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New $1681 Gaming comp, Where am I wasting my money?

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May 23, 2010 4:15:42 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In about one month from now

BUDGET RANGE: I want to stay under $1,500.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Games, multitasking, some photoshop designing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: No monitor for now, no keyboard/mouse. Etc. I just need what I listed.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Does not really matter. I have used Newegg.com tho.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ATI Graphic Card.

OVERCLOCKING: Not really just yet.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

Want something that will last me and that I can continue to upgrade in the future. (i.e. not dying technology).

Part US Price
SILVERSTONE RAVEN 179.99
ASUS P6T SE, X58, Socket-1366 249.99
Sapphire 5850 Vapor-X 2GB 389.99
CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W 139.99
Intel Core i7-930 288.99
CORSAIR XMS3 6GB DDR3 216.99
WD VelociRaptor 10,000 RPM 159.99
SAMSUNG DVD Burner Lightscribe 25.99
COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 26.99

Total: 1678.91


Seems neat in my opinion. I would really like to shave off some costs though and I want to see where I can cut without losing too much. I am considering adding an extra graphic card sometime in the future, hence the 800w power supply.

Are there any parts in there that aren't very good or shaky at best? I am really trying to get the biggest bang for the buck here on just about every part. I really want the fast HDD and I am not concerned about storage space just yet. I have an extra 1tb lying around. I really want the speed though.

Thoghts? Where am I wasting my money? If anyone knows, you are the ones. :) 
May 23, 2010 4:39:54 AM

1. Your config for games looks GPU lite and CPU/Mobo heavy for the $$
2. I wouldn't splash on a traditional mechanical HDD...a V.Raptor falls under this cat
3. Have a look at the latest 50GB Sandforce based SSDs for an awesome boot/OS drive ^^
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. For the same gaming performance less CF/SLI options and slightly less PS performance (assume that is casual/secondary usage, not mission critical)
$735AR free ship and less that Samsung F3 (since u have a 1TB?) Assuming u open to non i7 configs hehe

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May 23, 2010 4:46:30 AM

Cut down on case, motherboard, go up to a 5870 (not a 2gb one), cheaper ram, drop the VelociRaptor for a samsung f3 or a seagate 7200.12 drive.

Case is really personal preference, I was able to keep it the same, however, you could drop down to a haf 922 and get a 2gb 5870 vapor-x if that is important to you.

My build:

Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
$26.99

SILVERSTONE RAVEN RV02-BW Matte black 0.8mm Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
$169.99

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$54.99

HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
$389.99

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

G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
$174.99

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$209.99

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

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact" Long ...
$39.99

Total: $1,495.91
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May 24, 2010 1:17:14 PM

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