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~$2,500 gaming rig

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July 2, 2010 9:04:32 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: next 2 weeks
BUDGET RANGE: I don't really have a set budget as long as it's under $3,000.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US

PARTS PREFERENCES: i7 930, 5970 (unless there is strong evidence that team green has a good solution without substantially more heat), 160GB SSD

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Want to be xfire ready but not doing it now

MONITOR RESOLUTION: depends on monitor suggestions

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

Do I need the arctic silver paste if I am not doing overclocking?

How does ASUS mobo stack up with Gigabyte?

Is HAF 922 large enough for 5970?

Please include monitor.

Thanks all in advance.

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July 2, 2010 9:20:34 PM

HAF 922 is plenty large enough for the 5970, and I about ASUS and Gigabyte. I usually rccomend ASUS, but they're both good brands.

Kingston SSDNow M Series SNM225-S2/160GB 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) $465
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card $700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 $290
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake W0319RU 850W ATX 12V 2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply GeForce GTX 470 Certified $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard $240
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD Burner - Bulk LightScribe Support - OEM $22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 8GB (4 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX8GX3M4A1600C9 $250
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SIIG JU-MR0012-S1 All-in-one USB 2.0 Bay Media Card Reader $15
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS VW224U Black 22" 2ms(GTG) Widescreen LCD Monitor w/ HDCP Support 300 cd/m2 1000:1 (ASCR 5000:1) Built in Speakers $170
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Sorry if I forgot anything. Your total comes out to be: $2372
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July 2, 2010 9:24:31 PM

And about the Arctic Silver Paste. You don't need it because the Processor comes with its own paste.
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July 2, 2010 9:27:22 PM

You could upgrade your processor to an i7 960 for an extra $280.
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July 2, 2010 9:30:00 PM

I am far from a fan of a 5970. It performs like the cheaper and cooler 5850 crossfire. It performs far worse than the few degrees hotter and similarly priced 470gtx sli. IMO it's really a bad buy. Also fermi can withstand far higher temps than ati so heat really isn't an issue.

I'd opt for a 480gtx, 470gtx sli or 5850 CF.

As for the screen I'd get a bigger one 24inch seems optimal

and you need tripple channel memory for a 930 so 6gb.

For the rest the above build looks good.
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July 2, 2010 9:36:37 PM

I'm an ATI fan myself, but I too don't think the 5970 is a good deal. I would rather get one of Nvidia's 470 or 480. For me though, all I need is my good ol' 5870.
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July 2, 2010 9:40:12 PM

Yeah 5870s are pretty cool but I think this rig demands for something with a little more power ;) 
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July 2, 2010 10:15:37 PM

Thanks a lot guys. I definitely want to get one level up from 5870 to position this rig for future gaming needs.

Guess I should switch to 480gtx then. Do I need any special cooling system for that or stock is fine (no OC).

Also, what do you guys think about the Intel 160GB SSD?

I will put a strawman list later tonight.

Thanks again.
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July 2, 2010 10:19:09 PM

Stock cooling is fine for stock clocks. The manufacturers would be in trouble if they weren't lol.

And the intel 16gb is like the 80 I suppose: good :D 
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July 2, 2010 11:04:05 PM

LOL good point. Thanks for all the inputs.
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July 3, 2010 2:33:20 AM

Guys - first cut of the list. Please let me know what you think. Do I need a HSF if I am not doing OC?

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LG DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model GH24LS50 LightScribe Support - OEM
$22.99

COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
$89.98

SAMSUNG XL2370-1 Charcoal Gray 23" 2ms Full HD HDMI LED Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design
$279.99

ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5 GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
$499.99

CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
$129.99

Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
$199.99

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
$299.99

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
$289.99

Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2M160G2XXX 2.5" 160GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
$404.9

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
$139.99
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July 3, 2010 10:05:17 AM

The stock fan is good enough for stock clocks again lol. But it is pretty loud so it that concerns you then you should maybe get an aftermarket cooler.

I'm not a fan of the case it's very good quality for the price but IMO it's darn ugly inside and outside.

Also I don't really like the mobo it's good quality. But IMO I would get the ga x58a-ud5(I own and love it). I've always prefered gigabyte. And if OCing isn't on your mind then a ga-x58a-ud3r will do fine aswell. And as for the psu 850w is cutting it close for sli. I'd get the 950tx or the modular and more efficient 1000hx.
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July 3, 2010 1:42:28 PM

I guess I have bad taste in cases lol because I think it looks sick. Anyway, if you're going to get an aftermarket fan get a CoolerMaster Hyper 212+ or a Coolermaster N520.
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July 3, 2010 7:58:23 PM

Thanks again. I am a little less concerned about the look of the case... imo i think it looks fine and build quality is good.

Re: mobo - I guess I do have a fetish with asus motherboards, have been using those since i am 12 years old...

What's the difference between the 950TX and 1000HX (besides the obvious delta in watts)

Also, does it matter if the ram isn't on the ram list provided by the motherboard?
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July 3, 2010 8:25:34 PM

If you do decide to overclock in the future there si this new nanogrease thermal paste on the market. Its meant to have better conducting capacity and thereofree may prolong a components lifespan. Just something to think about.
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July 3, 2010 8:33:59 PM

skcorpio said:
Thanks again. I am a little less concerned about the look of the case... imo i think it looks fine and build quality is good.

Re: mobo - I guess I do have a fetish with asus motherboards, have been using those since i am 12 years old...

What's the difference between the 950TX and 1000HX (besides the obvious delta in watts)

Also, does it matter if the ram isn't on the ram list provided by the motherboard?


The hx series are simply hiigher end. Some of their advantages over the tx series are: modular, more efficient and longer warrenty.
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