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August 2, 2010 10:49:06 PM

Hey all-

Excited to take the plunge into building my own system. Please keep in my mind I am a total noob at this. Any general advice would be much appreciated.

It's primarily for gaming. I also plan to get the nvidia 3d glasses and one day probably hook it up to a projection or nvidia 3d surround.

Here is my component list. Am I leaving anything off?

quantity of item 1
LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA Model iHAS424-98 LightScribe Support
Item #: N82E16827106335
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options27-106-335|hide options27-106-335)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty Plan
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info27-106-335.0.18)

1 year: $6.99
2 year: $11.99
$25.99
select item 2 quantity of item 2
Thermaltake Element G VL10001W2Z Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811133086
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
$144.99
$134.99
select item 3 quantity of item 3
Western Digital Caviar Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136533
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy $94.99
select item 4 quantity of item 4
Rosewill BRONZE series RBR1000-M 1000W Continuous@40°C, 80Plus Bronze Certified,Modular Cable Design,Active PFC"Compatible ...
Item #: N82E16817182188
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options17-182-188|hide options17-182-188)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info17-182-188.0.120)

1 year: $16.99
2 year: $25.99
-$70.00 Instant
$199.99
$129.99
select item 5 quantity of item 5
CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D
Item #: N82E16820145224
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy -$20.00 Instant

$30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card20-145-224 $229.99
$209.99
select item 6 quantity of item 6
Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930
Item #: N82E16819115225
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options19-115-225|hide options19-115-225)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info19-115-225.0.120)

1 year: $29.99
2 year: $54.99
$289.99
select item 7 quantity of item 7
PNY XLR8 VCGGTX470XPB GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814133318
Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy
Nvidia Free Just Cause 2 Coupon Free with purchase!
Item #: N82E16800999242
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy -$15.00 Instant
-$59.99 Combo
$819.96
$669.98
($334.99 each)
2 GIFT StarCraft2 - FREE Trial Version Game coupon
Item #: N82E16800999244
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$59.99 Saving
$119.98
$0.00
($0.00 each)
select item 9 quantity of item 9
ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131614
Return Policy: Limited Replacement Only Return Policy
Protect Your Investment (expand for options13-131-61410|hide options13-131-61410)
Service Net Replacement Extended Warranty
The product will be replaced and shipped directly to you at no charge.(more info13-131-6141.0.120)

1 year: $29.99
2 year: $54.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116752
Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy -$25.00 Instant
-$30.00 Combo
$409.98
$354.98
Subtotal: $1,910.90


August 2, 2010 11:38:27 PM

for that kind of budget i can build you a pc with 2 gtx 460's and 3 monitors but i am going to sleep now
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August 2, 2010 11:53:48 PM

It is hard to decipher just what you ordered.
A description and a newegg link might be better.

1) what resolution will you be gaming at?
If it will be 2560 x 1600, then dual GTX470 is good.
Otherwise, consider just one GTX480. It will be plenty good at 1920 x 1200.
It will cost less initially, and you will still have the option to go sli later.

2) The Rosewill is not a good buy. The 1000w sounds impressive, but if you look at the label, it can only deliver a max of 52a on the 12v lines.
The XFX 650w unit can do the same at $99.
The XFX 750w unit will deliver 62a for $140 and is silver certified. Modular too.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

3) Add a oem cpu cooler up front. It will keep you cpu cooler, and if you overclock, you can go higher and easier. This is much easier to do initially, compared to adding it later.
I like the large tower type coolers with a slow turning 120mm fan. Almost any will do. You should be able to find one for <$40.

4) Are you a student? If so, look for an academic version of windows-7 for about $30.

5) As a suggestion, download and read the motherboard and case manuals cover to cover before you order and build.

---good luck---
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August 2, 2010 11:56:58 PM

ahhh, hard to read. check mrhoshos' signature to get the format on how to ask your question so it will be easier for us to give our advice.

Alright, with that out of the way i would first suggest some subtle changes. you should change your hard drive to this Samsung F3

i would also recommend the Scythe Mugen 2 for cooling (you would have to make sure it would fit in your case)

and go with the 64 bit version of windows

would also agree with geofelt on the power supply, you might want to check into other NAME brands such as corsair or seasonic, XFX usually makes good PSUs also.
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August 3, 2010 10:59:52 AM

/\+1 on all that finally some experienced Apprentice's in the forum.
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August 3, 2010 11:25:26 AM
August 3, 2010 1:46:48 PM

I appreciate the replies. I took what everyone said into consideration and here is what I ordered:

MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard - 299.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-930 Bloomfield 2.8GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80601930 289.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ABS DARK BERET seriesDB1000-M-BRZ 1000W Continuous @50°C,80 PLUS BRONZE Certified,Modular Cable Design,Active PFC"Compatible ... - 149.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Twelve Hundred Black Steel ATX Full Tower Computer Case - 174.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel X25-V SSDSA2MP040G2R5 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - 114.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG Black Blu-ray Disc Combo SATA Model UH10LS20 LightScribe Support - OEM - 89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model SH-S222L LightScribe Support - OEM 24.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR XMS3 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8 G 169.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2x EVGA 012-P3-1470-AR GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - 324.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For a total of 2,167.27 after tax and shipping. I also got a couple free games and windows 7 home 64b through some combo deals and an extra10% off the video cards because of special that ended yesterday. I went with the 40gb ssd because I just bought 1.5tb external drive that i will use with the system.

2 quesions. I know I went overboard a little, but I wanted a very high quality system. Do I need extra cooling (I do plan to eventually OC the 930), and if so what do you recommend. Also is there anything that would definitely change (keeping in mind I already ordered it from Newegg and it will be a pain to return)

Thanks again!
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