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3000$ Budget - Gaming PC

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May 30, 2010 2:02:14 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the next 3 weeks

BUDGET RANGE: 3000$ Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the web, Watching movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA - California

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like an Intel i7 930, 23'' + Sleek looking monitor, Haf 932 case or better.

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Silent and fast PC that should be able to handle games at a reasonable quality for the upcoming years. Would love to have dual 5870 2GB or GTX 480 dual.

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May 30, 2010 8:53:33 PM


Sony Optiarc 24X DVD/CD Rewritable Drive Black SATA Model AD-7240S-0B - OEM
Item #: N82E16827118030
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$26.99

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811129043
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$149.99

2x Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$199.98

ASUS VW246H Glossy Black 24" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor
Item #: N82E16824236049
Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy
$229.99

EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130551
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$527.99

DIAMOND ATI TV Wonder HD 650 Combo Tuner TVW650PCIEV PCI-Express x1 Interface
Item #: N82E16815306020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Free w/ Fermi

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
Item #: N82E16835100007
Return Policy: Consumable Item Refund Only Return Policy
$9.99

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Model BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
$288.99

ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835118223
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$49.99

2xKingston SSDNow V Series SNV425-S2BD/128GB 2.5" Desktop Bundle 128GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Item #: N82E16820139136
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
$558.00

EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Item #: N82E16814130551
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
Antec TruePower Quattro TPQ-1000 1000W Continuous Power ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified ...
Item #: N82E16817371012
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
$622.98 Combo deal

DIAMOND ATI TV Wonder HD 650 Combo Tuner TVW650PCIEV PCI-Express x1 Interface
Item #: N82E16815306020
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Free w/ other fermi card

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128423
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9T-6GBNQ
Item #: N82E16820231225
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$299.99

Subtotal: $2,964.88

Adjust accordingly. I had a hard time getting up to $3000.00 but it was a good time killer. Lot of overkill in there and setup for a couple of raid setups I think. Have fun with your budget you can build a nice rig for that.
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May 31, 2010 12:25:42 AM

^ Solid build... I would go with dual 5870's over dual GTX 480's and I would get a much better heat sink than the Zalman 9500A. At your budget, I would go with the Corsair 800D case and motherboard. I would go with the ASUS P6X58D-E or ASUS P6X58D Premium over the Gigabyte board.

First major question... Why do you want such a large budget? You can build an outstanding PC that will last for years under the $1,800 range going with an AM3 or i5/i7 (Socket 1156) as the bases for your build. There are very few builds in gaming that are worth $3,000 when it comes to the return on price to performance (meaning you are spending more money than you are getting in return for performance increase.)
May 31, 2010 10:13:47 AM

Just like the zalmans, never let me down before, i like the copper paper cuts too lol... yeah 3 grand will build you anything you want. as for amd and nvidia, well i have to admit im a little partial to nvidia :) 
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