***1600 Gaming PC***


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Movies, Surfing the Internet

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Case, Speakers, OS, Monitor


PARTS PREFERENCES: I would like to use an Intel CPU & ASUS motherboard with CORSAIR memory and an EVGA GPU.


MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, 1920x1200

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm open to any recommendations


Here is what I'm thinking so far:

ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - $284.99

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core - $289.99

CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - $229.99

EVGA 015-P3-1482-AR GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) SuperClocked 1536MB 384-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 Video Card - $509.99

XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $149.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $74.99

ASUS 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 24X DVD Burner - $22.99

Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $34.99

*****TOTAL PRICE = $1,598.92*****
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  1. personally only thing I would change is the mainboard to the gigabyte UD3R and go for the Mushkin Redline Enhamced ( personal prefeerences. but the UD3R won toms best buy award. and the mushkin runs at 6-8-6-24 1T 1600Mhz are you planning to overclock? if so, what are you thinking for a heatsink? i would recommend the Noctua D-14
  2. Yes, I would like to try overclocking my system. I have never overclocked before so any tips would be helpful. I was thinking about using this heatsink:

    Scythe SCMG-2100 Sleeve CPU Cooler - $34.99
  3. I'd alsoa reccoment the gigabyte UD3r.
    Could save some money and go with a 700watt PSU, but if you really think you'll be going SLI in the near future, then its a good PSU choice.

    Another option would be to buy two GTX460's... which actually beat a asingle GTX480 by 10-20%. Although the article I read compared a standard 480, not a superclocked
  4. What's the main difference between the ASUS P6X58D Premium & the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R? I guess you could say I'm a ASUS fan b/c my last PC was built with a ASUS motherboard.
  5. Also, I was thinking about upgrading my monitor to a 28" Hann-G (please see link below). Would the GTX 480 or 2x GTX 460 be a better choice?

    Hanns·G HH-281HPB Black 28" 3ms HDMI Widescreen LCD Monitor 400 cd/m2 DC 15000:1(800:1) Built in Speakers
  6. I personally wouldn't go higher then 24" on a monitor unless you're going to be using it as a HTPC, but that's just me. And as far as the graphics cards go, it depends how you want to upgrade in the future. If you go with the two 460's now, in two years when you want better graphics you'll have to dump them and buy the newest thing out there or buy 2 more of a different card if you want to see a performance increase
  7. the ud3r has more features and is cheaper.. and the fact that it won toms award speaks heaps for itself.. I took this from one of the reviews for your scyth that are thinking about Perfect choice for i5/i7 up to ~3.6GHz. If you're shooting for a 24/7 4GHz+ OC, you're probably better off paying for a Noctua NH-D14

    mugen seems to get around 75-84C prime load at 4ghz but the D-14 gets 73-75C at 4.3ghz
  8. So, if I run a core i7-930 at 3.6GHz with the Scyth would it be stable? And what if I wanted to push it to 4Ghz from time to time.
  9. That board will easily handle 4.3 and possibly 4.5 ( my personal goal this winter )

    The mugen IMO will prob get you at 3.6-4.0 but expect higher temps than I get..( i also lucked out on the i7 lottery needing only 1.28v to hit 4.2ghz)
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