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[New Build] Gaming System with $4000 budget

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July 30, 2010 9:55:22 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: $2000-$4500 (Don't want to spend the max if its overkill and not going to make a difference)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, running multiple clients and or games at once.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Mouse, Display (will be using a Casio LED 1080p projector)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com (open to suggestions)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: NONE

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080 Casio LED projector

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I need to be able to multitask a tremendous amount. When playing an MMO, I often tab and run other games or multiple mmo's while waiting for raid etc. I'm tired of using multiple computers to run 5 or 6 programs without delay.

Right now I can run 4 copies on my laptop but they lag somewhat. The laptop has 6gb so I figured I'd need 12gb minimum to run what I wanted.


My Build Version 1.5

CPU/MB Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

CPU Cooling: Spire TherMax Eclipse II http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11423/cpu-spi-28/Spir...

Memory: OCZ Platinum 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV12GS http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewProduct.aspx?Item=N82E...

Hard Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: 2 x GIGABYTE GV-N480D5-15I-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - Should I go OEM or FULL Version.

PSU: ???

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case


Could use advice on Case (HAF 922 perhaps), thermal grease (any particular kind best), PSU (not sure what is best here)




Thanks to Marios50 and Coldsleep for the help in the previous thread.
July 30, 2010 10:11:57 PM

Well where to begin... Firstly... you do NOT need that 700 dollar motherboard. It is build to run 4 video cards at PCI express x16... since you are running two 480s (which is going to be amazingly badda$$!)... you're fine with a feature rich Rampage III mothoerboard bulid for overclocking and 2card SLI setup

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

Next item would be the CPU - I'm an intel guy... but the performance just isnt there for a $1000 dollar 6core intel. If you really want bang for your buck, the six core AMD 1090t costs $700 less and is only about 10-15% slower. Obviously if you went AMd, it would change your motherboard. I have the i7-930 and it runs multiple mmo's just fine with just 6gb of ram. Essentially I'm saying the 970 is just a waste of money. Go AMd 6core of i7-930 with a good cooler and overclock it.

If you go with the AMD - could use the saved money to go for crossfired 5970's

I'd go with this ram - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
*it's the same price and has better timings -

Case- I'd reccomend the CoolerMaster HAF-X hands down would be perfect for you.

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

windows 7 64bit - the advantage to Full Version is you can put it on a 2nd system without getting authentification errors

I'd go with Arctic Silver 5 grease
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July 30, 2010 10:19:49 PM

edit: +1

since you have that kind of a budget a six core is the way to go and since will have multiple clients running go for the 12gb

here is a build for $4,030.85

cpu+mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (no need for 980x this is also a six core)

case+os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... (u need this if u go crazy and add 3/4 of those monsters)

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

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

ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (alot better than the corsairs)

psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... (u need this if u add 3/4 of those monsters)

gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... x2

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

odd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 30, 2010 10:26:40 PM

I would like the option of starting with 2 GPU's then adding as I feel like upgrading to keep the system fairly state of the art.
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July 30, 2010 10:32:35 PM

Realistically... two 480's is all you need to run multiple games on ultra. Only need more if you are tryin to set records in 3dmark or something. The $500 you save in the motherboard will go towards two top of the line GPU's next year / next generation
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July 30, 2010 10:33:44 PM

I read somewhere that having a 4th card dedicated to PhysX was important?
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July 31, 2010 1:26:35 AM

The deal is this. There is a combo special for 980x and UD9 for $1480 or I can get a i7-970 and Rampage III Extreme combo for $1200. So I'm only saving $280 on both CPU and MB by dropping down.
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July 31, 2010 1:24:12 PM

those pi's are exellent
and for the heatsink you might want to stick with the one i mentioned bec the nh-d14 will block 3 ram slots and the frio might block 1 or 2
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August 1, 2010 3:33:01 PM

Final Build

CPU/MB Combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.437350

CPU Cooling: PROLIMATECH Armageddon for Intel LGA 1156, LGA1366, LGA775, 6 Dual Heatpipe, Twin Tower Type Quiet CPU Cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory: G.SKILL PI+ Turbulence 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL6T2-12GBPIS http://www.newegg.com/Product/NewP [...] 6820231354

Hard Drive: Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC256MAG-1G1 2.5" 256GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820148349

GPU: 2 x GIGABYTE GV-N480D5-15I-B GeForce GTX 480 (Fermi) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125319

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate - Should I go OEM or FULL Version.

PSU: SPARKLE COMPUTER CORP Gold Class GW-EPS1000DA 1000W ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Case: COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case

ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136180


Please rate this and make any additional recommendations.

I would like to buy asap, New Egg ended a combo on the MB/CPU so my budget went up another $300.



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August 1, 2010 4:01:22 PM

the sparkle is a shxx quality psu
as i said a corsair 950tx or a corsair hx1000 or an antec 1200w or a silverstone strider
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August 1, 2010 5:04:28 PM

great combo go for it

but you would need the silverstone st 1500w
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August 1, 2010 5:39:15 PM

The Asus Rampage III lists that it can have 4 GPUS in 3-WAY SLI? Does that mean that the 4th will be for PhysX?
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August 1, 2010 5:57:15 PM

it can handle 4 way sli at x8 x8 x8 x8
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