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Advice - New Gaming Build 1500$

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July 8, 2010 9:28:26 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week.

BUDGET RANGE: 1500$+-

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Heavy Gaming. Some MATLAB, MAPLE, MATHEMATICA, SOLIDWORKS.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU, Gigabyte Mother board, Kingston Memory. I will use an 27" LCD Samsung P2770HD.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes (in the near future), CPU, M-Board, G.Card. SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes (in the near future (2 HD8570))

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: A quiet build is always a plus. I would like to eventually add a second graphics card (another HD5870). Most importantly I am looking for something that is reliable and will be able to run all new games without a prooblem (Crysis, Bioshock 2, Dead Space, Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, Fallout 3, Far Cry 2). It is really important to me that the PSU and the Case will be good enough to handle a Cross Fire and OverClock without any temperature or reliability problems. Also, I'm thinking about adding a SSD flash drive in the future.

Other Points:
- Is the PSU delivers enough power? (850W), is it too much?
- Is the case big enough for cross fire (or the card itself), is the case good enough in terms of temprature and overclock?
- Do I need more fans? or other cooling solution?
- Can I save anywhere and give up on something or to choose lower price component?
- Do I need the 1600MHz memory speed?


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CPU
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
289.99$

Heatsink
Scythe Mugen 2 Rev. B: Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
34.99$

M-Board:
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
209.99$

Case:
Antec Nine Hundred Two Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
109.95$

PSU:
SeaSonic S12D 850 Silver 850W ATX12V V2.3/EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
119.99$

Graphic Card
SAPPHIRE Vapor-X 100281VX-2SR Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
429.99$

Memory
Kingston HyperX 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model KHX1333C7D3K3/6GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
199.99$

Hard Disk
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
94.99$

Optical Drive
Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
24.99$

It all comes out around 1515$

Thanks in advance.
July 8, 2010 10:07:00 PM

- Yes an 850W PSU will probably be right if you're wanting to OC CPU AND GPU.
- Yes the Antec 902 is a good case, will be able to fit two 5870s and give them good airflow.
- The case will come with enough fans. And the Scythe Mugen 2 is a very good cooler, better than the often recommended Hyper 212 Plus and atm I think it is cheaper on newegg. If you were prepared to spend about $70 you could get one of the best aircoolers for a CPU. Have a look at the Prolimatech Megahalems.
- The WD FEAX probably is the fastest terabyte drive available today, but I doubt it is fast enough to justify the extra cost over a Samsung Spinpoint F3 or Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB drive. Which would be a ~$20-30 saving which might pay for you to get the Prolimatech.
- I believe that 1600mhz memory would be handy when OCing the CPU.
July 8, 2010 10:48:56 PM

You have chosen good components. Cas7 1333 RAM will likely be as good as CAS9 1600, if that was the choice. If you can get CAS7 1600 for around the same price, that would even be better.

Im glad to see the mugen2 back in stock at newegg. It was missing for a long time.
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