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May 21, 2010 2:24:43 PM

Hi,
This is my first build, and I am looking to get an evaluation of my choices and see if there are better (less expensive but good) options that I may be missing, or any incompatible parts I may have selected (any no-nos)

My requirements are to build a gaming PC that:
- falls in the $1000-$2000 price range
- easy for a first build without me wrecking any vital (read expensive) components, or wasting a lot of time
- will last a long time without breaking down or getting fried
- is relatively future proofed, something I can overclock and add on power to, esp. video cards, and that will play next years games well


I plan on getting a base build going first, then learning more in specific areas I would like to improve (such as overclocking, adding multi video cards, adding ram updating processor if possible etc)

A lot to achieve, but I am hoping that I have at least gotten close with this build. I would really appreciate any suggestions or comments:

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $109.98

Nippon Labs Premium 18" (1.5 ft.) SATA II Cable with locking latch for SATA I and SATA II Hard Drive Model SATA-L0.5-R $9.29

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $239.99

SAPPHIRE 100283-2L Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $164.99

Rosewill 2-Port USB 3.0 PCI Express Card Model RC-505 $39.99

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930 $288.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $89.99

Logitech Deluxe 250 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard $19.99

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 $19.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Full $199.99

Rosewill RC-401-EX 10/ 100/ 1000Mbps PCI-Express Gigabit Low Profile Network Card $29.99

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound $9.99

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3A1600C9 $189.99

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor $259.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply $139.99

HT | OMEGA STRIKER 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card $89.99

Total: $1818.13

Thanks!
May 21, 2010 2:40:33 PM

Gaming you don't need a i7-930, it's more of a rendering/encoding CPU.

i5-750 will be perfectly fine.

Don't need network card, don't need sound card. Onboard is perfectly fine in both cases.

You could save $100 and get OEM versions of the OS.

Monitor is overpriced, don't really need fancy compound if you're not doing extreme OC, and AS mtx is better anyway.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Yea, I'll just post a new build in a bit.
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May 21, 2010 3:08:21 PM

Full Build

OPtical
$20 Lite On
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Monitor
Asus 23.6" 1920x1080 $199 w/ $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU
Corsair 750tx $99 w/ $20 MIR use promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS
win 7 premium 64 bit OEm $99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

case/HD
HAF 922 and 7200.12 500gb $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM/GPU
Ripjaw DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 and 5870
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU/MOBO
i5-750 and ASUS P7P55D-E Pro $375
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

Total ~$1430 before $30 MIR and shipping


From this point you can add extra's as you want. Not need for the USB 3.0 card or SATA cables, mobo comes with both.

HSF if you wanna OC
Hyper 212 Plus $30 free ship
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Univ...

Gaming Keyboard
Saitek Eclipse III $60
http://www.amazon.com/Saitek-PK24-Eclipse-Wired-Keyboar...

Gaming Mouse
Logitech MX518 $43 with $15 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD
Intel X25-M 80 GB $195
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 21, 2010 3:42:24 PM

This is truly awesome - I didn't realise that I had redundant / bloated components, also though I did get the feeling I wasn't using combos effectively at all, I didn't know how exactly to fix that.

Really appreciate the inputs -- especially the GPU upgrade, OS OEM, overall savings while sticking with known brands -- all I can say is wow!

Make it a lot easier for me to hit 'buy' now..

Thanks very much!
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May 21, 2010 3:43:58 PM

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