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~ 2000$ build

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May 11, 2010 5:52:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ~ 2 - 3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 2000$ - 2500$

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, web, video editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse (Logitech G500), Speakers (Logitech G35

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Looking for good quality parts that will last me a long time

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Well, I am looking to build something nice and powerful that will take limited upgrades to keep it up to speed in the coming years. So, here are the parts I have been researching in the past 6 months while deployed.

Processor
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
288.99$

HSF
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
29.99$

Motherboard
ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
239.99$

Memory
G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
189.99$

GPU
EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
539.99$

PSU
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
199.99$

SDD
Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
299.99$

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
89.99$

DVD Drive
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
24.99$

Monitor
ASUS VH236H Black 23" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen Full HD 1080P LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
219.99$

Keyboard
Logitech G15 USB Wired Standard Gaming Keyboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
89.99$

Case
NZXT TEMPEST EVO Crafted Series TEVO-001BK Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
109.99$

Total = 2323.88$


Now I understand that a lot of those things have instant amounts off but the way I figure, I will count the full price until I press that order button. Any suggestions will be much appreciated.

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May 11, 2010 6:39:38 AM

^ Frankly I dont see anything that has to be improved...It is a solid build...
Though I like the HD 5870 over the GTX 480, but it is not a bad choice if you have planned just for 2 cards and not more than that...And also it does offer better performance though but not sure if that warrants the amount of power it consumes and the heat that it produces...but with the case that you have selected, I doubt you would have any issues related to heat...
Even though you have not included the instant discounts, but do not forget the combos...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

And some case alternatives
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
May 11, 2010 7:12:02 AM

Well, I'd get a PNY or Zotac GeForce GTX 480 instead, and save around $35 on average - they both offer lifetime warranty, just as EVGA does, and I would not pay $35 for a 25MHz overclock on the core, and a 49MHz on the memory - an approximate 3.57% overclock. Otherwise it's a good build.
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May 11, 2010 7:15:35 AM

^ Well the combo deal on the PSU and the graphics card saves about $70, so I dont think there is any issue going with the EVGA...
May 11, 2010 7:27:55 AM

1st review of the case on newegg says:

Cons: Put a Evga GTX 480 in this case. the mini HDMI port on the left side WILL NOT BE USABLE unless you use a dremel or something to make a hole in the plastic part overlapping the back left side of the case.
May 11, 2010 5:45:22 PM

There is not a benefit going through the Mini HDMI port rather than the DVI ports correct? HDMI delivers the exact same quality as DVI I have been told, just HDMI has the ability of running sound alongside video.

@gkay09 - Do any of those cases offer comparable air flow to the TEMPEST EVO?

@Lmeow - I see what you mean, I hope the none SC version of the Evga when I actually go to press that checkout button. If not I will have to go for the Zotec of PNY version.
May 12, 2010 4:42:20 AM

^ Yes HDMI is useful if you plan to use the sound alongside video via the same connection...
As for the cases, the ones that I have listed are as good as the NZXT...and the mian advantage of these cases over NZXT is the HDD mounting...All the above cases have side mounting facing outside rather than towards the mobo...But it wont matter if you dont meddle with the HDDs much...
But going with any case - including that NZXT is not a problem...all are very good cases...
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