$1500 Gaming/Content Creation System

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Has to be purchased by Friday

BUDGET RANGE: shooting for $1500, but I have some wiggle room

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High End Gaming (I want to max any game I play), content creation (i.e. Photoshop w/ 500megs images open), Dreamweaver (with 10 pages open), Firefox with 20+ tabs), all running at the same time

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for CPUs, Nvidia for GPUs


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280 x 1024 (I have always preferred 19" monitors)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Shooting for a high-mid range to enthusiast build.

Part List


Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

Pretty much set on the processor, unless sometime points out something dumb I choosing here.


ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

I have looked at a few boards, and I picked this one because of the features (USB 3.0 mainly, I can't wait to get a USB 3.0 external drive, I move hundreds of gigs of data around) and it seems that a lot of people agree this is a solid choice.

Power Supply

CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

This PS was recommended from a few lists I have looked at, I honestly don't know much about power supplies. I really just need something that is going to power my rig fine, have cables to reach whatever is in my case, and something quiet.


OCZ Platinum 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV6GK

Seems like solid and fast RAM, if there is something better by all means I would love to hear comments.

Video Card

EVGA 896-P3-1257-AR GeForce GTX 260 Core 216 Superclocked Edition 896MB 448-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card

ASUS ENGTX465/2DI/1GD5 GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

These two cards caught my eye as I was browsing video card choices, but I haven't seen reviews for the GTX 465, I am wondering just how much faster they are than the other card I chose. I would love to hear to thoughts on Nvidia cards under $300. I have had bad experiences many many times with ATI cards, so I usually stick to Nvidia only.

Hard Drive


From the recommended parts list, will be using 2 of these in a Raid 0 setup.

Optical Drive

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

I rarely use my optical drive, my thumb drive is large enough and way faster for installs. I do need to burn a DVD from time to time, but that's it.


Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

I am not set on this case. I love the fact that it states right in the description that it can fit the new huge video cards. I am not really loving the fact that my office PC will look like it belongs to a 15 year old at a LAN party. I currently have a Antec P182, love this case, but I know for a fact it won't fit a large video card, the 8800 I have now barely fits.

I think I have a pretty solid setup, looking for any comments or criticisms, and maybe a little help with choosing a video card.
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  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.406124

    that board is JUST as good and a MUCH MUCH MUCH better deal with that ram, gonna save u a lot!!!!!!

    1200 case is excellent, u could always change the fans if u dont want the "15 year old look" - if you go with the 1200 though, u should go with the PSU for it http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371024
    quality is that of the corsair and its built for the case, wires are perfect length and it is also modular.

    if your looking for a sleek case that fits the "big video cards" there a re a lot out there, check out silverstone and lian li - they are prob the 2 most solid case companies around.

    do u have a limit on what u want to spend on a case?

    Video card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490&cm_re=5870-_-14-150-490-_-Product
    Nvidia right now is falling short of ati - that card will run EVERYTHING MAXED on that monitor.

    EDIT: u will prob want one of these too! http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Corsair+-+Hydro+Series+H50+CPU+Cooler/9503771.p?id=1218115623560&skuId=9503771&st=h50&contract_desc=null
  2. Nice, I think I will go with your recommendation on the mobo/RAM.

    I think I am going to go with the 1200 and just replaced the fans, good idea. I didn't know there was a matching PS, thanks for the info.

    I do realize that the ATI cards are out preforming the Nvidia cards, I am just hesitant to go down that road again and be burnt.
  3. HAHA funny thing you use the word "burnt" have u read about the new nvidia cards?
  4. The Antec P183 has that removable hard drive cage that opens up a huge space for any long video cards you might want to use. And you'd still have a good amount of HDD space. Same price as the 1200 case. Antec P183

    The choice of video cards and possibility of a Crossfire or SLI option is the biggest factor in choice of power supply size.
  5. Hm well if you have a 1500 dollar limit and seems your prioritizing games over content creation (also photoshop isn't the most demanding content creator so we can mainly focus on gaming).

    If that's the case I'd reccomend an i7 system with a 5870. You'd save a bit of time with a GTX 470 because of the cuda cores, but not sure how substantial it is in 2D rendering.

    Something like this:

    i7 930 & OCZ VERTEX 2 SSD 50GB - $467

    Why i7? simply put a quad-core i7 does everything better than AMD for a very small price premium. Unless your wanting a big GPU on a $1000 budget Intel CPU's will give large increases on most productivity and highly CPU demanding applications you have.

    Really if you want to save the money just cut the SSD, it's something that is nice that I threw in just to fill out the budget. This rig could do everything you want exceptionally well at the $1300 price point.

    ATI 5870 - $400

    Corsair 750W PS & 640 GB HDD - $155

    GIGABYTE UD3R MOBO & GSKILL 6GB Tri-Channel Ram - $299.99

    really good value on that ram as your getting 6gb of tri-channel memory for about $100. Reviews of it seem fairly good though. Again better ram doesn't mean enough to throw a lot of extra money at it unless it's a workstation.

    Generic DVD burner - $23

    Antec Sonata - $90

    People finally rose the price of HAF 922s but this case came highly recommended to me and review seem solid. HAF 922 ... why aren't you $90 with free shipping anymore!!! Lucky I bought mine two days ago when everyone still had free shipping on the suckers.

    GRAND TOTAL - ~$1435

    Similiar to what I just bought, but unfortunately I use lots of 3dsmax, AutoCaD, and am messing around with fluid dynamic simulations so I had to go Nvidia for the CUDA cores.
  6. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.410738

    keep in mind u will still have that big blue fan on top.

    i would recommend those fans if you are going to replace the ones in the 1200 - they are very quiet and pump out a ton of air.
    also, take a look at this case.


    it also comes without a window and ships on amazon for 239.99 - no tax

    you are going to spend at least 60 more dollars on switching the fans in the 1200 about 100 bucks with the fans i recommend, that makes it = to that case.

    that case is about as nice as they come and is made to be SILENT - great for work
  7. btw - where are u located, if you have a micro center near by it will save you 100 dollars on your processor.

    if you went with everything you listed in your post
    but switched out video cards for the 5870s suggested, switched to the silverstone case, added the h50 cooler, went with the board and ram i suggested. and a 650 watt corsair PSU....
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