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Suggestions on a new build (1450-1600$)

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July 5, 2010 12:08:16 AM

Purchase Date: End of July
Purpose:Gaming
Parts already owned: OS, Keyboard, Mouse
Over clocking: Yes
Price Range:1450-1600$ Taxs not included
Parts for build (to buy) COOLER MASTER GeminII S http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
LG Black SATA DVD Burner http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Hanns·G HH-231HPB Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200rpm http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
OCZ StealthXStream 700W power supply http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
2x MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

After long hours I've gone over several builds and this was my final product. The questions I have are:

Is this build future proof... and for how long will I be able to run games at a solid level of graphics?
The ram.... I don't know if this ram is generally well fitting for my build, comments and other suggestions are appreciated?
Intel 930 or 875k? I picked 930 for the x58 platform and im wondering if that was a good move?
Is the case a good buy and will the CPU cooler fit well?
Will my CPU cooler be able to handle an over clocked Intel 930 or 875k?

Any other suggestions are appreciated.... i'm also aware i cheaped out on hard drive capacity but I can always but a new one later and the speed is decent.

July 7, 2010 10:09:36 PM

dylan3039 said:
Purchase Date: End of July
Purpose:Gaming
Parts already owned: OS, Keyboard, Mouse
Over clocking: Yes
Price Range:1450-1600$ Taxs not included
Parts for build (to buy) COOLER MASTER GeminII S http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...
LG Black SATA DVD Burner http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Hanns·G HH-231HPB Black 23" 5ms HDMI Widescreen Full HD LCD Monitor http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Seagate Barracuda 320GB 7200rpm http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
OCZ StealthXStream 700W power supply http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
2x MSI R5770 Hawk Radeon HD 5770 http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
G.SKILL 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
ASUS P6T SE LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
Rosewill CRUISER Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

After long hours I've gone over several builds and this was my final product. The questions I have are:

Is this build future proof... and for how long will I be able to run games at a solid level of graphics?
The ram.... I don't know if this ram is generally well fitting for my build, comments and other suggestions are appreciated?
Intel 930 or 875k? I picked 930 for the x58 platform and im wondering if that was a good move?
Is the case a good buy and will the CPU cooler fit well?
Will my CPU cooler be able to handle an over clocked Intel 930 or 875k?

Any other suggestions are appreciated.... i'm also aware i cheaped out on hard drive capacity but I can always but a new one later and the speed is decent.

dude that will be my dream rig and it is future proof.i dont know about the cpu cooler but it is certainly a very good configuration
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July 7, 2010 10:36:05 PM

Your links are just taking me to the front page of newegg.ca.

A quick glance at the Rosewill case makes me think it's too tight for longer video cards. The 5770s might fit, but what if you get a longer card down the line?
This CM 690 II might be a better choice: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

The cooler is not one I would have chosen. Those top-down designs are for shallower cases. This is the more popular one:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1683...

You could spend less and get more going a different route.

Use a P55 board with true xfire, but get a single 5850.
An i5 750 would be enough for now, but I can see getting an 875 for the future.
Get 4GB of RAM instead of 6GB
Get a better PSU... perhaps an Antec TP-750 or such.
See if you don't save enough to get a monitor with a better response time... an LG or Samsung... but if not then that's a decent budget choice I suppose.

I would have thrown up a list but newegg.ca is just a bit slow for me right now.
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July 8, 2010 7:24:19 PM

Hey, looks like a nice build - but I'd definitely swap out that CPU cooler, and probably that case and hard drive as well. Lots of nicer stuff out there for cheaper. Scythe Mugen is my favorite cooler, and the Antec 300 is a case I use for builds all the time. Anyway, here's my recommendation for your build. I'm assuming you're from Canada, so I used NCIX, added these items to the cart, and pricematched them from these websites. Total came to 1455.34 including shipping (not including tax). There's $45 of rebates that can come off that total as well if you do them...

i7 875k ->
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

MSI P55-GD55 motherboard ->
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=49452

G.Skill Ripjaws 1600mhz 4gb kit ->
http://www.memoryhouse.com/products/4828/G_SKILL/F3_128...

Corsair 650w PSU ->
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=26414&promoi...

Samsung 24x DVD Burner ->
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=45667&promoi...

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB Hard Drive ->
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=37232&promoi...

OCZ Onyx 32gb SSD ->
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=51614&promoi...

Antec Dark Fleet DF-30 Case ->
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10370AC5914&v...

Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B Heatsink ->
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=14110AC6165&v...

2x XFX Radeon 5770 1gb Video Cards ->
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15180BD2804&v...

LG 2343T-PF 23" 1080p LCD ->
http://www1.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?item_i...


Anyway, there's my 2 cents. I use that LG 23" monitor and the 875k in my gaming computer right now. I went with SLI GTX 275s in mine, NZXT Tempest EVO case, different model of SSD and hard drive - but I had a similar budget / questions when I was building mine. The 875k vs 930 debate goes back and forth, however I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I've hit 4.2ghz on air just fooling around, but keep it at 3.6 + 3.8 turbo for daily use.
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