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New Build - Suggestions? $2,000 range

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July 19, 2010 2:04:53 AM

Hi guys,

Well probably within a couple weeks I am going to be ordering my parts for my computer rig.

I believe I am going to go with:

Processor: Intel Core i7-960 Bloomfield 3.2GHz http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115224
Motherboard: EVGA E760 CLASSIFIED http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188048
Memory: G Skill DDR3 1600 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231335
Hard Drive: Samsung 1TB 7200RPM SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
DVD Burner: ASUS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master V8 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103055
Power Supply: Corsair 750W http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139006
Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119160
Video Card: eVega GTX 480 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130551


I am going to be using this computer for mainly:
video gaming, music, burning dvd's, surfing the web, office, Adobe suite programs(rarely), downloading, etc...

Does anyone have any suggestions that would increase performance of the computer? Any hardware upgrades/downgrades?

Is that power supply enough?

I believe I am going to be running dual 24" monitors.

Please any input at all would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
July 19, 2010 2:15:16 AM

You appear to be missing a graphics card (or two) in your build. Whether or not 750W will be sufficient largely depends on what graphics cards you go with, though the Corsiar 750TX is a good choice in and of itself.

Most modern games are GPU-limited, not CPU-limited. You'll see little gaming benefit using the i7-960 vs. going with the i7-930.

For an i7 processor, you want a triple-channel kit (6 GB or 12 GB), not 2 dual-channel kits. Something like this G.Skill PI series 6 GB kit.

If you could fill out the form in How to Ask for New Build Advice, people will be able to come up with builds that give you better value for your money.
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July 19, 2010 2:33:09 AM

coldsleep said:
You appear to be missing a graphics card (or two) in your build. Whether or not 750W will be sufficient largely depends on what graphics cards you go with, though the Corsiar 750TX is a good choice in and of itself.

Most modern games are GPU-limited, not CPU-limited. You'll see little gaming benefit using the i7-960 vs. going with the i7-930.

For an i7 processor, you want a triple-channel kit (6 GB or 12 GB), not 2 dual-channel kits. Something like this G.Skill PI series 6 GB kit.

If you could fill out the form in How to Ask for New Build Advice, people will be able to come up with builds that give you better value for your money.


Sorry about that I was confusing this with my AMD build. Wasn't sure if i wanted AMD or Intel. The spec's are all set now though, check them out.
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July 19, 2010 12:49:41 PM

Try gtx 460 sli, its much better then 1 gtx 480.

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July 19, 2010 3:22:40 PM

Aside from my comments above, 750W should be fine for a single 480, but I would be concerned if you tried to run dual 480s on that (the primary purpose of buying that expensive motherboard, right?). You will probably need a better PSU if you decide to upgrade your graphics in the near future. If you never intend to SLI, you can get a much cheaper motherboard. Try the Gigabyte UD3R if you aren't planning on a 3x/4x SLI setup in the long run.

Check out www.slizone.com for more info on recommended PSUs for specific SLI setups.

I've heard that the V8 isn't all that spectacular, you might look at frostytech's top 5 heatsinks for other suggestions.
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