2k budget on a build..need opinions

I have a 2k budget currently and its for a project. I am a gamer and not TOO heavy on overclocking. Gonna be using my same keyboard, mouse and CD drive, and backup HD from my current build. Here is what I got so far:

CPU: i7 930
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 Watercooling
PSU: Corsair 850HX
MOBO: Not sure yet..help? :P
RAM: Not 100% sure yet
CASE: Probably Antec 902
HD: Samsung 1TB Spinpoint F3
VID CARD: Asus 5870

Also might throw in some cathodes in the case for some pretty colors.


Here is the correct format:



SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, movies/music, schoolwork

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, headphones, CD drive, backup HD.


PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel for CPU. Thats basically it.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes, but not extreme OCing



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  1. First off, definitely get a nice 1920x1200 monitor, a 5870 on 1440x900 is an absolute waste, my 4850 can max that out.

    Dont get the H50, it doesnt perform well enough to justify its price, the cooler master Hyper 212+ does quite well and costs significantly less.

    If you dont plan to crossfire in the future you definitely dont need an 850W PSU, you can crossfire on a good 750W and on an i7 build i definitely suggest leaving that option open. The XFX 750W unit is quite solid and reasonably priced for its performance and being modular.

    Gskill makes good RAM, and appears to have the best value triple channel kit on newegg
  2. Thanks for the reply :)

    why is a 5870 a waste on a 1440x900? I am getting the card for gaming purposes.

    Well, its better to get watercooling over air cooling. Reasons being there are no ambient temps with watercooling (at least very minimal).

    Thanks for your other helpful suggestions. What about a motherboard? That is all I really need now.
  3. MOBO: ASUS P6X58D-E

    RAM: CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7 or G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) DDR3 1600, if back in stock.

    PSU: Corsair CMPSU-650HX - You don't plan on running Crossfire, so you will not need anything more for your system.

    GPU: At 1440x900 resolution, the 5870 is overkill. You will be better off with either the EVGA 01G-P3-1465-AR GeForce GTX 465 (Fermi) 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card or SAPPHIRE 100282-3SR Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity, which gives you more than enough gaming power at that resolution.

    HSF: Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler - I'm not a fan of the H50 for the price to performance, specially at lower overclocks. This is one of the better air cooled HSF you can purchase.
  4. Thanks for your reply as well. I was about to cry when the Gskill PI series RAM went out.

    So why does everyone say that the card isnt right for my resolution? Doesnt it matter about its clocks and things that matter about performance?
  5. I have a 4850 and i can play things at max settings at 1280x1024 and on fairly high settings at 1920x1080. A 4870/5770 would be enough to max anything(except crysis) out at 1440x900 and give you good frames, adding more graphics power once you can max it out doesnt help you at all and just wastes money, having a GPU pushing 200FPS to a monitor that only has a 60Hz refresh rate isnt going to be any different than having a GPU pushing a constant 60FPS to a monitor that has a 60Hz refresh rate, either way you still only see 60 frames per second. Also gaming on a larger monitor is nicer too.

    Ambient temperature still affect you with water cooling, the way the H50 works is that you generally end up pushing air through its radiator on its way out of your case, so its still based off of a difference between the water temperature and ambient temperature. Low cost water cooling system like the H50 give you significantly less performance than a similarly priced air cooler. A Prolimatech Megahalem still costs $17 less than the H50 but would significantly out perform it by probably 5C or more.
  6. How would something like this be?


    its 1920 x 1080 but idk about hertz. My current one uses 60 so I hope this one supports 75 and looks fine with it. The thing is, I games after 30 fps look fine. But getting higher in some games give you better registry with the shot, shoot faster, better hipfire, etc.
  7. I would go with this ASUS monitor at equal prices instead... IMO
  8. Since it's essentially a gaming rig, and you're not going to even CF, I'd consider going with the i5-750.

    MON: Asus VW246H 24" $229

    CPU/MB: i5-750 & Asus P7P55D-E $347

    PSU: Corsair 750TX $101.99

    MEM: G.Skill 2x2GB 4GBNQ $107.99

    GPU: Asus EAH5870 V2 $430

    SSD: Intel X25-M 80GB OEM $225

    HDD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint 1TB $80

    HSF: Scythe Mugen Rev B. $35

    TIM: AS5 $10

    CASE: CM Storm Sniper $130

    You don't need a 750TX or greater obviously, but the 750 is actually cheaper than the 650 right now at Newegg, unless I'm missing a combo somewhere.

    Even with shipping that's ~$300 shy of $2000, so you could fit the i7-930 plus the added cost of the MB and triple channel memory if its worth it to you. You also might be able to knock off the cost of F3, if your current backup HDD is up to snuff. Just a thought.
  9. Won't let me edit that post... One more thing, that Asus GPU is only worth it if you will OC it. If not, you're better off saving $40 with one of the $389 5870s.
  10. I did a few updates. Tell me what you guys think. I feel that the h50 is worth it. Tests show it. I dont mind paying a little extra either. That goes for the PSU (future upgrades). So no discussion on those if you guys could :)

  11. Solid build!!

    No major flaws I can see!! You still have a little left on your budget, so you could throw in a 50GB SSD for your boot drive (OCZ Vertex 2 OCZSSD2-2VTX50G 2.5" 50GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD).
  12. Thanks :)

    I might go for the Lian Li Lancool K62 case instead. Everyone is suggesting I get a full case but I think they are too big.
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