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June 12, 2010 10:12:24 PM

Hello I am new to this forum but have been lurking about seems like you guys are pretty in the know when it comes to building a PC. I have not had the opportunity to build a computer in about 5 years so I know virtually nothing.

My budget is 3,500 dollars. I am looking to use exactly that amount, I have been given the money to build the computer anything of that budget that is NOT used will be returned, so if possible I would love to keep it close to that exact amount.

A little about what I use the computer for, MMORPGS, FPS, school (basic school work word ect ect) I do not need the office package I can download it for free from my school. I can't really give you exact games I play them all so I would love if it could run anything (at this time of course). I have no preference between AMD and INTEL I have heard intel is a bit better at this time *shrugs* that is just what I have heard. I am not really interested in overclocking with that budget I really should not need to. I would like to have an overabundance of storage seems I always fall short some how. I have always used Nvidia but am open to suggestions. I would prefer to spend all of the money on the computer itself, I am sure it is possible but if not plausible or possible I am sure the monitor could be upgraded.



APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon as tommorow or tonight depending upon when I get my parts lined out

BUDGET RANGE: $3,500

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming of all types and lots of them, School work, minor video editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speaker

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg

PARTS PREFERENCES: None

OVERCLOCKING: Its possible in the future but for now with that budget I shouldn't have to

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't know


This is what I have so far

CASE: LIAN LI PC-X900B Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $399

or

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 $209

CPU:Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor $999

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W $169

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) $899

DRIVE: Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $364

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB 69.99

DVD: cheap dvd burner 22.99

HEATSINK: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler 70.00 Plus 2 5k rpm 120mm fans 60.00

Artic silver 9.00

GPU: HIS H597F2GDG Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Dual GPU Onboard CrossFire Video Card w/ Eyefinity 700.00



As I said I know nothing these days this is just kind of a thrown together list. I will accept any changes to this list just try to hit 3,500, I believe without the lian li case this is about 3,600 that is pretty close but then again I am sure this build need some expert advice

Thanks, Kemp427

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June 12, 2010 10:33:54 PM

Those parts all seem sufficient and great to be used. I would suggest adding a pretty good cpu cooler, such as Corsair Cpu water cooler, to keep the temps down.

And to me everything else looks great.
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June 12, 2010 10:36:03 PM

You might aswel sling a bluray burner in there for good measure, and bump up the size of the ssd if you can, it will let you put more apps and games on it
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June 13, 2010 12:03:57 AM

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GTX 480 SLI is a must with that budget.

Crossfire 5870 beats a 5970, and generates less heat, uses less power, than 480 sli but provides less performance.
Up to you what you choose, but if you sli 480, be sure to bump the psu to around 1000w

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June 13, 2010 1:42:28 AM

This is what I have so far



CASE: COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $89

MOBO: GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 $209

CPU:Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz 6 x 256KB L2 Cache 12MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor $999

PSU: CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W $229

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) $899

DRIVE: Corsair Nova Series CSSD-V128GB2-BRKT 2.5" 128GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $364

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB 69.99

DVD/Blu-Ray: Pioneer Black $199

HEATSINK: Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU Cooler 70.00 Plus 2 5k rpm 120mm fans 60.00


Artic silver 9.00

GPU: MSI N480GTX-M2D15-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) $959

OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full $284

This places me a bit over budget at $4,400 give or take. I will accept $4,000 would decreasing my RAM to would using the $ 499 G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model F3-8500CL7Q-16GBRL over the $900 dollar memory I have currently change the performance of this system dramatically?

Thanks again

P.S. Not really certain between the differences in Windows 7?
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June 13, 2010 8:03:20 AM

decreasing the ram to 12gb will not be noticeable, 12gb is still a huge amount!
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June 13, 2010 10:54:01 AM

For your a single monitor at 1080p you don't really need dual gtx 480's or even a 5970. I would drop the budget for the PC a bit and get a monitor with a higher resolution or get two more monitors and use eyefinity. You won't need 24gb or even 12gb for your purposes as 6gb will suffice. Also get the oem version of windows as it is never worth it to buy a retail version of windows. Then use that money to get some nice monitors. If that is not possible then the current configuration is great and will not need upgrading for a long time.
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June 13, 2010 11:22:21 AM

Yea, 24gb is just.... Overkill, even 12GB is way too much :p 

So look for 6-12GB of quality RAM and buy a second Samsung F3 1TB (you said you needed some storage, 1TB isn't that much these days :p )

I would opt for 2xHD 5870. 750W quality PSU should suffice.
Or maybe look for triple 5870's?

Anyway, all of the above is plenty of power for 1 poor little monitor.
So maybe look for 3 monitors instead of 1.
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June 13, 2010 11:23:50 AM

That mobo for a 980x is kind of pathetic. Go with an ud7 or RIIIE.

6gb will definately suffice.

5k rpm fans are a joke it's only a good choice if the computer is another room like for a server. 2K is the max.

The differences between oem and retail is simply that oem can only be installed on one motherboard.

I would personally downgrade to a 930 as it's a far better deal and you won't really notice a difference.

That case is pretty pathetic IMO for a build like this. How about this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... it even comes with a free hard drive

OR

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

OR

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

That should save you quite a bit so with the rest I'd go 3d vision surround

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X2 which gives you 2 free 8gb flash drives

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X3

or cheaper

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... X3

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