Help with a 1800$ build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next week BUDGET RANGE: around 1800$, but it should be mentioned that in Denmark prices are generally higher (can't use newegg either).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Home-studio (recording with pro tools 8), Gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Speakers not required, soundcard not required - i have an external soundcard which is also a mixer.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (danish newegg) - if ya can't find it there then just COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Denmark

PARTS PREFERENCES: I've got a list of what i'm thinking to buy, check further down

OVERCLOCKING: Yes/probably SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Not for starters - going with 1 GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Don't know yet - i need to buy a new monitor, preferred 24 inches or more

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My main worry is that i'm afraid the build won't last that long compared to my other alternative (buying a mac) since pc's generally seem to decline much faster, but hey, hopefully if i pick quality parts then that will help me.


Core i7-930 = 350 $ in DK

ASUS PX658D-Premium = 330$ in DK

Corsair Dominator 6x2 GB = 250 $ in DK

Corsair HX850W = 190$ in DK

XFX Radeon HD-5870 1 GB = 500$ in DK

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1 TB = 85 $ in DK

Cooler Master Hyper 212-plus = 35 $ in DK

Cooler Master HAF 922 = 115 $ in DK

Artic Cooling MX-3 = 21$ in DK

Windows 7 Home Retail = 200$ in DK

All in all: 1880 $ without Win7 and 2080 $ with Win7.

What i still need: monitor, keyboard, mouse (last two prefferably cheap).


- Freud
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  2. Well couple things. First off, hardware wise PC's last just as long as Macs. In fact, Macs generally are a generation behind hardware wise, even though they're much more expensive than PC's. In general, you can build a PC with the same performance at half the price of a MAC.

    Anyway, I've got no idea about price conversions, but these changes should all cut cost and provide equal if not better performance.

    HD Get a 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 instead.

    PSU a Corsair 750TX or even a 650 TX if you don't plan on xfire is fine.

    RAM Corsair Dominators are very overpriced. A G SKill Pi kit will work fine. DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 timings. 6 GB

    OS see if you can get a OEM edition. In the US those are half the price of a full retail.

    You don't need thermal grease unless you're doing a huge overclock.
  3. thanks alot for the advice, i'll look into it - i'm not that tech-savvy tho, so (banthracis) could you underline the most important differences between the ASUS MOBO and the GA-UD3R if there are any - and why you'd choose the last?
    In the future i might buy another HD 5870, so thats why i'm going for the HX850, but perhaps it's still overkill?
    Thanks again!
  4. The only major difference between the MOBO's is price. Basically, why pay $100 more for the same thing?

    A 750TX can run xfire 5870's easily.
  5. Thanks a lot - read a quick review saying that the Asus has a better heatsink (better for OC'ing and longevity, i guess), but i guess for 100$ that's a rather expensive (little) bonus.

    Any advice regarding monitors?
  6. Well first see if this deals works for denmark Dell site

    If not, look at Asus, Acer, Hanns G or 1920x1080 2or 5 ms response time 21.5-23.6" monitors. All of these are basically the same and very close in price. Basically just decide if you want HDMI port, and grab the cheapest for the size you want.

    For a bit more, you can look at HP and Samsung's, which are theoretically a little better, but I don't think anyone can actual tell by looking.
  7. Thanks a lot! Looks pretty sound. :-)

    Oh, btw, i couldn't find the RAM you listed on the danish seller - i'm guessing they don't sell outside the US. Any other great 3x2 gb 1600 rRAM you can recommend?
  8. Another question: which optical drive would you suggest? and is it viable to buy a blu-ray reader now or should i wait until they get cheaper? (i'm not that much into BR atm anyways)...
  9. Really if your not going to use BD that much just forget about it the money will be better spent.
  10. Allright, so i finally put my build together and ordered all the stuff - thanks for the help guys! Final build:

    ASUS P6X58D Premium - decided on this one after reading many reviews vs. Gigabyte's MOBOS - maybe it's overkill but i can afford it. :-)

    Intel Core i7-930

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus

    XFX Radeon HD 5850

    Cooler Master HAF 922

    Samsung SH-S223B - Disk drev - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DV

    Mushkin Redlance Enchanced 1600 MHz

    Corsair HX850W (only slightly more expensive than the 750w, so i went for this one)

    Intel X25-M Mainstream Solid State Drive 80GB

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class HD103SJ 1 GB

    Windows 7 OEM Home Premium 64-bit (DK)

    ASUS VW246H - LCD display - TFT - 24" - widescreen

    All in all: 2429,08 $.... Yes, denmark is retardedly expensive with these things...

  11. Nice build! Good luck with the assembly of that monster!

    PS: Just so you knew if you press Select as best answer (bottom right of each reply) on the reply that helped you the most the thread will be marked as SOLVED.
  12. djjohn8 said:

    Samsung SpinPoint F3 Desktop Class HD103SJ 1 GB

    Hehehe that's one expensive 1Gb HDD you got there.
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