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July 31, 2010 7:48:33 PM

Hello everyone,

I’m very interested in building my own gaming computer, but I really don’t want to screw it up by purchasing incompatible parts seeing as I’ve never done this before. I’m on a very tight budget of $3,000 total, and I really need to get the absolute max. for my money.

I think it’s important to point out that I will not actually be playing any video games on it. I will mostly be doing HD video editing along with a great deal of multi-tasking (photo editing, listening to music, MS Office programs, etc.). I know the following is over-kill, but I want to stay a little ahead so I don’t have upgrade anytime soon, especially with the Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 on the motherboard w/USB3.0, and the 9-12GB DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory.

If at all possible, I’m looking to build a computer with the following or similar, and most importantly, I want to minimize the noise output (e.g. fans, hd, etc.):

• Any full size tower fully compatible with max ventilation.
• Windows7 64-bit
• CPU: Intel CoreT i7-930 2.80 GHz(or higher) 8M L3 Cache
• MEMORY: 9-12GB DDR3/1600MHz Triple Channel Memory Module
• MOTHERBOARD: (3-Way SLI Support) GigaByte GA-X58A-UD7 Intel X58 Chipset SLI/CrossFireX Ultra DurableT3 Triple-Channel DDR3/1600 24 Phase Power ATX Mainboard w/ 7.1 HD Dobly Audio, Dual GbLAN, USB3.0, 2 x SATA-III RAID, 4 Gen2 PCIe, 2 PCIe X1 & 1 PCI. Anything similar would be fine.
• 12X Blu-Ray Writer Drive
• 20X Double Layer Dual Format DVD+-R/+-RW + CD-R/RW Drive (doesn’t have to be double layer, but it would be nice).
• Neon Lights would be nice!
• Good Case Cooling Fans
• A decent Ultra Silent cpu fan/radiator type or whatever you would recommend. I would prefer to stay away from any kind of coolant though, I’m afraid of any kind of leakage.
• FLASHMEDIA: INTERNAL 12in1 Flash Media Reader/Writer
• HDD: 300GB Gaming Western Digital VelociRaptor 10,000RPM SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache WD3000GLFS
• HDD2:Extreme Performance (RAID-0) with 2 Identical Hard Drives (2TB (1TBx2) SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 16MB Cache 7200RPM
• IEEE 1394 CARD
• MODEM: US Robotics PCI 56K v.92 FAX Modem (I occasionally fax things)
• NETWORK: Intel Pro Gigabite 10/100/1000 Network Card
• POWERSUPPLY: 850 Watts Power Supplies (In-Win Commander IRP-COM850 SLI/CrossFireX Ready)
• SOUND: Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
• TVRC: Avermedia AVerTV Bravo Hybrid (ATSC/ClearQAM/NTSC) PCIE Media Center TV Tuner + Remote Control
• USB: Built-in USB 3.0 Ports
• VIDEO: ATI Radeon HD 5850 1GB DDR5 16X PCIe Video Card [DirectX 11 Support]

I was going to buy the one I customized through CyberPower, but I checked on the BBB and the reviews were consistently bad and downright painful! Other than buying through them, every place on the internet others had highly recommended building my own, so here I am.

If there is any chance you could give me a good idea on what compatible items I could buy using the above information as a guide, I would greatly appreciate it.

I almost forgot to ask, would you happen to know a good step-by-step resource that I could follow which shows me how to build my computer? Also, could you tell me if the drivers come with each piece of hardware that I buy?

Thank you,


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July 31, 2010 11:25:58 PM

Here is a guide for constructing a computer :

Motherboard/CPU Combo : Asus Rampage III Extreme motherboard and a Core I7-930 CPU : $615.00

GSkill 6gb (3 x 2Gb) RAM : $170.00 x 2 = $340.00

PSU/GPU Combo : Corsair HX Series 1000 watt PSU with EVGA GeForce GTX480 SuperClocked : $670.00 after rebates

Second GPU : EVGA Geforce GTX480 SuperClocked : $510.00

SSD : OCZ Agility 2 50gb : $165 AR

Hard Drive : Samsung Spinpoint f3 1TB : $75.00

Cooler Master HAF X RC942 Full Tower Case : $200.00

Windows 7 Home Premium : $100.00

LITE ON 12x Blu-Ray burner : $140

Total comes to $2815.00
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August 1, 2010 4:24:39 PM

i would go for an amd hexacore cpu if i was you, as socket am3 might support the next generation of amd cpus, i would go for a phenom II x6 1090T and when you think that you need an upgrade you can buy an amd bulldozer cpu, but am3 might not support the new cpus, they might as the socket am2 could support socket am3 cpus, if your trying to "future proof" your pc amd is the way to go, and im not an amd fanboy i actually prefer intel , but as you are mostly going 2 use your pc for multi tasking and so on go for the extra 2 cores and in the future maybe you can upgrade 2 an 8 core cpu if socket am3 can support the new cpus
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August 1, 2010 4:26:17 PM

and id rather go for a 5970 than a gtx 480, are you going to overclock?
August 2, 2010 1:13:47 AM

gordon_81 said:
and id rather go for a 5970 than a gtx 480, are you going to overclock?

I wasn't planning on overclocking seeing as I know nothing about how it's done.
August 2, 2010 2:01:12 AM

jsc said:
john, drivers will come with all the hardware.

A good build it yourself guide:

The first part of this thread contains a checklist of common building mistakes:

If you have a $3k budget, get a better PSU - something like a Corsair, Antec, or Seasonic.

Thanks jsc, those both seem very informative. Once I get some more examples of some builds with similar hardware to what I have in my example, I'm definitely going to use that guide. I really can't wait!
August 2, 2010 2:54:34 AM

mind if i talk with ya through email or something? i'm making my first build too and it comes to around 2787.22 before tax and shipping. i wanna see if u could use any of these parts into ur consideration, as well as maybe coming up with a better build for the same or less amount of money :p 

btw, its 2787.22 but only cuas ei have a moniter and a lot of over misc but helpful stuff on it :p  we could possibly make it even better if u dont need all the extras and JUST the build