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May 16, 2010 8:34:10 PM

Hello everyone,
I was wanting to build a gaming PC and was wanting to spend less than $2k. My setup that I am looking to buy is
CPU:
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...

MOBO:
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
OCZ 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model OCZ3F1600LV4GK
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU:
Still looking and willing to take suggestions


HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU:
hec Cougar 1000 1000W Continuous @ 40°C ATX12V V2.2 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Thermaltake Xaser VI VG4000SNA Silver / Black Aluminum ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

ODD:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

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/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...


Any suggestions, input, or if you catch any of my oversights are greatly appreciated.
Bryan
May 16, 2010 11:26:35 PM

Couple of Recommendations:

1) CPU / MOBO Combo: Intel Core i7 930 & ASUS P6X58D Premium - Better & cheaper motherboard which gives you USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s support!

2) RAM: G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600 - You need to have triple-channel memory for an X58 board over dual-channel. These G.Skill have great timings at a great price.

3) PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX - You don't need a 1000W power supply for your build and "hec" isn't a reliable PSU brand. I would stick with Antec, SeaSonic or Corsair and this Corsair is strong enough to Crossfire a 5870 or 5850.

4) GPU: XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB - With your budget, the 5870 is the best GPU for your gaming needs.

5) HSF: Purchase the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus without the combo deal :) 

6) Case/DVD: I would stick with your case, if that is what you like. I would go with an HAF 932 or Antec 1200 instead of the Thermaltake, but that is just my opinion.

7) Have you thought about adding a SSD to your build?? This is a great OS/Apps drive for a build of this budget... OCZ Agility 2 OCZSSD2-2AGT50G 2.5" 50GB
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May 16, 2010 11:54:08 PM

Thanks! I appreciate the input. Good thing you caught that RAM cuz that would have been bad. The MOBO I choose really attracted me because it had true 3 way x16 sli capabilities but realistically I prolly will never go above 2 gpu's and USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0Gb/s support is too good to miss. I was looking at a

XFX HD-597A-CNB9 Radeon HD 5970 Black Edition 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

as a possible GPU and I heard ATI gives you full control for overclocking, so I thought I would eventually need a 1000w PSU. I did like the HSF, it is in for sure. I just want a full sized case and I do not put much emphasis on see-through windows and lights, so I can keep looking. An SSD is a very good point because I have considered it but it slipped my mind. RAID is a possibility as well as a SSD.

Much appreciated,
Bryan
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May 17, 2010 12:02:21 AM

If you can get the XFX 5970, it is the best you can purchase... IMO. Running them in Crossfire, it would be a good idea to have a 1000W PSU, but I won't skimp on the "Hec". I would go with the Corsair 1000HX... IMO

What we didn't discuss, is what is your monitor resolution / gaming resolution? There may be no reason to get a 5970 or 5870 for that matter. You want to be gaming at or above 1920x1200 to push the 5970 or 5870.
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May 17, 2010 12:09:42 AM

My moniter will be a minimum 1920x 1080 and my TVs are 1920x1080 at 50" and 32" that will be utilized until the perfect monitor is found. Ya Hec isn't the best by far and I will check out the Corsair 1000HX.
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May 17, 2010 12:16:57 AM

Does the XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB need an adapter for HDMI output or is it native to the card? If it is native hdmi output that might be the deal sealer because the XFX 5970 needs an adapter and I could almost get 2 Radeon HD 5870 for the same price as a 5970.
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May 17, 2010 12:27:17 AM

The XFX 5870 has HDMI native to the card. It doesn't need an adapter like the 5970.
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May 17, 2010 12:32:46 AM

Sounds like 2 5870's would be better and only slightly more expensive than a 5970. With 2 5870's, I would actually need that 1000w PSU now.
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May 17, 2010 12:34:17 AM

No.. The Corsair CMPSU-750TX will run them just fine. If you are worried, I would just go up to the Corsair CMPSU-850TX
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May 17, 2010 1:17:20 AM

Here is what I am looking at right now:
CPU:
Intel Core
i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819115225

MOBO:
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM:
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...

GPU:
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD:
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822152181

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case:
Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ODD:
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.392781

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/Comb [...] mbo.384692

Shaping up to be a solid gaming pc for under $2k.
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May 17, 2010 1:28:07 AM

One comment... Since you have decided on the Antec 1200, I would go with this combo... Antec 1200 and Antec CP-850 850W

Rest of your build looks to be a Solid Gaming PC!!
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May 17, 2010 1:30:44 AM

Ya thats a good PSU and it is modular and a few dollars cheaper with the combo. This is looking to be a variant on your Enthusiast - Extreme recommended build btw.
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May 17, 2010 1:35:40 AM

:lol:  ... I noticed :D 

Solid build you are getting.
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May 17, 2010 1:38:00 AM

Maybe the final product should be submitted for one of your recommended builds.
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May 24, 2010 2:07:58 AM

Best answer selected by crazyhero88.
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