Need ideas

I need the sickest system for $2000 and under what would you do. All i know is i would want a gtx 470 or better a i7 930 a ssd and an evga x58 mobo.
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  1. CPU - i7-930 - $289.99 [...] 6819115225

    MOBO - GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R - $209.99 [...] 6813128423
    one of the best 1366 mobos, gives very high overclocks, and is one of the cheaper 1366 boards - alot better than EVGA atm

    CASE - HAF 922 - $89.98 [...] 6811119197

    HDD - Samsung F3 1TB - $69.99 [...] 6822152185
    Currently the best drives on the market

    SSD - OCZ Vertex 2 120GB - $354.00 [...] 6820227551
    Essential for a build of this amount, you will really really notice the speed boost. Use it to load the OS and main programs, keep all the rest of the data on the hdds. Obviously you can get bigger drives, but the price really goes up. OCZ atm imo make the best drives [...] -review/11

    RAM - OCZ Gold 6GB (3 x 2GB) DDR3 1600 - $169.99 [...] 6820227365
    Triple channel ram gets the best out of i7 systems,

    GPU - XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 - $389.99 [...] 6814150490
    The best gpu on the market, rips through all the games, better than a 470, uses les power, runs cooler etc, atm ati has the upper hand

    CPU COOLER - Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B - $62.00 [...] 6835242001
    Pretty much still the best air cooler on the market, pricey, but performs great, dont forget to add these 2 fans

    FANS - Scythe SY1225SL12SH 120mm "Slipstream" - $8.99 [...] 6835185060

    OPTICAL - Sony DVD burner - $20.99 [...] 6827118039

    PSU - XFX Black Edition XPS-850W - $149.99 [...] 6817207001
    Really good PSUs, same internal as corsair units (as they are all maufactured by seasonic), 850W will be enough if you want to heavily overclock your CPU and crossfire 5870s if you wish

  2. I blew ya budget by $21 .... wuda easily made it but newegg dropped a lot of their "combo deals".
    Goal here was to provide for a system capable of a 4.0 - 4.2 GHz Overclock w/ little effort.

    $150 Antec 1200
    $120 Antec CP-850

    newegg usually has a combo on the two above for $220 - $240

    Alternate ($60 more) would be:

    $ 140 HAF 932
    $ 190 HX850

    $ 240 ASUS P6X58D-E MoBo (know you wanted EVGA but this is a great MoBo)

    $ 290 i7-930

    $190 Mushkin DDR3-1600 CAS 6

    $80 Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB
    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):


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

    $101 Prolimatech Megahalems w/ twin PWM fans and IC Diamond TIM w/ PWM Cable splitter.

    $700 2 x ASUS ENGTX470/2DI/1280MD5
    Here's why

    $25 Any DVD Writer

    $225 SSD - Intel X25M

    Total $2021
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    The F3 is the best drive on the market? :lol:

    Best at what? It certainly does NOT have the best warranty. If a company has confidence in their product, they should back it up with a industry leading warranty. They don't.

    The build looks decent but with the Corsair 950w at $140, I certainly can't recommend the XFX 850w for $150 and I will never recommend OCZ ram.

    Loads of reviews praise the XFX power supplies, they are rebranded seasonic units, who manufacture corsair units too, i can think of many worse PSUs on the market

    Samsung drives are the best in terms of performance, which is easily measurable, reliability is harder to measure
    Review here -

    I've never had a problem with OCZ ram, i've used it 3 times, and all the machines have been running strong for ages. Reliability is again hard to gauge, but ultimately its down to personal preference
  4. The only thing I can conclude from those charts is that the f3 gets a serious ass kicking from the 2tb black.
  5. let me clarify since I will probably be flamed. The 2tb black is far more responsive than the f3. Which means it will do small tasks faster whereas the f3 will do large tasks faster. I myself prefer having a more responsive system than one that copies a bit faster. Therefor I went with the black.
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