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July 31, 2010 6:42:40 AM

Hey guys, I'm pretty new to this whole computer build thing, I put in some parts together and I need some help to get a computer around 2000 bucks. How is this??? Anybody recommend me a case and cooling system as well?? I'm also not so sure about the ram and harddrive.. so any suggestions would be great.






TSD-1500AS ::Seagate 7200.11 ST31500341AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G (OEM)(0.95 lbs)

C13-8220 ::Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel(1.2 lbs)

U12-40504 ::Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty, 80+ Bronze, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications.(8.92 lbs)

A271-5974 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Mini Display Port(4.45 lbs)

I69-1960 ::Intel BX80601960 Core i7 960 Processor - 3.20GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 4.8GT/s QPI, HyperThreading, Quad Core, Bloomfield, LGA 1366, with Fan(2 lbs)

A455-2869 ::ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s(5.2 lbs)

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July 31, 2010 9:59:22 AM

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July 31, 2010 1:03:58 PM

Hey alan, I just got done searching and researching and asking tons of questions here for a build ~ 2k. Keep in mind a lot of it is personal choice with mobos and some other components. Like the UD7 is very similar to the much cheaper UD3R (and the ASUS you have there,) but if you have the money for better pieces that you like, go for it!
You could probably go with the 930 or 920 instead of that more expensive 960. With a little OC you will be in the prime gaming zone!
Would you be planning on getting a second 5970 later on down the road? If so you will probably want to go with a more powerful PSU.
Here is what I ended up choosing (haven't bought yet but will soon)


GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD7 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:GA-X58A-UD7
$349.99 -$10.00 Instant $339.99
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Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Model #:BX80601930
$289.99
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Noctua NH-D14 120mm & 140mm SSO CPU Cooler
Model #:NH-D14
$89.99
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2 X EVGA 01G-P3-1373-AR GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) Superclocked EE 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support ...
Model #:01G-P3-1373-AR
$249.99 $499.98
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Mushkin Enhanced Redline 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 998805
Model #:998805
$199.99
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Crucial RealSSD C300 CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
Model #:CTFDDAC128MAG-1G1
$349.00 -$85.00 Instant $264.00
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Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD1002FAEX
$94.99
. .
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #: DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
$23.99
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COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case
Model #:RC-942-KKN1
$199.99 $199.99
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COOLER MASTER Megaflow 200 R4-LUS-07AR-GP 200mm Red LED Case Fan
Model #:R4-LUS-07AR-GP
$21.80
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XFX Black Edition XPS-850W-BES 850W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS SILVER Certified Modular Active PFC ...
Model #:p 1850BCAG9
$199.99 -$50.00 Instant $149.99
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Subtotal: $2,174.70
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July 31, 2010 1:19:15 PM

alanme123 said:

TSD-1500AS ::Seagate 7200.11 ST31500341AS Barracuda Hard Drive - 1.5TB, 7200RPM, 32MB Cache, SATA-3G (OEM)(0.95 lbs)

C13-8220 ::Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM - - PC10666, 1333MHz, 4096MB (2x 2048MB), 240 Pin, Dual-Channel(1.2 lbs)

U12-40504 ::Ultra X4 750-Watt Modular Power Supply - 135mm Fan, ATX, Lifetime Warranty, 80+ Bronze, NVIDIA SLI & ATI Crossfire Certifications.(8.92 lbs)

A271-5974 ::Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 Video Card - 2GB GDDR5, PCI-Express 2.0, CrossFireX Ready, Dual DVI, Mini Display Port(4.45 lbs)

I69-1960 ::Intel BX80601960 Core i7 960 Processor - 3.20GHz, 8MB L3 Cache, 4.8GT/s QPI, HyperThreading, Quad Core, Bloomfield, LGA 1366, with Fan(2 lbs)

A455-2869 ::ASUS P6X58D Premium Motherboard - LGA 1366, Intel X58, SATA, SLI Ready, CrossFireX Ready, Triple Channel DDR3 support, RAID, Hyperthreading, USB 3.0, SATA 6Gb/s(5.2 lbs)


You don't want an Ultra PSU. They aren't crap, but they aren't high quality, either. I would look at something like the

Corsair 750TX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You're using the X58 platform, so you might want to consider triple-channel memory since the i7 9xx's have tripple-channel memory controllers. This is an excellent set:

G.SKILL Pi Series 6 GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Of course, you can add a few dollars and move down to latency 6 with the Mushkin Redlines (maybe $30 or $40 more), but there isn't much benefit.

That hard drive isn't the best. You want either a Seagate 7200.12 drive in a size of 1 TB or 500 GB, or you want a Samsung Spinpoint F3 in those sizes. The reason is that these drives use 500 GB platters, so the data is more dense and thus speeds are higher.

As someone else said, the i7 930 will easily overclock to the speed of the 960 if you have even just a decent heatsink. So don't spend that much money on the processor. Also, if you live near a microcenter, they sell the i7 930's for $200.

Nice GPU choice! Good luck.
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July 31, 2010 1:27:31 PM

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July 31, 2010 9:25:39 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:around 2 weeks, asap

BUDGET RANGE: 2000 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:intense gaming

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NCIX, Newegg if much cheaper because i live near lots of NCIX stores, (vancouver)

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Canada

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel i7 930 or 960, not sure

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (yes if i learn to. no experience in overclocking..)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Doesnt matter.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: n/a

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just need a really good gamingcomp around hte price of 2000..




Is overclocking hard? I never did it before so i dont know if its a good idea to clock the i7 930.. but it IS a lot cheaper so..






Here's what i have updated on my list. Please give me some suggestions.



G.SKILL F3-12800CL6T-6GBPI Pi Series 6GB 3X2GB DDR3-1600 CL6-8-6-20 240PIN Triple Channel Memory Kit

Corsair TX750W 750W ATX 12V 60A 24PIN ATX Power Supply Active PFC 140MM Fan

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB SATA2 3.5IN 8.5MS 7200RPM 32MB Hard Drive OEM *3YR MFR Warranty*

Sapphire Radeon HD5970 725MHZ 2GB 4.0GHZ DDR5 PCIe 2XDVI 1XMINI DisplayPort CrossFireX Video Card

Intel Core i7 930 Quad Core Processor LGA1366 2.8GHZ 8MB L3 Cache 130W 45NM Retail Box

ASUS P6X58D-E X58 ATX LGA1366 3PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI CrossFire SLI USB3.0 SATA 6GB/S Motherboard

Noctua NH-D14 LGA775/1156/1366/AM3 I7/I5/PHENOM Heatpipe Cooler W/ NF-P14 140MM & NF-P12 120MM Fan


For the computer case, chose the

Coolermaster Haf X EATX Tower Case Black 6X5.25 5X3.5INT No PS Front USB3.0

with windows ultimate ,

total comes to $2208.19 before tax. Anything i should change before i make the order?
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August 1, 2010 7:37:13 AM

Dont mean to bump but im planning on getting this computer fast.. Thanks!
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August 1, 2010 10:58:30 AM

Looks pretty good. Since you're going with X58 you might want to look at a Corsair HX1000W should you ever want to use another HD 5970 later on. If you're not planning CrossFireX later on then the Corsair HX750W is fine - TX750W if you do not want a modular system. If you plan later on with HD 5970 tri-fire with an HD 5870, go for the Corsair HX850W.

You might want to pick the Thermalright Venomous-X which does beat the Noctua NH-D14 (with the i7 930 anyway), and it costs $8 less.

http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53131&vpn=Venomous%20X-%2...
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August 1, 2010 11:09:19 AM
August 1, 2010 11:18:45 AM

^ Looks good, if OP wants a modular PSU then the Corsair HX850W would be the best option.
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August 1, 2010 12:45:21 PM

or an xfx 850w be
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August 1, 2010 6:41:27 PM

what is a modular??
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August 1, 2010 7:42:25 PM

modular means that some cables are not hardwired to the psu and can be atatched when needed it's better for cable manegement bec. u will only use the cables u will need.
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August 1, 2010 8:42:44 PM

Can I ask a couple of questions... Yes.. mrhoshos96's build and yours are outstanding builds but are they worth the money??

1) What is your monitor resolution? If you aren't gaming at or above 1920x1200, the 5970 is not worth the cost. You'll be better served with a 5870 or 5850. Don't rule out a SLI setup of the GTX 460 1GB SC EE, which out perform a single GTX 480 or ATI 5870.

2) Why not an Intel Core i5-760 build? It will perform just aswell for a gaming only system and will equal the i7-930 at less of a price.

3) I might be the odd ball on this but on a $2,000+ system, why not add a SSD to it?

It sounds like you have the money to spend but why spend more than what is needed and get the same results.
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August 1, 2010 9:27:25 PM

+1 you are right i agree with you
i am not so good with $1500+ builds lol

change the mobo to an asus p7p55d-e pro
ram: g.skill eco/ripjaws 2x2gb 1600mhz cl7
cpu: i5 750/i5 760
good luck :D 
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August 2, 2010 8:04:14 AM

i changed the ram to the ribjaws 16000 instead of the 12800 and kept the cpu and motherboard because its around the same for what im getting offered anyways. I also changed the power supply to the 1000W corsair because i am prob going to add another 5970 along the way.

Btw whoever wants to do some pricematching on NCIX, use the site directcanada.com, its a really good site to match and saves lots of money. i saved 200 bucks from it.


Thanks to all of your great advices btw guys, i really appreciate it.
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August 2, 2010 9:59:05 AM

to add another 5970 u don't need more than 850w that 1000w is so overkill
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May 1, 2014 12:19:05 AM

Hey guys, It has been a long time now and my 5970 is getting really hot idle temps.. >75 degrees. I am wondering if it is time to upgrade just the GPU (possibly to a 780) or is it better to upgrade my entire system?
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