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I have $2200 saved and want to build a gamming rig

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July 1, 2010 8:58:19 AM

i was thinking of buildining a gamming rig and so i used ncix pc builder this is what i came up with

$319-Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box
$89-Coolit Systems Eco CPU Water Cooling System AUTO-REGULATED & Maintenance Free LGA1366/1156/775/AM3
$367-ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution X58 ATX LGA1366 DDR3 6PCI-E16 CrossFire SLI SAS Sound GBLAN Motherboard
$236-OCZ Platinum OCZ3P1600LV6GK 6GB DDR3 3X2GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800 CL 7-7-7-24 Triple Channel Memory Kit
$418-Radeon HD 5870 850MHZ 1GB GDDR5 4.8GHZ PCI-E 2XDVI HDMI Display Port
$189-Antec Twelve Hundred 1200 Full Tower Gamer Case ATX 12 Drive Bay No PS Top USB2.0 1394 Audio eSATA
$153-Antec Truepower New 750W Modular Power Supply ATX Active PFC 80 Plus SLI Ready Blue 120MM PWM Fan
$118-Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT DVD OEM
$70-Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 7200RPM 32MB Dual Proc 3.5IN SATA Hard Drive OEM 5YR Mfg Warranty
$29-LG GH22NS50 Black 22X SATA DVD Writer OEM

comes to a $2044 total
any better ideas for builds or ideas i just discovered this site and while looking at posts noticed many people dislike ocz ram so i have no idea what ram i should get, this was just in my price range looking ram $2-300 but any advice would be awesome
July 1, 2010 9:13:02 AM

also i live in canada so all prices in canadian$
July 1, 2010 9:29:53 AM

Seeing as you're under budget you could get an intel x25m and a samsung f3 for storage and improve overall system speed by a huge amount.

I'd get a different mobo and ram though.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

cheap and very very fast

a similarly priced mobo which is I think much more suited for your needs

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

OR

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... also very good
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July 1, 2010 2:28:16 PM

First, dump the crappy water cooler. Either do water right< or get a good air cooler. I'd go air. Second, I'd drop a few things down. Get cheaper memory and motherboard. I haven't checked 007s suggestions but they are probably good. I would think with some careful buying you should be able to get this down to $1500.

Once there you should spend the other 700 on 3 monitors for Eyefinity. When I'm home I'll see about providing links.
July 1, 2010 4:43:38 PM

It's actually not a crappy watercooling system it performs reasonably(not as good as some air coolers though as you've mentioned) but If you want to save space and don't care about speding a bit more it's not a bad way to go. If it were me I'd choose for performance though and as 4745454b said go for a high end air-cooler.
July 1, 2010 4:44:22 PM

Also what monitors do you currently have?
July 1, 2010 5:05:29 PM

Check out newegg.ca. You can really save some money here. The i7 930 is $305CA. Thats $15. If you get that Gigabyte board 007 linked thats $299, another $68 saved. Get that ram, $186 to you and another $50 saved. Here is a deal on the Antec 900 with the Earthwatts 650W for $174 shipped. Thats another $168 saved. If you look around for deals and change the parts slightly I'm sure you can save some more money.

So adding up the savings you should have (doing this in my head after being up for to long so go easy on errors please.) saved around $300. You have ~$200 more to spend so you have ~$500 for monitors. You can get two of these for $360 shipped.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

That unfortunately only leaves you with $140 for a DP monitor. (why doesn't newegg let you search for those???) If you keep looking for ways to save money and/or stretch the budget you might be able to do it. Good luck.
July 1, 2010 5:27:40 PM

Actually I would wait with the multiple screens as a single 5870 is relatively underpowered for 3 screens. I would get 470gtx sli(cheaper and better performing than 5870CF) and save up some money with which you can then buy more screens maybe even 120hz ones for 3d surround
July 1, 2010 8:54:44 PM

as of now i dont have any monitors i was going to wait till a bit later, i was also thinking to go sli with two graphics cards later, i was leaving it open so i could upgrade it as i go, i dont know very much about computers yet so thanks for the ideas, so the gigabyte 007 board is that a better board i know i was also looking at the rampage 3 board but on ncix it was $100 more?? the gtx 470 when i was researching it the hd 5870 had better reviews from alot of people
July 1, 2010 8:58:23 PM

also is newegg a trusted site?
July 1, 2010 8:59:49 PM

and if im going sli will the power supply be goof enough at 750w
July 1, 2010 9:09:02 PM

Newegg is a very very popular wbsite I doubt you'll have problems with it. And btw 370 for a RIIIE is the normal price I don't know why NCIX prices it so high.

And the 5870 is a slightly better buy than the 470. BUUTT the 470 has far better sli scaling once you sli it will perform on par with if not better than 5870 Crossfire.

And the 470's are cheaper and support 3d surround and well I think 3d surround speaks for itself :p .

An 750watt wil handle 470 sli but that is psushing it. I'd get an 850 watt for sli and a 950 if you might want to go 3-way. this one is very good

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
July 2, 2010 1:11:18 AM

newegg prices are very good, been surfing some of there stuff and the build will be much cheaper if i go through them im tryin to keep it similar to the above but they have alot of good stuff, the ssd are not cheap are they worth the price for the advantages, and which 470 is the best there is like so many brands i dont no much about it, and still confused on the ram situation the i7 930 can only use ddr3 1066, is it worth while to get ddr3 1600 is there a big differance in performance?and what is a good high end air-cooler for cpu
July 2, 2010 1:45:34 AM

4745454b said:
First, dump the crappy water cooler. Either do water right< or get a good air cooler. I'd go air. Second, I'd drop a few things down. Get cheaper memory and motherboard. I haven't checked 007s suggestions but they are probably good. I would think with some careful buying you should be able to get this down to $1500.

Once there you should spend the other 700 on 3 monitors for Eyefinity. When I'm home I'll see about providing links.



i talked to my dad and he said that he would help me build a water cooling system , do you know of any good sites that show best way to do it, i just started a plumbing partnership so building it wont be a problem just designing it
July 2, 2010 7:30:45 AM

Sorry, I don't do water cooling. Adding the risk of water is a bad idea for a non overclocker like myself. Water cooling is for those who need total silence, or those who need big overclocks. Again, a good air cooler will probably do just as well, more so if your just running stock.
July 2, 2010 9:05:22 AM

4745454b is right water cooling is used for overclocking and will cost you 400-500 dollars. If you like overclocking then It will be very helpful if not it's just something to boast with.

There used to be threads on toms guiding you through it all but I forgot where.
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