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New Gaming Rig

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July 21, 2010 4:33:28 AM

BUDGET RANGE: $1700.00ish


PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, monitor, mouse




SLI OR CROSSFIRE: In the future


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Looking for something quiet with good airflow.

Getting a new rig for my birthday and it's been a while since i've built my own so I'm looking for some advice. I've read up on a lot of other peoples builds and such and have put together a build that looks good to me but would like some other opinions. I'm mainly setting this up for FF 14 and Diablo 3 as well as something that will leave me options for upgradability in the next couple years. So how does this look?

COOLER MASTER COSMOS 1000 RC-1000-KSN1-GP Black/ Silver Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case

XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 (Cypress XT) 1GB 256-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930

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

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX6GX3M3C1600C7

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

CORSAIR Cooling Hydro Series CWCH50-1 120mm High Performance CPU Cooler

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

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 - Bulk - OEM

Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound - OEM

With current combo discounts and such the total on that is $1560.00$1503.000. Well within my budget.

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a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 11:58:06 AM

The V8 isn't very good. I'd recommend a Noctua ND-14 cooler.
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July 21, 2010 5:10:53 PM

Thanks for the information on heatsinks. The H50 looks like it will be the way I go.

I realize an 850w PSU is more than enough for now but I was thinking of the 1000w for 3 years or so down the road. I'd like to get 2 builds out of my case and psu if I can.

Also, should I wait till the 475/485s come out or just stick with a 5870? Any idea on when that would be? Thanks again.
July 21, 2010 9:45:20 PM

Any other opinions or help?
a b B Homebuilt system
July 21, 2010 11:23:53 PM

Make sure when you install the H50 radiator and fans that it draws outside air. So basically it should be an intake, not an exhaust.

Outside air is cooler than inside air. Therefore lower CPU temps, more overclocking headroom.
July 22, 2010 6:26:28 PM

After reading other reviews and finding some nice combo deals and such, I've made some changes to my build.

The XFX black edition power supply has gotten stellar reviews from everywhere i've seen and I found it bundled with a XFX 5870 so that's why I changed that.

Changed the ram because it had a $20 rebate and its the same timing and such as the mushkin i originally had.

Changed heat sink to corsair h50 because of reviews and it looks cool. :) 

Went with the recommended samsung HD from the Builds for usage thread here.

I'm really liking this build and if I don't hear any raving complaints I'm going to buy it tonight or tomorrow. Pretty excited.
July 22, 2010 7:59:38 PM

Something i just thought of, If the h50 already has a thermal paste on it would i need to worry about scraping it off and using something else? Would it really make that big of a difference? 10 bucks is nothing really but I only need one application, maybe 2 in 5 years. Seems like a waste.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
July 22, 2010 9:21:35 PM

I agree. You can leave the Arctic Silver off your shopping list. It would be just a minor difference, if any, and Shin-Etsu is a well known and respected thermal compound supplier. I don't think Corsair cut any corners there.

The XFX Black Edition 750W and 850W PSUs are really outstanding performers. And a good value when compared to the other top-tier PSUs like the Corsair 850HX (same review score @ JonnyGuru).

Your shopping list is looking ready to go IMO.