A few questions regarding a new gaming build...

Hi folks I know this gets asked a lot but I have a few questions regarding a new gaming rig I'd like to put together. I've got a list of hardware I think I will go with. But I am uncertain as to if I should spend this much $$$ on a system. I want some feedback. I have the $$$ to spend but am not sure it will be worth while in the end.

My goal is to play StarCraft 2, WOW, CoD, some of the newer FPS that come out and any new neat pc game that will have somewhat demanding specs.

Intel Core i7-930 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor

ASUS Rampage III Extreme ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory

Thermaltake Toughpower W0133RU 1200W Power Supply GeForce GTX 480 Certified

Western Digital VelociRaptor 300GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive x2

Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS 24x DVD Writer SATA Model DRW-24B1LT/BLK/B/AS LightScribe Support x2

XFX Radeon HD 5970 HD-597A-CNB9 Video Card

COOLER MASTER Cosmos Pure Black Computer Case

This is all off of newegg. It is about $3000.00 with shipping. I just don't know if it is worth spending all that cash on this system. I don't know what to expect in return as far as years this system will be capable of running new games.

I just don't know if i should go to this extreme with a system. I mean how much difference would there be if I spend 2k or 1.5k as far as end result. I'm looking for suggestions and any input on the matter.

I am really partial to ASUS boards, Corsair Ram, Intel CPU. But as always open to others thoughts/suggestions/opinions.

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  2. ok, you went way too overboard for what you need. mobo=too much. go with asus maximus formula III=$240

    12mb of ram is too much, try just 6mb

    for psu, you need 1000w tops. id go with an 850w 80+ certified

    trade the wd caviar for a samsung spinpoint 1tb

    as for gpu, id be cheaper and better to crossfire two 5870's. however, id buy just one, and upgrade if the performance (which is stellar) of one is lacking.

    get a cpu cooler for $30 if your system will be oc'ed or played for hours on end

    this all should save you at least $1000, and you can go even cheaper. you went overboard, i brought you down a bit, and if you really want to save money you can come down more without sacrificing performance. however, i dont see an os (win 7), a keyboard/mouse, or a monitor, all of which will bring you up another $350 or so. just saying
  3. maximus formula III is 1156 for the rest good suggestions.
  4. Well my goal is to have a mid - high end rig that will last a few years. Thus the reason for my concern of spending that kind of $$$ when all this stuff will be non existent in 3 years time.

    So I guess ideally I'd want the best cost to performance ratio machine I can build. The reason I went overkill was to maybe squeeze a little longer life out of the thing but I don't know if that will happen or not. In my mind I'd be better off spending 1500-2000 now and in about 5 years hopefully spend another 1500-2000 on a new system then.

    I like the idea of the 5870's corssfired and I thought about that. It's about a 200 or some savings over the 5970.

    Anymore help or build suggestions would be great!

  5. Somebody_007 said:
    maximus formula III is 1156 for the rest good suggestions.

    What would be a good ASUS board that would give me usb 3.0 and sata 6gb as well as pcie 2.0 16x ? Mabye go with a PC Power and Cooling 950W psu? Or the ToughPower 1000w? The 12gbs of ram is overkill eh? Never thought I'd hear that. :)
  6. What about some of the pre build gaming rigs out there? Are any of them any good for the cost? I've been considering one of those but they seem too expensive.
  7. dont get velociraptors they are ooolldd... get a ssd or w8 to get an ssd later

    ram 6gb corsair dominator gt (Y) (a better deal :) 4gb is enought for gaming so with 6gb ur great)

    hdd samsung spinpoint f3 1tb (its faster and cheaper)

    power supply get a 850w (with that u can crossfire the 5970) i recomend the xfx one, its very good it gets 9,7/10 on jonyguru.com and it gets that just cause they gave it 8 in aesthetics for the green fan cause they dont like it, but is very silent good performance good build cuality and 80 silver certificated.

    dvd writer... lg pioneer sony are good (i personally like sony i had no problems with them)

    5970 :D good choise i want it too... but just get it if u plan to do eyefinity or if u really want to play crysis at max settings full hd and aax4 in+60fps ^^

    and the case is your choise.. the cosmos pure its very very nicee but its very prices but if u want it get it :P


    PD: i forgot aboaut the mother :P and yes the best choise is the gene version cause its a lot cheaper and its just what u need so... thats my build recomendation :) hope it helps and tell us what u decide to chose :) :hello:
  8. The Unabomber said:
    What would be a good ASUS board that would give me usb 3.0 and sata 6gb as well as pcie 2.0 16x ? Mabye go with a PC Power and Cooling 950W psu? Or the ToughPower 1000w? The 12gbs of ram is overkill eh? Never thought I'd hear that. :)


    decent board...will give you the longevity you are looking for without breaking the bank unnecessarily. I also agree about the ram...all the benchies show that more than 3GB doesn't give you any boost for gaming, 6GB should give you plenty of life though.

    I would stay away from the velociraptors..go caviar black or samung spinpoint(excellent for the money!!!) for the os drive. If you really want speed in a drive (which only helps load times btw) go for SSD. raptors are not that much better than regular 7200rpm drives and cost a lot...SSD are noticeably faster though.
  9. Everything will be dated in a few years no matter what you buy. It would be better to spend $1500 or so and get a good midranged system, then use the $1500 in a couple of years and update the graphics card and other components as required. You pay a high premium for top of the line stuff now that will be mediocre at best in a couple of years.

    I would recommend spending a bit on the components you will be carrying over though. Get the best power supply you can. The motherboard is something to think about as well, but with the way sockets change nowadays, after upgrading the graphics card, you may have to do a full cpu/mb/memory switch out, rather than just upgrading the cpu and adding more memory.

    I made the mistake of buying a $400 mb that offers 3 way sli/xfire. I currently have two 5770's in xfire. Will I ever run a third? No. When I need more graphics power, I will get a faster single card and sli/xfire it when needed. So I wasted money. But it IS a pretty motherboard, even though the computer is on the floor and after building it I haven't looked in the case very often.
  10. So what about...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115225 - CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145288 - RAM

    or (not sure which way to go, open to other ideas as well)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145295 - Ram

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817153054 - PSU

    or (I am thinking to spend extra here in case I add another video card later. Not sure if my way of thinking is right on this or not. Input please)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817800001 -PUS (80 gold certified) Don't know their track record these days. Use to be good back in the day.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131614 - MB


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641 - MB


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131658 -MB

    or my favorite though expensive

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131642 - MB

    I am open to other MB makers other than ASUS I just prefer them over others. Input is welcome.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150460 - Video Card

    (Others are welcome) maybe something a tad cheaper that will almost match the power of the big guy.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136284 - HD
    (5 year warranty vs 3 from Samsung) do 3 of these 2 in raid 0 and one for data storage.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185 - HD

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135209 - DVD/RW
    (2 of these guys. Possibly another brand. What about blu-ray? Should wait for it I'm guessing)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119214 - Case

    ( Possibly something similar that is Full ATX that is a bit cheaper. Coolermaster cases never let me down. LianLi is even more pricey and I have no track record with them. Open to suggestions.)

    Thanks for the input. See if I can trim some more fat off this guy perhaps. Give me a few different options for builds. Right now this is sitting at $2,565.89 where as with my previous list it was at $3155.88 .

    I still need to factor in OS unless I run XP and new KB/MOUSE/Speakers etc. I have a monitor I can use for now.
  11. cpu + gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.444092 (crossfire another 5870=+$400 to get better performance than a 5970)

    ram= http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231225

    psu: too much wattage. you really dont need that much. at least step down to 1000 if you have to get that much. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182188

    mobo+cooler= http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.465526

    hd= i still like the spinpoint better http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= x3

    od=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135209&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-RSSDailyDeals-_-na-_-na&AID=10521304&PID=3463938&SID= x2. you could get a blu ray, but id wait a year or two.

    nice looking case, but to cut cost go with this case + os combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-129-043
    or, here is your case + os: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-119-214

    total=$1722 with my case, 1798 with yours. all plus another 400 for crossfired 5870's=$2122/2198
    add another $100 for good speakers, and $50-$100 for good keyboard/mouse
    there are my suggestions. they offer almost the same performance (or better) as your build, but cheaper.
  12. Anyone else have something to add?
  13. The Unabomber said:
    Anyone else have something to add?

    I have the corsair 1000hx. It's a good supply.
  14. I can't decide what to do. I don't want to skimp on the power supply for future gpus but I'm just not sure which way to go.
  15. How much power supply do they suggest for dual 5970's w/ i7's and a few hd's and od's?
  16. see the xfx (for their psu) reviews
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