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August 3, 2010 7:29:59 PM

Hi!
I'm building a gaming machine for a friend. He uses a 22 inch widescreen lcd monitor to play games and watch movies. Before I bought anything i wanted to check with you guys out there what u can get together. So here we go :D 

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In about 10-15 days.

BUDGET RANGE: $1,700 - $1,850/13,000- 14,000 Swedish KR

SYSTEM USAGE: Gaming and video displaying (movies, clips)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Everything besides the PC itself. So no monitor, keyboard, mouse.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.inet.se but it is a swedish site so i would be happy with just a list of components. :) 

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Sweden

PARTS PREFERENCES: Id rather go with a AMD/ATI Build then a Intel/Nvidia. Also I like Antec cases.

OVERCLOCKING: No overclocking, although a "Black Edition" processor would be nice :sarcastic: 

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No. I'm sticking with a single GPU this time.

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I want air cooling.

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August 3, 2010 7:37:42 PM

May I change your mind on everything lol?

I'd get 460 sli zhich is the bang for buck on the market. Cooler, cheaper, faster and more feature rich than a 5970.

I'd pair it with a i7 930 which is the best gamng cpu for the money and x58 also has more pci lanes.

And then the case I'd get a fractal define R2. Made somezhere where you live and they are very nice bang fo buck.

Will you accept these 3 changes or are you stubborn?
August 3, 2010 7:50:09 PM

If you guys come up with a rly nice Intel/Nvidia build i wont argue but it should be something good :)  Please share, guys!
Although im totaly not going for a SLI/CROSSFIRE build.
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a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2010 9:03:57 PM

For his needs I'm not seeing how spending that much would be wise.

i5-750/760 $200
P7p55D-e Pro $180
Spinpoint F3 1tb $75
HAF 922 $90
G Skill Eco DDR3 1600 Cas 7 kit $105
Cheap Optical $20
XFX 750 or corsair 750W PSU, $110-120
5870 $380
23.6" 1080p Monitor $190

Total: $1360

If he's not gonna get a new monitor, then drop $190.

A 5870 is more than enough for his resolution, and fine for nearly anything even at 1920x1080.

You could throw in a SSD, but I'd recommend holding off a few months on that since a major price shift is gonna happen. Even if you do throw one in, Intel x25-M 80gb, $220

Total is $1580 including a new monitor.

If you go Phenom II x4 955 + GA 890 UD3 or Ga 790 Ud4, it's $1500.




August 3, 2010 9:11:35 PM

Thanks for ur opinion... But im gna invest more in a more powerfull CPU/GPU then a faster hdd or a monitor.

Here's what i've come up with ATM:

MOBO: Asrock X58 Extreme III

CPU: Intel Core i7 930, 2.80GHz

RAM: Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz PC3-12800

HDD: 1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ

Optical Drive: Samsung 22X DL SH-S223C

PSU: Corsair HX 850W 80+

GPU: Gigabyte Radeon HD5870 1GB

Case: Antec Nine Hundred II
August 3, 2010 9:14:20 PM

Mmmm yeah if he isn't upgrading his monitor soon your build is probably a better choice. If he doesn't want a new monitor now and a very powerful pc then 460sli/ç"à is undoubtably faster. I'd still stick with fractal define r2 though. A very good looking case with good cooling(if you add some fans it'll perform like the antec 900) and noise dampening. Internally it's painted which makes a huge difference esthetically IMO.
a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2010 9:20:36 PM

There's no point in getting an i7-9xx CPU if you don't plan on either workstation tasks, or using 3 or more GPU's.

You're just wasting your money at that point.
August 3, 2010 9:20:52 PM

Good points there... Do you guys know any moderate heatsinks for the i7 930 that arent uber hard to install and aint too big?
August 3, 2010 9:44:59 PM

I like to keep an open mind on an i7 as it leaves room for upgrades, but if bolder isn't planning on any then an i5 would serve him adequatly.

As for a heatsink maybe a scythe mugen II or a titan fenrir if it's available there.
a b 4 Gaming
August 3, 2010 10:17:03 PM

Somebody_007 said:
I like to keep an open mind on an i7 as it leaves room for upgrades, but if bolder isn't planning on any then an i5 would serve him adequatly.


Going AMD leaves room for upgrades too. And the socket isn't dead next year either. :p 
August 4, 2010 1:51:24 AM

GTX460 SLI with Phenom II + MSI board
August 4, 2010 7:34:10 AM

coldsleep said:
Going AMD leaves room for upgrades too. And the socket isn't dead next year either. :p 


Alright you got me there :p . Although then you'd need to replace the cpu.
August 4, 2010 7:48:11 AM

Yea but its not like an i7 930 will be obsolete as soon as the socket dies, it will still be a powerful cpu for the next 2-3 years
August 4, 2010 7:53:01 AM

Ok guys here's my current list. I couldnt find any G.Skill RAM so I went the reliable, Corsair way. Im also curious if it all fits in the , hopefully spacy enough, Antec 902... Also can you guys confirm that all of these parts will fit? Any comments, changes?
Foor example i saw that the Asrock has some big chipset cooling, will it interfere with the Zalman? :) 

Asrock X58 Extreme III
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz PC3-12800
Intel Core i7 930, 2.80GHz
Gigabyte Radeon HD5870 1GB
Corsair HX 850W 80+
Antec Nine Hundred II
Samsung 22X DL SH-S223C
Zalman CNPS-9900 LED
August 4, 2010 7:58:10 AM

I'm not so sure about the mobo but for the rest very good build.
August 4, 2010 8:59:33 AM

Anyone else that could confirm my setup and the mobo fitting thoughts?
August 4, 2010 9:18:52 AM

boldor said:
Anyone else that could confirm my setup and the mobo fitting thoughts?


I have an ASRock motherboard, and its a bit unstable for overclocking. Rather go for a Gigabyte board. You wont regret it :) 
August 4, 2010 10:43:51 AM

Im hours from ordering so please tell me what u think :) 

my order:
Asrock X58 Extreme III
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz PC3-12800
Intel Core i7 930, 2.80GHz
Gigabyte Radeon HD5870 1GB
Corsair HX 850W 80+
Antec Nine Hundred II
Samsung 22X DL SH-S223C

NOTICE:
Yes, i know there is no cpu heatsink but i've realized: Since he wont be overclocking in the nearest future, why bother? Im going stock cooling.

Optional parts that i chose for him since i got extra money:
Razer Deathadder Re-Spawn Infrared Sensor
Revoltec 120mm Blue Transparent
Razer Sphex
August 4, 2010 11:48:38 AM

boldor said:
Im hours from ordering so please tell me what u think :) 

my order:
Asrock X58 Extreme III
1TB Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ
Corsair 6GB (3x2GB) 1600MHz PC3-12800
Intel Core i7 930, 2.80GHz
Gigabyte Radeon HD5870 1GB
Corsair HX 850W 80+
Antec Nine Hundred II
Samsung 22X DL SH-S223C

NOTICE:
Yes, i know there is no cpu heatsink but i've realized: Since he wont be overclocking in the nearest future, why bother? Im going stock cooling.

Optional parts that i chose for him since i got extra money:
Razer Deathadder Re-Spawn Infrared Sensor
Revoltec 120mm Blue Transparent
Razer Sphex


Get a Gigabyte board, and get a good Heat Sink.
That's my advice. The case and RAM of the build are begging for you to overclock it. The motherboard is probably very nice, im just a Gigabyte motherboard fanboi!
But yeah - why not just get a less well-ventilated case, and DDR3 1333Mhz, and save the money, if you arent going to overclock it. With a good cooler, this CPU will probably do around 4.2Ghz.
August 4, 2010 2:05:26 PM

If you aren't going to OC surely get a fractal define r2. One of the most quiet cases on the market and looks much better than the cooling oriented antec case.
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