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July 11, 2010 8:27:01 PM

Purchase Date: Within the next couple weeks
Operating system: Windows 7 ultimate
Budget: 1500-2000
Usage: Gaming.
Site: Newegg, amazon, tiger direct
Parts reference: None
Overclocking: Yes I would like to
SLI/Crossfire: Yes
Monitor Resolution: I am gonna use my tv
Additional Comments: Really just trying to wrap this build up and get started on it as soon as possible


Casing:
Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution with NF200 3xPCIe true x16 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard
NF200 w/ 3x PCIex16@x16 for 3 Ways SLI and SAS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CPU:
Debating between the intel i5 655 or the i7 970 Ive heard the i5 is better for overclocking but I don't know what one would be best for my setup

RAM:
Still not sure on looking for 6 to 8 gig's of ram. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

GPU:
quantity 2
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


PSU:
CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-1000HX 1000W ATX12V 2.2 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


HDD:
Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1500HLFS 150GB 10000 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OPTICAL:
PLEXTOR Black 8X BD-ROM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal BD Combo Model PX-B320SA LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU COOLER:
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Additional Comments: I am still unsure regarding the ram and am also curious how people think this will all work together. Also not sure how much cables I need to buy and if I should buy an extra fan for the case for cooling considering the case only has 2 fans in it. Any help would be greatly appreciated. :D 

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 8:35:50 PM

First off a i5 will not work in a X58 mobo second you do not need a 1000W PSU i would get a SSD over the HDD and use a 2nd HDD for storage.
July 11, 2010 8:39:42 PM

Would I be better off switching out the mobo for an i5 compatible one or sticking with the i7? and the only reason I got a 1000w psu is because I used one of those online calculators to determine how much energy the computer would be putting out it said around 850 so I just figured the 1000 would suffice. Why would you get a ssd over the hdd just curious? Thanks for the input
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a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 8:50:24 PM

ATM a AMD system IMO would be the best way to go for a gaming rig. whats your TVs max rez ? it might be better to just go with a GTX 480 or HD 5970 over xfire or sli but if your TV is only 1920x1080 a HD 5870 or GTX 480 will be fine. A SSD will be 10X faster then a HDD it will helps with load times of the OS and maps in games you would is use a HDD for a storage driver .
July 11, 2010 8:58:56 PM

Ah I see ok I'm not too sure on my tv's max rez to be honest I would have to look into it it is a couple years old. I will look into the gtx 480 and the hd 5970. I mean I will probably use a monitor in the future but for the time being my tv is gonna have to suffice.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 9:17:17 PM

A good 850W unit will power your rig.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
I can name close to a dozen cpu coolers i would buy before the one you listed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...
Also the CM Hyper 212+ for $30.
i7 930 for 1366 and 6gb of ram.
i5 750 for 1156 and 4gb of ram.Asus P755DE-PRO mobo and CL-7 G.skills ripjaws
I would buy a ssd if your looking for speed and a Samsung Spinpoint F3 for data.
July 11, 2010 9:22:07 PM

OK sweet thanks for the info I will look into those. I'm pretty sure I am gonna go with the i7 then. And I think you guys have talked me into the ssd and I will look at the samsung for the hdd. Can anyone give me some ideas on ram? I like corsair but am open to others. To be honest I don't know a lot about ram brands.
July 11, 2010 9:31:49 PM

Also just curious how big of an ssd would you get. I don't want to overdo it if I am also gonna buy a hdd for storage. or do I even need an hdd for storage? Would just an ssd be enough or would I just install games on the ssd and operating system and everything else on hdd?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 10:04:35 PM

G.skills ram is the best for value and performance.
A 60GB ssd will do the job i would stick with Intel or OZC.
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 10:11:10 PM

maybe something like this





Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148433
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

$79.99

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

XFX HD-587X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5870 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814150476
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
$399.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$159.99
$129.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
Item #: N82E16820226121
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$199.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Noctua NH-U12P SE2 120mm SSO CPU Cooler
Item #: N82E16835608014
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151199
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$10.00 Instant $89.99
$79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


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
Protect Your Investment (expand for options)

-$30.00 Instant $249.99
$219.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131641
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
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-$34.99 Combo $529.98
$494.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...



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
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy
-$20.00 Instant
-$10.00 Combo $209.97
$179.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
Subtotal: $1,859.89
July 11, 2010 10:20:17 PM

niklas do you think my dual 5870 hd is overkill? I made some changes based on the info you guys gave me and got priced to about 2400 bucks lol but thats mainly because of the extra video card
July 11, 2010 10:32:00 PM

Also when all is said and done and I order all the stuff for my comp do I need to buy any extra cableing or does everything I need come with everything I order? I'm mainly talking about power cable cables to connect hard drive to motherboard those sort of things
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 11:36:43 PM

KMart03 said:
Also when all is said and done and I order all the stuff for my comp do I need to buy any extra cableing or does everything I need come with everything I order? I'm mainly talking about power cable cables to connect hard drive to motherboard those sort of things


You might need a icy dock for the SSD drive 20 bucks i think, also some thermal pate for the HSF other then that you should be good.

Now on the Xfire 2 HD 5870 IMO on a rez of 1920 x 1080 and ( We still dont know your TVs max rez ) a single HD 5870 will be enough GPU power to even run the most demanding game out at max settings.

You could get a GTX 480 that is 100 bucks more and a bit faster then the HD 5870 in some games

Your going to pay about 800 bucks for 2 HD 5780s you might as well get the HD 5970 at 700 bucks http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Then you wont have scaling problem in some games you might have with xfire, the HD 5970 is like 2 GPU on one card. also with 2 HD 5870 in xfire say you get 45 FPS in your best game, just because you have 2 HD 5870 dont mean you will see 90 FPS in that game.


read up on the reviews of GPUs http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/285845-33-geforce-rad...

gl :) 
a b B Homebuilt system
July 11, 2010 11:47:03 PM

I also like to add that with vsync on you wont see any more FPS in games then your monitors refresh rate, and that the eye can only see so much. Just think of FPS like thos books you flip the pages and the faster you flip the pages it makes the stick figures move. IMO a GPU that will do 60 FPS with max setting at your monitors rez is gold ( JUST DONT BASE ) it on one game like crysis, less thats your game.
July 12, 2010 3:19:00 AM

Well thats a good point maybe I'll just look into the 5970 then I guess if that every gets to slacking I can always add another video card at a later time since the mobo has slots for more and is crossfire capable. Even though I doubt that gpu will become obsolete anytime soon. I will look into the icy dock also to see if I need one. I think I'm gonna be spending about 2400 bucks on this build. Too much you think for a good decent computer?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 12, 2010 3:27:17 AM

Do i think its to much ? I think if its your hobbie and its what you like to do and if it dont get in the way of RL stuff like feeding the kids or paying pays and if you are ok with spending that much on yourself then by all means go for it.

people spend 2K on golf Irons then the poor guy has to go walk after his ball LOL :) 
July 12, 2010 3:28:50 AM

HAHAH good point I like that way of looking at it I figure this setup will last me a long while also. I'm gonna post the changes Ive made on the build to see what people think
July 12, 2010 3:57:10 AM

Alright here is the revised version. If anyone wants to check it out and let me know what they think I really appreciate it. Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to give me good positive feedback also! :) 


Antec P183 Black Aluminum / Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
149.99
- 20.00 Mail in rebate
129.00


ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
239.00


Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
289.00


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2000 (PC3 16000) Desktop Memory Model F3-16000CL9T-6GBRH
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
184.99


SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support ...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
699.99


Intel X25-M Mainstream SSDSA2MH080G2R5 2.5" 80GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
219.99


ICY DOCK MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5" to 3.5" SSD & SATA Hard Drive Converter - Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
19.99
-5.00 Mail in rebate
14.99


SAMSUNG EcoGreen F2 HD103SI 1TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
69.99


CORSAIR HX Series CMPSU-850HX 850W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
169.99
-10.00 Mail in rebate
159.99


Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Universal CPU Cooler 120mm Magnetic Fluid Dynamic LED Fan and Fan Controller/Heatsink Rev.1 with TX-3 & 1156 Brackets
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
62.99


Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
9.99


SAMSUNG Black Blu-ray Combo Drive - Bulk SATA Model SH-B083L/BSBP LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
79.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
139.99

Total
2336.88
2301.88 After Rebates
July 13, 2010 5:12:24 AM

Bump Just curious about my last post
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