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$1500 New Gaming Build

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July 25, 2010 2:45:45 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: 7/25

BUDGET RANGE: $1500ish, After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: High performance gaming, watching movies, general usage

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, HDD (have two new Western Digital 1 TB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...) and a PSU (Coolmax Green Power 1200W: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg, Amazon

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7, ATI video card(s)

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Currently 1650 x 1050, but I want to eventually have a 3x monitor setup at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I plan on overclocking, and eventually want to get a three monitor display.

This will be my first build ever, so any advice/criticism welcome! I already have 2 HDDs and a PSU from Christmas, but if they aren't the best, please don't let it stop you from making a recommendation. Also, if I need anything else like certain cables, please let me know!

Here's my initial take:

Motherboard: EVGA E758-TR 3-Way SLI (x16/x16/x8) LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard, $230 ($200 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel Core i7 Processor i7-920 2.66GHz 8 MB LGA1366, $270
http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Processor-2-66GHz-LGA1366-B...

GPU: 2x XFX HD-585X-ZNFC Radeon HD 5850, $500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Ram: 2x G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600, $200
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU fan: ZALMAN 9500A-LED 92mm 2 Ball CPU Cooler, $55
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU: Not needed

Case: Antec Nine Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, $100 ($80 after rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD: Intel 80GB SATA II MLC Internal SSD (for my OS and applications), $220
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7, $140
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total Cost before Tax: 1683, which is slightly over budget. I can cut the SSD, which would bring me to 1463 before taxes. Does anybody think that the SSD for the OS is worth it? I'm not even sure if everything I picked out will work together.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to everybody's thoughts.

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July 25, 2010 2:54:06 AM

Nice build, everything looks pretty solid. Only thing that i can think of that may not even be that huge of an upgrade, is trading the 5850's in crossfire for 2x GTX 460 SLI. From what i have read they are overall better cards and perform at a higher % efficiency when they are used together (Getting up to 90+% improvement).

One thing about them however is that only 2 can be used together so if you ever plan on tri or quad crossfiring they obviously wont be what you want but for straight up power they would definately be another option.

EDIT: Just realized you stated that you prefer ATI cards. Option still stands however. Apologies on not reading before i posted ill leave this up as a reference however.
July 25, 2010 3:28:59 AM

Go for the Core i7 930 instead of the older i7 920 - it has a higher max multiplier which is ideal for overclocking.

Also you'll need a triple channel kit, so 3 x 2 GB or 6 x 2 GB is ideal.
I suggest this kit:

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

A better cooler is the Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus for less (don't buy at newegg, overpriced there), otherwise spend $20 more and buy the Thermalright Venomous-X.

For the motherboard, the ASUS P6X58D-E is a better choice with SATA III & USB 3.0. If you want an EVGA board, then the EVGA X58 FTW3 is another option.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
July 25, 2010 4:25:12 PM

Thanks for both of your inputs, I appreciate them.

I assume I'll also need to buy thermal paste to mount the HSF to the CPU. Does anybody know what other cables I need to buy? I don't want to get all the components in and have to wait another few days because I forgot something minor.
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