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Evaluate my $2500 Gaming Build !

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June 9, 2010 1:19:19 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: July

BUDGET RANGE: $2500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the Web, Movies

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Nothing

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg.ca

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel/ATI

OVERCLOCKING: Yes CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 (2 Monitors but only playing on 1)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Final Build. Need an evaluation from you guys. Advices, changes, dislikes, you know the drill.

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SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS 21.5" 2ms(GTG) HDMI Widescreen 16:9 Full HD 1080P LCD 1000:1 (ASCR 12000 : 1)

RAZER DeathAdder Precision Optical Gaming Mouse - 3.5G Infrared Sensor

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 120mm "heatpipe direct contact"

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP

CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS

LITE-ON SK-1788/BS 2-Tone 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Wired Standard Keyboard

G.SKILL Trident 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000)

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Combo

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 & GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

GRAND TOTAL: $2,326.51 :) 
a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2010 1:58:58 AM

Looks good...

Only thing I would consider getting is the G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3x2GB) instead. The better timings will provide the better performance over the 2000Mhz speed of your RAM.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2010 2:38:27 AM

^ Tridents are actually very good. They'll run at CAS 6 when under clocked to 1600. CAS 7 at rated speeds. Tom's gave it a recommended buy award a few weeks ago.
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June 9, 2010 3:38:43 AM

Good ? How could I make it great ?
I'm actually on Tridents' side :) 
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2010 6:47:02 AM

banthracis said:
^ Tridents are actually very good. They'll run at CAS 6 when under clocked to 1600. CAS 7 at rated speeds. Tom's gave it a recommended buy award a few weeks ago.

Thanks for the info. I missed that review/award :( 
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a c 205 4 Gaming
June 9, 2010 5:31:41 PM

Budget - Note, your stated budget in the form is $1500 and title says $2500...I'll assume the latter.

Hard Drives - Check out the performance charts and pick whatever 500 GB per platter drive performs best under your usage patterns. The 2 TB WD Black and XT from Seagate are good choice but at smaller capacities, you are limited to the Seagate 7200.12 or the Spinpoint F3. The 7200.12 excels in gaming, multimedia and pictures whereas the F3 wins at music and movie maker. See the comparisons here (copy past link in manually, link won't work in forum):

(http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2009-3.5-desktop-har...[2371]=on&prod[2770]=on)

Look at the tests that reflect your usage and choose accordingly.

Monitor - I'd choose a 1920 x 1200 one since budget allows (your links not working btw):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Heat Sink - The 212 is a nice budget HS but with the Scythe 2100 getting all the kudos, I don't see why you'd try and save the $5 price advantage. Though, with your budget, I'd be getting the Megahalems. Read why:

http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_conten...

PSU...with no future SLI / Xfire involved, I'd get a 650 watter. Corsair TX or Antec EA-650. Get an 850 if ya think you'll add a 2nd card someday.

Drop the DDR200 CAS 9 (slow timings) and get the DDR3-1600 CAS 6 Redlines....outstanding price of you move fast
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SSD - I'd get the 120 GB Vertex 2 (faster and larger capacity for equivalent price increase)

MoBo / CPU Combo .... I personally prefer the Asus P6X58D-E
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
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a b 4 Gaming
June 9, 2010 5:36:18 PM

tecmo34 said:
Thanks for the info. I missed that review/award :( 


Haha, only reason I found out was cuz newegg ran out 6gb PI kits for a while so I was looking for alternatives :p 
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June 10, 2010 3:37:54 AM

Update !
- Changing my HDD to the Seagate 7200
- 850TX instead of the 750 (Future CrossfireX)
- I'm hesitating over the HS..Need help ! CM 212 Plus or Scythe 2100 ?
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June 10, 2010 6:28:59 AM

onethree said:
Update !

- I'm hesitating over the HS..Need help ! CM 212 Plus or Scythe 2100 ?


cm 212 plus cost soo much at newegg. buy it amazon. or scythe would be good also on newegg canada.
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June 10, 2010 6:47:19 AM

I would say re-think your build for a second. And ask, what will you be intending to do with it. If you plan to play games and if your a gaming enthousists then you might otta think about water cooling because air cooling hot parts blows that air into your room. Then a hot room.
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June 10, 2010 11:34:06 AM

deslicks said:
I would say re-think your build for a second. And ask, what will you be intending to do with it. If you plan to play games and if your a gaming enthousists then you might otta think about water cooling because air cooling hot parts blows that air into your room. Then a hot room.


onethree said:
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Surfing the Web, Movies


As written in my system usage, I do plan on playing a lot.

I don't have the budget to think about water cooling.
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a b 4 Gaming
June 10, 2010 1:41:59 PM

deslicks said:
I would say re-think your build for a second. And ask, what will you be intending to do with it. If you plan to play games and if your a gaming enthousists then you might otta think about water cooling because air cooling hot parts blows that air into your room. Then a hot room.



I hope you were either drunk or really stoned when you wrote that....

Water cooling does nothing to reduce the heat generated by the system. Radiators in water cooling vent the heat into the room, it's not like the liquid absorbs the heat into oblivion.

Water cooling may reduce the temperature INSIDE the case by transferring the heat into the liquid, but the heat itself is still being transferred to the room by the radiator.

Also, water cooling is worse than good air until you spend around $500 in parts.

Plenty of enthusiasts and extreme overclockers use air. Liquid is a hassle to setup, requires maintenance and doesn't net you much more of an OC than air.
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June 10, 2010 1:53:09 PM

banthracis said:
I hope you were either drunk or really stoned when you wrote that....

Water cooling does nothing to reduce the heat generated by the system. Radiators in water cooling vent the heat into the room, it's not like the liquid absorbs the heat into oblivion.

Water cooling may reduce the temperature INSIDE the case by transferring the heat into the liquid, but the heat itself is still being transferred to the room by the radiator.

Also, water cooling is worse than good air until you spend around $500 in parts.

Plenty of enthusiasts and extreme overclockers use air. Liquid is a hassle to setup, requires maintenance and doesn't net you much more of an OC than air.


+1^ well said
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