believe there was someone on these forums recently from UAE (or somewhere similar?) that said that's how they did things.
May 10, 2010 9:45:49 PM

yes i checked worldship1.com

i tried to register , they need me to wire money for membership , no cc

beside most companies like newegg wont ship to different address than cc if im not mistaken?
May 10, 2010 9:51:45 PM

Most companies don't like to ship to an address that isn't the billing address for first-time customers, or at least make you jump through a lot of hoops to get it straightened out. If you have ordered from Newegg before, you should be able to specify different billing & shipping addresses.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything more about how it works than what I posted. You might try searching the forums for the user I was referring to and see if that person can offer any pointers or advice.
May 10, 2010 10:03:14 PM

MadAdmiral said:
Out of curiosity, why exactly are you buying everything from ebay? If it's a location thing, I'm positive someone here can point you to a good retailer. If you stick to buying it all off ebay, you're going to be paying a lot more than you should and it's likely that you'll get scammed at some point.


Uh, I've had good luck with Ebay.

If you look right, Stuff is realy cheap.

And if you get scammed, Paypall has you covered.

(Way to much if you ask me, the seller has no rights at all!)
May 12, 2010 3:18:28 PM

hey again guys

im looking at memory

what should i get c6



or c7



also PSU






May 12, 2010 3:25:18 PM

Considering that you don't get any benefit from having sticks faster than 1600 mhz, I would get the 1600/CL6 sticks.
May 13, 2010 9:24:53 PM

UPDATE

Ordered

Asus Rampage III extreme

i7 980x

CORSAIR F200 FORCE 200GB

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 12GB Model: TR3X6G1600C7D G

SAMSUNG 1TB SATA SpinPoint F3 32MB 1 TB x2

Cooler Master V8 Copper Base CPU Cooler

Windows 7 Professional PRO 64-Bit

just need

ATI 5970 video card

power supply

full tower case

fan controller

how many fans do i need? please let me know if im missing anything

thanks

May 13, 2010 9:37:03 PM

If it is a high quality Cooler Master or other good brand case, you should be OK with whats in it.

*And thsi is just me, but IF i had 3k$ to play with, It would be cheaoer and less ram, and 3 480s*
May 13, 2010 9:51:32 PM

its CPU air cooler

now i have to find full tower case in my city

found power supply ANTEC TRUEPOWER QUATTRO TPQ-1200 but the one who selling it asking for $200 for shipping >.<

May 13, 2010 10:01:31 PM

Ouch, THats a lot for a mediocre PSU

I got my 1250W Modular Enermax for 200$ Shipped there :) 
May 18, 2010 1:33:27 PM

Hmm, are you going to use it for gaming. First of all your graphics card needs to be nvidia. If you've got any hope you also need 2000mhz ram,you will definently need cooling 4 high speed ram, my ram came with its own little cooling fans(corsair). I recently got a 980X processor and to benifit you need fast ram. Also, Throw away the cooling unit that comes with it if your going to overclock it. It might look nice and big but it is pretty useless at cooling hot extreme cpus. You might wanna spend an extra $100(auz) and get a proper cooler. Back to the graphics card, keep the 5970 until nvidia releases its equivalent. Then get rid of it. Nvidia products drive Ati's crap in2 the ground time after time.
May 18, 2010 1:41:11 PM

@ms_briefing: first, the GPU doesn't HAVE to be nVidia. You never NEED to use nVidia cards with Intel CPUs. The two choices are completely independent. At the moment, nVidia is getting killed by ATI anyway, so buying nVidia isn't a good idea.

Second, cooling the RAM doesn't do a whole lot. And speed has nothing to do with it. The voltage is what matters. You may need to do that if you're trying to break a world overclocking record, but less than that isn't needed.

Third, the OP already has an aftermarket cooler with it (the Coolermaster V8), so overclocking isn't a problem.

Fourth, I would go look at the reviews of GPUs. nVidia has already released it's answer to the 5970 (which is the most powerful video card on the market today) called the GTX 480, and it didn't come close to the same performance. Not to mention the extra heat the 480 put out and the massive power draw makes it nearly impossible to put in a multi card solution.

@halfalahi: You don't need such a large PSU. An 850W unit is enough to power two 5970s, not that you will ever need that much power.

You also don't need any additional fans if you get a good quality case. As for which cases you should be looking at, Antecs are good, but might be a little tight for the 5970. The HAF 922/932 is excellent and either will comfortably fit the 5970. The Coolermaster Cosmos is one of my personal favorites for it's looks. Lian Li is also considered a top case brand, but I consider them to be a bit overpriced.
May 18, 2010 5:33:07 PM

Agree with the last comment on all aspects
May 18, 2010 7:07:08 PM

I agree with the last comment on all aspects ECXCEPT:

If you have a heavily OC;d build with lostd of drives and a OC'd 5970 Quadfire(Think 1ghz cores) , I' not sure a 850W can do it.
May 18, 2010 8:19:46 PM

... hmm yeah you're right considering the budget I would risk going cheep with the PSU and take a 1000Watt Psu.. we might underestimate dual 5970's
May 18, 2010 9:11:18 PM

Or you could just look at AMD's system requirements for the 5970. 850W for 2x 5970. Not that going higher wouldn't be ok, but unless there's some really wacky stuff going on, anywhere from 850-950 should be sufficient.
May 18, 2010 9:13:43 PM

^ Thats stock mate.

Stock cards, stock CPU.

Not with a i7-930 at 4.3 sucking down 300W by itself.
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