Gaming (multimedia, photo editing) build ($800 - $1600)

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Next couple of weeks, willing to wait if new hardware is being released in the next month.
BUDGET RANGE: ($800-$1600) I'm pretty flexible depending on what kind of a difference in performance the money will make.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, surfing, multimedia, and some possible photo editing.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard, mouse, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I prefer Newegg, but any US site with a decent reputation and a better deal will do.

PARTS PREFERENCES: Don't really care... last time I really researched a build, AMD and Nvidia were way ahead of the curve in performance for price. Don't have a great idea of what the current situation is.

OVERCLOCKING: Sure, if the price vs. performance warrants it (Not afraid of it, have OC'd before).
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Again, dependent on price vs. performance.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920 x 1080 (I'm running two monitors @ this resolution, but it isn't essential to have both running during high performance games, etc.)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My builds rarely get upgraded... I just sell 'em and build a new rig. That being said, I usually go somewhere around 3 years between builds. So, I'm looking for that sweet spot where I'm not spending a ridiculous sum for a marginal increase in performance, but not scrimping to where my system will be pretty inadequate in 2 - 2.5 years.

Case: ($140) COOLER MASTER HAF 932 RC-932-KKN1-GP Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case
I've seen this one suggested several times here.

PSU: ($110) CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
I could use some help with this one, just grabbed one off of the recommended builds list.

HDD: ($75) Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS 640GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s
Would I get much of a boost in performance by RAID 0'ing two of these together?

I need the most help with the *CPU - motherboard - video card* trio.

I've seen the i7 920 or 930 thrown around as a good high-performance chip, but don't know if it's overkill for what I want, or if one of the AMB Phenom II Black Editions would work out better.

Pretty dependent on the chip. Wishlist: USB 3.0, easy OC'ing if the chip is capable

I've heard G. Skill recommended, I'm thinking maybe 6GB (because of the photo editing possibility).

Video Card:
Again... kinda huh? at the moment. I'm willing to sacrifice some performance while surfing + hulu for the dual monitors (Don't want my video card choice to totally revolve around a dual monitor setup).
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  1. Case HAF 922 is enough. No need for 932.

    PSU is good choice.

    HD Swap to Spinpoint F3 1TB $75 on newegg atm. Better value and performance.

    CPU- I7-930 if you want to use more than 2 gpu's or are doing heavy workstation tasks. If it's mostly gaming really, then i5-750, or phenom ii x4 if you wanna save some money, but lose some non gaming performance.

    GPU- Single 1920x1080 at least a 5850. Dual, I'd say go 5970.

    RAM - G Skill Eco 1600 Cas 7 4gb kit if you go AMD/i5. G SKill Pi DDR3 1600 cas 7 6gb kit if you go i7-930.

    Here's a low end of your budget build from an earlier thread

    F3 500gb $55

    GA 790 UD4 $140 w/ $15 MIR

    Antec 300 Illusion and Lite on $74

    Phenom ii x4 955 and 5850 $425

    Ripjaw 1600 cas 7 and Corsair 850TX $210 w/ $10 MIR

    Total: $904 before $25 MIR

    High end would be

    i7-930 $280
    GA x58 UD3R $210
    G SKill PI 6gb $170
    Spinpoint F3 500gb $55
    HAF 922 $90
    Optical $20
    Corsair 850TX $130
    5970 $700

    ~$1600 with combo's.

    If you're less concerned with dual monitor gaming then, swap 5970 for a 5870 $290, and grab an Intel X25-M 80gb SSD, $215. Can also then drop PSU down to a Corsair 750TX $110
  2. Thank you for the help! I've taken your recommendations, and have been agonizing over my choices today... :D

    Here's what I've come up with so far:

    COOLER MASTER HAF 922 RC-922M-KKN1-GP Black Steel + Plastic and Mesh Bezel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Item #: N82E16811119197
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$20.00 Instant


    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #: N82E16822152185
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    CORSAIR CMPSU-850TX 850W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
    Item #: N82E16817139009
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card


    G.SKILL PI Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7T-6GBPI
    Item #: N82E16820231335
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy


    GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813128423
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy


    Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
    Item #: N82E16819115225
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy


    Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    Item #: N82E16820167023
    Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant


    Creative Labs GH0100 Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset
    Item #: N82E16826158087
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    -$30.00 Instant

    Subtotal: $1,314.91

    I've still yet to select a GPU. I've been looking at charts all day and can't seem to decide. What GPU would you pair with this build in order to take advantage of the power it has to offer? Also, the RAM I've selected is the cheapest of 3 nearly identical sets. The other's seem to have better timings... how much of an issue is that likely to be here?

    Thanks, so much for the help... I hadn't realized how much things had changed since I've last built a system! :o

    Also, I realize I'm likely to go over my budget here when I settle on a GPU, so... eh, that's OK.
  3. $130 on a headset? You do know you're paying over 2x the actual price of the headset just for the WOW logo right?

    Don't need the 850tx unless you want to xfire 5970's, or trifire 5870s.

    If it's just for WOW, you could run both monitors on a 5870.
  4. Yea... WoW, Starcraft2, Supreme Commander, and your other occasional RTS and FPS.... Photoshop, etc.

    Haha, I know the headset is kinda gimmicky, but when you factor in the wireless, it's not too far off of the other wireless headsets that Newegg lists. Not opposed to another model, just really don't know another cushier wireless headset to settle on

    I've been looking at a 5870 versus an OC'd 470. This discussion did nothing but muddy the waters. :heink:
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