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~$2,700 Gaming build

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May 13, 2010 9:12:23 PM

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SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Later on when my graphics card will become a little outdated for playing games.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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May 13, 2010 9:29:18 PM

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 
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May 13, 2010 10:27:17 PM

Still using Newegg:



CPU: Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz $288
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mobo: ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 $239.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $177 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

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=N82E168...

Optical: Samsung DVD Burner $25.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HSF: Cooler Master Hyper 212+ $26.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Asus Monitor: 3x ASUS VH242H Black 23.6" 5ms HDMI Full 1080P $600.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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...
May 13, 2010 10:32:43 PM

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).
May 14, 2010 8:10:40 AM

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
May 14, 2010 4:58:39 PM

ok this is from pixmania.ie

CPU= Core i7 930

http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4927326/art/intel/core-i7-...
347 euro

MOBO= GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4781147/art/gigabyte/ga-x5...
190 euro

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

SSD= Intel X25-M 80GB SSD
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4292202/art/intel/x25-m-ma...
230 euro

HDD= Samsung F3 1TB
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4121963/art/samsung/spinpo...
77 euro

Graphics card= 5970
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/4965634/art/sapphire-techn...
570 euro

or depending on availability issues regarding the 5970 you could get the 5870
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/5044225/art/sapphire-techn...
370 euro

Case= HAF 932
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/1773040/art/cooler-master/...
125 euro

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

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

Thermal paste= AS5
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/321278/art/arctic-silver/a...
5 euro

24 inch ASUS VK246H 1920x1080 Monitor (3 of these)
http://www.pixmania.ie/ie/uk/2393676/art/asus/vk246h-24...
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! :) 
May 14, 2010 5:25:21 PM

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.
May 14, 2010 10:44:17 PM

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.
May 15, 2010 2:39:39 PM

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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