~$2,700 Gaming build

My parents said they're going to allow me to try my first build, so here it goes! Note that $2700 is including shipping :P

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: End of May

BUDGET RANGE: ~$2,600

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, rendering buildings in 3ds max 2010, music, surfing the internet...

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: All new except keyboard, mouse of speakers for now :D

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon, Ebay, Pixmania etc. (NewEgg is okay too, but those would be preferred :P)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ireland

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 range, ATI graphics cards (nvidia if there's a good enough reason to buy :P), samsung, corsair, antec, cooler master...

OVERCLOCKING: Oh yeah!!

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Later on when my graphics card will become a little outdated for playing games.

MONITOR RESOLUTION:3 x 24" monitors

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I like PC windows and lights. Also want to be able to have room to expand for later. No water cooling.
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  1. I'm using Newegg because it's easiest. Just search fro the parts wherever.

    CPU/Mobo: i7-930 and Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R $474
    RAM: 2x Mushkin Enahnced Redline 3x2 GB 1600 mhz CAS Latency 6 $465 after rebate
    GPU: HD 5970 $700
    SSD: Corsair Nova 128 GB $339
    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90
    PSU: Cosair 850W Modular 80+ Silver $170 after rebate
    Case: HAF 922 $100
    Optical: Cheap SATA DVD burner $19
    HSF: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B $85 (with 2 fans)

    Total: $2,442
  2. Thanks MadAdmiral!

    I almost forgot to say that I already have Win7 64 bit already, so that isn't necessary to include if anyone else posts! :P

    Which would be better? Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or Asus PX58D Premium? HAF 932, Cosmos S or Antec 1200? :D
  3. Still using Newegg:


    CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz $288
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225&cm_re=Core_i7930-_-19-115-225-_-Product


    Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 $239.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641


    RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $177 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226116

    GPU: HD 5970 $700

    SSD: Corsair Nova 64 GB $179 for Boot Drive (You don't need 128GB)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233108&cm_re=Corsair_Nova-_-20-233-108-_-Product

    HDD: Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB $90

    PSU: Cosair 850W Modular 80+ Silver $170 after rebate

    Case: NZXT Digital Artic-Camo (Water Transfer Printing) $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146063

    Optical: Samsung DVD Burner $25.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151176

    HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $26.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103065&Tpk=Cooler%20Master%20Hyper%20212

    Asus Monitor: 3x ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P $600.00
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236052

    Total: $2646.00


    6Gb it's more than enough RAM. 128GB for a OS Boot drive is overkill 64gb is enough. Went with a little better case (in my opinion) and one of the best air coolers out right now, and the price of it is a bonus... Let me know what you think about my suggestions... Hell you might have anough to crossfire the 5970's. Have fun building your first rig...
  4. Gigabyte and ASUS are relatively equal quality. Have to compare features to see which is better for you. Looks to me like unless you plan on 3 GPUs the Gigabyte is the better value.

    All 3 cases are fine, choose based on looks/price.

    If you want to put some large primary applications on the SSD then the larger size could be worthwhile.


    You could even drop the 5970 down to a 5870 and have a very strong system. The dual core GPU is probably of limited value unless you plan on playing alot of Crysis or are getting a 2560x1600 monitor.

    No one included a monitor, did you need one?

    Prices vary by country, you will need to check for which parts are a better value where you live (or order from).
  5. The Gigabyte ud3p is actually a lot cheaper, has great quality and actually has more usb and usb 3.0 outputs, too bad none of these have an extra soundcard like the other ASUS Xfi ones do but Id get the Gigabyte board. YOu can also buy good speakers with the little money you save
  6. ok this is from pixmania.ie

    CPU= Core i7 930

    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4927326/art/intel/core-i7-930-2-8-ghz-l3-8.html
    347 euro

    MOBO= GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4781147/art/gigabyte/ga-x58a-ud3r-1366-socket.html
    190 euro

    RAM= OCZ CL8 1600MHZ RAM (3x2)
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/1997806/art/ocz/gold-low-voltage-triple-c.html
    175 euro

    SSD= Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4292202/art/intel/x25-m-mainstream-solid-st.html#tech-specs
    230 euro

    HDD= Samsung F3 1TB
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4121963/art/samsung/spinpoint-f3-desktop-clas.html
    77 euro

    Graphics card= 5970
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4965634/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-5970-oc-2-gb-gd.html
    570 euro

    or depending on availability issues regarding the 5970 you could get the 5870
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/5044225/art/sapphire-technology/radeon-hd-5870-vapor-x-1.html
    370 euro

    Case= HAF 932
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/1773040/art/cooler-master/haf-932-pc-tower-case-bla.html
    125 euro

    PSU= Corsair HX850 (modular)
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/3088239/art/corsair/cmpsu-850hxeu-hx850w-850.html
    153 euro

    HSF= hyper 212+
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/3256297/art/cooler-master/hyper-212-plus-cpu-fan.html
    25 euro

    Thermal paste= AS5
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/321278/art/arctic-silver/artic-silver-5-thermo-pas.html
    5 euro

    24 inch ASUS VK246H 1920x1080 Monitor (3 of these)
    http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/2393676/art/asus/vk246h-24-wide-format-tft.html#tech-specs
    280 euro each so 840 euro for the three

    The build with the 5970 comes to 2612 euro in total (+postage)
    and the build with the 5870 comes to 2410 euro in total (+postage)

    I feel that you will need the 5970 to power the 3 screens at acceptable framerates though.

    *IMPORTANT* I left out an active Displayport adapter which you WILL need for eyefinity, this will cost about 100 euro but i don't know where to get one so I can't help you with that...

    I hope this build helps! :)
  7. I would drop the HAF 932 in the above to the 922. The 922 is big enough for the GPU and expansion, so there's no reason to spend more than that.

    I would also consider how much space you'll need on the SSD. They like to have at least 20% free. The OS takes 16 GB, so that leaves 48 GB for games and other apps. If that's enough room, then 80 GB will be fine. If not, step up to the 128 GB, which leaves 86 GB for games/apps.
  8. MadAdmiral said:
    I would drop the HAF 932 in the above to the 922. The 922 is big enough for the GPU and expansion, so there's no reason to spend more than that.

    I would also consider how much space you'll need on the SSD. They like to have at least 20% free. The OS takes 16 GB, so that leaves 48 GB for games and other apps. If that's enough room, then 80 GB will be fine. If not, step up to the 128 GB, which leaves 86 GB for games/apps.



    The SSD was supposed to be more or less for a boot drive the 1tb drive is supposed to be for everything else.
  9. That's half right. The SSD is not meant for data. However, it needs to have more on it than just the OS to be really useful. You should get a big enough one to at least put the games and apps you use most on it. What use is a super fast drive if you only notice it when you're booting up and navigating through Windows?
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