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$1500+ Gaming Build Advice - First Time Builder

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August 9, 2010 11:00:54 PM

Hey everyone, I'm new here and trying to build my first computer.


APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: As soon as I get the cash, probably 1-2 months

BUDGET RANGE: 1500-1700 After Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: gaming, photo editing, movies/TV, music/audio

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

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com, tigerdirect.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel processor, full tower, ATX motherboard

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (would like the option)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: want something that will be relatively top performance today and can keep up and be upgraded in the future

Here are the parts I have lined up. I really need some advice on how to bring the cost down some without sacrificing my video cards or CPU.

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GPU: Two NVidia GeForce GTX 460 in SLI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU: Intel i7 930 Quad Core 2.80GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASUS P6X58D Premium LGA 1366
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: Corsair 850W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Corsair XMS PC12800 DDR3 tri channel 6GB
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray/DVD/CD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB HD 7200rpm
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OCZ Agility 2 SSD 60GB (For OS/some games)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...


Right now the total cost is a little closer to $2000 than I'd like it to be. Also, since this is my first time building, I'd like to know if the components I chose match up well and make sense. Especially not sure on the power supply. Does this system need more, or could I save money with less power? Also, is having a SSD for the OS worth the cost? Thanks!
August 9, 2010 11:10:28 PM

Never go with an SLI at first, go with one gtx 480 and down the road get another (really, its true)

1) do you really need a blu-ray player...
2) yes an SSD is worth it, it makes everything OS wise very responsive.
3) do not get the western digital caviar black, get the spinpoint F3 here>http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4) this system is way overkill. Just get a GTX 260 :)  because your monitor res is very low and having a gtx 4XX is a WASTE OF MONEY.
August 9, 2010 11:15:06 PM

I would get the i5 750, a HD5870, 4Gigs of RAM, a full HD monitor and no SSD.
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August 9, 2010 11:18:42 PM

That's a good idea to not get the SLI first. I guess then down the road I'll have two better video cards in SLI. I'd like a blu-ray just because I have nothing else in my apartment that can play blu-ray, and I'll probably have the comp hooked up to the TV as well. As far as the monitor, I know it's over kill and I intend to get a high resolution monitor down the road but that's a few hundred more dollars to spend. I figured I should get the system that can handle it, then the monitor later on. Is it still overkill if I'm running stuff on a 1080p HDTV?
August 9, 2010 11:18:55 PM
August 9, 2010 11:19:47 PM

I also read on some other threads that the LGA1366 socket is on its way out the door. Is this true?
August 9, 2010 11:23:46 PM

mentalRAGE said:
I also read on some other threads that the LGA1366 socket is on its way out the door. Is this true?

it is. its dying and will be dead this year
August 9, 2010 11:28:34 PM

Get a 5870.
August 9, 2010 11:34:15 PM

CPDawg said:
Get a 5870.

SLI has much better scaling :) 
August 9, 2010 11:37:37 PM

Mr Pizza said:
SLI has much better scaling :) 


You just changed your ATI avatar! Traitor!!! Hahahaha
August 9, 2010 11:38:59 PM

CPDawg said:
You just changed your ATI avatar! Traitor!!! Hahahaha

Oh no way, I LOVE ATi!!!! but if i wasnt going with a 5970 i would go for the gtx 480 ;) 
August 10, 2010 11:23:29 AM

He can get a 5970 in his budget but that's overkilll IMO, I would get a HD 5870 and then another one when needed.

ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-760
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
LG Black Blu-ray Burner
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 + XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Noctua NH-D14

$1,454.91


August 10, 2010 3:53:31 PM

mosox said:
He can get a 5970 in his budget but that's overkilll IMO, I would get a HD 5870 and then another one when needed.

ASUS P7P55 WS SuperComputer
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel Core i5-760
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB
LG Black Blu-ray Burner
XFX HD-587X-ZNFV Radeon HD 5870 + XFX Black Edition P1-750B-CAG9 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...
COOLER MASTER HAF 932
Noctua NH-D14

$1,454.91

Nice choice with the NH-D14
August 10, 2010 4:14:00 PM

Yea that GPU benchmarks site is pretty slick.
August 10, 2010 4:14:13 PM

I's your choice actually, I just summed up some of other poster's components and it's a very good cooler too.
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