$2000 Gaming PC-First Build

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within the week, probably in the next couple of days

BUDGET RANGE: $2000.00

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming, Watching Movies, Video Editing/Recording, Surfing the Web.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitors, OS, Headphones/Microphone

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg.com

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES:I prefer ATI over Nvidia simply because I have more experience with ATI cards. I chose AMD's processor over Intel's because I've heard socket 1366 is going to be phased out next year.

OVERCLOCKING: Yes

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Yes, eventually

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1920x1080, will upgrade eventually

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Please double check to make sure everything will fit. I've done my best, but this is my first build and the last thing I want is the parts to arrive and realize something won't fit. Anyways, I've spent the past few days doing nothing but researching parts and here is what I've come up with.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX -http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103849

ASUS Crosshair IV Formula AM3 AMD 890FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131644

SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB 512 (256 x 2)-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102887

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL7D-4GBRM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231303

COOLER MASTER Silent Pro Gold Series RSA00-80GAD3-US 1000W ATX 12V v2.3 / EPS 12V v2.92 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171056

COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 Black Steel/ Plastic ATX Full Tower Computer Case-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119225

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

Total: $1710.92

Quetion:
1. Will the stock fans combined with the case fans be enough to keep the system cool assuming I overclock as much as possible while keeping the system stable? Would you invest in different fans/cooling systems?

Sorry if this is a dumb/unanswerable question.

Any and all feedback is greatly appreciated.

-ItzTom
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  1. Quetion:
    1. Will the stock fans combined with the case fans be enough to keep the system cool assuming I overclock as much as possible while keeping the system stable? Would you invest in different fans/cooling systems?


    From my experience I always used water cooling when working with oc. I would invest the money and be on the safe side. Now this depends on how much you are overclocking. Now I havnt tried this with the new 1090t yet but if its like the 965 you will need some additional cooling power. I like water cooling cause you can do as much oc without worrying about the heat.
  2. I'm considering getting the same case/psu for my build.

    Here's a few combo deals on the case/psu:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.473548

    Not sure if the Gold Series is single 12v rail, newegg doesn't list in the specs.
    The regular Silent Pro 1000W lists as 80amp single rail. Link to combo:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.473517

    either way you could save 50-75 dollars respectively with the combo deals.
  3. @Texasman89: Which water cooling system would you suggest?

    @nightridergsr: I was planning on getting the combo. It's already factored into the price.
  4. bump for more feedback
  5. just for the cpu:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233011

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835227006

    those are some of the cheaper systems that will work for the AM3 socket...if you go to Xoxide.com they have some better ones as well as most everything you will need to make your own.

    Newegg.com and xoxide.com are my fav sites to go to
  6. Welcome all newcomers!
    Invest in an SSD, i am doing the SAME EXACT build as you. You don't need 1000 watts, I would go with corsair AX850 because it has all black cables, its corsair, its 80 gold, and a 7 year warranty :) everything else is fine.
  7. i do have to say i would go with the seagate 1tb over the samsung...my opinion
    Seagate Barracuda 7200 1tb hard drive $74.99
  8. Um, the spinpoint F3 is on sale right now, so i say go with it.
  9. I just say that cause I 3 of them crash, but they said it was faulty parts from there side so yea
  10. Mr Pizza said:
    Welcome all newcomers!
    Invest in an SSD, i am doing the SAME EXACT build as you. You don't need 1000 watts, I would go with corsair AX850 because it has all black cables, its corsair, its 80 gold, and a 7 year warranty :) everything else is fine.

    The idea was eventually I might decide to put in another graphics card and I want my PSU to support that. Plus I get a discount on it and the case when buying them together.
  11. haha i just helped mr pizza out a few days ago. its pretty much finalized, and a solid build. you can go take a look at it.

    yes for the f3. ssd is not necessary, more of a treat if you have the budget.
    corsair psu's are much better, you dont HAVE to go wtih the AX series, the TX would be fine, HX if you want modular. 850W is enough.

    Other than that...its pretty much done
  12. I would start off with air cooling, and if you decide you want to go for bigger overclocks, consider investing in a watercooling solution at that point.

    An alternative, if you want to save some money now would be to get a Phenom II X4 955, and then if you need more processing power in a year, put in a compatible Bulldozer CPU. That might free up enough cash to fit an SSD into the build.
  13. hehe, yeah i know how to make solid builds, always gotta ask the community though ;)

    Coldsleep, he is 3d modeling and sh** he needs all the CPU power that he can get right now ;)

    I would be okay with a coolermaster PSU, i mean it does have a 5 year warranty...
  14. Mr Pizza said:
    Coldsleep, he is 3d modeling and sh** he needs all the CPU power that he can get right now ;)


    Based on the position in the list of intended usages, I was hazarding a guess that it's editing gaming videos.

    I'd say get the X6 if you're doing professional video editing, or if it's the main purpose of the machine (serious hobby, no gaming). Save $140 or so and get the X4 now if you're just doing video editing as a sideline to gaming.
  15. I'm not too concearned with picking up an SSD. If I went with the corsair 850W ATX and eventually decided to crossfire, would I need to replace the PSU? That is all I'm trying to avoid by getting the 1000W.

    Edit: Yes, the video editing would mainly be for editing gaming videos. Not work related at all.
  16. Eh, gaming editing can be pro ;) I mean like me... I spend days and days with gaming vids, but i usually like to use real fotage.. oh well your probably right about that. Anyway, 6 cores will still make rendering faster
  17. 850W is enough for 2x 5970s. AMD recommends 850W for 2x 5870.

    And fair enough if you're not interested in SSDs at this point. Just throwing more options out there. :)

    EDIT: Whoops, I pulled up 5870 specs originally.
  18. Agreed ^

    The 5970 is a very efficient graphics card.
  19. Alright guess I'm going with the 850W ATX-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139015

    Last question before I order the parts, do you guys think I should replace the stock CPU cooler, or will it suffice?
  20. PERFECT ^ only get another cooler if you are overclocking ;)
  21. Stock cooler will be fine for no overclocking or very light overclocking.

    If you want to shoot for something more than a few tenths of a GHz, I'd get an aftermarket HSF. I'd look at Frostytech's top "5" heatsinks for ideas.
  22. NH-D14 is on the TOP of my list.
  23. Alright, parts ordered. Thanks for everyone's help.
  24. Sure, um.. so what exactly did you order? :D
  25. Original parts listed, swapped the 1000W for the 850W ATX. Gonna hold off on the additional fan and see how the stock works out.
  26. You won't get very far with the stock CPU cooler
  27. I guess it pays to actually read posts prior to creating new ones. I'm working with a similar price range, similar needs and a relatively similar level of experience. (Last build was in 99-2000.) I'm using virtually all the same components, but I've read that the Crosshair IV has some heating issues? Can anyone verify this?
  28. Yes, and its easy to fix :lol:
  29. PM me for details :D
  30. Unsure if it's been continued to more recent batches, but the early batches of the Crosshair IV had an issue with the northbridge overheating. This was (is?) due to using standoffs that were about 1mm too tall. The southbridge had the correct length. One could either replace/modify the standoffs on your own or get it RMAed.

    Since it's a pretty simple manufacturing change, I imagine that it's been fixed since then. To determine whether or not your mobo has the problem, the easiest way to go about it is by monitoring the temps in the BIOS for a few minutes before installing an OS.
  31. Yes, the RECENT reviews on newegg have said no heating probs, but if anyone wants to know details on fixing it PM me :D
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