First build in 10+ years ~$2400 Multiuse/Gaming/Research

Hey guys so it's been about 10 years since I built myself a system in high school. I've bought only laptops for a while, so I'm a bit rusty when it comes to hardware selection. Following the template...


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: now
BUDGET RANGE: ~$2500 Edit: slightly underestimated the cost on thread title

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Research (I do medial imaging research, mostly MRI stuff, which requires my computer cranking a lot of high resolution images through algorithms), plus everyday use

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Amazon.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel CPU, ASUS motherboard

OVERCLOCKING: No

Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: I don't know what this is! :sweat:

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:
1) Not quite sure about the heatsink
2) Is a 750W power supply enough? Too much?


MOTHERBOARD: ASUS P6X58D Premium - LGA 1366 - X58 - DDR3 - USB 3.0 SATA 6 Gb/s - ATX Motherboard, $299.99
http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-P6X58D-Premium-1366-Motherboard/dp/B002WSHXQ2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1279339385&sr=8-1

CPU: Intel Core i7 860 Processor 2.80 GHz 8 MB LGA1156 CPU I7-860BOX, 289.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0038JE9MU/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

HEATSINK: Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus 775/1156/1366/AMD/AM2/AM3 Universal Direct Contact Heat-Pipe 120mm Fan CPU Cooler, $34.99
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RR-B10-212P-G1-Universal-Heat-Pipe/dp/B002G1YPH0/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1279339730&sr=1-1-fkmr0

RAM: Corsair HX3X12G1600C9 XMS3 12 GB PC3-12800 1600Mhz 240-pin Triple Channel Core i7 DDR3 Memory Kit, $329.99
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001VNLDN8/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

SSD: Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive (SSD) Retail Package SSDSA2MH080G2R5, $219.99
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Mainstream-Solid-State-Package-SSDSA2MH080G2R5/dp/B002IJA1EG/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1279340194&sr=1-1

HDD: Western Digital 1 TB Caviar Green SATA Intellipower 64 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD10EARS, $69.79
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002U1N95K/sr=1-1/qid=1279340383/ref=noref?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1279340383&sr=1-1

Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX470 1280 MB DDR5 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card 012-P3-1470-AR, $349.99
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-PCI-Express-Graphics-012-P3-1470-AR/dp/B003EEMFTI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AKJJGJ0JKT8F1&s=electronics&qid=1279340786&sr=1-1

Sound Card: Creative Labs SB0880 PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound Card, $93.84
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E25KDK/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

DVD RW: ASUS Internal 24x DVD Rewritable SATA Optical Drive DRW-24B1ST, $28.78
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00358WZMA/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Case: Cooler Master RC-922M-KKN1-GP HAF 922M ATX Mid Tower Case (Black), $89.99
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-RC-922M-KKN1-GP-Tower-Black/dp/B0026FCI2U/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1279338904&sr=1-1

Power Supply: Corsair CMPSU-750TX 750-Watt TX Series 80 Plus, $109.99
http://www.amazon.com/Corsair-CMPSU-750TX-750-Watt-Certified-compatible/dp/B000X2677A/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c

Monitor: Dell UltraSharp U2410 - LCD display - TFT - 24" - widescreen - 1920 x 1200, $599.00
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&oc=U2410

Total Cost = $2516.33

Any and all suggestions are very welcome!
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  1. looks good

    your CPU is the one I listed below I7 930

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    I'm not sure how important your sound card is to you ditch it and buy

    5870

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490

    if you are partial to Nvidia then by all means keep that card looks good to me

    for the money you are spending buy a nicer case just my opinion
  2. spentshells said:
    looks good

    your CPU is the one I listed below I7 930

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225

    I'm not sure how important your sound card is to you ditch it and buy

    5870

    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150490

    if you are partial to Nvidia then by all means keep that card looks good to me

    for the money you are spending buy a nicer case just my opinion


    Thanks for the reply.

    The i7 930 and ATI 5870 are both out of the performance-vs-price spot I want to be in.

    I agree about the case. I'd hate to order this think and have the case looking cheap and plasticy. I guess I'll have to go to a store or something and see them in person.
  3. maybe he didnt explain, the reason he said i7 930 is because the i7 860 is an 1156 socket chip and your motherboard is a 1366 socket

    so if you want to keep the 860 then change the motherboard to a P7P55D-E or change cpu to i7 930
  4. Couple of questions:

    Any particular reason for the 5400 rpm drive? Seems strange to shell out for a SSD and pair it with a slow storage drive.

    You live near a Microcenter? B&M stores have the i7 930 at $199.


    Couple of answers:

    750 watts will be fine. That is a nice PSU

    The heatsink is a very good one for the money.


    Very nice choice on the monitor BTW.
  5. dan4patriots said:
    maybe he didnt explain, the reason he said i7 930 is because the i7 860 is an 1156 socket chip and your motherboard is a 1366 socket

    so if you want to keep the 860 then change the motherboard to a P7P55D-E or change cpu to i7 930


    no actualy click on his link LOL it is a 930 :D
  6. RandomText said:
    Couple of questions:

    Any particular reason for the 5400 rpm drive? Seems strange to shell out for a SSD and pair it with a slow storage drive.

    You live near a Microcenter? B&M stores have the i7 930 at $199.




    I linked the wrong drive I think. I'm going for a 7200rpm drive.

    Yes, I do live year a microcenter - you're right about the price! Thanks.
  7. spentshells said:
    no actualy click on his link LOL it is a 930 :D


    I'm so confused.... good thing I'm getting this thing checked out first.

    I thought the 930 was a different CPU for a sec. Guess not.
  8. Richinthedark said:
    I'm so confused.... good thing I'm getting this thing checked out first.

    I thought the 930 was a different CPU for a sec. Guess not.



    yeah you wrote 860 but linked the 930

    and if you live near micro center go there save a bunch on your CPU...(from what ive heard/seen)
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